Questions tagged [phrase-requests]

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Any idiom similar to “Hunger wall”?

Hunger Wall was a fortification project which had questionable strategical importance, but it allowed anyone to work there for food thus avoiding famine without handouts(might not be 100% historically ...
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Word or phrase for set of events with no context as to timing

What is a word to use for a set of events that are reported with no context in terms of date or time, or frequency? The speaker claims, "someone told us you did X", but we don't know if they're ...
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A name/word suggestion for person who travels the world and collects rare items of decor/furniture

For a project that I am doing, I need a name or word suggestion. The premise is that a individual is an explorer, or a traveller on adventures to far flung places, and collects & finds unique ...
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a word (or a phrase) available when you just remembered something [closed]

Imagine a situation as mentioned below. You are talking with your friend, get satisfied, finish the talk, and open the door to go out, but suddenly you remember something to tell and say to him, "Oh,...
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Indiana Jones - The explorer [closed]

I am looking for a word that describes an explorer who travels the world in search of rare items. I'm thinking Indiana Jones, going to far off places in search of magical things... Any help will be ...
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How to describe a level that is a bit harder than “a piece of cake”

I am struggling to describe a process that is a bit harder than a piece of cake - meaning it will take a little bit of effort to figure it out but not that hard. Is there any phrase or slang that I ...
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What phrases/idioms are there to convey an issue has gone on for too long? [closed]

For example, perhaps a business project that should have been completed 4 weeks ago is still unfinished. One might say "it's dragging on" I need other phrases or idioms that convey that same meaning,...
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Exam question bothering me [closed]

Are both options correct? How much time ______ with your cousin in London last summer? A. have you spent B. did you spend
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Title for a list of disclaimers, prerequisites, FYIs

I'm about to start a workshop and I'd like to have a "before we start" slide in which I'll communicate: several prerequisites for attendees to better understand the content, set several boundaries in ...
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Looking for a well-known idiom, phrase, or expression for “[they] make it into a whole procession” [closed]

To describe someone carrying out a standard task in an overly elaborate way, with zeal. Description should be humorous, snarky, taking a jab at the someone who is overcomplicating things. Etched in ...
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Is there a word/phrase to describe torching dead bodies? [closed]

I am looking for a word to describe torching a dead body; does cremate suit?
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Is there a word or phrase to describe a job that requires a college degree?

I'm trying to think of a way to say a person has a job that is (more than likely) only available to the college educated. The idea is to convey a level of success. The terms I've thought of are: ...
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The expression to describe free serving of food/drink

Imagine this situation. A man finally achieves what he has been trying to achieve for long. When he gets the news, he is sitting in a restaurant. Elated, he asks the restaurant manager to serve all ...
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What is the word for someone who is willing to do anything for a fee

My character Laila is a sort of allrounder, jack of all trades and will do anything, from being your lawyer or temporary girlfriend to going undercover in the government, assassinating someone or even ...
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Is there a word or phrase for nodding/agreeing with your eyes only, not head?

When you say someone has nodded in agreement it is meant that they are lowering and raising their head to signify their agreeance without needing to say anything. There is a more subtle version of ...
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When you agree with a person's point but you find their way of making that point obnoxious

Let's say you're listening in on/reading a conversation about some topic, and someone in that conversation decides to make their own point. In terms of the point they're making you can agree with them,...
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Is 'contemporary' ambiguous and if so is there a better word?

It's not that I don't know what contemporary means. It's just that in my specific sentence (below) I'm not sure if it could be ambiguous. If it is ambiguous, then I'm looking for a word or phrase to ...
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Need less offensive way to say “he doesn't know the difference between his ass and a hole in the ground.”

I'm writing something in a tone that is just a little too formal for "he doesn't know the difference between his ass and a hole in the ground" or "he doesn't know dipshit." I need something that ...
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What word describes the ability or capacity of oneself on a given day

I am looking for a word that describes one's ability to accomplish a task on the present day, as in a athlete's daily fitness, which is what google translate offered me when I tried to translate the ...
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Phrase for the opposite of “foolproof”

Is there a concise way to describe something that is poorly designed, such that users are likely to accidentally make errors when using it? I'm looking for pretty much an exact antonym for "foolproof"....
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What do you say about a person who is a higher rank than a hobbyist?

What do you say about someone who does something as a hobby, but has higher knowledge than others and can transfer his/her hobby into a profession? Example sentence: "Adam has superior knowledge ...
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Term for wiping hands together to get dirt off?

What is a term for wiping hands together to get dirt off? For example, when someone falls down and they push themselves up and clean their hands by sort of clapping but then rubbing sideways.
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Others ways to say “I wish you the best in your decision”

I'm writing a business letter. Wondering if there are other ways to say "I wish you the best in your decision" (already used it in a recent letter to the same person). Found "I wish you well in your ...
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Term for asking crowd to cheer louder

Sports people, sometimes after making a really impressive play, make a motion with their arms spread out moving up and down, basically signalling at the crowd to cheer louder. Is there a better word ...
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A better alternative for “second next”

Is there a word or phrase (in particular) that exactly give the meaning of the page coming after the next page. For instance, I am reading a book at page 203, but someone suggests me to read the ...
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What's the word or phrase for the situation in which you know about someone's secret and that gives you an advantage over them? [closed]

What's the word or phrase for the situation in which you know about someone's secret and that gives you an advantage over them? For example, when a child knows that his father has done something ...
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What do you call the “unlawful dumping of bulky appliances and furniture”?

