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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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What’s a catchy phrase that means get the most out of your dollar?

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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What is a word for an argumentative victory via empty rhetoric and audience manipulation?

A word or phrase with similar usage as a "pyrrhic victory", but meaning that the argument was won in an invalid/disingenuous way via empty (but effective) rhetoric and superior persuasive skills. ...
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Is there any standard terminology to describe how advanced a topic is?

Background: I have been searching for succinct language for referring to how "advanced" a topic or skill might be. I've found things like Integrative Complexity and the Model of Hierarchical ...
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“His songs fly away in quotations” (Russian expression, looking for an English alternative)

Он является одним из главных исполнителей российской сцены и настоящим народным артистом, песни которого разлетаются на цитаты. He is one of the most well-known Russian entertainers and a true ...
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What is an equivalent phrase to “to shoot one's wad” when referring to using up all of your “ammo”, clout, goodwill, etc too early?

The phrase to "shoot your wad" is an old phrase meaning to use or overuse something too early. The phrase was used recently by an older US senator and it was misinterpreted by many as having sexual ...
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Term describing a group's relatively greater ability to resist capricious law enforcement?

(This requires a bit of setup, so please bear with it...) Suppose a malfeasant administration works to pass an unreasonable general law against some commonplace custom as a subterfuge by which to ...
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Question that someone answers in lies to be morally right?

There are questions you ask someone and most of the time they will just answer in lies either to not hurt other people, to prevent confrontation, or to not be seen as a shallow people. Is there any ...
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What is a phrase for this? [on hold]

My characters dreamt of being adults all their life and now they are.- " How is it now?" There must be an interesting way to put this question, that make it it seem a little sad. I've already tried "...
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Efficient way to describe someone employed but not at the place you're talking about [on hold]

The context I'm describing a particular type of school: privately-owned, a very specific subject taught, and along with the actual employees of the school, there are "coaches" who currently work ...
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Next Meeting vs. the NEXT Meeting

My organization meets the same day (3rd Thursday) every month. On our web site, I am displaying rotating announcements with details for "April Meeting", "May Meeting", and so on. I want to add headers ...
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V-ed + noun or Noun + V-ed

Could you show me if there is any difference between the sentences below about using the phrasal noun? Almost half of people surveyed (47%) had been to Blackpool Finally, Chessing World had ...
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Is there a good secular equivalent of “God be With you”? [closed]

A co-worker is leaving for an urgent emergency trip home. No details, but sounds like a family member is very ill and might die. So "have fun" and even "hope it goes well" are out...there's no ...
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How to call articles, online courses, educational videos with one phrase?

I want to write a sentence "You can put any ... on our platform". ... is a phrase that would mean articles, online courses, educational videos, etc. 1) What would be the appropriate phrase? 2.1) Is "...
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How to speak of identity

I am a French-Welsh bi-national living and working in France. I am translating the institutional brochure of a French company whose activities are to print all types of 'identity' papers such as ...
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Is there a word or phrase defining a bad faith argument that something is not worth doing?

I feel like there is a logical fallacy or bad faith argument for a claim that something is pointless, worthless, or has no effect: "Contact your congresspeople!" "There's no point. It doesn't do ...
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Shorten this sentence to 3 words… "Choose a preferred envelope labeled with what your tip will be spent on [closed]

3 word phrases I've shortened it so far to Choose your reason for tipping Choose your gratuity option Choose your cause> works but I'm not necessarily asking for donations just offering a fun way ...
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Shortened form of “the fact that she was alive”

Consider the following sentence: After she faked her death, she kept the fact that she was alive a secret from the rest of the world. Here "the fact that she was alive" is a clear reference to her ...
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“My colleague's body is amazing”

My colleague's body is amazing: She's comfortable wearing sleeveless clothing while the rest of us are shivering in jumpers She can travel halfway around the world for two weeks, then come back and ...
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What is the rhetorical device that modifies a famous phrase, similar to antithesis?

According to Wikipedia: An antithesis must always contain two ideas within one statement A similar effect (parallelism emphasizing opposition of ideas) can be created in which the first element is ...
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What is a better way of saying “the natives”? [on hold]

I wish to describe groups people who live in the land of their ancestors. In other words, people who live in the same region as their ancestors have since time immemorial. Words that come to mind are:...
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Phrase that means “mastery of a system without understanding the underlying principles”? [closed]

Is there a word or phrase to describe a situation where a person masters a system, but does not understand the underlying principles? Here are a few examples of such situations: Person A is expert ...
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Opinion stated as proven fact

I'm having a TERRIBLE geriatric moment in my mid-forties. I know this phrase, I've used it before, and it has suddenly left the building. For about the last hour. It's driving me insane, please ...
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What is a word/phrase that could be defined as “the conflict between individual liberty and the public interest”?

What is a word/phrase that could be defined as “the conflict between individual liberty and the public interest”? I.e. the conflict between the state protecting individual rights and the state ...
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How to say that I drink a coffee that is not the same as the coffee that other people drink?

I'd like to avoid repeating the words coffee and drink. I feel like writing "I drink a coffee different from other people", but this sounds weird, because of course my coffee is not the same as other ...
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Word for “direction“ where which way you're pointing to doesn't matter?

