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What do you call the act of answering a question in a unsatisfactory way so that the we're compelled to ask another question?

What do you call the act of answering a question in a unsatisfactory way so that the we're compelled to ask another question? Is there an idiom or word associated with the action?
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Is it natural to say to a child “So, you want to do like Tom swinging on his mom's leg, don't you?”?

Okay, your child has a friend named "Tom". Tom often swings on his mom's leg. That is he embraces his mom shin and the mom moves her leg up and down to make Tom move up an down in rhythm (see the ...
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What do you call the list of required parts used to build a machine/robot?

In my example, there's multiple machines each with their own list of required parts to build them. Is there a name or term for them like a recipe for machine or something?
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Adjectives to describe large or small diameter?

I am looking for adjectives to describe the size of tube shape objects such as a rope, stick, bat, or carrot. I want to describe if the diameter is large or small. Do people just say big and small? ...
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The F-word: Is there a polite but equally emphatic and concise alternative to this specific meaning?

Is there a polite but equally emphatic and concise alternative to "Fuck 'em" or "Fuck it"? I am asking if there is an acceptable alternative to the F-word when it is used particularly to dismiss ...
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What is AmE's analog for 'one-off'?

What is AmE's analog for 'one-off'? Lexico says it's British.
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What's a word for describing a movie or a book that consume a lot of brain energy to understand?

Due to the complicated plots, you may consume a lot of brain energy to understand it. In Chinese we call it "burning brain". What's burning brain movie! I watched it 3 times for fully ...
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Is root word essential in adding prefix or suffix?

I think a root word or a base word is essential to add a prefix or suffix. Is there any such situation where in a word is formed in the absence of root word?
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What's the verb for helping someone give birth?

What's the verb for helping someone give birth? For example: The doctor ____ the woman in the operating room.
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“smelling of fish” and “fishy”; “it smells of” and “it smells like”

Can we convert a noun into an adjective by putting "of" before that noun? People say "she is a woman of great determination", so I think "of determination" plays a role of an adjective and modifies "...
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What is a word for the phrase “it is necessary” in analogy with the relation between “suffices” and “it is sufficient”?

I am aware that "it suffices that" can be used in place with "it is sufficient that"; for instance, one may use "To stay alive, it suffices that we keep breathing." (taken as merely formal) to mean "...
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Usage of the word reference

I would like to use the word reference as follows but I could not find enough example sentences on the Internet. For example, your company was awarded with a certificate such as ISO9001 and you say ...
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Is it idiomatic to say “don't bite me in the arm”?

We can say "to poke me in the arm" as stated in dictionaries. the verb "bite" is somehow similar to "poke" in its meaning because both mean to push into or through something. But I don't see the ...
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An insect is moving on a table. How can we express that you put a cup in such a way that it contains the insect inside?

An insect is moving on a table. Now you want to capture the insect by putting a cup in such a way that it contains the insect inside. How can we express that? Can we say "to lock the insect with a ...
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Is it idiomatic to say “are you faking eating something?”?

fake 1 [transitive] fake something to make something false appear to be real, especially in order to cheat somebody She faked her mother's signature on the document. He arranged the ...
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Is there a word for something that's politically sensitive to talk about?

Is there a word for something that's politically sensitive to talk about? Politically sensitive in the sense it's something you are not suppose to say as a politicians because it's a dirty secret that ...
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Is there a word or idioms for “political necessity”?

Is there a word or idioms for "political necessity"? For example, let's say politicians need to do something or enact a policy no matter how unpopular it is, because of a political necessity. What do ...
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The number of schools is not enough / sufficient / adequate

I wanted to say The number of schools in the country is not enough. The government should build more schools to meet the demand and raise the quality of education. by using the words sufficient or ...
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How to mention your rank about an exam you took

How can I mention a rank you are at on an exam. Can I use the word "rank" to define a success on a exam? An example sentence would be I was/ranked in top 100 out of 10 000 persons/people/...
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What do you call someone who is the opposite of perspicacious

What do you call someone who is the opposite of perspicacious? Looking for a word that could be used in a formal conversation.
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How can I say “my constructed sculpture has a bready!! structure”

I want to say : my sculpture is constructed of bread. I searched and found there is not the word of "bready", as well as I could not find a formal word for description. I just want an ...
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Terms request for something like “big picturely great” or “roughly great” work, results, person (as owner of those considered traits)

I look for correct and short terms describing following meanings 1) "Highly good in big picture but not in all not most important rank things (from details to midway important degree) and also maybe ...
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Is there a word for powerful people in politics?

Is there a word for powerful people in politics? There has to be, I know the word "insider", but "insiders" aren't all that powerful, some are, but they are not the ones who make the decisions ...
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Is there a word for a secret/truth hidden in plain sight?

Is there a word for a secret/truth hidden in plain sight? Like something that should be obvious to someone who is highly educated or intelligent, but is hidden from ordinary people, because they can't ...
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You and your child are standing in front of the lift waiting for it to open. At that moment it opens, would you say “here we go”?

here we go ​(informal) said when something is starting to happen ‘Here we go,’ thought Fred, ‘she's sure to say something.’ You and your child are standing in front of the lift waiting for ...
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Just there: where it was possible

I want to convey a simple idea that works in my native language, but I'm not sure about English. I looked at Linguee and its sense is always simplified/omitted in the translations into English. “...
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Is it better to use There are or Where are?

