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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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Connecting consequences and premises

“Hence”, “therefore”, “ergo”, “so”, “thereupon”, and “thus” are examples of connectors where the premises are written before the conclusion. I am looking for ways to connect a consequence and its ...
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Sardony sarcasm, irony, satire, or what

What is the literary term or convention that best describes the following sentence: "Socrates drank hemlock, therefore you should drink hemlock" The term I seek is similar in form to sardony/...
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Word that means married but also includes pre-marriage relationship?

First, some background. My wife and I dated for 9 years before we got married. We've been married 19 years, so we've been together for a total of 28 years. I am running for my local school board ...
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Is there a word or term for always saying you're going to do something, but then not doing it? [on hold]

For example, my SO always talks about getting all of these tattoos, but then never does. Or, I talk about how I want to go on all of these world-travelling adventures, but then never do. Looking for ...
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A word to describe things that reduce control

I'm writing about the concept of "that which has a chance of preventing the intended or desired result". I refer to it frequently and it's very inconvenient to define it every time so I need to find a ...
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A word or phrase for 'enemy of faith'

I need to translate the German word Glaubensfeind in a text about the antique pagan reactions to Christianity. I'm hoping there's an English word or phrase that sounds better than 'enemy of faith'. ...
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Substitution for : Spearheaded a project which was was never been done in the organization / is been done for the first time in the organization

Substitution for: Spearheaded a project which was never been done in the organization / is been done for the first time in the organization I am looking for a substitute in the form of Spearheaded a ...
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What is a short term for words that have more than one spelling?

Is there a word or short term for words that have multiple valid spellings that don't correspond to any differences in meaning or pronunciation? The different spellings can be described as "spelling ...
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What do you call a person who sells information about other people?

Is there a word or phrase that would describe a person who collects and sells information (possibly some dirt) about other people? I'm not talking about selling data to organisations, more of ...
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Is there a word or phrase to describe someone who wants to know things they can't, or shouldn't? [on hold]

A person wants to know what someone else honestly thinks of them, but doesn't want to ask because they might not be honest, or say everything. How would you briefly describe a person who wants to know ...
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Term or phrase like “pangram” for more general cases

I am looking for a word or phrase like "pangram" that signifies an example of something that contains all the allowable contents of that class of object: "1,234.567809" contains all the generally-...
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Term for rewriting bloated computer code so it's more efficient? [on hold]

This might require technical jargon: what is a good term used for when somebody writes a piece of code, and somebody else comes along and restructures that code so that it takes less space, is more ...
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Listing items in order [on hold]

I was trying to write a report according to this table about railway systems in some metropolitan cities. Then I came to the part of the route length and needed to write a summarizing sentence to ...
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A name for the sound of liquid discharging from a bottle into a glass

Today, I googled, and could find the terms, like dip and plop. Is there any word when we pour water into the glass, and we hear the sound produced within a bottle? As I poured myself a drink, I ...
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A word/phrase for what one says about her internal feelings such as love?

Is there any word/phrase for that kind of utterances by which people talk about their internal feelings rather than external objects? Compare for example: 1) there was an accident in that street. 2)...
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Word or phrase for fake appearance or posturing

I'm looking for a noun (it has to be an object) that expresses the concept of fake appearances. In Spanish, we can express that with the word "facade" understood as the front of a wall (but part of ...
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What do you call people who answer to the point? (irritatingly, annoyingly)

What do you call people who answer to the point? (irritatingly, annoyingly) Example Mr. Hermez is the boss and has an office and his secretary sits in same location with his workstation just outside ...
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How to change the phrase “the way” to an actual “thing”?

I am writing the following: Every single aspect of drones - the mechanical whir of their propellers, the way they gracefully zoom hundreds of feet into the air, the complex sensors that ...
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Alternative to “much different”

I am looking for an alternative word or phrase for the expression "much different". As in "Much different from the ones he knew were the constant white lights on the tall surrounding buildings". Also,...
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How to express pouring to the very top of a receptacle?

For different types of receptacles, such as glasses, cups, jars, pots etc., what is a natural way to describe pouring until its volume is full of the liquid? A construct pour up comes to my mind, but ...
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Word/phrase for a task that must be done in the current sprint

Some tasks are important but can be pushed off until the next sprint (period in which we add developments to software). But some tasks are essential and aboslutely must be completed in the current ...
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I am searching for a word or phrase that describes reflected light, dancing light etc

I am trying to find a word or short phrase that conveys the idea of reflected light, dancing light, flickering light. It is for an artistic project to name an artwork piece I am constructing where ...
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What's a word or phrase to describe the discovery of something startlingly obvious?

Along the lines of Occam's razor, but I'd like to be able to use it in a sentence regarding something specific for my college essay. Here's the context: I grew up in the same house my father ...
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What to say when someone says his day was exhausting? [closed]

What can be the perfect question when someone says his day was so exhausting?
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I am writing a tagline for my business cards to be placed under my business name [closed]

My business is called "Wedding Road" and I help wedding venues, vendors and brides through their wedding journey. For venues it's about getting more wedding receptions, for vendors it's helping them ...
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What words can I use to express two separate relationships instead of “the relationship between” phrase?

