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What's an idiom or word or name for an initial tester?

What would be an idiom or word or name for someone that is an initial tester (like a beta tester). I am writing a speech for my younger brother's engagement and want to say how I have always been the ...
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What is a person (not a company) who provides a service called?

I need the correct English word for someone who provides a service. The word "service provider" seems obvious but it is not correct. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a service provider should ...
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Describing an unprecedented event with surprising result(s)

What's the best word for describing an unprecedented event that comes with surprising result(s), such as a new scientific achievement (e.g. journey to moon).
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Single word for treating someone harshly, inconsiderately, negligently?

I am sure there is such a word. Think of it as combining elements of harsh, uncaring, inconsiderate treatment with neglect and indifference. For example, a parent that forces a child to do some ...
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Is there a word to (best) describe someone who sees and remembers every single thing?

Basically, as the title says. Is there a word to (best) describe someone who sees and remembers every single thing?
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One word for - ' look at someone with love' , i mean like true love [closed]

I need to fit it in a poem I am writing, please give suggestions. thanks.
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Is there a verb for the act of making an object oblate (or prolate)?

I'm looking for a verb denoting the act of making a circle elliptic, i.e. making it oblate (or prolate for that matter). Is there a single word for it, or do I need to rewrite? I tried searching for ...
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Is there a word that doesn't consist of any letters? [on hold]

Is there a word that doesn't contain any letters? More specifically, is it technically (or maybe grammatically) possible for a word to not contain any letters? I should narrow the definition here. ...
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Noun for word that means waiting for one last step

Looking for a noun that represents the scenario of waiting for a final event/approval, or having everything done except for the last step. So if you have status markers like, Completed, Assigned, ...
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What does CAQ stand for, in relation to cosmetics?

I recently received a mascara product from Korea. On the top of the product it says "CAQ 20150209". I did check out the acronymfinder, but most of them have nothing to do with cosmetics. I guess it ...
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A single word meaning “Monetary Anti-Counterfeiting Measures?”

I saw it once long ago in a book on money, but cannot remember it and have never found it online.
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Is there a single word to describe a solution that hasn't been optimized?

I am working with some code, and I would like to describe the difference in its performance when it is optimized versus when it is not optimized. Unfortunately, I can't find a word to describe the ...
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1answer
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How to refer to the question asked in the title of essay

In an essay, the title is in the form of a question (e.g. Are those needed anymore?). At the end of the essay and based on the discussed facts, I want to answer the very early question. How should I ...
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Word/phrase for something that is irreplaceable due to its capabilities

The title is illustrative, but it can be added that there are no comparable alternatives for it, at least at the time. Moreover, it is predicted that finally some alternative will be presented, ...
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Word request for “one's inablity to understand his/her duty/obligation”

A word for a situation when you are completely confused/unable to understand your duty/obligation. T̶h̶e̶r̶e̶ ̶i̶s̶ ̶a̶ ̶i̶d̶i̶o̶m̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶c̶o̶n̶t̶e̶x̶t̶:̶ Damned if I do, damned if I ...
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Is there a synonym for “schadenfreude” that sounds more colloquial?

Is there a more colloquial synonym for "schadenfreude"? I'm specifically looking for a noun that denotes a pleasure derived from other people's misfortunes or sufferings. Sadly, I couldn't find any ...
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A word to describe someone that provides “tough love?”

I am looking for a word that describes someone that exhibits nurturing qualities (as in wants those around him/her to improve and get better) but has high expectations for those same people. ...
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Is there a word to describe a person who's addicted to downloading stuff from Internet?

Well, that is exactly what I am :). I just can't stop myself from downloading stuff (usually electronic articles, say, PDFs). To be more precise, whenever I come across something that I think might ...
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Word for enemy becoming an ally?

Does a word (or short phrase) exist to represent an enemy becoming an ally?
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Word for an unpleasant need/necessity [duplicate]

I'm looking for a single word which describes something that is not pleasant but is necessary. Moreover, there are no comparable alternatives for that. Something like a delightful pain.
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Another word for “understated sexuality”?

I am trying to find a proper word for describing a visual concept. At the moment the closest description is "understated sexuality", but maybe there is another word to describe a woman that is ...
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How to say meeting is about my questions? [closed]

I want to ask my supervisor for a meeting. I want to say meeting is about my questions about the approach. Can I use discuss for asking questions? I would be grateful for an appointment, at your ...
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What do you call the star that appears before night (evening)?

Early star? Evening star? I searched for both on Google, but weird stuff came up: Early star - definition of Early star by The Free Dictionary www.thefreedictionary.com/Early+star (Astronomy) ...
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Single term for “non-fatal casualty”

from my Marine Corps days, I recall that "casualty" implies the basic idea of removing a Marine from being an active combatant. This can occur through severe injuries, death, capture, going UA, etc. ...
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What is the best word (or term) to identify pronouncing W's for L's and R's?

