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What is it called when the community is too conservative and doesn’t allow out-speaking and free criticism of each other?

This community is so ————— . The members don’t feel comfortable to criticize each other. I am looking for a word or phrase for the blank above. Of course there might be political obstacles against ...
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Describe an event that will be held at a time other than its standard one

How to describe an event that is usually held in a specific time-frame but this time and based on the extraordinary conditions should be held at another time? Specifically, FIFA World Cup usually held ...
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Term for introducing a new work/idea that is different in some aspects relative to previous ones

How to introduce a work, e.g. a publication or report, in a field in which there are many similar works but the new one considered the topic from another perspective that is not common among previous ...
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What is an expression you can use for when you're getting close to the end of a time-sensitive project?

I want to say something like, I am getting down to the chopping block but that means more like, I am deciding who to keep and who not to, it conveys being harshly decisive. That's not quite the ...
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Name for purposefully bad gifts [duplicate]

Is there a name or phrase for a purposefully bad/evil gift? I can think of white elephant or gag gifts but I don't think either of these quite work. For example, you purposely purchased a CD of an ...
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Phrase / idiom for a rising after a temporary comedown

How can one idiomatically or by using a phrase refer to a situation of something rising (e.g. a disease, pandemic, recession) after a temporary comedown?
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Word for when someone intentionally ignores someone's valid excuse from a punishment and then enforces that punishment anyway?

Is there a word (or legal term) for when someone (usually an authority figure) intentionally does not acknowledge a person's justification from an adverse action, then enforces that adverse action ...
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What would be a natural way to express the idea of "describe while speaking/describe in speech rather than in writing"?

What would be a natural way to express the idea of "describe while speaking/describe in speech rather than in writing"? For example: Speak and describe these images shown on this page Say ...
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On top of my head?

When I saw or knew something, but currently I don't remember it, and after someone talks about it it revives my memory, what expression(s) may I use? For some reason, probably heard someone saying but ...
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Idiom for making a task unnecessarily complicated [duplicate]

Are there any idioms for making something less easy to understand, or for unnecessarily complicating a straightforward task? My favorites for this scenario: Don't muddy the waters... Let's not boil ...
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Can "attack-on" be considered a new English word? [closed]

I was curious about making new words in English and comparing this process to my native language. I wanted an adjective that describes a person who is actively involved in attacking different places. ...
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Internationalism, globalism, transnationalism, or …?

The reseach policy-making in this country is aimed at publication in international journals, rather than domestic journals. This ————— in research policy-making might improve the quality of research ...
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Word(s) that refer to phenomena such as using "lol" when speaking

I'm looking for a word/phrase/idiom referring to a very common phenomenon: something was born out of a requirement or restriction, but then after the requirement or restriction has been removed, the ...
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Is there any phrase, expression, or idiom for ‘is not any better’ or ‘is not very much better’?

Due to the authoritarian system, political development in this country is out of the question. Cultural development ————— . I want a phrase for the blank to mean ‘is not any better’ or ‘is not very ...
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Closest equivalent to the Chinese jocular use of 职业病 (occupational disease): job creates habits that manifest inappropriately outside work

The Chinese expression 职业病 (zhi ye bing, occupational disease), when used seriously, just means occupational disease, e.g. lung problems caused by working in a chemical factory. But there is also a ...
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Word for conceding a debate just because the opponent wants it that way

In an argument, is there a single term or fallacy for a scenario where someone concedes a debate just for the sake that the opponent wants it conceded that way For eg: Yes, I agree to what you say ...
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Alternative idiom for 'get your foot out of your mouth'?

So... "take your foot out of your mouth" is an interesting idiom. It's an admonishment (both a scolding and a recommendation) for when someone says something unintentionally insensitive; ...
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What will the the idiom or phrase for to cross the river without making feet wet?

Give me a phrase or idiom for the following scenario: A person wants to achieve something but doesn't want to get involved in nasty things. Note: I want a phrase/idiom for the entire scenario, not ...
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What's the term for someone who is capable of producing a desired outcome but who just won't do it [closed]

What would be a descriptive word, term, or adjective for a person who has the knowledge, skills and ability to achieve a desired goal (like getting to work on time, or paying off a small debt), but ...
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What is a phrase for “abruptly changing the topic or action?”

There is only one example I can think of, but I am looking for an alternative. Scene is a character deciding that a discussion isn’t going towards the conclusion he is looking for, so he suddenly ...
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Replenish "from zero"

I am looking for a word to express that the stock of a product was replenished and it was previously completely out of stock. Something like "replenish the stock from exactly 0 to > 0". ...
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Is it called something when someone argues with false reasoning?

Is it called something when people argue with nonsense or unreasonable reasoning? I'll try to give a specific example using a silly subject, a cupcake We eat Cupcakes because they're tasty. Lets say ...
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Thieves who rob dead bodies on the battlefield

There are plenty of synonyms in English for thieves. I'm looking for a word or expression that describes people who rob dead bodies on the battlefield. In the novel Les Misérables, by Hugo, Mr. ...
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Synonym/alternative for "rhetorical kill shot"?

The phrase "rhetorical kill shot" means clever persuasion with words that immediately incapacitates the rhetorical opponent. Sometimes that phrase is simplified to just "kill shot"....
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What is the appropriate word/phrase/idiom to describe this situation?

