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Questions tagged [phraseology]

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Is there a term for a coined word that gives meaning by association?

Bear with me as this is hard to articulate. Is there a word or term that describes when a coined word has obvious or intended meaning by being similar to another word, or having a certain "feel" to it?...
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English equivalents of Slovak saying [closed]

Is there an English equivalent of the Slovak saying: Someone else's wounds don't bleed ? This is literal translation of a saying, meaning "someone else's loss doesn't bother me".
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Is this good phraseology?

The passage below comes from an article published by BBC. http://www.bbc.com/news/health-39292389 Dr Thomas said: "It could be to maintain health we need to be exercising much more than we do." ...
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What is a proper alternative to stop/break/kick an addiction?

With reference to someone trying to break an addiction, what is a word that properly means to stop the behavior? While "break" and "kick" would be understood, they are more informal than desired. "...
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Is 'Confirm' the most appropriate word?

Time after time, when on the phone to insurance companies and such like, I'm being asked to 'confirm' my details. To me that's like them telling me what they think my details are, and me saying yes or ...
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What's the sailing ship equivalent for “Full speed ahead!”?

It was "full steam ahead" in the time of steamers. One of the last sophisticated sailing ships was the clipper. They were capable of crossing the Atlantic in something like 11 days. Had crews of up to ...
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Exeunt, fighting [closed]

Blocking's a female dog. Blocking is what the playwright writes when they're not writing dialogue. Blocking tells the actors what to do with their limbs and where to position themselves on the stage ...