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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Verb: Cover the cost or get a higher return?

I wonder if there exists a verb that indicates covering the costs or getting a higher return. It would be either a transitive verb preceding "investment" or "cost", or simply an ...
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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 is the join between the neck and the chin called, is it called “the crook of the head”?

What is the join between the neck and the chin called as shown in the picture, is it called "the crook of the head"?
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Word for flexing/moving body part

When you flex your hand to show the movement it has. I also remember someone using this term for how someone could arrange their face when they show facial expressions. E.g i articulated my foot to ...
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Put/Take ; In/Out: What is a verb useable for both?

"He was asked to put the blocks in and take the blocks out of the box." What is an alternative to "put/take" in this sentence, so that the sentence can read "He was asked to [verb] the blocks in and ...
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Word for random person from audience who is called to stage during live show

Sometimes during a live show, the lead singer/performer invites a random person from the audience to join them on stage, usually for short mutual singing or performance. (Example) Is there a word for ...
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Word for making a statement, consciously left open to interpretation while maintaining plausible deniability for any interpretation

As the title says: I'm looking for a single verb to describe the act of making a statement that is consciously left open to interpretation, with the purpose of instilling a certain interpretation ...
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What's the word for someone who loves two entities, like bilingual is one who knows two languages?

I saw the movie Isle of Dogs (2018) yesterday. The narrative described a kingdom of cat-loving humans waging war against the dog kingdom.1 Later, some characters spoke only Japanese without subtitles ...
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Verb for someone who refuses to repay money

What's the verb to say the behavior of someone who refuse to repay the money he owed? (Even if he knows it and is able to pay it back.) As far as I know, there is a commonly used noun which called ...
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What is the handle of a gift bag called in everyday conversations?

What is the handle of a gift bag called in everyday conversations? For example, "The strap/strip/string of the gift bag"
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can “take” be used in the continuous tenses?

Kid A and B are fighting over the toy. Both hands of A and B are on the toys. Is it correct for the kid A to say "Mom, he is taking my toy" But that situation is rare, normally, it will ...
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Is there a word referring to something that motivates you?

One of my pupils wanted to express that there is a song that gives him motivation to create things. He referred to the song as a "kicker". I looked the word kicker up and the OED says it ...
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Colloquial term for “generous”

When an unsavory type, say a gangster or just your general low-life, acts in a generous way, how would you describe him/his action in order for the epithet to sound colloquial? Or at the very least ...
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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 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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“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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What do you call political institutions that are not independent?

If something, for example a political institution, serves only to make a false appearance that that institution exists (for example, courts or legislatures that are heavily dependent on the head of ...
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How do we express we take the net off the ring of a basketball net?

A simple basketball net for children includes a ring and a net. You have to put the net "on" the ring (I am not sure "on" is the correct preposition here) by sliding the rope of ...
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What would be the best word for a part of a recipe?

I'm not thinking of ingredients, more like components - i.e. it's what a glazing is to a cake. What I mean is a part of a dish, not a part of the text of the recipe. The word I'm looking for is ...
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What's the verb to describe the onset of a disease?

I know that "onset" is a noun. I'm trying to find a verb to convey the onset of a disease. For instance, I need to make a list of things that are not covered by a medical insurance product, ...
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What word describes 'reconnect and continue' a previous correspondence?

I had a correspondence with an office that ended some time ago. Now I want to reconnect and continue from where I left the previous correspondence. My mind tells me the word Resurrect, i.e. ...
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What is the part of an outer mouth that is limited between the upper lip and nose called in everyday conversations?

What is the part of an outer mouth that is limited between the upper lip and nose called in everyday conversations as shown in the picture. It seems that the technical word for it is "philtrum&...
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Word that would describe someone who is uncomfortably scrupulous towards others

I'm looking for and adjective which would describe someone who cares something about deeply, say grammar, and therefore is irritated by every little mistake when you write some text together. ...
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Can we say “I rub clothes with washing powder to wash them”?

rub [transitive, intransitive] to press two surfaces against each other and move them backwards and forwards; to be pressed together and move in this way rub something She rubbed her hands in delight. ...
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What do you call an area of the sea that sinks many ships?

