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Word for disliking nice people

Is there a word that means not liking nice people. I know some that are fine people but seem annoyingly nice ... maybe too good to be true.
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Does “selfie” refer to the picture's taker, the picture's poster, or both

I'm a middle-aged person who is not up on the latest trends and am not a social media user. But a few days ago on CNN, the anchors were going on about the latest celebrity "selfie" that had "gone ...
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What is a “trooferism”?

What is a trooferism? Personally, I found it in context: Comic tropes that everyone else needs to get over: [...] Hysterical moral cause from 6 months ago that everyone already ...
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Can a sport team “clinch” a championship in the last regular season game?

This question gets into the subtle shades of meaning of the word clinch, in the context of sporting teams securing spots in the playoffs. My past experience hearing this term on television, or ...
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What are the Differences in Meaning Between “Problem Solving” and “Solving Problems”

Problem Solving tells us what you do. Solving Problems tells us what you do it to. Is there any other difference in meaning in the context of math word problems?
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What is the meaning of “others” in this sentence?

I came across a sentence on a Wikipedia article, where "others" seems to have been used as a noun. Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary says it can either be noun or pronoun. The sentence in question ...
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The wicked female monster!

According to Online Etymology Dictionary, the "mare" in nightmare means an evil female spirit/monster that affects sleepers during the night. Very interesting. Are there other words in English ...
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“Well, no matter. Let's get on with the discussion.”

If a professor says "Well, no matter. Let's get on with the discussion.", then which one is her intention? a) To explain that she was only giving her opinion b) To indicate that the previous ...
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Is magnanimity the right word for courage, insight and willingness to overlook or forgive?

Definitions of magnanimous in some of the most authoritative dictionaries: Oxford Dictionaries Online: Generous or forgiving, especially towards a rival or less powerful person. Dictionary.com ...
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What's the meaning of “When you rock the boat, there will be waves”?

Does this phrase mean "When you cause a problem, people get upset."?
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“As you mentioned” vs “as you said”

I've heard these two sentences a lot "as you said " and "as you mentioned". I'm a bit confused about them. I want to ask: what's the difference between these two sentences: "As he said before this ...
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What's the meaning of “out of being an ass”?

The actual sentence is: "Keep in mind that you can't apologize your way out of being an ass." What does it mean?
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What does “raw and torn” mean in this sentence? [on hold]

What does "raw and torn" mean in this sentence? My sadness and disappointment are as raw and torn as the earth around a fresh grave.
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“all the virtues in the calendar”

Does anyone know the origin of the phrase "all the virtues in the calendar"? Doing a phrase search (with quotes) gives many example usages. Questions: 1. Is there an actual calendar of virtues ...
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Commute Distance and Time [on hold]

One of the things that I've always been hung up on is explaining the length and distance of my commute. Example 1: "I had a 25 mile commute by car" does that mean 12.5 miles there and 12.5 miles ...
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what does the word practium mean? [on hold]

What does the word practium mean? and what is the difference between it and the word practice? it is for me like practical ,for example, the practicum period influences the teacher's identity.
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Difference between “to think” and “think” [on hold]

Kate: I love to read.Really! But I don't read because I want people to think I'm smart.I can't stand those pompous people who try to show off how much they know about literature. Why in the above ...
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Send me your address so that i can send u my laptop ? Is it correct statement? [on hold]

Send me your address so that i can send u my laptop ? Is it correct statement ?
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“aside with” meaning [on hold]

Does "aside with" exist in the English vocabulary? if so What is the meaning of it? I've seen someone writing: A aside with B are ... But I really didn't understand what he meant by "aside with".
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Meaning of Evenly distributed [on hold]

What is the exact meaning of evenly in phrases such as: Users are evenly distributed between these types or Users were split roughly evenly among these categories does it mean on the ...
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What's the meaning of spin in “Don't hide behind spin”? [on hold]

This is a sentence in Rework book written by JASON FRED. Here is the main paragraph: people will respect you more if you are open, honest, public, and responsive during a crisis. Don't hide behind ...
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Do the following three expressions have the same meaning?

My flight is scheduled for 7 p.m. from New York. My flight is scheduled for New York at 7 p.m. My flight is scheduled for New York, 7 p.m.
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Descry, Espy, Spot, Spy

I know as a general rule that no two words are identical in meaning and use. I was wondering if I could get help in understanding the different meanings and uses of descry, espy, spot and spy. I know ...
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Where am I hiding? [on hold]

I am covered and therefore not to be seen in a group photo in which i have posed. I want to emphasize my missing in the photo to others.
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Sultanas and raisins, I'm confused

Most Christmas pudding recipes call for both sultanas and raisins. It is my understanding that a raisin refers to any dried grape. A sultana is both the name of a seedless grape, originating from ...
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What “tabloid”, “bikini”, “heroin”, “escalator”, “trampoline”, and “aspirin” have in common [on hold]

This is a puzzle for Christmas. What do the following words have in common? tabloid, bikini, heroin, escalator, trampoline, aspirin
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What does “clog the pipes” mean? [on hold]

Please tell me what does clog the pipe mean in this sentence? Delegators people who love telling people what to do clog the pipes for others by coming up with busywork.
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Meaning of “hound” [on hold]

I came across this sentence: "He believed that whatever he planned to do was hound to end in failure." I looked up the meaning of the word "hound" in my dictionary. But either the word in this ...
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“I have not had an answer” - what is the real meaning?

