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Symbol indicating a value equal to or greater than a number

I am working on translation of numbers and came across this representation of "5 or greater" as "5+". My question is whether or not there is a term for the "+" sign that ...
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What does “Hunch product” mean?

So I am translating an article and I came upon this paragraph: "According to the company, the new Sisense Hunch product represents a “new class of big data analytics” that can be applied to ...
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Idiom to express 'being good at something'

I am currently working on a translation project for university (nothing profressional) and I have a question regarding the translation of a French expression which goes "je ne crains personne&...
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What do “promise of tomorrow” and “rug merchant” mean?

Here is the main text including the questioned parts. ps: this is a political statement. As we proceed we cannot be gulled by promises of what will happen tomorrow—at bottom they really are rug ...
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How to express “saying things to please your manager”

I am trying to translate a phrase from Bulgarian and I can't seem to find good English equivalent. Imagine that in a company there is a "thank you" session where everybody can say thank you ...
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Design a question (addressing the chronological order involved) which is answered by say 'Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States' [duplicate]

In my native language of Malayalam, we have a word 'എത്രാമത്തെ' which denotes the chronological number/position of something. It crudely translates to 'How much'th'. As far as I know there is no ...
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Why do translations refer to the original language with a definite article, e.g. “translated from the Spanish”?

In general in English, we don't ever apply the definitive article to languages. We don't say "He speaks the Japanese" or "It was originally written in the French." But for ...
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What do we call the stream-like leftovers of water sticking to a glass surface?

From a Russian document: Лабораторная посуда считается чистой, если вода, стекающая по стенкам, не оставляет капель или «ручейков». Translation: Laboratory glassware is considered clean when the ...
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What symbols are customarily used for “○○” in English?

If you have studied languages such as Japanese, you have probably encountered the symbol “○○”. I am told that there are two purposes for “○○”. To act as a placeholder for whatever word you like. To ...
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What is the name for a video that is shown as a preamble to an interview on a talk show?

In TV talk shows, what is the name for a video clip that is shown as a preamble to an interview? I am working in the Netherlands, where they call this an 'instart'.
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Does “know more about something” really mean “more” (implying that one already has some prior knowledge) or just a customary phrase

It is a question resulting from a translation attempt of this sentence: Many, however, may wish to know more about this remarkable people from the outset. (Lord of the Rings, Prologue) From here we ...
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English equivalent of the Greek “When Muhammad does not go to the mountain…”?

In Greek, there is an expression which translates literally to When Muhammad does not go to the mountain, the mountain goes to Muhammad. The expression is used when the speaker believes that they ...
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What is this swastika looking symbol in John Hancock's family papers from circa 1762

I was looking at the "From The Page" software and tried to transcribe a section of the Hancock family papers, and on Page 137 (seq. 139) the author used what seems to be swastikas to ...
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Word or phrase for something that turns out great but wasn't intended as such

I'm translating a German press release about a product that became a great tool/solution, but it had never been intended to be developed like that in the first place. It more or less happened by ...
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The boy who lived ( Harry Potter book) [closed]

I've loaded first Harry Potter book, and want to translate it , but first sentence in this book, and I don't know what meaning it have .. Is it about that Harry survived , or it is about some past ...
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What does “your end” mean? [duplicate]

In my English homework, a student gets asked if she would put "Any news your end" in a formal or informal letter. My class should translate it, but in my native language it means something ...
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meaning of “riding out on sorties in quest of adventure”

I read in a (originally) German novel that: "They are continually riding out on sorties in quest of adventure" What are they exactly doing?! Living on booty? If so then how could it be in ...
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The English translation for the Chinese word “剩女”, meaning an unmarried girl over 27 without a boyfriend

The Chinese word "剩女" means "an unmarried girl over 27 without a boyfriend". Since better girls are already in love or married, some girls are left and it seems that no men are ...
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Word for the analog in another language

There is a word that means the direct analog for a word in one language in another language. So, for example, the direct analog for mizu (water in Japanese) is water in English. I can't seem to ...
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Is it “It is likely to happen” or “It is likely that that happen?” [closed]

It is likely to happen. It is likely that that happen. Which sentence is correct? Because, in French, we say, "Il est probable que cela se produise", and, in English, "que" and &...
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Should “rather” be used in this context? [duplicate]

Translating from german, the word "rather" (as replacement for "ziemlich") sounds kind of wrong to me, but I would like to check with an example: "Rather innovative", ...
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Word meaning a certain phrase?

In Estonian, there is a word that roughly translates to "I want to sleep more, but I can't, so I am laying in bed". Is there a similar word or shortened phrase that means the same thing in ...
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Since (past time) … to (current time)?

I am trying to write a sentence that shows my experience as a cook; for example, since my first job at ABC, and then to DEF, to currently working at GHI, I have gain ...
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I am searching for the adverbial form of “undefeatable” or a suitable synonym

I am translating a text, and I have a sentence that structurally translates into: "The noble ideal they have in their sights will enter even the darkest souls and convert undefeatably into a ...
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Does English have a version of “pouring water on a goose”?

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/verkan Det där har lika mycket verkan som att hälla vatten på en gås. That has as much effect as pouring water on a goose. It means that something is futile or ...
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What does “worm of yellow convicts” mean?

