Questions tagged [phrase-requests]

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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 ...
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Phrase or words to describe a diva/prima donna

Good day, I am looking for phrases or words to describe a diva, prima donna. Someone who is used to being spoilt, who does not like getting their proverbial hands dirty but instead just wants to be ...
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How to verbalize the correct statement of a measure in mixed units

I want help phrasing the instructions in a math question. The issue is the correct way to express mixed units. For example, if an answer is “25 inches,” I don’t want to accept “25 inches” or “1 foot ...
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Term for the “extreme-extension” version of a straw man fallacy?

Take the most obvious, unimpeachable statement imaginable: Drinking water is good for humans. I am looking for a word that describes the action of taking the argument, applying some unreasonable ...
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Slang or scientific term for “mental food”?

By saying "mental food" I mean something that you enjoy digesting mentally, like watching a football game or reading a comic book. (It is in contrast to "physical food" which you physically eating the ...
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How to describe having the same amount of advantages and disadvantages?

I am writing a discussion paper and am taking a neutral position in the argument. In other words, there are the same amount of ideas for and against the topic. How can I express my disposition in ...
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How to discuss my unexpected experimental results? [closed]

In my research, I found that my proposed scheme does not provide very "high performance" gains as compared to the conventional scheme I was testing against. Still, my results are better and I am ...
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Paying for everybody, to be paid back later [closed]

Is there is any word or phrase (American English or British English) denoting somebody in a group or circle who takes charge of paying all expenses of the group, which will be later paid back by the ...
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Word/phrase/idiom for 'taking flak' (any kind to any degree) from people who can't handle part of a task (a basic detail)

Sometimes, people are not up for the task to which they've committed themselves. That is, they have a problem handling a part of it, for whatever reason. Instead of admitting that, they respond by ...
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Phrasal verbs meaning stop being consistent in doing something?

I would like to know some commonly-used phrasal verbs referring to the action of stop being consistent in doing something. A phrasal verb that sounds natural and can be used in the following context. ...
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Is there a word or phrase for nostalgia for an era in which one didn't live?

I am thinking that if such a word or phrase existed, that the French, or Germans, or Japanese would have one. But is there one in English? Is it even appropriate to say one is nostalgic for an era ...
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An expression for the trigger of something that was inevitable [duplicate]

I'm looking for a way to describe the thing that finally triggers something after rising tensions. For example, some isolated incident triggers massive protests, but the protests are really due to ...
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What do you call a question at the beginning of a questionnaire?

In a questionnaire for a housing survey, it starts with the following question: Do you rent the house you are living in? If the respondent answers "No", move on to the next question. If ...
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Is there a term for accumulated dirt on the outside of your hands and feet?

As I sat in the steam room after half-killing myself at the gym earlier today, contemplating the meaning of life, I noticed that a certain amount of dirt had accumulated on the lateral sides of my – ...
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Is there a phrase that can replace “consists in part” when the part is about half?

If I say that My job consists in part of scheduling meetings. I understand that this is some relatively small part of the job. If instead I say something like My job consists in large part of ...
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Phrase for “changing street side”?

Imagine you're walking on a pedestrian path, you see a shady person coming towards you and you cross the street to continue walking on the other side. In German, there's a short and easily ...
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Person/Group that claims all the work but can't deliver because they are overloaded

Is there a phrase or expression to describe a person or group that claims all of the work/tasks but can't deliver because they are so oversubscribed?
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God save the king

What is the etymology for the phrase, “God save the king?” All that I find is a trail back to the song. Yet it seems to me that there must be an origin that goes back into the language.
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Is there a word/phrase that describes someone flinching after they sip alcohol?

Even flinching isn't the best way to describe it. Example: a person will take a sip of a strong alcoholic beverage (take for instance, straight whiskey) and then will proceed to make that iconic ...
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Requesting someone to perform a task without sounding pushy

In writing, I need to request that my doctor perform several tasks for me as soon as reasonably possible. I am almost completely sure they will be willing to perform all these tasks. I don't want to ...
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Is there a word for this cultural phenomenon?