Serbian language has a distinction between “smer” and “pravac”. “smer” is a straight line when you turn towards something. It's similar to a vector or a ray in maths. For example, “left”. “pravac” is ...
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Polite way of saying “stop smoking here” [closed]

Which one of the following is correct : Would you mind "no smoking" here Would you mind "not smoking" here
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Gender-neutral “Jane Doe” / “John Doe”

Is there a gender-neutral alternative to "Jane Doe" / "John Doe"? I would like to provide an example of signed form, but how to avoid using gender when it comes to names? Is there some widely-used ...
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Phrase or words to describe a diva/prima donna

Good day, I am looking for phrases or words to describe a diva, prima donna. Someone who is used to being spoilt, who does not like getting their proverbial hands dirty but instead just wants to be ...
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How to verbalize the correct statement of a measure in mixed units

I want help phrasing the instructions in a math question. The issue is the correct way to express mixed units. For example, if an answer is “25 inches,” I don’t want to accept “25 inches” or “1 foot ...
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Term for the “extreme-extension” version of a straw man fallacy?

Take the most obvious, unimpeachable statement imaginable: Drinking water is good for humans. I am looking for a word that describes the action of taking the argument, applying some unreasonable ...
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Slang or scientific term for “mental food”?

By saying "mental food" I mean something that you enjoy digesting mentally, like watching a football game or reading a comic book. (It is in contrast to "physical food" which you physically eating the ...
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How to describe having the same amount of advantages and disadvantages?

I am writing a discussion paper and am taking a neutral position in the argument. In other words, there are the same amount of ideas for and against the topic. How can I express my disposition in ...
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How to discuss my unexpected experimental results? [closed]

In my research, I found that my proposed scheme does not provide very "high performance" gains as compared to the conventional scheme I was testing against. Still, my results are better and I am ...
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Using it appears likely in sentence

I want to use a synonym or other different words for (it appears likely): The sentence is: By comparing the formulas for quantity1 and quantity2 ,it appears likely that quantity1 > quantity1 for all ...
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Paying for everybody, to be paid back later [closed]

Is there is any word or phrase (American English or British English) denoting somebody in a group or circle who takes charge of paying all expenses of the group, which will be later paid back by the ...
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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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Phrasal verbs meaning stop being consistent in doing something?

I would like to know some commonly-used phrasal verbs referring to the action of stop being consistent in doing something. A phrasal verb that sounds natural and can be used in the following context. ...
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Is there a word or phrase for nostalgia for an era in which one didn't live?

I am thinking that if such a word or phrase existed, that the French, or Germans, or Japanese would have one. But is there one in English? Is it even appropriate to say one is nostalgic for an era ...
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An expression for the trigger of something that was inevitable [duplicate]

I'm looking for a way to describe the thing that finally triggers something after rising tensions. For example, some isolated incident triggers massive protests, but the protests are really due to ...
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What do you call a question at the beginning of a questionnaire?

In a questionnaire for a housing survey, it starts with the following question: Do you rent the house you are living in? If the respondent answers "No", move on to the next question. If ...
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Expression for an expression meaning what it doesn't mean

What would one call a word, phrase or expression that, by usage or by miscoinage, comes to mean something which, by etymology, it does not, and more importantly, should not mean in the first place? ...
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Is there a term for accumulated dirt on the outside of your hands and feet?

As I sat in the steam room after half-killing myself at the gym earlier today, contemplating the meaning of life, I noticed that a certain amount of dirt had accumulated on the lateral sides of my – ...
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Is there a phrase that can replace “consists in part” when the part is about half?

If I say that My job consists in part of scheduling meetings. I understand that this is some relatively small part of the job. If instead I say something like My job consists in large part of ...
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Phrase for “changing street side”?

Imagine you're walking on a pedestrian path, you see a shady person coming towards you and you cross the street to continue walking on the other side. In German, there's a short and easily ...
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Person/Group that claims all the work but can't deliver because they are overloaded

Is there a phrase or expression to describe a person or group that claims all of the work/tasks but can't deliver because they are so oversubscribed?
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God save the king

What is the etymology for the phrase, “God save the king?” All that I find is a trail back to the song. Yet it seems to me that there must be an origin that goes back into the language.
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Is there a word/phrase that describes someone flinching after they sip alcohol?

Even flinching isn't the best way to describe it. Example: a person will take a sip of a strong alcoholic beverage (take for instance, straight whiskey) and then will proceed to make that iconic ...
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Requesting someone to perform a task without sounding pushy

In writing, I need to request that my doctor perform several tasks for me as soon as reasonably possible. I am almost completely sure they will be willing to perform all these tasks. I don't want to ...
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Is there a word for this cultural phenomenon?

Sometimes definitions reverse direction, like when in the American sensibility, hard work and thrift lead to success and wealth and yet somehow now the presumption is that wealth is the obvious sign ...
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A good phrase/verb to replace “introduce” [closed]

I am giving a presentation to introduce the career path of bioinformatics researchers to a group of Ph.D. students. In the presentation abstract I have: I will [introduce] the responsibilities ...