Questions tagged [phrase-requests]

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Are there any words/phrases/idioms like "regret," but more specific? [closed]

The other day I struck up a conversation, about economics of all thing, with a stranger whose political beliefs were quite different from my own. It was a little bit of a teaching opportunity as I ...
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Is there a word for the coronation of a king who won his crown by reunifying the country, but is not the heir apparent? [closed]

After sacking the capital of a country, and seeing that nation fall, there is no longer a central authority. A leader/lord/nobleman establishes himself as the ruler and starts to subjugate the enemy's ...
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Is the movie title "love and other drugs" a play on some phrase?

Does anyone know if the movie title "love and other drugs" is a play on some other phrase of the form X and other Y?
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Words with different meaning than root words [duplicate]

What is the term for words that have different meaning than their root words? For example moon+shine = moonshine
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Alternative for "Don't quote me on that"?

I was looking for a better alternative for "Don't quote me on that" phrase. Context : My (International) friend came to visit us and saw us doing some rituals. She asked me about its history....
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Idiom for becoming disillusioned

What idioms can be used to mean "become disillusioned with myself." my reading speed is 300 wpm and I have always considered myself a very fast reader, but today ________ when I discovered ...
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Are phrases like "This thesis develops" good writing style?

`Hi, I am writing my thesis. In this thesis I am using the phrases "this thesis develops a new method for..." I am not sure if this is considered a good writing style or even wrong. What I ...
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Term or phrase similar to ghost town but without remaining structures

I'm a local historian and I was wondering what the term might be for former railroad communities/mill towns with no remaining structures? I realize ghost town is the wrong term because they have no ...
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Word or phrase for "unsophisticated affectation" evoking lower-status associations [duplicate]

Affectation refers to a pretense intended to evoke higher-status associations. It apparently can't be used with lower-status associations. Google returns exactly one hit for "unsophisticated ...
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"first" not really meaning the ordinal first [closed]

FIRST has many definitions, including: before any other in time, order, or importance before doing other things alternatively: in preference to something else : SOONER I am seeking use examples of ...
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A term for the German word "Aufbruch" with some deeper meaning

I'm trying to translate appropriately the short bullet/header line "Der Aufbruch des Pilgers Ya-Nun" ("Ya-Nun" is a fictive person in a story of mine.) Here I describe the moment, ...
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Word or expression to describe the feeling of nostalgia for a place, for which you no longer have nostalgia

This question was inspired by a situation in a role-playing game. Basically, the character in question had been forced to relocate and live for a good chunk of her childhood in a very bad slum, and it ...
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Word or term for "Returning somewhere after a long time and it is no longer familiar"?

I'm trying to figure out if there is a specific word, or more likely a term, for the concept of "returning somewhere after a long time away from it and it is no longer familiar to you." For ...
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Looking for a term or phrase to describe a discussion where there is no one right answer [duplicate]

I am looking for a term or phrase to describe a discussion where there is no one right answer (e.g., tabs versus spaces). Both sides could be equally right, and the arguments are made mostly from ...
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To pass something one does not want onto someone without them really wanting it

I am looking for a word that means to give something to someone without them really having a need for it or wanting it. To give away something one doesn't want to someone else who doesn't want it ...
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Is there an equiv­a­lent of “nych­the­meron” that specif­i­cally starts at mid­night?

That is, is there a word for the 24-hour pe­riod start­ing at mid­night? I know that tech­ni­cally a day means ei­ther 24 hours or the pe­riod of time be­tween sun­rise and sun­set, and that day and ...
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Is there a word for this concept (related to awareness)?

Let's suppose that I have the following sentence: "The population is extremely aware of subject X". What would be the best (formal) way of conveying the same idea with the following way: &...
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What's an alternative term for "age groups"? [closed]

I want to employ the formation "age groups" in a sentence worded in a different way. Is "age fragments" right to employ? If not, what else could be used?
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Is there a term for someone who takes a long time explaining simple things?

Is there a term for someone who takes a long time to explain simple things, but goes through the complicated ones very briefly? We had a refresher course on a software we already use, the presenter ...
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What common name can be used to classify LaTeX and office suites together?

If someone wants to put LaTeX and office suites (especially the applications related to document preparation: Word, Publisher, Powerpoint, etc.) together in the same line in his CV/resume in the ...
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Phrase to describe an offhanded comment that has a big influence on another [duplicate]

Sometimes people make offhanded comments that others take very seriously. Person A says something that has a profound influence on our life, and then when we tell Person A the story years later Person ...
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What is the general name/description for what I thought was "Makeout Creek"?

In The Simpsons, and many old movies from/set in the 1950s, there is a common scene where a couple sits in a parked car at what appears to be a high hill, in the evening or night, looking out over the ...
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How to express "at least one" or "at least some" (of a countable or uncountable collection respetively), as in antivacuous statements?

