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Specific vocabulary for making someone laugh by rubbing their underarm with finger

To make someone laugh, we sometime rub his underarm with our fingers in a way that makes him feel restless and then he starts laughing. My question is: What is the specific vocabulary in the English ...
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Idiom Meaning “Ready to Correct One's Mistake”

I'm looking for a concise way to describe this situation: Person A compliments B's team at a competition. But B does not respond to this compliment gracefully, even though it means a lot to him. B ...
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Aspect/respect in sentence

"After an hour I reached a different hotel, which was better than the previous one in every aspect/respect." I'm struggling with the difference between aspect and respect. What I wanted to say was ...
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Is there an alternative, better term for “products of a culture”?

What is the most appropriate word or phrase to call all the books, theater plays, movies, etc. that a culture has produced and is still producing? For example, "the products of the French culture."
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A word similar to handicap/slack

I'll start off with an example for context. Two race car drivers race for the fastest lap time on track X in identical cars. Racer A finishes before Racer B, however it was discovered afterwards ...
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Is there a way to refer to the biblical state of Israel in another name?

The biblical and modern day states of Israel have the same name, even though they are not the same entities. Is there a name for the biblical state of Israel which is diffrent from Israel? Like the ...
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Exasperated/frustrated at someone’s naïveté

What word describes the feeling one has, similar to frustration, in the face of naïveté or obliviousness. The feeling might be associated with a sigh or in particularly bad cases a “face-desk” or ...
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Is there a word for “to consider [something] a virtue”?

For example, many religious traditions consider austerity and renunciation from material pleasures a virtue. Randian libertarianism characterizes selfishness as a virtue. To consider as divine is to ...
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Word describing a pre-ordered order status?

I'm looking for the most concise order status descriptor for an order where the customer is still selecting items (for example, they've put stuff in the bag, but they haven't checked out). Other ...
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Word for “A symbol that means a word/phrase”

This article about using Ћ to stand for the made me think about how different symbols represent words or phrases. For example: @ means at; % means per cent; # can mean pound or number; ♥ can mean ...
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Word for “coin-enamouredness”

For a project of mine, I am looking for an English word for "the addiction of a person to coins". Right now I am thinking of coin-enamouredness. It will be used as an indicator in the following ...
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Do we have a term for this analysis combination?

I'm in the middle of a programming article, and I don't know if this thing has a name or not. Lot's of times you can analyse something in isolation. But as soon as you put that thing among other ...
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Common sense decision made in a lack of information

There is a word in English which I forgot for the decision that people make that involves a mutual agreement made in the lack of communication . For example, if 2 people agree meet each other tomorrow ...
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Word describing one who is not aware of their own actions

I'm reading a book and writing an essay where I need to describe the main character's personality traits, but I can't quite find the word for unaware of one's actions
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How to refer to those fully-equipped houses people let to university students?

I have a friend who rents in an one-story house. Just your common house: there's a living room, a kitchen, and three rooms (all of them occupied by university students). It something like this from ...
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Word to mean 'seek through, one element at a time'

I'm looking for a word to describe the process that a computer program performs when searching through a dataset bit by bit. I had believed the word parse ('to parse through the data') was ...
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What's the word or name for a person who can naturally & accurately estimate measurements such as size, capacity, ballance & angles?

I'm sure I met someone like this a few years back & they provided me with a single word/name for the "condition". I say condition as the person who this affects automatically, & sometimes to ...
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Is it okay to say “that which”?

I know that there are certain times to use "that" (for restricting the noun) and certain times to use "which" (for adding information). How about "that which"?: Truth is that which conforms to ...
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I need one-word expression for “Ignoring someone intentionally”

How can we express the "intentional ignoring" or someone in one word? Particularly if someone is ignoring others by his/her behaviour, showing that he/she isn't interested in talking or communicating, ...
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X’s language is so rich and . . .? [closed]

I’m looking for a word to describe the language of a writer which has the characteristic of being rich and at the same time says that the words that this writer uses have many layers of meanings. ...
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What does “wooden clothes” contained in “Comfort bag (assorted present kit) and the sender of it “have had themselves” mean?

Toru Hashimoto, Mayor of Osaka’s comment asserting the “Comfort women” system during wartime was ‘A necessary evil’ was appalling, and I feel deeply shameful of his sensless remarks as a Japanese. But ...
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Words that are members of multiple classes of words (without changing form) [duplicate]

By "class of word" I mean a noun, verb, adjective, adverb etc. This notation came from reading the definitions of these words themselves. For example noun grammar any member of a class of words ...
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What's the antonym of “buy-in”?

At a casino gambling table, to buy-in means to convert cash into chips, but what about its antonym, what's the word for to convert/exchage playing chips to/for chips that could be exchanged to cash at ...
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Word that means to “get something good but loses something else good in return”

I was at the optical store getting a new pair of glasses and lens. Since I have a somewhat high prescription, when selecting the features for the lenses I asked the clerk whether there is an option ...
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When you open the windows in the house in order for fresh air to come in?

