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What proverb describes getting out from trouble but ending up in another one?

I remember reading something like "out from something's mouth/jaws (like a dragon) and into another..."
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Is there an idiom/word/phrase to describe a fight between two exhausted people? [closed]

If 2 people were fighting, but they are also completely exhausted, and they can barely hit each other hard, what would you use to describe it? The fighters were ____________, and barely able to ...
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An idiom that goes opposite to “eye of the storm”?

If we accept the Oxford dictionary's definition of the 'eye of the storm' as "the calm region at the centre of a storm or hurricane", then what is the idiom (metaphore, figure of speech, etc) for the ...
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Ruining the family name [closed]

Is the following correct usage? "They didn't want me to ruin the family name. " What are some other idiomatic expressions or phrases to say something similar? I am aware of "give a bad name" and "one'...
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An idiom meaning “a good horse is called a sorrel, a good young man is called fearless/crazy/bold”

Is there any idiom in English similar to Horse as boy, (brave) man as kook (are best). in which boy means sorrel. The latter is obvious. It is my translation(maybe it is wrong) to describe the ...
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Idiom or expression for no-one wants to help do a task, but everyone is ready to criticise after the task is completed

I'm looking for an idiom or expression that means "no-one wants to help do a task, but everyone is ready to criticise after the task is completed" There are plenty of expressions that capture the ...
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Idiom/phrase for “example picked purposefully”

For example, when one is talking about a chemistry equation and they use values one wouldn't see in real life to illustrate a point better, or give a specific example that requires extra steps that ...
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What is an idiom for saying that someone/something is as bad as someone/something else? [closed]

What is an idiom for saying that someone/something is as bad as someone/something else? For example, when someone praises a particular system but condemns the other, we may say that they are both bad ...
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Indiana Jones - The explorer [closed]

I am looking for a word that describes an explorer who travels the world in search of rare items. I'm thinking Indiana Jones, going to far off places in search of magical things... Any help will be ...
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is “Lighting the spark for XYZ” a meaningful phrase in english? [closed]

I am trying to translate or rather come up with an English expression for the German "den Funken überspringen lassen" for a title of an academic paper. My best solution so far is "Lighting the spark ...
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What’s a catchy phrase that means get the most out of your dollar? [closed]

I’m trying to finish a speech, and I was thinking of a catchy last idiom to wrap it up. It was on the tip of my tongue and it I think it mean get the most out of your dollar or something like that.... ...
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Word/phrase/idiom for 'taking flak' (any kind to any degree) from people who can't handle part of a task (a basic detail)

Sometimes, people are not up for the task to which they've committed themselves. That is, they have a problem handling a part of it, for whatever reason. Instead of admitting that, they respond by ...
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Other ways to say “living in the gray” [closed]

Life is not black and white. There seldom is a definitive right or wrong. We need to learn to live in the gray. We need to consider and take aspects from each side in order to make practical life ...
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A donkey does not know what kind of fruit persimmon is

The above-mentioned idiom comes from my native language. We use it when we are referring to a person ( often tasteless and unsophisticated one ) who finds it hard to appreciate a good thing or does ...
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Idiom about something being very different

I need an idiom for two things being very different in amount (price) for negotiating. I’m trying to remember something along the lines of moon and ground/sky and ground, but I can’t remember the ...
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Is there an opposite phrase for “The apple never falls far from the tree”?

I was doing some research on idioms, and came upon the thought of whether there is an opposite idiom for The apple never falls far from the tree. as in "The offspring have much in common with ...
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Is there an idiom for when the source is “clean” but the product isn't?

I was thinking of having a sentence that goes like: This situation presents the paradox of ________. Basically, I want to say that it's ironic that the worst human rights abuses can be traced back ...
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Is there an idiom for the phrase 'that's not what I meant'? [closed]

I'm looking for an idiom for the phrase 'that's not what I meant' and Google seems to be of no help whatsoever.
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Synonym for “in the blink of an eye”

I am translating from Middle Egyptian to English. For those who are curious, here is the hieroglyphic inscription: However, this is not a question about Middle Egyptian, but rather English. The ...
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A less morbid equivalent of the idiom “Giving someone enough rope to hang himself”

What may be a less morbid equivalent of the idiom "Giving someone enough rope to hang himself"? In other words, an idiom for empowering someone with a capability that they might, through ignorance, ...
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Idiom for premonition

I am trying to remember an idiom that is used when someone has a premonition about something, often coincidentally i.e. I am thinking about someone and then they call me. I know there is the ...
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Alternatives to the expression “double down on something”

In broadcast news, especially from the US, recently there is frequent use of the expression "double down on something", usually when public figures repeat some claim they previously made, and usually ...
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I am looking for an expression, idiom or proverb for a Hindi saying “ulta karobar” which literally means “turtled business” or “upside-down acts”

I am looking for an expression, idiom or proverb for a Hindi saying "ulta karobar" which literally means "turtled business" or "upside-down business" and relates to the disorderly handling of an issue ...
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An idiom describing the end of argument?

If some people arguing about something, a common rumor, for example which is not yet confirmed. But when the concerned party had said its word and ends the argument forever, and people stopped arguing ...
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Is there an English equivalent to this French idiom : “Brasser du vent”? [closed]

This idiom means "Talking a lot without significant results". I was wondering if there was a specific idiom to say this. So far, I have found nothing but "hot air merchant".
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Can I use “replace someone with someone or something else”?

