Questions tagged [idiom-requests]

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Idiom for tinkering and then returning to what you had at first?

I'm trying to think of a good idiom/phrase for the process of questioning what you have, tinkering with it and finally returning to what you had at first. Specifically returning accidentally, then ...
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Idiomatic expression for "first working version"?

I'm looking for an idiomatic expression for "first working version". "Prototype" is not correct, since there can be many prototypes. The phrase I can't seem to bring to mind has "first" in it, I ...
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Negligence in saying something

When I said something and I want to state that what I said was based on some level of negligence, what phrase should I use? For example: There are two main parameters in the method: the number of ...
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What are parents with a living child called, compared to "Shidu" parents (parents who have lost their only child)?

The parents who have lost their only child are known as Shidu parents (失独父母) in China, I don't think ‘normal parents’ is a good phrase, do you have any suggestions? I want to use this phrase in a ...
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Is there a word for when you don't understand something?

Is there a word or idiom for when you don't understand something but you cannot exactly pinpoint or explain precisely what you don't understand? Not to understand a word just for usage but to ...
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What is the equivalent of the Russian "Masha-rasteryasha" (Masha who loses things)?

Is there any equivalent for the Russian expression "Маша-растеряша" ("Masha-rasteryasha") in English? Its word-for-word translation is "Masha (a girl's name) who always loses ...
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"mimic like a _____ (animal or something else)"?

In my mother tongue we use monkey to describe a person who imitates or mimics a certain behaviour much like a copycat in English. I am surprised that the same image is not used in English, and even ...
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Word or idiom for 'over-powered for the given collection of parts'

The specific passage I am writing is for people who propose to use a $2000 camera as a webcam. Unless their audio, lighting, and set are equal in quality to that camera, there is no reason spend that $...
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What's the expression meaning violate someone's interests?

I used to think that, for example, "He moved her cheese", would mean that he violate and threatens her interests. (I believe this expression comes from the popular book) Today I found out ...
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Is there an idiom, proverb or a saying about someone who receives all benefits and good things while complaining about it?

For example: Someone who has a tree that gives him fruits, he doesn't take care of it or have to take care of that tree. He eats all the fruits of that tree, and yet he dares to find or come up with ...
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What's the term for (tech-)companies discouraging integrating with other companies' ecosystem or through public protocols in general?

Especially when it causes said other companies to look bad? Example: Google services and apps are (as far as I'm aware) available for all kinds of devices, Android, Apple, etc. For messaging and ...
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Idiom/proverb or phrase about never forgetting wrong doings

I could have sworn there was a catchy idiom/proverb in english about how you can be kind to something always, but the moment you do one mean thing, it will never forget that (or hate you forever for ...
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What's a word that describes a person who reminds you of the good things they did for you?

I don't know if such a word exists in the English language. In the Bisaya language of the Visayas region in the Philippines where I belong, there is a verb that describes exactly that. I can't find ...
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Idioms for when doing something needless when you really have many important things to do first

Are there English idioms for voicing the needlessness of engaging in a particular, low or no priority action when you already have a number of high priority tasks on your hands?
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"Fell off X and landed in Y"

I remember hearing a phrase that meant someone had a stroke of bad luck that ended up good - "he fell off X and landed in Y" - but I can't remember what X and Y were. This was something said by my ...
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what would be the phrase or Idiom for a situation where a person is friendly with both the good and bad folks as per their convenience

To describe a situation where a person is friendly with both the good and bad folks as per their convenience.
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Is there an idiom for "it was just an example"?

Are there any idioms or succinct ways of expressing your resignation when you give an example the other person reacts with: "that's not what I meant". …but your intention was for the example to be ...
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Word for "doing/getting away with something only because you're 'concealed' in a big group..."

Is there a word for this behavior? Doing or getting away with something just because you're in a big crowd setting where you don't perceive your actions to be noticeable to most people and therefore ...
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English proverb or idiom for bad bargaining

I am looking for a proverb or idiom that indicates bad bargaining skills of a person. For e.g., a person might bargain for a kilo/pound vegetables, succeed but end up buying only a quarter kilo/pound. ...
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Is there an idiom for playing games with the heart?

The pop band Backstreet Boys has this song Quit Playing Games (With My Heart). I wonder what idiom can describe the phrase "play games with someone's heart"? Apparently the phrase "playing games with ...
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Is there a term for the following type of conduct: someone only responds to one part of your message instead of the whole message?

For those who know german: Die Person geht nur auf einen Teil der Nachricht ein Here's an example to further elaborate: A (about something B said): She doesn't even sound rude. Maybe if it's said in a ...
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Idiom/expression that indicates that you can do something conveniently/quickly?

I'm not sure if I'm being clear enough with my question, but there's this expression which goes like "you can do this at the... blank" which means you can do it easily, but I don't remember what it is....
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Word or term for "Returning somewhere after a long time and it is no longer familiar"?

I'm trying to figure out if there is a specific word, or more likely a term, for the concept of "returning somewhere after a long time away from it and it is no longer familiar to you." For ...
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Name for purposefully bad gifts

Is there a name or phrase for a purposefully bad/evil gift? I can think of white elephant or gag gifts but I don't think either of these quite work. For example, you purposely purchased a CD of an ...
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What is the appropriate word/phrase/idiom to describe this situation?

