Questions tagged [word-request]

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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“To maintain influence over domestic bulls, buffaloes etc,..”

What do you call the rope across the head? (not the rest the man is holding). Is it ‘tether’, or ‘bridle’?
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How to express the behaviour that someone who bargains with another don't make his best offer at the first time for less cost?

Let's assume that I am selling an apple. I haven't decided what price it should be sold at. And you want to buy the apple so you bargain with me. You could have bought it with $1, but you want to save ...
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Is there any word for the rocks used to pave paths near a medieval home?

Is there any word for the rocks used to pave paths near a medieval home? I was thinking of pebbles, but I am not sure if there exists a specific word for the rocks used to pave path during the ...
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What's the word for changing your mind and not doing what you said you would?

My dad told me he would buy me a laptop, but when he saw the price in the shop he changed his mind. He said he has never said that. Because he saw that the price is too high and the laptop is too ...
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How to mention that someone has similar qualities to us and we can make friends with them?

Has the word "type" been used correctly in the following sentence? (I'm suspicious about it, because in the Longman dictionary it is stated that "be sb's type: to be the kind of person someone is ...
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What is the phrase for the description below?

So I'm trying to make a sentence and convey the meaning that ignorance is bliss but I learned that there were this many things I didn't know and then learned about the things I didn't know about but I'...
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Is there a more precise way of saying “bad writing”?

"Bad writing" can either mean the use of words, idioms, the figure of speech, or grammar is terrible, but it can also mean that the plot is horrible. How do you precise it's the latter? Is ...
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The name of a bike from a dockless bike share company?

I need a word that means the bike I ride, and the bike is one provided by a dockless bike-share company like Ford Gobike or something. The context would be: I ride a ** bike. I prefer the ** bike by ...
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How is this sentence supposed to be made?

How should i make this sentence? 1.I prefer that the problem be handled at home 2.I prefer that the problem is handled at home 3.I prefer the problem to be handled at home 4.I prefer that the problem ...
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What is a word that is a little bit slower than “instantly” but faster than “over time” and “sooner or later”

I am trying to find a word that can be used in this context and that is a little bit slower than “instantly” but faster than “over time” and “sooner or later”: [insert time that is slower than ...
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How do you describe a person's actions which don't demonstrate creativity?

'Uningenious' doesn't seem to be a common word. What could I use instead? 'Unimaginative', I guess? What else? How do you describe a person's actions which don't demonstrate creativity, the ability to ...
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Office with private/personal kitchen

At work, I have an office with private kitchen. (the kitchen is a room for itself and the only entrance is from the office) Questions: What is such a kitchen called? Would you say "an office with ...
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What's the term for a placeholder word with many meanings that can only be determined by context?

These are placeholder words like "yeet" and "jawn", which have no meaning in themselves, but can take nearly any meaning depending on their context. What is the term for these ...
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What are the terms for the process of closing a business or a company?

Can one say "I am closing my business" ? or how can one phrase it ?
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Stronger word for “trashing”?

He was in the midst of a rampage, trashing the office. What could a stronger word for "trashing" be that could fit in the above sentence? Or could I just add "completely" before &...
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Is “on here” as common as “in here”?

We can say "the toy is in here" when we see the toy in the box. Can we say "the toy is on here" when we see the toy on the box? Is "on here" as common as "in here&...
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Verbs to use about someone who walks after someone they're chasing

Seeing the man, Kevin turns and runs. The man walks after him. (The man starts chasing Kevin) What could be some good verbs to use instead of walks in this context to imply walking quickly but not ...
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What do you call a syllable that makes a snake-like sound?

I am thinking there's a word or an adjective for syllables that makes snake-like sounds, I don't know if a syllable that contain the letter s qualifies, or if it restricted to a very few syllables, ...
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What is the period called when you first buy a car and you have to go slower?

What's the period called when you first buy a car and you have to go slower than usual to get the engine working properly in the future? Can it be used in another meaning? Because in my language you ...
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Delimited, separated, delimited out, separated out

filename.ext A filename extension is typically delimited from the filename itself by a dot. I'm not sure that the word "delimited" on its own is the best possible option here. Maybe "...
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What do you call a language that doesn't use the European alphabet?

What do you call a language that doesn't use the European alphabet (abcd...), like Mandarin and Japanese? Is there a word for it, or maybe an adjective that characterizes as being "non-alphabetic"? ...
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What do you call an arched entrance to a garden?

What do you call an arched entrance to a garden? I am not sure if there's a word specifically for garden entrances, but I am willing to bet there's a word for an arched entrance like that. What do you ...
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Is it idiomatic to say “There are some chips on the wall”?

chip (n) 4 MARK a small hole or mark on a plate, cup etc where a piece has broken off chip in There’s a chip in this bowl. The edge of a wall is very prone to get broken since hard objects ...
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Can you answer a book in English?

In Spanish when it comes to answer the questions written in a book as well as filling in the blanks inside that same book we use the Spanish equivalent for the English verb answer. I mean you do ...
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Can “annular” mean both rectangular ring and circular ring?

