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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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Can you please… when asking from a person with senior position

I have asked a simple thing from my official senior as: Can you please provide me the data to work on. So his reply was when you say can you do you mean that If I can provide the data or not....
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How to phrase the following sentence in a cover letter [on hold]

I cannot come across proper syntax to pitch the following sentence. I will really appreciate any help. "During the same year, I led career guidance visit the XXX as IEEE president and ABC University'...
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Is there a word for missing the point due to literal interpretation of figurative phrases

Figurative language is when people use words or phrases to communicate an idea not meant to be taken literally, such as speaking in metaphors. Sometimes, people do not realize the figurative nature ...
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I wish to tell someone how exasperated I am [on hold]

Is there an American Black English expression of exasperation alternative to “fer cryin’ out loud”?
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Depiction of graphic language [on hold]

How to say the (A) thought is from the depiction forming specifically from (B) verbally abusive graphic language? "The graphic language internally depicted _____ for the individual." "An ...
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Helping post. Help me help me help me [on hold]

please give me some question's answer. Mainly fill the gaps. Here given below some question. It is I_____he wanted to sing to. Had I been in your place, _____there. The teacher failed to make the ...
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Idiom to describe a spoiled person [on hold]

What would be a good way to describe a person who is too spoiled and finds fault with everything she is offered? I keep thinking "she turns up her nose at everything" but turning up one's nose ...
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Need help with the sentence structure for my pitch, thanks!

Back story: I am to give a 3 minute pitch on a task i worked on. I would like to something like, "As a general knowledge, we know that smartphones are dominated by IOS and android. Which is why ...
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What is the term for a city that is supposed to be a utopia, but is actually evil?

Once of the best examples of what I'm trying to get the term for is Wonder City, in the Batman games. It was built to be a futuristic haven with clean energy, robot sentries, and laws to "stop the ...
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Needing a new name for our “POOL TEAM” who handle <$10k accounts [closed]

We are Customer Success Managers: CSM SR CSM Enterprise Success Manager Pool Team We are looking for a positive business name for our Pool team who handle the accounts for our business under $10k per ...
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Want to tell my freelancer to speed things up [closed]

I have a really talented designer working for me remotely. No complains with his work but he always delivers them late. I couldn't handle it anymore so I stopped sending him work. Just now I received ...
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What is the expression in business English for outside of the meeting?

Is there an expression in business English for outside of the meeting, as in "Can we finish discussing this outside of the meeting so we can move on?"
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Hasn't he or he hasn't? [closed]

I don't know why he hasn't done it yet or I don't know why hasn't he done it yet? Which one is correct
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A phrase for a small role in a much larger project?

I'm writing a thank you letter for a professor whose lab I am working in and I play a fairly small role. Although I have a very tiny part, for me the lab is a huge part of my life. Is there an ...
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Word/phrase/tactic for falsely calling yourself someone of the opposite side to use as a tool to discredit that side

I wanted to know if there's a word for a sneaky tactic involving falsely calling yourself a person of the opposite side to your actual viewpoint (perhaps in an anonymous setting) to use as a weapon to ...
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What does it mean that a certain building is “architecture become mathematics”?

I read about the Citigroup Center in NYC in a travel guide, and one sentence said that this building, designed as a graph-paper, is "architecture become mathematics". What does it mean?
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Prepositions - do I use “for” or “on” in this sentence?

This is for my resume so I want to use the right preposition here . . . "Researched and drafted judicial opinions on/for a wide variety of civil and criminal cases" I cannot tell if I should use ON ...
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Phrasal verb with meaning “put into a bin”/“categorise”

I am looking for a phrasal verb to describe the act of putting (something/someone) into a bin, or categorising them (perhaps crudely, according to some heuristic/characteristic). "To bin" is as close ...
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What are other ways of saying “walk all over someone”?

What are other ways of saying "walk all over someone" or take advantage of them? Is there a one word phrase to describe this? I'm sure there is, I just can't think
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I'm looking for phrase/proverb about unimportant persons?

The phrase I'm looking for has similar meaning to "in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king". When someone is important but the place that person is in not big or important, or when someone ...
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Expression of date ranges [duplicate]

If a series of date ranges are expressed as 2012-2014, 2014-2015, should it then be '2015 - to date' or '2015 to date'?
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What is a good expression for describing the creation of a “framework” that is used by others?

I am writing a recommendation letter for a student. This student developed several codes and data sets which are currently used or referred to by current students. How do I state this as an ...
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What is the synonym for “to raise the inner parts of the brows”?

I'm not looking for the name of the face expression (e.g. sad, or sorry, or "inner brow raise", etc.), I'm looking for the name of the movement that is made. I thought maybe there was a less ...
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Museum or gallery exhibit labels

Example: I'm currently working on the copy-editing of the ____________ for a Museum of Ethnography exhibit that gives some fascinating insights into the archaeological process and the history ...
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What's the opposite of the hammer and nail saying?