I am preparing a vocabulary sheet about the environment for my private students and I am stuck on one expression. You know when you drive past some fields or in the open countryside and you come ...
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What’s a catchy phrase that means get the most out of your dollar? [closed]

I’m trying to finish a speech, and I was thinking of a catchy last idiom to wrap it up. It was on the tip of my tongue and it I think it mean get the most out of your dollar or something like that.... ...
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Is there any standard terminology to describe how advanced a topic is?

Background: I have been searching for succinct language for referring to how "advanced" a topic or skill might be. I've found things like Integrative Complexity and the Model of Hierarchical ...
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“His songs fly away in quotations” (Russian expression, looking for an English alternative)

Он является одним из главных исполнителей российской сцены и настоящим народным артистом, песни которого разлетаются на цитаты. He is one of the most well-known Russian entertainers and a true ...
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Term describing a group's relatively greater ability to resist capricious law enforcement?

(This requires a bit of setup, so please bear with it...) Suppose a malfeasant administration works to pass an unreasonable general law against some commonplace custom as a subterfuge by which to ...
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Question that someone answers in lies to be morally right?

There are questions you ask someone and most of the time they will just answer in lies either to not hurt other people, to prevent confrontation, or to not be seen as a shallow people. Is there any ...
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Efficient way to describe someone employed but not at the place you're talking about [closed]

The context I'm describing a particular type of school: privately-owned, a very specific subject taught, and along with the actual employees of the school, there are "coaches" who currently work ...
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Next Meeting vs. the NEXT Meeting

My organization meets the same day (3rd Thursday) every month. On our web site, I am displaying rotating announcements with details for "April Meeting", "May Meeting", and so on. I want to add headers ...
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Is there a good secular equivalent of “God be With you”? [closed]

A co-worker is leaving for an urgent emergency trip home. No details, but sounds like a family member is very ill and might die. So "have fun" and even "hope it goes well" are out...there's no ...
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How to call articles, online courses, educational videos with one phrase?

I want to write a sentence "You can put any ... on our platform". ... is a phrase that would mean articles, online courses, educational videos, etc. 1) What would be the appropriate phrase? 2.1) Is "...
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How to speak of identity

I am a French-Welsh bi-national living and working in France. I am translating the institutional brochure of a French company whose activities are to print all types of 'identity' papers such as ...
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Is there a word or phrase defining a bad faith argument that something is not worth doing?

I feel like there is a logical fallacy or bad faith argument for a claim that something is pointless, worthless, or has no effect: "Contact your congresspeople!" "There's no point. It doesn't do ...
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Temporarily relationship in communication

What is the relationship that two people form when they are communicating called? Let's imagine that you meet someone on the street and have a brief chat. What is that synergy called?
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Shortened form of “the fact that she was alive”

Consider the following sentence: After she faked her death, she kept the fact that she was alive a secret from the rest of the world. Here "the fact that she was alive" is a clear reference to her ...
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“My colleague's body is amazing”

My colleague's body is amazing: She's comfortable wearing sleeveless clothing while the rest of us are shivering in jumpers She can travel halfway around the world for two weeks, then come back and ...
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What is the rhetorical device that modifies a famous phrase, similar to antithesis?

According to Wikipedia: An antithesis must always contain two ideas within one statement A similar effect (parallelism emphasizing opposition of ideas) can be created in which the first element is ...
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What is a better way of saying “the natives”? [closed]

I wish to describe groups people who live in the land of their ancestors. In other words, people who live in the same region as their ancestors have since time immemorial. Words that come to mind are:...
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Phrase that means “mastery of a system without understanding the underlying principles”? [closed]

Is there a word or phrase to describe a situation where a person masters a system, but does not understand the underlying principles? Here are a few examples of such situations: Person A is expert ...
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Opinion stated as proven fact

I'm having a TERRIBLE geriatric moment in my mid-forties. I know this phrase, I've used it before, and it has suddenly left the building. For about the last hour. It's driving me insane, please ...
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What is a word/phrase that could be defined as “the conflict between individual liberty and the public interest”?

What is a word/phrase that could be defined as “the conflict between individual liberty and the public interest”? I.e. the conflict between the state protecting individual rights and the state ...
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How to say that I drink a coffee that is not the same as the coffee that other people drink?

I'd like to avoid repeating the words coffee and drink. I feel like writing "I drink a coffee different from other people", but this sounds weird, because of course my coffee is not the same as other ...
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Word for “direction“ where which way you're pointing to doesn't matter?

Serbian language has a distinction between “smer” and “pravac”. “smer” is a straight line when you turn towards something. It's similar to a vector or a ray in maths. For example, “left”. “pravac” is ...
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Polite way of saying “stop smoking here” [closed]

Which one of the following is correct : Would you mind "no smoking" here Would you mind "not smoking" here
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Gender-neutral “Jane Doe” / “John Doe”

Is there a gender-neutral alternative to "Jane Doe" / "John Doe"? I would like to provide an example of signed form, but how to avoid using gender when it comes to names? Is there some widely-used ...