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An adjective that would substitute “underfunded” here?

Tom remains underfunded to start up a business. The context is that this man has an excellent business plan and entrepreneurial spirit. But the bank wouldn't lend him money in absence of collateral....
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Single word meaning a statement which is proving itself wrong

Eg. Saline water does not contain salt. So it is a __ statement. What is the word that should fill in the blank? This statement is clearly making itself wrong in its later part. What should it ...
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Term or phrase for a traumatic or life-changing event

What is the word or phrase that describes a traumatic event that stops or changes a person’s mode of living? Something like an illness or something like happened to Tom Hanks in the movie Cast Away. ...
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Word for using example to refer to the whole

I was talking with a friend about the word "portmanteau", noticing that it is itself a portmanteau (making it autological), but in particular its meaning seems to have nothing to do with the concept ...
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Is there any phrasal verb to mean “teeth are falling out because one is getting older”?

The sentence would be: He is Xing now. Where X means "losing teeth" or "teeth are falling out" because he is getting older. I am assuming such phrasal verbs or words exist because it would be ...
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Word for “moving on a ledge”

Is there a single word in English describing a sideway movement when one is walking with his back along a ledge? One can see this frequently in movies. A person is high up on a building or in ...
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Opposite of “straight talk”

What is the opposite for the straight talk idiom? How do I best call the activity when someone makes a very long preamble before he says what he wants?
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what word means “to show off my clothes” [closed]

I'm looking for a word that means "to show off clothes", something like "parade". Working from home gives me the ability to show off my fancy pyjamas
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What do you call activities you do to keep your curiosity alive?

Is there a single word for activities which you engage in to keep your curiosity or interest in a certain field alive? I mean is there some word that conveys the idea that the series of activities ...
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Word or phrase for mere coincidence that brings happiness

I wish to state that my exposure to a certain area was a mere coincidence, and I am happy about the area. Moreover, I want to convey the idea that the incident was like a fairytale, something no one ...
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Word to describe an attribute one would either love or hate

He has an audacity that those who know him either adore or despise. His audacity is _____ . There's only two kinds of people: those who love olives and those who hate it. Olives have a _____ ...
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What is the term for groups of numerals within a large number?

I am writing software in which I would like to be able to return the groups of numerals within a large number. For example, given a number 123,456,789, my software would return 123 then 456 then 789. ...
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the act of using one word to refer to another

we use the word "suits" to refer to policemen. What is the word that describes this action? I had read this word in the book "HHhH", but for the life of me, I can't seem to recall it...
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Oxymoronic soundtrack — mismatch audio to visuals

I am looking for a word or a turn of phrase to describe a situation whereby the music or a soundtrack does not go with the visuals of a film at all. This is to perhaps make it more poignant and create ...
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What do you call words that are typed the same way on a phone keypad?

Words that are pronounced the same are homophones. Words that are spelled the same are homonyms. What do you call words that are typed the same way on a telephone keypad? (you have to watch out for ...
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Synonym for “engrooved”

Engrooved isn't a word, so I'm looking for something that carries its meaning. Engraved, accustomed, and other synonyms don't express the same meaning. I'm looking for a word that carries the meaning "...
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Is there a word for the total amount of time you weren't working in a day?

I can say that I plan to work 7 hours today, but how do I say I plan to "not work" for 2 hours? "Be on a break/pause for 2 hours" or "Rest for 2 hours" doesn't work because I might take several ...
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How to describe strength of keeping things simple and beautiful

I'm writing performance review of one of my colleagues that includes describing his strengths. For example, one of his strengths is Communication. He can quickly resolve conflicts with co-workers, ...
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What is an inverse phrase for “topping-off”?

I’m looking for a term or phrase that is the inverse equivalent to the action of “topping-off”, like a gas tank, but meaning “to completely empty.” Not a steady state (empty, depleted), but more a ...
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More natural noun for someone who you chat with [duplicate]

I'm looking for a noun, that people would use naturally while refering to a person who they chat with – in the context of online chat. Imagine that you are looking for someone you could chat with. How ...
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Word for consolidating a dataset to a single type

I believe there is a single word that represents what I am trying to say, but for the life of me I can’t remember it. I have a line graph of amounts vs. time. The amounts are for different currencies....
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What do you call someone who exploits people and their confidence using ‘clever speech’? [closed]

I am referring to someone who makes people ‘buy’ what he says and gets things done by them through nothing but clever speech – something one can describe as crafty or beguiling, but not fraudulent. I ...
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Single word alternative to “overvalue”

Generally speaking, attach too much significance to [something] can be replaced overvalue, but that doesn't sit well with me in certain contexts. For example, suppose I reached some conclusion after ...
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What do students call their teacher in class? [closed]

Well, years ago I was an English teacher in an English Teaching Institute. In the country I live, students call their teachers by saying "Mr. Teacher" or "Teacher" (literally translated) in schools. ...
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Is there a word meaning unexpected pleasure? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: A word for something you didn’t know you’d like I thought delight might be it, but the various dictionaries I checked make no mention of the sense of surprise or ...
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Term for a word that is unintentionally made up of two or more other words?

