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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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How to describe or phrase "fake a laugh"

How to describe someone faking a laugh without deliberately saying it. Just hint at it.
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How do express a candle in a burning state?

We say "I lit the candle" to express an action. Can I say "the candle is lit" to express the candle in a burning state? I think we say "something is burning" when we ...
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Is there a noun to express the quality of being nested?

Example in the context of music theory: Tuplets can be nested. Is there any nesting level of tuplets above which any nested tuplet of that level or higher could be rewritten with lower-level nested ...
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Is "I am all against it" a counterpart of "I am all for it"?

Tom said "I want to go into business" His wife answered "I am all for it". "All" here is an adverb and it means completely. Similarly, can Tom's wife say "I am all ...
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Can I say "let's eat. Hurry up!" to just one person while I am not eating or about to eat?

I know "let's" is short for "let us". For example, Let's break for lunch. = Let us break for lunch. But Oxford dictionary says "let’s [no passive] used for making suggestions ...
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Do you say "my car is high on fuel" as a counterpart of "my car is low on fuel"?

People say "to be low on fuel" to mean not having enough fuel. Can I say "my car is high on fuel" as a counterpart of "my car is low on fuel"? Some say the opposite of &...
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How to refer to the last of more than two elements in a list without reiterating the names?

In this example sentence, would "latter" be correct? This writing focuses on Pissarro, Courbet, and Monet but we will direct our attention to the latter. If not, what other phrasing could ...
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The nouns or noun phrases to describe people working in certain industries

I find it challenging to refer to the groups of people in this chart. Here are the best versions I've come up with so far. I still find them lengthy and unhelpful, but their saving grace is their ...
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word request: the noun of satisfactory

Does the adjective "satisfactory" have an equivalent noun? In the chart below, why didn't they use an adjective instead of "satisfaction"? Does "satisfaction" mean those ...
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Is there another more natural way to say "do it with excitement"?

I asked my daughter to dance but she seemed to dance in a way that lacks enthusiasm. Can I say to her "do it with excitement" in this situation? Or do we have other more natural expressions?
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What is an undemanding person?

A dictionary says "If you describe someone as undemanding, you mean they are easy to be with and do not ask other people to do a great deal for them." Can we use the term "an ...
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Is this called a block gate?

Look at this above picture, a complex of several tall buildings has a gate. Vehicles go in and out through that gate and there is some security guards standing on watch there to make sure only ...
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What are the dirty things that come out when you erase a mark called?

You use a sharpener to sharpen a pencil and you have wood shavings. Now, you use an eraser to erase a mark on a paper and you have some dirty bits. What are these bits called? Are they called dirt? ...
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Is it too strong to say "the soup will wash off/ away the lipstick"?

People often use "wash something away/off" with strong water force. For example, The flood washed away the bridge Wash the mud off the bikes before you put them away. A woman is wearing ...
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Correct english word for undoing a knot: untangle, disentangle, untie?

What's the best English word to describe the undoing of a knot? Some I have in mind: untangle, disentangle, untie. I would like to use this word as an adjective. Here is an example sentence: After ...
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What is the noun for imperative?

I heard that there are four types of sentences: declarative sentence, for declaration interrogative sentence, for interrogation exclamatory sentence, for exclamation imperative sentence, for ...? ...
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A verb which describes the action of putting your leg over somebody else's body when sleeping

My girlfriend and I both like putting our legs over each other's when sleeping. We've been trying to find the English verb for this for a while. Does English have such a word?
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What would you call people from Gaul?

So we have Italians, people from Italy but British, people from Britain. The Welsh from Wales etc. Is there a rule or do you just have to learn them all? What would you call people from Gaul? And the ...
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How to say that my action wasn't effective because I applied it to the wrong thing?

I'm familiar with the expression "barking up the wrong tree" but it means "complaining about something to/with the wrong person". I'm looking for a generalization of that, i.e. &...
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Is it correct to say "I'll make up the time" or "I'll make up for the time"

Normally, after my daughter finishes her dinner, I let her watch TV for awhile up to 7:30pm. I will turn on the TV, she can not turn it on by herself. For example, if she finishes her dinner at 6:45 ...
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Do we have a unit to count one particular type of animal?

We have a lot of words to count human beings, for example, individuals, men, women, people, teachers. But when it comes to animals, it seems to me that we can only use the common noun referring to ...
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Is it correct to say "I choked on water through my nose"?

When swimming, water might get into your nose suddenly and cause a short sharp pain in your sinus and a short time of breathing difficulty. We say "he choked on water" which implies the ...
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is it correct to say "Pull your forearms down at a right angle with your upper arms"?

I saw this sentence in Oxford dictionary Place the table at right angles/at a right angle to the wall I am sure if it means the table is in contact with the wall lengthways or widthways or not. It ...
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Phrase request: one which is used to transition from generality to details

Overall, 11% of Australians, or 1,837,000 people, were living in poverty in 1999. _______, aged people were the least likely to be poor, with poverty levels of 6% and 4% for single aged people and ...
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Past perfect tense example

I passed high-school in 16 years old and later I joined Army. When I was 21 years old I had been an officer. Could I use past perfect as completed action above when I was 21 years old I had been an ...
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Can the top and bottom having the same pattern be called "outfit"?

