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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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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? [on hold]

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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What phrases or words to use to sound compliant? [on hold]

What phrases and words would you consider sounding compliant, obedient and submissive? I thought about something like I'll do whatever you tell me or I act by the book. What else can one use to ...
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Using label printer for scholarships [on hold]

Can I use labels on a scholarship form if it can't be filled in on computer?
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Opposite idiom for tower over [on hold]

What's an opposite idiom for tower over? Context being standing under, shorter than a person.
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Can someone help me find a adjective for my character description? [on hold]

I have been research for a couple of days and still could find a right adjective to describe the main character of my story. My main character is a high school girl whose mother passed away a few ...
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What are some better way to say “You have already picked, 28 hours 29 minutes left until you can see the results” in waiting dialogs? [closed]

Somehow this sounds too long, what will be shorter way to say this? This phrase is going to be used when customer picks the answer to multi answer problem, where solution is picked based on most ...
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How to express a a better description? [on hold]

As a "one of a kind " artist, looking for a singular word or phrase to express doing super good work? I am looking for a bit unique yet meaningful way to describe my photography business and the type ...
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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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Is there a simple phrase that expresses a group having great quantity but terrible quality? [closed]

For instance if I buy 100 pairs of shoes but each pair lasts a week at best, how could I describe that group in a single word or short phrase?
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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, ...
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Is there an idiom for when the source is “clean” but the product isn't?

I was thinking of having a sentence that goes like: This situation presents the paradox of ________. Basically, I want to say that it's ironic that the worst human rights abuses can be traced back ...
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Need to ask my freelance designer is he is willing to take some work [closed]

Its been a while I've sent work to my freelance designer and I now want to ask if he can do some work for me. I need help framing the questions with the correct words, Are you willing to take some ...
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Phrase meaning an evolving chain of tasks [duplicate]

I've heard this phrase but can't remember it--something like "[verb]ing the [noun]". Something to describe a working on a task that began with a simple task but turned into a long string of working ...
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Is there a term for browsing the web and ending up very far from the original article? [closed]

Whenever I read an article on the web, I either click on the links in the article or search for more information about the topic, ending up very far from the original article. Is there a term for this ...
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A word/phrase for the following way of comparison?

Jim is a lazy man. Jack is lazier than Jim. They want to take either Jim or Jack for the job. John criticize Jim as being lazy. Robert says: that criticism apply to Jack .... (...
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Make someone understand

I made him understand the concealed meaning of the sentence. Can I rephrase the sentence without the word 'make'?
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Phrases for two methods that are different but both can solve the same task?

I want to describe a type of pairs , that method1 and method2 have different implementations/settings, but both can be used to solve the same task. My questions are: Is there any terms/phrases or ...
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Word for when we accidentally invert the syllabic utterances of words?

Today, during a conversation, one of my friends accidentally inverted the syllables of the word "bookmarks" as "markbooks." Then I immediately thought about describing such a mistake in speaking. I ...
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Discredit by association

Is there a word or term to describe attempting to discredit an organisation/movement/group by association of certain members involved? For example, when discussing the Peoples Vote campaign among ...
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Is there a better way to say “infallable to oblivion”? [closed]

What is a good, high-style way to say a thing or a person is not fallable to oblivion? I considered the following variants which I found inadequate: Unforgettable - this basically means "impressing" ...
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Is there an antonym for “nice-to-have”?

Let's suppose that while looking for a new car, I end up with a list of requirements that I would like my new car to satisfy. I proceed to put these requirements into one of the following categories: ...
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how do you describe someone who enjoys intellectual arguments? [duplicate]

Is there a term that describes someone who enjoys intellectual arguments, e.g. how physicists would like debating about theories they're working with or how people enjoy arguing over the meaning of a ...
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An expression, idiom, or phrase meaning “I lied” or “they are lying” or “to tell a lie”, etc? [closed]

Looking for an expression, idiom, or phrase that would indicate a lie is being told, or was told, etc. I will not be using this phrase as part of a sentence, so I can't give an example. I just ...
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how do you say starting something and coming back to it until it is completed professionally [on hold]

If as an example a teacher gives you a 10 page paper due in a week. You start the project when you are assigned it. However, you can not finish it in a single session. Therefore, you continue working ...
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What are alternative ways of saying “pressing the keyboard”? [closed]

I am looking for alternative ways of saying "pressing the keyboard" to include in a slogan. So I want a short and sweet phrase. I have these three phrases in my mind: Stabbing the keyboard, poking ...
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Word or phrase for a commonly-used clause at the beginning of a sentence, such as “It's almost as if”

I've been seeing a lot of tweets/comments/posts with the following structure: "It's almost as if [obvious observation]". Ignoring how terrible this trend is, what is an appropriate word or phrase for ...
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Noun for something that reverse engineers something else?

