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Is it correct to say "give me 100 bamboo segments and I will turn them into a bamboo with 100 nodes"?

We don't have a specific word for this in everyday English. But "segment" would probably be understood. Culm, node and internode are technical biological terms. Node has a general meaning, ...
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Is it idiomatic to say "are you up to nonsense again?" the same way we say "up to no good"?

It's okay, but it is rather condescending, perhaps in the form "up to your nonsense" (ie the nonsense things that you do). So use it only if you are talking to your children. It is of ...
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What verb should I use to express that the chair of a meeting says there will be a break?

I immediately assumed you meant adjourn, which means "decide/announce that the meeting will break". It's usually used of a break until a different day, but it can also be used for a short ...
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What verb should I use to express that the chair of a meeting says there will be a break?

It depends on what the process is. If the group must agree to the break, perhaps by a vote, one might say that the chair calls for, or proposes, or suggests a break. If the chair makes the final ...
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How would a native speaker qualify or respond to such an accusation?

I would say Please make yourself clearer next time. followed possibly by I am not a mind reader. But I would not say the second sentence until they begin to speak, and then I would interrupt them, ...
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Holding a cup 'upright'. Holding a spoon [word]?

If you're trying to keep soup in a spoon, then you're holding a spoon level
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Fitting noun for "how long a process took" that doesn't mean "how long a process lasted"?

Duration has the technically correct meaning and will not be misinterpreted. It reports the length of the time interval in which a condition was true; in this case, the condition is that the operation ...
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What do you call a plastic tube or pipe that is made of plastic and flexible?

plastic-tubing Source Plastic tubing is a form of tubing that is manufactured from a mixture of a polymer and a variety of chemicals to form a material that can be solid or flexible. Source
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What do you call a plastic tube or pipe that is made of plastic and flexible?

hose From Merriam-Webster: 2 : a flexible tube for conveying fluids (as from a faucet or hydrant) In particular, we always use "hose" to describe the thing that we connect to a tap to ...
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Do these boards have a name?

You can call these a "building sign", "business sign" or "company sign". If it's in a public place, such as a roadside, or even attached to a wall somewhere, advertising ...
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("In ... terms" structure) What should be in the blank space? A noun or an adjective or something else?

Both nouns and adjectives can be used. When a noun is used to describe (or "modify") another noun, it is being used as an adjective and is referred to as an "adjectival noun". This ...
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What is the very thick liquid called when we braise meat in coconut milk?

I would use the french term Jus, if I was serving this dish I might call it Meat in Coconut Au Jus but I'm not a Chef or French, just an Australian with a poor attempt at a french accent ;) What Is ...
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Is there a word for 'non-material but physical' but not 'energy propagation'?

Sometimes the word phenomenon is used for a physical effect, whether material or non-material. Lexico has phenomenon NOUN 1 A fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen, especially one ...
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What is the very thick liquid called when we braise meat in coconut milk?

You might find that there are regional variations to this answer. Generally speaking though, meat juices left in the pan which have been thickened (either by reduction or by adding a thickening agent ...
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What is the very thick liquid called when we braise meat in coconut milk?

You have a type of stew, and Wikipedia calls the liquid a gravy: A stew is a combination of solid food ingredients that have been cooked in liquid and served in the resultant gravy. However it's not ...
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What is the very thick liquid called when we braise meat in coconut milk?

The liquid on its own would be considered a 'reduction' but if it's really just the surrounding reduced liquid to a complete dish, then it would just be called a sauce. Really, reduction is the method,...
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Can I use the verb "I sail a boat" when the boat does not have a sail but an engine?

Yes, you can sail a boat that has no sails. Lexico has sail VERB 1.1 Travel in a ship or boat using sails or engine power. [my bolding] the ferry caught fire sailing between Caen and Portsmouth 1.2 ...
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What's the adjective/phrase to describe a romantic novel or TV show that has a detailed description of the (change of) emotion?

Consider "slow burn [romance]" to describe stories where it takes a great deal of time for the romance to officially develop: A slow burn is when the romantic attraction between characters ...
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What's the adjective/phrase to describe a romantic novel or TV show that has a detailed description of the (change of) emotion?

Strange as it may seem to someone first encountering the huge lexicon of English, there is not an English word for everything humanly conceivable. I do not know a single English word that captures ...
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a word to describe the act of telling someone off when someone else is doing the same thing or worse

You could say that you feel you've been targeted or singled out. Each of these means that you were chosen out of a group that also could have been chosen, but wasn't. In context, it would be ...
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What's the adjective/phrase to describe a romantic novel or TV show that has a detailed description of the (change of) emotion?

A work of fiction that focuses on romantic love and romantic feelings is often called a romance (sense 1a3 in Merriam-Webster), although that word has other meanings, so it is often used in a phrase. ...
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Is this a "teachers' lounge"?

Japanese schools have a different cultural expections from schools in the UK (I've worked in both). The staffroom(UK), or teacher's lounge(USA) is a room with soft furnishing, and usually a place to ...
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Is this a "teachers' lounge"?

In British English it would be called a Teachers' room. Note the possessive apostrophe comes after the plural suffix "s" In the UK, the teachers’ room is also known as the staff room, or ...
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Is this a "teachers' lounge"?

It looks more like a faculty office to me, but the big difference would depend on whether it's used for work or relaxation.
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What is the common name for this device that is used to lock up keys?