In this sentence is it better to use there are or where are? There/Where are more gamers, so it's market for the....
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For a simple stroller, the cloth seat can be easily removed from the frame. Would you say “to take the cloth seat off or out of the frame”?

For a simple stroller, the cloth seat can be easily removed from the frame. As shown in the picture, the cloth seat has 2 long holes on its sides. To put the stroller together, people will slide the ...
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What's the most normal/ regular/ usual/ common/ ordinary word to describe something not special?

What's the most natural way of saying the opposite of "special" in the contexts listed below? The word I'd use the most naturally is "normal" but one of my teachers said it's not the best choice, ...
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Sound made by a cellphone during dialing

What’s the sound made by a cellphone during ‘dialing’ called? When a cellphone makes a notification sound, we say “chiming of the cellphone” like that how would we describe ‘dialing’?
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Is there a verb for slowly descending?

Is there a verb for slowly descending? For example, when a snowflake is slowly descending from the sky, is there a verb we can use instead?
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how should I say climbing up or crawling up?

for example: baby crawling up ?
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Is there a word we can use to refer to big clusters of clouds?

Is there a word we can use to refer to big clusters of clouds, attached or unattached? I am thinking there might be a word, but I've never really heard of words related to cloud being used in any book ...
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You're standing in a building & point to the glass window to refer to the space outside. Is it ok to say “There're more birds on this side”?

You are standing in a room on the 3rd floor in a building. You then point to the glass window to refer to the space on the left outside the building as showed in the picture. And then you say "There ...
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Which verb would be appropriate for the action of pulling the bolt of a bolt action rifle?

Is there a specific verb that denotes the action of pulling the bolt of a bolt-action firearm to load the cartridge? My searches so far not yielded in any positive result.
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What are the differences between “I am tired of standing singing karaoke with you” and “I am tired from standing singing karaoke with you”?

What are the differences between "I am tired of standing singing karaoke with you" and "I am tired from standing singing karaoke with you"? tired: 1- feeling that you would like to sleep or rest; ...
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Is there a word for a wind that comes from the sea?

Do we just say ‘sea wind’? ‘Sea wind’ seems very weird and unsophisticated. I am wondering if there's a specific word for "sea wind" or any wind related to the sea or ocean.
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“Rip-off central” or?

I wonder what I should call a (market / bazar / shopping center, etc) where things are sold much more expensive than they worth and usually salespeople rip off whoever wants to purchase something ...
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“Mc” in “McDonald” means “son of”, how will “McDonald” change if we want to say “daughter of”?

"Mc" in "McDonald" or other words starting with "Mc" means "son of". For example, "McDonald" is equal to "Donaldson" or "son of Donald". 1-Now how will "McDonald" change if we want to say "...
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Word for 'without being aware of doing'

He looked at the disaster in his office and, without being aware of it, patted the pocket where he kept his cigars. He looked at the disaster in his office and [adverb] patted the pocket where he ...
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“She is floating in (OR) on the water” when two-thirds of her body is below the water surface?

Is it natural to say, "She is floating in the water" or "She is floating on the water", when two-thirds of her body is below the water surface? The dictionaries say "There was something floating in ...
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Swapping the first parts of two words (e.g. Taylor Swift -> Saylor Twift)

I'd like to know the name of the process in English in which you swap the first letters of two words. I can't explain it well but see the examples below: Taylor Swift -> Saylor Twift London Town -> ...
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Do we say “the flowers are on the tree” or “the flowers are in the tree”?

It seems that some flowers are on the tree and we can see them obviously but some other flowers are in the tree if they have hidden themselves somewhere under the leaves and branches. This is what I ...
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Is there a term for the instance when soldiers collide in a battle?

I'm looking for a word which describes that very instant when opposing soldiers, running into each other, collide. I mean in hand-to-hand combat, like in the medieval times, probably with swords or ...
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Do you say “to kick something/somebody over” to mean “​to make somebody/something fall to the ground by kicking them”?

We often say "to push / knock the chair over" to mean "​to make somebody/something fall to the ground by pushing / hitting it" respectively. Would we say "to kick something/somebody over" to mean "​...
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see or know some one for first time?

I have a problem with finding correct verb. for example when you read about a writer for first time, or when you watch a movie and see an actor for first time, which verb we should to use in this ...
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Gentle synonym for stupid

How you can express that you felt stupid for a thing you told but without using the term "stupid", like in a nicer manner? For example: She felt "stupid" for the things she told to her friend.
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When someone pays for all someone else's expenditures (including food), for example a child, what do you call it?

When someone pays for all someone else's expenditures (including food), for example a child, what do you call it? I want to construct, if possible, something based on this structure: 'someone is one ...
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A geometrical shape

I am looking for a specific name of a geometrical shape if there is any. It is a cylinder. The height is very short relative to it’s large radius. It’s very flat, but much thicker than a coin. Like a ...
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A good synonym for hiding someone's neck

When it's cold outside or when you are in shame, someone might hide their neck as if a tortoise retracting it to its shell, but what verb or expression can I use to describe to action. Ex: When ...

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