Questions tagged [word-request]

This tag is for questions seeking a word that fits a meaning. Please demonstrate why you expect the word to exist in English. For example you could tell us a word that means the same in another language. Please use a bilingual dictionary and include the result of your research. Please include a sample sentence demonstrating how the word would be used. If you actually seek a phrase, or don't care, see the "phrase-request" tag.

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Ask for a word describe the following part of the sentence

Consider the following text : The university is going to increase the parking permit fee in order to decrease the traffic around the campus. I agree with this plan because last week I have a Biology ...
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What do you call a desperate attempt unlikely to succeed?

What do you call a desperate attempt unlikely to succeed? For example, when other ideas have failed and you have one final go before giving up
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What word can I use in place of "facilities"?

Consider this hypothetical expression, The event was a philanthropic one, whose aim was to raise money for the under-privileged, which will be used to provide facilities for them. Facility in ...
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What verb is applicable for "prescription tablet/pills consumption"?

Consider the hypothetical expression, I fell sick, because I was slacking on my thyroid's pill consumption. "Consumption" as a noun feels very awkward to me, can somebody suggest an ...
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What word would describe 'pick me up' for coffee like beverage

Consider this expression, Most people drink coffee for taste, I on the other hand drink for feeling energized/invigorated in the morning.. What would be an idiomatic alternative for pick me up (in ...
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What alternative word/phrase can I use in place of tryst?

Consider the hypothetical phrase, Google's tryst with hardware came in the form of Google Nexus phone product line, previously it was an exclusive software company. "tryst" feels too ...
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What is opposite of "inherit" verb from the point of view of parents?

Consider the expression, I inherited mental illness from my parents. Inheritance means picking up something from parents. What is the opposite of inheritance, with regards to parents. i.e. when ...
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what verb/adjective would describe clickbait headline

Clickbaits headline are a norm these days. If I have to describe the meaning of clickbait, what verb/adjective should I use? The headline was seductive. The headline was tempting. The headline was ...
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Is it correct to say "He is lying passing out on the floor"?

We can have some adjectives standing after "lie". For example, "he is lying awake on the bed" and "the dog is lying dead on the floor" Now, "to pass out" means &...
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What is the opposite of "to bring down the temperature"?

to bring down: To reduce the amount or level of something: I opened the window to bring down the temperature in my room. Can you bring the volume of the stereo down a bit? I know that "to ...
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What is the idiomatic word for processed foods?

Ramen instant noodles are a famous dish among college kids, as they are cheap and easy(and fast) to make. However, people say that they are unhealthy, and might cause illnesses in the long run, if ...
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Single word that means shun commerce or monetary trade

I am looking for a single word that means to shun doing things for commercial purposes, or to shun trading for money. It can either be the act of so shunning or an instruction to so shun. In context: ...
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Term used to prove someone ungrateful

What is the term used in English when you want to insult or humiliate someone reminding them of the previous favour in an attempt to prove them ungrateful?
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What do call criminals who don't go to jail

In countries that are banana republics, some bad actors commit crimes and get away with it. It's common knowledge; to the media,cops; that they are criminals and no legal action is taken against them....
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Casual alternative words for habitat in the context of zoo?

Consider this hypothetical expression, The staff of a zoo tries to provide animals, a habitat very close to their natural environment. The world habitat sounds too science text-book like or too ...
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What word alternative to 'weapon' could I use here?

Here is my context, BECU is a non profit organisation, set up to protect the interests of their customers. But news media is using it as their weapon to score political point. Weapon is a violent ...
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Idiomatic expression alternative 'to end of the queue'?

Let's say I am at a pub with a few of my friends, and we are sitting at the bar. We are all sitting on adjacent seats. So, two of us would be sitting on at the either ends of the (queue?). NP3, NP4, ...
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Alternative industry lingo expression for "close the deal"?

Famous Alec Baldwin movie had the quote Coffee is for closers Here closer refers to closing the (sales)deal. What other "sales" industry phrase can I use, instead of this. I can think of a ...
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Word for this military training excercise structure?

I was watching a movie a few days ago, the movie was a military themed movie. There was a scene in the movie, where a group of recruits were doing training excercise. The training framework/panel/...
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What adjective describes "an offer which other party can't refuse"?

Godfather movie has a famous dialogue- Make me an offer, I can't refuse. I am reading a book of economics, and often there is mention of exchange and barter. A trade goes through, when buyer makes ...
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How to describe a super complicated romance relationship? [closed]

In a group of 4 or more people, A loves B while B loves C, maybe C loves both A and D, and things like that. The idea is that their romance relationship is complicated. In some anime websites, it is ...
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Alternative to the word "notice board/collage" in this context?

I visited a local restaurant recently. They had a board on the wall, which had a collection newspaper articles(about local sport teams) pinned to it. In my native country, we have the word notice ...
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What word would you use to describe a local McDonalds?

McDonald's is a global chain, which has thousands of restaurants worldwide. However, let's say, I am visiting a local McDonald's at 28th and Main (hypothetical). I can just say, I am going to ...
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Alternative word for exploitation?

