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 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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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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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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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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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 ...