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Looking for a phrase meaning “making unnecessary distinctions”

I’m looking for a phrase I once read from a philosophical composition, which roughly means “drawing a line between things that shouldn’t be distinguished from each other.” What I can vaguely recall is ...
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The colloquial expression of future prediction using tree falling analogy

I once heard a vivid expression which expresses that you can't precisely predict the future, which goes something like this: you can't anticipate each branch you will hit when falling off a tree ...
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Is there a phrase that means “open like a swing door”?

Is there a phrase that means "open like a swing door"? By "open like a swing door" I mean both door panes open up without sliding open and remains open like we see in the picture. I am not sure if ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Using “a far cry from” not for achievements

Is "a far cry from" used for describing situations, in which someone is trying to achieve some result? This phrase looks fine to me (though I am not sure): He was a far cry from being a school ...
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Is “call in a taxi” correct?

Is "call in a taxi" correct? I thought "call in a taxi" was correct, because you would say "call in a supply package", but after looking up Google, I barely get any results telling me that it's not ...
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using “all the” and “the whole” with non-countable nouns

This comes as kind of tricky for me. Looking up the definitions in dictionaries seems to clarify things a lot. But when you run into a practical situation, you still get confused. I don't have much ...
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“set to” vs “set with”

Could you please tell me what is the correct and idiomatic phrase to say: Set a/the variable to 10 Set a/the variable with 10 I suppose that the second phrase is incorrect. This is for ...
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Is there a verb that means “make a complete 360”?

Is there a verb that means "make a complete 360"? Turn around means make a 180, but I don't know any verb that means "make a complete 360". What's the best word or phrase to say that idiomatically? ...
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“an off track door”

To describe a sliding door or bifold door coming off its track, I would say The door has come off the track. But it seems increasingly popular to omit the definite article and just say The door ...
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Is there a better way to say “I don't know everything he's thinking right now”?

I *, but if I were to guess I would say "he's doing this because he's hungry." Is there a better way to say "I don't know everything he's thinking right now"? I was thinking of writing the sentence ...
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How to refer to a foreign-language student's ability to use his/her good listening comprehension in conversations?

What's the idiomatic way of describing a foreign-language student's ability not only to understand things, but also to use that knowledge and understanding in conversations? For example, Her ...
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keep title short

Suggestion to use contracted terms in titles (of a book or something) to make them shorter (not too long): Prefer contracted terms to keep titles short. Does the selected phrase sound natural?
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The meaning of “to be a matter of”?

Happiness is a matter of health in body and soul. The sentence is meant to say that "happiness is defined by health in body and soul". Does "is a matter of" mean that? Is it idiomatic to use it in ...
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Is “for a soon-clear reason” a correct phrasing?

I a part of my paper I am going to call this thing I am talking about "XYZ". The reason why I call it XYZ would be clear very soon in the paper. So can I say the following? For a soon-clear reason, ...
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A phrase meaning “as frequently/often happens”?

I am looking for a phrase meaning "as frequently/often happens"? ---- , she believed it when she heard such sort of rumor.
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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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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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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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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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How to say this in American English?

Say, someone gives you wrong or bad advice and you tell him jokingly that he should not be giving advice. How do you reply in this case? I want to say something like this: "Giving advice is not ...
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“It can be seen as”

I would like to have a synonym of (It can be seen as). I understand the meaning of this sentence but would like to use a synonym without changing the meaning. Example This estimation equation can ...
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Is using ‘a' here is correct?

I would like to write a sentence where I need to use ‘a' two times. I would like to know if my sentence is correct or not. In addition, based on a comment by @J.R., how could I use and/or with a past ...
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What is it called when someone acts one way then acts another way in front of someone else and gets you in trouble?

My sister has made me mad so many times by not saying or doing something alone with me but then goes and says it to me in front of my parents, and I have been getting in trouble for it.
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Resume - Adding a line which shows “have access to so-and-so individual”

I am trying to include a bullet point on my resume which says the following: I can reach out directly to the senior GM if required. or ... have a sort of direct access to higher management ...
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“Get to know” usage

Can I use this phrase for complete strangers? For example, my friend and I are sitting at the table in a coffee shop. There is a girl sitting at another table. I want to come to her, introduce myself ...
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A phrase to validate one's awareness (or knowledge) about some event

I am looking for a phrase to validate other person's awareness about something in a formal and polite way, like: "Your alarm went off and disarmed right after. Are you aware of this?" Or: "...
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Apologizing informally

Is it appropriate to say 'Sorry for making this hard for you'? Some context: We tried to set up a time to meet but we have conflicting schedules so we decided to meet later at night.
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“newly-springing-up technologies”, is this phrase formed in the right manner?

I am writing a sentence like this: Music at the turn of the twentieth century was trying to abandon the traditional rules and restrictions and to embrace the newly-springing-up technologies, but ...
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“got me feeling” or “gives me” , which one seems grammatically correct?

when a picture gives you 2016 vibes, how do you say it in a sentence? Is it accurate to say “This picture got me feeling 2016 vibes” , or any other way to say this sentence?
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A subject is taught by a specific teacher

I want to say that Phonetics which is taught by Ms. Rose is my favourite subject ( I mean that I am not interested in this subject if it is taught by anyone else). Can I say that Phonetics by Ms. ...
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Phrase request: Scale units

Can you help me to think of another ways to say: "The gauge has a scale with units at a distance of every 10 cm."? Are the following sentences correct: "The gauge scale is divided by 10 cm ...
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Formal way to phrase “as my background tells”

I am currently writing a cover letter and I wanted to say "As my (work and education) background tells, I am tech savvy." However, I feel like the phrase "As my background tells" is a bit awkward and ...
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What is the word to be used to refer a person, who defends his actions is correct?

The situation is this "In an email, I wrote about the person due to his incorrect information, he wasted my time. for which he replied that his information was correct with some supporting reasons (...
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What`s meaning behind this phrase - square quality certification?

Is there anybody who can provide a clear-cut explanation for the above-mentioned phrase ? Your help would be highly appreciated.
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How can I express that the number of classes and screens in the application must be equal?

An Android application consists of one or more than one screen. The android developers define a special structure for each screen in an application. These structures are called "class". How can I ...
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How to express mandatory internship to enroll to Psychologists Association

I have to say that I am doing an internship that is mandatory in order to be a certified psychologist, that means being a member of the Psychologists Association. Therefore what is the best way to ...
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What's the term for the investment/yield ratio?

One online-dictionary says it is input-output ratio But to me, that doesn't convey the idea of investment & yield at all. BTW, the corresponding Chinese is "投入产出比", just for people to ...
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Socially adept person

Can you please help me paraphrase the sentence: It made it very hard for me to become socially adept so that the meaning of "socially adept" is expressed in a single noun phrase or a noun? As in: ...
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Is there another expression for 'adding to the beauty of'?

Is there a one or two word expression for 'adding to the beauty of' as in placing something in a home?
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Word or phrase for the period between starting to learn something and being very fluent at it?

When I start to learn something, it often tends to be very confusing and tough. As I learn more, it becomes less complex and I start finding it to be easy. Is there a phrase, or a word, to define ...
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What to say when somebody isn't interested in our product?

Let's say you have a new product and want to send a free sample to a few influencers. How to respond (in a kind way) when somebody rejected you, especially when that person gave the reason why? I'd ...