Puzzles/Witticisms

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Problem

Given a short J phrase, provide the equivalent common English idiom (or vice-versa).

Constraints

  • J phrases must be syntactically valid. That is, they do not produce an error when typed into the most recent J interpreter.
  • English idioms must be common, real, and not "close hits". American idioms are preferred to UKisms.
  • If you see a J phrase translated to an English idiom, and you feel the J phrase was not the best expression of the idiom, submit the better one.

Notes

Feel free to submit your own J phrase puzzles. Or even English idioms for a reverse search.

No. Puzzle Translation Puzzle

Author

Solution

Author

Notes
0 " *. (1!:) "rank and file" -- Dan Bron <<DateTime(2006-05-19T18:09:27Z)>> -- Roger Hui <<DateTime(2006-05-19T19:40:45Z)>>
1 > a: "within an ace" -- Dan Bron <<DateTime(2006-05-19T18:09:27Z)>> -- Dan Bron <<DateTime(2007-03-21T21:47:50Z)>> because no one found the solution
2 ,~ 1 "beside oneself" -- Dan Bron <<DateTime(2006-05-19T18:09:27Z)>> -- Dan Bron <<DateTime(2007-03-21T21:47:50Z)>> because no one found the solution
3 {. +: {: "head nor tail" -- Dan Bron <<DateTime(2006-05-19T18:09:27Z)>> -- Raul Miller <<DateTime(2006-05-19T16:29:02Z)>>
4 "level with me" L: ] -- Dan Bron <<DateTime(2006-05-19T18:09:27Z)>> -- Dan Bron <<DateTime(2007-03-21T21:47:50Z)>> because no one found the solution
5 ". :: (2!:55) "do or die" -- Dan Bron <<DateTime(2006-05-24T09:51:14Z)>> Brian Schott
6 1 {.^:_ it "take it to the limit" -- Roger Hui <<DateTime(2009-09-26T10:33:31-0800)>> -- Dan Bron <<DateTime(2009-09-28T15:08:09-0300)>>
7 ?~2e9 "big deal" -- Roger Hui <<DateTime(2009-09-26T10:36:25-0800)>> -- Dan Bron <<DateTime(2009-09-28T15:07:09-0300)>> The monadic version ?2e9 could be described as "high roller".
8 1 2 1 ([: |. _4 1 +/ .* [ *//. ^~) ] "reverse discrimination" -- Roger Hui <<DateTime(2009-09-26T10:54:43-0800)>> -- Dan Bron <<DateTime(2009-09-28T15:15:53-0300)>> The verb 1 2 1 (_4 1 +/ .* [ *//. ^~) ] calculates the WikiPedia:discriminant  b^2 - 4ac , and of course |. reverses it.