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Is there a word for someone who has others do all their work for them?

In a way like a slave master. More though like say someone who had robots do all their work and they were never themselves productive and had no drive. If you've read R.U.R. you'll understand the ...
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Word for “can be used again with entertainment”

The title may be misleading as I had trouble summarizing the question in a phrase. I'm looking for a word to mean "usable again", referring to a mobile app. I'm looking for something along the lines ...
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Aren’t there English equivalents to Japanese word, Senpai (先輩) meaning a senior in school, career, or age?

In Japan, we call a person who is a senior in school, office, and social activity even a-year-ahead arriver “Senpai.” We address quite casually and lightly to a senior who entered school and office ...
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Word for a person who succumbed to their bad habits

I'm looking for a single English word that refers to: A person who has bad habits And used to do those bad habits Tried to escape them but then fell into them in perpetua I'm not sure if such a ...
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What is a word for describing good quality buttons? [closed]

Looking for an adjective describing good quality or fine buttons. Any help will be appreciated.
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What is the English word for “street along a river bank”?

A regular city street that happens to be situated along a river. (For the record, the Russian word is набережная, and I can't seem to find the appropriate translation.)
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Word for something that is available/accessible all the time

I was just wondering if there was a single word to represent the phrase "something that is available/accessible all the time"
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A derogatory word for a splendid person

In Swedish there is a word "präktig" that can be used to describe a person that is annoyingly decent, reliable and good in every way. The common translation is "splendid" but that doesn't sound ...
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Indifference over forfeiting, losing possessions

As a former career musician I have witnessed musicians leaving instruments, other possessions, in the care of third parties for extended periods of time (sometimes years), in many cases completely ...
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Why is unemployability still unaccepted?

In some countries where there is serious shortage of skilled personnel or employable persons, it is common to describe the situation as a problem of unemployability. However, this word still appears ...
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An equivalent term for “decaffeinated”

Is there an equivalent term to the word "decaffeinated" to refer to tea instead of coffee? I think it's quite odd to say I drink decaffeinated tea. Detheinated perhaps?
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How to describe someone speaking in pain?

Imagine someone gets hit heavily, or is in excruciating pain; when they try to speak, they sound like they have a sore throat, they are probably cringing. Mumbling or muttering is speaking with less ...
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Word for a group of “like-minded” people

I know there's a word for "like-minded" people, generally used in a negative context. For example, you could say employees of the CIA are __, in that they all want to ensure the security of the ...
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Explaining price levels in a word [closed]

I want to express cost factor of few places. I want to say something like "The place was cheap" and that is perfect. So is "The place is costly". What words can be used to express five different cost ...
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One Word Alternative for “Increase Productivity”

Is there a single English word (preferably a verb) which can replace the phrase "increase productivity" or "increase your productivity"?
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How to use a catch-phrase for a validated result when presented before an examining committee?

Imagine, that someone is preparing for a PhD defense. The thesis that he is going to defend is by far against the norm. That is, it uncovers deep-seated beliefs that led to 30 years of malpractice. So ...
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One word that means change the sign of

I'm attempting to describe the process of changing the sign of a variable (in a math/programming context), but I'm not able to come up with a singular word for that process, even though it seems like ...
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“Before or After” in one word

One word to ask whether something happened "before or after" whatever it is we're talking about. "Occurring" comes to mind but then you always say "did it occur before or after"
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Word for energyless-ness

What's a single word that can connote the concept of (or something similar to) "energyless-ness" (which, as far as I can tell, is not a word). This is meant to be used in the context of burnout. When ...
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A conversation between 2 persons in two different languages

If you've seen the first Star Wars trilogy (meaning Episodes 4 - 6), in the original Star Wars movie, Han Solo is in the cantina talking with Greedo (and yes, darnit, Han shot first! no shame in that, ...
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“Hungry” is to “full” as “thirsty” is to what adjective?

In Danish, we do have word for this ("set"), but absolutely nobody uses this...
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Term to mean a different person conjugation?

Recently, someone said the following, in a chat room: "You're an adult and that means it's your turn to decide what that means." I knew that came from something I recognized, and it turns out it is ...
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Term for “having terms for everything”

Is there a term for the phenomenon of creating a term for every single little thing?
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What is a term for someone who has never left their home region?

Specifically, someone who has never experienced other places? A college professor once used the term "parochial" in this context. "You should earn your doctorate from another graduate college, then ...
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what are some of the -gry words? [closed]

Aside from hungry and angry, what are other words that end with -gry? Sorry if this is a duplicate question.
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One word for things that would be nice to have, but not required to have?