I measured the relationship between A and B and then the relationship between A and C separately. Now I need to form my title based on those two separate analyses. When I use "The relationship between ...
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How to reword the following sentence? [closed]

English.stackexchange displays the accepted answer above all others. How do you like the following phrase: pins it above all the other answers. Thanks.
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What’s the name for Gary and Harry’s blood relationship?

Imagine that Gary and Harry are these two guys in a hypothetical family, described in English below and in this diagram represented by the green cells at the bottom: As you see, Gary and Harry are ...
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Alternative ways to say “by a vote of” [closed]

I don't want to sound like I'm copying straight off of the article. I'm looking for another way to say "{Person} won the election by a vote of 533 to 1"
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Different ways to say “Has become better” [closed]

I wanted to know other phrases to replace “have become better” in this sentence: My listening and writing skills have become better than they were before. Thanks in advance!
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A nice way to say “Don't bother me!” [closed]

At my job I perform some operations that need my total focus, that must be completed in one unbroken process without interruption, and I'm frequently approached by a co-worker with a request. I'm ...
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Word or phrase for when you want to send someone a message but don't know is how to reach them

Essentially what the title says. I'm looking for a phrase or saying for when you want to send someone a message but don't know how to reach them. Doesn't 'have' to be English but it would be ...
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“Pudency” vs “Pudicity”

I am writing a text about relation of social moral and body shame, and I am kind of lost in vocabulary. I am looking for a word which means at the same time: Tendency to hide body from exposure ...
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Expression for 'beating or stopping a hole in ground and another one appears?

I have seen this in many cartoons, where the farmer tries to shut one hole in garden so his veggies are not stolen but another one appears and so on and so forth. One of the most obvious example of ...
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Phrase similar to Key User

I'm developing a new business tool regarding digitization/digitalization of key processes. The idea is that each department in the company selects one person who builds/finds/utilizes some technology ...
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Word to express disagreement without an alternative

I'm looking for a word or short phrase that describes when someone disagrees with another's solution to a problem, without offering a solution. Ideally this would also convey that the person who ...
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How to describe a person with no criminal record?

The only word I know to describe such a person is clean. I tried to find out an adjective or a phrase that explicitly talks about criminal record, but couldn't succeed. Examples: There is no ...
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How to concisely describe the act of engaging in pork barrel politics?

Is there a verb that means 'to engage in pork barrel politics'? To give an example, suppose John, a legislator, tells the proponents of a bill that he will not vote for it unless they add a line item ...
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Need a word(s) for a resume that explains a persons' technical mind

My husband can fix anything. Seriously anything. He has his own business repairing boats and boat engines. He is applying for a job as a Plant Manager at a boat manufacturer. I need a phrase that ...
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Phrase/expression for something that is insignificant compared to something else

In Norwegian there is a phrase, piss i havet, that directly translated means; piss in the ocean. This phrase is used when talking about something that might usually be significant, but looked at in ...
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Looking for a word or phrase that means a type of substance plus how much of it

In a recipe we might have: "Flour: 2 cups". In chemistry, the analog is like: "2 drops of water". Similarly, In medicine: "Aspirin: 80mg". The name of the substance by itself has names like "...
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A frequently uttered sentence, phrase, or question [closed]

I am looking for a word or phrase that captures the idea of a frequently uttered sentence, phrase, or question. For instance, there is one sentence or phrase which can be uttered most often during ...
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Word for people who ask to be treated but never accept when offered

I'd like to apologize in advance if I don't make sense. I'm not a native English speaker. Anyway, here's the background: Back home, it is common that your friends ask you for a treat for every ...
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Phrase to describe a potential positive future for a person? [closed]

I am describing a person whose recent performance has been excellent and whose future has potential. What expression can be used other than "future looks potential" or "has a bright future"? It ...
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One who laughs at their own joke

Self-aggrandizing is a word that I have in mind, but it doesn't seem suitable to describe one who laughs at their own joke, even when nobody else does. He's a _______, a person who cannot help but ...
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Word or phrase for “shooting an arrow with a bow”

What's the right way to refer to the act of using a bow and an arrow to shoot? Imagine a situation, in which Jack gave a bow and an arrow to John and asked him to shoot. John did, but since he had no ...
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Is there a term for not identifying with your current age?

"Transgender" refers to someone who doesn't identify with their birth gender. "Transracial" refers to someone who doesn't identify with their birth race. Is there a term for someone who doesn't ...
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Word for speaking without concern for word meaning

What I want to describe (concisely) is when a person speaks, but they use words that don't work with what they are talking about. It's not that they're ignorant, glib, prolix, ostentatious, or ...
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Adjective for “relating to a whole”?

I am trying to find an adjective or word that describes something that is relative/responsive to a larger whole. The context I am interested is in music, e.g. a musical part in a song that is is ...
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Looking for a word - sorry - not sorry [duplicate]

I'm trying to think of a word or phrase that would mean 'Sorry I was caught, but not sorry for what I did' Unrepentant seems the closest for the second part of it, but doesn't quite convey the first ...