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what's a word/phrase that describes unwillingness to share advice (such as strategy on how to improve in a sports match)?

I'm having trouble coming up with a word/two-word phrase describing unwillingness to share advice (such as strategy on how to improve in a sports match)? May someone help? I'm hoping that this would ...
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What’s a word for someone who appreciates the little things?

I’m looking for an adjective that describes a person who appreciates the little things in life: someone who takes life at a little bit slower a pace, who enjoys being outside instead of forever ...
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Word for an area characterized by similar stores, services, or industries

I am writing tourist information for a city that has areas known for similar shops (fabric, jewelry, musical instruments), similar services (spas, funeral, automotive), and similar industries (textile,...
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Word for “someone who talks too much” [duplicate]

What is another word for a person who likes to talk too much. I was thinking bigmouth, but bigmouth could mean "somebody who likes carrying messages voluntarily".
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Word for “Woman Who Hates Men” [duplicate]

We know “misogynist” is the word that we use for "a man who hates women”. Do we have any single word for “a woman who hates men”?
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Word for sex discrimination issues with holding work-related duties in saunas

Is there any word (most likely a loanword) to describe sex discrimination issues for holding work-related functions in saunas? It's a sticky, steamy business. Two or more do it naked in a small, ...
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2answers
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Something was being touched but no longer is

I'm looking for an (English) word meaning something that was being touched but no longer is - similar to disappear (for the visual sense). I'm thinking at the moment about using DISTACTED or ...
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Using your voice as an instrument

What are some words that describe using one's voice as an instrument, i.e. doing certain things with the voice, not necessarily just hitting particularly challenging higher/lower registers? Things ...
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Verb to refer to putting debris aside with machinery

The screen was showing a close up of some buildings in ruins. Excavators and bulldozers [...] debris aside, while the survivors watched the work with anguish and despair on their faces. OK, I ...
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Word for a person who quotes well?

Is there a word to describe a person who makes up nice quotations?
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“Buildings” are to “blueprints” as “units” are to what?

I am creating an indie game and since English is not my first language, I would like some help on this. In my game, you have buildings and units (soldiers and such). The overall theme is militaristic,...
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1000 Day “Anniversary”

"Anniversary" comes from Latin: "anni" [genitive of annus = year] + "vers(us)" [past participle of vertere = to turn]. I am interested in constructing a similar word which means "reoccurring every ...
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What is a word for the length of sky between directly overhead and horizon?

What is a word that is closely defined to "the vertical length of sky between directly overhead and the horizon"? Example for definition: "The sun shown through the fog in the |between-zenith-horizon|...
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Better name for a square prism

What is the proper name for a cube which is stretched in one direction. So that it is really four rectangles of the same size with two squares at the ends. Elongated/stretched cube? Rectangular/...
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1answer
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What do you call the linguistic ambiguity in an assertion "Blah is the Best X?

I don't know the correct name of the following characteristic or phenomena to search for it on Google for further study and exploration: Someone says they live in the "Best Democracy" and they ...
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2answers
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Can we use “saccade” as a verb to describe eye movements

Saccade is the term to describe rapid eye movements. I just want to be sure that saccading could be used as a verb, or if not, which term would you recommend using?
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Words for a person who imposes [closed]

I need a few words that describe a person who is imposing, in a context of overstaying his welcome. Someone that is present unwelcomed and you can't do your usual routines until the person is gone. A ...
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Could 'otwards' or even 'hotwards' ever be accepted into the language?

I've just woken early from a vivid dream. (must be the local ale - we are in Yorkshire at the moment). I was in an inferno of an industrial kitchen where they were manufacturing 'ready-meals'. One ...
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3answers
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Term that means making humans look inanimate

Keeping personification as a related (yet opposite) concept, is there a term that means "to give humans lifeless or inanimate appearance"? For example, in a recent photo shoot, the photographer ...
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Is 'disinstruct' or 'de-instruct' legitimate usage?

When you engage a lawyer or an estate agent, for example, you instruct them. What is the most appropriate word to use when you decide you've had enough and want to get rid of them? There are several ...
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What's the term for introducing an error when you edit a sentence?

Several years ago, I recall learning an English term that described the following sort of error: I write (or begin writing) a sentence without error. I decide to change something in the sentence. I ...
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3answers
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What do you call two words that contradict each other in a sentence?

I'm having trouble as to what you call two words that contradict each other. For example, "That was weirdly normal." I think this kind of word play is used in puns and jokes. But I do not know how you ...
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Looking for two terms from law vocabulary

I'm looking for two technical words used in law: Someone who accepts the law, they will try to do the best things in any situation. The opposite of number one, they reject any law and at every ...
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Is there a word for the action of lifting the mouse to go further?

