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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Is it okay to say “you screw the nut on the bolt to secure the net in the panel”?

This is a plastic basketball net for little children to play So, we have 3 things: the bolt which is a part of the net (ie, the bolt is sticking out from the net), the nut, and the panel with a hole ...
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Is there a word for the diamond thing hanging on the ceiling?

I am pretty sure there's a word for that, but I don't know what it is.
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What do you call a person who cares about personal well-being, hygiene and fitness?

In colloquial English, what a person who cares about personal well-being, hygiene and fitness, is called? if there are words which refer to just one or two aspects please mention them too. (Looking ...
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equivalent for 'Could not ' for bold statement

Last week my friend received some legal documents and he need to sign it and send it back. But he was not accept those terms and conditions mentioned in that. so he could not sign that. Now he want ...
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A word/phrase for “ability to explain things in layman's terms”

I'm applying for a job as a teacher. I'm good at explaining certain subjects in layman's terms and making complex subjects understandable for people. What phrase or word can I use to describe this in ...
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'Provisional' v. 'preliminary' v. 'interim' [closed]

Is it 'provisional —', 'preliminary —', or 'interim report'? Say, there's a commission, it releases a report before the investigation is fully complete (and then the final report). What do you call it?...
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To “bring” or “take” cooking

I'm aware that "cooking" can be used as a noun meaning "cooked food." When I Google for phrases like "bring my cooking to," though, most sentences are as follows (which ...
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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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Comparing “Stockings”, “Leggings”, “Pantyhose” and “Tights”

I was wondering what do you normally call each piece of clothing in the images below? I have found the nouns "stockings", "leggings", "pantyhose" and "tights", ...
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How to say that a point should be skipped so that we can move on to a better (or deeper) question?

My question is in the context of essay writing. My essay will discuss the viewpoints presented by this video from BBC. In the video, the question "How should we include transgender athletics in sport?"...
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What is single word for omit the details?

I am writing a manual like below: do A. do B. do C (omit the details). step 3 is already mentioned in another document, the reader of this manual already knows the details. so I want to indicate ...
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What is the verb for extinguishing the candle flame with your fingers?

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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What is the verbal phrase for “making a candle stop burning”?

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/something + adv./...
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Can we say “I will come back and take the bag after putting you in the stroller”?

You, Your little child and a big toy bag are in a house. Your stroller is outside the house by the door. Now you want to leave, because you can't carry both the child and the big toy bag to the ...
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Is it natural to say “the bar may slip OFF the table” or “the bar may slip ON the table”?

There is a wooden bar leaning on the edge of a table. Is it natural to say "the bar may slip OFF the table" or "the bar may slip ON the table"?
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What are common adjectives to express a person who is difficult, unfriendly, likes to argue, do not cooperate? harsh or sharp-tongued or shrewish?

Some people are very difficult, unfriendly, likes to argue, disagree, do not cooperate, often talk with loud voice. What are common adjectives to express these kinds of people? harsh or sharp-...
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Can we say “to put the leash on the dog”? or Do we always have to say “to put the dog on the leash”?

People say "Dogs must be kept on a lead (leash)" in the dictionary. on (prep) 5 ATTACHED attached to or hanging from something She hung her coat on a hook. Dogs must be kept on a lead (or ...
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What do you call a person who suggested something? A suggester?

Let me give an example for context: If someone posted a question here on the site and I wanted to describe them, I can say "the asker" or "the poster". Now, if someone suggests an edit on that post, ...
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Elegant word to 'kill' the chicken for cooking

In some countries, they raise chickens to eat. And they treat guests with the chicken they raised. To prepare the chicken, the host has to kill and clean the chicken to cook. But it's quite scary to ...
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What's the name of the part between the fingertip and hyponychium?

What's the name of the part between the fingertip and hyponychium? I want to describe some kind of feeling there. I know I can say the phrase "This feeling is in between the fingertip and the ...
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What do you call decorated cloth?

What do you call decorated cloth? I am referring to the cloth that have decoration on them meaning they don't have a smooth texture, but have decorated parts that budges out of the fabric.
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Would you say “don't put the foot in the barrier” or “don't put the foot on the barrier” depending on different kinds of barriers?

There are many types of barriers. Some have very small holes that only a human foot may fit in, some have quite large gaps between the posts (see the picture) If a person put his foot in a hole of ...
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What do you call the bottom part of a ballroom dress?

What do you call the bottom part of a female ballroom dress? I am referring to the part that extends out of the waist and may touch the floor.
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Is it correct to say “the mug is on the hole” or “the mug is on the ground” in this case?

There is a hole and a mug, the diameter of the mug is bigger than the hole. The mug blocked the hole as shown in the picture. Is it correct to say "the mug is on the hole" or "the mug ...
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Are they ok to say “You put the blue Lego brick on the yellow one halfway. Please put it all the way on!” and “Please screw the cap all the way on”?

