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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
14 votes
13 answers
4k views

What do you call a person who tends to be assigned to a project when the project is struggling?

In my company, there are a few people that are assigned to a project when the project needs to be "saved". It can be miscommunication with a customer, which needs quick resolution. It can be ...
user avatar
-1 votes
0 answers
25 views

What is another word for scraping off all the food and the itsy bitsy pieces of food onto another plate? [closed]

What is another word for transferring all the food by scraping off all of it onto another plate or container?
user avatar
  • 1
3 votes
4 answers
110 views

What's the English version for the Spanish expression "de perdidos al rio"? [closed]

The expression "de perdidos al rio" is kind of used to refer to the desperate measures one needs to take when there are no more options to solve a situation or something Is there an English ...
user avatar
  • 31
0 votes
2 answers
36 views

What is the name for material being transported via machinery?

If you transport material by truck/plane/boat, it is "cargo". Is there a word that describes material that is being transported by machinery in an industrial setting, like in a pipeline / on ...
user avatar
  • 951
2 votes
1 answer
48 views

What do you call someone who sets up a small-business but is not the owner?

I'm trying to find a way to communicate my role or position title in this situation. A friend of mine wanted to start a small business using their knitting skills, but they didn't know how to make a ...
user avatar
  • 21
3 votes
1 answer
80 views

What is the term for belief that economic outcomes are entirely deserved?

What is the name of the ideology that posits everyone's individual financial position (and the societal distribution of economic inequality) is already entirely justified, that is, individually earned ...
user avatar
  • 131
1 vote
1 answer
42 views

Does there exist a word to describe someone who points out a good thing in a bad situation in a negative way [duplicate]

I’m wanting to know if there exists a word to describe the following situation. Someone who finds a silver lining in something is generally considered a good thing. However, I am looking for a term or ...
user avatar
  • 11
0 votes
1 answer
95 views

What is the word to describe the sudden emotional shift from being motivated towards sorrow? [closed]

Here is the moment from a story: For the first time after several years, he laced up his shoes and stepped outside to start his run. However, the run turned to a walk as his thinking turned inward ...
user avatar
  • 103
1 vote
1 answer
87 views

Which type of phrase is "Let's go, Brandon"? [closed]

Is there a name for a type of phrase like "Let's go, Brandon"? For some context, NPR: In this case, the phrase isn't actually about supporting a guy named Brandon. Instead, it's a euphemism ...
user avatar
0 votes
4 answers
99 views

Is there a phrase or idiom for a huge task/work/job?

To repair all these houses is (really) a ______. I want a phrase/idiom/expression for the blank above which means a huge task, or huge work. I want the idiom/phrase/expression to mean a task that is ...
user avatar
  • 2,424
4 votes
5 answers
166 views

What is a word for thinking that there is a word for any concept/idea

This question was prompted by an exchange of comments in another single word request question. Here is the exchange: -What makes people think that English has a one-word for anything they could ...
user avatar
  • 51.6k
1 vote
2 answers
85 views

What term would be most appropriate for a secluded passage/courtyard?

You could think of this space as landlocked by surrounding buildings, exposed to the environment vertically but having no (intended) connections to paths or streets. The only ways to enter and exit ...
user avatar
  • 11
2 votes
3 answers
229 views

Is there any word or phrase for “which was back then”?

The first time I worked with the Internet was about 30 years ago. I was curious enough to care about something which was back then so new and fascinating. I kind of remember that there was a word or ...
user avatar
  • 2,424
0 votes
2 answers
55 views

Describe someone/entity who acted carelessly because of success

I need an idiom, phrase, or word that describes someone/entity who acts carelessly based on success. I am trying to write a paper on the US 2008 financial crisis. Quick overview: Banks handed out ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
22 views

An alternative for ‘in whatever way’ in this context

The problem X can be explained in different ways. The problem X, explained in whatever way, has an implication for our situation. The bolder part is meant to mean ‘regardless of how we explain it’. I ...
user avatar
  • 2,424
1 vote
6 answers
133 views

Alternative phrase for "crack the whip"

"Crack the whip" as an idiom to encourage hard work in supervisees is a problematic phrase with racist and oppressive overtones. As others have noted, its origin is from driving horses, but ...
user avatar
0 votes
2 answers
38 views

Word or phrase for the realisation of belonging to a social group/subculture?