I got on the bus and stood beside a white lady. She seemed to be uncomfortable. She was busy securing her belongings and [stood like a coiled centipede] as if she was scared I would snatch away her ...
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A single term encompassing Encoding, Encryption and Hashing? [closed]

Is there a term that can mean Encryption, Encoding and Hashing at the same time? Security? But Encoding is not about security. Cryptography?
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Expression for a enjoyable moment being taken away before it could be celebrated [duplicate]

For example, being slapped with an unforeseen cost of selling an item making the money earned less enjoyable. An expression for the unexpected cost raining on my parade, or for being too optimistic ...
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"Was selected" - an action or a status?

CONTEXT: Tracking when a user selected values on a computer program. The word "on" has to be used differently to portray action ("was turned on") vs status ("was on"). ...
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One word or accurate phrase for upgrading previously learnt skills [closed]

I am building my resume to apply for jobs and placement drives as I have started my last year of computer engineering. This is the objective/ intro part of my resume: I am a 4th Year Computer ...
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The opposite of 'not lift a finger'

All dictionaries give examples with this expression in the negative: He just watches TV and never lifts a finger to help with the dishes.(Cambridge) He never lifted a finger to get Jimmy released ...
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Is there an expression to describe a cover band that still has members of the original band?

I recently went to a show that was played by a Heart by Heart. It's a cover band that focus on playing Heart songs, but with the added appeal of having two of the original band's members: Steve Fossen ...
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Expression for a specific kind of protest action

I'm looking for a word or phrase that I'd use to indicate a "planned operational" kind of protest, rather than a "carry placards and form a crowd" kind of protest. The nearest ...
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The word/phrase for a worthless work to do?

At first sight it might seem ———— to talk about freedom of speech within authoritative regimes. I want to say it is fruitless, has no result, in vain, useless, to talk about freedom of speech within ...
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Is there a word/phrase for when you hate a nickname but if one person says it you secretly like it?

Say you hate being called a specific nickname or pet name, but there’s one person who calls you it and you secretly like it? I’ve tried finding a word, but I don’t know if there is one. Maybe there’s ...
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How to announce an upcoming music album release?

I used the phrase "coming on July 29" below the track title in a promo post on socials, but wonder if it's proper American English? Pretty certain that I have seen this "format" ...
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Word for something that must happen when it should happen and must not happen when it shouldn't

This question has been bugging me all day. My biology teacher was describing red blood cells (RBC) and said that blood clotting must occur when it should and must not occur when it should not. If the ...
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Term for meeting top level criteria by meeting all lower level criteria

I'm trying to find the word for meeting a summary-level (top level) requirement/criteria, by meeting all lower level criteria. For example, assume the only requirements for being a car were 1) 4+ ...
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Word/expression for the inherent ambiguity or difficulty of defining what constitutes a good outcome

TL;DR: I am in a need of a good, precise word or an expression capturing the notion that a computer science problem P remains open (just) because it is virtually impossible to specify/define what a ...
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A word or phrase to encompass both a long, flexible neck, and a long, flexible tail (but not normal arms and legs)

Consider a creature like a long-necked dinosaur: The neck and tail share many functional (and presumably anatomical) similarities. Specifically, as far as I'm concerned, they are both flexible ...
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What do you call a person who tends to be assigned to a project when the project is struggling?

In my company, there are a few people that are assigned to a project when the project needs to be "saved". It can be miscommunication with a customer, which needs quick resolution. It can be ...
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What is the name for material being transported via machinery?

If you transport material by truck/plane/boat, it is "cargo". Is there a word that describes material that is being transported by machinery in an industrial setting, like in a pipeline / on ...
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What do you call someone who sets up a small-business but is not the owner?

I'm trying to find a way to communicate my role or position title in this situation. A friend of mine wanted to start a small business using their knitting skills, but they didn't know how to make a ...
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What is the term for belief that economic outcomes are entirely deserved?

What is the name of the ideology that posits everyone's individual financial position (and the societal distribution of economic inequality) is already entirely justified, that is, individually earned ...
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Does there exist a word to describe someone who points out a good thing in a bad situation in a negative way [duplicate]

I’m wanting to know if there exists a word to describe the following situation. Someone who finds a silver lining in something is generally considered a good thing. However, I am looking for a term or ...
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What is the word to describe the sudden emotional shift from being motivated towards sorrow? [closed]

Here is the moment from a story: For the first time after several years, he laced up his shoes and stepped outside to start his run. However, the run turned to a walk as his thinking turned inward ...
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Which type of phrase is "Let's go, Brandon"? [closed]

Is there a name for a type of phrase like "Let's go, Brandon"? For some context, NPR: In this case, the phrase isn't actually about supporting a guy named Brandon. Instead, it's a euphemism ...
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Is there a phrase or idiom for a huge task/work/job?

To repair all these houses is (really) a ______. I want a phrase/idiom/expression for the blank above which means a huge task, or huge work. I want the idiom/phrase/expression to mean a task that is ...
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What is a word for thinking that there is a word for any concept/idea

This question was prompted by an exchange of comments in another single word request question. Here is the exchange: -What makes people think that English has a one-word for anything they could ...
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What term would be most appropriate for a secluded passage/courtyard?

You could think of this space as landlocked by surrounding buildings, exposed to the environment vertically but having no (intended) connections to paths or streets. The only ways to enter and exit ...
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Is there any word or phrase for “which was back then”?

The first time I worked with the Internet was about 30 years ago. I was curious enough to care about something which was back then so new and fascinating. I kind of remember that there was a word or ...
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