Questions tagged [phrase-requests]

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Meaning of the expression "in dicta" in this particular legal context?

I'm writing my thesis in International and European Trade Law, and one of the research papers that I'm using reports : However, a comparative examination of other GATT exception provisions like ...
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Word or phrase for any sort of visibility-reducing weather or condition (like blizzards, sandstorms, fog, smog)

I'm looking for a more general term to describe any sort of weather or weather-like condition which includes reducing visibility, specifically those which do so to what might be considered a dangerous ...
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English equivalent of Russian "понаберут по объявлению" [duplicate]

In Russian, there's an idiom "понаберут по объявлению". Directly it can be translated as "[they] recruit by ads". The intention behind this idiom is to derogate the one who was &...
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Is there a term for "inner circumference"?

A box will have an outer circumference and a smaller "inner circumference". Is there a common word or technical term for an "inner circumference"? This presumes that a "...
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A word for a person who waits until the next time they see you to tell you something, vs. a person who goes out of their way to tell you right away [closed]

For example, if I knocked on someone's bedroom door to ask them for a favour, vs. if I just waited until they came out by themselves and then ask them. What do you call a person like that?
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Can you think of a way to replace "high time" in the sentence, "It's high time I took a shower"? [closed]

"High time" is too formal for the voice I'm using in this work.
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Is there a better phrase for something that is new/inspiring?

I am new to English StackExchange so please let me know if there's anything to be aware of. I'm looking for a better word or phrase that can describe something that is new/inspiring/ - specifically, ...
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Phrase for taking a group of people to a "higher culture"?

In a story I'm translating, a character says this (literally translated). I will bring idols to the heights of culture. This particular character often talks about (and acts upon) revolutionizing ...
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Referring to the quality of doing the best in what one does

What is the single-word or phrase referring to the attitude or quality of someone desiring to do the best in whatever they set out to do (regardless of the end goal). Example: The new employee John ...
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Word or phrase to describe a person's taste in media and entertainment?

I am looking for a word that encompasses a person's taste in a wide variety of media and entertainment, including but not limited to movies, shows, music, musicians, actors, and anime. Sample Sentence:...
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A word for a business that makes supporting products for another, specific business?

Is there a business term for a company's whose products and services are entirely in support of another company's product or service? For example Companies that sell door fronts, door pulls and couch ...
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A phrase meaning trail blazing without being concerned about the consequences to others

I'm trying to remember or think a new of s phrase to describe somebody who both forges a path a head of them, trail blazing in a way, but does so at the consequences of others. This isn't just the ...
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Word for a feeling about something you weren't supposed to see [closed]

I'm looking for a word or phrase that describes the feeling of seeing/knowing something that you weren't supposed to. Like learning someone's secret or reading their diary. I think I recall there ...
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What word or phrase do you use for not doing something that you intended to do because subconsciously you did not want to do it?

What noun or noun phrase do you use for not doing something that you intended to do because subconsciously you did not want to do it? In speech it is called 'a Freudian slip'. (Merriam Webster online ...
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More formal way to say "all-nighter"

What is a more formal way to say "all-nighter" in a sentence, such as "I pulled my first all-nighter, when writing a report with my group"? Rewording "my first all-nighter&...
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Word like "underlined" but for wiggly/squiggly/wavy/snaked lines [closed]

Consider the following picture: The text stream->readBytes is …? In my native language, German, it would be called "unterschlängelt", literally "under-snaked". Does English ...
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Idiom or phrase for expressing one's skill/talent has not decayed

I am wondering what standard phrase or idiom expresses that one's skill or talent in a particular area has not decayed through the passage of time. I believe a related idiom is, "[the person] has ...
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What is the word or phrase to describe the action of pursing one's lips in a tight rounded shape in a happy mood?

As the title says, what is the word or phrase to describe the action of pursing one's lips in a tight rounded shape in a happy mood? Merriam-Webster: purse(verb) defines it as (quoting from English ...
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Alternatives to calling behavior "expected" or "unexpected" [closed]

Sometimes, I would like to describe behavior as being "expected" or "unexpected". However, these phrases, in such contexts, carry the strong connotations of the "Social ...
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What to call the building blocks of something?

I'm an Asian teacher (in the field of business and investing). I'm trying to educate my students to think in the level at which things get done, think in the math, the reasons, at the level of details ...
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Is there a term for the rhetorical technique of repeating an interlocutor's ideas while making it sound like their own?

Is there a term for the rhetorical technique of repeating, either spoken or written, the interlocutor's ideas or opinions, without acknowledgement, while making it sound like either something new or a ...
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To be worse off for 'missing' or 'longing for' something

The reader ____ a more concrete example of ... In the same vein as "finds missing", how can I say the reader is left worse off for not being given a concrete example of [...]? The reader ...
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Word that combines "indicator" and "metaphor"

I feel like there's a word I can't put my finger on that captures the idea of: an object or entity which can be taken as a case study of a larger phenomenon, a lens through which to view the ...
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phrase or idiom similar to "To each his own"?

I know "To each his own." and "Different strokes for different folks" but what I am looking for is a good, wise saying that What works best for those in one situation does not ...
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What’s a better way to word “times are hard” [closed]

In a sentence it would be “Even when ___, she remained persistent”
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How can I write the theme “try your hardest at everything you do” in one or two words? [closed]

For example, I could describe “put others before yourself” as “selflessness”. Or “Do not let fear hold you back” as “courage”.
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How would I describe the theme “hardships only make you stronger” in one or two words?

