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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Is there an idiom for something that doesn't seem to match or match?

Is there an idiom for something that doesn't seem to match or match? For example, let's say the last piece of the jigsaw puzzle doesn't match the rest of the puzzle for some reason even though you ...
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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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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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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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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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Alternative to an idiom fall on deaf ears

Is there any alternative for the idiom fall on deaf ears in the context of the following sentence: Far from letting the matter fall on deaf ears, I shall give effect to the principle established by ...
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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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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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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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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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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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When you need to go through multiple complicated and very difficult steps to accomplish an action

Please imagine to accomplish an official task you have to go through a very strict rules and processed and of course multiple complicated steps to perform that action. For example you want to see a ...
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(something rubs off on people) vs. the same relation from the other direction

I like the idiom that something "rubs off" on people but I am wondering if there is an idiom with the same meaning but from the other direction; in other words, I mean with the meaning that people ...
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How to interrupt someone in a polite manner?

What is a polite way of interrupting someone? In other words, what is an appropriate sentence to use when someone is talking and you need to interrupt them to add a point or ask a question because you ...
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In the long run, right will out

There is a common proverb in our language which says: "Always someone who's right and has the right, will achieve it because it was his / her right." The only equivalent I found is: In the long ...