Using a computer mouse to point to a far away target and running out of table surface (or hand range), one typically lifts the mouse, moves it in the opposite direction, puts it back down, and ...
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Polite alternative to the term “bitch” when referring to a female dog

I'm writing an example of constructing logic, and I need to differentiate between an adult female dog, an adult male dog and a puppy and am searching for polite terms. Unfortunately, the word "bitch" ...
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4answers
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Words similar to 'either' and 'neither' for 3 items

Given two options, we can use 'either and 'neither' to show no preference. Do you want to watch A or B Neither, I don't like either. The only option I can see for more than two options is: '...
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Noun to use for a person who has commissioned work from a contractor

Let's say I'm an independent software developer who gets paid, by the hour, to create tailored software for solving one person's particular problems; I'm a contractor and a service provider. What's a ...
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A single word desribing creature with misshapen and obscure features?

I'm trying to find the best way to describe being so physically deformed, that its only, somewhat recognizable, feature is its own body shape. Mutant doesn't work for me, as it implies the reason of ...
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2answers
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Word for a “grand, symbolic action”?

What word would mean "a grand, symbolic action" more specifically, taken in an attempt to prove a point? For example, I am trying to figure out the word that would fill in the following sentence using ...
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A word for “positive side effect”

Planting a tree will help the environment. And, as a [positive] side effect, you will have a nice decoration in your backyard. Is there a word I can use to describe a side effect that is also ...
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Word Meaning: Stopping Someone from Doing Something (such as in the case of punishment)

I've just lost a word I use frequently whenever talking about the reasons for punishments. The word should (I think) fill the blank: Punishments, such as jail time, __ people from doing crime. The ...
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What is proper word for “get into some place secretly”

I was trying to write a line like The commandos got into the building without anyone knowing. But I think that there's a single word for "without anyone knowing". Can anyone help me with this?
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Causing catastrophe by the act of trying to avoid catastrophe

Is there a word in the English language which means either: to cause a catastrophe by an act intended to avoid that very catastrophe, or a catastrophe caused by an attempt to avoid that catastrophe? ...
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The sound made when eating

I have a few people around me that are really loud eaters. I'm not telling them to be quiet while eating, of course - these aren't my children, but I digress. What the the word for the sounds made ...
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“Medium” specifically applied to width, corresponding with narrow or wide

Is there a word that means "medium", specifically applying to the width of something? I'm looking something that corresponds with "narrow" or "wide", but not communicating either of those extremes. ...
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Single term for “elephants going berserk”

Is there any single term for "Elephants going berserk"? Can we say that the elephant got wild and started destroying whatever is in its path? Is there any term for that? Hope you understand my ...
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Hypernym for “phrase” and “gesture”

Is there a hypernym for phrase and gesture — that is, a word for an abstract action of communication performed by a person? For context, I am looking for a term to use in a computer program, rather ...
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What is the name of part of onion we peel?

We call the state you can’t stop tearing “玉ねぎの皮をむくように―tamanegino kawa wo muku youni – like peeling the ‘skins’ of onion" in Japanese. In actuality, we don’t shed (or drop) tears when we peel off the ...
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What is the word that describes a person trying to sell stuff persistently?

I am trying to remember the word to describe a person trying to sell stuff persistently. I can't seem to figure it out. - It can be a verb, noun or adjective. Anything around "Selling stuff ...
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Is there a word for something that would be hilarious if it weren't true?

I've been thinking all day but nothing is coming to mind. I feel like I'd use it a lot if one existed.
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What do you call stand up comedy when not performed to a live audience?

Live comedy is often called stand up. What would you call a comedy video not performed to an audience? This could be characters performing a story, someone talking to a camera, or someone more ...
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I need a word that means “easily understood or relatable to the common man” [duplicate]

I can't think of a word that would summarize this phrase into one coherent adjective. It's for a thesis I'm writing about a musical composer.
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Synonym for discovery? [closed]

I'm working on a backend product and the term "eDiscovery" is overused in my industry. What's another appropriate word that has enough resonance to be marketable? Discovery in this context does not ...
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What is the corrrect term for a shape with only two sides? [closed]

Something that is shaped something like an L such as a bracket. What is the proper term to describe this shape geometrically.
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1answer
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Verb to refer to people yelling “wooh!”

I'm looking for a verb which refers to the sound that people make when they are excited. The typical "wooh." At first I thought it was called wooing/wooed. But then I checked the Free Dictionary: ...
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Any name for “focusing on the problem, not on the solution”

Do we have a term to describe the attitude which instead of solution, focuses on the problem. This attitude is encouraged in many places and there are some stories about it. Maybe the most famous ...
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What do you call someone who doesn't know how to swim?

Is there one word for someone who does not know how to swim? Even better if there is one word for someone who doesn't know how to swim but dives to save a drowning person? If no, then suggest a ...
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Is the place for the king/queen's feet on a throne called the 'threshold' of the throne?

Is the place for the king/queen's feet on a throne called the 'threshold' of the throne? The place for the feet can be seen in this picture:
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Single word for someone who is being impersonated (“impersonatee”?)

I'm writing about impersonators and people being impersonated in general terms and having 'the impersonator' and 'the person being impersonated' is cumbersome at best. 'Impersonatee' sort of works, ...
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How to call these types of fragments? [closed]

I have three types of sentence fragments: Type A: "a sphere with a stem" Type B: "has a worm" Type C: "that is red" How can I call these fragment types to distinguish them? Context: I ...