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What would be a good humorous alternative to "Let's get a move on"? [closed]

You're stuck in traffic. It's bumper-to-bumper for no apparent reason, and you're annoyed. You want to shout: "Guys, let's get a move on!" But that's trivial and boring. What would be a good ...
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Synonym for "of my production"

Let's say I produce something and sell it, e.g. honey. What would I write on the sign outside my shop? My initial ideas don't sound right: Honey of my production? In-house honey? I'm looking for a ...
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O great Oracle, what are the winning numbers for next week's lottery? [closed]

O great Oracle, what are the winning numbers for next week's lottery? That is the question I would like to ask in the most complicated way possible. Any examples would be most appreciated. Thank you....
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Is there a better word for 'anonymity' here? [closed]

This is the sentence: The Festival was the reason he had chosen this place to enter the country, the safety and 'anonymity' it provided would make his further travels much smoother. Some context: ...
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A word or phrase that means "picky about something they can't have"

I'm searching for a word, phrase, or even an idiom to describe someone who is very picky about things out of their reach. For example, they may love Lamborghinis but think Ferraris are too overstyled ...
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Is there a word for problems that arise from solving another problem? [duplicate]

For example plastics were invented to make life easier. However, the invention of plastics created a new problem for us; plastic pollution.
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What do you call the male equivalent to Cougar (woman)?

What is the male equivalent to the term "cougar"? Clarifying ... The term "cougar" describes an older woman seeking younger men. So a male equivalent would be an older man seeking ...
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In need of the word or phrase describing studying or educating in a non-formal way or as a hobby

So when I was 14 years old I started an interest in psychology. I've been studying it (legitimate medical research articles, textbooks, clinical guides, etc vs googling) for almost 13 years at this ...
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Looking for a word/phrase for "fidgety" [closed]

I am looking for a single word or phrase to describe someone who mindlessly fidgets with things constantly.
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A famous saying or expression to convey "Your highest hopes are old memories to us"

I was wondering if there is a famous saying, an expression (preferably somewhat insulting in tone), to say "Your highest hopes are old memories to us".
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A phrase that means you are indifferent towards the things you are familiar with?

Locals may not even be as well-travelled in their own country as a tourist who is only there for a fraction of the time. Maybe they see the same tourist attractions from a distance time and time again,...
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What do you call a moderate victory?

In the following bible passage, Prophet Elisha prophesies that King Joash should take his bow and arrows, and subsequently orders Joash to use his arrows to strike the ground to signify a symbolic act....
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Phrase or Idiom [duplicate]

What is the phrase or Idiom, if any, that describes two persons who don't move forward because they step from side to side to allow the other to pass as a mark of courtesy?
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Phrase or expression for being on the second level in terms of worseness

Emigration rate for this country is only lower than that of war-zone countries. The sentence is meant to say that the emigration rate of this country is so high that is right after that of war-zone ...
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Is there a specific word/phrase for when you recognise a location from a film/TV/the News?

I'm thinking about the eerie feeling you get when you go to a place and you recognise that it was once plastered all over the news because a serious crime was committed there - or if a serious crime ...
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Is there a term for 'Era when the gods walked amongst men'?

I need it for a story. I cannot use 'era when the gods walked amongst men' every time. So, is there a word in native English or borrowed from another language which has the same or a similar meaning? ...
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A contradictory statement to prove that the phrase just spoken doesn't make sense, or is impossible: "What? that's like saying ___"

A phrase that would work to show that the previous statement is contradictory. Something that is very clearly a paradox/contradictory. "Vegan bacon" would work if it wasn't a real thing. Not ...
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Is there a word or phrase for when people share a way of thinking?

I’m looking for a word of phrase that describes when two people have not only similar perspectives, but come to those perspectives the same ways. Where their value system and thought processes are so ...
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Is there a word or phrase that describes when there is a mismatch between a standard call and response type interaction e.g. greetings & farewells

I have noticed this especially in children when they reach around 5-9 years old, when you ask them questions like, "What's up?", they will automatically respond with, "Good!". Or, &...
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What do you call the other class of the same year and its students?

In a school that has more than one class for each (or most) grade(s), for example, 5A and 5B for 5th grade, what do you call the other (not yours) class and its students? In Russian, it's literally a ...
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Creation in a Biblical sense of producing material out of nothing

Is there a word, phrase or idiom that means creation, in a Biblical sense of producing material, out of nothing? Example; In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Is there no concise ...
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someone much too enthusiastic about something that doesn't concern them

A group of people is too interested, enthusiastic, and excited about a basketball tournament taking place in Armenia when they live in the farthest country from Armenia in the world—New Zealand. They ...
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Word for a path that already exists made by others of an archtype?

I'm looking for a word here; the word for what the user made path is... Let me tell you a story...a story about users... When I was in college; there was a well trampled bit of grass next to the ...
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What do you call the habit of using an example/thought process instead of a specific descriptive word?

I've noticed a tendency (including on the part of certain politicians!) these days to substitute specific words or vocab with a descriptive phrase or almost a stream of consciousness, I guess usually ...
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Is there a word to describe words that sound similar. but which are to0 distinct to be homonyms?

