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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 polite way to say I will not be working?

I want to let my co-workers know that I will not be working on a given day due to a national holiday. However, just saying I will not be working Thursday, due to a national holiday Feels a little ...
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What is the document called that documents warranty repairs?

When you bring a device to warranty repairs, the repairmen fixes it, and then hands it back along with a document that states what was done. What is this document called (titled)? "Warranty repair ...
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“School performance decline ” [on hold]

I would appreciate it if you could help me with this question. Do English speakers have such a phrase "School performance decline "? If not, then what? what if I want to talk about university?
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Polite text for 5-star review link [on hold]

I created a plugin with "Give a 5-star review" link on the settings page. I would like the users not to be irritated by what may seem like nagging or commanding, especially that annoyed users could ...
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looking for a word or phrase meaning the strive, or striving for, excellence in the potential of human ability

With all the talk of, and advances made in, the striving for excellence in our bodies and minds (nutrition, exercise, mental, psychological, etc--eg. bio-hacking), isn't there an expression of some ...
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How to write this best? [on hold]

Please let me know your computer name, so that I will schedule the software
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I seek a word for the expectation that any arbitrary group of people can be held morally accountable as though they're a single moral agent

I think this must be a cognitive error of some kind. I just now read the phrase, "the hypocrisy of the left", and it occurred to me that hypocrisy is a moral action, which can be taken only by a moral ...
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Term for “bending in multiple directions at the same time” - “mind bending”, actually

I want to extend the expression "mind bending" to mean "mind bending in multiple directions at the same time". My intuition to "mind bending" is an object becoming curved to roughly a quarter ...
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Phrase for group with no actual power

There is a phrase for a group of people who don't hold any actual power but are put together, like in a committee, to seem powerful. But they are only a symbol... A something something. Two words. Can'...
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Is it right to say “You are waiting me on a mistake” [migrated]

If there's some person e.g. in your work space who is waiting on you to make a mistake then to give you a warning or something, is it right to tell him " You're waiting me on a mistake"? How can I ...
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What do you call a robe that's parted in the middle and is longer in the back?

I have a reference picture of what I'm actually talking about, it's the.. coat/robe that the elf is wearing below. It's got like this tear-drop skirt, and I'm not sure whether 'coat' or 'robe' is more ...
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What is a word or term for extreme questioning?

Could someone tell me please the word for when someone reports a crime, but under extreme questioning they change their story as they are made to doubt the other persons intentions and relents and ...
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Formal sounding word or phrase for “punish”

In my writing I encounter topics about regulations and I am forced to use the word "punish" very frequently. The tone of my writing should be formal / professional, and I am at my wit's end as to how ...
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Term for sports in which the competition is directly against the actions of a rival

Is there a word or short phrase describing sports such as football, tennis, fencing, martial arts in which the competitors act directly against each other? I would like to distinguish these sports ...
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Someone whose aspirations exceed abilities or means

What would be a clear and concise way to describe someone whose ambitions or aspirations far exceed his means or abilities?
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Word for person who takes care of something [closed]

I'm making a software form in which the user needs to specify the person from within the organization who needs to address a certain repair or other technical issue (e.g., custodian) as well as the ...
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Polite form of “red herring” or a word or phrase meaning unintentional distraction

In another life I posted a comment calling someone's answer a "red herring" because I felt that it was distracting from the true problem: D3 is a red herring here. Your solution works because you ...
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A word/phrase for someone who finds significance in anything/tries to rationalise anything

I'm looking for a word to describe someone who makes themselves believe that anything that happens to them is for a reason, or believing "it's a sign!!" For example: "that person is a (noun)." or "...
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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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Opposite of “Squeaky wheel gets the grease”

I want a fun and playful retort to use against someone who says "The squeaky wheel gets the grease", which, according to the so-named Wikipedia1 article means: The squeaky wheel gets the grease is ...
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Word meaning not to do something for a while to get a different feeling once you do it?

What would be a word or short phrase meaning not to do something for a certain period of time in order for it to feel better, or stronger, once you finally do it? I'm looking for a better way to say ...
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What's another way of saying “still revolving around a previous topic”? [on hold]

What's another way of saying "still revolving around a previous topic"? Still revolving around a previous topic, their discussions today concern the philosophy of life.
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Is there another way of saying “to take refuge in alcohol”?

Is there another way of saying "to take refuge in alcohol"? something idiomatic or so? For example, under the pressures of life, he took refuge in alcohol!
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Is “false concedence” a thing? If not, is there an established term?

concedence /kənˈsiːd(ə)ns/ noun 1) The action of conceding; concession, agreement. Here's what I describe as false concedence: Expressing that you concede a less consequential point, but only ...
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Standard (legal?) phrase for a clear mind

Is there a standard (possibly legal) phrase to denote that a person has a clear mind and is capable of doing things well and understanding the consequences of their actions (as opposed to being e.g. ...
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Phrase for saying we can only speculate

I am looking for a more formal variation of this sentence: "We can only speculate at this point." Perhaps what is taking away from the professional feel that I want is the first person "We." ...
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An adjective to replace “so random” (to describe one who is apt to say random things)

Among friends, we describe a person as "so random" (he/she is so random) if that person says random things (often in group discussions). That is, we do not use it as defined below (i.e., he/she is "so ...
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Any idiom similar to “Hunger wall”?

