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What is it called when you use many words to describe the word you want to use?

I know there is a technical word that's used in foreign language acquisition that means using many words to describe a word you don't know. I'm doing it now, just talking and beating around the bush ...
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Word or phrase for doing something poorly so that someone else does it for you?

Let's say that I abhor doing a particular chore such as the dishes. Let's then say I intentionally do the dishes poorly. That way when my significant other sees the bad job I've done they stop asking ...
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Is there a word for someone who does no work of their own, but criticizes the work of others?

I have a coworker who is notoriously lazy, hands off all her assignments, then when others do her work for her she is ridiculously critical of it. Is there a word for someone like this? My colleagues ...
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Single word, noun, the act of increased intensity

What's one word that means, "the (current/ongoing) act of increasing in intensity"? I thought Intension had this secondary definition but I can't seem to find any reference.
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What word sounds similar to “magnanimous” but means “impressively large”?

A friend of mine often uses the word "magnanimous" to mean "large and impressive in a positive way". Examples: "Look at this magnanimous snow!" "He had a magnanimous, bushy eyebrows." I understand ...
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Verbal equivalent of “correspondent”

one of the definitions of the word "correspondent" is a person with whom one converses through writing: is there a corresponding ;-) word for a person with whom one converses vocally (either in person ...
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What word describes the object for which a payment was made?

This came up with regard to a leasing software application. Occasionally lump sum payments must be made and the reasons the payments were made - i.e., the object paid for - must be documented. I ...
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Single word for “pleasant to look at”

Consider: It is pleasant to look at. So pleasant that you do not want to let it wander out of your sight. What would be a word for pleasant to look at? Something that's pleasant to my ...
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Synonym for “Fellow Sufferers”?

"They agreed to stay connected for hours in their provisional support group, looking for answers in their counterparts." I want to change the bold part to say that they all shared the same ...
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Distinguishing between types of deliveries

I am currently writing on a document where I would want to distinguish between types of deliveries rather than just use the general term. The distinction would be made by goods. First, there are ...
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Single or two word(s) for Task Assigned to me and its status

I need to maintain work sheet,For that I need to mention Project name in one column and in 2nd column i need to mention Task Assigned to me and its status. So I want to know how can I name 2nd column ...
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is there a word for “when you are looking at somebody but thinking something else”?

Rather when you stare at somebody but you are thinking of something else.
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What is the inverse of an orphan? [duplicate]

An orphan is a child whose parents have died. Is there a single English word to describe a parent who has lost all their children? If not, what is the most clear and concise description for this ...
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Phrase to describe “re-reading an email you wrote, because it is just that good”

I want to describe a recurring situation that happens in the modern day when people craft an email that is "perfect" in that person's mind, and they end up re-reading the sent message over and over. ...
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What word describes a person's worst flaw?

Is there a word or phrase to describe the worst flaw that someone has? The closest thing I have found to what I'm looking for is fatal flaw (technically called hamartia), but that's a bit too ...
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Is there a one-word opposite of implausible?

If we use implausible as a stronger version of improbable, meaning "seemingly (but not absolutely) impossible", is there a word equivalently stronger than probable, e.g. "seemingly (but not ...
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Word for death by over eating?

If we are malnourished, we can die by starvation. Is there a word that is the opposite of starvation? We can die of _________ ?
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A single word to describe going out

I need a word to describe going out and doing something, which is thought through but not necessarily fully planned. Like all of a sudden thinking "I want to go to a club" while sitting on your ...
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How to call an item in a Grocery Checklist [on hold]

I will have a Grocery Checklist listing products to buy like one below Apple Orange Bread Mineral water Sugar How to call an item in a list with a one word? Update Please do not suggest word ...
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Opposite of Envy [on hold]

I need a word that describes the opposite of envy in this situation. Example: If a mother sees another mom with a child who is well-behaved and makes good grades that mother might be envious, wishing ...
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“Lover of Life”: Biophile?

Looking for a single noun to title a funeral picture board where photos show the subject dancing, eating, drinking, reading, and laughing. I want to portray this man's love of life. Other photo ...
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Edification is to knowledge as _____ification is to food

There is a good possibility I'm just crazy, but I wanted to use a word in a sentence the other day that I could not find in the depths of my memory. If it exists, it ends in -ification, and means ...
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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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What to call someone who takes photos? [closed]

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 [closed]

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.