I've been told that when someone says or e.g. writes in an e-mail: "I have not had an answer.", - it means they are very angry. Is this so? thanks for an answer:)
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How did “party” come to mean “gathering”?

Is it just related to the fact that people participate in it? UPDATE. Judging by the comments, dictionary articles are absolutely exhaustive, and it just must be obvious to everyone how 'to take the ...
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what does it mean, when a girl tells a guy, “sounds like a catch”

After you mentioned the good qualities of another female, and desire to have a female like such.
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What does “these” in this sentence refer to?

Here is the quotation: In support of his thesis, Dr Wrangham, who is an anthropologist, has ransacked other fields and come up with an impressive array of material. Cooking increases the share of ...
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What is the meaning of “the greatest story ever sold”?

Here goes the quotation (my emphasis): Teabing chuckled. "The ivory towers of Harvard have made you soft, Robert. Yes, the clergy in Rome are blessed with potent faith, and because of this, their ...
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Who are “the perks people”?

I was drawn to the phrase 'the perks people' in the headline of an article which appeared in the Wall Street Journal (November 20, 2014 issue) — The perks people: Meet silicon valley’s ‘Little elves'. ...
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Does the term 'heroine' retain its legitimacy in a world of gender equality? [on hold]

Though heroine is a legitimate word with an adequate pedigree, Heroine (n.) 1650s, from Latin heroine, heroina (plural heroinae) "a female hero, a demigoddess" (such as Medea), from Greek ...
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What is the difference between 'same' and 'identical'? [on hold]

As far as I know, these two words (same and identical) have exactly the same meaning. Is there actually any difference between them?
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What does “let alone brain anybody with” mean? [on hold]

Yet another a part of Circular Staircase, by Mary Rinehart: "Not out in the hall!" she gasped; "Oh, Miss Rachel, not out in the hall!" trying to hold me back. But I am a large woman and Liddy ...
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What does “literary stylist” mean? Is it a characteristic or a profession?

The following passage in an article in The Guardian titled Occupy was right: Capitalism failed the world (April 13, 2014) comments on Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the twenty-first century, a work of ...
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To have designs on something [on hold]

If I said I had designs on something, it means I want it, correct? What is the origin of that saying? What exactly does it mean?
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What do “leaps of faith” and “get the best of somebody” mean? [on hold]

I came across these two phrases when reading The Da Vinci Code. Why not-if we're assuming the Church was able to uncover the identities of the Priory members, then certainly they could have ...
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Meaning of the passage

I said no to him. He had to have me. Once he did, he didn't care. Is the passage above trying to say that the boy wanted to have the girl, and once he had her, he didn't care for her?
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Something like antonym for “dependent”

Let's suppose I have two objects – A and B. Their are in pair. I mean that we will give name to them considering their as one logic unit. For example: if I call A as "driven", then B will be called ...
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What does whoopty-skippy-do mean?

What does whoopty-skippy-do mean? Because if that's your plan then whoopty-skippy-do, sign me up!" Tito appeared, leaning over the hood. “My ears are burning. I hope you're not talking about ...
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“You wouldn’t want to know” vs “you don’t want to know”

What is the difference between "You wouldn't want to" and "You don't want to"? Also similar uses with You wouldn't want to do You wouldn't want to see
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What is the expression or saying “I've got butterflies” used for? [duplicate]

My girlfriend once had a friend pop round her house and he brought his friend with him (both male). I replied "txt me when they're gone and I will come round," as it was early days in our relationship ...
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Meaning of “he has done little to make the case to leaders that stacking political institutions with tycoons and their cronies will fuel discontent”

When it comes to political reform, Mr Leung's hands are tied by Mr Xi's intransigence. But he has done little to make the obvious case to leaders in Beijing that stacking political institutions ...
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In business, what is the “catalog” [on hold]

example: New Catalog: The suppliers update their catalog periodically. WGRUS needs to update its pricing and availability based in the new catalogs. it seems that this 'catalog' not only is ...
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What does “[got] a bird-dog on” mean?

I have recently discovered the, in my view, rather splendid song Guitar Town by Steve Earle. It contains the following lyric: Hey pretty baby are you ready for me, It's your good rockin' daddy ...
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What is the meaning of “laughing out”? [on hold]

The class didn't seem to mind the plot. They loved it. They were laughing out there. I wonder in that context what the meaning of out is.
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Does “freak” have negative connotations when it's used to describe a person's interest in something?

Does freak have negative connotations when it's used to describe a person who's very or overly interested in something? Like football freak or coding freak.