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What do you call it when a spectator distracts a player. [closed]

Like when a member of the audience yells at a player so he misses his shot.
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Another word for “tricked”, but NOT in a negative context

The sentence I am trying to use this in: Hopefully, having understood the terms above will have also tricked you into a better understanding of [irrelevant and arbitrary complex subject]" The ...
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What is the antonym to ‘minimalist’?

There was the following sentence in New York Times (May 26) article titled, “No real hurry to tell the joke -Bob Newhart, Master of the one-sided conversation” Bob Newhart has always been a gentle ...
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A boss who rejects questions, or chooses not to discuss reality [closed]

What word would describe, "a boss who rejects questions, or chooses not to discuss reality"? He consistently defers to a lighter topic, or flat-out avoids contact.
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Description word between new and old?

I am trying to create a scale of descriptive words. I have new content being described as "fresh" thinking of describing old content just as "old" unless you have any other suggestions. My issue is ...
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Is there a word that means selectively nonconformist?

I'm looking for a word that means someone or something that has a tendency to go against convention, but only when effective. This would eliminate words like unconventional, unorthodox, contrarian, ...
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Concise phrase or term to express “There are no plans to address or implement this suggestion”

For an online issue tracker of a programming language, which takes community suggestions, I need a one to three word 'label' to mark suggestions and proposals which the core design and development ...
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What terms can be used to determine the state of a switch? [closed]

So, I came to naming a variable in my PHP today. The variable was to contain information about the state of a switch, E.g - on and off. However, I couldn't, for the life of me, think of what to name ...
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A word for “who does what” [closed]

A word for "who does what". For example, "I need to understand who does what in the company".
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What is the name of a small unluxurious restaurant?

Is there a name for this kind of restaurant? Searching Google, I can't find any synonym of restaurant. I've tried to search for images of unluxurious restaurant, small restaurant or mundane ...
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What is a word for a timeout in days?

I am looking for a word that describes an amount of time in days from a certain starting point, after which some action should happen. timeout cannot be used, as it does not clarify that the amount ...
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Looking for a word to describe ineffectual people who would like to be effective

I need to create names for four categories of people - people who score either high or low on measures of environmental concern and pro-environmental behaviour. I have three sorted so far: High ...
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Name for when an adjective modifying a noun leaves the class of objects the noun describes

When adjectives modify nouns, usually they restrict the class of objects that the noun refers to. For example: Red car A red car is, in particular, an instance of a car. However, in specialty ...
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A word to describe if some is in my team or is a contribution

I work on a webapp where the users make forecast of people. They have to inform for each person with forecast if it's a "TEAM MEMBER" (i. e. the user is the manager of the resource) or a ...
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Word for something that can be obsolete in the future, obsolete-able

Done → Doable Destroyed → Destructible Consumed → Consumable Obsolete → ??? The word "Obsoletable" is listed some ~ 34,000 times in Google; however, I can't find it in ...
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Opposite of “mental picture” [closed]

Is there a good antonym to "mental picture"? For example: "Remembering the Kana" uses mental pictures, but no physical pictures.
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word(s) to describe someone judge others by one tiny detail

I wonder if there is a word or a few words or phases that describe a person very often: judge a person based on one or two tiny details or critise harshly over small mistakes that one made ...
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What do you call the use of a negative clause to end a claim by questioning it?

I mean the clause at the end, seemingly asking for confirmation of the claim. You would like to sleep, wouldn't you? How is this called?
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More descriptive, strong verb to replace “came back”

I am writing an exposé in writing class. In my lead I am trying to find a verb to replace "came back" Here is the example: Billy Bob "came back" from behind to win the trophy. In the active ...
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Whats the opposite of the dependent [closed]

I'm creating an application/website, that you can control "assets" with. (The fact this is an app/website is irrelevant, I'm just giving some detail) Inside these assets, you can define attributes, ...
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Term for a doorway without a door

Is there a specific term I could use in a floor plan for the doorway leading from one room to another? For example: a person is in the living room and looks through the "doorway" that leads into the ...
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Use of “eclectic” when referencing objects in a set

I have often referred to my music tastes as being eclectic, until I recently encountered a possible aspect to the definition I had not previously considered. In referencing musical tastes, there are ...
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What is a good replacement for “ununderstandable”?

I want to tell a colleague of mine I'm doing something that will prevent her from getting "ununderstandable" errors. I have: ...so that you will not get unnecessary, [ununderstandable] errors. ...
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9answers
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Word for when one uses the wrong word in a sentence

Specifically, I'm looking for the term for when a person uses a word correctly, but intends a different meaning. For example: I empathize with you. When the person really means: I ...
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13answers
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What's the single-word for “left or right handed”?

