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word for the act of each person in a group put in some money combined to buy something

What's the verb/phrasal verb to describe the act of giving/putting in a share of money towards a total amount to buy something as a group where each of the other members in the group put in their ...
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Word meaning relating to or involving humans or people

I need a word to fill the blank in this sentence: "The hurricane was one of the most blank-deadly events in history." The human death count was recorded, but not the death count not for other ...
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Is there an adjective for “originating and persisting continuously until now”?

I'm looking for a word that would fit the space below: Even as a(n) [adjective] city-dweller, I recognize the importance of the haystacks. I have searched to no avail and restructured the ...
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Opposite of “verbose”

One definition of verbose states: characterized by the use of many or too many words; wordy: a verbose report. Some (including the above link) suggest that the opposite is concise or laconic, ...
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Word for someone who overly nurtures their online image

I have a friend who sometimes removes comments from his Facebook posts that are slightly off-topic or detracting from the point of his post where the post is intended to boost his reputation and kudos ...
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Is there a name for someone that accepts a risk and then complains when it occurs?

Example: Frank is going to buy a house The real estate developer, Jim, warns him, there's a 30% chance your house will drop a lot in value in the next year. Frank buys the house. The value of his ...
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A word for the beginning of a street?

Is there a word for the beginning of a street? What word would be used to describe where a street begins? I have a friend who says that in Persian, it's described as the "head" of the street, but I ...
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Correct translatation of the German word “Folgeverhalten” in the technical domain of control feedback systems

I have asked various online dictionaries about the translation of the German word Folgeverhalten. At these dictionaries it is translated as "subsequent behaviour" or "following behavior". I am in ...
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What is a name for a unit of measure and value

I'm trying to find a word that describes both the unit and value of something. The unit types and values are arbitrary. For instance "10 meters" and "52 inches" are examples of (the word). "10 ...
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Is there a single word to describe the belief that one's actions can affect unrelated outcomes

Is there a single word to describe the belief that one's actions can affect unrelated outcomes, especially relating to luck. e.g. Every time I bet against Team A, they win. Or If I wear my blue ...
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Is there another word for five times, such as triple, quadruple? [duplicate]

I forget what the word for 5 times is. I know it is single, double, triple, quadruple but forgot what the one for 5 is.
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A word for a “cleaning schedule”

Is there a (British) English word for a printed week-by-week cleaning schedule?
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A single or double word that describes a group of casual but important guides or scouts [closed]

The word needs to describe group of people that you choose to influence you. It would be nice if the word was reasonably simple or hip as well. examples: guides, advisors, council, brain trust, ...
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What’s the word for the habit of writing “play’d” or “revolv’d”?

I’m working on an 18th-century manuscript, and I’m trying to explain to others the use of ’d in past tense verbs. Is there a word that encompasses the usage of ’d in early 18th-century manuscripts? ...
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Is there a word for start and end of a time period? [closed]

Is there a word used to describe the extremities of an arbitrary time period? The word "weekend" refers to the end of a week, but it's limited to the week and it only describes the end, but not the ...
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What is a single word for “Out of our control”

I'm looking for a word that defines that something is out of our control in a business sense. For example, we can't control the postal delivery time, so it is... (out of our control). Needs to be ONE ...
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Does a truism need to be true to be a truism?

I frequently hear people quoting widely-used idioms or proverbs as if they are fact, simply because they are used frequently by many people. For example, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." Can ...
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What is a term that means “to force into a particular form”?

I'm looking for a term that describes "forcing into a particular form", "forcing into looking like something else", or even "forcefully fitting into a category" Ex: "We (word) the ...
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Is there a noun for a used credit token?

It's possible to informally use the word credit to mean a token that can be exchanged for something. Is there a noun that means a used credit token?
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What is the opposite of a “one-trick pony” or a “one-hit wonder”?

I'm thinking of "a one-shot gun" vs. "an automatic machine gun", or vs. "an all-purpose tool" (although tool lacks oomph). Any ideas?
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English word for the comma between three digits

The common number formatting convention uses a decimal point between the integer part and the fraction, and a comma between every three digits of the number: 1000000 -> 1,000,000 12345 + 1/5 ...
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A noun to describe character sequences between words

I'm creating a formal system in which a sentence can be formed by four types of sequences of characters: Words Prefixes Suffixes Sequences in between words What noun would you use to describe a ...
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Hypernym for “business”, “company”, “organization”, “institution”

Is there a hypernym for the following terms? Local business Company Organization or institution Edit I am building a website where one can create a profile that will either be a Local Business, ...
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Can you “cram” a liquid?

I heard a joke last night about cramming one's mouth with a liquid. I've looked at several definitions, including this one, which seem to allow cram to be used in this way by saying something like: ...
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Is there a word like cardinal or ordinal but for the “single, double, triple” series?

The words one, two, three, and so on are the cardinal numbers. Similarly, first, second, third, and so on are the ordinal numbers. Is there a similar term for the words single, double, triple, ...
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Looking for words similar to “lagging” and “ahead of”

In computer networking, assume that I'm waiting for packets which are ordered by sequence number. First I get sequence number 1, and then 2, then 3 … Assume that I now have 99 packets and ...
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How to refer to the “elevated areas” of a mountain?

