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so-and-so/such-and-such term used with countries and places

I'm trying to find a nice place holder to express 'X country' or 'country X', like 'when telling people that you are from country X...'. The first idea that came into mind was so-and-so: wiktionary: ...
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“Order of magnitude” for qualitative changes

The phrase "order of magnitude" is used to indicate differences between quantities in terms of exponential powers. I've also seen it to indicate Big-Oh differences in algorithm run times. However, in ...
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A word or phrase to describe quick thinking in the moment

Let me describe the situation where I want to use this word or phrase: I was reading a particularly interesting book that I happened upon somewhere deep inside my university library. The book had a ...
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What do you call a stack of ordering forms? [closed]

Sometimes, a restaurant will prepare order forms for customers to tick which food/drinks that they want to order. Then the waiter/waitress will come to collect them and reconfirm with the ...
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What word can I use when I need help to accomplish my task? [closed]

What is a word that I can use when that I need help to accomplish my task? For example, a situation where I want to learn another language and I am in need for native speakers of that language to help ...
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What do you call those films with nudity, if not pornographic scenes, but not marketed as porn? [closed]

Probably has the same audience as porn but instead has mainstream studio producers and full-length cinema release.
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Verb for having a seizure

Is there a word, medical or otherwise, for having a seizure? The best I can come up with is convulsing or flailing. Any better ones?
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What is the hand gesture called when you knock down your opponent in a fight?

Is there a word or an idiom for the hand gesture, done after finishing a task successfully or after knocking down the opponent in a fight? The one like wiping off the dust from your hands, which ...
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Is there a word for a person who likes to bath a lot?

I like to spend a lot of time bathing..I kind of enjoy it...I just cant get enough of it..I can be under shower for hours. Is there a word for me? I tried googling around but all I could find was ...
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Is there a word that describes a person who easily gives up on others

Example: Person A had expectations of person B. After A gets to know B, person gives up on building a enriching relationship. A stops investing in the other person (i.e. stops giving feedback, stops ...
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Word for superficial (but unmerited) appearance of substance/character

What is a word for someone or something that superficially seems to have a lot of substance/character but is actually shallow/empty? I can't help but think I've heard a word like this before. "Glib" ...
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Is there a term similar to “country” which would also include a union like the EU?

I'm working on an interface where users can make selections from a few different groups of items. One of them is currently split because it comprises both European countries as well as the European ...
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What is a person that leaves a piece of advice called? [closed]

Piece of advice / tips. E.g. "Don't eat yellow snow" or "There's this great restaurant down at [location]" Is there a word for someone leaving advice like this?
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Someone that ignores others but hates being ignored themselves

I know this person that common courtesy doesn't apply to. If I don't reply to a text or a missed call from them within 5 minutes, it's always quickly followed by another 10-15 texts or calls one after ...
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Group of Socialites.

I am looking for a pretty descriptive word for a group of socialites. Similar in tone to a roar of lions, rather than usual pride. A puff of dragons would be another. It needs to be positive in ...
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A word for a value between 0 and 1 (inclusive)

I'm a programmer. I'm so sick of writing documentation for things that should be explainable in a word. When you write a function in a programming language, you get to name its parameters. Most ...
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What is a word for “having the form of a Brussels sprout”?

Inspired by Dictionary.com's Word of the Day, "botryoidal" (adj. -having the form of a bunch of grapes), and the ongoing naming process of a product at my work which has these features: What is a word ...
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Unhappy about one's appearance?

Is there a single word that means "unhappy about one's appearance"? E.g., Anne of Green Gables was very unhappy about her hair and never missed an opportunity to try to dye it.
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Word or phrase referring to an author's most famous/noteworthy works

I remember that the most famous/noteworthy works of literary merit are termed the canon,but is there a particular word or phrase that means the most famous/noteworthy works of a particular author? ...
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Is there a word similar to “in depth” but for width (in width)?

For instance, there are different aspects of a topic. When you study "in width", you try to understand these different aspects just enough. Then, you may want to study one aspect in depth to fully ...
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Word similar to “farewell” but with negative connotation

I am looking for a word that is similar to the meaning of farewell or goodbye except that it has a negative connotation. I find it hard to choose an appropriate word when I close communications with ...
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Is there an alternative adjective to 'written' with an -al suffix?

I'm ideally looking for a single word adjective with an -al suffix. i.e. similar to 'verbal', and 'visual' but that relates to written communications rather than spoken or illustrative communications. ...
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Word for dismay about what someone is about to say?

What is noun that can be used to express weariness or dismay about what someone is about to say? I looked at a few different sites and no words came up. Example: Howie looks at his brother with ...
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Word for “the distilled embodiment of a contentious issue”

I'm thinking of something like the recent FBI–Apple case, which focuses in on the precise point of departure between the two sides of an issue. It would be used like: "the case has become a ____ of ...
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What's the word for an incompetent athlete?

