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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How to express “to show the inner part of one's lower lip” to show disapproval?

The above girl showed the inner part of her lower lip. It seems that people say "she curled up her lip". However, the dictionary say curl one's lip: phrase of lip raise a corner of one's ...
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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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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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Right phrase for “External Examiner” job position

Yesterday, I have written my CV for job interview. In the work experience field I got stuck because I did not find the right word to define my job. I am a teacher. Sometimes, I visit other schools in ...
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How do you describe something that develops rapidly, is packed with events?

Yes, I consulted a thesaurus, no help (or I couldn't use it properly). I need an adjective that describes a process that develops rapidly and is full of events (regardless of whether they are good or ...
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Do we say “She fell on her head”, “She fell with her head onto the floor”, “She fell and hit her head onto the floor”, “She dived into the floor”?

Consider a person who falls with their head coming into contact with the floor first before other parts of their body (back, legs, etc). Do we say "She fell on her head", "She fell with ...
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Is there a word for losing something in order to gain some other thing?

For example I want increase the speed of a memory system in a computer but this will cost more money or decreasing the capacity will also gain more speed. So I have to lose capacity and money in ...
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What is the gesture of hiding your mouth called?

What is called the action of hiding your mouth with your hand? I find it to be a very peculiar behavior, but I am thinking this was something that was done by aristocrats in the real word, so ...
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Is it natural to say “You're showing too much flesh on your chest. Change into new clothes!”?

The woman in the picture showed too much flesh on her chest. It is either too sexy or not good for her lung in winter, for example. Say, you have a teen daughter who wears things like that. Is it ...
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Do we say “please lay the chair down”?

We say "please stand the chair up" to mean "to put the chair in a vertical position". Do we say "please lay the chair down" to mean "to put the chair in a horizontal ...
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Your child likes to play around with his food. Is it natural to say “could you eat seriously?”?

This is what Vietnamese parents often say to children in Vietnamese "eat seriously" (literally translated from Vietnamese to English) when the children like to play around with his food ...
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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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“I am the same <noun> as you are” - better way of putting it

I want to say "I am same parent as you are, so I also have the right to demand what is best for my children", but I am bothered by "I am same parent as you are" because it ...
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Word for the climax of a magic show

The word's meaning is close to the climax of a magic show. Close, but please don't quote me on that. It begins with letter "p", and contains a letter "t". Again, off the top of my ...
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Is it correct to say “zip the front pocket of the back pack all the way to the end”?

Your child was trying to zip the front pocket of a back pack but he did it halfway as shown in the picture. Is it correct to say "zip the front pocket of the back pack all the way" or "...
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How to express to eat something all together without eating each parts of it separately?

My wife bought some cakes (I don't know what the cake is called) for my son as shown in the above picture. There was some cream (butter or milk or whatever) inside the core of each cake. Normally, he ...
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Is it ok to say “to tie your finger with a rubber band”, “to wrap a rubber band around your finger”?

tie [transitive] to attach or hold two or more things together using string, rope, etc.; to fasten somebody/something with string, rope, etc. tie something + adv./prep. She tied the ...
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Is there a phrase or word that means “put on too much makeup”?

Is there a phrase or word that means "put on too much makeup"? I remember there was a phrase and I think it had the word "paste" in it, but I don't remember it. I also think there was a verb that ...
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A term to explain a matrix that is mirror reflection of the input

What is the correct word to say that we have put everything that is in the right to the left and every thing that is placed in right to the left, while preserving the order in the opposite manner. ...
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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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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 is the period called when you first buy a car and you have to go slower?

What is 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? In Italian, it's called ...
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What is the proper verb to use instead of “being at the same time with” in this specific sentence? [duplicate]

I want to tell a professor that I can not attend the meeting because it is at the same time as my class and ask them to change the meeting time. My question is, what is the correct word to use rather ...
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How to wish a good working day to someone

I want to wish to my colleague, like we do in italian, a good working day. In my mind came the idea of using Good Job, but I don't think I'm right. Instead, should I use I wish you a good working day? ...
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What do you call an unintentional target?

What do you call a target that is not necessarily intentional? For example, if a missile hits a hospital, what do you call it? If I said, 'Targets included a hospital', it would suggest that the ...
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set off/deploy/* the airbag

The car hit the dumpster with enough impact to set off/deploy the airbag. Which of "set off" and "deploy" sounds more explosive? Is there anything else I could use instead to make ...
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Is it correct to say “The mug's wobbly if you do like that”?