Your child doesn't put Lego bricks on each other completely and screw the cap on the bottle completely. There are always gaps between them as showed in the following picture. Are these correct ...
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Is it idiomatic to say “Oh, this Lego is of very poor quality. This red brick doesn't tightly fit in the yellow one”?

Do we have a common or general verb to express a Lego brick tightly fits in another brick in such a way that it won't easily fall apart after we put it together, for example, "Oh, this Lego is of ...
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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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A better word than desire in this context?

My desire to heal, educate, and advocate for patients coupled with my hunger for knowledge align with the qualities of a physician, ultimately cementing this career choice as the perfect match for me. ...
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Opposite of “against someone's will” in this context

He sold their house against his father's will. I'm quite confused as to as what is the opposite of against someone's will in this context. Is it with someone's consent? Please tell me the most ...
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Opposite word of Nomophobia

Since I don't use my mobile phone much like others. I want to mention me as in one word "this kind of person" who don't care much about mobile phones or attending calls. I know the word Nomophobia ...
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What are some synonyms to 'tenure' when the post is informal?

What are some synonyms to 'tenure' when the post is informal? Can I say 'during his deployment' or 'during his assignment'? Lexico doesn't support this view, the words don't have a sense "a period of ...
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Would you say “don't step in or on that tiny pile of food (cooked rice with fish)”?

There is a tiny pile of food on the floor. The food includes some cooked rice and fish. The pile is much smaller than your foot. Would you say "don't step in or on that tiny pile of food"? I agree ...
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Do we say “to look at yourself or your reflection in a mirror, on a shiny surface, on water, etc”?

In the movie "White Chamber", the man said "Look at yourselves in the mirror." (see the script) But many native speakers say that we have to say "Look at your reflection in the mirror, glass, ...
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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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Is there a male equivalent of “Karen”?

Is there a male equivalent of "Karen"? I have heard a few (e.g., Frank, Bob, Ken), but they don't seem to have the wide currency that "Karen" does. Perhaps they do and I am not aware of it. ...
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Is “sense” perfectly natural here?

Woman: Would you like to hear about it? (it=the woman's day.) Man: ...Okay. Woman: You sure? You don't have to. Man: No, but I can sense you'd like to tell me about it. Is sense perfectly ...
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Someone/thing that a responder responds to is called?

I know a Responder is a person or something that responds to a specific thing. But what do we call a person or thing that a responder responds to? I think it's something with "respond" or "response" ...
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Is it natural to say “please play with your Lego in one place, don't play a bit here a bit there as you may lose your bricks”?

I came up with this structure "to play a bit here a bit there" I am not sure if it is what native speakers often say. Also, Is it natural to say "please play with your Lego in one place, don't play ...
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What to call a troll who persistently annoys others through jargon

Not too long ago, I've encountered this god awful 'troll' on Discord who tends to provoke others without a break. The person would compose paragraphs of endless blasphemy purposely for the attention ...
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Word to describe “a person who has no Love no Hate”?

What do we call a person who has a neutral state of mind with no Love no hate? Please don't tell a Robot or Dead Person. Is there any word to describe a person.
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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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Are these expressions valid, “do you want to put the box over yourself?”, “do you want me to put the box over you?”, etc?

Some children like to play like this. That is they cover themselves with a big box. Are these expressions valid: -do you want to put the box over yourself? -do you want me to put the box over you? ...
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What is it called? A basin or vessel?

Look at this large bowl-shaped container which is very popular in Asia but not in Western countries. It can be used to contain water or you can wash your hands or face using it. In the dictionary, ...
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How do you call the person working in the local government office?

If you go to the local government office for some requests, you talk with a person working in the office. How do you call them? I know some words like a government official, civil servant, office ...
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A person whom you consider to be your potential companion?

Suppose someone wants to go on a difficult military/research mission and he needs three people to accompany him. He looks at a list of possible candidates and marks two of them as [possible/presumable/...
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What do you call a person who checks if everything is all right?

Talking about roles for people, what do you call a person who is in charge of checking or verifying that every part of a procedure is working okay? I was thinking "reviewer" but it does not sound ...
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What is it or are they called? a ladder or stairs?

ladder a piece of equipment for climbing up and down a wall, the side of a building, etc., consisting of two lengths of wood or metal that are joined together by steps or rungs to climb ...
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What do we call the random profile pictures we get in online sites?

Is there a term for "profile picture" which is given randomly to the users who join an online forum or social networking sites such as Hangouts and the very own Stack Exchange, where we get a random ...
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“Firstly, secondly, thirdly,…”, what comes next? [duplicate]

Similar to this Question How would you complete the following sequence, until point 10? Firstly Secondly Thirdly ... Any help would be appreciated.

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