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Questions tagged [phrase-requests]

This tag is for questions seeking a phrase that fits a meaning. If you're specifically seeking only a single word, see the "single word requests" tag too.

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Is there a word or expression to describe when someone has learned a big word and is waiting for an opportunity to use it?

Is there a word or expression to describe when someone has learned a big word and is waiting for an opportunity to use it, in conversation, or otherwise?
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What’s a good English expression for the Chinese idiom “buying horse bones with much gold” (千金买马骨)?

"千金买马骨” literally means buying horse bones with much gold. This Chinese idiom comes from "Stratagems of the Warring States- Yan Dynasty" 《战国策·燕策一·燕昭王收破燕后即位》. It is said that an ancient courtier ...
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What is a single-word adjective for relating /pertaining to physical addictiveness?

I need an adjective which means roughly 'of a tendency to cause physical dependence' that can be applied to drugs. 'Addictive' or the like won't work because it doesn't distinguish between physical ...
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What do you call it when you come up with a phrase to fit an acronym?

You see this in marketing sometimes, where a product or company with an acronym name later comes up with a phrase that fits the acronym for an ad campaign or a related product. For example, if your ...
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Alternative to “queer the deal”?

The phrase queer at­ti­tude used to be com­mon­place, sim­ply mean­ing a strange at­ti­tude or un­help­ful be­hav­ior. Un­for­tu­nately in the present era, I once used that phrase and sadly of­fended ...
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Opposing homonyms [duplicate]

I'm aware of precisely one word that is spelled and pronounced the same, yet has a completely opposite meaning depending on its context: sanction. On one hand, it is official permission for something....
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What determines how much of a repetition can be omitted for shortening?

Given two sentences with the same subject, we can merge them into one. The rooftop designs differ in their ability to keep buildings cool. The rooftop designs differ in their ability to capture ...
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A word that means “lacking meaning/context because displaced” (besides “anachronistic”)

If something is out of place in time, we call it anachronistic. I want a word that means something lacks meaning or context because of geographic or conceptual displacement rather than chronological ...
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What is a phrase to descibe the opposite of a “glass ceiling” at the workplace?

The phrase "glass ceiling" is used to describe the situation where women or minorities encounter invisible barriers to their progression in a company's hierarchy. The phrase "bamboo ceiling" ...
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Word for amount of time to be subtracted

What might be a word or short phrase for a period of time intended to be subtracted from a given date? The beginning of the term is calculated by subtracting the _____ from the current date."
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correctness of sentence according to grammatically

is these two sentences are correct (or not) to used them. The farm was used to produce produce. i had to subject the subject to a series of test.
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The term “Fathered” but in a negative/absent way that does not insult the child

Directly below is the excerpt from my novel. I cannot think of a single word, or even a short phrase, that would insult him without insulting the child as well. "He fathered - no, scratch that - he {...
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What's the little number on the top of a number w/ unit?

I want to ask what is the little numbers on top/over any random number? For example, 75 in² and 125 ft3. What is it called and what does it mean is my question. I couldn't find anything online since I ...
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Word that means political aspect of a topic

word or phrase to replace "politicallity" - which isn't a word. i'm doing a presentation and need a word to title the slide. the slide is covering political aspects of a subject.
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“Durch den Wind sein” in English

How would you translate "Ich bin etwas durch den Wind" into English? "Durch den Wind sein" means having scattered or not fully coherent thoughts, not having full presence of mind (Geistesgegenwart), ...
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Male-male dominance/status challenge

'The antler dance', 'locking horns', 'butting heads': I don't think these are exactly the right way to describe what I'm thinking of. What is it called when two men, both fairly dominant in their ...
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Other words to replace “let's”?

I am writing a project paper, and I find myself using the phrase "let's" a lot. I'm wondering if there are other phrases or words that I can use instead of "let's"? I've searched for an answer but ...
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What do you call the “market cap” of an entire industry/sector?

Is there a specific word or phrase that can be used to describe the total monetary value (or estimated value) of an entire industry (e.g. the Agriculture industry), or of a narrowly-focused sector (e....
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Is there an olfactory equivalent expression to “the scenic route”?

"Taking the scenic route" implies taking a less direct alternative to the most direct route toward some destination for the purpose of experiencing more interesting scenery along the way. So, is there ...
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English equivalent of Greek “στο πτυχίο”

I am looking for a translation to the Greek "επι πτυχίω" or "στο πτυχίο". The meaning of the phrase is that an undergraduate student has completed the necessary semesters in order to graduate but ...
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Expression meaning a person interpreting something in a way that is relevant to them

In a group discussion I ended up saying something, which a friend of mine took to a different (demeaning) direction as a joke. Now what I would say in this scenario is something along the lines of "...
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Doing something almost completely

I'm trying to reply to an email from a research collaborator. He sent me an article of his and asked me to review it. My question is what is the proper word/phrase to convey that I have read the ...
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A word or phrase for a law against a specific person

Normally when a person gets in trouble with the law it's about a law that could apply to anyone: murder, theft, etc. Is there a name for a law that's against a specific person instead of the crime?
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What do you call it when it's the ladies who invite to dance?

is there something called the "American quarter of an hour" meaning that it's a specific part of the evening at a club when it is the ladies who invite the men to dance? I am translating from French ...
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How to define common word for health places?