I just cannot find this in any dictionary. How is it called in English when someone opens the windows (and/or the door) of a house in order to let the fresh air come in? Please note that I'm ...
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Is there a word or a special phrase in English to describe the curvy upper lip that some people like Rio Ferdinand have?

I don't think many have people have that kind of upper lip (probably 10% of the population). To me personally, that kind of upper lip definitely makes a person more attractive regardless of gender. ...
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“Operating system” is to “runlevel” as “human being” is to what? [closed]

I am looking for a hypernym for the set of different "mental states" or "sedation levels", but I don't know which one (if any) would apply here. I have values like the following in mind: is dead is ...
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A word that refers to a “half-smile”?

I need a word to describe something like this: Disclaimer: I'm not a Smallville fan. A half-smile or a sappy smile. Any suggestions?
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Which kind of logical fallacy is this?

A blogger writes of the artisanal movement that it is born out of a preference for things that are hand made. He points out (presumably as a criticism of this) that in the 16th century a gentleman ...
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What is a polite substitute for badass (used as a noun)? [closed]

Badass and BAMF are both modern words with approximately the same meaning: "Someone who is awesome to an extreme level, thereby leveraging unquestionable authority." Is there another noun or title ...
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Hypernym for “veg” and “non-veg”

We often ask "Are you veg?", "Are you non-veg?" to ask if someone is a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian. Is there a hypernym for both of them? So you could ask "What is your [...]?" or maybe "Are you a ...
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What word means “the changes of a place”?

I am looking for the closest word which refers to the changes that occur in a place, such as a town or city, over time. The word "development" is often used, but that seems to imply that the place is ...
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Word for bias against or fear of foreign languages

This came up as I was writing a comment for a discussion on another site on the network*. The discussion was about non-english creative works, and I warned against "xenophobia," but that's not quite ...
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1 or 2 words for 'completed on our own accord, without said individual's request/expectation'

This sentence This x is a proprietary idea from John Doe. is used, as you might expect, to indicate that descriptions of x should not be shared without just cause. However, I want to change the ...
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Is there a word for an intentional misnomer?

Is there a word that describes that something has been named "incorrectly" on purpose (a sort of intentional misnomer)? For example, calling someone who is very tall Shorty (or something to that ...
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Word for “to use someone's own tactics against them”

I'm looking for a word to describe using someone's own tactics against them. A formal word is preferable but a colloquialism will work as well.
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Are there any words in English meaning “goodbye forever”? [closed]

I'm not a native speaker. I want to know if there is any word that you use to express that yourself and the listener will not have a chance to see each other again, or that it is incredibly unlikely ...
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Is there a Latin, or English, phrase or acronym for “in summary”?

Is there something similar to TLDR that can be used in professional emails and messages?
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Better wording for “Among other [stuff]”

I have the following problem. I need to say Among other information, [the message] will contain information about the following... I don't like the repetition of "information" here. I thought ...
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Is there a specific term in English for the smell of the early morning?

I'm not looking for words like "freshness" for example, but a word that is used exclusively to denote this specific smell.
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Use of “permission” in technical writing

In a request for proposal (RFP) I am attempting to edit the following sentence-fragment which isn't grammatically correct: "...except for staff permissioned to update..." My problem is with the ...
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Is there a specific word in English (a noun) for the strong smell of spaces like cellars, basements and storerooms?

Due to the lack of sunlight, usually located fully underground in the house and kept shut almost all the time , basements tend to release a very strong odour that fills your nostrils whenever you open ...
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What is the word to describe trying to find the right word for something?

There is a "meanings" tag on English.SE, but I would like the opposite way around — I have a meaning already, I want the word (if it exists) for doing just this.
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Word for 'that which requires something'?

If A requires B, then B is the requirement. In this relationship what is A? In this context, I'm describing academic courses where B is a course that fulfills the requirements for course A.
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Word meaning “close in time, or presently happening”

Is there a word that can be used to describe something that is either close in time, or currently happening? Something like "proximate" or "imminent", but without the implication that the thing has ...
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Can the phrase 'is contained in' be substituted by a single word?

If a lunchbox contains an apple, then the apple is contained in a lunchbox. Is it possible to replace the phrase 'is contained in' with a single word? I can't think of one, and the thesaurus hasn't ...
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Word for long chain of causes [closed]

What may be the conceptual, phenomenal word for a long chain of complex causes and reasons, that doesn't believe in coincidences, accidentalities, karma etc.?
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Unambiguous Opposite of “The Subtitle of a Film”

A word to refer to the "The Far Side of the World" part in the film title Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (MC:FSW) might be subtitle. By here, the "Master and Commander" part is called ...
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Antonym for force (verb) [closed]

What is the antonym for the verb force? (i.e. antonym of 'urge or force (a person) to an action')
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How do you properly say “missing each other” (that's SO the wrong word!)?

Imagine I sent a message to someone over Instant Messaging, and then went offline. 5 minutes later, they come online, send me a message and go offline. 10 minutes later, I come online, find their ...