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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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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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! [closed]

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, ...
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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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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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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 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 [closed]

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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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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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” ...