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Idioms are a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words. Use [idiom-requests] if you are searching for an idiom with a particular meaning.

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Idiom about an equivalent explanation

When one asks for explanation of something, the other give an equivalent explanation. Examples: "the weather is hot because it is not cold", "I am smart because I am not stupid". So what is the common ...
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A few bricks short of a hod - what is the name for this type of saying?

I've collected a list of sayings that describe something or someone that fails to meet expectations, such as: A few bricks short of a hod. A few fries short of a Happy Meal. That ship never left port....
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Equivalent phrase to: “tell it to the marines”

What is a more contemporary equivalent of the phrase: "tell it to the marines"? One whose intent is to deflect or dismiss a preposterous proposition? Edited to add a possibility that occurred to me ...
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Reprimanding (pejorative) Idiom, phrase or expression for when one wants to pay less (minuscule) and get maximum out of a deal (basically greediness)

What is pejorative phrase, idiom for one wants to pay less (minuscule) and get maximum out of a deal (basically greediness). Example The management wants to get talented employee but hire employees ...
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An idiom to describe a situation where, in a group of people with shared resources, everyone takes some but one

I'm sure that there is an idiom that describes the following scenario: A group of people share a pool of resources (be it food, water, money, etc.). There is the general consensus that in order to ...
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What is a similar phrase to “scratch that”?

On Twitter, a reporter tweeted a phrase similar to "scratch that" once he realized he had made a factual error in his original tweet -- I cannot for the life of me remember what that phrase was! Any ...
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“To the best of one's ability” - Synonym?

I'm trying to rephrase We help children move and play to the best of their ability. It's about children with movement concerns, so this seems semantically correct to me. I just need a different ...
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Expression for loading more work on someone who is already busy [closed]

I'm looking for something you'd say to a co-worker when you're asking him/her for help, even though he/she is already super busy. Something like: "I don't mean to _____ , but ...". Thanks in ...
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Word or phrase for when kids venerate one bad parent's bad attitude or bad habit or bad behavior and replicating on to other good parent

What is the word or phrase for when kids (impressionable kid of gullible age) venerate one bad parent's bad attitude or bad habit or bad behavior and replicate /use it on to the spouse. Susan has a ...
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One butterfly pull the iron out the maiden [closed]

There is a song called “Iron Out The Maiden” by Shahmen, here are the lyrics. I don’t understand this sentence: One butterfly pull the iron out the maiden Why “pull”, not pulls or pulled? And ...
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Is “track adequately down” a correct phrasing?

According to Collins Dictionary: If you track down someone or something, you find them, or find information about them, after a difficult or long search. Now, I want to put some more emphasis in ...
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Idiom for dismissing collegue's correction in first place, but heeding, acting upon when management says to do it

Context: Jack has total 15 years experience, 12 years experienced in a company XYZ, Jim has total 15 years experience in same field as jack but 10 years in XYZ. That makes Jack a senior to Jim ...
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Phrase, idiom, expression suited for putting one's own requirement saying that it is instruction coming from someone else

Context My boss one day called me in his office and said that now i have to include tasks 3,5,6 to complete the entire assignment. Traditionally, the usual sequence of task was from 1 through 10, but ...
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Embarrassment/awkward feeling/moment while watching movie scene as if you are on the spot [closed]

My younger brother was watching this movie the other day called Take Me Home Tonight (2011). and I walked in. There was this scene where Topher Grace and his mate with his twin sister as come to a ...
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What is “one” in “put one over on (someone)”?

