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What one word means “unable to decide which one is correct”? [duplicate]

I am trying to find one single word in English that means “unable to decide which one is correct”.
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Translation of German “Bolzplatz” – what's the name for an outdoor area whose purpose is to provide room for soccer/football?

I am particularly looking for a good translation for the German word "Bolzplatz". This is an outdoor area where people can play soccer/football (you know, this is the most favorite sports in Germany). ...
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How to describe the rhetorical technique of dismissing the question?

I seek an elegant term for argument or technique of rhetoric that takes the form of dismising the question, instead of responding to the argument. I first assumed that this would be a fallacy of ...
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single word for one who eats the same food all the time

Is there a single word for someone who always eats the same food? E.g. Hard boiled egg for breakfast, tuna fish for lunch, chicken breast for dinner. Every day.
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Word for “Ready/want to go home”

In Mormon missionary culture, they use the word "trunky" to describe the feeling at the end of their two-year mission when they are tired, ready to go home, and are mentally packing their trunks to go ...
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Single word or short phrase for giving a passing mark?

I thanked my teacher for giving me a pass mark in the exam. Is there a single word or short phrase for the emphasised phrase?
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Word/phrase for “last minute love confession”

I want a word or a small phrase which can be used in place of "last minute love confession". I specifically use "last minute" for when the confessor and the confessee are going away from each other, ...
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Word for “make a master of”?

I work in Software, and we use "master/slave" as terms. We had one task where we needed to make one software component the "master" of another "slave". The task's name was "Mastering Component X". ...
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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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Polite alternative to the term “bitch” when referring to a female dog

I'm writing an example of constructing logic, and I need to differentiate between an adult female dog, an adult male dog and a puppy and am searching for polite terms. Unfortunately, the word "bitch" ...
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Is there a non-religious word for someone who takes suffering onto themselves for a particular cause?

I am looking for a word like martyr, but without any religious implications. Also, the idea is that the person doesn't kill themselves, but instead just takes on a great deal of suffering for the ...
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Adjective to denote old-style theater

I'm looking for some words to denote pre-modernistic old-fashioned theater tradition with wigs, bombastic style of expression and so on. This kind of theater we can still observe at the provinces. In ...
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Word for not knowing about something

I would like to know some word choices (can be a noun, adjective,...) for not knowing about something, with a positive connotation with a negative connotation in a neutral way For example, I ...
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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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Is there a word for people who emit positive vibes and negative vibes? [closed]

It's happened to me tons of times. See some people on Tv, live in office or anywhere, meet them and without their saying much you feel some positive energy oozing out of them. Although sometimes it is ...
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What word means a “collection of diaries”?

I like to collect diaries but I couldn’t find any word for this hobby nor for what a collection of diaries is called. If anyone knows please share.
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Is there a word that describes the swift and skillful covering of the natural emotions?

Some people become adept at completely hiding their natural reaction to a situation. Some may call this lying, or just control. Neither of these describes when it is done swiftly in the moment, and ...
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The counterpart to “overheard” when reading?

What is the counterpart to overheard, when I did not heard, but read something in passing? Overread is rather the opposite, namely To read over, or peruse. Possible alternatives I could think of ...
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Single word for thing which will never repeat in life [duplicate]

Consider: Childhood never comes again in life. What might be single word that means never come again in life?
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Is there a specific word to describe the duration before due date?

I'm trying to find such a word to describe the time peroid before a workflow/process should be completed.
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Looking for an adjective describing a system with small number of assumptions (or rules)

I am looking for a word that can be used to describe a system (or a model) with a small number of rules or assumptions. For example, the number of grammatical rules in Japanese is much lower than in ...
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Appropriate word for very fast [closed]

Can some one tell me the appropriate word instead of 'very fast' in sentence: Don't loose hope very fast.
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Hollywood…?

The bad movies. The rice-cake caloric value ones that go bang too loud and too often. These have a deserved bad reputation, and in turn have given “Hollywood” a bad reputation. (Setting aside for a ...
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Is “unredactable” a word?

I googled it and even though it's been used on the Web, I can't find any entries for it on online dictionaries. If it's not a real word, then is there a good equivalent? The context is a record ...
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What do models do on the catwalk?