Sometimes definitions reverse direction, like when in the American sensibility, hard work and thrift lead to success and wealth and yet somehow now the presumption is that wealth is the obvious sign ...
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A good phrase/verb to replace “introduce” [closed]

I am giving a presentation to introduce the career path of bioinformatics researchers to a group of Ph.D. students. In the presentation abstract I have: I will [introduce] the responsibilities ...
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Which wording is better? “Impacted by” or “Affected by” [closed]

I want to use the phrase in a letter going out to municipal authorities. Note that I have added submissions listing examples of the negative effects or negative impacts of the construction project. “...
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More polite way of saying “don't disturb me” [closed]

How can I say "don't disturb me" in more polite way when I am busy
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What do you call a question you know the answer to, but you want an answer?

Consider this hypothetical scenario: You make plans with a significant other They bail on you because they are too tired You find out they went out with someone else You ask, despite knowing the ...
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Insult for someone who “doesn't know anything” [closed]

How do you call/insult someone who doesn't know anything (meaning not the simplest/basic or obvious things)? Context: I need it in a dialog of the following form: A: How does <very simple/obvious ...
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English phrase for complimenting an experienced person

There is an expression in Chinese: 姜是老的辣 It literally means old ginger is spicy, which means experienced senior person should be respected due to their knowledge and experiences. Is there an ...
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What is an adjective that connotes “implied” and “hidden”?

"Analytical skills are used to uncover _________ data." In the context of Data Science or Computer Science, I am trying to find a word that conveys "hidden" / "implied" / "underlying". As to say that ...
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Is there a word for when you/someone seeks help with a problem from someone else, but then the problem is resolved/gone when the helper arrives? [duplicate]

This is a situation I see my self first hand very often as someone who works in an IT related role. I also see it in other areas and experienced by seemingly everyone, but I don't know if there is a ...
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What is a good word or prhase to describe a unit of measure/a unit of physical quantity?

I am looking for a good word or a short phrase to describe a physical quantity. For example consider these examples: 5.0 m3/h 17 bar 20 gpm (gallons per minute) 3 psi (pounds per square inch) I am ...
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Word or phrase that means making use of money already committed to that purpose

I recently bought a gift card for an online shopping account, and though I have registered the card with the account, I have yet to actually buy anything with it. Thus right now I have money sitting ...
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Does “beat the distance” make sense?

I'm walking in a direction and there is someone who is ahead of me and walking in the same direction as me. I'm trying to catch up with him. If I say: If I speed up, I might be able to beat the ...
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How do you describe waking up in the morning brain functioning slowly?

Is there an adjective describing waking up in the morning and feeling slow, not able to remember stuff and think slowly?
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How do you concisely make clear something exists only once?

I am struggling to find an appropriate and convenient wording to describe that something exists only one time in the whole world. Usually the word "unique" implies exactly that, but it's been misused ...
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More formal way to say “No way!”? [closed]

What would be a more formal way to say "No way!"? For example, in a business conference setting.
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On explaining weird applications of something in a scientific/technical context

I'm going to write a paper on weird and unusual applications of tool A. Is there any appropriate term/single word or idiomatic phrase to point to such odd applications in the scientific context? ...
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What's a word or phrase for when someone claims an ability but can't demonstrate it on request?

Is there a word or phrase for when someone says they can do something but it just so happens they can’t do it right now? For example, if someone said that they could read minds but they couldn’t read ...
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Is it right to say "I don't live here naturally?

Can someone confirm or correct my grammar? Someone was asking me where I live. But my current address isn't my permanent one. So I answered: "I don't live here naturally." Was that correct? Or ...
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How would you say “it is not an uncommon belief that X's solution ends the search for a solution of problem Y”?

I'd like to carefully say that people not well trained in a field think that some solution X basically closes the whole problem Y, which is false. But instead of saying it is a common misconception, ...
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How can I form this sentence better?

I am trying to formulate the following sentence: "-also they can focus on research work (instead of fighting with technical limitations and problems)" However, I am not quite happy with its current ...