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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Types of tablet… a tablet secretion

What would one call a tablet which isn't swallowed? What verb would be used when taking it? Would the following phrase be correct? To suck the secretion of tablet...
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How to rephrase “do not necessarily translate into”?

I have to talk about a particular issue (small), but I can't seem to be able to hit the mark. I need to paraphrase/rephrase this sentence: Higher unemployment rates do not necessarily translate ...
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A proverb / saying that says: keep away from people because they have potential to harm you

I am looking for a derogatory proverb including a negative approach toward social associations that conveys the meassage that it would be better to stay away from most of the people! Because many of ...
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Is there another phrase or way of saying “preceded someone to a room”?

Is there another phrase or way of saying "preceded someone to a room"? I thought of "leading someone to a room", but I think it doesn't imply that you went inside the room first, can "leading someone ...
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Use these books as a reference

Let's say I want my student to elaborate their knowledge, their skills: Use these books as a reference. I'm not necessarily mean that they must thoroughly study these book, I rather mean that they ...
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Is there a phrase that means “give a lot of attention to”?

Is there a phrase that means "give a lot of attention to"? I am trying to think of a good idiomatic sounding phrase I can use, but I can't really think of one. The best phrases I could come up with ...
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If something costs 45 euros and I will have 100 euro note how to say that I'll need 55 euro back(change)? [duplicate]

From googling I don't see that it's common to say 'I need change from 100 euros'. So what's the proper way to say this?
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Personality trait for “someone who waits to find who's in a position of power and then gets behind them”

The question :) Bonus points if the word implies that they try not to antagonize anybody. It's like a guy betting on the horse that's winning, but keeping his options open about changing his bet
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To get so rich that you are not in need of anymore money

I wonder if there is an informal idiom to say that someone made so much money that became needless of any more money and retired themselves (meaning that from then on they work only for fun / pleasure ...
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Is “versatile” a good adjective for “highly transferable” and “wide applicability”?

I am trying to say that a worker has a skill set that is highly transferable, and has wide applicability. I used the adjective "versatile" to express the ideas. I wonder if that is the best choice ...
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looking for an expression meaning “depending on you”

After working as a patent agent for more than four years, I aspire to become a patent attorney. Without an educational background in law, I am not qualified to take the bar exam in China. My ...
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How can I describe being temporarily stupid?

I am looking for a word/phrase that means "being temporarily stupid/silly" and fits in these situations. Situation A Some guy solves a math problem using a very complex method, and some other ...
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How to split the bill in a formal way?

What is the polite and formal way to say if I would like to split the bill? That was a time I went to a casual business meeting and the person was kind enough to pay for my bill. And all I said is ...
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to seek an apology from someone

If we’ve offended someone and now by making an apology we need to get them to forget it and forgive us. And then be normal to us i.e. no grudge in heart for us. What sentence is the most suitable? I ...
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“What new features of C# have you used?” vs “What new features of C# have you worked with?” [closed]

Does this question sound natural: What new features of C# have you used? Or would you use another phrase, for example? What new features of C# have you worked with?
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Is there a word/phrase for the reciprocal of frame rate?

Frame rate is to frequency as ____ is to period? If a video has a frame rate of 25 fps, the video has a 40ms ____?
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Given “A implies B”, is “B implies A” “the other hand” or “the other side”?

I asked a question just now, where x = 2 → x² = 4 is true where "→" means "implies", x = 2 "implies" x² = 4, on the other hand, x² = 4 does not "imply" x = 2 in general, where the ...
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An edible considered holy

If a holy man reads some verses, blows on something that we eat or drink such as water, can we say? Water with holy words read over. OR Water with holy words recited on.
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A better you, _____? [closed]

I am coming up with a slogan. A better you, _____. a bigger world a broader world a better world a bigger stage a bigger difference A bigger playground Which of them make(s) sense to western ...
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Is “Fear” used correctly here?

In the following sentence "... I did not want to prolong his stay on the witness stand for fear there would not be any time left for them to call Darry Brewer that day." Is the phrase ...
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What do you call something that's the inverse of something?

What do you call something that's the inverse of something? I am asking, because there are many different ways something can be the inverse of something, but what if inverse meant for example "...
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Similar expressions to “jump for joy”

Is there an expression along the lines of "jumping up to the ceiling" which could be used to describe a situation when someone is so happy he's jumping very high?
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A thread of cloth is stuck to window?

I want to describe a scene where someone has jumped out of the glass window, the windows is broken and threads of his cloths are "stuck" to broken window glasses. What would be the correct verb for ...
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“Setup work environment” vs “Configure development environment”

I need to assign a first task to a new employee, a developer. They must configure the computer, install the necessary software, etc. I need to name this task somehow and put it into a report. Setup ...
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The formal way of saying “keep away from”

What's the legal term for "keep away from" / "keep a distance from"? I'm looking for a verb that means/expresses such a concept. What I really want is not the legal term but what those people says ...
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What is the term for “participant(s) registering by their own and not sent by a company”?

