Questions tagged [phrase-requests]

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Requesting someone to perform a task without sounding pushy

In writing, I need to request that my doctor perform several tasks for me as soon as reasonably possible. I am almost completely sure they will be willing to perform all these tasks. I don't want to ...
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Is there a word for this cultural phenomenon?

Sometimes definitions reverse direction, like when in the American sensibility, hard work and thrift lead to success and wealth and yet somehow now the presumption is that wealth is the obvious sign ...
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A good phrase/verb to replace “introduce” [closed]

I am giving a presentation to introduce the career path of bioinformatics researchers to a group of Ph.D. students. In the presentation abstract I have: I will [introduce] the responsibilities ...
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Which wording is better? “Impacted by” or “Affected by” [closed]

I want to use the phrase in a letter going out to municipal authorities. Note that I have added submissions listing examples of the negative effects or negative impacts of the construction project. “...
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More polite way of saying “don't disturb me” [closed]

How can I say "don't disturb me" in more polite way when I am busy
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What do you call a question you know the answer to, but you want an answer?

Consider this hypothetical scenario: You make plans with a significant other They bail on you because they are too tired You find out they went out with someone else You ask, despite knowing the ...
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Insult for someone who “doesn't know anything” [closed]

How do you call/insult someone who doesn't know anything (meaning not the simplest/basic or obvious things)? Context: I need it in a dialog of the following form: A: How does <very simple/obvious ...
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English phrase for complimenting an experienced person

There is an expression in Chinese: 姜是老的辣 It literally means old ginger is spicy, which means experienced senior person should be respected due to their knowledge and experiences. Is there an ...
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What is an adjective that connotes “implied” and “hidden”?

"Analytical skills are used to uncover _________ data." In the context of Data Science or Computer Science, I am trying to find a word that conveys "hidden" / "implied" / "underlying". As to say that ...
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Is there a word for when you/someone seeks help with a problem from someone else, but then the problem is resolved/gone when the helper arrives? [duplicate]

This is a situation I see my self first hand very often as someone who works in an IT related role. I also see it in other areas and experienced by seemingly everyone, but I don't know if there is a ...
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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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Word or phrase that means making use of money already committed to that purpose

I recently bought a gift card for an online shopping account, and though I have registered the card with the account, I have yet to actually buy anything with it. Thus right now I have money sitting ...
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Does “beat the distance” make sense?

I'm walking in a direction and there is someone who is ahead of me and walking in the same direction as me. I'm trying to catch up with him. If I say: If I speed up, I might be able to beat the ...
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How do you describe waking up in the morning brain functioning slowly?

Is there an adjective describing waking up in the morning and feeling slow, not able to remember stuff and think slowly?
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How do you concisely make clear something exists only once?

I am struggling to find an appropriate and convenient wording to describe that something exists only one time in the whole world. Usually the word "unique" implies exactly that, but it's been misused ...
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More formal way to say “No way!”? [closed]

What would be a more formal way to say "No way!"? For example, in a business conference setting.
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On explaining weird applications of something in a scientific/technical context

I'm going to write a paper on weird and unusual applications of tool A. Is there any appropriate term/single word or idiomatic phrase to point to such odd applications in the scientific context? ...
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What's a word or phrase for when someone claims an ability but can't demonstrate it on request?

Is there a word or phrase for when someone says they can do something but it just so happens they can’t do it right now? For example, if someone said that they could read minds but they couldn’t read ...
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Is it right to say "I don't live here naturally?

Can someone confirm or correct my grammar? Someone was asking me where I live. But my current address isn't my permanent one. So I answered: "I don't live here naturally." Was that correct? Or ...
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How would you say “it is not an uncommon belief that X's solution ends the search for a solution of problem Y”?

I'd like to carefully say that people not well trained in a field think that some solution X basically closes the whole problem Y, which is false. But instead of saying it is a common misconception, ...
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How can I form this sentence better?

I am trying to formulate the following sentence: "-also they can focus on research work (instead of fighting with technical limitations and problems)" However, I am not quite happy with its current ...
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Word or phrase for showing great skill at something without formal training in it

Is there a word or phrase to describe someone who is not formally trained at something — yet he/she is good at it? The person could be good at drawing/art, or mathematics, or carpentry, or boxing, or ...
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What is a word/phrase for some who is not in a group, while most others are?

I am looking for a word (or phrase if word is not possible) that is the opposite of associate. The context being when you have a collection of people and they are all part of a respective groups, ...
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From worse to better

I have a list of similar items (e.g., book titles), where some items are better/worse then others, and arranged from worse items (it the top of list) to better ones (in the bottom). This list should ...
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What's is called when you think something is better because it's newer/more recent?

