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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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Im am in love with someone [on hold]

Hi I really need some help with something I like this boy and we had a fight and I have strong feling for him and im scared to tell him
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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 ...
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What are some idiomatic way of saying “changing your face into someone else's face”?

One way I can think of saying this is saying "sculpt your face into a Harvey" or more generally "sculpt your face into a X" where X is a name of a specific person, like a celebrity, but I am not sure ...
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What are idioms that are antonymous to “don't skimp on”?

The idiom "don't skimp on" means don't be shy and put as much as necessary. I am now wondering if there are idioms that mean the opposite of that. I am sure there are many, but it's hard to look for ...
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How do we say “for no reason, for a random reason”?

I am not sure if there's an expression that means "for no reason, for a random reason", but I saw a couple of them and I am not sure if they mean exactly that. For instance, here's what I mean: He ...
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Can you “bump into” something that's on the internet?

Let's say you're talking to a friend, and he's telling you that Facebook is giving out promotional codes for the iPhone Xs Plus for select users. Can you reply to your friend saying "Do you know ...
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What do you call the pose of a dog that has its front paws near it's head and standing on its two hind legs?

I am not sure if there's a word/expression/phrase that describes that cute pose some dogs get into to get favors. I am not even sure if dogs do get into those kind of poses, correct me if I am wrong. ...
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Idioms for { repairment is costlier than the price of new }

We often come across situations like: Investment is costlier than profit. Repairment is costlier than the price of new. I actually want to ask that if there any idiom or Proverb exists in English ...
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Looking for an idiom for saying, when a powerful person/entity moves, the effects will be noticed even far away

When talking about the actions of a powerful entity, I need an idiom to convey that the effects will be profound. The only one that is close to this that I can think of is "When a big tree falls, ...
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What do you call someone who doesn't pay others back?

I've heard the term "Deadbeat" but I'm not sure whether this is very common for saying that someone is a bad payer. Do you guys know of other words that could be used to describe someone like that ...
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Idiom for feeling after taking risk and someone else being rewarded

Is there an English idiom about describing the feelings of ones who work hard, get risk and finally achieved it but the others are being promoted and get all benefits as if they did it?
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What is it called when you're trying to get by and someone is blocking the way?

This might be a very peculiar question, and I know you all love peculiar questions (hahaha). I'm sure there's an idiom for this but I can't really remember which. Let's say you're walking on a very ...
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What do you call someone who likes to pick fights?

What do you call someone who likes picking fights? The only expression I've heard so far is "shit stirrer" (sorry for the curse word). Is there anything out there that's less slang-like? Something I ...
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Is there another expression similar to “the big thing I have going for me”?

I am not sure if I understand the expression, but I think "the big thing I have going for me" means "my biggest asset is", but I was wondering if there were any other similar expressions, because I ...
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What does it mean to be “mailing it in”

What does it mean to be mailing it in? Can you guys give me example phrases so I can get what it means? Ex: He's just mailing it in at work today.
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Is there a better way to say “on a price for quality basis”?

I think it's idiomatic, but the expression "on a price for quality basis" is quite a tongue-twister, so is there an alternative expression that has less syllabes, so you can say it more quickly? On ...
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Are there other idioms that mean “do someone the favor of x”

I wrote the following, but I find it a bit unnatural, I can't really think of many other ways to say this. If you choose to ask me questions about my work instead of questions about my personal ...
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Is there an idiom that expresses the convenience of something you need to happen happening without the idea of luck?

Let's say that there's a 80% odd of something happening and it happened. Is there an idiom that expresses the general idea of convenience of such thing happening in your favor? I don't think "by a ...
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What are some idioms that means something along the lines of “switching it up every day to not do the same thing over and over”?

It doesn't have to mean exactly that by the way, but it should be concise, because I don't want to use something that would be a mouthful.
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Pouring from empty to empty

How to translate to english from a foreign language an idiom that uses two different words that have the same meaning “empty”, to say “pouring from empty to empty”, which means if you pour something ...
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Don't give / cause / let / make me wait for long?

I had a case today where I really didn't know what to choose: My friend: Please, wait me on the first floor, I'm coming soon. I (me): Ok. But Don't give / cause / let / make me wait for long?...
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We're waiting in a BIG or LONG queue?

What's the idiomatic adjective for the noun "queue"? I waited there in a very long queue. or I waited there in a very big queue. Or maybe something else?
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What's the idiomatic verb that goes together with the fulfilling of a promise?

What's the idiomatic verb that goes together with the fulfilling of a promise? Some example I thought of - are: Please, if you promise something, then _____ it. He always _____ his promises. ...
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What do these phrases in the game of cricket mean?

I like watching cricket. I hear phrases like: He played a great innings and brought his team home. He remained there till the end to ensure he sees his team home. And: He is in the form of ...
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We sign on a power of attorney or We write a power of attorney

If there are two people that are going to notary in order to give one of them a power of attorney, then what's the idiomatic way to refer to it? We are going to write a power of attorney. We ...
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How to idiomatically tell someone to become more humble?

Suppose someone is too full of himself because he thinks he is so good, if I wanted to advise him to act more humbly, what should I say? I'm familiar with turn your nose up at someone or something, ...
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How to idiomatically suggest someone should live the day and forget about tomorrow?

In Arabic, we literally say: Give me life today, and kill me tomorrow. We use it to say we should only care about the present time and forget about the future. For example, when my mother advises ...
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Is there an idiom about how humanely killing something is better than letting it live in pain?

The thing in question can be a wounded animal or a dysfunctional relationship. In mild sense, it can be an object or idea that requires a lot of investment for it, and when it turns out that it not ...
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Poor aesthetic judgement

Is there a way to say that someone has a very poor aesthetic judgement? For example, you go to a house and you think everything is tacky or just ugly. How can you call the owner of the house? I tend ...
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Usage of “Go back on your words”

Student to his teacher: "I want to re-test the Maths exam !" Teacher whispered to the Student: " I advise you to go back on your words." Np. Actually the Student got full mark in the Exam. ( ...
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“Take more, throw further” - an idiom about a dumb work

There is a saying in Russian, which could be translated as: Take more, throw further, take a rest while it flies Initially, it was applied to a manual digging with a shovel to demonstrate that ...
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Exceptions to the fixed word order in some idiomatic pairs

As I was taught, the word order in idiomatic pairs is fixed and should be remembered once and for all. So, the position of the words in an idiom pair can't be reversed, and you cannot say (and a ...
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Synonym for “nobody's perfect”

I want a synonym for "nobody's perfect" in a more idiomatic way. Maybe some rare old phrase to mean that every side has good and bad. I'm talking about a meaning that will convey that in every ...
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Looking for the English equivalent of “to cross a hairline bridge”

In my native language, we have this idiom - "to cross a hairline bridge", meaning, one has successfully avoided getting in trouble or a dangerous situation miraculously. Is there an idiom or ...