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What animals do we use, if any, to describe the opposite of “a dog”, used for something of an inferior quality?

The noun, dog, can be used to indicate something of an unattractive/unworthy feature/quality. Merriam-Webster defines it as 8: one inferior of its kind the movie was a dog : such as a: an ...
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What is the common term to express the barrier of a balcony?

The barrier of a balcony could by built in many forms like these or or or Should we call it "balcony railings" or "balcony fence"?
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What word do you use to describe a predator silently moving toward his prey while keeping its body close to the ground?

I have semantic chaos in my head. 'Crawl', 'crouch', 'creep', 'cower' — those words come to my head when I'm thinking about a hunting, say, tiger. Often, when I need to express some meaning, a whole ...
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What do you call illegal or unaccounted money in politics?

Suppose, there's a legally allowed limit which a person seeking election can spend on his campaign. Money receivers and donors are disclosed, a legal campaign account has its limitations so a ...
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Is it 'election account', 'electoral account', or 'campaign account'?

What do you call an official banking account for expenditures incurred due to the person's election campaign (buying TV ads, printing campaign materials, transportation costs, etc.)? Google News doesn'...
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The bus or car part that we stand on name

When we stand on the bus or a car, what is the part called that our feet comes in contact with?
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What is the opposite of an orbiter?

One may say an orbiter orbits around a planet. But an orbit doesn't have to be around a planet. What is a more general name for the object which is orbited?
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What verb to use, 'Give out/emanate etc a respectable air'?

I couldn't find it in any dictionary. Google News didn't help me. 'Make air' (by analogy with 'make an impression') would sound comical. 'Have' doesn't have the meaning I seek to convey. So what verb ...
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What do you do with a show: 'shut down' or 'close'?

There's the word 'cancel' but it doesn't fit my needs as only the company that airs a show can cancel it. In my case, it's, let's suppose, There were numerous attempts by Christian activists to [...
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How do you make superlatives from compound adjectives like 'long-running'?

Is it 'the longest-running' or 'the most long-running'? There are words with, I'm not sure what is the scientific term, an "inner" flexion in English (for example, 'passers-by'). Is the superlative of ...
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Can I use some adjective instead of prepositional phrases like 'of both sexes'?

Would 'both-sex' or 'both-sexes' be okay (like 'both-sex contestants/team etc.')? Some other compound adjectives? You can, for example, say 'two-faced' instead of 'with two faces'. I need something ...
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Is there a word for using a shell as a refuge?

Some animals use shells as a sort of refuge to protect themselves. Is there a particular verb for it? I am not sure if I ever heard of such a word, but there must be a word for it or at least a better ...
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Words that mean ''to say something unintentionally'' [closed]

What words have the meaning of saying something unintentionally.
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Which sounds better? [closed]

This is another part of a song I am writing, and I need an opinion. The lyric is, "The innocence, that once was there, now (or is) hollowed out, and sadly bare." The words that I'm struggling to fit ...
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Can the verb “mumble” be used to express “talking without voice” like some children do?

mumble verb [intransitive, transitive] to speak or say something in a quiet voice in a way that is not clear synonym mutter mumble (to somebody/yourself) I could hear him mumbling to himself. ...
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Which makes more sense? [closed]

I'm writing a song, but I'm torn between what truly makes sense for this verse. The verse is, "Too early, to be swept away from, mothers." Should it be, "Took away", "Picked away", "Torn away", or ...
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Opposite of “unwrappable”

So, if we want to say that something is capable of being unwrapped, we could say, that it's unwrappable. How do we say with one word that something is not capable of being unwrapped? Ununwrappable ...
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What is a term or phrase used to describe the evil reflection of a good hero: the relationship between Neo and Agent Smith?

Specifically, I am trying to describe Agent Smith from the film The Matrix and his relationship to Neo. Agent Smith seems to be the anti-christ to the christ-like figure Neo. They are both very ...
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is it idiomatic to say “to coax the baby not to cry”?

Your baby is crying is it idiomatic to say "to coax the baby not to cry" or any better / common way to say it? coax: to persuade somebody to do something by talking to them in a kind and gentle ...
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What is the proper response when someone says “I am hurt”?

English is so flexible, there are too many ways to express "hurt" [transitive, intransitive] hurt (somebody/something/yourself) to cause physical pain to somebody/yourself; to injure somebody/...
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how to say a “water area” in English?

Swimming is an inexpensive sport as you don’t have to buy any tools and it'd be even cheaper than any other kind of sport if you lived nearby waters \ water area. I am not sure what is the right ...
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How do native people express when they want to give a bath or hand wash, etc to their toddlers or babies?

Normally, toddlers or babies can't take a bath or wash their hands by themselves. That is their parents who do these for them. In the dictionary have something done (used with a past participle) ...
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What to call “a T-shirt without sleeves”?

T-shirt: an informal shirt with short sleeves and no collar or buttons, or just a few buttons at the top But, what to call "a T-shirt without sleeves" like this: Some say "muscle Ts" or vest [...
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how to express “a baby expels food out of the mouth”?

see this picture The boy seems to expel food out of his mouth. I don't think we use the word "spit it out" because when you spit you use some force. But when you expel food out of your mouth, you ...
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Is there a word that means “domain of things that are easy to describe”?

Is there a word that means "domain of things that are easy to describe"? For example: This word is inside the ____ (domain of things that are easy to describe)? I am not sure if there are such a ...
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What do you call it when a voter intentionally makes his ballot invalid in protest (by putting crosses in all boxes, for example)?