Something a bit professional sounding? In a scenario where there was also a bunch of Requirements, this situation could be easily solved by labelling one as Required and this specific bunch of things ...
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Alternative ways to say “I cannot answer that question”? [closed]

I'm getting bored of repeating the same "I can't answer that" phrase over and over. I'm trying other phrases, like "I'll leave that to your imagination," but that one sounds too weird. Specifically, ...
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Is there a general word for the letter/numeral used in enumerating a list?

For example, if I have a list First Item Second Item Third Item or A. First Item B. Second C. Third or i. First ii. Second iii. Third Is there a general term for the symbol denoting the ...
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Word for “stepping stone” or “lemma”

I seem to remember reading a definition for a word that conveyed the idea of "an instance of doing something that prepares one for something else". Something like a lemma but not restricted to ...
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What is a person called who is writing exams in the name of another person? [closed]

Is there a word for a person who is writing exams in place of/in the name of other persons?
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Conviction before trial

Is there a word that expresses the idea that someone has been convicted before trial, either in the media or by public opinion?
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What is the best word to describe an “object of importance” without inquiring about its past? (i.e. not memento)

I'm looking for a word to describe a gift. The way I am using this word is to describe the item in way that a person who receives this gift would almost worship it because it means so much. The words ...
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A word for “someone you meet with”

This must be an easy one, but I can only think of specialized alternatives at the moment: what do you call someone you are about to have a meeting with? Meetee? In more specific contexts client, ...
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What do you call a person who doesn't keep his word? [duplicate]

What do you call a person who doesn't/can't usually keep his/her word ?
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Noun for something important

Is there a noun for something important, something that plays a big role in a given situation? The term game changer doesn't fit the description in my opinion (because it implies the important thing ...
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What is the equivalent word for “walking like a king”?

I am looking for a phrase or an vocabulary that means "walking like a king".
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Word for a person who loses or has lost faith?

Does a word exist for a person who has lost faith? I am looking for a single word that represents a person who lost faith, e.g. in religion, humanity, himself. The more general, the better.
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Is there a word for “rule by criminals”?

Is there a word for "rule by criminals"? Not kleptocracy, which is rule by thieves, but more broadly by criminals.
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What is a word that means someone who is involved in the arts without implying a specific type of art?

Is there a word that encompasses artist, poets, architects, dancers, musicians? The correct word to use is surely "Artist" but in my context that word is confusing as it connotes someone involved in ...
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Rate & Review action?

What do we call the action of rating (with stars) and reviewing (commenting) together?
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What's the word to describe this behaviour?

I'm looking for a word to describe one's behaviour that is unnecessarily complicated. For instance, let's say John, he goes to use the public toilet. Unlike most ordinary people who just uses the ...
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Word meaning the opposite of “belated” [closed]

If you say "happy birthday" a day late, it's a "belated happy birthday". What about when you say it one day early? Is there a single word fitting this definition?
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Is there a word or expression which defines a text or sentence which does not explain all of its terms? [closed]

I think I summed it up in the title, but to be more specific, check this sentence: "ECM is an umbrella term covering document management, web content management, search, collaboration, records ...
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Is there a word or phrase for the “log ride face”?

Is there a special word or phrase for the act of making an incongruent face or pose, during the final drop in log flume rides? Log flumes are a very common ride found in many amusement parks, with ...
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What is the name for the male version of a nymphomaniac?

A nymphomaniac is the word which signifies a woman with uncontrolled sexual desires. What is the best word to describe a man who demonstrates similar characteristics?
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Is there a word that conveys an extreme distaste to the point nearing phobia?

I'm a strong swimmer, and I enjoy recreational lap swimming in pools. I enjoy sitting by an outdoor pool on vacation, and swimming to cool off. But, I detest swimming in natural water (lakes, ...
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Is there a word specifically referring to the stand upon which a large book is displayed, opened to a page?

I'm thinking in particular of dictionaries or illuminated bibles being displayed on these stands, which are at least waist-high on a standing person, constructed of wood. Is there a particular word ...
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Is there a word or phrase for borders being respected

Is there a word or phrase that means a "condition in which the borders of each nation are respected by all other nations"?
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Word for taking users/consumers away from another

I am looking for a word or phrase to describe the act of taking consumers away from one existing standard/norm in favor of an alternative. For example: 3D printing will take away consumers from ...
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What is the word for the state of ignoring something?

What is the word for the state of ignoring something? For instance, if I am ignoring you, am I in a state of ignorance? Is there a better word with a less negative connotation?