Questions tagged [phrase-requests]

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Phrase for a feeling of relief upon finding a solution to a long term irritant

I'm looking for a phrase that would explain the feeling of relief that one sometimes feels when removing a minor irritation, whether physical or mental. For example, settling into a nice bubble bath ...
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If a picture of a screen is a screenshot, what is a video of a screen?

I'm looking for a catchy and nice-sounding word. A really nice sounding phrase would although be better than nothing. I record my computer screen a lot and never really found a nice word to describe ...
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What is it called when someone asks a question but it's not really root/true question they have?

In other words, they are asking a question which seems to them like the right question to ask ("How do I get to point B from point A?") when they are really at point A and are trying to get to point C....
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Term for “the fatty” used by teenagers

"In seventh grade, I was diagnosed with scoliosis. My nightmare began. A brace restricted my movement and my life; I could not bend or turn, let alone continue with my favorite hobby—dancing. I was ...
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A word or phrase for the boring writing style “thing after thing after thing”, like a “ledger”

Suppose you want to write a story. Your final writing is like the following: This morning Doe got up at 7:45am. Then he brushed his teeth. Then he had breakfast which was prepared by his mom. ...
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A word describing someone who says “like” or “um” every couple of words in most sentences [duplicate]

Is there a word (or a few words) that accurately describes someone with the "like disease" (or the many other unnecessary words or small phrases spread throughout most sentences, such as "um") in "...
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Word/Phrase similar to “Take to the Extreme”

I am looking for a word (verb preferable, other constructions welcome) or short phrase that's similar to "Take to the Extreme", with a connotation of a logical conclusion, but avoiding stating that ...
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Another phrase for “jumping on the bandwagon”

I'm looking for a word that would convey the meaning of jumping on the bandwagon in an opportunist way. So for example, Sara doesn't like Barbara cos of their own petty issues, but doesn't show the ...
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“Put it through. Never do the same as I asked.”

In the movie Inception, I can't understand the meaning of the mentioned phrases, the character Maurice Fischer said to his son, Robert. Is there anyone who can explain me this?
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How to describe an order (ascending or descending)?

If A, B and C have some values such that A > B > C then how can I describe this order? I can say that "A had the highest value followed by B and C". Does this sentence also convey that B is higher ...
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webbing Semantically?

I want to find a word that I can use ,for example, to come and go between website, clicking button on the internet, or even click some button on software to cross between platforms on computer. Can ...
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Word/phrase for habit of replying only when pressed

Is there a word (or phrase) that describes the action of responding to requests only when someone presses you about them? For example, let's say I ask John to get me a quote for a product, and he ...
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Is there a word/phrase that can describe playing a musical instrument in a casual way?

For example, instead of saying "play [certain musical instrument] casually", is there a verb that can be used in place of of the word "play"? In my mind, "casually" means playing the instrument in an ...
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A hint with a description reminding me of the past

A hint with a description reminding me of the past How to call that hint? Something about physical ,about time For example: Look at the bag( a hint) on the tv screen, it is good and reminds me of ...
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Polite reply to email stating you haven't given me what I needed?

I am helping another team in my company with a small project. My part in it was discussed about 2 weeks ago. I received an email today from a member of this team asking for an update on my part. ...
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Single word or short phrase to describe substantial experience accumulated over the years [duplicate]

Example sentence 20 decades in the industry, the/this _____________ has given us the competitive edge to ............. The sentence is to sum up the accumulated experience over the years has ...
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What is “being out of job for a personal reason” called?

After I finished my study, I had to chose not to do any job because I had to take care of my parent. The period took 3 years. And then I was back free to have a job. What is that period called. On ...
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What do you call it when someone assumes a newly created position?

I am the first person in a position and wanted to know what to call myself. I thought about "first incumbent," but it doesn't feel right. Any help is appreciated!
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Phrase/Word-pair for a variant of master-slave relationship

We are designing an electrical system in which the two primary sub-systems work in a manner such that the first one controls the power for the second one (and handles some primary tasks), and the ...
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A phrase for “flip the bozo bit” for generic situations

I've only recently heard of flip the bozo bit in the last six months or so, and I find it very useful to understand that aspect of human behaviour (deciding that someone's an idiot and never worth ...
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What do you call dynamics in which the more you have, the more you get? [duplicate]

I am looking for a term for systems or dynamics in which the ability to earn a particular resource requires having a minimum of that resource available, and grows progressively or exponentially with ...
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Alternatives to “Happy Remembrance Day”?

Isn't "Happy Remembrance Day" dis-tasteful? How can a nice person be "Happy" on Remembrance Day??? I read news articles that say it...see under...but the "Happy" feels opprobrious. I live in Canada. ...
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To wholeheartedly commit to something and disregard everything but your focus [closed]

What are English idioms or phrases that mean "to take your brain out and throw yourself at whatever obstacle/task/challenge etc. is in front of you", or similarly to stride forward relentlessly. For ...
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An idiom equivalent to Chinese idiom 化腐朽为神奇

The Chinese idiom 化腐朽为神奇 loosely means transforming something that is rotten/decayed to something magical. It is not similar to ugly duckling turning into a swan because this is more like a self ...
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An idiom or proverb to describe the ability to identify the best one when given a plethora of choices

I'm looking for an idiom or proverb that emphasise the availability of choices and the ability to identify the best/correct one. The ability is the result of experience, skills and knowledge. For ...
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Is there a word for “weaponized political correctness”?