What do you call an area of the sea that sinks many ships? I am pretty sure there was a word for it. When there are treacherous rocks that sink wooden ships, there was a word pirates used to refer to ...
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What's the word for undo a wish?

The opposite of grant a wish. Like someone who will be the adversary of genie
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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 a word for describing a movie or a book that consume a lot of brain energy to understand?

Due to the complicated plots, you may consume a lot of brain energy to understand it. In Chinese we call it "burning brain". What's burning brain movie! I watched it 3 times for fully ...
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Is it idiomatic to say “don't bite me in the arm”?

We can say "to poke me in the arm" as stated in dictionaries. the verb "bite" is somehow similar to "poke" in its meaning because both mean to push into or through something. But I don't see the ...
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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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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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in the new setting/surroundings

James and the drunk enter the pizza place. Gordon's there. Gordon: Who's that? James: Oh, that's Shots. Gordon: Shots? James: Yeah. I don't know his real name. I'm not sure he does either. He's ...
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What is the general everyday term to express the interface between the door and the door frame?

Look at the picture Children often accidentally put their hands or fingers in the interface between the door and the door frame, which is dangerous because they might get crushed by chance. What is ...
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In a computer simulation, what do you call the level that abstracts away the simulated world for computation?

In a computer simulation, what do you call the level that abstracts away the simulated world for computation? The simulation must be computed, so there's a level where the computation is done in a ...
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When mom is going to work, the kid says “Mom, come home to / with me soon, ok”. Is that a correct expression?

When mom is going to work, the kid says: -"Mom, come home to / with me soon, ok". I am not sure "to or with" or -"Mom, come home soon and be with me, ok" But I remember I read this sentence ...
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How to express “you are holding your bike and then walk, which makes the bike go with you”, do you say “I am carrying / taking / walking my bike”?

Say, you are not riding on your bike. Instead, you are holding it with your hands. You, then, walk, which makes the bike go with you. do you say "I am carrying / taking / walking my bike"? If we ...
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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 child put his finger into an assembled toy, could we say “Be careful, you may break your finger if you fall on the toy”?

on: supported by somebody/something She was standing on one foot. Try lying on your back. Hang your coat on that hook. Look at this picture My child often put his finger into an ...
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What word best describes “to move your hand over a surface while pressing firmly”?

rub [intransitive, transitive] to move your hand, or something such as a cloth, backwards and forwards over a surface while pressing firmly → stroke rub your nose/chin/eyes/forehead etc ...
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What do you call the small protusion found in merchant stalls that protect people and goods from the rain?

What do you call the small protrusion found in merchant stalls that protect people and goods from the rain? It's called a roof, but I am talking about the part of the "roof" that's protruding a little ...
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What do you call a speculative law?

The Moore's law is an empirical law based on empirical observations. What do you call a law that's purely speculative? Is there such a thing? What kind of terms would scientists use to refer to such a ...
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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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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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The output of an adapter

I'm trying to name a function in a software package. Let's start with some backgrounds. The package provides supplemental functions to multiple upstream packages that train random forests. To avoid ...
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An (erosive/eroding) job/task/action etc

I wonder what adjective do you normally use to describe an action / a task which as time passes causes you to wear out and makes you exhausted. These kinds of jobs are not at all boring at first, but ...
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A verb for when mistrust increases?

After what he did, her mistrust in their relationship _______ . So they already had mistrust in this agreement, but with the recent turns of events their mistrust ______ . If you do that, ...
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Price demanded and offered

A sellers demands a sum of money for the thing he sells and that is called 'price'. Question is, is the same on the side of a customer? I mean, does a customer offer a 'price' when he bargains? Is the ...
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What is called an organization where people are looking for a job for a while?

I am writing a CV in English and I have come to work experience. I do not know if there is a name in English for this organization or something like that, but in my language a literal translation ...
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How to express my sold items are diverse?

In Czech, I would say there is a varied offer, would that be correct? What about diverse, various, miscellaneous, multifarious? Also, I didn't find any synonyms to offer in the business sense. Are ...
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What could be the names of the sound of the water falling in a shower?

one of my friends said: "The swoosh of the shower" I don't really think it fits the calm sound that could be heard when water is falling in a common shower, listening in the bedroom next door. What ...

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