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What report is given to a boss at a higher rank by bypassing the immediate boss?

Is there a single word that can be put before "report" meaning a report given to a boss at a higher rank by bypassing the immediate boss?
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Antonym of “to telescope”

The verb "to telescope" conveys in a picturesque way the meaning that an elongated object slides into itself, so that it becomes smaller. I'm looking for an equally attractive verb to convey the ...
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Word for pulling and releasing in kite flying

When flying a kite, there are moments when you need to quickly pull on the string and let it go so that the kite can catch the wind and go up. Is there a word for this action?
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Is the word “connector” in meaningful for a software product [closed]

We have a product that synchronizes data between an online-shop and a popular erp (enterprise resource planning) system. Now the question is, if the product name "System1Name System2Name Connector" ...
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Alternative word for “arguably better”

I am trying to find a word for it different than "arguably better" because I am trying to avoid arguing or pointing out the reasons why it is arguably. May you suggest me an alternative word?
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Are there any special English words describing indexed items which are displayed first word last?

The indexes in the back of some books contain items which are listed with the first word at the end, e.g.: An entry for "The Golden Goose" would be listed as "Golden Goose, The". An entry for ...
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Mild red condiment [closed]

Is 'paprika' the English word describing mild red condiment consisting of the dried finely ground pods of various sweet peppers? I have noticed that 'paprika' is rarely used for this pourpose by other ...
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Loaf of French bread

What is the English word describing a long thin loaf of French bread, which crust is appetisingly golden and crunchy, and the bread inside is light and fluffy?
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What's the opposite of a greeting? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What term is used for the closing of a letter? You use a greeting when you need to open communication with someone, but is there a word for when you need to close ...
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What word describes a person who signs an official document?

For example, I have a document that has the signatures of three people, all public servants: a tax collector,an inspector, and a school principal. How could I collectively describe these three people? ...
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What words are similar in meaning to “monosyllabic” or “disyllabic”, but refer to the letters and not the sounds?

The words "monosyllabic" and "disyllabic" seem to describe words with one or two sounds. I'm looking for a similar word, but that instead describes a word constructed from only one or two letters ...
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1answer
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“Freshman”, “sophomore”, what next?

I know first and second year undergraduate students are freshmen and sophomores respectively. Are there similar terms for third and fourth years, given most programmes are three or four year ...
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A term or phrase expressing the cheapening of a quality by measuring it in monetary terms

I am looking for a term that expresses something along the lines of to measure something of value (especially an abstract, often positive quality such as bravery or effort) in monetary terms in a ...
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A word or phrase meaning the utter failure of a work product

What are some alternate ways to describe a work product that is an utter failure, plus the additional connotations of: Low quality; of little or no redeeming value; completely botched Doomed from ...
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2answers
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Looking for a suffix that is opposite of “-prone”, but softer than “-proof”

Say I'm talking about a car that has less of a tendency to crash than other cars. It is the opposite of a "crash-prone" car. But it isn't "crash-proof" either, in that you can crash it if you try ...
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what would be synonym of 'utility' in the sense of 'marginal-gain'

I wanted to ask, what would be synonym of utility, when it is used in the sense of marginal-gain. For example, we say: Among two competing persons, I prefer giving this object to Person-A, since ...
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Verb for increasing the vertical dimension of a space?

The highway department is currently enlarging a tunnel, not to widen it but to... what? Is there a single verb that means to increase the vertical dimension of something? (For purposes of this ...
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What's the word for “preferring this option/choice”

Context: I have two options to spend the coming summer, one would be to find a internship job and the other one would be to just relax and maybe try to do one of my projects that I have been telling ...
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Association for profit

What do English people call an association of two or more individuals or companies engaged in a solitary business enterprise for profit without actual partnership or incorporation? Is there a single ...
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What word describes our habit to use extremes in language, and what are its implications?

I have heard that in America, and likely elsewhere as well, we are beginning to be more gratuitous with our use of extreme words when not entirely accurate, such as the words "awesome", "always", ...
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Word for “personal reason for not being able to do something”

If a person wants to do something but he is not able to do that due to some personal reason, what is the exact word for that reason?
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A word to describe two (far apart) locations

I'm looking for a word to describe locations that are far apart. My sentence is: The manufacturer uses two _____ locations, thus requiring two inspectors.
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What is the exact opposite of 'sin'? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the opposite word for “sin”? Well, I have got the answer 'virtue' from most people I asked. But still the answer is not satisfactory to me.
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Word meaning “nearby in time”

I am looking for a word that has a similar meaning to "adjacent," except referring to time instead of space. For example, maybe I'm at a film festival and I'm watching three movies in a row, and I ...
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3answers
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Word for number or word that reads the same when inverted or mirrored

The number I am thinking of is 80808. This is a palindrome. However, it is more than a palindrome, because it can be flipped or mirrored and will still read the same way. Is there a word for this?
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Word for a person who likes to torture himself by learning something difficult

