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Words that are synonyms to 'to put one’s foot in one’s mouth'?

What words are there that have a similar meaning to 'put one’s foot in one’s mouth'?
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What is it called? a socket? an extension cord? or both?

socket: 1 a place in a wall where you can connect electrical equipment to the supply of electricity SYN power point British English, outlet American English exˈtension ˌlead British English, ...
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is it idiomatic to say “She is going to the deathday party”?

deathday (noun): the day of a person's death or its anniversary In some Asian countries, every year a family often holds a party for its members and guests to celebrate / memorize the deathday of one ...
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What is the word for someone who is up for everything?

I need an adjective that describes a person who is always up for every offer. For example: A: Who's up for going to the cinema? B: me! A: Who's up for pizza? B:me! A:I'm going to Paris tomorrow, ...
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Do we say “to strap the hat behind the neck” or “to put the strap of the hat around the neck and fasten it”?

strap somebody/something + adv./prep. to fasten somebody/something in place using a strap or straps He strapped the knife to his leg. Everything had to be strapped down to stop it from ...
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Adjectives that describes a person who likes to collect mementos and keepsakes

Are there any adjective that describes a person who likes to collect keepsakes? I’m having a hard time looking for words on the internet.
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Do you say “don't leave your sleeve pendulous, roll it up”?

pendulous (adj): hanging down loosely and moving from side to side The sleeve seems to be a bit too long, which makes you uncomfortable. Do you say "don't leave your sleeve pendulous, roll it up"? ...
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do we say “a box of dental floss”?

do we call it "a box of dental floss"? It could be a round container of dental floss or a square container of dental floss or it may come in different shapes
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is it idiomatic to say “the plastic tube is broken”?

broken (adj) that has been damaged or injured; no longer whole or working correctly a broken window/plate a broken leg/arm/bone pieces of broken glass How did this dish get broken? ...
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What's another way to say that a person is not without means or is not destitute?

I need a word that means a person is financially stable and isn't poor I.E. ( I see you are not destitute, or without means.. ) how could I word this or what is a more sophisticated way to say this?
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Would you say “to face the screen of the smartphone downwards” or “ to turn the smartphone upside down”?

right side up ​(North American English) with the top part turned to the top; in the correct, normal position I dropped my toast, but luckily it fell right side up. upside down: ​in or into a ...
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could we use the verb “poke” without an agent who caused it?

poke [intransitive, transitive] to quickly push your finger or some other pointed object into something or someone poke somebody/something with something Andy poked the fish with his finger ...
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How to use “right side up”, “upside down”, “sideways” correctly?

right side up ​(North American English) with the top part turned to the top; in the correct, normal position I dropped my toast, but luckily it fell right side up. upside down: ​in or into a ...
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What is this action called: a kid protrudes his lips and makes a sound like a mouse?

squeak /skwiːk/ [intransitive] to make a short high sound that is not very loud My new shoes squeak. The mouse ran away, squeaking with fear. One wheel makes a horrible squeaking noise. ...
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Words that mean ''to do or say something unexpectedly''?

What words are there that can mean you are doing or saying something unexpectedly?
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What is it called in everyday general English: a panel with prayers on it?

Look at the picture This is a typical holy table in some Asian countries, there is a panel (which is normally made of wood) with prayers on it which is put between the Earth God & the Fortune God....
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Should I say “My child coughed sputum / phlegm / mucus up” in general everyday English?

​sputum (uncount): liquid from the throat or lungs, especially when it is coughed up (= forced up from the lungs, etc) because of disease blood in the sputum ​phlegm (uncount): the thick ...
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What is it called: a hairpin or a hairgrip?

This is a hairpin hairpin: ​a small thin piece of wire that is folded in the middle, used by women for holding their hair in place This is a hairgrip hairgrip: a small thin piece of metal or ...
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are they roughly the same: “Please don't twist / tangle / entangle the 2 strings”?

Let's say a kid is pulling 2 car toys with each of her hands holding each string attaching to each car toy as the below picture He may "twist / tangle / entangle the 2 strings". are they roughly the ...
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How to express this “you are walking on a road and there is a hole in front of you, you accidentally drop 1 of your legs into it”?

You are walking on a road and there is a hole in front of you, you accidentally drop 1 of your legs into it. How would you express it?
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Is it idiomatic to say “don't crumple the mat”?

crumple[transitive, intransitive] crumple (something) (up) (into something) to press or crush something into folds; to become pressed, etc. into folds She crumpled the letter up into a ball ...
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What is it called: a box of 24 beer cans or a package of 24 beer cans?

Look at this picture There is a box and there are 24 cans of beer in the box. What is it called: a box / package of 24 beer cans or a box / a package of 24 cans of beer?
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what are the parts that grow out of the top & bottom of a fruit: a stem or stalk and stigma called idiomatically?

any fruit such as an apple, a papaya, a tomato, etc has the parts that grow out of its top & bottom. What are they called idiomatically in general? According to my study, the top could be ...
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What is the common way to express “to put / plug / install the batteries into the toy car”?

install something to fix equipment or furniture into position so that it can be used They're planning to install a new drainage system. Make sure the equipment is properly installed. ...
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How to express this action: “I am hungry and dredge / scoop the little left-over food in the pot as much as possible”?