I am working on the translation of this story by Stephen Crane, "Maggie: A Girl of the Streets", and in the very beginning he describes a fight which everyone around stops to watch. This is ...
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What does “skreeble”, “glurp”, and “grindlebloff” mean?

I'm trying to translate a computer algorithm book to Chinese (from English). But then I came across the following sentences. I know what the author is trying to say, but I have no idea what does "...
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Question about word order for emphasis

I am a student of the English language, and also Psychology. If I were to translate Rational Emotional Behavioral Therapy, should the emphasis (the first and most important word) be on Behavioral, ...
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What can “ranges” mean in this context?

"The castle’s three gift shops sell a wide range of high quality gifts, books and souvenirs including exclusive Edinburgh Castle ranges" I need to translate a travel guide of the Edinburgh ...
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“Abstract away from”: disregarding details in effort to reach higher general and overarching notion of something

I am a native Danish speaker. The Danish definition of the verb abstract translates to "disregarding the subordinate details in an effort to build a general, overarching notion of something"....
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What does “case” mean on a museum guide? [closed]

"First, head to Room 51 on Level 3 and find Case 4." This appears on a guide to visit The British Museum. This guide is designed for children and it is full of activities, pictures and there ...
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Is there a figurative term equivalent to the German idiom “Fingerübung”?

Just recently I was wondering on how to best translate the figurative German word 'Fingerübung' In particular I am referring to the second meaning in the authorative German dictionary duden1, which ...
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Correct use of the term “Taxa de Natalidade” [closed]

I have received the answer from my teacher saying that the term “Fertility Rate” is not suitable for the context. The context is this, The increase in life expectancy, concomitantly with a decreased ...
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Love of Home and Friends—like the ridge behind a Bunker! (Meaning)

I'm translating a fable by George Ade called "The Fable of the Visitor Who Got a Lot for Three Dollars." In the following extract, the phrenologist is telling his customer how he is based on ...
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What is the best translation for the German word “Bündler”, meaning an intermediary merchant for agricultural goods and produce?

I'm looking for a good translation of the German word "Bündler" which in our context is an intermediary merchant for agricultural goods and produce. DeepL offered me the word "bundler&...
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In need of accurate translations for “discount” [closed]

I’m writing a program for point of sales work. Thus, in my code, I need to name things (in English) related to concerns like "Store", "Sales", "Price", etc. I’m now ...
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Idioms and other expressions that point to the farm / countryiside origins of a person that now lives in an urban setting

I have to translate an idiom in Spanish, "pelo de la dehesa", which refers to a person who lives in an urban setting but who still has elements of their rural origins. The author who used ...
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Is there a verb for “thinking someone deserved what he got”?

Note that i am not talking about this in the sense of "he deserved what he got", but rather, "i THINK he deserved it". Basically, when you see someone with a nice car, or when you ...
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Should I use “the” in the phrase “the check-in for a flight”, in this context?

I have this sentence in Russian I need to translate into English: "Звучит объявление о регистрации на рейс Кабул - Гонконг." The best I can come up with is this: "An announcement rings ...
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Equivalent of Catalan 'Gent jove pa tou' or 'Young people soft bread' referring to being too young for certain tasks

Is there an equivalent in English to the following Catalan expression? 'Gent jove, pa tou', literally 'Young people, soft bread', referring to the fact that young people are too inexperienced to be ...
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Translate the sentence

I can't figure out the problem with the boy in this sentence. I looked up the phrase "tear off" in the dictionary, but when it goes with "except about two inches around", I found ...
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What is the most common equivalent name for “handal”, a very bitter fruit?

What is the most common name of a very bitter fruit, a word that is the equivalent of handal (also spelled “handhal”)? On Wikipedia, I found several names for this melon-like fruit: bitter apple, ...
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A literary idiom/expression that means someone is worthless or express about this imagery ( he is not equal to stitch on the sole)

I have to translate a poem from Arabic into English, so I need an equivalent expression to Arabic imagery.
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How to translate “Facéties de Descendre” from French in the context of a board game?

I'd like to translate a card from a French board game. In particular, I'm interested about one of the names of the abilities. Now, I'm not a native English speaker, but I'm pretty sure that the ...
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Relaunch or Raise [closed]

I'm French and I would like to translate "Relancer un client". This expression is used, for example, when an invoice has been sent to a customer, but no payment has been received after the ...
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Squints (AE)- similar to the German word ‚Fachidiot‘? [closed]

Is the word ‚squints‘ similar to the German word ‚Fachidiot‘? It‘s often used from Agent Booth (Series Bones) when he speaks about the scientists.
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“son of fish knows how to swim” meaning and usage

What the saying "son of fish knows how to swim" actually means? does it contain positive or negative connotation? Thank you!
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a word for an academic text translation

I am translating an academic study on manuscripts. In the source language, there is a word that requires a one-word translation for the idea of both reading and interpreting. I haven’t yet found any ...
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What is an idiom meaning 'destroy with a hand tool' in English?

I thought of "The politicians are taking a sledgehammer to England" but I don't know if it's correct to mean "The politicians are destroying England". In the source language it's ...
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On vs over (is using “on” wrong here?)

I know the difference. I know over in this case means that the thing covers all or almost all of the other thing, and on simply means that the thing is on part of the surface of the other thing. But, ...

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