To "put one over" is a slang expression for deceiving someone. The online Oxford Dictionary defines it as follows: put one over on Deceive (someone) into accepting something false. ‘he ...
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Usage of the idiom ‘Crossing the Rubicon’

Wikipedia gives the following information on the search “Crossing the Rubicon” Julius Caesar's crossing the Rubicon river was an event in 49 BC that precipitated the Roman Civil War, which ...
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What is equivalent of “pottakkannente Maaveleru” means blindman throwing stones in a waterless well, but he thinks he is throw stones at mango tree

What is equivalent of Indian saying "pottakkannente Maaveleru" means while actually the blind man is throwing stones in a waterless well (a job in vain), but he thinks he is throw stones at mango tree ...
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Any phrase or idiom for

A person who tries to copy a professional and skilful person's act , without possessing any skills or experience needed
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What is the effect an average person feels when he/she meets a celebrity like Justin Beber or JFK in person?

What is the effect an average person feels when, for example, that person meets a Justin Beber or JFK in person? I saw a documentary on JFK (I don't remember which one) once and they mentioned this ...
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A specific way of asking for a meeting? [migrated]

Can one say "... if you(I) could see me(you) on Friday..." while requesting a meeting?
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A word for when one thanks another for being exact?

So I sent an email to a Prof. asking for an invitation letter for a position. Now I receive his reply, and I am fascinated by the exactitude and precision in his reply. It is obvious that he has taken ...
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Idiomatic expression meaning “invented by someone and having caught on”

In Russian, we have an expression с лёгкой руки (кого-то), literally "from the light hand (of smbd)", or, if I may, "by the light touch (of smbd)". It is used when someone coins a new word, or ...
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Meaning of “to live one's own bit”

Speaking of Richard Henry Dana, at the end of his study, D. H. Lawrence states: Dana lived his bit in two years, and drummed out the rest. Could we say that "lived his bit" is akin to "sow (one's) ...
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Wink at / Tipp the wink - usage

to convey the meaning of "Promised with a wink" what would be a better choice: Dan felt like she winked at him that they'd meet in person one day. This sounds US Eng. OR Dan felt like she ...
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Poetic usage of “scream” and “way out of the door” to convey a meaning [closed]

In the following sentence: The kid was laughing out loud, as those three frightened adults "screamed their way out of the door" and vanished. -Can I use the above sentence "as is" to convey the ...
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What would you call it when a pretentious person try to let other know how benevolent the person is

what would you call it when a pretentious person who does not like kids or even does not know much about how to be with them, today, at a private dinner party is all caring about the kids and showing ...
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How does “A hit dog will holler” work as a metaphor?

Background: I, an Australian, once had a co-worker in North Carolina who would often use Southern-US idioms that confused me. I spent an evening panicked about how to handle "This dog will hunt" as ...
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What do you call it when one does something (may be committedly) but actually because it is instructed by a book

What do you call it when you do something (may be committedly) because it is instructed by a book (divine book). When an outsider looks at it, it feels that the act is for lack of word "spiritually ...
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Phrase: “goes like a rattlesnake”?

While watching episode 3 of season 2 of "Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father" I came across the the following sentences, all by the same native (British) English speaker (aged 78 at the time of ...
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looking for an proverb regarding defeat of man

There is a saying in my local language, Urdu, which loosely translates to "Man tastes the defeat always from his favorite woman." in English. Is there any proper idiom for it in English? The saying ...
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Translating a semi-verse literally or figuratively?

I'd like to translate the following: As zits are lost in wrinkles, And playing: She loves me...She loves me not... Time fritters away my hair. "She" remains a mystery. My question is: ...
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Is there a single word meaning figuratively 'separate wheat from chaff' (good from bad), about teaching ideas?

Is there a single word meaning 'separate wheat from chaff'? The closest I've found is 'winnow' but it doesn't really capture the sentiment. I'm looking for a word to help describe a person, an ...
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Phrase or expression to describe intentional upward discrimination when the favorable situation comes along

An employee would normally come 5 to 10 minutes before 8 AM to the office or the least at the stroke of 8 AM when he has the main boss coming in everyday (never late unless informed). What do you ...
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Is there one phrase, expression/ idiom for a social vice of mean/self centered/inconsiderate people who always want everything first for themselves