Some voters turn out at polling stations and then invalidate their ballots on purpose to express, for instance, their dissent with how elections are carried out. It could be expressed by making ...
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What do you call candidates in elections who don't actually have a chance to win and only create an illusion of competition?

In Russian, there's a phrase which can be literally translated as 'a technical candidate' that refers to people who are allowed to elections only to serve as, put bluntly, election props that create a ...
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Word used for Royal title change

Presumably Queen Elizabeth 1st has only been called that title since our present Queen came to the throne, taking the title Queen Elizabeth 2nd (presumably in her lifetime Queen Elizabeth 1st would ...
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What is the name of an excercise where the teacher reads some text and then students have to retell it in written form?

How in English speaking countries you name a kind of scholar work when the teacher reads some text a few times, and then students have to retell (in a written form) it as close to the original as they ...
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A word for newbie or fresher sounds similar to abrecrombie

While watching season 1 or 2 of Arrow I heard the word. I can not search the word as I do not recall or can not spell exactly. What I know is pronounciation of that word has resembled abrecrombie and ...
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What to call a date when a scheduled activity can't be cancelled?

Is a date (5/5/2020 or whatever) "occupied", "busy", or else when there's some scheduled activity that can't be cancelled? I mean, you can say 'I'm busy on Friday' or something, but I need to ...
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Difference between 'an interim governor' and 'an acting governor'

Would it be equally okay to say 'an interim governor' and 'an acting governor'? Is there any difference in meaning or connotations? An incumbent, suppose, resigns, then the president appoints "an ...
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'Consolidating figure' is a non-existent phrase. What could I use instead?

What could I use to denote a person who manages to gather around himself people of every hue to, say, fight for some common cause despite differences? I need some two-word phrase but, unlike mine, one ...
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Word for craving a drug

When a person is addicted to something, lets say a drug, and they are deprived of it for too long, they start getting sick, have anxiety attacks and crave for it extremely and uncontrollably. Is ...
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What words are there for sexual intercourse and menses that cover the particular meaning but are not very straight?

I've read in a book that to be polite in a conversation we may use past tense and this is called distancing. Such as, rather than saying 'I want to go.' one may say: I wanted to go. Although the ...
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Adjective to describe a piece of text that came out too big [closed]

Which adjective would be suitable right after "too" to describe a piece of text that took too much space in a document? Your descriptions are very clear, but too _________ . or Your ...
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Which modifier should I choose 'bootleg/bootlegging/bootlegger wars'?

One gang is engaged in a violent conflict with another gang because of competing interests in making profits from selling illegal alcoholic beverages. What do you call that? Suppose, it's There ...
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What expression somewhat similar to 'that said' can I use to separate a whole group of sentences from the next?

I want to begin a sentence with 'All said put aside, [...]'. Google can't find one single instance of using this phrase. What can I use instead? And what's grammatically wrong with it (if anything)? '...
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What is the common term to express “your shorts are so sagging that people can almost see your butt”?

What is the common term to express "your shorts are so sagging that people can almost see your butt"? My little child is wearing shorts & the rubber band of the shorts is so weak that it can not ...
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Umbrella term for mustard, ketchup and others

Is there a generic umbrella term that can be used for anything liquid that is added to, for example, a Subway hamburger? That is, mustard, ketchup, etc.?
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Do they say 'a vertical of authority' in English (like, from a top boss to a lowest subordinate)?

If not, how do I express that otherwise? I know the expression 'chain of command', but it doesn't seem fit for my purpose. I need to say 'reinforce the vertical of authority', meaning "to make the ...
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Staring blankly at [closed]

I have a few question that I hope you can help me with. Monica is sitting on the couch staring blankly at the TV. She snaps out of it, grabs the remote, and turns off the TV. Can I use "staring ...
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A verb means behave or acquit

The word means "to behave or acquit", and I vaguely remember there's a collocation like " xxx well/badly in the example sentence(of OED), but i really can't recall the word.
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How do I make adjectives from names of regions? California → Californian. Easy. Zabaykalsky Krai →?

Is there some universal rule? Do I even need to add any suffixes? Maybe, I can use those proper nouns on their own, as modifiers, can't I? I see three options: 'Zabaikalian voters' (or 'Zabaykalskian'?...
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What is the equivalent word for embed (a video) and insert (text) for a picture?

You embed a video and insert text. What do you do with pictures? I suppose you can use more general terms like 'include' or 'add', but I want to know if there is a specific verb.
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When someone is ordered by court to publish a statement saying that their earlier allegation is wrong (in slander cases), what do you call that?

Does the person refute his earlier claim? Disown? Disclaim? Retract? What verbs could be used in that case? If I just look at the definitions, they all fit, but I doubt that I can use all or, maybe, ...
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One word for knowledge in a specific profession/domain

The title pretty much says it all. I can't think of the word right now but I know it when I see it.
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What is a person who carries information between two people called?

What is a person called when he carries information between the two people who are not on talking terms. He is not a broker or a gossipper.
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Does the verb 'apply' necessarily imply that you ask that something be given to you? Can it be used if there's no direct personal gain?

For example, if a person or some nonprofit sends implicating information to a law enforcement agency and requests that company A should be investigated and, if found guilty, punished because they ...
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What would We use “People stand still” or “People pause” or other terms if the time stopped completely (like in Sci-Fi movies)?

still (adv): without moving : without motion Sit still. It'll just take a minute. She stood very still. pause [intransitive]: to stop talking or doing something for a short time before ...