I really feel like there's a word or phrase for this, but I honestly can't think of it. What's it called when you think something is better because it's newer/more recent? As an example, say an ...
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What is the wife of a henpecked husband called? [closed]

henpecked [hen-pekt] adjective 1. browbeaten, bullied, or intimidated by one's wife, girlfriend, etc.: a henpecked husband who never dared to contradict his wife. What is the wife of a henpecked ...
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What is a word I can use instead of “the other” when referring to an unknown person?

I am writing a scene where a character interacts with someone he cannot see and does not know - in essence anonymous stranger, with no visual aids. Are there any other words or phrases I can use to ...
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Idiom about something being very different

I need an idiom for two things being very different in amount (price) for negotiating. I’m trying to remember something along the lines of moon and ground/sky and ground, but I can’t remember the ...
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How to technical write, “…is the first of its kind” [closed]

How can I write the following in technical terms "Hence, to the best our knowledge, the analysis provided in the following sections for .... by an ABC-node is the first of its kind."
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Expression for “unconsciously using words (or accents) used by a person you often talk with or listen to”?

Is there an expression for the blanks in the following situation? You have a friend who isn't from where you're from and speaks in an accent different from yours. At first you feel strange with it, ...
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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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What's another way of saying that something 'captures the essence' of something? [closed]

I'm having a hard time coming up with a similar phrase or word, and have already used 'captures the essence' nearby. In context: Unfortunately, this quantity is impossible to calculate in ...
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English idiom for only being able to act in the way you were raised

I'm looking for an English (UK) idiom which I think might be similar to "I can only follow my roots" and means that I can only act in the way I was raised.
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What is a suitable phrase for the situation? [closed]

I had written it down last year, but couldn't find it or remember it. The character has a very unique problem. So there are no previous solutions to it. The phrase I'm looking for might fit here "...
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What is the saying for when “early adaptors (first timers) always takes the hit” which is opposite of “early bird catches the worm”

While we say "early bird catches the worm" which means whoever arrives first has the best chance of success; some opportunities are only available to the first competitors. On the opposite end, what ...
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Can you please… when asking from a person with senior position

I have asked a simple thing from my official senior as: Can you please provide me the data to work on. So his reply was when you say can you do you mean that If I can provide the data or not....
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How to phrase the following sentence in a cover letter [closed]

I cannot come across proper syntax to pitch the following sentence. I will really appreciate any help. "During the same year, I led career guidance visit the XXX as IEEE president and ABC University'...
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Is there a word for missing the point due to literal interpretation of figurative phrases

Figurative language is when people use words or phrases to communicate an idea not meant to be taken literally, such as speaking in metaphors. Sometimes, people do not realize the figurative nature ...
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Idiom to describe a spoiled person [closed]

What would be a good way to describe a person who is too spoiled and finds fault with everything she is offered? I keep thinking "she turns up her nose at everything" but turning up one's nose ...
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Need help with the sentence structure for my pitch, thanks!

Back story: I am to give a 3 minute pitch on a task i worked on. I would like to something like, "As a general knowledge, we know that smartphones are dominated by IOS and android. Which is why ...
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What is the term for a city that is supposed to be a utopia, but is actually evil? [closed]

Once of the best examples of what I'm trying to get the term for is Wonder City, in the Batman games. It was built to be a futuristic haven with clean energy, robot sentries, and laws to "stop the ...
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A phrase for a small role in a much larger project?

I'm writing a thank you letter for a professor whose lab I am working in and I play a fairly small role. Although I have a very tiny part, for me the lab is a huge part of my life. Is there an ...
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Word/phrase/tactic for falsely calling yourself someone of the opposite side to use as a tool to discredit that side

I wanted to know if there's a word for a sneaky tactic involving falsely calling yourself a person of the opposite side to your actual viewpoint (perhaps in an anonymous setting) to use as a weapon to ...
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What does it mean that a certain building is “architecture become mathematics”?

I read about the Citigroup Center in NYC in a travel guide, and one sentence said that this building, designed as a graph-paper, is "architecture become mathematics". What does it mean?
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Prepositions - do I use “for” or “on” in this sentence?

This is for my resume so I want to use the right preposition here . . . "Researched and drafted judicial opinions on/for a wide variety of civil and criminal cases" I cannot tell if I should use ON ...
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Phrasal verb with meaning “put into a bin”/“categorise”

I am looking for a phrasal verb to describe the act of putting (something/someone) into a bin, or categorising them (perhaps crudely, according to some heuristic/characteristic). "To bin" is as close ...
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What are other ways of saying “walk all over someone”?

What are other ways of saying "walk all over someone" or take advantage of them? Is there a one word phrase to describe this? I'm sure there is, I just can't think
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What is the word or words for when a person gets himself falsely exonerated for a crime?

Suppose a person has been convicted of murder. He did it. He bribes witnesses and manufactures evidence to clear himself while in jail. How do you say this in one word or phrase? It's as simple as: ...
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I'm looking for phrase/proverb about unimportant persons?

The phrase I'm looking for has similar meaning to "in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king". When someone is important but the place that person is in not big or important, or when someone ...
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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 ...