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Questions tagged [phrase-request]

This tag is for questions seeking a phrase that fits a meaning. If you are looking for a word, or don't care, see the "word-request" tag too.

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Use of the word 'feed' for visitors

Do we feed people? Does the word 'feed' fit best when we talk about guests or visitors? Here is the sentence: This organization feeds thousands of people who attend training sessions here. Shouldn'...
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a word or short phrase that can stand for “a book, play, or film/movie”

In Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, the first definition of the word dialogue is as follows. conversations in a book, play, or film/movie In that specific dictionary, the phrase, a book, play,...
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A better way to say “masters of translation”

What is the best and native way to use words master and translators to denote a "group of highly skilled translators"? I am stuck with initial "M" letter, as it is used in the brand name and logo, so ...
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Is there a word for pant sleeves?

Is there a word for pant sleeves? I know that 'sleeves' is used for sweaters, but what about pants? I don't think the phrase 'sleeve pants' is idiomatic. Is it? By pant sleeves, I obviously mean the ...
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How to say that a point should be skipped so that we can move on to a better (or deeper) question?

My question is in the context of essay writing. My essay will discuss the viewpoints presented by this video from BBC. In the video, the question "How should we include transgender athletics in sport?"...
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What is the passive form of “we will let it pass”?

I have this sentence where I want to use the phrase let [something] pass in the passive form: Mentioning this topic casually may get passed(?), but getting deep into it will only lead to conflicts ...
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Is there any way of expression to substitute “to be called into question”?

I wish to replace "to be called into question" with "raise doubt over" or "cast doubt on" in the sentence below: Based on the judgment on Case No. xxxx (X v. Y), would the independence of such ...
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What's the word or phrase for sending an image telepathically?

What's the word or phrase for sending an image telepathically? I was thinking "project an image into someone's mind", but after looking at the definition the best match I could find were: (tr) ...
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Request a phrase similar to “flag planting”?

I am looking for a phrase to convey the activity in such a scenario: I found a very interesting question on StackOverflow but know I cannot provide a satisfying answer at that moment. I was too ...
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What's the phrase meaning “compromising in a way both parties get what they deserve” during deal-making"?

What do you call the act of compromising during deal-making to get the fairest deal possible? I think I heard an idiom and it contained the word "middle", but I don't remember what the expression was. ...
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What are some other ways of saying “I don't believe you”? [on hold]

What are some other ways of saying "I don't believe you"? I have been able to think of a few answers, but most of them contain the verb "believe", but can you think of one without it? All I could ...
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Remains me 3 or I've got 3 left?

If I had 5 apples and now out of them I have only 3. What's the natural way to say it, while emphasizing that remains only three. 1) I have (got) 3 apples left now. 2) Remains me only 3 ...
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A more precise phrase to describe someone softening their tone

I'm looking for a phrase that would encapsulate something I'm trying to describe, which would be someone who has distinct or strong views/opinions, but due to their current position or a position they'...
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Which phrase is the most correct/idiomatic in this context?

Since I am not yet fully scheduled, at the moment I cannot say for sure which period is suitable for me. Is it OK if I let you know about this in 3 weeks once I am fully scheduled? At the moment?...
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Is there a better way to say “go home to home”?

I am not sure if I am crazy, but "going home to home" sounds unidiomatic. By that, I mean going to every home like some people do every morning. Here's an example: The milkman goes home to home to ...
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Is there a better way to say “radio signals of morse code”?

I am asking, because in a science-fiction setting you may need to differentiate between morse code sent telepathically and morse code sent through radio signals. Is there any way we can shorten or ...
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“Once is enough” or “One time is enough” or something else?

Which of the selected phrases sounds natural? No need to do this several times. One time is enough. No need to do this several times. Single time is enough. No need to do this several ...
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term describing the fact that the predecessors share their experience with successors

What's the term in English describing the fact that some predecessors share their experience with their successors? For example: The major flaw of this company is that the experienced ones ...
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Is there a phrase that means “make your mind less confused”?

I know for a fact that the word "unconfuse" doesn't exist, and I can't think of any phrase that mean "make your mind less confused", so what are some option. I am thinking of a situation where someone ...
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Is “fell 50 feet down the ship” grammatical?

I am wondering how to put "the height from which someone fell" and "from what location someone fell in the same phrase, and trying to do that I struggled to find the correct phrases to put them into ...
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Is there a more casual way of saying “beyond reproach, criticism”?

Is there a more casual way of saying "beyond reproach, criticism"? When I hear "beyond reproach", I find it that it sounds way too formal, and not too informal enough. It sounds like something a ...
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How do you say “letting music play in a random order”?

You know people use playlist to listen music at a particular order, what do you call the act of listening to music in a random order and letting the computer choose songs randomly? For example: ...
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What do you call the act of throwing something continuously?

I am not sure if there's a good phrase or word for this? I am thinking maybe using the word "threw bits by bits", but I am sure there are better sounding words. I want to sound like a native English ...
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Does “the overall sake” mean “for the sake of the majority of people”?

I was certain that the "phrase" (the) overall sake exist until I have typed it on Google search box to find no result containing it as a whole. So, I want to know if it exists in English and if it ...
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How do you say that “nails are nailed all over the surface of a cylinder”?

