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How to express when a child takes too many mouthfuls at once?

People should not take too many mouthfuls at once and should chew thoroughly each of the mouthfuls one at a time. It may be harmful to your guts if you don't do that. My child don't often do that. ...
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Do we say “put your hair roller on your hair / head / bangs”?

Look at this picture Do we say "put your hair roller on your hair / head / bangs"? But I didn't feel that a hair roller can be used in the same way as a hat or a hairband. We can say "put your ...
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What is the idiomatic way to express “we have no power to run this machine”?

power 7 [noncount] a : energy that can be collected and used to operate machines electrical/nuclear/solar/wind/battery power The car's engine yields more power while using less fuel. ...
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How to idiomatically express “to make the ballpoint tip of a pen stick in” in simple terms to a child?

Have a look at the picture My child sometimes plays with pens, which could be dangerous because the ballpoint tip of the pen may poke him in the eyes. How to idiomatically express "to press the end ...
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How to express “In-toeing & Out-toeing” in simple terms to a child?

When feet turn inward — a tendency referred to as walking "pigeon-toed" — doctors call it in-toeing. When feet point outward, it's called out-toeing. (from kidshealth.org) How to express "In-toeing &...
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How would you describe thinking in the dark?

It happens usually in the bed, when all the light is out. This would reduce all stimuli significantly, so you can analyze/use your imagination best. I take a look a some synonyms for "think" but don't ...
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How to express to turn a thing back to its normal / correct position when currently it is “inside-out” or “back to front”?

right side up ​(North American English) with the top part turned to the top; in the correct, normal position I dropped my toast, but luckily it fell right side up. upside down: ​in or into a ...
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What is the verb to express “a person walks like a drunk after he spins around and around”?

Ok, After my child spins around and around, he often feels dizzy & walks like a drunk and almost falls. What is the verb to express "a person walks like a drunk after he spins around and around"? ...
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Meaning of the verb “swing”, Can we swing while our feet are in contact with a surface?

swing 1 MOVE FROM A FIXED POINT [intransitive, transitive] to make regular movements forwards and backwards or from one side to another while hanging from a particular point, or to make something ...
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Is it idiomatic to say “you're eating like you're starving”?

be starving (also be starved American English) to be very hungry You must be starving! When a person eat quickly and take large mouthfuls of food because he is starving. What is the idiomatic ...
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Expressing weakness of alleged reasons for something

Let's take the sentence Sentence. Jim was detained on a slim ground that he was seen with Bob two days ago. The idea is to say that the justification for Jim's detention is weak, and I wanted to ...
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The position of an object

When we wear something with the part that is usually inside facing out, we say: inside out You've got your sweater on inside out. When something faces to the ground we say: upside down. What do ...
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is it ok to say “if you bend / duck your head all the way down onto the floor right after meal like that, you may throw up”?

​duck [intransitive, transitive] to move your head or body downwards to avoid being hit or seen He had to duck as he came through the door. duck (down) (behind/under something) We ducked ...
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What is the opposite of “in the dark”?

the dark [singular] the lack of light in a place, especially because it is night Are the children afraid of the dark? in the dark All the lights went out and we were left in the dark. ...
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Do we say “you need good manual dexterity” or “you need to be skillful”?

​dexterity (uncount): skill in using your hands or your mind You need good manual dexterity to be a dentist. mental/verbal dexterity skillful (adj): ​(of a person) good at doing something,...
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What is it called? a socket? an extension cord? or both?

socket: 1 a place in a wall where you can connect electrical equipment to the supply of electricity SYN power point British English, outlet American English exˈtension ˌlead British English, ...
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is it idiomatic to say “She is going to the deathday party”?

deathday (noun): the day of a person's death or its anniversary In some Asian countries, every year a family often holds a party for its members and guests to celebrate / memorize the deathday of one ...
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Do we say “to strap the hat behind the neck” or “to put the strap of the hat around the neck and fasten it”?

