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One word - someone so scared that he can't move

I am not able to find an appropriate word to fill in for "scared". He was so scared, he couldn't move. He turned to stone. He was too shocked. He almost turned to stone and could not move. ...
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Door-to-Wall Relationship Words

What is a useful word for the relationship of a door to a door which is "in" the same wall? The best way I can think of to describe it is "the wall containing the door", but "containing" sounds very ...
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Word for temporary obsession

Me and a friend were discussing something we experience (too) often: we discover some new concept or thing (for example "photography" or "knitting", can be anything) and become completely obsessed ...
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What to call a fact/observation told by someone?

Examples: Speaker A: I thought he wanted to know about insects. Speaker B: But not [...] about them eating people! After he finished his [...] about seals. I think using fact ...
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Word for releasing oneself from a hug

I'm looking for a more physical description, so ignoring "disengaged" for this purpose. But wouldn't mind hearing why it might still be a good option. "You were almost torn apart!" Fabian said and ...
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Word for “seriously considering”?

I'm looking for a word like "pondering", of "considering" which has the connotation that I am very likely to decide to do the thing I am pondering/considering. Thanks!
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What do you call the phenomenon when a negative reflection is favored over a positive one?

Is there a word or expression which expresses the idea of a bias towards a negative reflection (e.g. negative judgement/criticism) rather than a positive one (e.g. appreciation/supporting comment)? As ...
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Physical object, carried be a person, that represents an encumbrance

I believe a word currently exists that is used as a metaphor to mean something similar to, "a person is (willingly?) carrying a physical object, but there is no benefit to carrying (or transporting) ...
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A word for a person who needs assistance?

What do you call a person who needs assistance in a general sense? This could be in terms of needing help finding something, or needing a small job done, or help understanding something, or getting ...
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Slang word or term for WWII food ration stamps?

Does anyone know of a slang word or term that was used for food ration stamps in WWII?
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One-word alternative to “pick up” [on hold]

Context: I'm going to the library to pick up my book. Additional use cases: I reserved a time after lunch to go and pick up my package. After picking up my package, I went back to class. Are ...
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What to call someone who takes photos? [on hold]

What to call someone who takes photos? like landscape photos. After what word should I mention the name? (e.g. XXX: Micheal). Should it be 'Author' or 'Artist' or 'Photographer'? What is the best ...
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Phrases for (someone) making a short visit/appearance

When I need to visit to any place for a very short time, say, for 10-15 minutes A politician coming late and leaving in minutes at a fundraiser. An acquaintance just dropping by to say ...
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A word for 'single view of information'

I have billing information coming from different sources and I want to provide a single view to all the billing information to users. Just wondering if there is a better single word for single view of ...
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Word for a platform for knowledge sharing

I am looking for a word that can be used to describe a platform (e.g a website) that this is a place for knowledge sharing. I found that maven, pundit, guru is related but not appropriate. Can you ...
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Word for desirable behavior that will be rewarded

Generally a rule is a standard which describes what not to do to avoid getting punished. I am looking for a word which describes a standard for a positive behavior which will be rewarded (edit: or ...
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Word for something that is too idealistic and dangerous to pursue?

I am looking for a word that can be used to describe an effort or endeavour that is idealistic to the point of being dangerous and which is unwise to pursue. Perhaps, an example could be when people ...
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Is there a linguistic term that denotes the class of properties that words of comparison compare?

The class of words called 'words of comparison' includes words such as 'higher' and 'highest'. The words 'higher' and 'highest' express comparative height. The term for the class of words that ...
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How to express difficulty selecting from equally appealing options [closed]

I want to express the idea that multiple options are equally appealing and therefore difficult to choose from. I thought of this sentence: They are too equally attractive to >be picked up. ...
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Word that means “excluding something from a calculation.”

Example: I asked the teacher if he could [...] my attendance record from my final score. I think omit sounds too light, almost like a joke. And ignore as thought it were an act of corruption.
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Informal way of saying “moreover”

My teachers said that they couldn't do anything for me. That no matter how many times they added and rounded up my scores, the result was still zero. Moreover, if they let me pass the other ...
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Is there a single word for money making avenue [on hold]

Please suggest a single word that means "money making avenue" or "money making work" or "money making business."
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What's the word for “too many but not good enough”?

There's a single word that I can't remember what it is.. the word I'm looking for is when there are many choices/points but no substance or not good enough. For example: too many kinds of ...
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A word or phrase for an unremarkable event that occurs with uncanny frequency

I am looking for a word or phrase for an unremarkable event that occurs with uncanny frequency. To give a specific example, one might be seeing a random shopper drop their bag every time you enter a ...
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Word for a owing a free pass on withholding judgement

The word is on the tip of my tongue and I'm pretty sure it ends with "ie or y." The idea is a friend had a gracious attitude when I did something stupid, so now I want to return the favor. So I want ...
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Antonym for “recommendation”

The context is a template for a wiki page, specifically in a line of instructions for page authors to complete: Summary of findings, recommendations or anti-recommendations for implementation or ...
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Am I thinking of “Roll Call”, or something else?

