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What do you do when you move under a low barrier?

Do you duck under it, crouch under it, or is there a better term? This lower position is held only for a very brief moment, so you don't duck under it and remain crouched. The focus is on the quick ...
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Climactic act of reaching one's limit and turning to the sky/God/universe for answers

I'm looking for a word to describe the dramatic moment when, after being pushed to the limit, someone drops to their knees and turns to the sky/God/universe. In other words, this is the moment when ...
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A word for weariness after travelling?

Is there a word meaning something along the lines of weary, haggard or generally not at one's best after a long journey? Something like travel-worn, but better? As a compelling motivating example, I ...
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Is there a word for “about to be mentioned”?

I'm curious whether there is a word for it or not. For example: "The problems that will be mentioned are going to be analyzed..." And: "The xxx problems are going to be analyzed".
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Single word for “Young of an animal”

In a conversation today I needed a word for "Young of an animal". Not animal-specific like "puppy" or "kitten". The conversation went like this: Me: 2 kittens to be precise! Person: Kittens are ...
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What's a word or phrase to describe literature that builds upon topics discussed earlier?

If I were teaching a class, how do I say that the topics currently being discussed build upon the topics that were discussed in earlier classes? I'm looking for colloquialisms but if you know about ...
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Term for Bowing at the End of a Play

I'm looking for the best term (or phrase) to describe the act of bowing to the crowd while onstage at the end of a play or performance. I came by the terms "encore" and "curtain call", but I'm not ...
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Is there some institute that can create a word which would mean 'he or she', or indeed any other word? [duplicate]

New words are constantly being invented in science and technology, and after a while people start to use them. Along similar lines, would it not be much less hassle to use an invented word instead of ...
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What is a 'correct' term for Mongoloid features? [on hold]

I am not referring here to any illness, which may once have been called Mongoloid. I am referring to the general facial features of people of East Asia, Central Asia, Eastern Russia, and South-East ...
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Word for “the people who lose in a battlefield”?

Example: The dog carcasses were scattered everywhere. They looked like the [...] of a battlefield. The closest word I can think of is "loser" but I think it doesn't quite make it. Any ...
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Is there a literary or scholarly synonym for an 'origin story' or myth?

I am trying to remember a word I learned in high school that meant "a story that explains why something is the way it is." It's not origin story or creation myth, but rather one word probably with a ...
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resemble = look like… ??? = sounds like… ??? = smells like

The verb resemble is typically used to denote similarity in appearance. We can thus replace this verb with "look like." But does English have analogous single-word verbs for "sound like," "smell ...
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What is the word whose meaning is to “oversimplify a complex issue; often incorrectly?” [duplicate]

I can't think of the word and it's been bothering me for some time now. I have attempted to reverse search it, to no avail. If someone could oblige me with the word whose definition means to ...
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Describe an “atom” of conversation [on hold]

Loosely speaking, a conversation involves two parties variously exchanging statements/sentences/remarks. I'm looking for a word that describes a single statement-response exchange. Of course, exchange ...
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Word for a meeting meant to persuade the other person

For instance, someone's intention for meeting a senator could be to convince them to enact some policy. This would be in contrast to an interview where the caller of meeting was looking for ...
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What do you call a full monopoly?

What word or phrase is best used to describe a monopoly in all economies - basically having a monopoly in everything. For example, Company X has a monopoly in Food, Technology, Communication, ...
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A dire-needing country

The cure could find its way in dire-needing USK? (USK is a fictional country) I am looking for a synonym to the word (dire-needing). I am skeptical about it being acceptable to say the least.
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Name for people who cannot pronounce one particular sound

Is there a word in English for the inability to utter a specific sound like the rolled R for instance? In my language, there is a name for people who can only pronounce the uvular/guttural R instead ...
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U.S.A. English and what is a christmas hater called [on hold]

What seven lettered word defines a Christmas hater, or what are they called?
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equivalent for omni-human perspective [on hold]

I would like to ask what there is the best suitable equivalent for the adjective "omni-human". For example "omni-human perspective".
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Word for “pain gets worse”

"The pain kept increasing." I was looking for a substitute of "increasing" that expresses the idea that pain didn't subside and instead intensified. I have overused these words (increasing, ...
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“You had to come in now?” One word for describing a negative reaction

X is annoyed, but not angry. I'm thinking of a couple of possible options: Protests Groans replies One person opens the door, and X (a kid) is in the middle of something. What word best describes ...
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“Attempts limit exceeded” in one word [on hold]

I need a one word to describe a status of a token object that had its "attempts limit exceeded", meaning that it has been tried too many times and has become unusable without a possibility of a revert ...
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What's the word for “talking about the same thing but do not realize because using different words”

The scenario is I'm talking about a particular thing. You are talking about the precise same thing. We are arguing about it because we don't realize that we are talking about the same thing. ...
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A word for 'related in managerial way' [on hold]

Is there a word for "related in work-related way"? I want to include owners, managers and the like. Here's an example: I want to convey "This is a list of all owners, managers, administrators, ...
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Word that describes a repeating pattern across orders of magnitude of scale

What word describes the notion of a simple pattern repeating itself across a multitude of scales? For example, consider Gravity. The forces of gravity are present at the quantum scale (atoms attract ...
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Person who is responsible for the political guests in the kingdom?