Some dictionaries define the term "annular" as ring-shaped. So, I think both shapes shown above can be described as an annular shape. If it is necessary to distinguish the two shapes, the ...
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“A person who sells the toys in the street”

She often makes her children sleep for fear that ___ should come into the street again. That person sells toys such as balloon, doll, ball, bicycle, train, etc... travelling (especially along the ...
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Is the phrase “Mary is a friend in need” confusing?

This is quite confusing. In the dictionary, they say a friend in need: someone who helps you when you need it Say, Tom was broke and he needed help and some financial support. Mary helped him while ...
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Alternate name for Sand traps

Is there any technical name for the sand traps in some car races? I mean, those areas covered with soil and designed to prevent a car from hitting a track wall.
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When do we say “move it” and When do we say “move out of the way”?

This was the context I saw. A kid has been attending in an English speaking school in Vietnam (a non-English country) since the 1st grade. I am pretty sure that he can speak Vietnamese very well. His ...
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What's the adjective of the word “use”

If I want to say "popular" about the cars. Cars were more (popular) than now days In the sense that they were used a lot, what's the adjective I should use? Not popular, but... (adjective ...
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Can we say “shake fish out of the shark”, “set a rug for a meal”, “grown-up bears”, “the dog snarled at the vacuum”? [closed]

I am trying to write a story based on the below pictures. Mickey and Mimi caught a baby shark which had just eaten a lot of fish. Mickey shook fish out of the shark. They and their dog are very ...
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Word for the negative effects of a new medicine

Personally, I don't support animal testing, this is just an essay for an English test. Animal testing can ensure the new medicine is safe for people to use. If medicines are not tested on animals ...
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a verb or a phrase to describe the start of existing [closed]

What word or phrase would fit in best here? She says that trepanation began to be practiced only in Europe during the Dark Ages because Pope once issued an edict saying that that kind of practice ...
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What does “subject teacher” refer to?

In my country, we have two main kinds of teacher (not counting university lecturers) – primary school teachers and secondary school teachers. The latter kind are referred to as 'subject teachers' (...
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Does “the scratch is on the left of your eye” mean “it's on the left part of your eye” or “it's on the left part near your eye”?

When we say "you have a scratch on the left of your eye", Does it mean "the scratch is on the left part of your eye" (which is very serious, you need to see a doctor) or "the ...
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Is it correct to say “don't pull out your hangnail/ dead skin” or “don't pull off your hangnail/ dead skin”?

The first 2 pictures show hangnails and the 3rd picture show dead skin. I think people say "to pull out hairs" (source from dictionary) because a hair has its root (maybe about 1 or 2% of ...
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Someone who disregards his/her own countrymen

I hope this question fits here. Imaginary situation: Internet user X is from abc country. User X is of the belief that he/she is an experienced user of a particular Q&A website. He/she is also of ...
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Is there a word that can be said instead of saying “I said your name to get your attention”?

Is there a word that can be said instead of saying: "I said your name to get your attention"? For example: Q: "where's our friend?" A: "He's over there I'll say his name to ...
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What is the positive form of “stalk”?

What I want is the verb that has the meaning of "stalk", as in a person following someone he or she likes, but which doesn't have any negative meaning like "stalk". For example, She asked him, "...
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Which would be the better choice – “film” or “infomercial”?

Which would be the better word to use for short, informative "films" made to attract students to a university – film or infomercial? Or something else entirely? Perhaps I could use promo? ...
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What are the commonly suitable words between these

I want to say 'let's get started' but after this I don't know what prepositions are commonly suitable between 'let's get started' and 'doing homework.' I guess maybe 'with' is common. Please let me ...
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Can you tell me proper words in this situation?

John: I've found what you're looking for! (Actually, he hasn't found what Jennifer is looking for, that is a lie) Jennifer: Oh, you've found what I'm looking for. What you've found is very shiny. In ...
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Do we say “the bottom of the foot” and “the top of the foot” in general everyday conversations?

Do we say "the bottom of the foot" and "the top of the foot" in general everyday conversations as shown in the picture? For example, "the bottom of your foot is so dirty"....
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Light-hearted alternative for “very knowledgeable person”?

Suppose I want to refer to a very knowleageable person in a light-hearted, informal, yet not direspectful manner. For example, This is a tricky question that requires insight and a historical ...
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Is there a word for a person that other people listen to?

I need to know if there is a word for someone who people like to listen to his/her speeches, talks, lectures, etc.?
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What's the meaning and usage of “One such proposal is FOR” and “The concept is OF”?

Could you guys please explain about these sentences? One such proposal is FOR the vertical farm. The concept is OF multi-storey buildings I can't understand about FOR and OF in these sentences....
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I am not sure what this sentence means

I think the meaning is ambiguous. "it would seem that strategy being followed is to protect defer and delay the case of luis posada" I dont know if it's referring to the purpose of ...
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What is a person who gets pranked called?

Someone who pranks someone else is called a prankster. What is a person who gets pranked called? Is the term "prank victim"?
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Usage of tribute after a longer period / alternative word/sentence

Last year, a very popular actor, Irrfan Khan from India died. Tomorrow is his birthday (January 7). I wanted to make a pencil drawing to show my respect and love for him and his work in movies, and to ...
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People that cannot hear words when music is played

I would like to know whether there is a word to describe a condition whereby a person cannot hear some or all words pertaining to songs when played and needs to be able to observe the text in order to ...

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