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What do you call a facility that accepts recyclables?

What do you call a facility that accepts recyclables? Not just the blue bins that you have in America but something like this: They don't actually recycle there, just collect and then sell to large ...
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Is "beauty king" or "handsome king" the counterpart of "beauty queen"?

"beauty queen" is a woman who won a beauty contest. What is the general term for a man who wins a male "handsome" contest? Is "beauty king" or "handsome king" ...
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To (lessen, improve, alleviate) Disadvantage

I'am looking for a genuine phrase with the word "disadvantage" in this way: The new method allows to (lessen? overcome? improve? - what?) the disadvantages of the old one. In a meaning ...
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What is the word for the dirty substance on the skin of a person who hasn't been showered for days?

If we don't shower for several day, we have some dirty things on our skin. And when we rub the skin, we can roll this thing into a tiny ball which is dirty and as small as a grain of rice. Is that ...
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What do you call the pointy parts of a text bubble that's not the tail?

What do you call the pointy parts of a text bubble that's not the tail? Here, in the image, we see three pointy things protruding out of the text bubble on the four "sides" of some of the ...
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"I am a citizen of Britain" vs. "I am a subject of the British crown" vs. "I am a British national"

Which phrase is the most common for a person who was born in Britain of the parents who were also born in Britain to identify his nationality? "I am a citizen of Britain"? "I am a ...
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How do I convey that I am bad at remembering things?

I want to express the idea that I'm really bad at recollecting something from my memory, but "I have a bad memory" sounds a lot like I remember (maybe fairly well) something bad that ...
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What is the concise word or phrase of getting caught in an embarrassing situation?

I got caught in an embarrasing situation last night! I was singing until I realise I'd been being watched by my neighbour. In my view, I won't consider it natural to say that since it's too wordy. I ...
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Is it natural to say "You have to aim your mouth into the bowl" or "You have to aim the rinsed water into the bowl"?

I help my daughter to brush her teeth. Since she is short, I don't let her do it in the bathroom, but using a big bowl. After she rinses her mouth I ask her to spit the rinsed water (I am not surr it ...
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Is it idiomatic to say "you need a subject in your sentence when talking to grown-ups"?

In some countries, it's very rude if a child talks to an adult without a subject, even when there's a word like "please" in the sentence. For example, it's very rude if a child says to a ...
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What is the opposite of "plain housing/plain residential buildings"?

Consider the expression, The government housing is very homogeneous. All houses are very unremarkable plain-looking houses. What would be the opposite of plain looking houses? Some words, I have ...
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Alternate phrase for the phrase "losing its zing"?

Consider the expression, If you eat pizza everyday, it will lose its zing. I am using zing as a placeholder here. Could somebody recommend a similar expression? I am open to another sentence ...
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What is opposite of the phrase "Sprinting to the finish line"?

I am looking for the metaphoric opposite of the phrase "Sprinting to the finish line. my context is "achieving something at a very slow, lethargic and unremarkable way".
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Do we call it "a lounge" in a cinema?

We have a waiting area in a cinema. As showed in the picture, when you go into a cinema, you see a waiting area facing the counter where people buy movie tickets, or popcorn and drinks. You can sit ...
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"allocated" or "relocated" in this context? [closed]

For the slogan of a company we would are considering something with the following meaning: "European technology allocated in Africa" "European technology relocated in Africa" It is ...
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A specific case of sexual harassment

How can we refer to the action where a lady is a subject to the sexual harassment with a man when the man touches the lady's private organs with hand at a public area? She came to me with tearful ...
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Is it correct to say "Do you have my voice" on phone or online meeting? [duplicate]

On the phone or online meeting is it correct to say "Do you have my voice?" Is there any other good alternative?
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I had a hard time vs I had hard times

I always don't understand how I can count time. In what situation can I use "a hard/good time" or "hard/good times"? Could you please show me examples of sentences, or explanations ...
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Idiomatic alternative to the "putting yourself in one's shoe"?

Consider the expression, If the government puts itself in the shoes of the public, it will notice that its policies are damaging to society. The construction "in one's shoe" sounds very ...
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What other words/phrases can I use in place of "train of thought"?

Consider this hypothetical scenario, Person1: Front End software development does not require analytical ability. Person2: You are misinformed, I used to follow the same train of thought/way of ...
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Alternative expression/phrase to the expression "mushroom growth"?

In Indian English, the expression mushroom growth is quite common, some sample constructions There has been a mushroom growth in organic fruits shops in this area. Advancements in the ...
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"where exactly did I write that made you think I meant...?"

I wrote a report/proposal and my co-worker reviewed it and commented on it. He thought I meant one thing but in fact I didn't. So I wanted to ask him to point out exactly where he got that impression ...
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What words can I use in place of "background" in my sentence

I have held multiple jobs in multiple fields in my life, such as teaching, tech jobs, philanthropy etc. I have a sentence construction, which goes like this I am grateful to have known people of ...
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What is opposite of the phrase "in one sitting" in the context of a book?

Consider the expression, The book was so engaging that I could not put it down, and read it one sitting. I am looking for a phrase, just opposite of this. The book was so boring that it took me ...
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Idiomatic word for someone who is an expert in multiple fields/subject?

Cricket is a very popular sport in India. It has three components, batting (offense in baseball), bowling (pitching in baseball), and fielding (defense in baseball). Generally, players are good at ...
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Word request for the "weapon for which there is no defense"?

