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Is there an opposite of tightfisted that also contains reference to a hand?

Is there an opposite of tightfisted that also contains reference to a hand? The opposite of 'tightfisted' is always 'generous'. I want a word, idiom, or phrase that means generous but with reference ...
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Laws I created that I must follow?

I have created a set of laws I must follow to enforce self-discipline. One law is I will not steal candy from children. It sounds sort of weird to say "I broke my own law", and sounds sort of ...
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Word for “aver the primacy” or “make essential”

Is there a single word (or better set of words) to express e.g.: "liberalism avers the primacy of the individual", or "Johannes renders his masculinity essential?
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What's a word for having your identity stolen?

What's a word for having your identity stolen? In other words, "robbed" is to your stuff as X is to your identity.
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Word for not feeling part of a social or economic class

Is there a word for a feeling or person that is part of a social class, but doesn't feel like they belong in that class? Say someone was poor their entire life and won the lottery. People they may ...
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Single word meaning 'filter out noise'/remove background sources

As noted in the title, I am looking for a single word, preferably short, that relates to filtering out noise/unwanted things/background noises.
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Is there a word for a unique manufactured item?

Is there a synonym for "unique" that specifically applies to a custom-made or customized item - say, a car - of which only one copy exists? Something like "once-in-a-lifetime" but in the meaning of ...
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A word meaning “the state of obeying a rule”

Is there a word that means "the state of obeying a rule". I'm thinking since it can be said that something 'adheres' to a rule that 'adherent' would fit the bill, but somehow it doesn't sound quite ...
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What is the aerial equivalent of bathing when one enjoys the breeze?

To wash by immersing one's body in water is called bathing. Then what is the verb for lounging in a breeze enjoying the wind washing through your hair, your underarms and your toes? I'm trying to ...
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Is there a word for exceptional writing?

Is there a word to describe the gift of exceptional writing? Or, what would you call someone whose writing is well above average?
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A word to describe a player's possible action during their turn

Given an ongoing game with well defined rules, a player and granted that it is their turn, how would you call the possible actions the player can perform? These actions may include moving a piece, ...
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A word for a list of definitions

I am preparing a technical document for a new version of a web application I have created, and towards the beginning of the document I am going to list a few of the terms I will be using in the ...
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Single word for “product or service”

Is there a single word that can represent the phrase "product or service" as in this sentence: Companies won't succeed unless they can provide a wanted product or service at a fair price.
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Word for feeding poultry?

Is there a traditional or established word or phrase for the way one scatters food when feeding chickens or other animals that like to scratch, scrape, and search for food? I’m translating a story ...
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Monthly , bi-monthly , quarterly and [duplicate]

Is there a word to define a period of four months?
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Two kinds of “borrow”

In Hebrew there is a difference, although often overlooked in spoken Hebrew, between the word "to borrow" for something that is intended to be returned "as is" such as a tool or a vehicle, and the ...
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Word that means “tendency to avoid something”

I am looking for a word that means "tendency to avoid something". At first I thought that aversion fit the bill, but then I learned that it meant "a strong dislike towards something." For example, ...
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What is is called when you count the letters in an acronym, name or word with an ordinal multiplier?

In English, we frequently look at an acronym and name multiple repeated letters using an ordinal multiplier. For example: Automobile Association of America - AAA is read as Triple-A. Abdominal ...
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A term that describes high-order ordinal numbers

primary, secondary, tertiary, quaternary, quinary, senary, septenary, octonary, nonary, denary, duodenary, etc. are ordinal numbers as answered in this question. However, I'm looking for a ...
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Catchall term for HTML, Javascript and CSS

A web server responds to requests [1] with three types of files [2]: HTML (the page structure), Javascript (the page code) and CSS (the page styles). Is there a single word or an expression that can ...
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Word for people who live in the same city

What are the people who live in the same city are called? Any words for that? I want to use it in the following context: I and my ____ are happy.
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Gender neutral term for “maiden name”?

The term "maiden name" is only used to describe the name that a woman had before marriage, and as such, is not gender neutral. However, it occasionally occurs that a man will take his partner's last ...
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Current / Previous / Previous — A term to describe this state other than tense or currency

I'm looking for a term to describe a state. Ordinarily I would use the word "Currency" to describe the state of "Current", "Future", "Previous", however in the context, this would be too easily ...
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Verb meaning “selling charitably”

What term can you use to describe the act of "selling something charitably"? "Donated" is close, but it is referring to giving something away. "Graciously sold" is too wordy. I'm thinking of using ...
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What do you call the empty/arid zones on both sides of a highway?

I'm referring to something like the brown areas in this picture:
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single word to describe futuristic and modern building

what would be a word to describe a building that is modern and futuristic. a term that would mean something like 'building of the next decade/century'
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What adverb, typical of AmE, coincides the most with the BrE sense to “quite” [=to a noticeable or partial extent]?