Everyone knows about the hammer and nail saying, "If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail," but that's just one end of the spectrum. On the other end, there's the problem of ...
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Which one is correct - You better ask James or better you ask James? [closed]

"You better ask James" or "better you ask James" which one is correct?
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Phrase request: apparently useless information that could be useful

I'm currently working on some answers on other stackexchange sites ( specifically Ask Ubuntu and Unix & Linux ), where I'm utilizing a few command-line utilities or shell programming constructs ...
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Word/phrase to describe someone skilled at using/combining raw materials to make something impressive?

I am looking for an adjective to describe someone skilled at taking raw materials and combining them and turning them into something beneficial. Relevant professions here include a cook/chef, a ...
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A person or large groupe of people who came in my city from another city and stayed to find work or just to live but they are not really welcome [closed]

Almost like immigrants but they are not from other countries. In my language, we have a single word to describe such phenomenon, wanted to know if there is one in English. Thanks!
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What is the word/phrase for your two friends, who are in a relationship?

The closest I could find was this ELL question. My wife and I often hang out with our two friends, who are married (or another similar group who are not). I'm looking for a succinct way to say: ...
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Is there a non-religious alternative to the expression “mixed blessing”?

In my writing I'm looking for an alternative way to say that something is a "mixed blessing". The word "blessing" seems to carry a religious connotation. I'm seeking to convey to the reader that a ...
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How to avoid using “means” in sentence?

Is there a way I can structure the following sentence to avoid using "means"? The nature of the model means it automatically accounts for all environmental factors such as consumer confidence and ...
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A formal way to say “she used hand gestures to ask why”

I am writing a copy on an ADHD child's clinical assessment. In one part of the assessment, the clinician pretends not to be able to blow a balloon. Instead of using verbal language to ask what ...
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Alternative to “immediately” given its positive and negative connotations

What's a better way of saying "I'm willing to sign a confidentiality agreement immediately" that conveys that my willingness to sign an agreement immediately is for their benefit but doesn't sound ...
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How to describe level of proficiency that is native-like?

I haven't been born or raised in an English-speaking country, so I feel like saying that I'm a native speaker would be deceptive. On the other hand, saying that I'm proficient is an understatement. ...
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Delay or Advance, same word/phrase

I'm looking for a word or phrase that normally would refer to a delay of a certain amount of time, but, if one were to interpret it differently, could also mean you could do it early by the same ...
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Idiom for doing anything to get what you want [closed]

I'm looking for an idiom which describes a person who does everything to get what he wants even by being dishonest.
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What is the music in the back of a song called? [duplicate]

I can’t think of a word that describes what the instruments behind the lyrics are
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Idiom for “trying to figure something out”?

In Swedish, we have an idiom that goes, "to suck on the/that caramel [for a while]" and is used either when you need to contemplate a decision ("I'll have to suck on that caramel for a while before ...
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Eyes that follow you

In some paintings or photographs the eyes of the subject seem to follow you, no matter from which corner of the room you look at them. What is the technical term for these photos or paintings? No ...
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I want to scream and can but…don't? [closed]

I have been having a frustrating past few weeks and I always come to the point where I want to yell, shout, or scream. The sad part is I feel it rest in my throat and then disappear. I know this may ...
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Alternatives to in the “grand scheme of things”

I'm looking for alternatives - either phrases or words, but no full sentences; something I can embed at the end of another sentence, ie: ...it didn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. ...
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Is there an opposite phrase for “The apple never falls far from the tree”?

I was doing some research on idioms, and came upon the thought of whether there is an opposite idiom for The apple never falls far from the tree. as in "The offspring have much in common with ...
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Tattoo phrase translated properly!

I’m Spanish and I wanna get tattooed a phrase that I always say but in English instead. It’s something like ‘You can’t judge someone for something he hasn’t chosen’ I know it is not right like that, ...
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Word/phrase meaning fatal blow (in an argument)

I'm searching for a word, phrase or term that means the fatal blow, something along the lines of coup de grace. However, that term has implies a merciful killing. I'm looking for something that ...
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What do you call the amount of money that is added to your bill if you don't pay on time?

In Russia we have this system where if you don't pay your bills on time, the service providers will keep adding on 1/130th (or something like that) of your debt everyday, as a form of punishment. In ...
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A word or phrase for valuing the metric over what's being measured

As an example, let's say a company does an employee satisfaction survey and the scores come back low. Instead of addressing the complaints, they send out a memo saying that they'll start basing ...
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How do you call a person who prevents other from enjoying what he cannot? [closed]

On a lighter note → A simple alternative would be: Jealous person! Please help me out with an appropriate word/usage. Thanks in advance.
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A phrase for “As the opportunity arises and its mutually convenient”?

In my course syllabus I have office hours. However, I am happy to answer student questions if we run into each other in the hall, or if they drop by my office when I am in. However, between ...
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Phrase that means 'to tell someone something before they find out from elsewhere'?

Title covers the question; I seem to remember a phrase meaning 'to tell someone something before they find out from elsewhere' but I can't now remember it. Something like 'beat the news', perhaps, ...