In Hindu mythology, there are several mentions of a weapon, for which there is no defense. When that weapon is aimed at the enemy, the end of enemy is certain. That weapon is referred to as Bhahmastra....
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What phrase would American English speakers use in place of "Tom, Dick and Harry"?

In Indian English, the phrase "Tom, Dick and Harry" is very prevalent, is used quite frequently in media, movies etc. On the other hand, I don't see it being used as frequently, in American ...
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Alternative phrases for the phrase "Ace in the hole"

I heard the phrase "ace in the hole" in a podcast; it is a weapon for which there is no defense. Could somebody suggest alternative idiomatic phrases for "ace in the hole", which ...
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idiotmatic construction for the phrase "people of same capability"

I am writing a blog, and my context is based on the phrase "when you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail". The sentence construction I have is something like this, I have an ace in ...
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How to ask that how did a person know some certain information in the first place?

Asking someone "How did you know this?" implies that whatever they knew was the truth. Is there some other straight-foward answer that only asks how did the person come up to know this ...
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Words to express that my friend pretended like she was me in class

Today I asked a friend of mine to attend the online class as I had to leave home. She changed her name on Zoom, closed his camera and muted the microphone so she pretended like she was me. There must ...
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What is a common adjective that expresses a child who excessively tells on his friends to his parents for trivial things?

Bob got pushed by his friends, not a big push. Maybe, his friends were just teasing him. Bob, then, told on his friends to his parents. In another situation, Bob's friends then kidded him in a funny ...
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How to express the process of making communication more elegant?

I'm looking for a phrase that would express the act of reducing some convoluted idea into one that can be well understood to a layman or perhaps crafting a piece of media to make it express the ...
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What do you call a desperate attempt unlikely to succeed?

What do you call a desperate attempt unlikely to succeed? For example, when other ideas have failed and you have one final go before giving up
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What verb is applicable for "prescription tablet/pills consumption"?

Consider the hypothetical expression, I fell sick, because I was slacking on my thyroid's pill consumption. "Consumption" as a noun feels very awkward to me, can somebody suggest an ...
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What word would describe 'pick me up' for coffee like beverage

Consider this expression, Most people drink coffee for taste, I on the other hand drink for feeling energized/invigorated in the morning.. What would be an idiomatic alternative for pick me up (in ...
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What is opposite of "inherit" verb from the point of view of parents?

Consider the expression, I inherited mental illness from my parents. Inheritance means picking up something from parents. What is the opposite of inheritance, with regards to parents. i.e. when ...
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How would one say "drink in one go" as a native speaker? [duplicate]

Consider this hypothetical scenario, I am holding a glass of juice, and as bet, I am supposed to drink it in one go. I don't think "in one go" is a idiomatic phrase, can somebody recommend ...
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Similar idiomatic phrase to "go to example"?

Consider this hypothetical expression, I use Mr Smith as my go to example, when it comes to how to parent your kids. "go to" sounds too corporate lingo to my ears. Can somebody recommend ...
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Is it correct to say "He is lying passing out on the floor"?

We can have some adjectives standing after "lie". For example, "he is lying awake on the bed" and "the dog is lying dead on the floor" Now, "to pass out" means &...
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What is the opposite of "to bring down the temperature"?

to bring down: To reduce the amount or level of something: I opened the window to bring down the temperature in my room. Can you bring the volume of the stereo down a bit? I know that "to ...
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Term used to prove someone ungrateful

What is the term used in English when you want to insult or humiliate someone reminding them of the previous favour in an attempt to prove them ungrateful?
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Idiomatic expression alternative 'to end of the queue'?

Let's say I am at a pub with a few of my friends, and we are sitting at the bar. We are all sitting on adjacent seats. So, two of us would be sitting on at the either ends of the (queue?). NP3, NP4, ...
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Alternative industry lingo expression for "close the deal"?

Famous Alec Baldwin movie had the quote Coffee is for closers Here closer refers to closing the (sales)deal. What other "sales" industry phrase can I use, instead of this. I can think of a ...
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If appropriate, do something

As a developer and technical writer, I often write different kinds of manuals, and sometimes I need to write sentences that look something like this: If appropriate, [here goes a description of what ...
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Alternative phrase to “out of the corner of eye”

I am looking for a phrase similar to a “out of corner of my eye”. I came across this phrase in a Hollywood movie, and was wondering if I can use an alternative phrase to this? Here is the context, I ...
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Expressing that it's not possible to achieve something in a concise word or phrase

Wild-goose chase is a phrase used to mean that you are searching for something that doesn't exist. Is there any similar phrase or word to express the following: You are not going to meet the deadline. ...
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What do you call a set of wooden tubes hanging from a ceiling?

What do you call this? I have no words to describe it. But what you need to know is these tubes are hollow, and when struck by the "clapper", for a lack of a better word, they make gentle ...
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What is the opposite of "slowpoke"?

"Slowpoke" is informal and a rather disapproving term. Do we have a noun that is the antonym of "Slowpoke" and is informal and a rather disapproving term? The internet suggests &...
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What is the opposite expression of "She is my boss" or what is the general term for someone who is a subordinate?

"My boss" is a general term for the person who is in charge of me. I am looking for a general term for the person who I am in charge of. For example, "he is my subordinate/employee"...
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