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alternate phrase for 'satisfying the thirst'? [on hold]

I am trying to compose a poetry. There is a line which goes like this - 'you are like a river that'll satisfy the the thirst of the sea/ocean ' . I want to know if there are alternative phrases for ...
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alternate phrase for “signing acceptance” in an agreement?

I need alternate words for "signing your acceptance" in an agreement.
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Synonyms or other ways of saying “once there”?

Example: We went to the roof terrace. Once there, we leaned on the railing and gazed the stars. Thesaurus has synonyms for once, but not for once there. I don't know where else to look. I ...
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Looking for a perfect word to replace my phrase in the lyrics

I am working on a lyric. This is about a girl who smiles at a boy whom she is interested and also ignores him on the other day .. she wasn't sure whether she want him or not. To accomplish this ...
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Word or phrase to describe the “overly feminine” stereotype

While writing up a persona, I am trying to describe a woman who (I say) is confidently female, but not "overly feminine". By this I wish to mean the stereotype of a sophisticated woman who ...
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Word for a place or resource where everything can be found

To give a full understanding of my question, I'll give some short background info. I'm working on an Easter Island website where I offer travel tips of all sorts, a travel guide, tours and hotels. ...
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In a single word, how can you describe something as being made by women for women? [on hold]

Can we say "for women and by women" in a single word? I'm talking about a service. Thank you very much.
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A more elegant way of writing “attempt to replicate them” for Teaching Statement

I'm writing up my Teaching Statement for an Assistant Professor position in the sciences. Because all I do is read and write science, I have no elegance in my writing at all! I'm trying to make the ...
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Word meaning: “The act of taking/obtaining that of which is rightly yours, but you've never had.”

Other examples include: "Liberating oneself by obtaining a right or value one deserves, but has never had." "To have the ability to do something for the first time." Something like secure, capture, ...
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Another word for not present [on hold]

I need to know another word for "Not present" Here would be the example sentence. All the students were here except Joshua, who was not present.
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Word to describe 'frak'

Many (particularly sci-fi) shows or books invent words to replace real words, for example 'frak' in Battlestar Galactica replaces the 'F' word to get through censorship. Is there a word to describe a ...
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Collective Success over Individual Action

Is there a word or phrase that captures the essence of collective success (as a group or team) over the action or accomplishment of individuals? Could be something borrowed in English from other ...
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What are the “preparations” done before going to a competition called?

I needed help to find a word that is used to indicate the preparations done before going to a competition.
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A word that refers to the availability of something moving from the wealthy/businesses to the common man/individuals

The best example I think is computing. The advent of the personal computer made computing available to the individual. I see the term "commoditization" used in conjunction with the idea, but that ...
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Is there a verb for “walking with joy”?

Two good friends see each other after many years. They are happy and have a lot to talk about. They are headed towards somewhere together, laughing. What is the most appropriate single word to ...
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Adjective in “Ulysses” that means “existing in this world as opposed to an imagined one”

I came across this word in Joyce's Ulysses, but can't remember what it was. I only remember looking up the definition, which was something like "existing in this world as opposed to an imagined one." ...
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word for a person who has shared similar experiences? [duplicate]

I am writing a paper on teaching life writing texts, and I have a section that discusses the benefits to a reader who has gone through the same traumatic experiences as the author of the text. My ...
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Word to describe the occurrence of two adjacent anagrams

If you have two words that are anagrams of each other and are used next to each other, what is that occurrence called? (fee free to correct the way I've phrased the question if it is grammatically ...
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Word for incidents you think are still happening but aren’t

I am looking for a word, that is suitable for the following scenario in bold: For two years I used to go to the same restaurant with my best friend. Then I moved somewhere else. A year passed, ...
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Word for “dearly missed”

For example: Smallville. The name belonged to her [...] hometown. I thought about yearned but apparently using it in cases like this seems grammatically incorrect?
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What is a word that means “Knowing that someone will not do something that they threaten to do”

I was recently playing a manhunt game with my girlfriend and friends. After a while, she was the last alive and I threatened to break up with her to make her come out of her hiding spot. But my ...
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Is this arrogance or something else?

What do I call someone who has a "things are as I say they are" attitude? Example: I say the sky is green, if you don't agree I will punch you till you do. or Example: Someone says they are from a ...
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A man with a wife is a husband, a man with a concubine is what?

As concubines are rare these days (and bastardry ignored), I a wondering if there is symmetry in names of male roles in relationships involving concubines or mistresses as there is with wives, or if ...
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What's a word for being disappointed in a surprising manner?

I know the question a bit vague but that's the only plausible inquiry I could come up with. I wanted to what word can be used if someone is disappointed and they are surprised as to the fact that to ...
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The late professor X gave a talk

Is "the late Professor X gave a talk" correct? I mean: Correct not in a Zombie sort of way, but to express "Professor X gave a talk while he was still alive, which he is not any more".) If deceased ...
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What's the word for 'new yet old'? [on hold]

I am trying to think of the word that describes something that is new yet old, contemporary yet classic, progressive yet traditional or any other similar meanings. The word is used to describe a ...
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'Male'/'female' is to 'gender' as 'left-handed'/'right-handed 'is to…?

