Questions tagged [phrase-requests]

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Phrase for snipping of scissors between actual cuts that a barber makes

A barber generally keeps on snipping the scissors in between the actual cuts. There is a particular phrase for this behavior. I have come across this phrase before, but can't recollect it now. The ...
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Dad, auntie, nana, grandpa, etc… What is this group of words called?

When explaining to someone learning French when to use "Vous" or "Tu", there is a basic rule of thumb I find useful : Vous : Used when speaking to people you usually call by their last name, ...
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What word or phrase relates to 'being able to see through manipulation?'

I am looking for a word where people are able to see the hidden meanings and subliminal manipulation in the media. Is there any word, phrase or idiom that might suit the narrative I'm trying to ...
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A transitional word/phrase for this context?

Goodman, Jackson, and Fricker are non-contextualist. _______, the mainstream epistemology is contextualist. What transitional word or phrase should be put in the blank? The best I could come with ...
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Word or phrase for things that are only noticed when they break? (or are pointed out)

E.g. the engineering that goes into the roads we travel on, the railways we use, the negative space in a painting, or any of the many systems that we depend on.
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Is there a phrase/proverb/idiom to describe selecting the right set of tools and methods to solve a problem

or you have to select the right set of tools and method in order to solve the problem optimally. or you have the insight/ability to identify/select the right set of tools and method to solve a ...
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What is the name of a written legacy of personal wisdom?

I am collecting the wisdom of elders, publishing in books their insights and stories, focused on the theme "What does your life stand for?" I wonder if there is a name for such books. Or if we can ...
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Looking for a term, similar to “epigraph,” meaning a quotation given in order to explain another text

For an English Lit. essay I am writing on TS Eliot and Joyce, I wish to use a Biblical quotation I find useful in illuminating certain themes common to their work (1 Corinthians 13 if anyone is ...
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What do you call an area where people can pick up flyers/pamphlets?

What do you call an area/corner where people can pick up free flyers/pamphlets/brochures? Sometimes they're on catalog stands and sometimes they're just in stacks on a table. My non-native speaking ...
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A word or phrase for a “goal” wherein the experience along the way is really the goal?

As he wrote in "The Snow Leopard", when Peter Matthiessen set off with his friend George Schaller, it is clear that spotting a snow leopard wasn't Matthiessen's ultimate goal. Rather, the goal was ...
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Killing with Kindness?

Is there a name for the strategy of weakening your enemy via generosity, such that they become dependent upon your kindness and thereby unable to confront or disobey you? Taking that one step further,...
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What is the origin for the phrase “Lend a hand”?

does anyone know the origin of the phrase "Lend a hand"? I'm working on a paper about phrases and idioms and can't seem to find any history about it.
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A word/phrase for someone who finds significance in anything/tries to rationalise anything

I'm looking for a word to describe someone who makes themselves believe that anything that happens to them is for a reason, or believing "it's a sign!!" For example: "that person is a (noun)." or "...
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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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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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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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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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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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Trouble thinking of a term or colloquialism for “much much more”

There is a saying that is on the tip of my tongue that basically means "immeasurably more than". I think it's related to "factor" but I just cannot place it. I also feel like it's commonly used in a ...
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A phrase to claim the presence or existence of something or somebody

Suppose you live in a town near London. You always read/see/hear things about London. How can you claim the existence of your town in a phrase? In spanish we can say "Teruel existe" and this phase ...
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What determines how much of a repetition can be omitted for shortening?

Given two sentences with the same subject, we can merge them into one. The rooftop designs differ in their ability to keep buildings cool. The rooftop designs differ in their ability to capture ...
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How to define a sense of bitter satisfaction (or ironic bitterness) at having resigned over a principle - which was then upheld after you left

Tracey Crouch, UK Sports Minister, resigned because the government delayed a ban on gambling machines. More than a week after her resignation, the government changed its position - and acted upon her ...
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Any phrase or idiom for a person who tries to copy a professional's act without any of the skills needed

A person who tries to copy a professional and skillful person's act, without possessing any skills or experience needed
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Is there a word/phrase to describe a person “who hates someone rather than hate their views”?

Let's say there is a person called X. X is a good person, in general. He has a problematic view about something, let's say, homophobia. So, here is the conversation between Y and Z. Y: X is ...
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Idiom for meeting one's match

I'm translating a comic book, and I got stumped on a certain idiom, not sure what I could use in its place in the English translation. The Polish "Trafiła kosa na kamień" (lit: the scythe hit a rock)...
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Capturing the idea of “almost/nearly” and “actually”

Let's take failing a test as an example. I would like to capture the class of people consisting of those who actually failed the test and who nearly failed the test. Is there an elegant way of ...
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What's the difference between from and on vs on

Although few facts exists regarding the life of the Native American named Sequoia, the information that is available paints a colorful picture of this man on the plains. Its one of those SAT ...
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How to convey a meaning of 'comfortableness in shopping' in a more concise way or descriptive but meaningful way (not superfluous)?

