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Phrase for overusing just-learned skills?

Is there a saying or word for indicating the overuse of something you just newly learned? Say you were happy with a hammer and a nail and then somebody taught you the virtues of a screw and ...
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“Man” is to “womanizer” as “woman” is to what?

What's the feminine version of womanizer?
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You quench your thirst. What do you do with your hunger?

What is the equivalent of "quench" when speaking of hunger? Is it appropriate to say you quenched your hunger?
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“Eat” is to “feed” as “drink” is to what?

I can say "I feed someone". Am I forced to say "I give someone a drink", or is there a single word for this (as in "I [verb] someone")? Unfortunately my thesaurus can't really help me.
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“Race” is to “racism” as “religion” is to what?

I've heard "racist" being used in a few cases to describe bigotry towards people of a certain religion. It's a bit annoying because it implies that all people of a religion are the same race, which is ...
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“Left” and “right” are to “side” as “front” and “rear” are to what?

Is there an equivalent word to "side" when speaking of the front or rear of something (e.g. a car)? So, a mechanic might say: You damaged your wing-mirror? Ok, which side? ... or... You ...
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Rhetoric vs. Mathematics: ellipsis/ellipse, parable/parabola, hyperbole/hyperbola

Do ellipsis, parable, and hyperbole from rhetoric have anything in common with the geometric curves ellipse, parabola, and hyperbola used in mathematics? There are three geometric curves known as ...
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“True” is to “false” as “truth” is to… what?

If I were to reverse the sentence, "I care about the truth" I would want to say: I care about the false. Is that correct? It seems awkward at best: He speaks the truth! / He speaks the false!...
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“Trainer” is to “trainee” as “mentor” is to what?

What do you call someone who is being mentored? Is it mentoree or mentee? Does the term student or pupil imply a context outside the business environment?
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Winter — wintry; summer — summery; spring — ?; autumn — ?

wintry: characteristic of winter, esp. in feeling or looking very cold and bleak: "a wintry landscape". summery: belonging to or characteristic of or occurring in summer; "summery weather"; ...
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“Warm” is to “warmth” as “cool” is to what?

Is there a word for "coolness" that corresponds to warmth?
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Adjective that means “snake-like”

If bovine means related to the cow or ox, what is the word that means related to the snake?
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“Country” is to “national” as “city” is to…

How would I say something on a city level in comparison to a provincial level or national level? Elections are held nationally every four years, and _________ every two years.
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Gigolo is to man as what is to woman?

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language (Fourth Edition) reads: gigolo, n. A man who has a continuing sexual relationship with and receives financial support from a woman. Is ...
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A name for hat collectors?

The Stack Exchange Winter Bash 2013 has me thinking about hats, as my collection is growing. I know that the terms for people who collect specific things are generally obscure, but they do exist. ...
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'less' is to 'fewer' as 'more' is to what?

This question is related to the previous one on less-vs-fewer. I prefer using fewer instead of less when referring to discrete items. Something sounds off about less than ten people, in my opinion. ...
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The difference between an analogy and a metaphor?

Many a time I've asked what the difference is between an analogy and a metaphor. I've asked it to my teacher, on internet sites, to my parents, so on and so forth. I got a different answer every time, ...
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“Gentleman” is to “male” as what is to “female”?

For males, it's gentleman; and for females?
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“Cooking” is to “culinary” as “dining” is to what?

The art of cooking is called culinary art. Is there a comparable term for the art of eating or dining? Is there a more sophisticated term?
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“Anachronism” is to “time” as what is to “space”?

Is there a noun for something that is "out of place" in space, like an anachronism is "out of place" in time? E.g., an old-timey barber shop in a chic neighborhood.
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“Finance” is to “financial” as “trade” is to what? [closed]

What goes in the blank? Commerce → Commercial Finance → Financial Trade → __________
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How do you form the 'north' and 'south' versions of 'occident' and 'orient'?

How does one correctly form the "north" and "south" forms for which occident and orient are "west" and "east"? I found boreal and austral, but those look like adjectives and I'm after the nouns. ...
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“Sometimes”, “oftentimes” — is there a -times word for “very rarely”?

If something happens sometimes, it happens occasionally. If something happens oftentimes, it happens often. Is there an equivalent word for something happening very rarely?
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“Nose” is to “nasal” as “ear” is to what?

If the adjective relating to the nose is nasal then what is the adjective relating to the ear? I don't think it's "aural". I think it begins with ot-.
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'Patriotism' is to 'Country' as _______ is to 'City'

The title's pretty self explanatory! I can't seem to find a word which means exactly this, but I would be amazed if it doesn't exist.
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“Upper-case” is to “capital” as “lowercase” is to what?

Is there a corresponding word to go with capital to mean lower-case?
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“Country” is to “compatriot” as “species” is to what?