I have these words : Public hospitals - Pharmacy store - Doctors clinic - Gym club training & gym supplements store - Makeup artist room & store. Is there a common word for : store-clinic-...
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Word/phrase for “created by someone with poor imagination”

Is there a word or phrase for "created by someone with poor imagination"? (Preferably not very offensive. "Think big" is not offensive, so maybe this doesn't need to be offensive either)
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A word or phrase to describe “ones whom I subscribe to”?

A content creator has "subscribers". How should I call the name of the list of creators whom I subscribe to? Some websites use the label "following"/"subscribing" but I'm not satisfied. An example: I ...
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What is it called when authors lend citation to one another? [closed]

Citation is one metric of researchers. That is why some of them lend citation to one another. For example, A writes a paper and cites B's work in it, providing that B does the same for A. Is there ...
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Word/phrase for satisfied but not quite

What may be a word or phrase for "satisfied but not quite?" A friend of mine asked me this and I realized I had no idea how to say this. It isn't really an uncommon feeling, so I thought it may be ...
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Word when two people use two different languages in a conversation [duplicate]

Is there a word that describes or denotes a type of conversation in which two speakers speak two different languages. In our country, Pakistan, there are approximately 75 languages, from which Urdu, ...
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Term for people in the same life situation

What is a term for people in the same life situation? Like, people who have the same health issue, or pregnant women.
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Is the phrase 'accreditation award ceremony' grammatically correct?

I'm looking for a phrase that describes 'certificate giving ceremony'. 'Accreditation' seemed like good word but upon further searching I saw the phrase 'accreditation award ceremony'. -The word '...
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Equivalent of “Muft ka chandan ghis mere Nandan” a Hindi phrase which means “Freer the sandalwood, rubs as much you opportunist” said sarcastically

There is a saying in Hindi in India "Muft (free) ka Chandan (sandalwood) ghis (rub) mere (my) Nandan (name of a person)" (मुफ्त का चन्दन घिस मेरे नंदन) which translates "Free sandalwood, rub as much ...
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Permission to use image [migrated]

I would like to request permission to use an image posted on this site. The image is of twining vines which would be used in section transition pages, to suggest twining of content between chapters, ...
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What is it called when someone who is not the author is mentioned on the paper as one of the authors?

What is it called when someone who is not the author is mentioned on the paper as one of the authors? Some postgraduate students have to put the name of their professors on their papers as one of ...
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Term for elevating the value of something by naming it in association with a positive thing?

I'm looking for a term to describe making something sound more legitimate or authoritative by giving it a name similar to something else with those qualities. A specific example would be relabeling "...
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Is there a term for solving a sub-sub problem of a problem so far removed from the main problem the link is not clear?

In some situations, trying to solve a problem uncovers another problem. Attempts to fix that uncover yet another. A few more rounds and one can be doing something seemingly completely unrelated to the ...
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Another word for 'said proudly' [closed]

Consider this sentence: "My handwriting is very good" said Smith proudly I want to replace "said Smith proudly" with something that will appear a bit more professional or polished but with the ...
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Word/phrase for vastly different methodologies/theories that lead to taking the same action?

Is there a good way to describe theories that are very different in their underlying story about how a system works, yet the theories prescribe similar actions. ("actions" assume the theory is ...
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A word/phrase for something that does not do justice to something?

This system of evaluation is not doing justice to the employees' work. Those who are good are getting fewer scores, and those who are not good are getting higher scores. The system does not reveal ...
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A word for extending one's employment

So the company evaluates the employees every year and those who satisfy requirements in the evaluation can keep working in the company. X is required for ----? employment extension? expansion? ......
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A word/phrase for the ranking of academics?

University professors are ranked based on different criteria. They are assistant, then associate, then full prof., etc. I am looking for a word/phrase of such evaluation and giving titles. Is there ...
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Word/phrase for copying down incorrectly

I'm looking for a word or phrase to describe when someone copies something down incorrectly. Specifically, the situation I am thinking about is when someone is solving a problem (using pencil and ...
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I’m a little slow to process my thinking, but rather than just telling people I’m a bit slow I would like something witty to say

Anyone got anything witty to say as if I was sort of saying I’m a bit slow in a witty way or a self respectful way but with a bit a humour, sort of like in a melancholic self depreciating way and ...
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Is there a term I can use for “Handy things to know”

I'm currently doing coursework for one of my subjects and I am building an application to assist a student in memorising certain things within Maths that give them an advantageous edge in exams. The ...
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Equivalent of “teri lal” a Hindi phrase which means “you are right” said sarcastically (but not actually meant) [closed]

There is a saying in Hindi in India "teri lal" which translates "yours is red" which means "Whatever the case may be you are right" as in "you are always right". It is a sarcastic way of telling (...
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A more concise way to express “willing to try without fearing failure”

I wish to talk about the attitude of being willing to try at something no matter whether you fail. The context is talking about students learning a second language: Overcoming the psychological ...
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A word or a phrase for “completely optimised, thoroughly researched technology” [closed]

I am looking for a word or phrase which can be used in the sentence: It is a rather old, but _________________ technology. The word or phrase should address a technology that is totally ...
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Is there a general term for an inventory item that is taken from over time?

For example, let's say there's a business that has reels of wire rope, yarn, or chain. Or even tanks full of gasoline. In all of those cases, what is being sold is not the whole reel or tank, but ...
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Short blurb-style wording for “pizza made at the establishment”

A gastronomic establishment that isn't a pizzeria serves pizza they actually make, as opposed to buying premade pizza and just heating it up. How would they emphasize this fact in a short blurb on ...