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English equivalent of the Malayalam saying "don't stab/poke the dead body"?
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Perhaps Kick someone when they are down Cause further misfortune to someone who is already in a difficult situation. From Oxford. "Don't kick a man when he's down."

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What is an idiom, phrase or expression for situation such as "throw a pigeon among cats"
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If someone is sacrificing the employee in order to satisfy the other tyrant bosses, then perhaps Throw someone to the wolves Fig. to sacrifice someone to save the rest; to abandon someone to harm. ...

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Word for making a basic mistake in your field of expertise?
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Not a single word, but one could call this a rookie mistake. An example is "Trump's Trade Chief Makes a Rookie Mistake". The Cato Institute’s Dan Ikenson recently took Navarro to task for ...

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Are "Fish in a barrel" and "Sitting ducks" similar?
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While they are similar, "Fish in a barrel" tends more towards the mindset of the predator: many opportunities for easy gain. "Sitting ducks" tends more towards mindset of the prey: they are unaware ...

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English equivalent of "To those you try to help, he says I am only right."
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Bite the hand that feeds you This idiom is used by an observer to say that a party being helped attacks the helper. (The observer has a sense of unfairness about the transaction. But there is probably ...

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Translate the French quote "Il n’y a pas d'amour, il n’y a que des preuves d’amour" to English?
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The French proverb implies that the expression of love indicates the sole reality of love. The proof is in the pudding implies that the real worth, success, or effectiveness of something can only be ...

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How to idiomatically express the idea "if you can cheat without being caught, do it"
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Never give a sucker an even break. The Phrase Finder This phrase means that one should take advantage of those who are gullible or not well informed, if given the chance.

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Is there a word for the situation when everybody shuts up and stares at you?
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This would be an awkward silence. An awkward silence is an uncomfortable pause in a conversation or presentation. The unpleasant nature of such silences is associated with feelings of anxiety as ...

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The deliberate use of misleading terminology
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When a writer or speaker prevaricates, he chooses misleading words. Part of the M-W usage notes: Prevaricate and its synonyms "lie" and "equivocate" all refer to playing fast and loose with the ...

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Word for showing a small part of something briefly to hint to its existence or beauty without fully uncovering it
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Flash has several dictionary entries, including: to break forth in or like a sudden flame or flare 4a. to break forth or out so as to make a sudden display to have sudden insight —often used with ...

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What is a good word for “best example”?
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Dictionary.com defines paragon as a model or pattern of excellence or of a particular excellence: a paragon of virtue. EDIT: Current usage of paragon in the context of films: Casablanca: ......

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Why are so many important verbs irregular?
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These everyday verbs have another feature: they have been in the English language for a long time. The oldest verbs were ones that were borrowed from other languages, or have come into English from ...

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What's the difference between "persuade" and "convince"?
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Let's put some actors on a stage to help us think about the shades of meaning between these words. Scene: Julie and Robert are discussing the difficulties of a life together. Julie's suitcase is ...

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What is it called when you “refill” a debit card?
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If this a debit card that is linked to an existing account, you might say you were "adding funds to my account" or "making a deposit." If this is a Stored Value card (perhaps bought from the store ...

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How to distinguish bars of chocolate from candy bars?
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In American English, a chocolate bar for baking is called Baking chocolate and "also referred to as bitter chocolate, cooking chocolate and unsweetened chocolate." (Wikipedia) If you called ...

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A phrase that basically means 'change your mind a second time to go back to your original idea'
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Consider reconsider. to consider again, especially with a view to change of decision or action: ex., to reconsider a refusal. Parliamentary Procedure. to take up for consideration a second ...

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Idiom used to express something that brings about one's destruction in a very precise and effective way?
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The literary term is a tragic flaw. Tragic flaw is a literary device that can be defined as a trait in a character leading to his downfall and the character is often the hero of the literary piece. ...

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Word for low level noise among restless crowd, as sign of confusion or complaint?
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I asked an online thesaurus for synonyms of clamor. Perhaps one of these would suit for the murmuring crowd: buzz brouhaha hubbub There was a [buzz/brouhaha/hubbub] as the CEO's resignation was ...

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How do you pronounce numbers written in different bases?
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Pronouncing the hexadecimal letters A through F The default pronunciation for the letters are simply their English names, "ay, bee, see, dee, ee, eff." When reading off a hex MAC address, I ...

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meaning of - rite - at the companies names
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When native speakers see "Rite Company," said Company would like the patron to think "Right," as in "correct" or "accurate," or maybe even "righteous." There are no solemn ceremonies at Rite Aid or ...

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Is "iff" considered a real word or just an abbreviation?
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While acknowledging the excellent answer from @Andrew Leach, one man's jargon is another man's specialized terminology. To the non-mathematician, this is jargon. To the logician, this is an ...

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A short term for something like "satisfaction + frustration"
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Perhaps you are satisficed with the gadget. Satisficing is a decision-making strategy or cognitive heuristic that entails searching through the available alternatives until an acceptability ...

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"Thru" vs. "through"
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In Strunk & White, E.B. White's answer was: Do not write nite for night, thru for through, pleez for please, unless you plan to introduce a complete system of simplified spelling and are ...

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Which is correct: "of course" or "ofcourse"?
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Quoth the talking horse from a 1960s American sitcom: A horse is a horse, of course, of course, And no one can talk to a horse, of course. That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mr....

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Is there a word for using half an idiom or saying?
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I found a noble page with many rhetorical devices described. Included is the paradoxical Inclusion by Omission: There are two words that may apply. aposiopesis An unfinished thought or ...

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What is the meaning of " Milk doesn't sit with me well"?
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To not "sit well with" as an idiom meaning that a situation is difficult to agree with or to accept. See not sit well at the Free Dictionary. Their example: The idea of declaring war does ...

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'Grasshopper' as a term for a neophyte
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Your Kung Fu reference is spot on. Here's a quote from Wikipedia concerning the sobriquet Grasshopper. One of his first instructors was the blind master named Po. Po considered Caine his ...

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Opposite of "expanded"?
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Contract The wood contracted. See the second definition. v.intr. 1. To enter into or make an agreement: contract for garbage collection. 2. To become reduced in size by or as if by being ...

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Word for money given before a job is started
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When an author is writing a book, she or he may receive an Advance When a publisher is interested in acquiring a book manuscript, it usually offers the writer an advance against royalties, or advance ...

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Which sense of the term "mileage" is intended in the phrase "your mileage may vary"?
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Your mileage may vary fits your first definition, "Mileage as a measure of fuel efficiency." In the US, the EPA has a procedure for how to estimate a car's mileage in the city and on the ...

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