That's a lock box. For a bit more precision you can call it a door combination lock box. See for example: Key Lock Box, Combination Lockbox with Code for House Key Storage, Combo Door Locker Key Safe ...
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What is the common name for this device that is used to lock up keys?

It's called a lock box. It's often used by real estate agents to store the keys for a house so that any agent with the combination can get the keys. It's sometimes used with AirBnB properties as well.
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Can we say "She painted her fingernails twinkling"?

The effect in the image would usually be called "sparkly" or "glittery." However, those adjectives are not usually used in the same way as colors, so "she painted her ...
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What's the antonym for the word 'support' in the following context?

I would go for disprove or refute this claim.
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What's the antonym for the word 'support' in the following context?

"Weaken" is good. "Challenge," "undercut," "contradict" (although in that case I'd probably use "confirm" rather than "support"), "...
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What's the antonym for the word 'support' in the following context?

It's a tricky one. Perhaps weaken?
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"I pushed him by his back" vs "I held the cup by its handle"?

When you say 'by' in this manner, you're saying that 'in pushing him, I used his back'. That's kind of strange to the intuition; you target the back with your push, not that you used the back in ...
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Do we say "we have a situation here" for big serious problems in American English?

I can answer your last part about British English: You can simply replace "situation" with "problem" or "issue" Colloquially, we like saying "I've got a bit of a ...
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Do we say "we have a situation here" for big serious problems in American English?

Yes. Think, for example, of a detective or cop discovering a crime scene and reporting it. They could say something like We have a situation here; call the forensics team. Although, you could remove ...
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"I pushed him by his back" vs "I held the cup by its handle"?

It’s rare that someone would clarify which part of the body they made contact with when they pushed someone or were pushed. Clarifying the direction of pushing is common and does imply which part of ...
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"I pushed him by his back" vs "I held the cup by its handle"?

I pushed him in the back to move him forward. OR: I pushed his back to move him forward. from his back is wrong. Because: you can't grasp someone's back, i.e. hold onto it. I pushed/pulled him [up or ...
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Is it correct to say "it's getting late to cook lunch"?

10 am sounds rather early to eat lunch, but if you were supposed to have started preparing the meal an hour ago you are already too late! It's getting late isn't usually used with reference to a fixed ...
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"I pushed him by his back" vs "I held the cup by its handle"?

As stangdon said in the comments, yes, we say Pulled by [part of thing or body] to describe what precise part we're pulling. With Push, we have to use other words, as Push by sounds like we pushed [x] ...
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Is it correct to say "his wife ghosted him although they lived in the same house"?

I'm going to disagree with many people on here. I think saying that his wife "ghosted" him is a humorous way of saying she stopped talking to him. I think it totally makes sense to a young ...
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Is it correct to say "his wife ghosted him although they lived in the same house"?

I'll reiterate what others have said about 'ghosting' being a relatively new term unknown by older generations, but also that your proposed usage misses some of its nuance. Ghosting implies a person ...
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Is it correct to say "his wife ghosted him although they lived in the same house"?

I agree that you can't really 'ghost' somebody you live with, unless you are trying to give the impression that you've completely disappeared. Blanking someone makes sense at least in British English, ...
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Is it correct to say "his wife ghosted him although they lived in the same house"?

As has already been stated in various comments, the usual accepted slang for ignoring someone who is in plain sight is cold shoulder: Ever since Tom's affair with Angela from accounts, his wife has ...
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Is it correct to say "his wife ghosted him although they lived in the same house"?

His wife ignored him although they lived in the same house -- this is a plain alternative, assuming you are not asking about grammar. 'Ghosted him' is a fairly rare phrase and I recommend avoiding it ...
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Is it common to say "the doctor gave my leg a check-up"?

You could use checkup, in the sense that people would probably understand what you meant, but you're correct that it's not common. As you've found, checkup is more often used for a general examination:...
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Is it common to say "the doctor gave my leg a check-up"?

A check-up most commonly refers to a routine general examination that isn't particularly focused in one area. That said, some sensitive/delicate parts of the body are routinely checked, so it would be ...
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Is it correct to say "his wife ghosted him although they lived in the same house"?

His wife ghosted him although they lived in the same house. The usage is unusual. We can all agree on that. Certainly the grammar is correct. I think the meaning is also 100% clear—at least, it is ...
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Do we say "she gave a lip service when she did her work" to say that she did her work with little effort?

As mentioned in another answer, lip service refers to words without actions. Some expressions which have the meaning you intend are: Phoning it in (idiomatic) To fulfill a responsibility with a ...
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Do we say "she gave a lip service when she did her work" to say that she did her work with little effort?

Lip service implies the expression of support for something. If she spoke about the importance of her work, but then did it poorly or with little gusto, you might say she paid lip service to its ...
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Do we say "she gave a lip service when she did her work" to say that she did her work with little effort?

Your initial query of doing a poor job in little time is classic lip service. But your later question about accomplishing the job while expending little effort is not necessarily lip service at all. ...
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Is it correct to say "his wife ghosted him although they lived in the same house"?

"Ghosting" is a fairly new word in Engilsh, and the full range of its use hasn't been explored, but my guess is that when it settles, it will not be possible to ghost someone who knows where ...
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What do you call it when a piece of pastry subsides?

You can use the word deflate. For example, from a cooking web site: Removing the choux pastry from the oven too early is another reason why your choux shells will be flat. If they were soggy to start ...
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