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Is there a word or concise phrase meaning to set aside many tasks or a surplus of work for another?

For a very long time I had a misunderstanding and thought the word expressing this was "sandbagging" which is very much an incorrect use. Is there a phrase I can use when I am saying that I ...
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Shackle vs Handcuffs

What's the difference between shackle and handcuffs? Is the difference nuance-based? Judging by Google Ngram viewer, it seems "shackle" had a peak of usage around 1920. Is it arcane/used ...
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Idiom or word to say to someone who is talking without proof or data

I am working in the IT field. We faced an issue and hired a consultant to resolve that. Consultant gave us some generic recommendation which is not based on any data and will not resolve our issue. Do ...
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Does it sound idiomatic to say "Regretfully, I won't have the privilege of being with you that day, but I do wish you all good luck."

There is a very common expression in Farsi that translates to something along the lines of "It's my bad luck that I wasn't there to enjoy your company" or "I will not have the good ...
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Is it befitting to use "I would agree" in a formal writing?

Can we start off a paragraph with "I would agree" when we want to establish our perspective on a subject in a formal and academic writing? What is the difference between "I agree" ...
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What's the word for people who give an opinion unnecessarily?

What's the word for people who give an opinion unnecessarily; when it is not required or it's not their business or they are not asked to? Can we call them 'critics'? Or loose tongued?
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Stating "Because of private meeting they didn’t let me post more stuff." in a formal form

I would say “in consideration of private gathering, they didn’t let me post more stuff on my IG stories” OR “ in light of private meeting, I couldn’t ... “ Is it well formed? Or natives saying in ...
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How do you differentiate the use of "When I asked..." and "When I have asked..."

This might be a very basic question for native speakers of English, but I'd really appreciate if you could help me to understand the difference between "When I asked" and "When I have ...
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Meaning of "I height Don Quixote"

What is the meaning/origins of a word "height" in this line of poetry (Written by Jack Parsons in 1943): I height Don Quixote, I live on Peyote, marihuana, morphine and cocaine. I never ...
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What is the name of this effect/situation?

Consider this situation, A group of people have to choose between two restaurants for a meal, restaurant A which is new to the group and restaurant B which is old having been visited by the group ...
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What do you call someone who always speaks in gobbledygooks? [duplicate]

What word would you use to describe a person using gobbledygooks even during casual conversations?
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separate you from VS keep you from

For context: the participant who is on the 1st place now has earned 10 points, and the participant on the 2nd place has earned 5 points. How can I say that 5 points separate the second place from the ...
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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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Is there a single word for Money Lender?

I'm looking for a single word describing a person who lends money to dynasties or kingdoms in large amounts? who does not lend small amounts to anyone, hence they generally do not lend to individuals. ...
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Are the following sentences correct/idiomatic? [closed]

"I'll see you at the top of the x street/alley." "I'm at the bottom of the x street/alley." Or should we just say "at/around the corner of the x street"? Thank you
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Is the sentence "I could see his pulse beating." correct?

Can we use the verb "beat" for "pulse"? If not, what can we use? Thank you
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How to say that I can hear better now?

When I attend a web conference, sometimes I'm too lazy to plug in a headphone. Because of this, I usually find that it is difficult to hear what people on the other side say, and so this problem put ...
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What does POC mean?

I'm mailing with someone to purchase a product. At the end of one of the emails that I received there's a word, "POC". I'm struggling to find the meaning of this word and the meaning of it ...
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What is the difference between a blurb and an abstract?

I'm a student of English Studies and I'm struggling with these two terms. I know both are kinds of summaries, but I want to know the exact differences because I have to write an assigment using ...
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What does RSD mean?

This is an acronym referring to psychological/therapeutic/social work/educational title/degree/certification. My Google research yields jack. I assume R might stand for "registered" but I ...
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Square is to rectangle as cube is to ...? [closed]

What is the word I'm looking for? A shape that has 6 sides where every side has a 90 degree edge to the neighbor side. Not necessarily a cube though, because a cube also has the additional restraint ...
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Is there any way, I can get to the brief history of any words or phrases?

It's hard to remember the word until I get to the history or until I feel the word. I'm wondering any apps or sites to help me out with this.
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Is there an "article searcher" for a certain list of words?

If I want to practice some new English words, and I need to understand them in a better way- to read them in various articles, is there a tool for that? For a set of very few words, search engines ...
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What's the difference between feeling nauseated and feeling detestable?

This page lists a range of emotions in a wheel: There are a number of nuances at the edges that I'm not quite clear on but one in particular stood out: When feeling "awful", what's the difference ...
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Is there a word that has no nuance and refers to the literal property of something being new?

Sorry for the rather confusing title. I'm writing a research paper regarding COVID-19 and am trying to write a sentence along the lines of: The main challenge of building a COVID-19 domain QA model ...
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I understand the meaning of the phrase "passive aggressive", but I'm having difficulty interpreting what it means in the following context:

"We idealize the person who broke our heart. We spend hours remembering their smile, how great they made us feel, that time we hiked up the mountain and made love under the stars... All that does is ...
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What's a more polite word for 'boring' or 'not interesting'?