'Male'/'female' is to 'gender' as 'left-handed'/'right-handed 'is to...? Is there a word to describe this? For example, if I ask a guy What's your ____? It should mean I'm asking whether he's ...
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2answers
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Someone who “does the same”

I have the following sentence in mind: I talked with Mr. XY, a [word-request] doctor, and we came to the conclusion... What the [word-request] should state, is that I am a doctor and Mr. XY is ...
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What would be a word for the science of buildings? [closed]

I'm trying to come up with a word for the science and study of buildings and of their inhabitants. This would include, but not be restricted to, the study of building physics, energy, indoor ...
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Is there a technical term for what creationists call “macroevolution”?

The term macroevolution is often abused (see the section "Misuse" in the Wikipedia article) by creationists who are referencing the biblical concept of immutable "kinds" of animals. Is there a word ...
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What is the plural of credentials?

Following from this question: Which is correct, Credential or Credentials? the PO was asking if he can use credential in the singular form, answers indicated that the common way to address it is ...
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love synchronism [closed]

I am looking for the one word that describes a couple or two people who might call or text at the same time because they are in sync with each other. Others would call it a coincidence but there is a ...
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7answers
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Word or phrase describes looking around trying to gain information from surroundings

I'm looking for either a word or phrase which describes the situation of being in a strange place and feeling disoriented, and you're just looking around for basic clues as to where you are, or what's ...
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1answer
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Help for literature school work

One word to describe someone who is secretive or shy, possibly doesn't like to be around people and old?? I have been asked to describe this lady in one word but this is what I have come up with just ...
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1answer
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“Fingerprinting” traits of a horse

When a horse is being registered with the country's official registry, a clerk arrives to the stable to file the necessary paperwork. This process involves writing down the owner's data, the horse's ...
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Word or phrase for departure/arrival (time + place)

Perhaps this is a silly question, but is there a common word/phrase/term which would describe a time + location tuple (time and place), for flights or maritime links? I.e. say I have a flight defined ...
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What would be the first use of the noun 'longboarding' for skateboarding, surfing or skiing?

The skateboard longboard goes back to Hawaii in the 50s, surfing back much earlier, and skiing back into the nineteenth century yet I can't find incidences in print earlier than the 70s. Many ...
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1answer
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Countable noun for a coin or a banknote

I am looking for a countable noun which can stand for either a coin or a banknote. Currency and money are the only two words I can think of, but not being countable they don't fit what I'm looking ...
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Searching for a rare word for “something taken as truth due to having been repeated so much”

I'm searching for a certain single, rare, literary word meaning "something taken as truth due to having been repeated so much". This "something" could be either true or false. It is not necessarily ...
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3answers
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Term for a person who is fond of stationery items

Is there any term for a person who is fond of collecting stationery items (pens,books,etc)? If yes, then what is it?
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Word/term for users who are not experts and scientists [duplicate]

In the field of computer science, what should users who are not experts and scientists be called? I've come up with ordinary users or regular users. Any formal alternative or widely-accepted ...
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Word meaning “to make something erroneous”

What verb means "to make something erroneous or wrong"? The context is However, in the first trial of the experiment, the yeast was siphoned through the device into the other test tube, _____ing ...
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1answer
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Word or phrase for “taking them all with you”

I'm looking for a word or phrase to describe the situation where individuals find themselves hopelessly surrounded, realize their inevitable demise, and decide to fight as hard as possible and deal as ...
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1answer
111 views

Is there a word that means “a nicer word for a word”? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a word that I learned when studying for the CLEP analysing and interpreting literature exam. It is a word that means -'a more eloquent version of a harsher word. Example: saying, ...
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Referring back to something

I frequently read a column (or such) that begins the text by mentioning a particular item/person/anecdote or similar, and then continues to lay out the subject and in the end refers back to the ...
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When you're angry at a situation but there is no action you can take

In a situation where you are so angry at something, but there is nothing you're able to do, and you quiver/shake, what is the word or phrase I'm looking for. An example would be if a group of people ...
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6answers
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What's the word for a sportsperson who always makes his team win?

For many years I have tried to describe the great cricketer Ian Botham ("Beefy" Botham) to other people in my international language school. I try to think of a word to describe someone who always ...
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4answers
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A verb for someone who isn't really listening

I've been asking everybody I know about a verb that has been stuck on my mind, but I can't find the right word. I'm looking for a verb for someone who listens with reluctance. For example, I'm ...
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7answers
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Word or phrase for remoteness, great distance from human habitat

I am looking for a word or phrase denoting remoteness and great distance from human habitat, for the purpose of naming a cabin in the wilderness. I have already thought of "far cry" and "back of ...
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1answer
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What words describe the relation between “dollars” and “cents”?

A dollar can be divided up into 100 cents. A Swiss franc can be divided into 100 rappen. What are the words that describe these units (dollar vs cents or franc vs rappen)? I found out that ...
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Is it a coincidence when the two things do not coincide?

A "coincidence" denotes that two things coincide, with the strong connotation that this is an unlikely or unexpected situation. If the situation is common or normal, it's not called a coincidence, ...
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Word that means “plagiarism” but only in relation to plagiarized ideas

I'm looking for a word that has the same meaning as "plagiarism" but in relation to plagiarized ideas only, i.e. not related to writing, art work, drawing etc.