Questions tagged [idiom-request]

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Is there an idiom that means that you are set up to be very successful?

Is there an idiom that means that you are set up to be very successful? If there's no such idiom can you think of an idiom that means something similar related to success or something else? I am ...
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Words used to describe the process of redefining words abusively

What word can be used to describe the process of redefining words abusively, and the words so abusively defined or redefined. For instance, suppose something quite natural normally occurring as a ...
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Is there an idiom that means something is “the best thing or better than other things”?

Is there an idiom that means something is "the best thing or better than other things"? I am looking for a phrase that would look good in the introduction of an essay where I talk about the best ...
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Is there an idiom about exploration?

Is there an idiom about exploration? I am trying to think of one, but I could only come up with a weird one that doesn't have an entry in the dictionary. For example: They sent giant spaceships ...
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Is there an idiom that means “something is underappreciated or undervalued”?

Is there an idiom that means "something is underappreciated or undervalued"? I am trying to find a nice way to say that something is undervalued or underappreciated, but I can't think of any ...
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How sarcastically say someone that they cannot fool an experienced person like you?

Is there any proverb or fixed expression to imply that one cannot mislead or deceive a wise and well-experienced person? For instance, let's think that you are a well-versed mechanic and want to ...
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Is there an idiom for saying that X is worrying you?

Is there an idiom for saying that X is worrying you? I am looking for an idiom that means that an idea is worrying you, but if there's no such idiom I would like to have a phrase with a phrasal verb.
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Looking within yourself versus at yourself

I would like to know what the difference is, if any exists, between the expressions Look within yourself and Look at yourself Don't both refer to using introspection to find out what you think ...
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Is there any good idiom that means you've been outplayed?

Is there any good idiom that means you've been outplayed? Can you think of an idiom like that? I am looking for an idiom I can use to describe that someone got outplayed in a board game like chess. Is ...
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Is there any good idiom on bullying severely?

Is there any good idiom on bullying severely? Can you think of an idiom like that? I am looking for an idiom I can use to write a blog post about bullying and start the blog post with an idiom. It can ...
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Is there an idiom that suggest you're giving an ultimatum to someone?

Is there an idiom that suggest you're giving an ultimatum to someone? Like something similar to "do this or you die!" although I don't think an idiom that use such strong language exist. Is there any ...
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Is there an idiom that means “offering little resistance” as in a negotiation, physical fight, war?

I am looking for an idiom that means "offering little resistance" in a very general way such that it can be used in the context of a negotiation, physical fight or even war. Is there such an idiom? If ...
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Is there an idiom that means “accepting a bad business deal out of desperation”?

Is there an idiom that means "accepting a bad business deal out of desperation"? If you can't think of something that means exactly that, can you think of an idiom that means "accepting less than you ...
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Is there an idiom that means that someone has a compromising information on you?

Is there an idiom that means that someone has a compromising information on you? I was watching a video on Russian alleged possession of a pee tape against Trump and was wondering if there's an idiom ...
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Is there an idiom that means that you are in a very strong negotiation position in a negotiation?

Is there an idiom that means that you are in a very strong negotiation position in a negotiation? If there's no such idiom can you think of an idiom that means that you are in a stronger position than ...
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Is there an idiom that means “it was something inevitable”?

Is there an idiom that means "it was something inevitable"? I am not sure if it's the case, but there's this idiom, it was something like "this was ought to happen", but it was an actual idiom instead ...
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Is there an idiom that means “look familiar”?

Is there an idiom that means "look familiar"? I am pretty sure there's a handful of expression that means "look familiar" or something similar? Do you know any such expression? For example: Does ...
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Request a phrase similar to “flag planting”?

I am looking for a phrase to convey the activity in such a scenario: I found a very interesting question on StackOverflow but know I cannot provide a satisfying answer at that moment. I was too ...
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What are some other ways of saying “I don't believe you”? [closed]

What are some other ways of saying "I don't believe you"? I have been able to think of a few answers, but most of them contain the verb "believe", but can you think of one without it? All I could ...
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Is there a version of “and now if you'll excuse me” that's more informal?

Is there a version of "and now if you'll excuse me" that's more informal? I am trying to find alternate way of saying "goodbye", but "and now if you'll excuse me" sounds way too formal and doesn't ...
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Is there an idiom that means “fight each other with the intent to hurt each other severely”?

Is there an idiom that means "fight each other with the intent to hurt each other severely"? I was thinking about "be at each other’s throats", but it seems that it's not used to mean that, rather the ...
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Is there an idiom that means something like “try anything or everything until you achieve success regardless of the amount of time you fail”?

Is there an idiom that means something like that? I am especially looking for an idiom that says "you should keep trying different things", but not "just persevere", I am especially looking for the ...
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Is there an idiom that means “revealing a secret unintentionally”?

I am thinking there could be an idiom that states that you or someone revealed a secret unintentionally? Can you think of an idiom like that? I am looking for an idiom I can use to write a blog post ...
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What idiom I can use in place of the non-word “adelphiliac”?

I need a word to express someone that has a unhealthy obssession for one's own sister. Someone suggested me to use the word "adelphiliac", but I am pretty sure it is not a real world. There is a song ...
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Is there an idiom that means that an item of clothing fits perfectly?