There is a small stone on a flat surface like a table and Tom puts his mug on it as shown in the picture. Is it correct to say "The mug's wobbly if you do like that"?
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If something begins one day and then continues the next day, without interruption, what do you call it?

If something begins one day and then continues the next day, without interruption, what do you call it? Does it spill or stretch into the next day? I feel I forgot the right word.
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What is this goodbye hand gesture called?

I’ve seen this gesture in movies and my friends use it sometimes. You use it when you say goodbye to someone and you kinda tap on the side of your forehead with two fingers. I’ve attached an image ...
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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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Is it correct to say “I feel vomit/puke/throw-up when I smell pork fat”?

"Feel" is a linking verb and we often use adjectives after liking verbs. We normally use adjectives after "feel" For example, Do you still feel hungry? (source) But we can use a ...
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Is it correct to say “Be careful of the bits sticking up. They may poke you in the eye”?

Your child made a ring out of a twist tie but for some reasons, the 2 ends of the tie were not folded and stuck up as shown in the picture. Is it correct to say "Be careful of the bits sticking ...
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Which word would you use for something 'internal' or 'in-house'?

There is a word 'kitchen' in my language, like: It is their internal kitchen - in this case, 'kitchen' means something we don't care or we should not be aware of, since it is their business and we ...
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Is it correct to say “he shook milk onto the table”?

A boy was holding a milk carton which has a little milk. He then shook the carton and some milk came out and fell onto the table. In the dictionary, they say shake: [+ object] : to force (something) ...
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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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Milk-fed or breast-fed

What is the opposite of "breast-feeding"? Is it "milk-feeding"? I read in my book What Do You Think that "Children should be breast-fed instead of milk-fed." But does &...
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What do you call an encircling road climbing up a hill?

I base my question on this question: What is this type of road called in English? From that post, I learned that this kind of roads are called Switchback or Serpentine By definition, a switchback is &...
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What is the word for starting to do things the people you live with do?

I was told I was nice because I was Canadian. I wanted to say "I am not Canadian, but maybe I have learnt being nice after living in Canada for a while". I came up with this sentence, but I ...
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Adjective that relates to 'hair'

Is there an adjective that relates to 'hair'? We have adjectives for other parts of body like oral for mouth, corporal for body, dental for teeth etc. For example, for the disorder of mouth, we'd say ...
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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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Word(s) in which 'V' is pronounced /f/

I was reading this question and it reminded me of a word (I've forgotten now) which was the opposite of that question i.e. a word in which the letter V is pronounced /f/. I racked my brain for about ...
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Is there an adjective that describes the shape of jigsaw puzzle pieces?

Is there an adjective that describes the shape of jigsaw puzzle pieces? I am pretty sure there's an adjective for it, but I am not sure I can think of any.
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Is there an antonym to “atom” and “atomic”?

Is there an antonym to "atom"? The only thing that comes to mind is "group of atoms", because that's literally what the antonym of "atom" should be, but that's a phrase. ...
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Figure of Speech

What do call sentences like for example "the Hitler of 20th century" and other sentences like that.? What is the literary device/figure of speech used there.?
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In everyday English, how to express the action that a person forces you compensate a lot for your very small bad effect on him?

This often happens in sports but in everyday life as well. Say, in a football match, player A accidentally makes player B of the opposite team fall lightly. That is a very small fault but B screams ...
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“White glass” or “transparent glass”?

I was writing an essay wherein I encountered the need of writing the description of a mirror. The mirror I want to describe is a normal mirror which isn't coloured, the simple one found at our home. ...
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What is the verb that describe sand dropping across a face or a wall?

What is the verb that describe sand dropping across a face or a wall? I first looked for dripping but it seemed that dripped is only used for liquids.
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Do we have an everyday word to express the state of our mouth before crying, for example, “he twisted his mouth as if he almost cried”?

When a child is about to cry or he almost cries, his mouth is twisted. Do we have an everyday common word to express the state of our mouth before crying, for example, "he twisted his mouth as if ...
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Is it correct to say “my son often stages a sit-down to get things he wants or insist you to make it up to him”?

There are 3 common situations: 1st, some children often sit on floors, cry and kick their legs when their parents don't give things they want like cake, candy or some toys. 2nd, when they hurt ...
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What do photos do?

What do photos do with their contents? They can picture, show, I wonder whether they depict. Lexico defines it as "Represent by a drawing, painting, or other art form". I'm not sure any ...

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