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What's it called when someone forms a general conclusion from something which is aberrant?

The term that describes forming a general conclusion from something aberrant is "Hasty Generalization." It refers to drawing a broad conclusion based on a limited or atypical sample. In this ...
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What's it called when someone forms a general conclusion from something which is aberrant?

Anecdotal, any conclusion based on little evidence or nonscientific studies. Merriam-Webster defines it as ... based on or consisting of reports or observations of usually unscientific observers. &...
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Does the idiom "stop shooting the ball to my opponent" make sense?

Quit making things worse. Or quit adding fuel to the fire. Like quit arguing. Be the first to stop arguing. And deal with the problem. Nothing gonna be fixed by arguing back and forth.
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Harry Vandiver's comment on the infinitude of Wilson primes

The key phrase is drop dead. Dictionaries may not be helpful, because this informal phrase has here its literal meaning, simply to fall down suddenly lifeless. However, while it does simply mean that, ...
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What's the origin of the idiom "miss the boat"?

There will be no use of the phrase before 1832 as this is when the word “bus” first entered English and all variants, of which "boat" is a later one, refer to some sort of public transport ...
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Is there a word for problems that arise from solving another problem?

Unintended consequences is commonly used to describe the unexpected side effects of a policy change, which usually has other intended results. Wikipedia describes this as: outcomes of a purposeful ...
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Feminine version of colloquial use 'hi man'

By exception would I say man to a woman it would be an error or I’d regard those persons as very unhinged, so a bit abusively I think. Of course I could say ,man, that sucks! but the word man in ...
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What is the origin of the phrase "grease the skids"?

The idiom emerged in British Columbia coastal oxen logging operations, late 19th century. Skids were logs placed perpendicular across the trail with enough gaps for oxen to find footing. The logging ...
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Looking for a word/phrase for "fidgety"

Rarely ever is a behavior truly "mindless". The word you're looking for is found in the root and cause of the behavior. I might describe such a person as nervous, uncertain or insecure.
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I'm looking for a term, word or phase used to describe the important, but minute, details. Something along the lines of, "it's the little things"

The cherry on top is a colloquial way of referring to some small thing that brings a sense of completion or flourish to a larger item, making something good even better (like the cherry on top of an ...
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I'm looking for a term, word or phase used to describe the important, but minute, details. Something along the lines of, "it's the little things"

In this unique case, I'm struggling to scrounge up an existing adjective that feels well-suited to your notion of a seemingly trivial detail that serves as a conversely vital factor as part a wider ...
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Around Hiram's barn

I think the usages maybe regional because in the Kentucky region I always heard it referred to as hooligans Barn
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Origins of "Now, get off my face."

This use of "get off my face" is only used literally, where an animal or person is touching someone's face. There is a scene in the American sitcom Scrubs from episode "My Old Friend's ...
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Origins of "Now, get off my face."

Way late to the party. To get off your face means to get fucked up either by drugs or drink or both. This is slang in the UK/IRE/prob OZ and New Zealand as well
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Stop blowing your load in the Golden Arches

It's definitely unclear, but if we expect this joke to make any sense medically, I think we can surmise the speaker's intended meaning. Frequent masturbation does not appear to affect male fertility (...
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