Is there a word, phrase, or other descriptor, that describes two or more words that have a similar - but very specifically not identical - sound to each other, but which have different meanings? ...
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Is there a word or phrase for an 'unwanted favor'? [duplicate]

When I give advice to someone and s/he does not need it, is there a word to describe the advice? More generally, is there a word that refers to an act that is meant as a favor but is not received as ...
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What is it called when two things both have to happen first? [duplicate]

There is something in architecture and construction that is termed "build-ability." I am an architect and builder - it is not that unusual for a clever client to play architect and improve ...
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What is a word for battery "longevity"?

I do NOT mean battery "life" which is how long a battery holds charge. Battery life is usually like 12-24 hours. The word I'm seeking refers to the time you can use the battery daily until ...
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Is Weasel Poo on a Door Knob a Recognised Expression? [duplicate]

The heading says it all. I have seen the above expression (or a few variants) used to describe something smooth, whether a person, or a literal surface. An example, When it comes to women, Alex is ...
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Need a witty alternative to "what's your problem?" [closed]

So if I've got a confrontation between two characters, and one of them is supposed to be somewhat creative and humourous, what is a witty way of putting that old provocation "what's your problem?&...
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People who frequently travel in planes are called…?

What do you call people who travel in a plane? I know "passenger" is appropriate but that is also true for travelling in taxis, trains, ships, and buses. Also, a passenger suggests someone ...
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A Ghost Town (but NOT)

I'm looking to describe (in one word/phrase) the concept of a town losing its economic popularity. Shops closing due to higher business rates. Traffic levels reducing due to lack of employment/poor ...
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The expression relating to bugs biting each other, causing them to move faster in a swarm

This may extend beyond the scope of this stack exchange. In some notes I am writing for a class, I identify that capitalism always demands growth since everyone is always competing to outdo one other. ...
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What is the term for look that asks for thinking? And the question that incites thinking?

Imagine this scenario. Two people are having a conversation in which one is trying to explain something to the other. During the course of conversation, the exponent asks the other person a question ...
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What is an over the shoulder fanny pack called?

A fanny pack (a.k.a. a "bumbag") is a small pouch, usually sealed by a zipper, with an attached belt, meant to be worn around one's waist, an example of which appears below. A fanny pack ...
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Term for a single piece of jargon

I believe there’s a three-word phrase that means “a specific piece of jargon, used in a different sense than it’s normal meaning.” It’s something like word of practice or word of field. It feels more ...
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Idiom to describe that a house has been there for all the history of a family or person

I've been living in the same house ever since my mama birthed me there. From preschool up through high school, you can say _____ I'm pretty sure I've read before poetic phrases along the lines of &...
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Is there a word or phrase used to describe romantic partners of a family both married and unmarried but not the family itself?

In a family with multiple married adult children, the non-blood spouses could be referred to, as a group, as the in-laws of the family. If I also wanted to include unmarried partners (boyfriends/...
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A word or phrase for this kind of metallic colouring?

What is a word or phrase for the kind of metallic colouring shown in the photo, which shows a sculpture in Hong Kong? This colouring is not uniform. It has a sort of dark gold base and in places, ...
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Expression describing a scene behind an open door, that's angled out of my vision

Say I'm in a large room with a door. I can see the door, but I can't see what's beyond it, because it's angled out of my vision: (Here the red box is the location of the door.) Is there a word/phrase ...
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What is the term for a work that is about works of the same kind? [duplicate]

It seems like 70% of all bands have a song about the music business. Either about songs, or touring, or being in a band. And there are plenty of novels about writing novels, or about being an author. ...
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Terminology: Does a judge have a career in "litigation"?

I'm working on a song parody, satirizing a notably litigious group of people, and have run up against a little issue of "accuracy of terminology" and "phrasing that reflects my ...
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In "The King's English" the Fowlers consider the term "record price" to be slang - are there available alternatives?

On page 61 of "The King's English", third edition, H W Fowler and F G Fowler, the following sentence is given, with the word "record" being marked as slang: "A Sevres vase ...
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Best pair of words to describe two contrasting responses to social oppression?

Suppose Bob and Jeff are both poor rural White Americans. Bob's personality converts his tough situation into animosity toward struggling Black Americans (and related concepts such as reparations). ...
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Non-classist phrase to replace "Low-rent" or "White trash"?

As a clear example of the negative connotations of these phrases, I'm thinking of the constellation of traits reflected in the lower-class family portrayed in "Million Dollar Baby" (which, ...
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What's a pithy term to describe what a spy does when he/she socializes with a target to get information?

I'm working on a roleplaying game, and I want a pithy name for a skill that modern intelligence agents call "elicitation of intelligence." Setting is the interwar period in Europe (between ...
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Brushing hair alternative word or phrase?

It seems like it should be simple enough but the English language fails me again. Can you find a word or phrase that means "brushing (enter possessive pronoun) hair" or "to brush one's ...
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Is there any alternative words or phrases in English for 'challenge someone to a fight with rubbing spittle on the forehead'

If you dare to smear spittle on someone's forehead, it signifies a challenge to engage in a fight. Such challenges often occur among children. When one child challenges another to a fight, they ...
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Gender independent term for address a superior or higher up

For times when I am unaware of whether my superior is male or female, it would be very convenient to have a gender neutral term for addressing them. For example, in the sentence: Hello _____ , I have ...
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Discover an event isn't the first instance, and that isn't good

I'm looking for a word or phrase, preferably English or at least using English characters, to describe an event or feeling about an event that is one of many, but that the person thought was the first ...
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