I want to say something, but the resulting sentence is way too long and awkward, so I was wondering if there was a way to express that nails are nailed all over the surface of a cylinder. Here's an ...
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What do you call the act of a political staff of taking ideas from a think tank?

What do you call the act of a political staff of taking ideas from a think tank? I thought about the idea "get inspiration from", but it wouldn't work, because taking the recommendations and turning ...
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Is “One's life of them” a valid phrase?

I want to use a phrase that takes the form of possession. It may be a matter of an apostrophe with s or a usage of a possessive pronoun, I suppose. What I want the phrase to mean and indicate is that ...
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Is there a phrase that means “the consequence of which if not abiding to it”?

Is there a phrase that means "the consequence of which if not abiding to it"? This made up phrase is really awkward sounding, because of the part "if not abiding to it", which is like a parenthetical ...
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Is there an idiom or a phrase that means “diarrhea prone intestine”?

There's an expression for heartburn if I am not mistaken and it's "upset stomach" as in "I have an upset stomach, so I can't drink beer". However, I can't think of a single idiom or phrase for people ...
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A verb or an idiom for “half believe, half doubt”

Is there any word or some idiomatic expression that would mean "half believe, half doubt"? For example, Having listened to that weird story, children half believed it, half doubted. Meaning that ...
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What's the polite way to say “I need to urinate”?

What's the polite way in the UK to say "I need to urinate" (both for men and for women)? Or maybe there's no problem with that sentence? N.b. I'm asking about situations in which I know where it's ...
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Word or phrase for “still going on” in this context

Talking about university admission: Admission is still going on. Can I say : Admission is still in date? And, admission is out of date, for showing contrast? Please explain. Thank you.
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A term for reaching the height that an airplane is going to keep at during most of the flight

What's the right expression in English to describe an airplanes' reaching the height that it is going to keep at during most of the flight? For example: -- Excuse me, stewardess, can I have some ...
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Positive sentence for “it won't take long”

How would you rephrase "it won't take long" to a positive sentence? Is "it will take short" idiomatic? More context: "it" refers to any activity like shopping, or hair cutting, or tidying up.
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A short and positive phrase for “it doesn't take long”

In German, there is a very idiomatic sentence Das geht schnell. with the meaning It takes only a short while. I've got some good answers relating the scenario described at the end of my ...
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What is a good word for “The reason why”? [closed]

Tim was a thin boy. _____ many days, he would even starve. What word (or phrase should I use in place of _____)
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Which types of prepositional phrase is “toward its employees” in Philosophy guiding the organization's policies towards its employees is not bad?

The philosophy that guides the organization's policies towards its employees is not bad. The philosophy guiding the organization's policies towards its employees is not bad. The organization's ...
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which types of prepositional phrase is it in “ He is a man at heart?”

He is a man at heart. I love a man at/by with heart. Are they two correct? Which types of prepositional phrases are they? I mean whether they acted as adjectival or adverbial prepositional phrases?...
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Is there a verb that means “repurpose a religious building for the needs of a different religious group”?

You know when buildings initially made for a particular religion is used by a group of a different religion? I am not sure if it happens in real life, but how would you say it? There must be a way to ...
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What's the most effective way to say “work for free, not for money, but for experience/training”?

Is there a way to say this? It has become a standard practice for small startup to take advantages of people with little work experience. They make you work for 3 months for free and then they let you ...
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economy based on selling non-raw materials

What's the best way to describe a sector of economy that is based on selling technologies or anything else, but not on selling raw materials? "non-raw-material economy"?
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What's the American version of “fellow member”?

Fellow member means: Someone who is a member of the same organization or society as you. Collins Dictionary The dictionary states that it means that in British, so what is its exact synonym in ...
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Is there a concise way to say “all of the X, one of each”?

So when you want to buy all of the donuts in a shop, but only one of each. You say: I want all of the donuts. The employee then ask you "all of them?" You tell him "No, one of each." Is there a faster ...
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Anything wrong with “Let me come up with a more interesting exercise”?

In the previous year I did a coding test problem when applying for a job; one of the problem requirements were of little sense to me, so I decided to replace it with a slightly different thing which I ...
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Can “in which” be used instead of “which” to express something in a more stronger way?

I have used "which" in a situation where two entities use things, but one entity used a different thing in the second time while the other entity stuck to the same thing it used in the first time. I ...
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Idiomatic phrase to suggest having a drink “to honor” the first time being together

"Let's drink to our meeting!" How would native English speakers suggest celebrating their first time together by having a drink "in honor of the meeting"? Say, a man met a woman while on vacation in ...
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How do I ask for pick up and drop off services from the hotel [closed]

I booked a hotel which offers complimentary pick up and drop off services. I'd like to know the English I need over the phone when I arrived at the train station where they can pick me up. Also I'd ...
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Asian appearance, look or face?

I want to express the meaning that I look like a typical East Asian. Can I say that: 1) I have a (typical) Asian (physical) appearance? 2) I have an Asian look? 3) I have an Asian face? Or any ...
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How can I tell someone that I want to be his or her friend?

Let's say I'm new to a school or a place and I'd like to know the name of my colleague and I want him or her to be my friend. From a movie, I heard a sentence like that: Can we know each other? ...
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Expressing the short time that passed since I received some information

Let's say something recently happened (Alice called Bob) and a few seconds ago someone told me that Alice called Bob. What's the most natural way to express this: I just knew that Alice called Bob I ...