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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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What do you call a man who has a sexual relationship with a married woman?

A woman who has a sexual relationship with a married man is called a mistress, right? But what do you call a man who has a sexual relationship with a married woman? I would like to know formal and ...
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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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Diplomacy: The patriotic art of lying for one's country

This is a quote from Ambrose Bierce: Diplomacy: The patriotic art of lying for one's country. I was wondering is it okay to replace one's with the or a. All three are determiners. Does the ...
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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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What to say to comfort someone if he thinks he had made something bad?

Say, someone unintentionally has broken something owned by someone else. But this something was not important to the owner. In German, to comfort the person, the owner would say: Das ist nicht ...
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What is the opposite expression of “a broken spoon”: “a normal spoon” or “a good spoon”?

Ok, say, you child is hold a broken spoon like in this picture Then you say "Sweetie, throw this broken spoon away, I will give you the good one / normal one" What is the opposite expression of "a ...
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the opposite of “sub-system”

It is very clear for me what "system" and "sub-system" mean. However, I have a context where, ideally, I use the opposite of "sub-system", and I cannot make up my mind which is better: super-system ...
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Correct word choice for “ups and downs” in a road

Would using "peaks and valleys" be more correct or is there an appropriate word/term?
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How do we express that you are riding a motorbike / a bike / a horse with your friend sitting behind you on it?

Look at the verb "ride" in the dictionary [transitive, intransitive] to sit on and control a bicycle, motorcycle, etc. ride something + adv./prep. The boys were riding their bikes around ...
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Do we say “the rope, the hair or the rubber band are broken or cut or split”?

This is a rubber band And this is a rubber band that was cut Also, look at the picture Do we say "The rubber band / rope is broken or cut or split"? or do we have other specific terms to express ...
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How to say when you want to delay a state: to suppress my pee / poo / cough / laugh / smile / anger / giggle / pain / excitement / etc?

How to say when you want to delay a state? hold somebody/something ↔ up to delay someone or something Sorry I’m late – I was held up at work. suppress something to prevent yourself from ...
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A boy ran into a chair & made the chair fall off, can we say “you fell the chair”?

fall [intransitive] to suddenly stop standing She slipped on the ice and fell. A tree fell, just missing his car. fall + adv./prep. I fell over and cut my knee. The house looked as ...
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What is the opposite action of “You fought with your sister over the toy”: “you sacrificed the toy for your sister.”?

fight [intransitive, transitive] to struggle physically with somebody My little brothers are always fighting. He taught me how to fight with a sword. fight with somebody Riot police ...
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What is the opposite movement of “go into the shade of the wall”: “go into the sunny area”?

shade: [uncountable] an area that is dark and cool under or behind something, for example a tree or building, because the sun’s light does not get to it shade of something The shade of the ...
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Do we say “the monk has no hair” or “he is hairless” or “he is bald” or “he has a shaved head”

bald adjective: having little or no hair on the head He started going bald in his twenties. young men who go prematurely bald hairless adjective: without hair You are walking with your ...
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Driving around in the streets with your friends [closed]

Do we have a word in English for just driving around in the city for fun with friends? I mean hanging out in car with friends.
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What should I say “Do not step on your spit!”?

spit: [uncountable] the liquid that is produced in your mouth SYNONYM saliva Ok, my little child has just been fed some food. Now, he spat some out onto the floor. I don't want him to step on the ...
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What are these called: to purse your lips?

purse your lips: to form your lips into a small tight round shape, for example to show that you do not approve of something Look at these 3 pictures: Are they all "purse your lips"?
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What are they called: the kick stands and the defensive spike of a scooter / motorbike?

A scooter / a motorbike often has 2 supporting structures to help itself to stand alone. 1- The 1st supporting structure could be a V or U shape steel one that helps the scooter / motorbike stand up ...
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is it called a knot?

knot: a join made by tying together two pieces or ends of string, rope, etc. to tie a knot Tie the two ropes together with a knot. Tie a knot in the rope. (figurative) hair full of ...
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Word for something which isn’t spreading and under control

What could be the words for a scale/mark on a certain part of the skin which is small and not spreading(on any other part of the body) like the word ‘limited’? Example: “Your psoriasis mark, it’s ‘...
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What should an English writer from a non-English speaking country be called?

What should an English writer from another country be called? For instance, a Spanish person migrates to England and starts writing novels in English. Should we call him "a Spanish-English novel ...
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A slang term for stealing forcibly

In Russian, there's this slang word which means "to steal something from someone by force" like a business or a cell-phone. "Отжать бизнес" or "Отжать мобилу". The verb is "wring out" - i. e. "to ...
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The best English term for a made up, catchy code-name

What is the best English term for a made up, catchy code-name (typically, created spontaneously during a brainstorm meeting) for some new concept or prototype?
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How to Talk About Making Pancakes

I've found the following definitions and I'm wondering how they're used with pancakes and other objects. flip 2 : to cause (something) to turn or turn over quickly [+ object] She was sitting in the ...
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Is there a word or phrase for a time period in which you find yourself unable to make any progress?