In south asian culture, we would use a roundabout saying as "Window seat" syndrome, that means mean/self centered/inconsiderate people (for spoil brats) always want everything first for themselves (to ...
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Looking for equivalent of Indian (Marathi) saying “Makdach ghar” which translates “Monkey's house”(never ready when you expect it should be)

I am looking for equivalent of Indian saying "Makdach ghar" which is "Monkey's house" the meaning is a monkey always starts to built his house only after it starts to rain. It has the analogy of "Ants ...
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Idiom meaning to seize an oppportunity hungrily

There is an idiomatic phrase I have in my head but I can't seem to find it in online resources so I'm wondering if I've misremembered and in fact it doesn't exist or if I've remembered it correctly ...
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Looking for equivalent of Indian saying “ Apne gali mein kutta bhi sher hota hey” which means Every dog in his own territory is/becomes a lion

I am looking for equivalent of Indian saying " Apne gali mein kutte bhi sher hota hey" which is "In their own lane ( or street or area) dogs also are lions". the meaning is when the territory/terrain ...
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“abundant in” vs “abundant with”

I am curious as in whether if "abundant in" is a more correct usage than "abundant with"? For example, the sentence: "The mail room is abundant in letters" seems to have the same meaning when ...
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Stick through? or something else?

When I am trying to say I'll hang on and persist through tough situations, I first thought of 'sticking through', but today when I think about it, I am not sure if this usage is correct so I found its ...
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Is it a must to add “that of” when using “different from”?

Is it ok to say "the flow structure of wave-driven flow is much different from single-direction flow" or must I say "the flow structure of wave-driven flow is much different from that of single-...
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What do you call a project which is tossed up as a very plump & has potential but is just creating busywork for some people's existence?

What do you call a project which is tossed up as a very plump & has potential but is just creating busywork for some people's existence. The potential project will eventually end up losing its ...
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What would you call a person pejoratively who enjoys perks of a job post but responsibility of a lower rung assistant

What would you call a person pejoratively who is on a professional privileged position such as Engineer, geologist, senior engineer etc (earning what the post demands) but chooses to do a job of a ...
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What is the idiom/phrase you can use when someone tells you to do (the work) that he is assigned to do (in reality it is assigned to him)?

What is the idiom/phrase you can use when someone tells you to do (the work) that he is assigned to do (in reality it is assigned to him). For example: XYZ company is located in Harbor port ...
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That's you (that table is for you / is your table) [closed]

A waitress, who is going to serve a dish to a lady, says "That's you" pointing towards an empty table, at which the lady sits. The scene is from the series Shameless, s07e08, min 5:40 What does "...
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Is there any word, alternative to the idiom, “rack one's brain”

What word can I use in place of the idiom "rack one's brain," which means to strain in mental effort, esp to remember something (from Collins)? For instance, a teacher put a chalk box in the ...
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Idiom about something that attracts big crowds

In Russian language we have an idiom слетелись как мухи на говно (fly on it like a fly on sh…) It’s about something that attracts big crowds, like sales or something. People “fly” there like ...
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Can the idiom “It is high time” be used in formal writing? [closed]

Recently I saw "it is hightime + subj. + past verb + ..." idiom. Like "It's high time we made some changes around here.". I want to know if it is a good phrase to start a formal writing (i.e. ielts ...
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Is there a better way to say “since the hour last changed”?

I am looking for a better, possibly idiomatic, phrase to describe the place in time "since the hour last changed". A simplistic example: if the time was 6.31pm, it would be thirty-one minutes since ...
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Is there a word or phrase when there occurs two sad events in tandem

Is there a word or phrase when there occurs two sad/traumatic events in tandem; Like Double whammy is when two-fold blow or setback. But I think i cannot use double whammy. Like in this example: ...
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Is there some idiom for telling someone specialised knowledge is not required to understand the situation? [closed]

I’m searching for an idiom that would mean the following: The situation is obvious to an untrained eye. For example, say someone looked unwell, perhaps with a cold and one person says to another ...