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What is the brown cardboard covering coffee cups called in English?

It is called a "sleeve." Although the primary meaning refers to that part of clothing which covers the wearer's arms in part or in whole, by analogy it has come to mean a tightly fitting, tubular ...
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What do we call the small towel that we use only for hands

It is called, not surprisingly, a hand towel. Here's an example of the phrase in live usage: Macy's hand towels.
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What is the basic unit of a chain called in English?

It's called a link. From Wikipedia, A chain is a series of connected links which are typically made of metal. A chain may consist of two or more links.
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What is the cover of the head of a pen called in English?

It is called a pen cap Do you know where the cap for this pen is? is an often heard question for small children after they've been drawing.
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What's the child doing in this picture? Is it called tongue twister?

No, a "tongue twister" is a sentence that is very difficult to say correctly. For example: She sells seashells on the seashore The sixth sheik's sixth sheep's sick. Which wristwatches are ...
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Is this food a bread or a loaf?

"Dough" is what we call the raw, prepared bread mixture before it is cooked. A "loaf" is what we call a whole, cooked leavened bread, made with yeast so that it rises. This is the kind normally ...
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What is this mop-like tool called in English?

I expect most Americans, when seeing this, would call it a Swiffer, even if it is not actually a Swiffer brand product. It’s similar to how many Americans call any kind of facial tissue a Kleenex. ...
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What is the sports hall in schools called in English?

In British School, that would be more likely to be called a 'Sports Hall' than a 'Gym'. In Britain, one tends to think of a 'Gym' as a room with weights, and machines, rather than a large hall.
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What is this "opened" cube called?

The word is net. I'm a maths teacher, and this is the standard term used in Australia. I'm fairly sure it's the same in other parts of the English-speaking world, thanks to sources like: Wikipedia ...
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What is the inner cover of the winter shoes called in English?

This is called a lining: material that lines or that is used to line especially the inner surface of something (as a garment)(MW) You would ask questions such as: What are those boots lined ...
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What do you call the "ceiling" of a table?

I would simply call it the underside of the table. The underside of something is the part of it which normally faces towards the ground. (Collins Dictionary)
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Do we "open bottles" or we "open caps"?

She is opening the bottle by unscrewing the cap or removing the cap. Edit based on feedback from commeonts: if you say opening the cap people will understand what you mean. It might also be a ...
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What is the soft part of the palm called in English?

The anatomical term for it is the thenar eminence: However, this is a scientific term, known mostly to medical students and doctors. It's not in general use. I had never even heard of it until I ...
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What is the structure in which people sit on the elephant called in English?

To the best of my knowledge, it's called a howdah. "howdah: a seat or covered pavilion on the back of an elephant or camel" https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/howdah Please bear in mind ...
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What is the cover of the head of a pen called in English?

There are a few different names for it, which vary in preference depending on your locale. I've heard pen cap and pen lid, and while doing some further research on this question top seems to be a word ...
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What do you call the imprinted pattern left behind a car in mud?

In AmE, they would be called "tire tracks". Possibly also "tread marks" but that would more likely be used for marks left on a hard surface like concrete or pavement.
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What to call light food served at cocktail parties, that can be eaten on the thumb?

Finger food comes to mind. You were close with your thumb! They are also conventionally called appetizers or hors d'oeuvres, even though according to the strict definitions appetizers or hors d'...
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What do you call the imprinted pattern left behind a car in mud?

It's mostly called a "tyre tread/track mark" or a "tyre tread pattern", also a "tyre track" and a "tyre print", for instance: tyre tread pattern in mud, tyre track mark in mud or tyre print in mud In ...
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What are these holes in sinks and tubs called?

Although I see nothing wrong with overflows proposed by the answers and people casually call it that way, since I see in the comments that it technically refers to the whole system, I'd like to ...
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What is the name of such a "lamp"?

As you noted, "chandelier" does normally refer to larger, more ornate pieces than this, despite its literal meaning of "candle holder". In general, a light that is fixed is called a "light fitting" ...
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What do you call the imprinted pattern left behind a car in mud?

The phrase you are looking for (in BrE at least) is tread marks. They can also be called tyre tracks. These are not specific to tread patterns left in mud, but can also be used if a vehicle leaves ...
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What are these holes in sinks and tubs called?

These items are called sink overflows and are a common feature on baths and sinks. They are present to prevent the sink from overflowing with water should the plughole be blocked (by a plug for ...
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What is the term for the morning wake up gesture?

Are you looking for something more specific than stretch? stretch 1 : to extend (one's limbs, one's body, etc.) in a reclining position (M-W) You could call it a morning stretch or a wake-up ...
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What is the brown cardboard covering coffee cups called in English?

A historic term for a coffee cup sleeve would be zarf -- it traditionally refers to nondisposable Turkish metal sleeves but has also been used to refer to the disposable paper ones. (Disclaimer: I'...
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Where are the vases in this picture? A term for that space

Without expressing awesomeness, the term is niche a recess in a wall, especially for statues. From the architectural feature the figurative meaning of "a special place" either in a professional, ...
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