For example, in the following picture, I see two "elevated areas" (one on the right, and one on the left, at the distance): The only word that comes to my mind is hill. But I'm not quite sure, ...
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What is the opposite of a pickpocket?

Without your awareness, a pickpocket will pull some object from your pocket or your bag. What can we call somebody who does the opposite action, pushing something in your bag or your pocket? Edit ...
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Is there a word for someone who loves blood but is not a vampire?

Is there an English word for someone who loves blood but is not a vampire? I just saw Excision (2012) and this question came to my mind.
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How to say removing redundancy and/or duplicate entries from a list of items?

How to say removing redundancy and/or duplicate entries from a list of items with a single word?
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Word to describe the quality of being optional or mandatory

Something like 'Optionality' or 'Ordinality'? (It's similar in kind to the words "Arity" and "Cardinality") Example: "Fred listed the XXXity of each parameter, noting whether it was optional or ...
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Word for a person who condescends himself to praise others

I'm sure there are some obvious words that mean this but I can't think of any. For example, he might say, "You've done an amazing job! Much better than what I could've done."
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What do I call someone I hire to do my personal work for me?

Currently I’m living in Place A, but I need a representative at Place B who will go there and perform work on my behalf. He will update me on the progress in Place B. What is that person called?
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What do you call doing something just to do it?

In competition to give away grants, we're asking for a response to a particular question because we always have, but not because we will actually use it to determine the outcome of the competition. ...
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Expression for “resource paralysis” - can't do anything because you have too much?

Is there any word, expression or proverb for the condition or state where you can't do anything because you have too much? I have heard a professor of English refer to this as "resource paralysis" ...
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Is there a word for when an action has an effect opposite to the one intended?

Is there a word or phrase to express the concept of an action having the opposite effect of the expected outcome? For example, a drug taken to cure headaches that actually causes headaches, or an ...
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Word/slang for “I have just committed the source code, please update your working copy”? [closed]

I usually send this message over SMS to my coworkers, well, very frequently. I think maybe there is a slang term that I can use so I can type less.
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An event that occurs only once

What do you call an event that occurs only once in its environment? For instance, birth and death are two events that occur only once in the lifetime of a living thing. I am looking for a word or ...
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Is there a single word for “Making a mistake just to make a point”

Google Chrome released an improved spell check option today. This is how the feature is described: Chrome as auto-updated with bettar spell chek. Try the "Ask Google for Suggestions" feature in ...
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What is the English counterpart to the Japanese ‘Insei’ – rule by a retired emperor/leader?

There was a following statement in Time magazine’s article (February 25) titled “Second Act” dealing with the step-down of the former Pope Benedict XVI: The new Pope will be indebted to Benedict ...
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thirsty to quench = hungry to? [duplicate]

What would be an appropriate word to be used to define the feeling of having great food when you were really hungry? or in other words what will be the appropriate word for hungry if need to be used ...
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Term for “sum of durations”

While writing to a friend, I attempted to ask which web browser they used most. In the end, I asked which browser they used “more frequently”, but this was not the true object of my curiosity. By ...
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Word for expressing someone whose experience is mid-level? [duplicate]

Someone with a low level of experience in something is a newbie or a rookie. Someone with a high level of experience is an expert or specialist. But what do you call someone with a mid-level of ...
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A more succinct expression for “The day before yesterday”

Is there a more succinct expression for "the day before yesterday"? In German for example, gestern = 'yesterday.' The prefix vor roughly means before, so logically, vorgestern means 'the day before ...
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Word to describe a sensation of death coming over your entire body?

This is the context where I want to use the word: He closed his eyes. The living did not come to mind, neither friend, nor family—only the dance of death, plain to see. The dancing figures of ...
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What word would you use to describe the most interesting man in the world from the dos equis commercials?

I'm trying to think of a word that describes a person who's skillful, intelligent, capable, interesting, etc. Think of the character in the most interesting man in the world commercials. What's one ...
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Which word should I use to describe the noise made by an electronic device?

The noises made by electronic devices (lamps, electronic chargers, etc.) sound to me like a high-pitched,barely audible "zzzzzz". In my mind is the word "buzz". Beyond that I don't really know. ...
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Is there a word for the desire to care for an injured or vulnerable person or animal? [closed]

Specifically, I'm looking for a word or phrase that captures the feeling of wanting someone to need you to care for them, and feeling guilty that the desire implies that you want the other person to ...
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Word for someone who pays attention to details

I know I've seen a word that describes a person who has a high perception of details (for example, seeing specific information in a log file), but I can't recall it now. Insights?
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Is there a word for when a problem's understood complexity grows exponentially as you work on it?

Example: Hey Joe, can you fix simple problem A? Sure, Sally, no problem! After all it's simple, right? But A is then found to have dependent sub-problems B and C; B to have dependent ...