For example, therapist may be split into the + rapist, neither of which (arguably) has anything to do with the original words. Another example would be conflagration: con + flag + ration. Or weather:...
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Is there a single word for “interesting” and “varied”?

As in "NotAlwaysRight.com is the perfect website for those of us who have had the 'pleasure' of working in the -interesting and varied- field of employ that is customer service." A word that replaces ...
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One word for “stealing something on its way to the recipient”

I am looking for a word which means stealing something on its way to the recipient. For example, suppose you sent a gift to your friend. And suppose someone steals it before it reaches your friend. ...
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Is there a word to describe the virtue of “to do something and ask for nothing in return”?

I am wondering if there is a positive, formal counterpart to the slang "No strings attached" to describe, for example, a parent's unquestioned devotion to their children, or the virtue of someone's "a ...
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Hypernym for the products from trees

I want to know a hypernym I can use to call products from trees. For example, mangoes, coconuts, oranges, bananas. I want to use this word in a context like below sentences. Mangoes are .... ...
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What's another word for Guinea Pig, i.e. when you call someone a “test dummy”?

If someone is being used to test a new product or idea, they can be called a "guinea pig" (because Guinea Pigs are usually used by medical labs for testing). What is another term that would carry the ...
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Alternative for “seats” in expressions such as “40% of the total seats are reserved for students of backward cast”

All of the leading educational institutes have 60% of their seats reserved for students of backward castes. It is a fairly common expression and a sad fact in India. What would be an alternative to ...
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I work in a team which ____ the 25 company branches

I'm looking for a word to fill in the following blank: I work in a national management team which __ the 25 company branches in the country. This management team is the one which every branch ...
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What should I call someone addicted to mobile appliances?

Nowadays we can see many people using their mobile phone all day long. They are always busy with it and don’t care about the things going around them, whether for social networking like Facebook and ...
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What is a term for a non-union labourer?

A union worker is to clergy as x is to laity. Is there a more encompassing term than non-union worker. "The city was fined for contracting non-union workers."
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“Nose” is to “nasal” as “throat” is to what?

We use nasal as an adjective for something related to nose. What is the word to refer to something related to throat?
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Is there a single word for a document containing an individual's contact information?

I'm looking for a single noun to indicate a document (or web page) that contains a person's contact information (phone, email, etc.). The context is a navigation element on a personal website, for ...
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What is the word for “stepping stone” if it is used in a derogatory sense?

I checked the meaning of stepping stone in a dictionary, it was a means of progress What would be the word for stepping stone if I want to use it in a negative sense? For example, He used ...
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2answers
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Is there a word for the word being described by an adjective?

Is there a word for the word being described by an adjective? In other words, the "target" of an adjective. Or, by analogy, "Operators have operands, adjectives have ____."
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Referring to the work introducing the idea

When making relations of my contribution to the work of others, I sometimes deliberately want to avoid detailed description of the related work and state: "For details on derivation, see the original ...
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Discrimination on the basis of profession

I was wondering if there is any particular word for 'discrimination on the basis of profession/professional rank'.
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“Tipster” in real estate terms

I'm trying to figure out what somebody is called who gives you (or someone else) a tip on real estate brokerage. I've Googled (and Bing'ed ;)) along and found translations like "whistleblower" or "...
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what would you call a guy everybody picks on?

Let's say we have a guy who is stupid and weak and everybody picks on him and mocks him all the time. What would we call this guy? I found timid in the dictionary but I am looking for a colloquial ...
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What do I do to a door knob to open the door?

I want to know the verb that describe the action that rotate or move or twist a door knob to open the door. I talked to my friend and said "please press the button before move it (the door knob)" and ...
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2answers
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How can I say in one word “number written in words”?

If there should be numbers written in words, like "one hundred and ten" instead of "110", how can I say it in one word?
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Alternate ways to say someone is grumpy

My manager is a pretty moody woman. Whenever she feels annoyed or doesn't like what you are doing, she would show her displeasure on her face right away. By reading her face, you would know ...
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Salt tastes salty then water tastes …?

I want to know what word should I use to describe the taste of water. I always say it tastes nothing to mean that it does not have taste, not sweet, not salty, not spicy, and not sour.
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Hypernym for “day”, “month”, “week”, “year”

I would like to know if there is a single-word hypernym for day, month, week and year.
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Better term to put on a label of a bottle of milk to describe that it's 'made' in a particular geographic location

While waiting for the kettle to boil this morning, I was idling and reading the label on the bottle of milk and was struck by the declaration: "Permeate free, made in WA". Here's a shot of the label ...
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Longer than a word — smaller than a sentence

What would you call a linguistic construct that is just big enough to convey a meaning within a context, longer than a word but not having the length and proper form of a complete sentence? Like, for ...