Questions tagged [word-request]

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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 fine a word for description. I just want an adjective to describe my ...
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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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Your child's shorts are sagging. Do you say “Your shorts are coming out. Fix them!” or “Your shorts are coming off. Fix them!”?

We say "You put the shorts on" & "You take the shorts off"? I am not sure if we can replace "put" & "take" with other verbs such as "slide", "come", etc. For example, Your child's shorts are ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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Synonym for “turn around”

In many contexts, "turn around" is used for cases when you "transform" something completely. E.g. "He turned around his life." I want a synonym for "turn around" in such contexts, but something which ...
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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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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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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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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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How should I refer to a friend who is a girl but not a girlfriend?

When I'm talking about my friend, who is a girl, but not a girlfriend, what word or phrase should I use? If the gender was unimportant, it would not be a problem. But if I want to note that the friend ...
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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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“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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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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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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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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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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Dialogue consisting of questions and answers?

Is there a specific word for a dialogue between two characters in a play or novel, where that dialogue only consists of questions and answers?
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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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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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A person who place an order

An order is placed by one and taken by another. It seems appreciate to call a person who takes an order a "order taker", but I don't know how to refer to the one who place an order. Possible choices: ...
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What do you call the standing ads outside of a store?

You have the store sign, which is usually hanging outside of the store. Then you have the billboards, which are bigger and are held high with metal support. What do you call the store ads that are ...
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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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What are the synonymous words of material(as a person with a specified quality or suitability)

I always have this awkward moment, I saw one example sentence on online dictionary and I forgot the word, the sentence was about: I'm not the good material for that. Thus I'm asking is there anything ...
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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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From inward to outward vs from outward to inward (a word)

Something may be "from inward to outward" or "from outward to inward". I want examples of English words (for general mathematical or philosophical terms, not for special things like cooking eggs) ...
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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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What is the common negative adjective that expresses a woman or girl who tried too much to show to others that she is attractive and pretty?

What is the common negative adjective that expresses a woman or girl who tried too much to show to others that she is attractive and pretty, for example, she might shake her hips when walking, put on ...
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goes on to infinity?

There's a doll inside that doll and inside that doll there's a doll and inside that doll there's a doll and it goes on to infinity. There's a doll inside that doll and inside that doll there's ...
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Is it okay to say “She is in a red bracelet, a silver necklace, sun glasses and golden earrings” and “to put the key in the keychain”?

We often say "She's in a baseball cap and red shoes". Similarly, can we say "She is in a red bracelet, a silver necklace, sun glasses and golden earrings"? This is a picture of a keychain and a key ...
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Word request - What is the word to describe a line or sentence that you can sing

I wonder if there is any words in English to describe a line which you can sing. The line (or sentence) doesn't come from a song. So for example, saying "a line from a song" is not correct.
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Drowning or something else?

If you kill someone by submerging their head in water, do you call it killing by drowning or something else?
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Is there a word or phrase for “weeds replacing non-weeds”?

Is there a word or phrase for "weeds replacing non-weeds"? The only way I can see someone express such idea is with the phrase "weeds invaded crop/field/etc.", but I am pretty sure there was another ...
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How would one describe physically pressable keyboard keys in a single word?

I was thinking about movable/moving keys, but it's possible to confuse that with keys that can be removed from the keyboard and placed on a different one, or in a different position, I'm afraid. "...

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