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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What is the correct verb when a company stops using services from another company?

Lets say a company was using another company's services, but decided to move away to a different company. What is the correct verb for that? I've looked in the dictionary for antonyms of cooperation ...
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Better term than “massage shop”

I came across a woman talking about having a massage at a massage shop. What do you call a venue where relaxation massages (as opposed to remedial massages) are done? Is there something better than "...
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How to tell animals to go away?

In my language we have separate words to chase off each (common) animal, like "tchibe" for dogs, "sheetz" for cats, and "ish" for birds. I can think of only one corresponding word in English: one time ...
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What do you call the air that rushes into your car in the highway?

I don't think we call it a wind, because it's not a wind if the air is hitting you, because the car is moving at a high speed. Is there a specific word for stagnant air (doesn't have to be stagnant ...
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Is there a word/slang for 'keyboarder' - irresponsible internet critics

In Mandarin Chinese there is an internet slang, literally keyboarder, which refers to people (especially internet users) who express a lot of groundless and irresponsible opinions but disguised as ...
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What is the word for the words which are not spoken, but should be understood?

I want to know the word which means any word which is not spoken/written explicitly but should be understood. Example: Person A has misbehaved with his parents. So somebody close to person A, say his ...
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How to refer to a television series in UK English

This has been bugging me for a while, and I did attempt a google search on "British word for TV series" but I was unable to unearth anything helpful. In the US, a season of a TV show refers to the ...
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Is it correct to say “I am scoring my girlfriend/my boss” when your girlfriend/boss acknowledge good things you are doing for them?

Say you are dating a girl and you want to let her think that you are doing a lot of good things for that person. For example, Your girlfriend missed her bus & called you over. You immediately ...
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How do I express thinking one thing but saying another?

Everyone can think inside their head (Without producing any sound from their mouth). What is this called in English? He says: "This is good." but he internally says: "This is bad". He says: "This is ...
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What is the correct way to say I had to move my bike that went under the car in a crash?

Today I was trying to overtake a car and it hit me from the side, I fell on the ground and the car went over my bicycle. It took some time to pull out the bike from under the car because it got stuck. ...
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Verb for what the radio does

I'm trying to find the right verb for when the radio is ... broadcasting? ... a particular channel. In my native language, a direct translation would be "the radio was playing BBC 4" but that doesn't ...
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A word for “all the great attributes or achievements of you and/or your family”

When Arabs talk about how great a person is, relative to others, they talk about the person's family (birth or descent, or nasab) and the person's or his family's achievements or attributes (hasab). ...
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What is the right word to describe something more than “great”

I need to write short email that will state something like: ..that will turn a good company into a ... company. What would be a proper word that I can use?
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A footballer who doesn't pass the ball

Could someone please tell me what we call a football(soccer) player who doesn't pass the ball and ignores other players at good positions. I think about "Soloist" but I am not sure if it works for ...
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Is there a word for pant sleeves?

Is there a word for pant sleeves? I know that 'sleeves' is used for sweaters, but what about pants? I don't think the phrase 'sleeve pants' is idiomatic. Is it? By pant sleeves, I obviously mean the ...
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A noun for a country you live in and that's not your home country

Suppose you are from country X, and had to travel to and live in a foreign country Y for a better life, leaving behind your family. I'm looking for a word with the meaning a foreign country you ...
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Word to describe “to talk excitedly about something”?

Is there a word for "to talk excitedly about something"? I'm sure there's a word for that. But Thesaurus.com didn't give me the answer. Example sentence: Mary took John to the place where they ...
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Can “star” mean “planet” (outside astrology)?

In Asian languages such as Japanese, we can choose not to make distinction between star like the Sun, planet like the Earth, and satellite like the Moon, calling them in a word usually translated as "...
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What is the difference between 'truth' and 'sincerity'

I've just run into trailer where these two words 'art requires truth, not sincerity' delivered as different or even oposite I didn't find any substantial difference between words truth and sincerity ...
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What is the word for this type of shade mixed with spots of sunlight?

What is the word/phrase which describes that type of shade which one can witness on a sunny day under a tree which doesn't have very thick foliage; the one which is a mixture of shadow spots formed by ...
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What's the word for a territory breaking away from another territory to become its own self-governing country?

I forgot this one. When a country breaks away to gain independence, what is the word to describe it?
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What is the word for someone who sells pictures or works of art?

Is there any specific word for describing someone who sells pictures, drawings, paintings, or works of art in English? (Oh and also this "someone" trades (or deals(?)) paintings as well.) There are ...
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When something carries more than recommended

What adjective or noun can be used to describe something carrying more than is recommended? For instance a truck can carry 300 kg. but it's loaded with 310kg. so it's what? I was thinking of ...
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Word to describe a person who spends extremely little money

What do you call a person who spends extremely little money, and is careful in spending each and every dollar? Note, I'm not saying he has little money. He spends very, very little money, but he has ...
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Word meaning “harmful to learning”?