I am researching the impacts of the Roaring Twenties. I feel one of its biggest impacts was impressing into Americans that they were each part of a social group or subculture, however niche. For ...
user avatar
  • 1
1 vote
3 answers
93 views

An exclamation for “this is what I was looking for”?

I am looking for an exclamation for a situation like the following: You are disappointed for what there is or you already have, and then you unexpectedly find/discover something that is so different ...
user avatar
  • 2,424
0 votes
0 answers
35 views

Expression, phrase, or idiom that describes lazy team members/coworkers who work only on the least important and demanding tasks [duplicate]

I'm looking for a expression, idiom, or even proverb that could be used to describe situations like In a work environment where it becomes apparent that coworkers set aside duties that require ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
19 views

English phrase or word to describe a scenario where people say something that is completely unrelated to the conversation or topic [duplicate]

I think the phrase I'm looking for has Latin roots. Ad... Something. But I just can't remember it for some reason. Can someone help?
user avatar
  • 170
1 vote
2 answers
61 views

An alternative to Hypocrisy to describe dissonance in an individual's reactions [closed]

I'm looking for a word or phrase that can be used to accurately describe a person whose reaction to\or opinions of two different situations is the opposite of what you might expect, and out of all ...
user avatar
2 votes
4 answers
537 views

Is there an expression for ‘bad news’ when meant literally for negative news we get from the media?

We are checking bad news every day. Should we constantly be informed about all that _______ ? I need an idiom or expression for a context like the above.
user avatar
  • 2,424
1 vote
1 answer
30 views

looking for idioms that mean to look at something old in a new way [duplicate]

Need an idiom that connotes the idea of seeing something in a way you've never seen it before. Something along the lines of "shining a new light on an old [something]" or "seeing an old ...
user avatar
  • 85
3 votes
2 answers
69 views

Are there any idioms/expressions that communicate the idea of a sort of circular journey, as in this T.S. Eliot quote?

T.S. Eliot's Little Gidding contains the following lines: We must not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we began And to know the place for the first time....
user avatar
  • 85
4 votes
1 answer
95 views

Term for "a solution that's just barely good enough to stifle better solutions"?

There's an expression that, "Perfect is the enemy of good". What is the opposite of that expression? I'm talking about times when "marginally adequate" is also "the enemy of ...
user avatar
5 votes
6 answers
2k views

A word for a state that changes regularly and consistently

What would be the word (or phrase) to describe a state that changes consistently and regularly? Specifically, I'm referring to a type of network connection that turns on and off at regular intervals (...
user avatar
  • 201
1 vote
2 answers
37 views

need a short idiom/phrase or word for two people/things that are complete opposites

I am trying to describe two people with opposite personalites and the sentence is structured so that I need the idiom/phrase to act like an adjective. The sentence is "... events of the summer ...
user avatar
  • 85
1 vote
1 answer
36 views

What is the native word for describing an expression or gesture

What will be the perfect word for expressing huff, pride or sulking like when children angry with their parents and sit in the corner and don't want to talk with them . What word generally a native ...
user avatar
  • 11
3 votes
3 answers
2k views

What is the phrase or expression which has the word ‘finger’ in it and means very easily or quickly

Long ago the Internet could not be accessed …. I am looking for a word to use in the above sentence. I want it to mean ‘easily’ and ‘quickly’. I remember there was a phrase or proverb which had the ...
user avatar
  • 2,424
0 votes
0 answers
24 views

Words and expressions request for order

My mom bought home some fruit last week and before we are able to finish them all she got some more today so she told me, translated to English from my first language, that I should eat the fruit that ...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
44 views

need an idiom or phrase that means that the same event resulted (or results) in contrasting outcomes for 2 different inividuals

The sentence, as it now stands, is: "The bizarre events and offbeat personalities of an acid-fueled summer push two high school lifeguards in opposite directions." The part in italics is the ...
user avatar
  • 85
1 vote
3 answers
102 views

Looking for idiom or phrase similar to "for dummies" [duplicate]

I'm looking for a short commonly used phrase with meaning "very simple, straightforward, without unnecessary details, with basic terminology" in context of explanation of some idea or ...
user avatar
  • 559
1 vote
2 answers
52 views

Taking no action is easier than taking some action

I can choose between two options, A and B, that are about equally beneficial. However, B requires me to take some action, while A will happen by itself if I don't take any action. Therefore, in my ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
31 views

Wrestling with someone "chest to chest"?