"On the [missing word] were only kids from rich and connected families, who chose the school for its high level of education, but more so for the extracurricular activities and skills which were ...
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What word describes a group of which the speaker is not a part?

I'm looking for a less clunky way of saying "a group of which I'm not a part" or "a group to I don't belong." I would prefer a one-word adjective, so that I could talk about "________ groups." So ...
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Alternative substitutions for “lap” in its all meanings [closed]

I would like to know other words for lap, when talking about race or human body. thanks in advance.
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What is the most common colloquial name for the lifebuoy?

What's the first word that comes to your mind when you see this? Also, please mention if British, US or another variant. As someone who didn't grow up in an English-speaking country, I really have ...
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looking for a name of a type of sentence that uses names of things

What is it called when you create a sentence made mostly of names, places or things? An example being After waking from (sleeping with sirens) i realized today would be (A day to remember) ...
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One word for circuitous discussion

Is there a word that describes a discussion that never gets to the core of the issue, but continuously lingers on the periphery? I was hoping to fit it into a sentence such as "He derided his ...
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Is there a parallel to defenestration — for buses?

We often see defenestrate used in a somewhat jocular, mock-intellectual way for throwing someone or something out of a window. Is there, or could we imagine, a similar word for "throwing (someone) ...
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Word meaning “difficult to eliminate”?

I'd like to express that I went to great efforts to fix an [adjective] bug in my code. Neither "pernicious" nor "persistent" quite match the quality I'm trying to describe. Is there a word that means ...
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Can a car be “naked”?

It's a rare event when I can't find the English equivalent for an Italian expression. It's even rarer when that Italian term consists of one word, but in English I have to build an entire phrase. ...
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Disambiguating 'dataset' in an overloaded context

A researcher generates data from their investigations. This data may be represented as an entity labelled a 'dataset'. Eventually, the research gets published, and the dataset has its state modified ...
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Looking for a word for the point in time where one day becomes another

I need help finding a good word for the point in time where one day switches to the next. Obviously the actual point in time would be midnight, but i want a word to emphasize the fact that something ...
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What is it called when someone does an action they don't fully understand? [closed]

For example, someone speaking and writing the English language, but not actually knowing how to use it properly.
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Is there a word/phrase for Pre-Academia?

I'm looking for a word that means pre-academia. Academia is the establishment of those engaged in higher education (mostly graduate students and up), so pre-academia would be those engaged in lower ...
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Is there a word for lowering the importance of something by summarizing it?

Often times someone will tell a long winded story, and then someone will reply with something like "So basically you just had a bad day." Another, I think better example is when someone will talk a ...
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I need an alternative for “her whole life” [closed]

In my story a young girl only understands the life of a dancer, but once her dream comes to an end she doesn't know what to do with herself. I need a better way of saying She danced all day ...
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What’s a word for someone who does not believe in sexual orientation? [closed]

What do you call a person who does not believe in sexual orientation (other than the word bisexual)?
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Is there a noun representing books, papers, magazines, and all the other things one might read?

I'm looking for a single word which would represent all of the things that one might read, such as books, academic papers, magazines, or even online articles if possible. The only thing that comes to ...
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How to refer to people you recently met

How to refer to people you recently met (names have been introduced and a short discussion made). We can't possibly call them friends, can we? He raises his eyes to look at his (friends?)
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A synonym or alternative for a “chivalrous” or “gallant” man but with more negative connotation

I'm looking for a slang term describing a man who always tries desperately to get the attention of ladies. This type of dude is always polite to chicks and he is highly likely to forget even his best ...
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What is an adjective that can be used to describe someone who doesn't keep promises or goes back on what they said previously? [duplicate]

I mean a person who has said he/she was gonna do something and then didn't. Would it be something like dishonorable?
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Noun for the quality of being a “femme fatale”

In referring to a particular femme fatale, I described her "femme fataleness." That is "ungrammatical" (I believe) but got the point across. Is there a correct term for this particular attribute? If ...
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Idiom for someone “not from this world”?

Are there idioms (or single words) in English for people who behave like they have come from another world where everything is perfect and know nothing about the reality? They usually come up with ...
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Idiom for something that is well designed but not commercially viable?

Is there a word for something that has been well-designed, looks good but can't sell. This can be an object or an idea..
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Verb meaning “redeemed”, but without implying a previous corruption

Corrupted changes something from a base state to a worse state. Redeemed returns something from the worse state to the base state. I'm looking for a word describing a change from the base state to a ...