I am pretty sure there has to be some sort of idiom that means "fits perfectly," since trying on clothes to see if they fit is something that everyone does. Is there any such expression?
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How do you say “letting music play in a random order”?

You know people use playlist to listen music at a particular order, what do you call the act of listening to music in a random order and letting the computer choose songs randomly? For example: ...
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Is there an idiom used by military people to say encourage people?

Is there an idiom that military people use to encourage people before a mission. Something that means something like "Let's do this!" Is there any such idiom? It can be a sort of slang that's widely ...
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Is there an idiom that means “x making barely enough money to live”?

I am wondering if there's an idiom that means that you are making barely enough money to live. Sometimes, I want to tell my co-workers that I am having a hard time with money, but I don't know how to ...
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Is there an idiom that supports the idea that “inflation is bad”?

I am thinking there could be an idiom that states that you can't just print money out of thin air and expect it to magically fix the economy? Can you think of an idiom like that? I am looking for an ...
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Is there an idiom that means “we have a mutual understanding”?

Is there an idiom that means "we have a mutual understanding"? Or if there is not, is there an idiom that can be used to express a similar idea? I am pretty sure there are idioms or slangs that are ...
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Is there an idiom or a phrase that means “diarrhea prone intestine”?

There's an expression for heartburn if I am not mistaken and it's "upset stomach" as in "I have an upset stomach, so I can't drink beer". However, I can't think of a single idiom or phrase for people ...
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What do you call someone who won't compromise and will do everything to win 100%?

Is there an idiom that allows you to express this idea? I am either trying to find an idiom, or a word, or an adjective that I can use in a phrase during a casual conversation. As long as you manage ...
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An equivalent for “Carrying coal to Newcastle” widespread in both AmE and BrE

What is the Americans equivalent for the following proverbial sayng which means: "to supply something to a place or person that already has a lot of that particular thing": Carrying coal to ...
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Is there an idiom that means “we're doing something without having all the necessary information”?

I am looking for an idiom or phrase used in informal speech that means "we're doing something without having all the necessary information" or something alone that line. Is there any such idiom?
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Is there an idiom for indicating that someone is overly serious about a particular situation?

I am wondering if there's an idiom for indicating or suggesting that a person is overly serious about a particular situation. For example, let's say some friends are caught inside a small lodge due ...
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Is there an idiom related to the idea of a “bad omen”?

I am thinking there's an expression or an idiom that means something along the line of "This is or might be a bad omen to bad things about to come about." It doesn't have to exactly mean that, but it ...
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An idiom or phrase that means “as an act of solidarity”?

I remember there was an expression like that used informally, but I can't quite remember what it was. I remember expression like "to scratch each other's back", but it's not quite that that I am ...
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Is there any other way to say “do what you want to do”? [closed]

I am thinking of several options "do as you will", "do whatever you want", "do as you please", but I want to find a very original way to say it, maybe a slang, maybe a formal way to say it, but a way ...
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Is there any idiom similar to “some things are better left unsaid”?

I am trying to look for similar idioms to "some things are better left unsaid", because there's already an idiom that has this meaning, I suppose there are at least a couple others that have similar ...
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Is there a word that means “help someone with X”, but without the implication that you're also helping with X?

When you use the phrase "help him with X" or any other similar phrase, you also imply that you're also doing the same thing and you're receiving help from another person, but what if you're not? What ...
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Using “in all sorts of unexpected ways” for something that happens once to someone

I am not sure if we can use the expression "in all sorts of unexpected ways" when we talk about something that can only happen once to a living thing. Is there any other similar expression we can use ...
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A more succinct way of saying “everyone you have on your Facebook friend list”?

I can't really think of a succinct way of saying this. I don't know if it's because of my small vocabulary, but I really can't think of a succinct way of saying this that would roll of the tongue. ...
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word for a light “so bright it's painful”

Is there an adjective expressing the feeling of light that is so bright it hurts in the eyes? I'm looking for a synonym word that could be used metaphorically as something like "awfully clear".
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“Bring to light”, another usage of it

The idiom "Bring something/someone to light" means according to the Free Dictionary: To reveal something, often something inappropriate or illegal. I want to use it for something completely ...
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to have a lot of guts

Are there any other expressions to say "I have a lot of guts"? The situation is you want to express that you have enough courage and conviction in a job interview.
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Is there an idiom that means “that something seems to be brewing”? [closed]

Idioms are hard to search for, especially if it cannot be put in a single word. This is one of those cases I believe, so are there idioms that allows you to say that something doesn't feel right, your ...
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What are some idiomatic ways of saying “the rain let up”?

In my understanding, the phrase "the rain let up" means the rain became less severe or stopped, but it doesn't sound very much idiomatic, so what are some alternative ways of saying it?
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Is there an idiom that means “taking revenge for X”?

I know the idiomatic phrase "getting back at someone", but the issue here is that it's synonymous with "taking revenge against someone" instead "taking revenge for an action done against me". Are ...
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An idiom/ idioms for a person who spends too much time on the cellphone?

Do we have any idioms for a person who spends too much time on the cellphone? As we call a person who watches television a lot, a couch potato, or a person who spends large amounts of leisure or ...
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“Break the doubt with certainty”, is there such a phrase?

If I wanted to confront someone, suppose a girl, whom I doubt of doing certain things, but still not sure if she is the one who actually did them. So, I go to her and say: I'm here to overcome my ...