Discrete (countable) case example: All/Some of the trees on this block are oak. [And there is at least one oak tree on the block, but possibly two or more.] Continuous (uncountable) case example: All/...
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Is there a context-free concise construction for "pertinently different from, without being mutually exclusive"?

Is there a tidy way to represent the meaning of the following? A differs from B (in some substantive/relevant way), even though they do share non-trivial similarities.
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What do you call a position where one succeeds automatically

Is there a word for a position that one succeeds in as a result of occupying a lower position? E.g., say, a committee has elected a Chair and Vice-Chair for a term of 3 years. The Vice-Chair will ...
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A phrase to describe someone's bad financial record

Let's assume the context where a woman approaches a bank to secure a loan for her bold but lucrative business idea but she gets turned down because she doesn't have anything for collateral and her ...
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How can a "need" (particularly a relativistic one) that isn't utterly imperative (but still necessary) be succinctly expressed?

Consider use of ‘dietary needs’ in following sentence: “I share some of my food with my dog, though in limited quantities since his dietary needs are different.”; while domestic dogs do have different ...
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Phrase for making an unnecessary purchase before engaging in an activity

Is there an expression or phrase to describe the misguided behavior of believing that purchasing an item relating to an activity you wish to pursue will give you the motivation to actually engage in ...
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Phrase or idiom for only having seen one part of something but not the whole thing?

For example, suppose I am a student studying physics, and I've taken a bunch of theoretical classes in electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, particle physics, etc. But I have not done any experimental ...
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Word or short phrase similar to "self-centered" but not judgemental, condescending, or insulting

I am searching for a word or short phrase that is similar to "self-centered" but is not judgemental, condescending, or typically used as an insult. I would like to use this word to describe ...
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What’s a 75th birthday called? [closed]

Are there words for 75th and 50th birthdays? In particular, I’m looking for a word to describe the festivities, e.g. Diamond Jubilee, etc More personally, my daughter and I are each celebrating those ...
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What's a phrase for a compromise in which both sides are unhappy?

I feel like I've heard a phrase like "so-and-so's deal" or "such-and-such agreement" that describes an arrangement/deal/compromise that leaves all sides unhappy. Like "pyrrhic ...
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Is there a word or phrase for "promises that can't be kept"?

I know that renege is a word that could suit in here. But as I understand, 'renege' describes the failure to keep a promise. But, sometimes, we make promises that we know all too well that it can't be ...
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Proverb for weak individuals uniting their power and manage to defeat stronger opponent

I'm looking for an idiom or proverb describing a situation where (otherwise weak and insignificant) individuals/actors decide to join their forces to defeat a much stronger opponent, and they ...
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What is a phrase for being stuck at a job because of unwillingness to take a risk?

As a sample sentence I realize that I have <insert phrase> for too long. I need to quit this job and take my chances.
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Is there a word for insulting yourself before someone else gets a chance to?

Some of you may have seen the Eminem film 8-mile, where he's in a rap battle, and at some point in the film he wins the rap battle by exhausting all the ammo about himself that his opponent was going ...
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"Lost challenge" clearly showing a reversal of expectations

In a scenario where the conventional thinking that when A competes with B, A would win / get the upper hand, but where last findings in date show that B has the upper hand, I'm trying to phrase this ...
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Is there a metaphor to say "it's named this way for a reason"

I was wondering is there an English or American metaphor or phrase to say it has been called this way for a reason? Suppose I want to say this The private key is called private for a reason! Is ...
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What are alternative words (or phrases) for "non-platonic/romantic/sexual", described those sorts of (or sides of) relationships? [closed]

Sometimes we want to specify that a relationship is not platonic, but rather romantic and/or sexual. At other times we want to refer to that aspect of a relationship. What are some others words or ...
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How to describe a scenario that is close to the real conditions

I am writing a technical paper that includes economic analysis. In one section, I need to give a justification for choosing interest rates used in the study. I am trying to say the interest rates were ...
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Is there a word or phrase for Walking slowly while tracing the surrounding with hands?

So the scene goes like this, she comes of the dark and is unable to see things at once. So she slowly walks while tracing the surrounding with her hands. Is there a exclusive word for such an act?
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An adjective to describe eyes like these?

Some people have eyes that look rather different than most people's, with their whole upper eyelids (*) being very visible. Is there a term or an adjective for eyes like these? (*) By "eyelid&...
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Is there a word for "insults that you take as a compliment"?

For example a person insults someone, the victim of the insult understands that they have just been insulted but instead takes it as a badge of honor and turns into a compliment for themselves
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A word that defines when you have to consider multiple factors when making decisions

Say you have a situation where you are trying to mitigate multiple factors from competing sides, but when you make decisions you have to consider both sides, you can't just consider one side as it may ...
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Word for a statement which would not be true in the future?

I am trying to explain to somebody why the statement “technology A will soon replace technology B” is not a good idea to write in a book. The reason I want to provide is that, in a few years time, ...
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