I got on the bus and stood beside a white lady. She seemed to be uncomfortable. She was busy securing her belongings and [stood like a coiled centipede] as if she was scared I would snatch away her ...
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Friendlier alternative to 'dogpile'

In a programming context, I want to use the term 'dogpile' like 'Let's all dogpile on this latest change, document what bugs exists and fix them'. ie. A group effort of everyone focusing on one ...
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Word or phrase (M-W sense) for power fantasy

What's a word or longer phrase that can be used to talk about living out a fantasy of power? Getting high on power? "Power trip" comes to my mind but I think there's another one Do you ...
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Word for arguing X is a problem, while simultaneously causing X

It feels like there should be a word to describe, for example, politicians who proclaim government doesn’t work, then act to ensure that’s true. I know there’s a political read in this example, that’s ...
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I am happy for and slightly envious of someone who is the same place I used to be in because I was unhappy when I was there

I'm a trans woman... but I met a guy who is a lot like how I was. This person is who I tried to be while identifying as a male. He simply is that way and perfectly happy the way he is. When I was ...
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Phrase for describing someone who ended up buying something much more expensive than what was originally needed

Is there any popular phrase (proverb/idiom/slang) describing someone who ended up buying something much more expensive than what was originally needed? Somewhat like, need a bike, paid for a Mercedes. ...
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Is there a saying in English similar to Croatian "Mate-matematika, ljuta je k'o paprika!" (meaning "I don't like maths!")?

Is there a saying in English similar to Croatian "Mate-matematika, ljuta je k'o paprika!"? The Croatian phrase literally translates to "Ma-ma-maths, it is as hot as chili-pepper!" (...
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A saying for being aligned and showing externally that you are on the same page?

Something like 'putting up the same front'? Putting on the same face? Basically, you are in negotiations and first you come to agreement internally and want to show that to the external parties in the ...
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What is the appropriate phrase for whispering to someone's ear?

What is the appropriate phrase/word for whispering into someone's (most probably a close friend) ear generally to share some secret about someone else?
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What's another word for "not" honed talent?

I was looking for a metaphorical phrase that sort of fits along the lines of honing a hidden/unapparent talent. I can't quite place my finger on it, but I remember one that goes something like trying ...
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What is a word or phrase for something that, though you wouldn't have reasonably believed it to be real, actually turns out to be true?

As an example: Me: "Did you hear about the congresswoman who believes in Jewish space lasers?" You: What are you even talking abo...oh my goodness; are you serious?!"
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What is an idiom for "increase" / "generate more" / "intensify in ridiculous amounts"?

I'm trying to search for idioms to express "increase" or "generate more" or "boost" or "magnify" in terms of business profits. Basically, I'm looking for ...
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Blow a fuse, Blow a gasket

Are the idioms Blow a fuse and Blow a gasket commonly used in American casual speech. And if not what do we use for a sudden bout of anger on knowing, seeing, or hearing about something.
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Chilling out or chilling

Which is correct, to say I'm just chilling out in front of the TV or I'm just chilling in front of the TV without using out Also, can I say he's chilled out on the beach?
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What does "End on a short note" mean?

I'm not a native English speaker could anyone explain the meaning in usage of the term "ending on a short note." I've searched Google and Stack Exchange but could not find anything.
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As ... as possible, as soon as possible

Recently I had to write the following to indicate significance of both the urgency and completeness regarding some task to be done: We would like to be able to install as many parts of the system ...
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He is a single-eater friend

Imagine you have a friend. He doesn't share good stuff with his other friends. For example, he gets a fine bottle of booze, but he drinks it without his friends. Or he has pizza and he doesn't share. ...
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Idiomatic expression for the result of a fight

I need an idiomatic expression for what I am going to (try to) explain: Two men are about to start a fight. Who's stronger he'll get a reward (a life, for example), the other one the opposite (will be ...
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make your eyes like a monk's eyes

Imagine, a beautiful woman is sitting at a bar. A man keeps staring at her. Is there an idiom that the woman would use to ask the man to stop staring at her? I know they usually say keep your eyes ...
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TO HIT MILL Meaning?

I just heard it from two people trying to set a place for their first date. Boy: Where you wanna go? Girl: Steakhouse. Boy: Ok, I'm down for that. Girl: We can "Hit mill"? Boy: Sure, let's ...
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Is there one word/phrase for a village or city that is recently established?

I am looking for a word or phrase or even something like a idiom to describe a city or village or a colony that has been newly or freshly established and thus does not things like government or a well ...
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A song that was once meant for other singer, but later also sung by the author himself

What do you call a song which was once written for some other artist by an author, and later sung by the author him(her)self? we call it "cover" if the song is played by other(not original) artist, ...
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Alternative idiom for 'get your foot out of your mouth'?

So... "take your foot out of your mouth" is an interesting idiom. It's an admonishment (both a scolding and a recommendation) for when someone says something unintentionally insensitive; ...
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Is there an idiom for saying something that might turn out wrong or making a wild prediction?

Example: I might be _______ but Brasil will win this world cup.
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What word or Idiom would describe this set of negative behaviors

The best way to ask this would be to give a set of examples. You use a word not common in everyday usage, and someone asks you "who says that" in a negative fashion. you work obliges you to move ...
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It sounds really odd

I'm looking for an idiom which can express how awkward a phrase/sentence sounds if one makes a collocation mistake. For example, "I like tough tea. - Tough tea? Do you mean strong tea? - Oh, yes. Is ...
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