I'm writing a web application that can reverse engineer something. I'm thinking of describing it as a "reverse engineerer" but engineerer is, to my knowledge, not a word. What word/phrase could I ...
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What's the verb for “to change your position relatively to an object or a person”? [on hold]

For example, I was behind someone's back, and then I moved to be in front of them (EDIT: and now I'm looking them in the eyes). What is the verb/phrase for this action? Encircle? Get around? Or ...
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How to say “I hope you will have fun/it will be great” in a different way?

I want to use "I hope it will be great" as this positive, supportive, and showing your excitement for the other sort of statement. Not exactly sure how to describe so I will give a few examples. Like ...
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Word for “Significant enough to make a difference”

I wish to know what could be a one word or phrase synonym for the term 'Significant enough to make a difference'. Till now I thought that the term 'statistically significant' meant that it's ...
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“Messed up” an experience [closed]

Suppose I am excited for a movie that will be releasing tomorrow but my friend just told me plot spoilers. I want to say that he "messed up" the experience that I was going to have. What can I use ...
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Need a word or expression that represents a category that is the superset of mind, consciousness, experiences, choices, intentions, spirit, etc

I am looking for a word (or expression/phrase), existing if possible or coined-for-the-purpose neologism if not, that represents the all-inclusive superset of a variety of related concepts and ...
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What is an adjective to describe something that burns at a hot temperature?

I am looking for a phrase or a single word that describes something that burns at a high temperature, like in this sentence: His temper was volatile and {hot-burning}, like acetone. "Hot-burning" ...
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Transition to research gap after giving background information

In my literature review introduction, I open up my second paragraph explaining some background information on my topic. I bring up the gap in research in the 2nd paragraph. Here is both the first, ...
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Unspoken Obligation [closed]

The godfather protects your store with the usually unspoken expectation that you owe him some sort of payback, not necessarily money, more like loyalty. Is there a word for that kind of arrangement?
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Noun for things that annoy you?

Okay, it’s on my the tip of my tongue. I was watching interviews where they ask people what is their strongest point etc. If they’re asking about their weakness, the noun is ‘What is your Achilles ...
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Word or phrase meaning to criticise or mock someone without mentioning their name

Is there a word or phrase meaning to criticise or mock someone without mentioning their name? On Twitter, people are able to search the site for references to their own name, so people often '...
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What do you call the behavior of a person who stubbornly or sarcastically disbelieves your statements?

E.g. I’m in an argument with a friend and I make a strong personal point about my self, or intention and she just says “uh huh” or “right” or "whatever". Me: “I did it because I want better for you” ...
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Eye-related phrase or idiom for seeing too many good things

When one sees too many good/tempting things at the same time, it can be said that their eyes __________ ? Is there such an idiom in English? In Russian one says: глаза разбегаются (lit. eyes scatter)...
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A word for one who doesn't see his own flaws but always finds flaws in others? [closed]

This person I know always mentions things as my flaws, mal-function, defect, etc. He has a lot of big flaws himself, but he never mention them, whereas he finds very small flaws in others. I want a ...
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Another way of saying “keep strict watch” that you dont do [A], but that you do do [B]

I am trying to find another way of saying "keep strict watch" that reflects the following ideas: (1) the dilligence need to avoid the danger of inadvertently persuing (B - an unwise course) (2) the ...
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What is the word for a person who is over reverential to authority figures in general or scientists in particular?

I am thinking of someone who believes that the government would never lie to the population, that scientists are always right about everything, and cannot possibly be wrong about anything, and shows ...
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The process of removing a rotten fruit to save the others in the basket

Is there a name for the process of removing a rotten fruit to save the others in the basket? I want to use this in the context of team management, where the performance of one or more members affect ...
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Is there a word or name to call someone that gets called a name, yet uses the same name to call others? [closed]

Example, Jim calls Bob a alcoholic, because he is one, Bob drinks alcohol every day and excessively. Bob then starts calling Jim a alcoholic too, even though Jim has never touched a drink in his life. ...
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A phrase that means “someone who used to be a servant but suddenly became the lord of the family” meaning

A phrase that means "someone who used to be a servant but suddenly became the lord of the family" meaning. Someone who used to be of low ranking but due to certain factors, got promoted to a higher ...
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What term is used for something you say in social situations but may or not actually be true?

For example, my son's birthday is Christmas Eve. When I tell people this I generally add how I have to tell family and friends not to go cheap and buy him a birthday present but say it's also for ...