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Word/phrase that can be used to say that a particular word doesn't describe something

John says he's swimming, when he is treading water. By definition, swimming involves voluntary movement of the body. What word or phrase can we use to tell John that he can't be swimming because ...
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Word for the action of talking loudly with the people from your past in your imagination

Example: Someone talks loudly with the people from her past while "imagining" them to be present in the current situation when they actually aren't. This person does it consciously and gets ...
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What is the short for “focusing on the key component of the problem?”

I am writing a research essay which contains something like "a policy that focuses on the key component of the problem." I am struggling to come up with a short name for this policy because I need to ...
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What this person is called? [closed]

A person who never forgets anyone's birthday and anniversaries and love to wish them at first what this person is called ?
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A word for people that have the same characteristics

Is there any word or combination of two words that describes two persons with the same characteristics.
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What would you call a laugh that sounded like a mix between wheezing and a hiccup

A friend of mine suggested that one of her co-workers laughed in such a fashion, and I was curious if there was a single word or phrase that might closely resemble that. I asked her if it sounded ...
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A word similar to 'inspire' which modifies the subject

I want to construct a sentence saying that a pointed chin is a symbol of authority. My current sentence is "The general's [noun] inspires authority". I know that a more correct use of inspire here ...
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Common term or single word for someone who is embarrassingly over-complimentary

Does English have a word for someone who compliments another person in a way which is awkward or even embarrassing? Someone who uses compliments which are overly-familiar and all but inappropriate, ...
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a word for a person who never attains a desire or goal

Is there a word in English that describes a person who never attains a desire or goal? I have found loser or dud or flop but these all seem to be informal, is there a better, more formal word that ...
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Non-technical word or phrase to describe a data “query”

The scenario is that I am replying to an email from a colleague requesting statistics from a database. I am wanting to say that the results are of the same 'query' that was run the last time (and all ...
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Is there an idiom suggesting the following fact: The name of the book belies the theme in it.

E.g.: I answer a question on ELU based on the subject line, however, I realise later that the body of the question provide a different input altogether. The name of the book belies the theme in ...
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What is the sound of teeth hitting each other in cold weather called?

What is the sound of teeth called that occurs in chilly weather: the sound that comes due to teeth crashing in each other in an extremely chilly winter.
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What's a word or phrase for someone who has worked hard all their life

Someone who has been worn down by a harsh working-life?
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Is there a word for someone who tends to find faults in others?

I'm looking for a single word, for someone who... keeps seeing everything that is wrong with everybody else. never seems to see the good of other people, only the bad things. points at others, as ...
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One word for “the person from whom we learn to be disciplined”

What is one word answer for "the person from whom we learn to be diciplined?"
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An old car in bad condition

I am in need of a word to describe an old, bad conditioned car that is yet still running. Ragged came to my mind, but it seems to be inappropriate for things not related to clothing. Wrecked is also ...
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Term when a brand name become synonymous of the product it produces [duplicate]

For example most of the people hearing "I really like my BMW" will understand than he is referring to a car whereas someone saying "I do enjoy my Lacoste" will leave doubts about what kind of ...
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What is the word that means to accuse someone of a crime, to divert attention from the guilt of the accuser

I know there is a word for this, eg when someone is stealing from their employer, they tell their employer that they have noticed xyz and they think so-and-so is doing it. Help me out? Edit ...
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Word or expression for when a person not under pressure is able to see an issue easier than the person under pressure?

Is there a word or expression for how it is easier for someone not under pressure to make a decision versus someone that is under pressure. One example is how a person looking over someone's ...
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What do you call a unit of information?

For example, "The system is too complicated for computers; you couldn't possibly encode every ________ about the system into a program." I'm looking for a word that's not technical.
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A word in between “lesser” and “greater”

In many game systems (particularly fantasy or role-playing games), relative qualities or power levels are denoted by naming things using "lesser" or "greater". For example, in Dungeons and Dragons ...
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Is there a comparable word to 'visibility' for hearing?

On a foggy day, you might say there is poor visibility. Similarly, trying to read something on your cell phone in direct sunlight is difficult. Is there an equivalent word that can apply to hearing? ...
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Is there a word for a fish's stationary position

When a fish is being still in one spot, it definitely isn't floating or hovering. Poised? Suspended? "She made out a school of tiny fish ____ in a patch of filtered sunlight".
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What is the word for the hole/cup at the top of a knight's helmet from which a plume streams?

What is the word for the hole or cup at the top of a knight's helmet from which a plume streams?
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Single word for someone who doesn't let anyone walk all over them (antonym of 'pushover')

She was caring, and yet she was _______ What I'm tring to say is that although she cared for others, she was strong enough to not let them dictate her actions. In other words, she did things for ...
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What would be the word for people waiting for an important announcement?