I was about to write the following sentence: I actually have some young seedlings of this species. It will be interesting to compare them to their older ...? Is there a word for something that ...
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Hire an employee (a consultant)?

I am trying to fill in this sentence: “My company is looking to ___ a consultant”. Is the correct term “hire” or is there a different word that is more fitting when talking about a consultant?
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“Size” is to “resize” as “capacity” is to what?

Is there a (different) word that has the same relationship to capacity as resize has to size? Edit in response to comments: I'm looking for a different word for capacity because I need to make a ...
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“Implied” is to “explicit” as “implication” is to what?

I am looking for an antonym of implication that is related in the same way that implied and explicit are related, where explicit means "expressed". This antonym should also fit the following analogy: ...
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Medical term for deafness

Anosmia = Loss of the sense of smell Anopia = Blindness Anaesthesia/Anaphia = Loss of the sense of touch Ageusia = Loss of taste ? = Deafness I can't find an equivalent medical term for ...
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'Hark' and 'behold' call attention to what we can hear or see. Is there an equivalent for smell?

'Hark' calls attention to something that we hear - for example: "Hark, the herald angels sing" (hymn of the same title, by Charles Wesley) 'Behold' calls attention to something that we see - for ...
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“Woman” is to “coquette” as “man” is to what?

Wiktionary reads: coquette: a woman who flirts or plays with men’s affections. Is there an English word which fits the following definition? ???: a man who flirts or plays with women’s ...
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“Poison” is to “poisoned” as “venom” is to what?

As the title says, poison is to poisoned as venom is to what? I tried looking up venomed but it means something different. Is there such a word?
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“Interested” is to “interesting” as “curious” is to what?

I can't find any perfect matches in dictionaries. Does there exist such a word at all?
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Normans vs. Saxons: cow = beef, sheep = mutton, chicken =?

The story goes that after the Norman invasion of England, the words in English for prepared foods took on their French equivalents. The Saxon serfs bred the cows, sheep, and swine, which when served ...
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“Visuals” are to “to show” as “sounds” are to what verb?

When taking about visuals, we can use the verb show as follows: I want to show you something. Can you show me? What would be the corresponding verb to use when talking about sounds? ...
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“Adjacent” is to “adjacency” as “contains” is to what?

An adjacency relation is one which denotes whether two objects are adjacent. The two neighbors are adjacent, and hence have an adjacency relation. What is the equivalent for a "contains" ...
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“View”, but for hearing

I know a lot of words, but it's driving me crazy that I can't think of one for this. I'm sure there must be one. I want to be able to say: I had not only a great view of the ocean from that room, ...
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Is there a word akin to “hungry” or “thirsty” that implies a need to urinate?

Sometimes my brain (maybe because I'm not a native English speaker) tends to come up with logical extensions to common formats; in this case, more than once I caught myself thinking (not out loud, ...
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“omni”-prefixed word for “all-hearing”

Is there an adjective that begins with the prefix omni that means all-hearing? I thought that an aural counterpart to omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient must exist, but after a few minutes of ...
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What is an alternative (more positive) analogy to “beating a dead horse”?

I'm looking for an analogy for my repeated attempts to revive interest in a project. The phrase beating a dead horse almost fits the bill, but a dead horse refers to a subject that is no longer ...
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What is the difference between mass murder, massacre, and genocide?

Please, help me to understand the following terms along with proper definition and example. I found some references, but, most of them are not clear. Genocide: Wikipedia: Genocide is ...
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If the result of creating is creation

then what is the result of getting?
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Word for referring to the arts of the carpenter

You can say "sartorial" to mean "of or pertaining to tailors of their trade." Is there an equivalent for carpenters?
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What is the equivalent word for “screening” when referring to recorded sound only?

In other words: theater : performance :: film : screening :: audio tape : ?? It doesn't happen very often, but in exceptional circumstances there exist audio recordings that are rare ...
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Female equivalent of “fellow”

If sistren is the female equivalent of brethren, what is the female equivalent of fellow? Words usually paired are: guy/gal; man/woman; boy/girl; lad/lass; brethren/sistren; fraternity/sorority; but ...
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“Sound” is to “mute” as “visuals” is to what verb?

Looking for a verb that would be the visual equivalent of mute as it would be used on an audio player. That is to say, the content is continuing to be played, but not being displayed on the device.
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What would you call the object of an activity one does for fun?

For instance, the object related to cooking is a "dish", when playing it is "sport" or "game", when singing it's a "song". Which single term would describe the object for the general act of doing ...
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What is the equivalent word for “flight” when riding a boat instead?

Example: My "flight" is at 2:00 PM. I am a Filipino, and English is our second language here in the Philippines. We have 7,000+ islands here and travel by boat is very common, yet we don't have an ...