I'm from Georgia, and I need help with a specific word. In one of the history books I found the word mestumre, and in a translation from Georgian it means a person who is responsible for the special ...
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What is a synonym for “controversial” with a more neutral connotation?

When things are described as "controversial," it's usually done with a negative connotation, as in "a controversial new law that many feel restricts their freedom." It seems people tend to describe ...
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Word to describe a situation where one wants to do good things but ends up with something bad

I am looking for a word to describe a situation where one wants to do good things but ends up with something bad. It generally happens with me, I always think of doing something good but sometimes ...
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What is the single-word noun meaning “Someone who participates in a Winterfest”? [on hold]

If someone who goes to the Theatre is a Theatregoer, what is the single-word noun for someone who participates in a Winterfest? I am assuming it would not be "Winterfester" as that sounds more like ...
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What do you call someone who collects hats? [duplicate]

Philatelist is a stamp collector. Numismatist is a coin collector. What do you call a hat collector?
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Name for the property of a thing that allows it to be described practically infinite ways

There are things that can be described in numerous ways, but the description still means the same thing. Is there a word or phrase that encapsulates such things, or the property about the things that ...
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Word for “start a journey”? [on hold]

Is there a word for that? Example: I decided to [...] in Moscow. Or My first [...] was Moscow.
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Fear of asking girl out - is called …?

Fear or phobia of asking girl out, fear of rejection(that she would say no or even worse). Here, Soceraphobia (fear of her father/brother) is not involved. Mostly guys are feared by most compelling ...
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What is the word for a word that comes at the end of a sentence?

What is the word for a word that comes at the end of a sentence? As in a word that ends a sentence. A terminal word? Or terminator?
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Gossip the truth and gossip the falsity

Are there two verbs in English with the additional details in their meaning included: to gossip true statements about somebody, to gossip false statements about somebody?
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Expose body to cold conditions

Some people go to sauna and spend there a few minutes, this is believed to have a good effect on their health. Similarly, some people go to swim for a few minutes in water with the temperature just ...
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A word for “intimate friends” without any kind of romance?

I'm looking for a word to describe that a particular situation where two people (a man and a woman) are probably the best of friends but have no romantic inclinations towards each other. They may ...
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What is an alternative word for “eaten” [closed]

I am describing the context here: Person A: Hey, how was your birthday party on Sunday? Person B: Party was pretty good, but of all the food we ordered only 40% was eaten/consumed by the ...
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Is there a word that means the opposite of “gentrification”?

Exactly what it says on the tin: is there a word that means precisely the opposite of "gentrification"? That is, the decline of a neighborhood due to an influx of lower-class families and individuals ...
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Similar term to “visual” for audio?

I'm looking for a term for audio in form of the word visual. Visual is defined as of or relating to the sense of sight What could you call the sense of hearing? Also, what do you call this ...
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Is there an antonym for the verb form of delegate?

This question seeks an antonym for the noun form: Is there an antonym for “delegate”? I seek an antonym for the act of delegating, where instead of passing work or authority to another to keep it for ...
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How to describe a “noise” which is intentional and not annoying?

The word "noise" inherently has a negative meaning: an uncertainty in measurements, or an assortment of annoying background sounds. What word or term can be used when a "noise" is intentionally ...
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Is there a word for person who is obsessed with scores

Is there a word for a person who is very eager to earn points or scores? Not only in some academic field but everywhere, like sports or even if they join Stack Exchange, they start concentrating on ...
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a word or a phrase for “something that entails spending money” [closed]

I need to know a word or a phrase for the following: "Something that entails spending money"
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Is there a word that describes inflation that is excessive but not hyperinflation?

An example would be the recent inflation in Russia, where the exchange rate of GPB:RUB has doubled from ~60 in September to ~120 today. Hyperinflation was defined by Philip Cagan in his book as 50% ...
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Web site providing tailored content… and the negative social side effect

What's the (slightly pejorative) word for the way some web sites provide content tailored to the "interests" (belief systems, etc.) of users, thereby preventing them (or at least greatly diminishing ...
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Word for metallic “dust”?

What’s the English word for the metallic “dust”, or more precisely the tiny remains (waste) of drilling, welding, cutting through metal, and similar metal processing?
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Word for an object within another object

I am looking for a word that defines an object or thing within another object or thing. Like in the movie Inception: a dream within a dream.
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Are there any other Narcissus-like characters [closed]

Are there other Narcissus-like characters recorded in any mythology? To be more precise, I need a metaphor for an egoistic person who is in love with themself. I need a proper noun, the name of this ...