What I mean of "comfortableness" is a combination of these elements: Easy access to the products and services. (also responsive service) Clean environment and atmosphere (the air is healthy and clean ...
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thereby +(verb+ing) or thereby +(verb in other tenses)

I've observed that "thereby" is mostly followed by (verb+ing) form regardless of whether the sentence takes place in past, future or present. As in this example from the dictionary: "The number of ...
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is there a word or phrase meaning “to falsely believe one's opinion/feedback is being considered”?

Here is an example: In a conversation, one is asked their opinion regarding a decision, but the decision has already been made—so the individual being asked is led to believe (falsely) that their ...
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What's a phrase or word that describe acting, writing and directing at the same time?

Some actors write their own scripts, direct their own films and act in their own films at the same time. Is there a word or a phrase for it? The best I can come up with is self-scripted play, much ...
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Using “collectively comprising” to mean “which, in all, make up”

I have a sentence It has 42 cities collectively comprising 188 villages. I am thinking of using the phrase collectively comprising to be a more formal form of which, in all, make up to mean something ...
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“It was just an example”

Are there any idioms or succinct ways of expressing your resignation when you give an example the other person reacts with: "that's not what I meant". …but your intention was for the example to be ...
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Use of participle 'considered' in the sense 'currently under consideration'

I'm writing a research paper and I have to use a certain approximation in my calculations. Can I write a phrase like this? In the considered approximation these terms may be neglected. This means ...
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Which word is appropriate for an on-line game website: appeal, accuse or complain?

I'm translating an on-line game website into English, and the main idea of rules is that users can create a small game for other users. If the creator user provides answers that are not correct or not ...
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Rephrasing “Audience-minded” or “Audience-attentive”

I am struggling to find the best flowing combination of the words "Audience-minded." I would preferably like to have it read "x-minded". Although, I am not opposed to a synonym that better flows. By ...
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Professional way to word option to relinquish creative discretion

What would be a professional way when gathering information from a client for a design gig to phrase an option to leave the specified element up to designers creative discretion?
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Is there a term for “recognition anxiety” such as when you recognize but can't remember the name of someone in a movie?

I'm sure there must be a more pithy term for when you recognize someone in a movie, TV show or real life, but can't remember their name or where you recognize them from. Specifically, it's more than ...
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Word or Phrase specifically for a sale or transfer between two divisions or branches of the same company

I want a word or word phrase like 'Sales and Customer Service', but it applies only to the sale or transfer of stock between branches or divisions of the same company. It's for internal ...
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Is there a word or phrase for “person of the same ethnicity”?

I'm looking for something that is the equivalent of "fellow countryman", but for ethnicity. Using this as a starting point, I've been thinking it might be along the lines of "congeneous", though ...
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How can I describe a nudge performed with my leg or foot?

When my hands are full, I'll often use my leg or foot to help me navigate my environment. For example, when I am loading the dishwasher, I'll use the top of my foot to shut it. I'll also use my knee ...
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Phrases with Multiple Auxiliary Verbs

I'm sorry if this question is already asked. I couldn't find an answer for this anywhere in the internet. My question is: What are the common phrases with multiple auxiliary verbs which are used to ...
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Alternatives to “to be a(n, sic) own +noun”

In a sister site there is this question. Complete question here: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/352727/is-actor-a-own-class The person is asking whether or not the "actor" (...
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Word for acts of leadership

I'm working on a leadership concept that leadership is not about one heroic act, but rather the sum of lots and lots of smaller acts of leadership. What word might I use to describe these smaller ...
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Is there a logical umbrella term for onboarding and offboarding?

I'm creating documentation that describes both the process of onboarding new team members (e.g. creating accounts for required resources, locating, installing and configuring required software, ...
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A word/phrase to describe a person who attends vocational school to become a house painter/decorator

I am wondering how I could say this with just one or a few words, but I cannot seem to be able to find a correct sounding way of saying it. House painting student? House painter in training? Soon-to-...
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What are parents with a living child called, compared to “Shidu” parents (parents who have lost their only child)?

The parents who have lost their only child are known as Shidu parents (失独父母) in China, I don't think ‘normal parents’ is a good phrase, do you have any suggestions? I want to use this phrase in a ...
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What is a person who speaks ONLY verses from the bible called?

I remember there being a specific word for this. Those people were popular in dark ages (if I remember correctly.)
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A thing whose name is hard to track down

Is there a word/phrase for a thing whose name is hard to track down? Sometimes there is a concept which I believe must have a name, but I can't find that name; it's hard to track down ; I don't know ...
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How to communicate two elements of different syntactic/semantic type in the same sentence?

I have the following sentence, NAME is a community that helps each other code better by rating each other's efforts and helps managers pair with other fellow developers I was suggested by the ...