As long as -- seemingly -- the adverb "quite" in AmE idiomatically carries an emphatic sense to it -- pretty much similar to saying "completely" or "absolutely" as in "That girl looks quite pretty!" ...
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What are people who 'flee' called?

So as far as I understand 'to flee' is the verb, derivative noun from it is 'a flight' (as the process of running away), but what are the people who flee called? (And I don't mean cowards and other ...
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Word for a belief in extra-terrestrial rights

Looking for a word that means, "a belief in goodness and liberty toward sentient aliens." The use of "humanitarian" doesn't seem to fit due to the use of "human" in it, and I am not entirely ...
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What is the “thirsty” equivalent of “ravenously”?

When you eat something very hungrily, you can use the adverb "ravenously" to describe it. But when you drink something very fast in a similar way to quench your thirst, what adverb can you use to ...
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What's a synonym for the profile of a mountain?

I'm looking for a word to describe the the contour of a mountain. Something like profile, or cross-section. I've heard of stratigraphic column, but I think that requires showing the layers, like on ...
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What is an unambiguous single word for a five-pointed star without enclosure?

I am looking for a single word that describes this thing (1): but not this thing (2): The obvious choice here would be pentagram, but in colloquial use, that word unfortunately refers to both ...
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What's the similar word for Answer Sheet?

There is a quiz section on my blog, and a list of quiz result. I need a title for the list of quiz results. I prefer not to use "Replies" because I've already used it up in forum discussions. ...
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What is the form of the word “passive” that ends in -ity? [closed]

According to my spell check "passivetivity" isn't a word. I also haven't been able to find it in any dictionaries. According to wordnik pacificity means "The quality of being peaceful or pacific". Is ...
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A verb for transforming something into currency

I need a verb that expresses the concept of transforming a raw material into currency, as in this sentence "The bitcoin manufacturing process currenciates digital information." New coinages are fine ...
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What is a word meaning “a non-instantaneous event”?

That is, an event which has some positive (possibly infinite) duration.
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Specific AmE term for chiefly BrE “workmate” other than “fellow worker”, “coworker”, and “colleague”

Is there a close synonym in modern day AmE for what is referred to in BrE as a workmate? Aside from being current, I wish I could get a term that is idiomatic with no space or hyphen, that would sit ...
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Is there any word for a person who ruins magician's trick?

Is there any word for a person who ruins a magician's trick? I remember that I heard that word, but it's now lost somewhere in my brain. Can someone please help me to remember that word? Before ...
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What is the noun form of explicit which implies exactly two states?

I am looking for the noun form of explicit. The word explicitness seems to me to imply many "levels" of explicitness, but I want to know if is there a noun form of explicit whose value can be either ...
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Word for “growing in intelligence”

I'm looking for a word whose definition is something along the lines of "growing in intelligence". I'm trying to use it in a sentence like "the people are getting smarter and smarter throughout the ...
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What is the proper English term for polycopié (de cours)?

In French, several universities use polycopiés instead of course books for teaching. The term polycopié can be translated as handout. Is it correct to use it in this case, in which a polycopié ...
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Word or phrase for literally and figuratively?

Say, for example, you and a group of people were all sailing out in the ocean and something happens...then you say, "I guess we are all in the same boat" You are literally in the same boat with ...
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Word that describes a dramatic device that disrupts equilibrium

I am seeking a word, should it indeed exist, that describes a dramatic or literary device found when a new character is introduced into a story which disrupts the natural equilibrium, driving the ...
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Is there a better term for a male pig [literal sense--the animal] than “boar”?

I googled male pig word and got results that said the word was boar. I thought, "That's odd; I thought that was the word for a wild pig!" So I visited Dictionary.com and sure enough, it has both ...
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Is there a verb for identifying a married woman who is known by her maiden name? [closed]

Whenever the maiden name is different from married name for women, is there a verb for identifying a married woman who is known by her maiden name?
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What is a single word for the things that can be heard from a particular place?

A view is the things that can be seen from a particular place. What's the auditory equivalent? Shorter words preferred.
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what is the right verb for cleaning glasses with a cloth?

I want to mention the clear-eyed feeling of putting on recently wiped glasses. Is that correct? Or should I say, recently cleaned glasses? Is there a better option?
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A word that represents a group of people working to achieve a common goal or dream

I am working on a project that involves bringing people together who share common goals or dreams. Is there a word or phrase to describe groups of people who are working together to accomplish these ...
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A short word for elementary yet interesting

What can be a one word for something which is not very advanced but is still interesting and elegant? I would be using this word in context for some math article I want to write. Shorter and accurate ...
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Word that means “recognizing that something is 'a thing'”

I once read a story about a Navy man who, due to a bad childhood, never learned what emotions were. To him, there was no "angry", "happy", or "sad" — it was just "intense" and "not intense". Although ...