What would you call an athlete who is weak, slow-moving, in bad shape etc. As in, for example, "No wonder he won in a fight with Kyle, that guy is just a ___." As you can tell, I am looking ...
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Word for continuation of a section

I'm writing my resume and my work experiences end up being separated in two by the end of the page. What is the word that indicates the follow up to a section. Something like: Work Experiences ...
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Word for something 'done out of anger'? [closed]

Is there one word that suggests that something was 'done out of anger'? Usage similar to something done deliberately or intentionally, only including the motivation of anger.
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Term for a word used to pad a sentence while the speaker thinks of what to say next [duplicate]

Is there a word for a term employed to play for time and allow the speaker a little longer to work out what he/she wants to say next? Words like um and er fall into this category, of course, but so ...
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Words or phrases for 'credit takers'

Let say, A and B work in the same office. Every time A talks to B about his idea or working style, B always takes that idea to his boss and acts as if it was his own idea. What are words, phrases or ...
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Is there a word for identifying oneself with a brand?

The title seems clear to me but I'll add an example: There are several different apps for Telegram (Android, iOS, PC, etc) that all have the name Telegram and use similar Logos, designs and have a ...
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What is it called when you coin a different version of a word that already exists?

I was in a college class the other day and someone was struggling to think of the word "invalidate". Much to my amusement, they landed on "devalidify" instead. Is there a word or phrase for such a ...
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What is a word for an entity which only provides a predefined set of tasks but doesn't want to engage new types of tasks?

Let's assume an entity was created to satisfy a predefined set of tasks, and cannot accommodate other new types of tasks. What is a formal word for this? For example, a service provider provider ...
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An entity is a part of another, what would this larger entity be called from the other's perspective?

A is part of B, that would make B A's _____? What's an appropriate word to use here? A is a constituent of B, but what is B relative to A? The question arose from naming a variable in programming. I ...
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Word to describe belief in God

I'm looking for a term or word for someone who is certain there was a God, but is no longer around. Maybe God died, went away, or just no longer keeps an eye on us. I thought agnostic, but that ...
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Antonym for “infix” (“outfix”?)

infix: implant or insert firmly in something, as in the particles of mercury will infix themselves in the structure of the other metal How about the opposite? Is there something called outfix? I.e. ...
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Plumbing terminology. A name for a pipe.

So I have this pretty large-size (water) pipe that runs to my house. A couple of years ago I had some guys run a smaller pipe from that "large-size" pipe to my barn. Well, my question is this: what do ...
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What's the word for something that's shaped through a hole?

Scenario: I am pushing clay through a hole, and on the other side it is coming out as a cylinder. What is the correct term to describe it coming out of that hole?
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Word for selecting the most appropriate word

What is a word to describe selecting the absolute best word to use in a sentence? This is a problem for writers.
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Heady - Does this word mean what I think it means?

When I look up the word "heady" in the dictionary, it seems that the main definition is "tending to intoxicate." Farther down, "having an exhilarating effect" and "intellectually demanding" are also ...
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hiccup-like noise made while trying to speak when stabbed?

Say someone was stabbed and he bleeds but he remains conscious. Axiomatically if he were to speak he would speak with extreme difficulty. What do you call the hiccup-like noise/sound he makes while ...
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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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A derogatory word for “success” or “succeed” [closed]

What's the derogatory word to describe someone you hate having his/her way? For example, what would a democrat (resp. a republican) say if Trump (resp. Clinton) wins the presidency?
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How to refer to the “elevated areas” of a mountain?

For example, in the following picture, I see two "elevated areas" (one on the right, and one on the left, at the distance): The only word that comes to my mind is hill. But I'm not quite sure, ...
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Word for non-consecutive numbers? [duplicate]

Is there a word for a pair of numbers like 6 and 8, which are two apart? Another example would be 11 and 13. Thanks! (I have also asked this question on ELL.)
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Word meaning “of or relating to songs”

Are there any words that mean "of or relating to songs"? I can think of audio, which means relating to any sound, or melodic, which is relating to just the melody within a song, but nothing about ...
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A word/term that means “the fitting, correct or appropriate word.” [duplicate]

I often find myself wanting the right word for something that pops up in my mind. Today I was wondering if there is a word that means "the correct word or phrase." Example : I am not looking for a ...
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What is the act of self-referencing?

Ok, so something can be self-referencing. "This sentence contains thirty-eight letters." or "This is not a pipe." But what is "doing that" called? Along the lines of how self-deprecating is ...
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I can't think of a word that means “one person can see something but the other people can't” [closed]

So what I mean for example: A man can see a ghost of a past person but other people can't. Sort of like a seer but i'm looking for a better word than that.
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Phrase that refers to the period from 60 days ago to 30 days ago

If someone says "in the last month", it refers to the past 30~ days, but I would love to learn if there are phrases or words describing the period of 60 to 30 days before today? For example, today ...