What is the appropriate verb that I should use to fill in the blank below? People march on parades, but models __ on the catwalk.
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Word for ulterior motive [closed]

Whats a word for making amends for a wrongdoing but with ulterior motives, ie not altruistically. Does anyone know of a word
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Idiom or word for a very crowded place

There is a popular idiom in Russian for describing a really crowded place: "(there's) no room for an apple to fall" ("яблоку негде упасть"). I struggle to think of anything similar in English, and ...
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What do you call someone who doesn't believe in “ghost”? [closed]

What do you call someone who doesn't believe in "ghost" neither in ghost stories ? web has it's answer as skeptics but that's not a dictionary answer. It is more or less conventional.
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Adjective to describe someone who is knowledgeable, resolute, and calm

I have a situation/feeling that occurs to me frequently and I'm not sure what the adjective is to describe it (or if there even is one). I'd love to hear your ideas on the matter. The situation is ...
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Single word for delaying a decision with only one option?

Can anyone tell me a single word that describes delaying a decision, although there is only one option?
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A more spiritual word for miss

I want to find a word that basically means to miss, where miss is in the sense of “feel for the loss or absence of”. But I am looking for a more spiritual word. I came up with to dream for or ...
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Adjective or Noun for Describing a Written Entity Devoid of Meaning

I wrote a blog post that was about pretty much nothing, but couldn’t come up with a good word to describe its lack of meaning. I was hoping for a more interesting word than just meaningless.
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What word means centered about death?

I'm writing an essay about Don DiLillo's novel White Noise, and would like to explore Murray Jay Siskand's fascination with death. The particular word I'm looking for means "death-centric", to fit in ...
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Is there one word that means 'to temporarily join'?

Is there a one-worded synonym for 'temporarily join'? Examples: I want to temporarily join your team Or a slightly different meaning; I want to temporarily join these two pieces of metal ...
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What is the word for inserting additional letters when pronouncing a word?

A while back I ran across a word that described the act of inserting additional letters or sounds when a person pronounces a word (which results in a mispronunciation). What is the word that has this ...
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What's a word for a group of questions asked together?

Is there a word for a set of questions that are asked together and are related? For example, one asks the question: Do you go rafting? And follow up with: If yes, where? If no, what do ...
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Single-word adjective for “which should be repaired”

I'm looking for a term to characterise things which should be repaired. I am also looking for an antonym to go with it. Imagine I have two boxes, one with phones which should be repaired and the ...
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What's a common name for creating and removing objects? [closed]

I'm about to name a method in my software. It's going to perform two tasks that are, more or less, inseparable from each other. The first one is to create a table in a database. The second one is to ...
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A one-word synonym of “to give meaning to”?

As the title suggests, I'm looking for a verb whose definition is "to give/assign meaning to", "to define a function of", "to invent a use/meaning for" or something close. This might be a little ...
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What is the male equivalent of “mistress” in formal English?

The mistress definition, Oxford dictionary a woman having an extramarital sexual relationship, esp. with a married man I am looking for the male equivalent of 'mistress' as defined above. Some ...
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Word that describes someone that causes his own misfortune

Is there a single word to qualify/describe someone that causes his own misfortune, or even a single noun that refers to such a person?
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How to order food that is hot (temperature) but not hot (amount of capsaicin)? [duplicate]

Some food contains capsaicin which is a substance that comes from chili or pepper and gives food its burning taste. In english you call this type of taste "hot". In German (my native language) we say ...
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What to call the “things that nobody talks about”?

I am writing an article about “things that nobody talks about.” I feel sure that there should be a single word which can replace the phrase things that nobody talks about? It’s rather clumsy as it ...
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Less technical term to describe how often a recurring schedule repeats itself?

Defining a recurring schedule requires two steps: How often the schedule repeats itself (e.g. weekly, every 2 weeks, every 3 weeks, etc.) Inside each repetition, when the recurrently scheduled event ...
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What is the opposite of procrastination in one word?

I thought of precrastination at first but that appears to be the act of planning to procrastinate.
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Better words for “buff” and “debuff”

I have an RPG environment and I'm looking for words that sound better than "buff" for positive modifier and "debuff" for negative modifier. I simply don't like the words but I'm having a hard time ...
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What is an alternative term for “Swiss army knife”?

What is an alternative term for Swiss army knife? As in a general multi-purpose tool. It is a word that everybody understands, but I would like to know some alternatives. Clarification: The term ...
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Verb for coming into contact with another using one's shoulder

I would like to phrase the action of 'hitting' someone with one's shoulder, perhaps in a single word. Disappointingly, shoulder is already an actively used verb for a different action entirely: ...
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Antonym for piling up?

I am looking for a verb that would be something like an antonym for piling up, describing the action of raising a pile from the bottom, specially making the base of the pile wider. For example, like ...
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Is there a single word for “one who speaks/boasts a lot about everything”?

I'm looking for a single word to most aptly describe a person possessing the following "qualities": Appears to be superior in every technology/skill under the sun, which he deems worthy of knowing ...