Hunger Wall was a fortification project which had questionable strategical importance, but it allowed anyone to work there for food thus avoiding famine without handouts(might not be 100% historically ...
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Word or phrase for set of events with no context as to timing

What is a word to use for a set of events that are reported with no context in terms of date or time, or frequency? The speaker claims, "someone told us you did X", but we don't know if they're ...
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A name/word suggestion for person who travels the world and collects rare items of decor/furniture

For a project that I am doing, I need a name or word suggestion. The premise is that a individual is an explorer, or a traveller on adventures to far flung places, and collects & finds unique ...
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a word (or a phrase) available when you just remembered something [closed]

Imagine a situation as mentioned below. You are talking with your friend, get satisfied, finish the talk, and open the door to go out, but suddenly you remember something to tell and say to him, "Oh,...
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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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How to describe a level that is a bit harder than “a piece of cake”

I am struggling to describe a process that is a bit harder than a piece of cake - meaning it will take a little bit of effort to figure it out but not that hard. Is there any phrase or slang that I ...
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What phrases/idioms are there to convey an issue has gone on for too long? [closed]

For example, perhaps a business project that should have been completed 4 weeks ago is still unfinished. One might say "it's dragging on" I need other phrases or idioms that convey that same meaning,...
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Exam question bothering me [closed]

Are both options correct? How much time ______ with your cousin in London last summer? A. have you spent B. did you spend
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Title for a list of disclaimers, prerequisites, FYIs

I'm about to start a workshop and I'd like to have a "before we start" slide in which I'll communicate: several prerequisites for attendees to better understand the content, set several boundaries in ...
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Looking for a well-known idiom, phrase, or expression for “[they] make it into a whole procession” [closed]

To describe someone carrying out a standard task in an overly elaborate way, with zeal. Description should be humorous, snarky, taking a jab at the someone who is overcomplicating things. Etched in ...
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Is there a word/phrase to describe torching dead bodies? [closed]

I am looking for a word to describe torching a dead body; does cremate suit?
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Is there a word or phrase to describe a job that requires a college degree?

I'm trying to think of a way to say a person has a job that is (more than likely) only available to the college educated. The idea is to convey a level of success. The terms I've thought of are: ...
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The expression to describe free serving of food/drink

Imagine this situation. A man finally achieves what he has been trying to achieve for long. When he gets the news, he is sitting in a restaurant. Elated, he asks the restaurant manager to serve all ...
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What is the word for someone who is willing to do anything for a fee

My character Laila is a sort of allrounder, jack of all trades and will do anything, from being your lawyer or temporary girlfriend to going undercover in the government, assassinating someone or even ...
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Is there a word or phrase for nodding/agreeing with your eyes only, not head?

When you say someone has nodded in agreement it is meant that they are lowering and raising their head to signify their agreeance without needing to say anything. There is a more subtle version of ...
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When you agree with a person's point but you find their way of making that point obnoxious

Let's say you're listening in on/reading a conversation about some topic, and someone in that conversation decides to make their own point. In terms of the point they're making you can agree with them,...
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Is 'contemporary' ambiguous and if so is there a better word?

It's not that I don't know what contemporary means. It's just that in my specific sentence (below) I'm not sure if it could be ambiguous. If it is ambiguous, then I'm looking for a word or phrase to ...
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Need less offensive way to say “he doesn't know the difference between his ass and a hole in the ground.”

I'm writing something in a tone that is just a little too formal for "he doesn't know the difference between his ass and a hole in the ground" or "he doesn't know dipshit." I need something that ...
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What word describes the ability or capacity of oneself on a given day

I am looking for a word that describes one's ability to accomplish a task on the present day, as in a athlete's daily fitness, which is what google translate offered me when I tried to translate the ...
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Phrase for the opposite of “foolproof”

Is there a concise way to describe something that is poorly designed, such that users are likely to accidentally make errors when using it? I'm looking for pretty much an exact antonym for "foolproof"....
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What do you say about a person who is a higher rank than a hobbyist?

What do you say about someone who does something as a hobby, but has higher knowledge than others and can transfer his/her hobby into a profession? Example sentence: "Adam has superior knowledge ...
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Term for wiping hands together to get dirt off?

What is a term for wiping hands together to get dirt off? For example, when someone falls down and they push themselves up and clean their hands by sort of clapping but then rubbing sideways.
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Others ways to say “I wish you the best in your decision”

I'm writing a business letter. Wondering if there are other ways to say "I wish you the best in your decision" (already used it in a recent letter to the same person). Found "I wish you well in your ...