(Source) Women in hot countries often wears these clothes at home. The top and the bottom share the same pattern. Do you say "she is wearing an outfit"? (source) Or the above guy wears a T ...
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Do you say "half boarding school"?

I know that "boarding school" means students live in school and don't go home during the school year. They might go home on weekends. In Vietnam, we have 3 types of school. -Type 1: you get ...
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Is there a word to describe that somebody changed their mind (like "doch nicht")?

In German, there is a phrase called "doch nicht". It means that after a person made a decision, they changed their mind afterwards or were forced to change their decision by external ...
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Name for a candidate about to sign an employment contract

What I have found so far: (1) Applicant: A person having applied for a job (e.g. filled out web-form) (2) Candidate: An applicant the recruiter thinks might be suitable to hire, so there will be some ...
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What are questions do you ask to know the day of the week and the date from the Calendar? [duplicate]

Oxford dictionary has this example ‘What day is it today?’ ‘Monday.’ So, I guess "What day is it?" is used you want to know the day of the week. Oxford also has another example ‘What's the ...
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Can "the line" be in a circle?

Source: https://baitap365.com/bai-viet/88963-giai-bai-23-doc-rong-ran-len-may-sgk-tieng-viet-2-tap-1-ket-noi-tri-thuc-voi-cuoc-song#!#google_vignette A group of children walked one after another in a ...
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Is there a phrase to express a thing has already happened really soon after something has been happened?

My child has been sick for just 2 days and now he is much thinner than he was 2 days ago. Do you have a common phrase to express that idea in English? U am not sure "no sooner.. than" is ...
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Term for a device with partially faulty wiring or electric contact

An internal wire is partially broken, or a faulty contact between any two electrical components that need to touch to transmit power or signal. Like a headphone that only works if you hold it just so, ...
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Is it correct/natural to say "don't mingle with a crowd. It's dangerous."?

When I was young, my dad often said "avoid crowds. You might get killed." When there is an accident or a fight, a lot of people gather to watch it. Say, if that was an accident, the vehicle ...
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What are the 2 moving pieces hinged on a toilet bowl called?

What are the 2 moving pieces hinged on a toilet bowl called? Is the one that has no hole called "a lid" and the one with a hole called "a cover"? There are 2 toilets in my house, ...
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Is there a word or phrase describing a tree in winter with all its leaves fallen off?

Is there a word or phrase describing a tree in winter with all its leaves fallen off? It makes me look at it in awe.
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Do you have a common term to express the cost of seeing a doctor in contrast with the medication cost?

Some medical insurances only cover these costs: -the fee that allows you to be checked by a doctor. -the doctor might do some procedure on you, for example, removing earwax from your ear. Then, the ...
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what word or phrase describes one who doesn't know about plants/flowers?

I can't name a plant, e.g. i don't know the.difference between snowdrop and orchid. What word or phrase can describe me? Does phrase like "flower-blind" exist?
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What are mild versions of unrequited love?

Unrequited love refers to unidirectional romantic love. Is thete a similar phrase or word for milder cases such as friendship or career connection?
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What's a word for where you were raised but not where you were born?

For example, Mary was born in America but she was raised in Canada. America would be her birthplace/place of birth/home country/native country; what's the word for Canada in this scenario? Hope this ...
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Does endearingly magically change the connotation of the word it modifies?

a dad's joke is endearingly corny and unfunny. Does endearingly magically change the connotation of the word it modifies from negative to positive? What are other magic adverbs and adjectives that ...
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What words for describing or referring to a person showing off wits?

What words (adj., noun) describe or refer to a person who likes to show off their wits/cleverness/smartness by speaking (puns, jokes, sarcasm, satire, etc) or facial/body.language (e.g. smug)?
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What is a misreading error called?

Merriam Webster defines typo as an error (as of spelling) in typed or typeset material. What is a misreading error called? Seeo? For example, I misread chuck as chunk.
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Do you say "give a sociable compliment" when you mean you give a compliment as a way to socialize with people but it's not a true praise?

This often happens in every culture but I think it happens more in Western countries. That is when you socialize with your friends, you often gush about their things. For example, you saw your friend ...
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What should a room in a hospital where nurses dress wounds of patients be called?

Bing's dictionary (which in turn is based on some Oxford dictionary) says that verb dress has this sense: clean, treat, or apply a dressing to (a wound): "she washed the wound and dressed it ...
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Publicly accessible balcony with doors to private apartments

In Swedish, there's something called loft. It's a sort of balcony that anyone can access and from there enter their apartments (looking like this) as opposed to an windowless staircase inside the ...
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Do we say "durable" for people as in "he is durable"?

We say "My shoes are durable. I have been wearing them for a long time but they are still good". Can we say "He is durable. He can run for hours without being tired"? I did some ...
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What's the word similar to jittery in spelling or pronunciation, but means some privately-run transportation by small vehicles?

What's the word similar to jittery in spelling or pronunciation, but means some privately-run transportation by small vehicles? For example, there are such transportation services going to New York ...
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What do we call a small room in a boutique or a department store where we can try on a clothing?

What do you call a small room in a boutique or a department store where we can try on a piece of clothing?
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How do you express that your children to sit down to study by themselves without your urge?

This is one of the problems that all parents face. That is your children don't sit down to study by themselves because they think they must do it. But most children only sit down to study when their ...
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