I can't find the "suitable" words that I can directly say to a person higher in position than me (like my English teacher). I want to be polite, but also say the truth :/
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Does it sound natural to say "I have made an unsolicited resignation"?

I would like to say I resign before being fired and the company accept that. Can I say: I made an unsolicited resignation. 2.I took the initiative to resign. 3.The company accepts my unsolicited ...
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Why does 'lowdown' mean 'the true facts and the relevant information'?

How can we know the meaning just through the sound of a word? How do we invent new words?....(I think on the basis of sound.)
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Correct or Incorrect? "Iterate on"

I came across a sentence that uses 'iterate on'. Is this usage correct? "Unpack customer insights, and iterate on the content and the overall design to produce innovative products and features."
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An 'invite to which' or an 'invitation to which' or 'whose invite'?

All prompts and learning resources will be released on our Discord server, and an invite to it shall be e-mailed to the participants on registration. I am adding the previous sentence to an official ...
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Could the word "Gobbledygook" be considered gobbledygook itself?

Words which are gobbledygook are words which are large, not meaningful, not comprehensible to a large portion of the target audience, or a combination of these. Suppose I was speaking to a crowd of ...
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Contemporary synonym of "thereanent" or "thereabout"

I want to express that one thing concerns another, using an adverb, such as in: I mended the sink and wrote her a note thereanent / thereabout. Meaning: I mended the sink and wrote her a note ...
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Can the word ''alternate'' be used to mean ''alternative'' in British English?

I recently noticed people use phrases like ''alternate'' news/facts/sources/etc. I would say ''alternative'' in those situations. I had a look online and it seems that ''alternate'' is used to mean '...
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Can we use "setting" to mean "the end" of something?

"Setting" can be used to talk about the end of the day when the sun goes down, as in "In Ramadan, fasters must abstain from eating and drinking from the break of dawn until the setting of the sun." ...
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Can we use "Person's name, When he verb to ..."

Can we say for example "Oussama, when he wants to do something he does it" rather than "When Oussama wants to do something he does it"? What is the correct sentence grammatically, because someone ...
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What does "an example of this" mean and refer to in this explanation?

In the following explanation: Irregularity: The quality of not being regular in shape or form, or an example of this. I don't understand what "an example of this" means. What does "example" mean in ...
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I need help to find a word that's too long to describe in a title [duplicate]

Is there a word for a group of people that know they're doing something wrong, but they don't want to stop in fear of embarrassing themselves or letting their peers down? An example sentence would be ...
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Do we use the word "feature" to talk about people? [closed]

It obviously sounds odd to say "he has a lot of great features." But can we use the word "traits" instead?And what if we say "he has a lot of great behavioral features"? Would that sound natural? ...
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"solution" vs. "approach" in academic writing

I have been trying to understand the differences between solution and approach, as well as when to use which. For instance, what are the differences between the following sentences? Different ...
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Do we use a preposition after the verb "signal"?

"He signaled me to drive away." OR "He signaled to me to drive away."
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Which expression is used to refer to the "most recent technologies"?

I need some expression to refer to "top technologies". Google translator gives me the following expression: "Cutting-edge technology". Is this expression standard English? Please, help me to know ...
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As challenging as it maybe

Please suggest how to correct this sentence, particularly to fit in the bold part However, ****, it is still necessary to provide solutions with the optical mouse as most existing computers use it.
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Meaning of "they write themselves out"?

It occurs regularly in Devils by Dostoevsky: 1. These talented gentlemen of the middling sort in the decline of their venerable years usually write themselves out in the most pitiful way [...]. 2....
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How would you understand?

2 questions, wanted to check how would you understand and if it's correct to says so: kitchen backlog deli chronicles Thanks!
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Please check grammar and structure! [closed]

The bar chart presents the number of male and female who did regular activity in Australia in 2010. The information,according six different age groups by gender,are illustrated in percentage.
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How many distinct words are there in the English language?

Let me define "distinct". I mean how many base words are there (ignoring grammatical changes). For example, ice and water would be distinct words, but water and waters would not be distinct enough ...
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The noun form of the verb "itch" can be either "itch" or "itching", according to all reliable dictionaries. But is there any difference between them?

The following examples are from the Cambridge online dictionary. Is it possible to use "itching" for the first and "itch" for the second sentence (can we use these two words interchangeably as nouns)? ...
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Meaning of 'staging' in 'the Qur'an's staging, penetrating and eclipsing of Biblical tradition'

What's the meaning of the word staging in the following context? "The Qurʾān’s Staging, Penetrating and Eclipsing of Biblical Tradition" It's the address of a study conducted by Angelika Neuwirth.
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Is it correct to use "congratulate" for someone's birthday?

"I'm not going to congratulate her birthday because we're not on speaking terms"? And if not, what do we say? Thanks a lot.

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