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Is "soul-to-soul talk" a common expression in English?
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The common English expression is "heart-to-heart talk", or even just "a heart-to-heart". Other similar expressions, like "soul-to-soul", while not common, would probably be understood as a reference ...

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Meaning of "two days either side of a dash" (from a motivational speech)
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It's an allegorical reference to a tombstone inscription: Between the date of your birth and the date of your death is all the rest of your life, represented visually by the dash between the dates on ...

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Is the word 'Hitherto' outdated?
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Anecdotally, yes, I would consider it archaic, and if I heard you use it I'd either think you were being pretentious, or that you were deliberately joking about speaking in a pretentious manner. For ...

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What is the opposite of "abstain"?
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How about "participate"? Or perhaps "turned out" (to vote). Depends on the sentence, really.

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Do you "call an audible" when you "play it by ear"?
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Nope, not related. "Call an audible" is a term from American Football. It refers to the Quarterback changing the play at the last minute based on how he sees the defense lining up. He will call out ...

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How many of the "Top 10 favorite British words" are understood by Americans?
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I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that none of these words will be correctly understood by most Americans. I'm college educated, fairly well-read, and I've never even heard of 6 out of the ...

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More up-to-date alternative for "avoiding something like the plague"?
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As long as you're insisting on the form "avoid (something) like (something else)", I don't think there is anything as good as the original. Substituting another word might be a clever twist, but it ...

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"True" is to "false" as "truth" is to... what?
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"true" and "false" are both adjectives. "truth" is a noun, so you'd need a noun form of "false". Two options are "falsehood" or "lie"

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What is the word for thinking philosophically about life?
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I would use contemplate, and simply drop the word "about": Here we stand, around ten or fifteen years ago, when I started contemplating life.

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Did a movie give the final blow to the usage of the term "negro"?
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According to this article, it is more likely due to the influential work of civil-rights figure Stokely Carmichael: When did the word Negro become socially unacceptable? It started its decline in ...

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Noun for "person with intermediate skill"
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Based on your edit of how you intend to use these, I would propose: For Beginning users For Experienced users For Advanced users Or possibly: For Beginning users For Intermediate users For Advanced ...

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Is the phrase “final solution” used in the field of software development?
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I'm sure you can find an occasional example of someone putting the two words together in a neutral fashion, but I would suggest that the phrase "final solution" is so closely tied to the ...

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Neutral term for "broken" in software
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If a feature works, but is not performing how it was originally supposed to work, I would call it "out of spec" (short for specification).

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Idiom for a speech with redundant information
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This isn't an idiom, but I would describe it as unnecessarily verbose. If you are impatient with someone's long repetitive explanation (and they aren't your boss) you might tell them to: get to the ...

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Why is it called "christening" instead of "baptism" when it is for a baby?
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This is all interesting, but your choice of what terminology to put on the baby's card/poster has literally nothing to do with dictionary definitions or linguistic etymology of these terms. You ...

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Beginning a conversation "from afar"
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A few additional ideas, depending on exactly how you want to phrase it: "After chatting about their holiday weekends, Alice finally came around to her real subject, Bob's poorly written report." "Bob ...

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What is the word describing impossible phenomenon such as "This page [is] intentionally left blank"?
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Paradox is likely what you are looking for: a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth. a self-contradictory and false ...

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What is a good substitute for "echoey"?
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The other word I've seen used is "live" or perhaps "lively", used as a direct opposite of "flat" or "dead" (used in a musical or acoustic context).

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Synonym for "Show the absence"
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A single-word substitute might be tough, and would definitely depend on the technical details of your research area, but here are some other phrases that might work: Our research showed the absence ...

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What does it mean when Nancy Pelosi criticizes the revised Republican Health-care plan as "doo-doo stuck to their shoe”?
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Another alternative that conveys the same meaning here might be: The stink of Republican's attempt to pass a bad health care bill will follow them for a long time. Interestingly, this has both the ...

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Is "went out like stink, died like a pig" just an unfortunate choice of words?
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Sports commentators, as a profession, are known for their memorable and creative use of phrases and idioms. That of course involves using well known idioms, but also might involve adapting, combining, ...

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Is "penultimate" commonly used?
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I don't use the word, because it is very commonly mis-understood and mis-used. People who aren't familiar with the word assume it is an emphasizer of ULTIMATE (even-more-ultimate??), so they say ...

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What's one word for the phrase 'the act of taking your head back on seeing something strange'?
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Depending on how strongly your character reacts, I'd suggest reeled: Reel: to waver or fall back (as from a blow) Your sentence could then be: She turned away and reeled at the sight of the filled ...

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Adjective to describe something that is not rushed
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I don't think it works in your example about prayer, but in other contexts, you could describe a pace that is relaxed or casual: "Susan raced through the math test, while Jake embarked on a more ...

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Is 'mini' a word in its own right?
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Can abbreviations become actual words? Clearly, yes. The word "cab", for example, was originally short for cabriolet. and is there a process for this? Not a formal one. Something in ...

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What does "I'm in for a million" mean in this context?
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In this context, it means she's interested in investing 1 million dollars in whatever idea they were just discussing. I'd have to see the clip to give an opinion on whether that's a sincere ...

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is there a better word for "solving" a paradoxical situation?
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Depending on how exactly you've addressed the problem, you could describe it as sidestepping the paradox. (Because, of course, a true paradox can't be "resolved" directly.) Other synonyms of "sidestep"...

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What does "off the top" mean in this context?
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Think of it in the context of money, like a budget. Anything "off the top" is something you set aside first, before you do the rest of the budget plan: Decide how much per week you want to put into ...

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What are the metaphorical ways to say that someone has died?
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For some reason, the pastor at our church insists on saying that someone has "graduated" (to heaven). Made for a heart-stopping moment when he made an announcement about the 7 high-school seniors ...

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What does being "duckbilled" mean?
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You've overthinking it. It literally means, "has a bill like a duck". The "bill" of a duck is the prominent hard beak: So any other animal with a similar snout might be called &...

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