I am a reading a book of economics, I came across this phrase(Paraphrasing) Due to the improvement in infrastructure in the city, the market is ripe with opportunities, which can be exploited by out ...
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an adjective for someone who is good at framing things

Is there an adjective in English for a person who is very skillful in presenting a situation in words in such way that it is almost not what the real situation is, yet not lying? For example, "...
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Is there any sound that expresses anger?

For example the word used for calling for silence in English is "shh", and "ahh" for surprise, is there any sound for anger?
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Expressing that it's not possible to achieve something in a concise word or phrase

Wild-goose chase is a phrase used to mean that you are searching for something that doesn't exist. Is there any similar phrase or word to express the following: You are not going to meet the deadline. ...
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What do you call a set of wooden tubes hanging from a ceiling?

What do you call this? I have no words to describe it. But what you need to know is these tubes are hollow, and when struck by the "clapper", for a lack of a better word, they make gentle ...
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What does a native speaker say when his pain reduces after taking medicine?

What does a native speaker say when his pain reduces gradually after taking medicine? Is it, "My pain is easing", or something else?
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What is the exact word for vintage fashion which is returning in present time?

My native language is not English. I want to know the word about fashion (past) which is returned in present. Remake is not the right word but I think something like this.
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What is the opposite of "slowpoke"?

"Slowpoke" is informal and a rather disapproving term. Do we have a noun that is the antonym of "Slowpoke" and is informal and a rather disapproving term? The internet suggests &...
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What is the opposite expression of "She is my boss" or what is the general term for someone who is a subordinate?

"My boss" is a general term for the person who is in charge of me. I am looking for a general term for the person who I am in charge of. For example, "he is my subordinate/employee"...
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What do you call this two-wheeled vehicle?

Somebody call it a "caboose". But I looked it up in the dictionary in which it states: the part at the back of a train where the person who is in charge of the train rides It's seems not a ...
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What do Americans call this device that provides power to multiple devices plugged into it?

In the past I met the word power outlet, and from the context, I suspect it's the thing in the following image. But recently my roommate tells me it's a "power strip". I want to know what ...
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Is there a single verb for what you do in the gym?

In my native language, we have a single verb for what you do in the gym – "gymma" – so I was thinking perhaps one could say "to gym" in English, but after having checked "gym&...
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What is an Egyptian mummy wrapped in?

Is there a more technical word than just bandage or linen bandage? Or an (Ancient) Egyptian loanword?
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Just checking you or just testing you

Sometimes when people point me on my mistakes in grammar or speech I say as a joke: "I was just checking you! :)" meaning that it was a trap, to see if people notice the mistake. However, ...
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Do we say "push at/on something" to mean "to take hold of something and push it several times"?

According to the dictionary, pull at/on something: to take hold of something and pull it several times Mary was pulling nervously at her hair. For example, a fisherman pulled at/on his fishing rod. ...
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Can we say "Peppa is teasing George" when Peppa is doing some cheeky actions to Geroge for fun, but not making jokes about George?

I have watched this cartoon I think that is a British cartoon for children. In this cartoon, George is a little brother and Peppa is a bigger one. Now, George was playing with a ball when Peppa came ...
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How do you describe steak that is difficult to chew?

You order a steak, the meat is hard and full of nerves. How do you say that in English? I mean, do you have words to describe non tasteful meat?
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Korean food as countable or not countable

"food" is sometimes countable and sometimes not. so, I don't know whether I can say like these: A:Where can I buy Korean food? B1:You can find it on the second floor. B2:You can find some ...
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Is it ok to say "My wife/husband looks like she/he is in a funeral" to express a person who is unhappy about their marriage?

A couple is not getting on well with each other over several issues. For example, the wife feels sad/unhappy because of financial troubles. The husband feels sad/unhappy because the house is neglected ...
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Term for abrupt termination of sedation

I'm looking for a word or slang regarding the abrupt awakening from a narcotic's sedation. To be precise, there is a state in which a drug addict abruptly wakes up from the pleasant trance he is ...
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An equivalent verb/idiom for "taping pieces together with saliva"

Is there a verb in English for "connecting heterogeneous pieces together in a fast and careless way to build something" to be used against "careful and systematic construction and ...
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Does "he yelled at me for help" mean he is in trouble or he is angry?

​yell: to shout loudly, for example because you are angry, excited, frightened or in pain yell (at somebody/something) He yelled at the other driver. yell at somebody to do something She yelled at the ...
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What would you call it if you want to convert the simple binding of a book to the form shown in the picture?

What would you call it if you want to convert the simple binding of a book to the form is shown in the picture? What is verb of doing this? And what is the name of these rings?
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What's the word for a piece of catchy melody in a music?

In a song or music, there may be a piece of catchy melody that once you hear, you immediately recognise which song it is from. Here is a situation where you might want one: in a game where a cut of a ...
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Do we say "someone rang the doorbell" for the machine that monitors people entering a building?

I live in an apartment of a building and when my friend visits me, they can not get into the building unless they press my apartment number on a system placed in the front of the building. There is ...
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A Word for someone who has a high tolerance for doing menial, monotonous tasks? [closed]

A Word for someone who has a high tolerance or skill in doing menial, monotonous, or repetitive, low education requiring tasks?
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Music went off - word choice

If a speaker stops working all of a sudden, is it correct to say: "the music went off"? If not, what word would you use instead? While we were performing, the music went off.
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