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calm before the storm in the nick of time paying the piper checkered career in the same boat sands of time chomping at the bit leaps and bounds selling like hot cakes cool as a cucumber leave no stone unturned stick out like a sore thumb cry over spilled milk lock, stock, and barrel whirlwind tour fall on deaf ears long arm of the law winds of change from time immemorial march of history writing on the wall Does this mean your writing must be boring? Academic prose doesn't have to be boring. Some of the phrases in the Nietzsche example could be used: In Friedrich Nietzsche's On the Genealogy of Morals , we see an epic battle being waged between systems of morality. Nietzsche, angered by those who follow what he labels a "Slave Morality," claims that some religions suppress human instinct. "Epic battle" is a colorful phrase that one doesn't hear every day. Good, active verbs help too--"battle. . .waged" has much more impact than would "there is a struggle that is enacted between. . . ." See the Writer's Web materials about Adding Action to Writing for more advice.
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