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Do we say “put your hair roller on your hair / head / bangs”?

Look at this picture Do we say "put your hair roller on your hair / head / bangs"? But I didn't feel that a hair roller can be used in the same way as a hat or a hairband. We can say "put your ...
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What is the idiomatic way to express “we have no power to run this machine”?

power 7 [noncount] a : energy that can be collected and used to operate machines electrical/nuclear/solar/wind/battery power The car's engine yields more power while using less fuel. ...
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Looking for a verb that describes stopping the light of the candle

If I have a candle which is lightning and I want to stop it by my touching the wick and stop it mechanically by my fingers at the moment because I want to sleep. Do I want to extinguish it, or to put ...
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Confused! The differences between “coconut juice”, “coconut water”, “coconut milk”, “coconut cream”?

juice [uncountable, countable] the liquid that comes from fruit or vegetables; a drink made from this a glass of fruit juice a carton of apple juice lemon/lime juice Add the ...
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How to idiomatically express “to make the ballpoint tip of a pen stick in” in simple terms to a child?

Have a look at the picture My child sometimes plays with pens, which could be dangerous because the ballpoint tip of the pen may poke him in the eyes. How to idiomatically express "to press the end ...
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An old English term for a dog waste collector

I believe 100 years ago, or thereabouts, there was a term in use for men whose sole job was to collect dog or other animals droppings. I came across this term over ten years ago and the term has ...
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How to express “In-toeing & Out-toeing” in simple terms to a child?

When feet turn inward — a tendency referred to as walking "pigeon-toed" — doctors call it in-toeing. When feet point outward, it's called out-toeing. (from kidshealth.org) How to express "In-toeing &...
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Word for ring pressed/sewn in cloth to strengthen hole?

Cloth and leather (clothing, sails, trampolines, shoes, boots) often have holes through which to thread lacing or rope. In many cases these holes are reinforced with a metal or plastic ring to prevent ...
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Is “deterred” appropriate here?

Can I use "deterred" in this context? Tori ran over to her grandfather, not deterred by the big beard he'd grown since she last saw him.
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How would you describe thinking in the dark?

It happens usually in the bed, when all the light is out. This would reduce all stimuli significantly, so you can analyze/use your imagination best. I take a look a some synonyms for "think" but don't ...
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What “verb” to use for “stop flowing” in this context

Do not let the rain water (...blank)... otherwise mosquitoes can emerge as a big problem. Can I use the verbs like: gather or accumulate? I would like to know both the spoken and formal. Thanks ...
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How to express to turn a thing back to its normal / correct position when currently it is “inside-out” or “back to front”?

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 the verb to express “a person walks like a drunk after he spins around and around”?

Ok, After my child spins around and around, he often feels dizzy & walks like a drunk and almost falls. What is the verb to express "a person walks like a drunk after he spins around and around"? ...
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Is 'leashfully' an English word?

Here is an activity question from an English textbook intended for primary class students. In this question the word 'leashfully' is seemed to fill the dash marked 'f'. But is 'leashfully' a correct ...
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Meaning of the verb “swing”, Can we swing while our feet are in contact with a surface?

swing 1 MOVE FROM A FIXED POINT [intransitive, transitive] to make regular movements forwards and backwards or from one side to another while hanging from a particular point, or to make something ...
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Word for someone who doesn't know any latest trends?

Is there a word for someone who doesn't know any new trends? The things that everyone talks about. For example, someone who doesn't know the new popular movie star or TV show that everyone is crazy ...
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Is it idiomatic to say “you're eating like you're starving”?

be starving (also be starved American English) to be very hungry You must be starving! When a person eat quickly and take large mouthfuls of food because he is starving. What is the idiomatic ...
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is it ok to say “if you bend / duck your head all the way down onto the floor right after meal like that, you may throw up”?

​duck [intransitive, transitive] to move your head or body downwards to avoid being hit or seen He had to duck as he came through the door. duck (down) (behind/under something) We ducked ...
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What is the opposite of “in the dark”?

the dark [singular] the lack of light in a place, especially because it is night Are the children afraid of the dark? in the dark All the lights went out and we were left in the dark. ...
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Do we say “you need good manual dexterity” or “you need to be skillful”?

​dexterity (uncount): skill in using your hands or your mind You need good manual dexterity to be a dentist. mental/verbal dexterity skillful (adj): ​(of a person) good at doing something,...
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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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