The term Political correctness is innocent enough. According to Wikipedia: Political correctness is a term used to describe language, policies, or measures that are intended to avoid offense or ...
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No wife, no pregnancy, but the son is already named [duplicate]

No wife, not her pregnancy but the son's name is soma lingam (some ×) Aalu ledu, chulu ledu kani koduku peru matram somalingam. (Telugu) Some people think of the future ...
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Unisex word (or short phrase) for “little black book”

Although it seems like this phrase is already unisex, something about it gives it a feminine tone. I'm looking for a phrase that means "a list a lovers" but can be used by both men and women in ...
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Word, phrase for strategy in which a party, country deputes a low level representative for a high level meeting, summit

What is the word for a strategy or the arrangement, while other countries for a common summit sent their highest or at least relevant high level chief (such as president, prime minister, etc) and a ...
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Must-have (noun) alternatives

The noun 'must-have' is defined in the Cambridge Dictionary as: Something that many people want to own. Do you know any alternatives for expressing the same meaning? I would like to use it to make ...
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How to say being ahead at the start

I am writing to a Professor as a prospective graduate student. I want to tell him that I will be one step ahead at the begging of my masters program since I have taken several graduate courses already....
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How to describe something that continues after the conditions that led to it no longer exist?

Q1. Is there a phrase to describe something that is formed or done in response to conditions or circumstances, but which continues after those conditions or circumstance are no longer applicable? Q2. ...
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Other word for 'scope' (in the programming sense) that is non-ambiguous to non-programmers

The title says it all, really. For a Philosophy essay, I would like to describe scope, in its programming sense of being: Nestable: you can have a scope within a scope Hierarchical: a child scope ...
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Need a word for when an event or situation that is very unlikely to happen, happens

I need a word for when an event or situation that is very unlikely to happen, happens. For example, let's say the nerdy kid in school, who is an outcast with no friends, dates the popular girl in ...
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Is “making a sound” the most basic verb/verb phrase for the oral like speaking,talking?

Is "making a sound" the most basic verb/verb phrase for the oral like speaking,talking,roaring(if you can)? For example: Peter:Jane, Don't talk to me Jane:(roaring) Peter:don't make a sound.(I ...
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Term for someone who is dead (or dreaming) and does not know it

Looking for a word or phrase that refers to someone who is unaware of their state, as if they were dead or dreaming but not knowing it. Closest I've come is something like "walking dead"/"dead man ...
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Alternative to “one more tool in my toolbox”?

I could use "one more tool in my toolbox" to describe a final addition to the various methods I have for doing something. However, I'm not sure about "tool" occuring twice in such a short phrase. "One ...
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How can I rephrase this sentence to emphasize the underlying statement?

What are the better ways to describe a happy person -> (meaning someone who has everything he needs) and opposite of that misery (but not quite) -> (meaning someone who is alive but living in hell) ...
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Word or term for contentment, balance, wellness, good health, at home

Looking to uncover a word or term that embodies this spirit, but is not so literal. That evokes a sense of “what is it”, what will I discover in the place. A place to achieve this sense of well-...
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What is the word for being too greedy for money? [duplicate]

I need a word that implies a person's insatiable hunger for more than required wealth Something like "hoard" or "more than required" but not quite
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A word(?) on giving something a different name on media to make it more acceptable? [duplicate]

Is there a word or a phrase that has to do with renaming an act (that is deemed morally questionable) so that it may seem more neutral and therefore acceptable to the general public? It has nothing to ...
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What is the one word for loss in trade / bad deal?

What is the one word for a deal that will end in loss for sure for example a teenager doing drugs over studies is a sure loss to him how do I say that ? He will regret is one way , but my point is to ...
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What do you call something you've said so often you don't hear yourself speaking?

While at work I have to take a patient's consent in which I explain the plan and the risks to which they may be exposed. I've given the same speech so often that my brain goes on automatic pilot and ...
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Phrase or expression for “sending a message to the wrong recipient” in chat

Is there a short phrase or expression for sending a message in the wrong place, when chatting online? When (text) chatting online, there can be times when someone inadvertently sends something that ...
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Aphorism-like expression about scales and comparisons

I was watching the Youtube video "Incredible video - explainig scale - from earth to space to human body" and wondered about the language. Would it be correct -- or odd? -- to write something along ...
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Sentence phrase

Clean the Room by using a cleaning machine with detergent. Clean the room with detergent by using cleaning machine. Which one sentence from above is correct sentence. As i have placed by using a ...
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What is best word to shout “hide him in safe place”

A leader is delivering a talk on a dais and one of the security officers finds a threat to him and shouts from the distance to alert the leader or other security officers around him. What is best word ...
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Word or phrase for turning the tide against a rival in a competition in the last moments

I'm sure there's a more specific word/phrase for moments like in a soccer match when the loser team which is, say, two scores behind, scores 3 points in the last ten minutes to turn an almost certain ...
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Saying for trying to do everything with a one-size-fits-all tool (and doing none of it well as a result)

I'm trying to come up with a saying to express when one tool or solution is being used for multiple purposes in a situation that really calls for two separate approaches, and not doing a great job at ...
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Word for eyes “pleading for approval”

I would like to know a word/phrase that can be used to describe the eyes of a person seeking/pleading approval. Similar to the colloquial usage 'puppy eyes'. Sample usage: Her mother insisted on ...