Something that damages productivity is counterproductive. What would be the word for something harmful to your learning process? For example, teaching you wrong, so that later you must first unlearn ...
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Is there a word for “undissolved flour” when mixing with water?

When you try to mix any kind of liquid with some dry powder, they don't mix well and you can see those unmixed powder form into sort of bubbles! Is there any good word to describe those? If there is ...
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What's the name for face side view of face

I'm looking for English word which describes the photo of head facing sideways relative to camera. For example in this mugshot: The right photo is portrait, what would you call the left one? In my ...
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What is the term for a list of people who have permission to access your data?

I was going to wrote a code to display notice to user if the process to download a list of people who has permission to access the current user's data, like this: "Unable to load permission list" ...
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Is there any other neutral word for homosexual male than gay?

Is there any other neutral word for a homosexual male? The word gay is, I think, quite neutral, but it sounds very funny to me because in German it's the imperative from 'go'. So, you say 'geh' (...
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What is the word for a guy who is from a village and ignorant because of it?

How should I describe a guy who moves to a city or urban area, but does not know much about how things work in those cities, and make an ass of themselves? The closest word I came up with is ...
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Can you describe someone as luxurious?

Can you describe someone as luxurious? As in someone who likes luxurious things? We're pretty sure you can't, but we don't know what word you'd use. It's not hedonistic, that's different. We're just ...
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How do you say “I hope it doesn't rain and lightning today?”

How do I say I hope it doesn't rain and lightning today?
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What is the taste of an unripened date or plum?

What do you call that sensation that you feel when you eat raw diospyros? IO don’t know the actual name. It also happens when you try to eat banana peel and you get that sensation in your mouth. What’...
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What similar words can I use for 'chemistry' in the context of sports?

Consider this expression: Chemistry between player X and player Y helped their team to win the championship three times in a row. Even though team X has got tons of great players, still they never ...
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Word for transfering functionality from one system to another

I'm looking for a verb that means implementing the same functionality that already exists in another system. "To move" seems to imply that it's no longer present in another system. Is "to transfer" ...
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What is the opposite of “busy schedule”?

What is the opposite of "busy schedule"? I read the forum at this link, and it says "loose schedule" is not a good choice. What is the common adjective for this?
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What is the name of the plastic cover of books and magazines?

When buying books in books-shop, we see sometimes a transparent cover which covers the book hermetically as a sign that it's new and nobody used or opened it. What is the name of this cover in English?...
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What is the small room in the entrance of the flat called?

Where I live, many apartments are build in a way that after you open the door of an apartment, then you have a small room "entrance room" in which people can put their shoes or other things, and from ...
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What are the terms for months with 30 days and for months with 31 days?

I would like to know if there are any terms to represent a month with 30 days or 31 days respectively. Big month? Leap month?
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What do I call this food?

Should I call what is depicted in the image "stir fried mixed vegetables", "stir fried vegetables" or "fried vegetables combination"? For stir fry, I'm not sure how to ...
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An adjective for something that is not as well-known as it should be

There are two related problems that I am working on. The first problem is very famous. The second problem was published in a book about 70 years ago, but since then, little attention has been given to ...
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What do you call neither spicy nor sweet food?

What do you call food without a lot of pepper or salt or spices? How is the taste of ordinary food called?
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A word describing a 'part' of UK hospitals (departments?)

What's the common name in usage in the UK for the part in the hospital that specializes in one field only (for example neurology)? I saw two different names 'wing' and 'department'. But both are in ...
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When a person (child) should cover something in soap

In Russian we have a verb "Намыль", which means take soap (assuming either wet soap or dry soap depending on context) and rub it to have it cover something. What is the equivalent in English? I ...
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Single word request for rings formation on water

While throwing stones in water, we will see lots of small rings formed. Can anyone say single word for the rings formation?.
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(A room / an office) where an artist works

What do you call a place including an office or a room where an artist (e.g. a photographer or a painter) works? I know the word "atelier" which based on Cambridge Dictionary's definition is something ...
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Some equivalents for “saving face”

Suppose a a woman has a very impolite, naughty and bad-tempered child; once a number of relatives come by to their house as guests. Before their arrival, mother speaks to her child. She wants to ...
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What's the word for roads on top of roads?

Suppose you are driving on the freeway and there is a road that is built on top of the road that you are currently driving on. For example, a transit that takes cars up to their exit or maybe it's ...
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A word or phrase describing feeling bad about something changing after you've become used to it

We say: "I got used to it" when we know that something has always happened the same way and I'm agree with that. That's correct, right? If there's a situation where you've gotten used to something ...
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A verb for expelling mucus from nose with force

The winter is 'on', and we all are getting cold. Being a doctor, I know that if you don't expel the mucus accumulated in your nose, you are likely to get an infection. Anyway, facts aside, how do I ...

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