For example, the theme “never give up, no matter how hard things get” could be condensed to “perseverance”. How could I do that with the theme above? In a sentence it would be “This book’s theme ...
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What do you call the tendency to leave out important implicit assumptions in written communication?

When we write to communicate something, often we miss out on certain details because we implicitly assume it to be obvious and that the reader would comprehend it without seeing it in words. Is there ...
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A word or expression to introduce one of different example cases

Section 2.3: Quirks Relative paths are displayed as absolute Example: Tools > Options > Load/Save > General > Save URLs relative to file system = True Insert a linked image (Insert > ...
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How to describe someone who gives to others but takes from closest ones?

I am looking for a term that would fit the following 2 descriptions at the same time even though they sound opposite: Someone who gives and helps others, not for looks but because it makes them feel ...
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Are there any words/phrases/idioms like "regret," but more specific? [closed]

The other day I struck up a conversation, about economics of all thing, with a stranger whose political beliefs were quite different from my own. It was a little bit of a teaching opportunity as I ...
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Is there a word for the coronation of a king who won his crown by reunifying the country, but is not the heir apparent? [closed]

After sacking the capital of a country, and seeing that nation fall, there is no longer a central authority. A leader/lord/nobleman establishes himself as the ruler and starts to subjugate the enemy's ...
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Words with different meaning than root words [duplicate]

What is the term for words that have different meaning than their root words? For example moon+shine = moonshine
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Alternative for "Don't quote me on that"?

I was looking for a better alternative for "Don't quote me on that" phrase. Context : My (International) friend came to visit us and saw us doing some rituals. She asked me about its history....
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Idiom for becoming disillusioned

What idioms can be used to mean "become disillusioned with myself." my reading speed is 300 wpm and I have always considered myself a very fast reader, but today ________ when I discovered ...
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Are phrases like "This thesis develops" good writing style?

`Hi, I am writing my thesis. In this thesis I am using the phrases "this thesis develops a new method for..." I am not sure if this is considered a good writing style or even wrong. What I ...
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Term or phrase similar to ghost town but without remaining structures

I'm a local historian and I was wondering what the term might be for former railroad communities/mill towns with no remaining structures? I realize ghost town is the wrong term because they have no ...
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Word or phrase for "unsophisticated affectation" evoking lower-status associations [duplicate]

Affectation refers to a pretense intended to evoke higher-status associations. It apparently can't be used with lower-status associations. Google returns exactly one hit for "unsophisticated ...
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"first" not really meaning the ordinal first [closed]

FIRST has many definitions, including: before any other in time, order, or importance before doing other things alternatively: in preference to something else : SOONER I am seeking use examples of ...
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A term for the German word "Aufbruch" with some deeper meaning

I'm trying to translate appropriately the short bullet/header line "Der Aufbruch des Pilgers Ya-Nun" ("Ya-Nun" is a fictive person in a story of mine.) Here I describe the moment, ...
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Word or expression to describe the feeling of nostalgia for a place, for which you no longer have nostalgia

This question was inspired by a situation in a role-playing game. Basically, the character in question had been forced to relocate and live for a good chunk of her childhood in a very bad slum, and it ...
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Word or term for "Returning somewhere after a long time and it is no longer familiar"?

I'm trying to figure out if there is a specific word, or more likely a term, for the concept of "returning somewhere after a long time away from it and it is no longer familiar to you." For ...
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Looking for a term or phrase to describe a discussion where there is no one right answer [duplicate]

I am looking for a term or phrase to describe a discussion where there is no one right answer (e.g., tabs versus spaces). Both sides could be equally right, and the arguments are made mostly from ...
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To pass something one does not want onto someone without them really wanting it

I am looking for a word that means to give something to someone without them really having a need for it or wanting it. To give away something one doesn't want to someone else who doesn't want it ...
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Is there an equiv­a­lent of “nych­the­meron” that specif­i­cally starts at mid­night?

That is, is there a word for the 24-hour pe­riod start­ing at mid­night? I know that tech­ni­cally a day means ei­ther 24 hours or the pe­riod of time be­tween sun­rise and sun­set, and that day and ...
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What's an alternative term for "age groups"? [closed]

I want to employ the formation "age groups" in a sentence worded in a different way. Is "age fragments" right to employ? If not, what else could be used?
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Is there a term for someone who takes a long time explaining simple things?

Is there a term for someone who takes a long time to explain simple things, but goes through the complicated ones very briefly? We had a refresher course on a software we already use, the presenter ...
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What common name can be used to classify LaTeX and office suites together?

If someone wants to put LaTeX and office suites (especially the applications related to document preparation: Word, Publisher, Powerpoint, etc.) together in the same line in his CV/resume in the ...
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Phrase to describe an offhanded comment that has a big influence on another [duplicate]

Sometimes people make offhanded comments that others take very seriously. Person A says something that has a profound influence on our life, and then when we tell Person A the story years later Person ...
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Is there a context-free concise construction for "pertinently different from, without being mutually exclusive"?

Is there a tidy way to represent the meaning of the following? A differs from B (in some substantive/relevant way), even though they do share non-trivial similarities.

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