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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“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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“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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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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Different idiom to “there are two sides to every coin”

There was a similar question posted a couple of months ago, but the details of what that person was looking for are a bit different from mine. I am looking for another saying that describes you being ...
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How can I say “a period of four months” in one word?

If I want to say the first three months of the year in one word, I would say "the first quarter". Which word should I use to refer to a period of four months?
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How to blame bad luck?

What is the fixed expression which can be said by an unlucky person to show their disappointment after a bad outcome / happening in English? In Russian people have the slang: "ёлки-палки" which is a ...
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Is it okay to say “the piece” when you don't know what it is called?

A laminate floor is made by sticking many layers of planks together. Over the time, the glue may wear off and makes these layers break and split open. "The piece" may appear on the floor as shown in ...
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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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How much is the (probability / likelihood) of something?

How do you normally ask about the probability / likelihood of something in English? Example: The number of artificial satellites is increasing and the gravitational force is acting up on them. But ...
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What's the alternative to “laugh track” for particular phrases?

What's the alternative to "laugh track" for particular phrases? For example: He repeatedly played "I choose you Pikachu" track on his laptop, which annoyed me. It doesn't sound right, but I am ...
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What's the word for moving inside a river upstream or downstream?

What's the word for moving inside a river upstream or downstream? I thought about sailed, but I am not sure that's a good verb. What if we are on a small boat for 1 person? Also, what about the ...
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Adverbs of emphasis in the spoken language

There are some adverbs of emphasis in the spoken language that I find really interesting. Examples : Badly, Awfully, Terribly = To a great degree. (I wanted it so badly.) , (It's not terribly ...
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Verifying that workers put in the right amount of hours at work

I'm developing an application for remote workers to be able to check in and out of work and I've stumbled upon a concept I don't know how to translate into worker. A worker's manager is supposed to ...
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Idiom for from difficult situation to worse situation

Is there an idiom that we can refer to say " going through from tough times to tougher(worst) times" My own creation: From boiling oil to fire. Something like this.
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What should I call a supermarket's sales person?

I wonder which choice is the natural one among the options below? A: Did you buy all the items within the list? B: Yea, just I was short on cash, so I (became indebted to / owed) the ............
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What's the word for starting a contest?

What's the word for starting a contest? Not really starting, but financing it and being legally liable to award the winner. I can't think of a verb for that. Example: The company organized and ___ ...
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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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We say “After you put the shirt on, you are wearing it”. Would you say “After you lay your head on the pillow, you are laying your head on it”?

put something + adv./prep. to move something into a particular place or position Put the cases down there, please. Did you put sugar in my coffee? Put your hand up if you need more ...
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The name for a sentence that uses a word that can be a noun or a verb both ways: “We swing on the swing”

We swing on the swing. Glue( to use glue) with Glue. Juice (to squeeze to make juice) to make juice. What is the name for these kind of sentences that the noun and verb are the same?
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Is there have rhymes for silver, purple, month, ninth, pint, wolf, opus, dangerous, marathon and discombobulate? [closed]

I read on internet that Rhymes for Words That Have No Rhyme. That silver, purple, month, ninth, pint, wolf, opus, dangerous, marathon and discombobulate. And mostly for Orange have no rhyme. ...
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What is the interface between a floor and a wall called: a corner, too?

corner: a part of something where two or more sides, lines or edges join the four corners of a square I hit my knee on the corner of the table. Write your address in the top right-hand ...
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What it it called when you turn a lid to close a jar?

There's a jar, there's a thread on the top of the jar. What verb do you use when you take a lid, place it to the top of a jar, and then turn it clockwise until it tightly fits the jar? What do you do ...
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A food that doesn't have enough salt

In English we use the adjective "saltless" to describe a food with "no salt"; but I need to know whether there is a particular adjective for a food which doesn't have "enough" salt? (i.e. ...

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