I am looking for an expression which would enhance the idea of wrestling. This is a text I am translating from another language (Greek) where the expression (ἀντιπαλαίω στῆθος με στῆθος) means ...
user avatar
  • 12k
0 votes
3 answers
114 views

need an idiom or phrase that means "you're up early"

I am writing a screenplay and one of the characters picks up the phone and says "you're up early" but I need something to replace it. It doesn't have to be a real idiom or commonly used ...
user avatar
  • 85
1 vote
1 answer
82 views

What do you call a flat with a small yard with no roof?

So I want to bring my dog with myself traveling and I don’t keep my dogs in closed areas with a roof, because he doesn’t like it. So I always look for renting flats with small yards which are not ...
user avatar
  • 2,424
3 votes
5 answers
128 views

Idiom for gift or gesture that isn't good enough

I'm looking for a term used when a gift/gesture/allowance of some sort isn't anywhere near good enough, and was done largely for the sake of appearance. Often used in a political context. For example,...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
46 views

I need an idiom that means "be cool"/relax [closed]

I just need something that connotes calming down from an exaggerated state. The next line afterwards is "I am cool" so I don't want the preceding line to be "be cool" but I want to ...
user avatar
  • 85
0 votes
0 answers
29 views

Phrase like "margin of error" or "buffer" but specifically about spare team capacity?

I am trying to think of a phrase that means something like "margin of error" or "buffer," but specifically applying to spare capacity of a working team within a company. "...
user avatar
  • 1
0 votes
3 answers
139 views

Is there an equivalent to the assertive/polite expression "je me permets de ..." in English?

Is there an equivalent to the expression "je me permets de ..." in English? I think this expression has two usages: to convey an assertive tone: Je me permets de vous rappeler que la date ...
user avatar
  • 167
0 votes
3 answers
62 views

I need a word whose meaning is somewhere on the spectrum between 'too scared' and 'too dumb'. Or a phrase/idiom

The sentence (from a screenplay) writes: "Bart, we’re literally here buying you drugs cus you’re not able to buy your own high" I want to replace the words "not able" with ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
41 views

What is the proper term for a "physical event"? [duplicate]

I want to express the idea that an event, which has been conducted as a virtual event for a while is now resuming back to a normal event where people actually meet. In other words, I want to emphasis ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
69 views

What is the expression for stating that it isn't for us to say something?

I often use and here an expression that goes something along the lines of "who is it for us to say that ..." But it looks like I must have picked it up wrong, because that is definitely not ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
94 views

What would you call a specialised object unique to a person?

I was hoping to get some help with a general word or phrase meaning or specifying an object unique to its owner. E.g. A special sword owned by a knight, a special instrument owned by a musician, or a ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
38 views

Word or phrase (M-W sense) for power fantasy

What's a word or longer phrase that can be used to talk about living out a fantasy of power? Getting high on power? "Power trip" comes to my mind but I think there's another one Do you ...
user avatar
  • 2,611
0 votes
2 answers
41 views

What is a literal rephrasing of "that builds on our foundation of"?

The phrase: this new journey that builds on our foundation of relentless innovation and entrepreneurial spirit is understandable and sounds good, but I am wondering what a more literal rewording ...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
48 views

Is there a word/phrase to describe when people think like the situation is normal while it is not normal [closed]

I want to say "since they made it seem normal the coronavirus spread vastly". Is there a better way to rephrase the part "making something seem normal"? Thanks.
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
52 views

Translate "Lengua Bífida" to English [closed]

I am trying to translate "Lengua Bífida" from Spanish to English. The text "Lengua bífida" in Spanish expresses that someone has a tempting form of talking, normally in a bad way. ...
user avatar
4 votes
4 answers
224 views

What's the English equivalent for the French academia-related expression "hors sujet"?

In the French high school and university system, when students write an essay about a precise topic (e.g. "Is discussing renouncing violence?", Bac 2021), and the content of the essay is ...
user avatar
  • 167
0 votes
2 answers
50 views

What is a 'softer' word/phrase for take or grab?

I am looking for a way to say that someone took or grabbed something from someone while communicating that it was done delicately/gently or at least in a neutral or non-aggressive way. Not sure if it'...
user avatar
  • 1,005

1
2 3 4 5
118