Questions tagged [idiom-request]

For requests for an idiomatic English expression for a certain situation, i.e. a word or phrase which is 'typical' for English and doesn't necessarily have an equivalent in other languages.

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Idioms or phrases to describe continuous occurrence of bad things

Are there any idioms or phrases to describe a continuous occurrence of bad things, but after a lapse of time. For instance, a man was killed, leaving his wife and son. Few months later, the wife was ...
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Alternative to “a heavy cross to bear”

Is there any alternative idiom or phrase to replace a heavy cross to bear in the context of the following sentence The murder incident was so tragic, where the phrase a heavy cross to bear comes to ...
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Idiom/phrase/proverb to describe a poorly conducted case in court

Are there any phrases, idioms, proverbs in english to indicate a situation where a litigant loses his case in court because of his solicitor's professional negligent in conducting the case in court. ...
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Idiom or phrase to indicate sadness

Is there any idiom or phrase to better express sadness in the context of the following sentence This is a sad and unfortunate murder case which involves the death of a two-year old child.
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Idioms or phrases to describe stranger

Are there any idioms or phrases to best replace the word stranger in the context of the following sentence: There was no evidence against the accused. He appears to be a complete stranger to the ...
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Is there an idiom that refers to the idea that a seemingly absurd belief is not all that absurd?

Is there an idiom that refers to the idea that a seemingly absurd belief is not all that absurd? Or that the absurd belief is not absurd at all? I was thinking that such an idiom existed, but couldn't ...
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Is there an idiom for “simple problem made unnecessarily large”?

Say I have a small problem which can be solved easily by myself. Yet I don't do it because of some unimportant thing, and this involves many people and generates many debates, making everyone fed up. ...
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Idiom to describe a poorly executed task

Are there any idioms to describe a situation where the task given was very poorly executed, nothing can be done to re-do the task, and the task ends up a failure.
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Is there an idiom for “I know you have good intention, but we need to stick to the rule”?

Is there an idiom for "I know you have good intention, but we need to stick to the rule"?
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How to caution your opinion or judgement may sound biased in an idiomatic way?

I was talking with my friend about my brother. My friend was a bit critical of my brother because of something he did. "My brother is one of the finest people", I told my friend. How can I ...
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Is 'sit nicely' considered idiomatic as an order to a toddler?

Parents usually used to order about the position of their child if he doesn't sit properly, in order to teach him politness and respect. In my native language we say something that may be translated ...
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What does “everything is all MoonPies and salted peanuts” mean in this context?

Please help me to understand the meaning of "everything is all MoonPies and salted peanuts" in this context: “Toby.” A brief pause. “Don’t even try. You really expect I would give that ...
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idiom for saying “by virtue of their $nothing [anticlimax]”?

In German, there is an idiom "kraft seiner Wassersuppe" - literally translated by the force/power of his watery soup. Is there any idiom in English that has a similar meaning or usage? The ...
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Idiom request for foolishness

Not knowing the root cause and doing something else without solving the actual problem. Do we have an idiom/single word for the above sentence?
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Looking for an Idiom - Great Minds having great demons?

I think I recall some Idiom about great minds having great demons, but I cannot seem to find it anywhere online. Does it not exist or am I misremembering a different one?
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The trading team was disbanded. Is this sentence idiomatic?

The situation is this: A trading team made a big loss and was broken up. And all the team members get fired. I want to tell this situation to others. What would be the best word for the blank to ...
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Formal alternative to 'what are you doing here?'

As far as I know, there is a fixed phrase/idiom for saying what are you doing here? but I have forgotten it. It is a very formal and polite way of saying that. What are you doing here? can sound ...
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an idiom about moving to somewhere

I want to ask someone why on earth he moved from A (a city with high standards of living) to B (a disastrous one), because it's unreasonable and I'm nosy, through a polite idiom. Is there anything for ...
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Is there any saying about “learning by messing up things”?

We Spanish-speakers have a saying that we learn or gain experience when we mess up things: "echando a perder se aprende", that can be translated literally as: "you learn by messing up ...
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I am searching for an idiom for a chaotic bedroom [closed]

I am searching for an idiom for a chaotic and irregular bedroom. Consider a situation that your mother enters your bedroom and encounters with that scene. At that situation, what does she say?
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How to express “favorable presumption”?

I remember there's an English idiom, but I can't recall it clearly. That idiom says if you feel uncertain about whether someone's performance is good or lousy, you might as well give him/her more ...
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What's the English saying for “That the ancestors are successful is inferior to that the descendants are successful”?

There goes a Chinese maxim "前人 强 不如 后人 强". 前人= former generation, ancestor; 后人= later generation, descendant; 强= strong, powerful; 不如= not as good/well as, inferior to, less desirable than. ...
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Idiom for the situation 'when people call it a big mistake but it actually is a small one"

I want an idiom for a situation like this: when I do a small mistake and people start telling other people that I have done a big mistake when the mistake is really small.
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A phrase similar to “empty talk”, but is intended at propagandizing or praising someone?

