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A word that means suffering great loss if failed but highly profitable if successful?

This is a task that'll bring you back a great profit if successful but may also end you up with heavy loss even your life. I have been thinking whether there is one word or a phrase or some self ...
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Is there a word for 'within ten units of'?

Is there a word that can used like decade, but when talking about units not years? For example, everyone knows that: 2006 is within a decade of 1998 1989 is in the same decade as 1984 However, ...
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Word for cut-the-knot style solutions

I have to solve a Rubik's cube, so I rearrange the stickers. My friend asks me to remind her to read chapter five, so I immediately say, "Don't forget to read chapter five." I have to find d such ...
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Is there a word that means “having beautiful hair”?

I know that "callipygian" means "having beautiful buttocks"... so I was wondering if there is an English word that means "having beautiful hair". I tried googling this but couldn't find anything so ...
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How can i refer to people who live in the other half of a duplex?

Is there a word to refer specifically to the people who live in the other part of a duplex (two-family house, side-by-side)? Not neighbor, i think, as that's more generic.
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What verb best describes the process of engaging in a debate or argument with someone?

I am looking for a verb which means to engage in a debate or argument. For example, how would I fill in the blank in the following sentence? "That is just my idea and I have no intention to ...
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Is there a pejorative/offensive slang word or phrase for a man who suffers from erectile dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction is defined as the consistent or recurrent inability to acquire or sustain an erection of sufficient rigidity and duration for sexual intercourse. Clinic 45 I'm a ...
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What is the inverse of “detect”, meaning “to lose sight of”?

I'm not quite looking for an antonym of "detect" (e.g., overlook) but more of the inverse action that means "lose signal" or "lose sight of".
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trying to find a word that rhymes with “elk”

I compose limericks and I am looking for a word that rhymes with "elk".
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A word for “life experiences”

I am looking for a word that has the same meaning as "life experiences." I tried to use legend, but I think it is too big for an individual person like me.
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How do you refer to an item that you already mentioned in a previous example?

This is a bit hard to explain so here's an example: Colors are interesting. They stimulate organisms in inexplicable ways. Like, why does red infuriate bulls? Or why does blue tranquilize ...
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A word for something that is immoral, but beneficial?

Is there a word for something that is immoral or unethical, but must be done since it is beneficial. For example you would use the word to describe something like this, "we must kill those who ...
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Word for knowing exactly when to keep and get rid of things?

This to me sounds like a challenge, as American Consumerism may have completely stamped whatever word this was out of my language. Is there a word (that people know...) for knowing exactly when to ...
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Hypernym for “goods” and “services”

I'm coming up with a model for how human relationships work, and trying to break down the fundamental areas of "value" that people exchange. One of them is simply related to real world survival, and ...
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If you ask: Where do you live? Versus: Do you live at so & so and vice versa. Is one is called general and the other is called particular?

If you ask: Where do you live? Versus: Do you live at so & so or vice versa. Is one is called general and the other is called particular? Another example is: What do you think about sex? versus ...
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What is a hypernym for “geography”, “areography”?

I am looking for a hypernym for words such as geography (Earth) and areography (Mars), primarily out of curiosity. In my workplace, we have a database and that has a column for "geo_id" which of ...
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What do you call the rhetoric strategy of purposefully writing a paragraph that no one can understand?

Most of us have come across a paragraph which sounded meaningless to us or which made us wonder if we were intellectually equipped to read it. That may have been the case, but sometimes one writes a ...
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What's the English for the Italian 'materico'?

Speaking about contemporary art, I often use the adjective 'materico' to describe the quality of a painting realized with thick layers of colour. It is not simply a question of thickness. In the art ...
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Word for a person who is responsible for their job and doesn't neglect it

This is a topic for a TOEFL essay: What are some important qualities of a good supervisor (boss)? Now I'm looking for a word that best describes a supervisor that doesn't neglect their work, and ...
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Hypernym for “clock” and “watch”

Yesterday I said: "I can't read analog clocks", but my interlocutor corrected me saying that what I was pointing at was a watch and not a clock. Now, I am aware of the difference between the two, ...
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Word for “having characteristics of the beach?”

The city had a tropical, [...] feeling to it. I thought of the word beachy but I worry people will confuse it with the other similar-sounding word.
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What word means to feel better by writing about what you feel?

What word means "to feel better by writing it down?" Usually speaking about your emotions.
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A word for the act of locally improving the situation in a stagnant environment

I'm trying to find a word to describe, given a stagnant (i.e. not improving) environment, the phenomenon of improving the local situation as much as possible, possibly even up to a fixed upper limit ...
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What is the word for a sentence that initially sounds profound or deep, that is, in fact, meaningless or empty?

I'm sure I saw, recently, a word for this, but I can no longer remember, or find, it.
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What is the word for a rapt state induced by a yearning for the unattainable?

