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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 do you call those "round checkboxes"?

The round item you have indicated is a radio button radio button noun (computing) ​(on a computer screen) a small circle that you click on in order to make a particular choice. The radio button is ...
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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 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 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 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 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 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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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 this mop-like tool called in English?

Either plain mop or dust mop, depending on how it's used. A dust mop is used dry to pick up dust. It is not used with water or soap. Your pictured mop looks different than a traditional dust mop, ...
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What is this thing that you put a sword in called?

It's called a scabbard or sheath: scabbard noun a long, thin cover for the blade of a sword, usually attached to a belt (Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)
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What is the term for the morning wake up gesture?

The technical term for this is pandiculation A stretching and stiffening of the trunk and extremities, as when fatigued and drowsy or on waking, often accompanied by yawning. Wiktionary However, ...
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What do we call the small towel that we use only for hands

It is called a "hand towel" if used for drying the hands or face. A similar but smaller towel is called a "wash cloth" (AmE) or a "flannel" (BrE) if used for washing the hands, face, or body.
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