Is there a word to describe this? For example, if I ask a guy What's your ____? It should mean I'm asking whether he's left or right-handed. Another example could be Our designs are not ...
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Negative Comparatives & Superlatives

An Adjective can, in general, be converted to Comparative (-er) & Superlative (-est) ; for example : good better best happy happier happiest Now Superlative means "Highest in quality", ...
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Term for tactics Politicians use to win support of populace

As it's Election's time in UK and some other countries as well, we're used to listening politicians' oratory. During the speeches we often observe how politicians try to win public support by ...
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One word adjective which means “that can't be given up”

For Example: People have (immense) faith in God. In place of immense, what would be the proper word to convey that 'the faith is not immense, but it is that which can't be given up, due to the fear ...
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What is a good word to describe someone who is talking down to you and thinks your decisions/actions are wrong?

So if someone is giving you an attitude when you are telling them about certain life decisions you made. And that person really doesn't understand the situation, not to mention they are ignorant... ...
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“At peak” without implying it'll never improve again?

If something is currently at it's highest state ever achieved (so the right-most point on a graph would be the highest point) I have a tendency to want to say that it's "at its peak", but as far as I ...
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Some idioms for “psychotherapist” and the meaning of “therapist” in the US

Some Russian-English dictionaries like Multitran suggest that the word "therapist" has a meaning of "psychotherapist" in the US slang. Is it generally true? Can you please suggest me some compact ...
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What is the name of a fallacy for thinking something is easy for others because it is easy for you?

I don't remember where I was reading this, but whoever posted on the page said something along the lines of there being a fallacy that means: believing a task to be easy for others because it is ...
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a better alternative for “computerize”?

Is there a better alternative for "computerize"? Although the word is used in many writings, it doesn't sound good to me. I don't like it. For the context: consider a psychological test (e.g., an IQ ...
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Words for the tendency of a system to either accelerate or reduce changes

Dynamic systems often have feedback mechanisms whereby changes in the system can either be self-reinforcing, causing the system to change more once it has started changing, or self-opposing, causing ...
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Using the word “guess” in a scientific paper

I wonder if one can use the word guess in a scientific paper in the following context: "... to provide the best guess on answer response time ..." Would the usage of prediction or estimate be more ...
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What is the word that describes a demanding look?

Is there an idiom or a single verb for a patronizing stare or a demanding look? As if someone can speak with his looks and says something like "No!", "Stop!", "Do it now!" and makes people obey no ...
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What's a word for being curious in a worried manner?

Example: My wife was reading the news, her hands shaking, her mouth hanging open. [...], I leaned over to have a peek. Is there a word a bit "stronger" than curious? One that shows a bit ...
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Better term than “hardcoded” for end-user documentation

The term "hardcoded" refers to configuration that's imbedded in a program's code. To a programmer, it may have a negative connotation (if it is a bad design decision) and to a non-technical user, the ...
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What is the effect of 'stiff' in this sentence? [on hold]

In Ray Bradbury's A Sound of Thunder, there's this part that goes "...there's a stiff penalty..." What is the effect of 'stiff' here? It supposedly has some effect on the reader. Stiff means firm ...
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Adjective derived from “descendant”?

"Ancestral" means "of or pertaining to an ancestor or ancestors". Is there an adjective which means "of or pertaining to a descendant or descendants"? "Filial" isn't quite the right word, as it ...
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What is the name of a thing that can be present or absent? [on hold]

It is an arbitrary, abstract thing. Its only interesting quality is that it can be present or absent. I'd settle for a thing that exists or doesn't exist, is here or not here, etc. I'm just after a ...
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Would this qualify as sarcasm?

Let's suppose a guest brought something inappropriate, like maybe a polo mallet and helmet, to an informal beach party (presumably to show off), and I made a snarky remark to my companion: for ...
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Word for “waiting longingly/expectantly”?

Example: Many people [...] for the end of the days. I thought of the word anticipate. But I think it sounds a bit like an understatement.
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Antonym of copypasta

Is there any antonym for "copypasta", preferably in the context of computer programming? I can't think of anything more concise than "written from scratch". Neither Wiktionary or Urban Dictionary ...
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What is the word that defines walking confidently, coldly and calmly?

Is there a word for walking confidently, coldly and calmly...but not angrily, frustrated or in a rush. And not a fake self-confident walk to make people believe you are an important person.
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What is the action called when a grumpy old man shows that he is annoyed, by making a 'throat-clearing' sound?

Sometimes when a grumpy old man gets annoyed, he makes noises like clearing his throat. Does grumbling or grunting define that action? Is there a more appropriate word or an idiom for that?
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Word for the person who rates or judges others based on his past record is called [on hold]

Please share the exact word to describe such a person and synonyms of that word. Thanks
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Is there a word or an idiom for respecting someone because you are afraid of him?

I am looking for a word or an idiom about showing respect to someone superior in work because you are afraid of him. I'm not talking about real respect or showing respect to him or his works, just ...