I cannot remember the English word for a known meaning. The meaning of the forgotten word from the dictionary is a "a rapt state induced by a yearning for the unattainable".
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Word for secret knowledge that is not publishable, but known by “everyone on the inside”

I am looking for a word, or name of a concept, that describes a secret that is kept from one group of people, e.g. a society (outsiders), is known by a specific group of other people, e.g. ...
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Hypernym for 'parallel' and 'antiparallel'

What is a word that includes both parallel and antiparallel ? This bothers me all the time when I do my math or physics homework.
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A noun for phenomenon experienced by wave-particle duality

We have known for centuries that elementary particles exhibit both wave and particle properties. Does the English Language have a word that describes this wave-particle duality?
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To the point of my knowledge [closed]

Do you know any words to summarize "to the point of my knowledge"? To the point of my knowledge, in the literature review there are three publications about this idea. I want it to be like ...
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A word or phrase for “going past a deadline.”

I'm translating a document into English from a business meeting. Participants are often being implored to finish their tasks by November, as planned, and in no way ??? to December. I'll give some ...
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What is a word for the most basic form of a term? [closed]

The English language contains very descriptive and "involved" words, I was wondering what we would call the opposite of those. For example, words like "push" or "hot" can't be simplified further ...
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What is a word for someone without allegiance?

I am looking for an adjective akin to "loyal" and "disloyal" in that it describes someone's exact null association with both words. Someone or something with no allegiances whatsoever, a ...
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Name on Grave Marker [closed]

I hope someone might have a suggestion for better wording of this sentence: "A grave marker was placed that honored his name." Is there a better word than "honored", or a smoother wording of the ...
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Window shopping - shop with the eyes only -Is the term applicable to online browsing (shopping) too

"Window shopping" is used for a consumer who has no intent to purchase and I believe the term originated well before shopping became accessible online. Is there a different term for ...
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Word/term for “the ability to affect history or make things happen”?

I'm looking for a word, but I'm not entirely sure one exists that fits exactly what I'm looking for. The concept is "the ability to affect events" or "the ability to inexplicably make things happen." ...
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Term for closing a stock trade?

I'm TA:ing a programming course and am writing up the instructions for a lab in which the students will implement a toy stock trading platform. I'm not too familiar with financial lingo, so there is ...
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What's the name for a part of speech which is not quite rhetorical, but not expected to be answered directly, either?

What's the name for a part of speech which is not quite rhetorical, but not expected to be answered directly, either? I know the word exists, it refers to greetings such as "How are you" and similar. ...
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Term for a shoe with a spring loaded spike

In movies when you have a bad guy who can trigger a spring loaded metal spike from his shoe to try and hurt you, what is the metal piece and/or the shoe/boot called? There has to be a term for that, I ...
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What am I giving, if I am giving: Clothing items, technology items, beauty items, recipes, knowledge and whatever else…a variety? [closed]

What am I giving, if I am giving: Clothing items, technology items, beauty items, recipes, knowledge (etc)...a variety?
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Is there a single word or phrase to describe a context-less option for “manual” or “automatic”?

Is there a word (or a short sentence) that can describe category which includes Automatic or Manual as mutually exclusive options? Of course I mean without more context (if used, for example, to ...
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Word/phrase for “the one that brings bad luck” (e.g. to a group)

Example: I've always considered myself a/as [...]. I thought of black cat. But I think it's a little ambiguous and weird to use it in this situation.
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Word/phrase for “staring at two things alternately”

Example: When Liza and Josh told me their crazy plan, I did nothing; just [...]. I thought about glance, but I think glancing is more like looking briefly, rather than staring in bewilderment. ...
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A word to make something bad sound good

Lets say we are talking about a book about teens that drink. In the book, the teens have fun and nothing bad ever happens. It's disguising it as a good thing, it's supporting it and it's making it ...
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Formal Version of “Getting Around”

I am writing an essay about The Catcher in the Rye, and need to mention Stradlater's ability to get with basically any girl he wants. It can be said that he "gets around" (sorry for lack of a better ...
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“I'm dry” meaning “Would you buy me a drink?” What semantic or rhetorical term describes such usage?

Instead of saying "Could I have some water, please?" a visitor says "I am thirsty". The host understands it perfectly and says "Let me get you something to drink. What would you like?" or at a ...
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What's it called when two people can't decide which way to go? [duplicate]

This phenomenon happens to me several times a week and I've actually just recently started pondering if this situation has a defined term for it? When two people walk towards each other in opposite ...
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Word for obscuring bad or immoral acts with verbiage

I have been in many scenarios where people try to obscure/reduce the intensity of a seemingly bad or immoral act using grammar. E.g. Assuming Thomas killed a dog, you could hear something like: ...
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What's a word/phrase to describe a personality with seemingly random or disconnected interests? [closed]

I'm looking for a word that describes a person's personality. That person has many seemingly disconnected interests from the point of view of most onlookers, but to that individual he/she is able to ...
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What is the word for someone who doesn't appreciate their culture/heritage? [closed]

I met a person the other day who was overly critical about her culture/heritage when she described it. Is there a word to describe such a person or behaviour?
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No adverb of controlled?

Can anyone confirm that there is indeed no adverbial form of "controlled" that could be used with verbs that describe actions done in a controlled way. For example, it seems to be wrong to write ...