"The winning lottery, that will decide the winner of $1 million lottery the rest have to pay for, is ..." says Tom, in front of _____ candidates. What would be an appropriate word to use in place ...
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Term for using phonetic orthography to make a speaker seem uneducated/vernacular

I stumbled across this term on Wikipedia, so I know it exists, but I can't find it now through searching and two linguist friends weren't familiar with it. In novels, a speaker's dialogue might be ...
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Is there a single word for “reducing various arguments of different levels to the same level”?

A man faces various arguments, of different sophistication, consistency and factual accuracy, on a particular matter. Due to him unable to perceive and analyze them, or he just doesn't care, or he's ...
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What would you call a person who keeps on boasting about himself and is jealous of others' achievements? [on hold]

I have come through some words like schadenfreude and envy, but am still looking for a better word or a phrase, or a group of words that will do the trick. Actually I'm trying to explain the nature ...
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Single word describing something “outside of oneself”

ie.: The idea was "(blank)". It didn't come from myself, it was divine inspiration, dumb luck, etc. or maybe: My essence/spirit was outside my body. It was "(blank)".
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What do you call the period between having sex?

If a couple are having a romantic or sexy get away where they're staying in bed and having sex and otherwise hanging out - is there a term use for the periods where they're not actually in the act of ...
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What is the word for a deep desire that was prohibited?

What is the word a deep desire that some external force has kept you from gaining it? For instance in the movie Foxcatcher, the rich guy always wanted to be wrestler but his mother didn't let him ...
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a word for 'blbbhlbl'

is there a word for the sound made at 2:19 of this video? An interjection will also do
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Word for something that is emotionally charged in a way that reduces the chances of approaching the subject from an objective point-of-view?

Is there a word for something that "has a lot of emotional associations which lead to difficulties in approaching the subject rationally and objectively"? For example, I would say that "gay ...
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Synonym for “swearing” [closed]

The actual word "swearing" is considered to be inappropriate in IELTS's acadamic writing. Then, what is the most suitable synonym for "swearing" in academic writing? I'm now taking an IELTS course. ...
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What is the name for the thing we search for?

For example I'm looking for a specific string in a list of files. Is there a single word for a-thing-that-I-search-for? I could only thing of a Holy Grail, but that's too sophisticated for normal use. ...
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Single word that could mean three other words [closed]

I would like to know whether there's a word which could mean these 3 things: Support Like Congratulate I hoping to use it in my website for user's status. I would really appreciate if you could ...
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What word describes something that frequently switches between opposite states or views?

I have been searching for a word, which I'm beginning to doubt exists at all, that describes a person or thing that changes from one state to the opposite of that state frequently, i.e. an adjective ...
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What does a quantum mechanics magician do?

Thousands of years ago a coppersmith was a magician doing stuff most couldn't fathom, a few decades ago a computer programmer was a magician doing stuff most couldn't fathom. If a quantum mechanical ...
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A term for someone denying an accusation but appearing guilty as a result

The situation being when you are accused of something, and provide a logical reason why you wouldn't (not couldn't) do such a thing, and such an explanation only makes you sound more guilty. For ...
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What is a word to describe a toxin that is ubiquitous but in trace amounts?

What is a word to describe a toxin that exists ubiquitously in small amounts?
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Word-request for equivalent of “Anniversary” but for time period of a month

As defined by OED, Anniversary is, the date on which an event took place or an institution was founded in a previous year. Is their any word in the same context which can be used for addressing ...
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SWF Seeks Strong Single-word Synonym

I’m a single female and lately all I do is work, work, work. Truth be told, I’m lonely and bored to tears. Desperate for relief, I decided to take out a classified advertisement but got stuck on the ...
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What quality does a person lack who cannot understand another's point of view?

I am looking for a non-slang, non-colloquial word - a word that I can use when speaking to a professional therapist/counselor, to be exact. Another way to ask this question might be "What quality ...
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6answers
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Single Word for Telling a Narrative that Spans Over a Character's Lifetime

I am looking for the appropriate word for a kind of narrative that covers a large time period in someone's life, or is a summary of their entire life. A desired sentence would be as such: "That song ...
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Words to describe a strategic choice that is also a lie?

I'm looking for a way to describe expressing an opinion that isn't true because there is a strategic motive. For example: If I ask someone to name their least favorite 2016 GOP presidential ...
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Word for using software without knowing how it works

I am looking for single word or set of few words for the following meaning: Using software (for example calculating mean of 10 given numbers) without knowing the details how the software internally ...
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Verb meaning “giving people sh*t”

I'm looking for a specific verb that mean 'giving people shit' (as in teasing them, keeping them honest). It needs to capture that the teasing is warranted, and that the criticism is correct.
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An epic word for a small wooded area [closed]

My roommates and I want to name this little "island" on the culdesac that we live on, a sort of nickname. We aren't looking for something literal, something humorously exaggeratory, like "the sacred ...