strap somebody/something + adv./prep. to fasten somebody/something in place using a strap or straps He strapped the knife to his leg. Everything had to be strapped down to stop it from ...
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do we say “a box of dental floss”?

do we call it "a box of dental floss"? It could be a round container of dental floss or a square container of dental floss or it may come in different shapes
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Is “screw your eyes/face <->up” used with negative or positive expression? or is it just a “literal expression” without any “figurative implication”?

screw your eyes/face <->up: ​to pull the muscles of your eyes or face tight because the light is too strong, you are in pain, etc. He took a sip of the medicine and screwed up his face. ...
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Would you say “to face the screen of the smartphone downwards” or “ to turn the smartphone upside down”?

right side up ​(North American English) with the top part turned to the top; in the correct, normal position I dropped my toast, but luckily it fell right side up. upside down: ​in or into a ...
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How to use “right side up”, “upside down”, “sideways” correctly?

right side up ​(North American English) with the top part turned to the top; in the correct, normal position I dropped my toast, but luckily it fell right side up. upside down: ​in or into a ...
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What is this action called: a kid protrudes his lips and makes a sound like a mouse?

squeak /skwiːk/ [intransitive] to make a short high sound that is not very loud My new shoes squeak. The mouse ran away, squeaking with fear. One wheel makes a horrible squeaking noise. ...
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What is it called in everyday general English: a panel with prayers on it?

Look at the picture This is a typical holy table in some Asian countries, there is a panel (which is normally made of wood) with prayers on it which is put between the Earth God & the Fortune God....
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How to express this “you are walking on a road and there is a hole in front of you, you accidentally drop 1 of your legs into it”?

You are walking on a road and there is a hole in front of you, you accidentally drop 1 of your legs into it. How would you express it?
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Is it idiomatic to say “don't crumple the mat”?

crumple[transitive, intransitive] crumple (something) (up) (into something) to press or crush something into folds; to become pressed, etc. into folds She crumpled the letter up into a ball ...
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What is it called: a box of 24 beer cans or a package of 24 beer cans?

Look at this picture There is a box and there are 24 cans of beer in the box. What is it called: a box / package of 24 beer cans or a box / a package of 24 cans of beer?
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what are the parts that grow out of the top & bottom of a fruit: a stem or stalk and stigma called idiomatically?

any fruit such as an apple, a papaya, a tomato, etc has the parts that grow out of its top & bottom. What are they called idiomatically in general? According to my study, the top could be ...
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What is the common way to express “to put / plug / install the batteries into the toy car”?

install something to fix equipment or furniture into position so that it can be used They're planning to install a new drainage system. Make sure the equipment is properly installed. ...
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How to express this action: “I am hungry and dredge / scoop the little left-over food in the pot as much as possible”?

This is the context, you are so hungry & you found a pot with very little food sticking on the bottom of the pot. You then scoop the little left-over food in the pot as much as possible to eat. ...
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What is the opposite of “spread something (out): to move your arms, legs, fingers, etc. far apart from each other”?

spread: ​[transitive] spread something (out) to move your arms, legs, fingers, etc. far apart from each other She spread her arms and the child ran towards her. Ok, my toddler often spreads ...
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Do we say “you need to strap or fasten the canopy after folding the umbrella so that it won't unfold”?

strap somebody/something + adv./prep. to fasten somebody/something in place using a strap or straps He strapped the knife to his leg. Everything had to be strapped down to stop it from ...
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How to express this action: Do not put the cake vertically to eat, put it horizontally?

My toddler often puts the cake vertically to eat, as shown in the below picture It is hard for him to eat if he does like that, I want him to put the cake horizontally to eat like the below picture ...
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What to call “a liquid that you can use to wash your hand without water and to prevent germs” in general?

