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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 ...
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An expression meaning doing long and hard mental work resulting in extreme mental fatigue

There's an idiom "work one's fingers to the bone" literally linked to manual labor, and I am looking for the like colloquial, idiomatic or slang expression referring to hard mental work. The one that ...
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Idiom for trying to avoid misfortune, but it happens anyway

Is there an idiom, proverb or expression in English describing a situation in which a person is trying really hard to avoid misfortune (by taking precautions) but what exactly he`s trying to distance ...
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Proverb - If someone inadvertently makes their life worse

Let’s say someone takes a wrong decision instead of thinking clearly, which leads him to another wrong decision and on and on. I heard that there is a proverb - "give him enough rope to hang himself". ...
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“Hold accountable” or “Be charged”?

Can I use the idiom "Hold accountable" without putting someone's name as is required before the word accountable, like instead of this: hold someone accountable (for something), it would be like this: ...
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An idiom describing a young adult moving out of parents' house

Is there any idiom in English likening a person reaching adulthood and moving out of his/her parents' house to a bird leaving the nest made by its parent birds? If not, what idiom in English would ...
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An idiom describing a strong desire for alcohol

Is there any idiom in English describing a strong desire to have a drink or two (or more) of an alcoholic drink? EDIT: I am interested more about an idiom describing a case of an alcoholic wanting ...
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Does the sentence sound “I am an introvert with a bit pessimistic views of things” natural?

I am an introvert with a bit pessimistic views of things. As pointed out by @Tᴚoɯɐuo in this thread, the part "with a bit pessimistic views of things" doesn't look idiomatic. I am an introvert, ...
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A phrase for “using a word repeatedly”

We all have some phrases which we repeat too much in our conversations. What do we call it when someone uses a word or a sentence again and again?
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Is there an expression for when you say one thing and the opposite happens?

Is there an expression or idiom for the situation when you say something and then the opposite happens? For example I say “Today I don't have so much work.” and then something happens and you have ...
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I wanted to know whether there are some similar English idioms for this Persian Idiom or not?(look at the definition)

There is an idiom in Persian (I translated it in English) and also I wrote its meaning. I wanted to know whether there are some similar English idioms for this Persian Idiom or not? PERSIAN: ...
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Idiomatic expressions with 'reciprocal or reciprocity' and retributive or retribution' [closed]

Does anyone know any idiom(s) using the words "reciprocal or reciprocality", please.
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idiom or expression for a spiteful/vengeful person

I am looking for an idiom or expression to describe a spiteful and vindictive person; a type of person who tends to hold a grudge against their offenders for a long time, being unable to forget past ...
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Description of an active person

If something is up and running, it is in operation: The engineer soon got the air-conditioning up and running again. The Transfer Council is up and running. The Conference has tried for over ...
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What are other ways to say “going down the path leading nowhere”?

There are many good answers in Is there a way to say "go to the path of no way out"?, but most of them imply that the subject is aware of the situation after making the mistake (like "Oh shit! I've ...
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Is there an idiomatic way to say “go to the path of no way out”?

It seems that only "no way out" or "there's no way out" is common used, but I want to emphasize the action of entrapping/entangling oneself in the path of no way out. "Down to the rabbit hole" is ...
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Idiom the last monkey

We have an idiom in Spain: ser el último mono (to be [someone] the last monkey) Let me quote the DRAE (Diccionario de la Real Academia Española de la Lengua) ser alguien el último mono loc. ...
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Idiom for “I have just finished a great job and I'm proud”

What is an idiom of: "I have just finished a great job and I'm extremely proud of that" For example, I had been building a house for 20 years and finally built it (and want everybody to know) I ...
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What are some words with the connotation of unreality/numbness/dream? [closed]

Our world is only a reflection. I'm looking for a word that could replace reflection here so that it would be still clear it's supposed to indicate numbness/unreality/fiction - that it's meant to ...
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Is there a proverb meaning that “one cannot give what one does not herself have”?

Is there an proverb meaning that "one cannot give what one does not herself have"?
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Expressions used to boost someone's energy/enthusiasm in doing their work

Suppose you see someone you set to doing something are doing it half-heartedly, without much if any enthusiasm. What could be the expressions to boost their energy/enthusiasm? Searching for the ...
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“Reconnaissance by fire” non-warfare version?

You have to solve a problem. It won't be easy. You can say the process of solving the problem will take a lot of resources you don't have - typically the knowledge. In military this is called ...
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Name of unshaved armpits

When people say "pubic hair" most will understand that they mean the unshaved bikini zone (I'm, however, not sure whether this applies only to women). But what common expression is there for unshaved (...
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How to say a movie is not for the general public?

In Czech we say it's "viewer-demanding" (divácky náročný). This can either mean it's "a movie that requires deep comprehension on the part of hte viewer" or that it's "a movie that requires being an ...
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Wanted: an idiom to direct/point someone's attention to a specific point/location

In German, there is an idiom "Hier spielt die Musik!" (with intonationally emphasized "hier"). Translated literally: "Here is the music playing!" It is used with an accompanying pointing gesture to ...
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An idiom or proverb for very easy to find but you are unable to see the object, which is very beside or close to you

For example: A speaker said to a listener go in and bring me the chair. He went in and looked for it but couldn't find, then the speaker said, " Where were you looking for the chair? It is beside ...
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Passing off other people's accomplishments as one's own

Is there an idiom that expresses that someone claims other people's accomplishments as their own? A: "So, you remember how Craig claimed to have found the bug in the software? I know for a fact ...
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“I'll carve into your ribs and leave you crying for a kiss” (Tessa Violet - Haze) - literal or metaphoric?

Haze by Tessa Violet is a deep pop-folk piece that combines the struggle of someone who tries to honestly share their internal desires in a shallow society and the struggle to actually fully percieve ...
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An idiomatic expression for the situation when a punisher in fact punishes himself rather than the one he intended to punish

The context: Someone wishes to punish somebody, and the wish is so strong that whatever they think will do a lot of harm to the one planned to be punished, they do it obviously at the expense of ...
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Is there any idiom for requesting?

In our language we use an idiom If we want to request someone for doing something. And literal translation of that idiom into English would be "Put your hands together before someone"(put hands ...
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What is an idiom used for when we say something unfortunate and it comes true?

There is a Chinese idiom 乌鸦嘴 or Crow's Mouth which means saying something unfortunate, and then it comes true. For example: Anthony: I think there will be a thunderstorm later [Some time passes ...
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Fall asleep suddenly

I want to know the informal of saying that a person fell suddenly asleep because he had a very hard day or because he was exhausted or very tired. For instance a person was reading a book and didn't ...
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English equivalent of the Malay idiom “Loser be ashes; winner be charcoal”

I'm looking for an English idiom which is equivalent to: Kalah jadi abu, menang jadi arang ("The loser be ashes; the winner be charcoal") Actually, this is roughly translated. It's hard to ...
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Idiom - insistent, obtrusive person?

I am looking for idiom/phrase/proverb showing a moderate disdain for somebody insistent, obtrusive. There are idioms in other languages like (literally) You mean that business traveler? Very ...
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An idiom/a proverb meaning 'if you don't know how to do something, then don't start it in the first place'

Is there an idiom or a proverb meaning 'if you don't know how to do something, then don't start doing it in the first place?' Your friend accepts to do a research project for someone but he doesn't ...
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Cunningly getting out of an awkward position or situation

In Russian we have a term "Выкрутился из положения" or just "Выкрутился" which means cunningly getting out of an awkward position or situation. I mean, imaging, you are talking to a writer and you ...