I want to describe myself as someone who likes to torture himself by learning something really difficult and not very useful. I know there's such a word for describing someone who likes to be ...
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Communication technique which transforms our point of view by looking at the same situation from different perspectives [closed]

How is it called a communication technique which transforms our point of view by looking at the same situation from different perspectives, as it is described in sentences below? “Your mother ...
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Single word for “humorous in an intellectual way”

How to describe something (in this case, a description) that is humorous in an intellectual way?
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What is the noun to refer to the 64- or 32-bit -ness of an operating system

I know that "processor architecture" can be used to refer to whether the processor is 32-bit or 64-bit (or something else), but what word can be used for the operating system? Note that it's not ...
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2answers
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Synonym for “application”

I am looking for a synonym for the word application as in mobile application. In Spanish I would use programa but I am not sure if English speakers would understand me if I use program to refer to an ...
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4answers
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“A […] of riches” — what word is missing?

There is a phrase that goes "a X of riches" which suggests that one had so much to choose from, lots of good choices. What is the missing word?
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Word to describe being useful to many people

I am trying to find a word to describe a project I am working on. This project has one function, but will be useful to as many people as possible (as many people as meet the requirements to use the ...
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5answers
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What is the verb form of “LLC”?

I want to say something similar to this: Founded in April of 2005, and incorporated in 2006, Example Company is now the leading news site. But my company is not incorporated, we are an LLC. How ...
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How do you say “three times a month” in one word?

We say semimonthly when we describe something happening twice a month. for example "a semimonthly publication", "a semimonthly meeting", etc. Is there any word we can use to describe something that ...
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Generic term for songs, movies, TV episodes, etc

For the model of a software project, I need a generic term that is abstract enough to encompass a single song, TV episode, movie, audiobook, etc. The word content comes to mind, but it is plural. The ...
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What is the proper word for 'newly formed flower'?

I am creating a wiki page and I am looking for an exact word for 'newly formed flower' with characteristics like fresh, young, charming, etc.
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2answers
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Is there any term for a person who has changed his name?

Is there any term for a person who has changed his name? For example, there was a man who was named "Jacob" when he was born, but when he reached the age of 18 he decided to change his name to ...
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2answers
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A word to mention a set of products sold together with a bundle price?

Is there a word to refer to a set of products sold together, with a specific price? For example: Product A is sold 10 dollars Product B is sold 10 dollars Product A and B are sold together for 18 ...
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What's a better word to use instead of “nicheification”?

What would be a better word to use than "nicheification"? In the article here, there's one sentence that says Furthermore, when your entire career has been structured around nicheification, ...
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8answers
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Better word than “district”

I'm trying to describe a country that isn't divided up into anything so distinct as states, or anything terribly specialized, but is divided for the purposes of government, etc. "Quarter" is out ...
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10answers
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Single word to describe someone who is overly sensitive

I'm looking for a word to describe someone who is sensitive to the point that other have to tiptoe around her. In other words, someone who can't handle routine jokes, normal criticism, or a comment ...
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Single word for the holder or location of an item?

I'm looking for a single word to describe the place or person an item is assigned to. The context is basic asset management, where you have a list of assets (such as computers, software licenses or ...
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To feel undermined, stepped on

I'm looking for a word describing someone that felt undermined, stepped on by an action I did. It would work in a sentence like "I am sorry if I (word) you". I'm looking for a softer word than ...
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9answers
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A more appropriate word for feeling “high”?

What is a more formal or appropriate word to replace the word high when writing "feeling high"? By feeling "high", I don't mean the person has to be smoking weed or taking crack. So the person is not ...
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Alternative to 'hype' for an academic paper

I am working on an academic paper, and I want to describe the scientific community's hype regarding a certain technology. The word 'hype' is concise and describes exactly what I mean, but I'm not sure ...
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What's the female equivalent of “suitor”?

I'm looking for a word which could satisfy the usage of "suitor", except it would be used to indicate female "suitors": E.g.: She had a host of suitors eagerly awaiting her favour... Now, I ...
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9answers
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Word for “background works”

What is a word to describe complicated background works, internal works or behind-the-scenes works? These works are complicated and often people wouldn't want to know about it. An example is the ...
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Adjective to capture “Tell the gossipers and liars, I'll see them in the fires”

In the English language, what adjective can be used to describe the underlying personality of a person saying Tell the gossipers and liars, I'll see them in the fires (Taken from Johnny Cash) ...
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Another word for “large in numbers” [closed]

What is a single word denoting the fact that something is very large in numbers, something like proliferated but not quite? While certainly not as [proliferated] as B2C apps, business to ...
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Outmoded word for “next Tuesday”

I am writing an email and wanted to refer to this coming Tuesday. The phrase "Tuesday est" popped into my mind (something Miss Marple might have said) but when I googled it I could find no reference. ...