Look at this picture They are tubes of liquid that you can wash your hands without water. How could you wash your hands when you were in a place that has no bathroom or no water? People have ...
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What is the hat of a construction worker called in general?

helmet: a type of hard hat that protects the head, worn, for example, by a police officer, a soldier or a person riding a bike or motorbike or playing some sports Police in riot helmets lined ...
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How to express “to hit someone or something with a string- or wire-form object such as a belt, rope, whip, cable, etc”?

whip: 1 [transitive] to hit someone or something with a whip He whipped the horse into a canter. Now, I will change the above definition a little bit to "to hit someone or something with a ...
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How to say I've succeeded against all the odds of someone

Usually a successful person thanks to his wife or parents for his success during a public speaking. On the other hand, what if someone becomes successful while his spouse/parents always discouraged ...
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What is it called: a card necklace?

Look at the picture This is a string that is knotted a card at 1 end. The card could be a swiping card or ID card (like some reporters often wear around the neck when they are on duty, they will be ...
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How to express this action in English “He waved his soaked hands at my face for fun”: He flicked the water from his soaked hands onto my face?

wave [intransitive, transitive] to move your hand or arm from side to side in the air in order to attract attention, say hello, etc. The people on the bus waved and we waved back. wave at/to ...
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what is a general common term for swollen pots on your skin (like a mosquito bite, for example)?

spot [usually plural] a small mark or lump on a person’s skin, sometimes with a yellow head to it The baby's whole body was covered in small red spots. He had a large spot on his nose. ...
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does it sound like a native when we say “Do not leave / put your scooter untidily in the middle of the living room like that”?

does it sound like a native when we say "Do not leave / put your scooter untidily in the middle of the living room like that, please put it in the corner of the room"? I am not a native, so sometimes ...
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Is it called a threshold or sill or door frame?

Look at the picture What to call the bar at the bottom of the door as shoed in the picture? threshold (n): the floor or ground at the bottom of a doorway, considered as the entrance to a building ...
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What do you call the “leg section” equivalent to “sleeve”?

sleeve: a part of a piece of clothing that covers all or part of your arm a dress with short/long sleeves Dan rolled up his sleeves and washed his hands. Source: Oxford Learner's ...
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How to distinguish grandma of your dad side & grandma of your mom side?

grand‧moth‧er /ˈɡrænˌmʌðə $ -ər/ (grandma) ●●● S2 W2 noun [countable] the mother of your mother or father Some other languages use different terms for grandma of your dad side & grandma of ...
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What is the pen that looks similar to a highlighter but is used to clear the writing errors?

This is a highlighter pen highlighter pen: a special pen used for marking words in a text in bright colours Now, there is a pen that looks similar to a highlighter but is used to clear the ...
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What do we call Things/Objects we put together to draw?

I mean like in one word, What do we call the forms/formation/pattern of (vases, books, fruits, gypsum geometrical shapes, glass, ..etc) that we put together following a particular artistic way to draw ...
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do we say “he is checking in to the building” to express someone is wiping his magnetic card on the security system to get in?

check in [phrasal verb] 1 : to report to someone when you arrive at a place (such as an airport or convention) to let them know you are there Passengers must check in one hour before the ...
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is it idiomatic to say “to walk / run / climb up straight, don’t slouch” like when we say “Sit up straight, don’t slouch.”?

straight (adv): 2 POSITION in a level or correct position Sit up straight, don’t slouch. People often say "Sit up straight, don’t slouch" or "Stand up straight, don’t slouch". My question is, ...
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Do we say “lift your left leg off the floor” when you just actually fold the shin and make it parallel to the ground?

Ok, look at the picture, there are 2 movements The first movement, the person seems to lift his leg off the floor, the knee goes forward and the thigh & the shin form a triangle. The second ...
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What is it called: anti-insect sliding door & anti-insect sliding window?

Look at the picture below, Normally, people have normal sliding doors made of glass or wood or whatever. And to prevent insects from flying into the house, people often add another layers of of net-...

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