Is there a specific/proper/technical term for it? And not just the R-flop, but specifically the L-flop to W. What would work here: “I'm watching Formula 1 on Sky Sports and the __________ of the ...
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english term who means : files which have to be added to a database [closed]

I'm looking for an english term who would means : "files which have to be added to a database"
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An alternative for 'conceited' concerning merely wealth

What would one call a person that is not conceited, meaning he or she is not concerned about her reputation, but teaches his or her children that wealth and security are the primary objectives of life ...
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Single word for “to quickly find something”

There's a single word to say "to quickly do something", namely "to expedite something." Is there a single or two word expression to convey "to quickly find something", as in to locate, to spot, to ...
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Is there a term for a non-abbreviated word? [duplicate]

Take for example "memo", being short for "memorandum". If "memo" is an abbreviation, what is "memorandum"? Is there a term for the original, non-abbreviated word?
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Word for “observing something with the purpose of gaining knowledge from it”?

And for a long period of time. Example: He spent several nights [...] the terrorist's building. I checked the synonyms of watch (noun lookout), but found nothing that could fit. There's also ...
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When adverbs like “sure” are used to mean the opposite of their typical meaning [closed]

Is there a term or phrase to describe the phenomenon in English where sometimes a statement is qualified with an adverb, which normally would make the claim stronger but native English speakers tend ...
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Single word for a “like brothers” relationship

I'm looking for a single word that describes the younger man in this relationship: A cop in his thirties befriends a seventeen-year-old kid he picked up on the street. He sees a younger version of ...
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1answer
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Single word for “Job place” or “Work place” [closed]

I am writing something and feel that I should use one word instead of a phrases like "Job place" or "Work place". The word should not be very complicated, I think there is a simple word for it but ...
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A word for an acronym that doesn't stand for anything

Some brands or product names take the form of an acronym, but the letters don't actually stand for anything. An example would be Windows XP--the "XP" was chosen for its sound and connotations rather ...
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What is the word for a love of ignorance, or a distaste of knowledge?

I'm looking for a word or short phrase that encapsulates the desire to eschew new knowledge, whether it be due to a fear of change or possibly a fear of science or research as a whole. An example ...
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What are products called, if they have “secondary” or “hidden” uses?

What do you call those items whose selling features are purportedly practical, functional and ‘innocent’ but instead are often bought for completely different, and sometimes “naughty” reasons? In ...
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Is there a word or an idiom for barging in a room with anger?

Opening a door frustrated and rushing in like you are about to scold someone inside... Barging in a room with anger. Is there a word or idiom for that, other than storm in?
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Word for something that doesn't kill you but makes you stronger

Experience and hardship come to mind but they seem too general and they don't communicate the end result. They can be used depending on the context of course but there might be a word for a type of ...
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Is there a word for someone who is a regular computer user but not an expert?

Is there a word for a person who uses the computer regularly and is adept at doing what she has to do or wants to do on the computer, but has no interest whatsoever in its hardware or software ...
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A suitable word for seizing a property

When a court orders for taking control of a property or real estate by the government in exchange of money, what is the best word for the court action? For example: The court maintains that his ...
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Verb that means “to be in a relationship with”?

I know you can say, I'm dating him or her. Is there a verb (an -ing verb in this case) that can be used like that but for being in a relationship (the further step)? Example: Sam's not exactly a ...
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“Order Code” vs “Ordering Code”?

In short: What would be more appropriate for labelling the column header of a table listing products? In a table listing multiple products, what term would be more appropriate for labelling the ...
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Word for a large facility that produces and distributes baked goods

I am translating a document into English, and I need to find the word for a large facility that produces and distributes baked goods (wholesale, to distributors). Can I use the word "bakery"? To me, ...
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What would you call a person who is being replaced by another

In my specific case, I need a single word to call an employee who is being replaced by another due to his/her retirement, death, resignation etc. Anything like “Replacee” may be suitable.
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Verb that means “flutter” without the connotation of control [closed]

I need a verb that describe the phenomenon that occurs when a wing (like those of birds, or, for that matter, insects) is caught in a strong transverse breeze. I was going to use the word flutter, ...
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Is there a word for someone who is not aware of how pretty or handsome he/she is? [closed]

Is there a word or an idiom that describes someone who is beautiful but unaware of it?
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What's the appropriate word for someone that's leaving something?

What's the most appropriate word for someone that's leaving something (or somewhere)? For example, if someone leaves an association permanently, what do I call him? The term will be used in a ...
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Want a cute word for “message showing requirements” [closed]

What will be the small & cute word for "A message to show your requirement or what you want"? I want to use that in my website.
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Is there a word for the person that's giving the promise?

For example, if I said, I promise I will do something. Is there a word for me? Promise giver? Is there a one word noun for this?
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What is a word for “someone who doesn't share the same enthusiasm”

The other day I was trying to think of a describing word for "someone who doesn't share the same enthusiasm" Example usage: "After getting an A in my exam, I danced around my ______ classmate. He ...