This is the context, you are so hungry & you found a pot with very little food sticking on the bottom of the pot. You then scoop the little left-over food in the pot as much as possible to eat. ...
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What is the opposite of “spread something (out): to move your arms, legs, fingers, etc. far apart from each other”?

spread: ​[transitive] spread something (out) to move your arms, legs, fingers, etc. far apart from each other She spread her arms and the child ran towards her. Ok, my toddler often spreads ...
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Do we say “you need to strap or fasten the canopy after folding the umbrella so that it won't unfold”?

strap somebody/something + adv./prep. to fasten somebody/something in place using a strap or straps He strapped the knife to his leg. Everything had to be strapped down to stop it from ...
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How to express this action: Do not put the cake vertically to eat, put it horizontally?

My toddler often puts the cake vertically to eat, as shown in the below picture It is hard for him to eat if he does like that, I want him to put the cake horizontally to eat like the below picture ...
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What adjective can I use to describe someone who is promiscuous, uses drugs, etc.?

What adjectives can I use to describe people who are promiscuous, use drugs, and do other things that are traditionally frowned upon by society, especially the older generation (like the teenagers ...
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What to call “a liquid that you can use to wash your hand without water and to prevent germs” in general?

Look at this picture They are tubes of liquid that you can wash your hands without water. How could you wash your hands when you were in a place that has no bathroom or no water? People have ...
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What is the hat of a construction worker called in general?

helmet: a type of hard hat that protects the head, worn, for example, by a police officer, a soldier or a person riding a bike or motorbike or playing some sports Police in riot helmets lined ...
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How to express “to hit someone or something with a string- or wire-form object such as a belt, rope, whip, cable, etc”?

whip: 1 [transitive] to hit someone or something with a whip He whipped the horse into a canter. Now, I will change the above definition a little bit to "to hit someone or something with a ...
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What is it called: a card necklace?

Look at the picture This is a string that is knotted a card at 1 end. The card could be a swiping card or ID card (like some reporters often wear around the neck when they are on duty, they will be ...
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Describing a light that is far and weak

In a poem could any of the three adjectives below be used to describe a light (of a star, a lighthouse, a lamp, etc) that is weak and distant and which you can barely see: Faltering Timorous ...
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How to express this action in English “He waved his soaked hands at my face for fun”: He flicked the water from his soaked hands onto my face?

wave [intransitive, transitive] to move your hand or arm from side to side in the air in order to attract attention, say hello, etc. The people on the bus waved and we waved back. wave at/to ...
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Word for a process that looks for solutions?

I am looking for a word that describe an approach or process that deals with problems and finding solutions. Somehow opposite of a 'purly creative' endeavor. Example: As creative as art is, it is ...
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Word(s) for someone that pretends their misdeeds are not wrong

This word is used to define a psychological phenomenon where a person will try to use logic to believe something they don't. Such as when arguing (to themselves) that something they did is not wrong. ...
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what is a general common term for swollen pots on your skin (like a mosquito bite, for example)?

spot [usually plural] a small mark or lump on a person’s skin, sometimes with a yellow head to it The baby's whole body was covered in small red spots. He had a large spot on his nose. ...
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Verb describing an action of a vehicle turning its wheels but not moving anywhere

What's the right verb in English to describe an action of a vehicle turning its wheels but not moving anywhere due to muddy or icy road? For example: We drove Jack's car over the woods having not ...
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what is the adjective to express “to make a fire stop burning”, can we say “to blow the candles off or extinguished”?

blow [intransitive, transitive] to be moved by the wind, somebody’s breath, etc.; to move something in this way adv./prep. My hat blew off. adj. The door blew open. blow somebody/...
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Searching for a commonly used word to describe someone hardened over time

I have a word on the tip of my tongue. I’m fairly sure it’s either a gerundive or an adjective and it is frequently used to describe someone who has become hardened and/or disagreeable from age.
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do you say “to pour hard objects out of a container”?

pour [transitive] to make a liquid or other substance flow from a container in a continuous stream, especially by holding the container at an angle pour something + adv./prep. Pour the sauce ...
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Is it called a threshold or sill or door frame?

Look at the picture What to call the bar at the bottom of the door as shoed in the picture? threshold (n): the floor or ground at the bottom of a doorway, considered as the entrance to a building ...
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What do you call the “leg section” equivalent to “sleeve”?

sleeve: a part of a piece of clothing that covers all or part of your arm a dress with short/long sleeves Dan rolled up his sleeves and washed his hands. Source: Oxford Learner's ...
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How to distinguish grandma of your dad side & grandma of your mom side?

grand‧moth‧er /ˈɡrænˌmʌðə $ -ər/ (grandma) ●●● S2 W2 noun [countable] the mother of your mother or father Some other languages use different terms for grandma of your dad side & grandma of ...
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What is the pen that looks similar to a highlighter but is used to clear the writing errors?

This is a highlighter pen highlighter pen: a special pen used for marking words in a text in bright colours Now, there is a pen that looks similar to a highlighter but is used to clear the ...
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What do we call Things/Objects we put together to draw?

I mean like in one word, What do we call the forms/formation/pattern of (vases, books, fruits, gypsum geometrical shapes, glass, ..etc) that we put together following a particular artistic way to draw ...
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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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