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To beat someone in a competition/debate/etc in a humiliating way

What is the most common informal/casual idiom / expression / verb to imply making someone feel defeated in a humiliating way in AE? For instance, let's say two youngsters are playing soccer against ...
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Idiom using the metaphore of “shouting in the dark” & English equivalent

In Czech, we say something is a "shout in the dark" when you do something without expecting it to fulfill the purpose (usually, it's used when someone is pushing for a change and gets no response). Is ...
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'As the dot on the i' used as an expression

Since I am not a native speaker, I would like to know whether you use such an expression 'as the dot on the i'? If not, which expression could be similar? For example, after a series of unfortunate ...
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To think…I think

I am wondering if this is the correct usage To think I thought I had seen everything when she slipped on her own spit, I think I cannot be surprised anymore. I am wondering if this is the only ...
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I know full well that VS I know fully well that [duplicate]

I know full well that he is scared of speaking English I know fully well that he is scared of speaking English. I know that know full wel is idiomatic and means to know something without any ...
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Different people like different things - how to say it in a more informal way?

I am translating a text, and I should be as precise as possible. I am wondering whether there exists such an expression 'who likes what' (it sounds weird to me) meaning 'different people like ...
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Is there a word that means holding your gun low?

Is there a word that means holding your gun (rifle, handgun, machine gun, etc.) low? By that holding a gun under the belt in order to "aim inaccurately", "shoot" a gun towards any direction (back, ...
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Is there an idiom that means “easy to destroy”? [closed]

Is there an idiom that means "easy to destroy"? I thought about the idiom "easy pickings", but I realized "easy pickings" is used for things that are easy to get, steal or refers to people who are ...
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Ending a conversation with someone you don't want to talk to

Is there an expression/word for to get someone to stop talking by lying to them or an excuse or otherwise cunning ways so that you end the conversation with them? As in the contexts below, John ...
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Is there another phrase or way of saying “preceded someone to a room”?

Is there another phrase or way of saying "preceded someone to a room"? I thought of "leading someone to a room", but I think it doesn't imply that you went inside the room first, can "leading someone ...
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An idiom for “Until you punish the offender, they will not give up offenses”

In writing I've come across an idiom of my language that means: Until you punish the offender, they will not give up offenses. What is the English idiom for this? Let me add some explanation to ...
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Is there an idiom expressing the idea that “things never change”?

Is there an idiom expressing the idea that "things never change"? By that I mean, there will always be war, bad people, etc. Is there an idiom that you can use to mean that? The closest phrase, idiom ...
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To get so rich that you are not in need of anymore money

I wonder if there is an informal idiom to say that someone made so much money that became needless of any more money and retired themselves (meaning that from then on they work only for fun / pleasure ...
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Word for words created or coined to harm or create havoc

What would you call a word created or coined to harm someone or some group of people or cause havoc. I think there is a need for such a word as a from someone's point of view there are always words of ...
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Is there any idiom that means “go ahead with something”?

Is there any idiom that means "go ahead with something"? I thought about "giving oneself the green light", "get a jump on something", but the first one is contrived and the second one means something ...
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Is there a formal idiom that means “fed up with something”?

Is there a formal idiom that means "fed up with something"? I am wondering if there's a formal idiom, because the expression is an informal expression. After doing some research, I found "be sick ...
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An idiom for a “new beginning”

I am looking an idiom that describes new beginning. For example if someone failed in any task and is going to start it again from beginning, with new plan.
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Similar expressions to “jump for joy”

Is there an expression along the lines of "jumping up to the ceiling" which could be used to describe a situation when someone is so happy he's jumping very high?
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Is there an idiom that means something looks alive and real?

Is there an idiom that means something looks alive and real? I am pretty sure I have read or heard it before, but I can't remember it at all. If you can't think of an idiom that means that, can you ...
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Feel Jealous and Accomplished at the Same Time

Looking for the word/idiom for the feeling/emotion where one feels jealous and accomplished at the same time. For context, Person ABC (hereinafter, 'ABC') introduced and taught somebody (hereinafter,...
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Is there any idiom that means “that's good enough”?