I am sure this has happened to most people. For example, you start learning playing tennis, and for the first few month you progress steadily. However, after a certain period of time, you are in a ...
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Terms related to eye vision

What is the particular word we use when we talk about focusing to read a word using our eyes with more stress? What I want to ask is that there is a piece of writing that is blurred or the light is ...
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How do we express this position: to lie across the rail bars?

Look at the picture Do we say "they are lying across the rail bars"? Also, see this picture Do we say "the cat is lying across the bar"? Or what are the idiomatic way of saying that?
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Is it idiomatic to say “push something halfway / completely into something”?

Look at this picture When I tell my toddler put the straw into the milk box, she often push it completely into the box. And as a result, the straw got lost inside the box. What should we express in ...
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What is the English word for Indonesian word “gemas”?

In the Indonesian language, there's a word called "gemas", which roughly means either: The feeling when you see something so frustrating you that you want to "choke" it so badly. The feeling when you ...
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how to express when a person put an object (a table, a chair, a bar of wood) down heavily and noisily on the ground?

Ok, in the dictionary stamp [transitive, intransitive] stamp (something) to put your foot down heavily and noisily on the ground I tried stamping my feet to keep warm. Sam stamped his ...
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how to express this position in English: “to put your feet up”?

Look at these pictures and People often put one of their lower legs and rest it on the thigh of the other leg. Sometimes, that action is just his habit, but it could be that he want to relax when ...
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How to express idiomatically in this situation: please slide in the middle of the slide or stay away from the edge?

Look at this picture The kid seems to slide on the edge of the slide, which is dangerous as she may fall off. I want her to slide in the middle of the slide. What should I say "please slide in the ...
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What is “the flesh under the cheeks & chin, before the neck” called?

Look at these picture: What is "the flesh under the chicks & chin & before the neck" called? Is it still called "the under chin or under jaw"? For example, The man is thin not fat & I ...
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Do we say “to sing the toddler to pee / poo” or do we have similar common terms in English?

This is common in Asia, but I am not sure if it is in Western country. That is some parents in Asia don't want to put diapers on their toddlers. Instead, they often find a suitable time to take their ...
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Is there a word for “songs whose lyrics don't match their tune”?

Songs in mind may have sad lyrics but uplifting tunes or vice versa. Examples I can find include: Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People; Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind Is there a short/...
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Do we say “Glass Crumb” just as we often say “Food Crumb”? If not, what is the word to say?

crumb (n): a very small piece of food, especially of bread or cake, that has fallen off a larger piece She stood up and brushed the crumbs from her sweater. ok, now I want to change the ...
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Do we call it “roller skate” or “roller shoe” or “skate shoe” or “skating shoe” or “roller skate”?

In the dictionary roller skate [count] : a shoe that has wheels on the bottom and that you wear in order to skate on a flat surface — usually plural a pair of roller skates skate shoe ...
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What are common adjectives to express a person who is difficult, unfriendly, likes to argue, do not cooperate? harsh or sharp-tongued or shrewish?

Some people are very difficult, unfriendly, likes to argue, disagree, do not cooperate, often talk with loud voice. What are common adjectives to express these kinds of people? harsh or sharp-...
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About Door Anatomy. Is it called a door frame or a casing?

casing 2 : a frame around a door or window door a : a movable piece of wood, glass, or metal that swings or slides open and shut so that people can enter or leave a room, building, ...
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What is this action called? He is teasing me?

tease [intransitive, transitive] tease (somebody) | tease (somebody) + speech to laugh at somebody and make jokes about them, either in a friendly way or in order to annoy or embarrass them Don'...
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What is it called? a teapot or water container?

This a teapot a teapot: a container with a spout, a handle and a lid, used for making and serving tea She refilled the teapot with boiling water. see the picture below And, you often see ...
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is it wrong to say “to clean your pee” when you want to mean “to remove it”?

clean [transitive, intransitive] clean (something) to make something free from dirt or dust by washing or rubbing it to clean the windows/bath/floor to clean a wound Have you cleaned ...
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What is it called “a 3-wheel-truck”?

ok, people say A three-wheeler is a vehicle with three wheels. A three-wheeler could be -A Motorized tricycle, motor trike, or three-wheeled motorcycle is a three-wheeled vehicle based on the same ...
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do you say “walk sloppily” to express someone who walks in a tired or lazy manner.?

Ok, a person may walk like this -He may slouch -He may tilt his body from side to side while walking -He may arch his back forward or backward while walking. -He may look down at the ground, or up ...
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What to call a troll who persistently annoys others through jargon

Not too long ago, I've encountered this god awful 'troll' on Discord who tends to provoke others without a break. The person would compose paragraphs of endless blasphemy purposely for the attention ...
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About Asian ancestor worship, do we say “he is praying for his grandpa” or “he is worshipping his grandpa”?

Ancestor worship is very popular in Asia. Asian people take great care in preserving the memories of their ancestors and honoring them with regular prayers and offerings. Ancestor worship is such an ...
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If your little child didn't want to wear his bottoms, what would you say: “You're so ashamed” or “Shame on you” in a form of joking?

I am teaching my little child to speak English, but I am not a native speaker. So, Sometimes, when I face a situation, I may use structures or words that are weird. Native people wouldn't say like ...