I'm thinking of "standalone participant" but that feels weird. "Participator" also word that comes to my mind, but I feel it's uncommon to be heard, and also does not have distinguishing marks from ...
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Does it make sense to say “with the exam passed”?

I wonder if the sentence such makes sense? "I left the school with the exam (whatever this exam may be) passed" The part I am not sure about is the phrase "with the exam passed". I would like to ...
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Alternatives to “to build on an idea”?

I'm looking for an different way to express a sentence such as: I build on the fact that human beings are equal. The synonyms I found don't correspond with the meaning of starting from a concept, ...
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Which is correct, “differently than” or “differently from”, or neither?

Which is correct, "sort compares strings differently from awk", or "sort compares strings differently than awk", or both are bad, and I should rephrase it?
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Is there a verb that means “tracks and changes”?

Is there a verb that means "tracks and changes"? I don't think there is so can you find a way to formulate the following sentence in a way that doesn't sound too weird and incomprehensible? For ...
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Which phrase would be proper to use in written American English?

I need to say that there arises a question after making some points in my essay, so which one is better? Here probably arises a pertinent question as to why he would want to be a bio-engineer now, ...
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What is the word for “event executor”?

If a company runs a service as "one who arranges, holds, and executes planned events", what's the term of it? "Events executor" seems a rather grim name, "Events arranger" seems lack of fume because ...
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Phrasal verb for carbonated drinks exploding out of the can after being shaken?

What's the phrasal verb for carbonated drinks exploding out of the can after being shaken? "Exploded out" doesn't sound right, because it doesn't sound idiomatic. I also checked pop off, but it seems ...
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Word do describe a person who only has knowledge about their own field

I'm looking for a word or phrase to describe a person who does not know much about anything but the field they are majoring or have majored on. For example, a computer scientist who does not know ...
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What do you call the act of swiping a finger on your lips and blowing it to mimic a crazy person?

What do you call the act of swiping a finger on your lips and blowing it to mimic a crazy person? I am referring to the act of blowing your finger with your lips and making the "BLBLBLBLBLBLBL" sound. ...
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“Need to” or “have”? Politeness

I want to know how to reply when I want to check it would be proper and right in a polite manner. I'd like to ask whether I understood well. For example, Do I need to hold the figure in both ...
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What to call a list of banknote + quantity

When transfering cash, especially with large sums or in cashier/accounting jobs you are often tasked with filling and/or signing a piece of paper that is essentially a list of nominal values their ...
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Doing something to take the regret away or reduce it

Is there a phrase or idiom in English to mean that you are engaging in something to make yourself not feel as bad about having done or not done something?
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Is there a word for major software developers?

Is there a word for major software developers? There are amateur developers who work alone, there are indie developers who work for small companies and then you have Adobe who is a major developer. Is ...
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What do you call the facial expression where the mouth and the eyes are wide open?

I am thinking about "in awe", but that doesn't necessarily imply that the eyes are wide open and the mouth is also wide open, so if there's no such word is there a phrase that you can use to convey ...
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What do you call a situation where you have choices but no good choice?

How do you call a situation in which you seemingly have a choice, but whatever you choose it will be to your disadvantage in one way or another?
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Formal way of saying “cutting”

Say there is a very long article, I took it, then cut/shrink/excerpt it to a much shorter version. What the proper way to express the meaning/action of cut/shrink/excerpt, but in a respectful way?
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How to say “just a precision” properly in English?

How to say "just a precision" properly in English? By "just a precision", I mean: I said statement X, but I would like to add a statement Y which refines statement X (= make it more precise). ...
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Is there a noun/phrase to call someone living far away from their hometown?

Let's say that Jacob is a student of a high school coming from a place 150 miles away. Because it's inefficient to commute between his school and his home, Jacob decided to rent an apartment near his ...
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Tit for tat, why tit and why tat

I was wondering why the term tit for tat contains the word tit as in titts, and what does tat mean anyway? Thank you.
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Is “to get a view on” idiomatic in this context?

I do this study in order to get a view on that social phenomenon. Is "to get a view on" idiomatic in this context? Or, any other suggestions?
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looking for an expression related to “hire”

I met John through his parents, who are good friends of mine. For a high school student, his passion for and grasp of econometrics were so impressive that I _____ my econometrics research project that ...
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What do you call these type of desks?

What do you call these type of desks? They are extremely long and they are fixed, I am thinking they must have a name since they're so different from regular desks. Is it the case? If not, what words ...
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Is there an idiom or a phrase that means “he's a talented writer”?

Is there an idiom or a phrase that means "he's a talented writer"? I can think of a few way of expressing it, but none of them sound particularly good or idiomatic even. Most of them sounds weird. ...
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inquiring about a subject of a sentence that you've just overheard

Imagine you have just entered a room and saw your friends talking about something. One of you friends is finishing her sentence (your friends are talking about aircraft, but you don't know that): ...