A phrase similar to "empty talk", but is intended at propagandizing or praising someone? I forgot the phrase, but it was something talk, but I don't remember what that adjective was. Does someone ...
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A phrase for 'something that happens rarely'

Is there a phrase or idiom to describe a situation which happens rarely? I want to use that phrase in these sentences: You have rarely beaten me in wrestling. Crimes used to happen rarely in ...
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Is there an idiom or expression saying or implying that gambling is a good thing?

Is there an idiom or expression saying or implying that gambling is a good thing? I am pretty sure there are idioms about gambling, but I am not sure if any of them are "positive".
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What do you call the act of answering a question in a unsatisfactory way so that the we're compelled to ask another question?

What do you call the act of answering a question in a unsatisfactory way so that the we're compelled to ask another question? Is there an idiom or word associated with the action?
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Is there a word or idioms for “political necessity”?

Is there a word or idioms for "political necessity"? For example, let's say politicians need to do something or enact a policy no matter how unpopular it is, because of a political necessity. What do ...
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goes on to infinity?

There's a doll inside that doll and inside that doll there's a doll and inside that doll there's a doll and it goes on to infinity. There's a doll inside that doll and inside that doll there's ...
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Idiom for a fallacy “who are you to judge”?

I'm looking for an idiom / name describing a fallacy in which the opponent's opinion on X is discarded on grounds that the opponent doesn't know how to do/make X. Examples: How can you say this ...
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Is there an idiom for “proposing her for marriage”?

"He gave her a ring while proposing her for marriage." This sentence feels long winded. I am sure there's a more idiomatic way to say this. Is there? I am looking for an idiom a native speaker may ...
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Is there an idiom that means “to be doing something at all time”?

Is there an idiom that means "to be doing something at all time"? Like the antonym of the expression "stay in the backseat (at all time)", something that means "be proactive at all time"?
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How to express “to draw or write messily” idiomatically?

My kid "drew or wrote messily" on the paper (look at the picture) all over the place (British English also all over the shop) (US English also all over the lot) (informal) 1-​everywhere ...
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Is there an idiom that means working hard and continuously?

Is there an idiom that means working hard continuously? Preferably, I would like an idiom that means "work 24/7 without rest", but I can accept something that means "give as much effort as possible". ...
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Is there an idiom that means it's possible and not impossible?

Is there an idiom that means it's possible and not impossible? I could only think of "within the realm of possibility", which is a mouthful, and I am wondering if there's any good idiom I might have ...
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Common phrase or idiom for “reductio ad absurdum”?

I am looking for a phrase or idiom that means roughly like "reductio ad absurdum". Specifically, taking an otherwise logical argument to irrational length, that it starts to look logically absurd. ...
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In everyday English, How to express “to pull the drawer open so hard that it falls off”?

You can move the drawer in and out easily because of its glide bars, but sometimes you pull it so hard and the drawer "goes off the track". In everyday English, How to express "to pull the drawer ...
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Is there an idiom for when two things don't interact with each other? [closed]

Is there an idiom for when two things don't interact with each other? For example, two bacteria next to each other don't interact with each other and behaves like they are not near each other. It ...
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Is there an idiom that means something is inconsistent with the contexts or facts?

Is there an idiom that means something is inconsistent with the contexts or facts? Like when a book is written and the plot and the world-building doesn't go hand in hand and are inconsistent with ...
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Do you have an idiom that is similar to this “You don't scare / cry if you don't see the coffin”

This is literally translated from Vietnamese "You don't scare / cry if you don't see the coffin" which roughly means you underestimate things that are actually dangerous. For example, young people ...
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How to use the phrase “draw a (clear) line between” for more than two things?

When we need to express differentiating two things we can say "draw a (clear) line between A and B", but can we extend two things to three or more things? Can we say something like "draw two lines ...
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Expression for doing something too much in a very specific way

We have an expression in Hungarian that literally translates to "falling off at the other side of the horse" meaning approaching something in a single way without thinking of any other approach. An ...
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And idiom for “You were right”

Is there an idiom to say "You were right", in a regretful way, when for example you didn't listen to what someone kept telling you and now he's proven to be right. As in: You were right about it. I ...
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How would you describe thinking in the dark?

It happens usually in the bed, when all the light is out. This would reduce all stimuli significantly, so you can analyze/use your imagination best. I take a look a some synonyms for "think" but don't ...
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Expression for physical stress-reaction

I'm looking for an expression that describes an unconscious physical reaction to an extremely stressful event where one would put both hands on the top of their head. My phrase would look something ...
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Idiom to express “solution to any kind of problems”?

I want to know if there exists an idiom that conveys the meaning of one solution fitting all problems in all scenarios? What swim into my mind are two phrases: 1) silver bullet, 2) one size fits all....
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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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