Suppose you're talking to someone (or you're doing something with someone). You're quite passionate about the conversation or, in general, the situation. Say, at a certain point, the phone of the ...
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Phrase or idiom request: To indicate to someone you feel like you are being used? [closed]

What is a phrase or idiom that would indicate to someone that you feel like you're being used? An answer would be much appreciated !
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Is there idiom for searching something that might not exists?

I come from Bulgaria and we have a proverb that says (translated one to one) "You're searching calf under the ox." which literally means that I am searching for something that might not exists. ...
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“Making too much soup off of one oyster” idiom

"Making too much soup off of one oyster" has been a common saying in my family. However, I can't find anything about it online or anyone else who uses it! Am I just crazy weird, or have I messed up ...
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A person who doesn’t drink much to control others? [duplicate]

I think I've heard it some time ago but I can't remember. Is there an English word or idiomatic expression for "A person who doesn’t drink much to control others"?
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What would be the most suitable phrase or idiom for a situation where I am very bad at one thing and extremely good at a different related thing?

E.g. I am extremely bad at playing football but extremely good at playing foosball. So what would be the appropriate phrase or idiom for such a scenario?
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How to say that “watch this movie continuously till the end”?

I am bit confused and lack of words when I am trying to say this. Sometimes when a movie is full of thrill and suspense we should watch it till the end to get the suspense revealed. But due to lack of ...
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What was a blind man lamenting about ? Of course about his eyes

I am looking for an equivalent idiom or expression in English. In my native language this idiom is used when somebody makes, I would say, an unnecessary statement (to emphasize the obvious fact ) in ...
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Is there a positive counterpart of “Showing one's true colors”?

Showing one's true colors applies to a situation where a person did something that you perceive as negative. For instance: I thought Jake was a nice guy, but at the club, he showed his true colors. ...
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Another phrase for 'more that meets the eye'

I was wondering if there is another phrase that has the same meaning as 'more than meets the eye'? I have an assignment discussing picture books and my friend told me about this phrase, but I don't ...
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Idiom for paying a price without any gain

Can someone please provide an idiom for a situation when one gains nothing from a certain affair, but still has to pay the price for it. For example: a person goes to a resturant to have a meal with ...
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Word(s) to say if someone doesn't want one thing they surely don't want some second thing

I have been going crazy trying to find this word and I just cant seem to be successful. The word is to state something kind of obvious. Here is an example on where/how to use it: Parent: "Do you ...
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Other ways to say 'take your time' / 'whenever you can' / 'no rush'? [duplicate]

Are there other ways to say Take your time? I know: Whenever you can It's not (terribly) urgent No rush Any other ideas?
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In my native language, we have a saying - a stone will get a wretched person, going uphill

Is there a similar saying or idiomatic expression in English, which would correlate with the above-mentioned one, implying that misfortune will befall even on those ones, already in trouble ?
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What is the term for an argumentative style that relies on immediately extrapolating or threatening worst outcomes? [closed]

For example "You don't want to see the Jumanji sequel?!? I'm filing for divorce." "The soup is cold? I'm throwing dinner in the trash." "You're buying a house in Harlem? I predict your kids will ...
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“Hock the Rembrandt”

I read that expression recently. It was used more or less as follows: It is very expensive: so, if you really want to acquire it, be prepared to hock the Rembrandt. I would like to know if this ...
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Idiom for a creature we sacrifice because it/s/he is the weakest

I am looking for an idiom for a creature/person we choose to sacrifice in a tough situation. We choose that creature/person because we have to choose one, and that creature will cause the least ...
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An idiom for “saddened /or fretful” due to the weather

I have been searching for an idiom for saddened for quite a while now, and am not found an answer that satisfied me. I have found the idioms below • down in the dumps- Someone who is down in the ...
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How to best describe a context that looks funny, but it is actually dramatic?

What is the best way to describe in English (expression, idiom) a context that at first sight is funny (most would laugh), but a deep analysis will make it really serious or even dramatic (to cry over)...
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An idiomatic expression for “overconsumption in the face of a shortage”

I would like an idiom to describe a situation: Examples: During World Wars I and II, food was not really scarce in the US and UK, but there was a lack of variety and rationing. There was “hoarding”...
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Idiom for “intellectually malnourished” [closed]

Titular phrase serves the meaning well enough, just that I've got the nagging feeling of forgetting a more common, less conspicuous one. Intellectual deprivation could ring derogatory. Intellectual ...
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Is there an expression or idiom to express in an informal/funny way that it is a person's fault when something is not working?

There is an informal expression used in my native language (Romanian) that may be literally translated to "it takes a look at the human being". This is used when a person cannot use some kind of ...
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Is there an expression or idiom to express a heavy burden left by some previous leadership?

In my native language (Romanian) there is an idiom usually used by politicians to blame the previous politicians in power which literally translates to "heavy inheritance" or "weighty inheritance". ...
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What is the shorter way of saying - “I am sharing my understanding, in a hope to get corrected”? [closed]

I am looking for a concise way of saying or writing, "I am sharing my understanding about blah, in a hope to get corrected". The phrase "IMHO" expresses part of the idea, but does not necessarily ...
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English equivalent of “brain turned into yogurt”

In Hindi, there is an idiom "दिमाग का दही हो गया" (dimaag ka dahi ho gaya) which literally translates to "brain turned into yogurt". This is used when you're mentally exhausted and unable to think ...