Is there any idiom that means "that's good enough"? I thought "that will do" meant that's good enough in that it's good enough for the job, but it seems to mean "there's enough for the job" or "there'...
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Is there an idiom that roughly means “we gotta do what we gotta do”?

Is there an idiom that roughly means "we gotta do what we gotta do"? I can think of another one like "I gotta earn my keep", but it's a little too specific and wage related. Is there any general idiom ...
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Is there an idiom that means “I am compliant with the law/regulations”?

Is there an idiom that means "I am compliant with the law/regulations"? I can only think of "I am on the safe side", but it's too general, I am wondering if there's an idiom that's more specific to ...
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looking for an idiom meaning “be the first to do bad things and others follow suit”

Suppose I was a teacher. One of my students often misbehaved in class. When he suddenly talked in class, other students would follow suit. I am trying to describe his behavior. He_____ to ...
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Is there an idiom that means “merely”?

Is there an idiom that means "merely"? I remember there's this idiom used in movies for dramatic effect, but I forgot what it was for some reason. It was something like "If the littlest thing happened ...
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Is “using animations” idiomatic?

Is "using an animation" idiomatic? I think it's the most idiomatic way to say that a character in a video game has a particular animation, but I am wondering if it's really the case, or there's a much ...
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Is there a more formal way of saying “let's get down to business”?

Is there a more formal way of saying "let's get down to business"? I am not sure if I am mistaken, but the expression "let's get down to business" sounds quite informal, so I am wondering if there's a ...
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Idiomatic usage of “well worth the ride” to refer to a journey (on foot)

The idiom "well worth the ride" is usually used for a journey made on horseback, bike, motorcycle, or vehicle. But what I mean in the following example is "ride" as a journey on foot (e.g. mountain ...
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What do you call the act of moving as a group one at a time with the last person going in front of the first person and on and on?

What do you call the act of moving as a group one at a time with the last person going in front of the first person and on and on? I think the word leapfroging is used, but it involves jumping over a ...
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Tit for tat, why tit and why tat

I was wondering why the term tit for tat contains the word tit as in titts, and what does tat mean anyway? Thank you.
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Is there an idiom or proverb that implies simplicity is good?

Is there an idiom or proverb that implies simplicity is good? I was trying to find some idioms or proverbs that implied simplicity is good, and I was looking for some idioms or proverbs that implied ...
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What's the idiomatic way of saying “hide your lips”?

What's the idiomatic way of saying "hide your lips"? I thought "bite your lips", but you're not biting your lips, your putting your lips inside your mouth. So what's the proper way to say it? I added ...
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Is there an idiom or a phrase that means “he's a talented writer”?

Is there an idiom or a phrase that means "he's a talented writer"? I can think of a few way of expressing it, but none of them sound particularly good or idiomatic even. Most of them sounds weird. ...
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Is there an idiom that means “without anyone noticing”?

Is there an idiom that means "without anyone noticing"? I am trying to remember the idiom that meant something similar to that, but I can't remember what it was exactly. For example: They decided ...
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What's a good idiom or phrase that expresses that someone is corrupt and is working for a company or someone?

What's a good idiom or phrase that expresses that someone is corrupt and is working for a company or someone? There are political shows where it was used, but I don't remember exactly what the ...
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Is there any idiom related to “power struggle”?

Is there any idiom related to "power struggle"? I am writing an idiom about political intrigues and power struggles in Game of Thrones and I was wondering if there was any good idiom or expressions I ...
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What are some good idioms that mean “someone betrayed us”?

What are some good idioms that mean "someone betrayed us"? I can think of the expression "a stab in the back", but I can't think of anything else. I am also looking for a phrasal idiom that can be ...
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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 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 ...