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What's worked well for me is to borrow a phrase from Dave Ramsey (the budget/financial planner guy on the radio) and simply state "Sorry, it's not in the budget". This carries no implications of bei …
answered Dec 7 '15 by Michael J.
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Lots of good answers, but I'm surprised I do not see fishwife: noun A person, traditionally a woman, who persistently nags or criticizes: The Free Dictionary
answered Feb 26 by Michael J.
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Is there a phrase or word that indicates that the authority of the speaker changes the literal meaning of what was spoken? Something like: Me: I finished cleaning the bathroom Golf buddy: You mig …
asked May 12 '16 by Michael J.
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Calumny a misrepresentation intended to harm another's reputation seems close, but does not really fit that it has nothing to do with the subject at hand Detraction also comes to mind a le …
answered Sep 28 '18 by Michael J.
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All of these answers, mature, well established, proven are absolutely correct in my opinion, but have become euphemisms for "out dated". Whenever someone tries to sell me "mature" technology, I immed …
answered Nov 19 '18 by Michael J.
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Back in the Navy, we had a phrase: "The 50/50/90 rule". It had a more negative connotation but it meant that given a 50/50 chance of two possible outcomes, the worst would occur 90% of the time. I' …
answered Aug 3 '15 by Michael J.
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I've often heard "lies like a rug" From McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs: to tell lies shamelessly. He says he didn't take the money, but he's lying like a rug. I don …
answered May 17 '16 by Michael J.
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I've seen T-shirts and bumper stickers describing this as like being "nibbled to death by Ducks" From Dictionary.com: nibbled to death by ducks adjective phrase Subject to constant pe …
answered May 31 '16 by Michael J.
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I am still unclear if the task you are referring to is one that is, or is thought to be impossible or one that is prohibited. If the latter is the case, the phrase that immediately comes to mind is: …
answered Feb 21 '17 by Michael J.