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Single word for the phrase “Investing more money to save the money already invested”?

People do that, they put in more money to save their money at stake. I'm guessing there's a single word for it. Thank you.
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A word or phrase for “temporarily not working”

Is there a word or phrase for temporarily not working since one has gone on vacation? I thought out of work could be used but that means unemployed or having lost one's job EDIT I am looking for a ...
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If a client is someone we sell to, what do we call those we buy from?

We say client list or customers for people we offer our goods or services, but what word should I use for the company I buy the goods from? Is that also a client?
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“Majority” is to “plurality” as “minority” is to what?

This analogy may not be quite accurate but I think I can get my point across with it. I was reviewing some obesity statistics: Obese: 35.9% Overweight but not obese: 33.3% Neither overweight nor ...
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Word for the act of a PC “breathing”

"Breathing" that's right, that's the word I'm looking for. Obviously a computer doesn't breathe, but what does it do? By this I mean, a computer, more specifically the system unit or a laptop. On a ...
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Is there a single word for a document containing an individual's contact information?

I'm looking for a single noun to indicate a document (or web page) that contains a person's contact information (phone, email, etc.). The context is a navigation element on a personal website, for ...
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Word for relative position

I believe there is a special term for words that convey relative position but I cannot seem to remember or find what it is. For example Sam is behind Mitch in the queue.
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What word can be used to describe someone you're following? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What’s a good word for a person that’s being followed? For example, a Twitter user can have many followers. Twitter refers to the users that another user is following as ...
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Generic time range word

I am looking for a word that can replace idioms like daily or monthly, but has the same meaning, and it's generic. By example, if I want to describe my pocket money, I can say I have a daily amount, ...
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Synonym with positive connotation for “peeping through the door”

She peeped through the door asking for permission to enter. Does peeped through have a negative connotation? If so, is there a better word or phrase to be used in such context?
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What word describes putting oneself in reach of the law

The title isn’t great and I couldn’t think of something more appropriate. I'm looking for a work that can be used to indicate that the next phrase may put the writer at risk of being within the reach ...
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Term, blend-word, or metaphor for being social but with boundaries [closed]

I'm looking for a term, word or metaphor for being social but within rules or boundaries. I don't like the word privacy as it has a negative connotation. I think the word social is overused or ...
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Word meaning the act of the state taking away one's right to live

I remember once coming upon an essay/article which, among other things, mentioned a (not uncommon) word whose technical definition was the state's act of officially removing a guilty person's right to ...
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Is there a name for the phobia of not having access to the internet?

Nomophobia is the fear of being out of mobile phone contact. Is there a name for the fear or phobia of being away from / not being able to reach the internet?
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I want to murder all humans [closed]

Ok, not really. But I was wondering what the appropriate word is for that; "Genocide" applies to murdering all people of a certain race, while "Omnicide" means ending all life. What is the correct ...
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Word like “decadence” for declining skill

I'm trying to fill in the gap in a sentence like this: John's true skills were stagnating, even regressing, and in his ___, he increasingly indulged in fanciful daydreams where he would save the ...
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Is there a word for the desire or emotion of wanting to prove someone wrong?

Is there a word for the motivation to do something only because of the desire to prove someone wrong? When someone is using reverse psychology like: You won't do this chore, you'll probably just ...
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“I'm my own grandpa” – is there a word for this?

I was listening to a Chad Morgan record today, on which his cover of the song I'm my own grandpa features as the first track. The lyrics of the song describe a bizzare, but plausible scenario, in ...
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How to affectionately call someone who is always moaning/whinging?

How can one affectionately call someone who is always moaning/whinging? I am looking for a qualifier with minimal negative connotation.
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Word to describe person who popularized a sport

What is the word to describe a person who popularized a sport? The person does not need to be one of the original players nor even currently active. An example is Arnold Schwarzenegger popularizing ...
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Is there a specific word for a list of [word + how to use it in a sentence]?

Like a dictionary, but instead of a list of words and their definitions, it contains words and how to use them in a sentence. If there is no such word, is there a specific word for a dictionary that ...
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Is there a word for a middle-aged person who tries too hard to keep up with trends?

Is there a word for when someone (often a middle-aged father) constantly tries too hard to keep up with 'trends'?
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That which was promised

My brain immediately suggested the non-word "promisand", but I doubt I would be understood if I said that. What's a good word (or failing that, phrase) for the action or thing that was promised? ...
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Word to describe “when sensitive information is given to a trusted proxy in case of untimely death”

What's a good word to describe the situation when sensitive information is given to a trusted proxy (such as a lawyer), to be released only when a certain event occurs, such as a person's untimely ...
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Infinitive of 'shall', 'should'?

What's the infinitive of the verb when I say "I should go," or "I shall go"? Is it a verb actually, now that I think about it? If not, what is it?
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In a project, what is the relationship between dependent tasks called?

If I have two tasks, called "Design" and "Development", what are the relationships between the two called? Clearly, this is a type of dependency, but I need to be more specific. That is, I need to ...
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The state of being a vagabond

I'm looking for an English word that describes the state of being a vagabond, and can be used in a sentence like this: "My only goal is vagabond-age" (to coin a word). More details: I'm trying ...
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Like 'resize', but for lengths

Suppose I'm drawing a rectangle on screen. I can resize it — change its length and/or width to make it bigger or smaller overall. Now suppose I'm drawing a line, which I can make shorter or ...
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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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Antonym for Utilitarian

I was thinking about the phrase form over function today. A person who values function over form I would call utilitarian. What about the opposite, when someone values form over function? I could ...
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Name of each item when comparing two things

I am thinking specifically of comparing two files using diff in linux or git (for those of you familiar with it), but this relates, I think, to any comparison. I have two files. File 1 and File 2. ...
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What's the word for “believing one is the center of the universe”? [duplicate]

I want to describe a character who thinks that the world revolves around him, thus he believes he is the center of the universe. Is there a single word having the meaning of center of (one's) ...
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Word For “People You Are Following”

I'm developing an app with "following" functionality similar to Twitter, where you can follow someone to see their updates, but it doesn't have to be a mutual "friend" situation like Facebook. My ...
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Single word for one who imagines positive things which fail to materialize?

How do we call someone who imagines positive things ahead which never come to pass?
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One word for “unworthy of consideration” [closed]

If you're faced with two options and one of them is more worthy of consideration, as in it takes less of your time, making the other option more "unworthy of consideration". It has a clear ...
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What is the word that actors use to describe the process of getting familiar with a script?

I'm looking for a word that theatre people use to describe the initial stages of reading through a script. It's something like chewing the script or singing the script.
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A word for when two statements are both true or both false

Is there a word which basically means that there are two statements that are both true, or both false, but not one true and one false? In computing, we call this a bitwise and. 3 * 3 = 9 4 * 4 = 16 ...
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Someone who doesn't learn from the mistakes he made

Is there a word or phrase that neans someone who doesn't learn from his mistakes or makes the same mistakes again?
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Word or phrase for all changes to an employee’s role/position/level?

What is a suitable word or phrase describing all changes to an employee’s role/position/designation/level in a company? These changes would include promotions/demotions (e.g. “Staff” to “Executive”), ...
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Single word for 'and thus', 'as such' or 'in other words'

I'm writing a list to describe a subject, like: He's handsome, articulate, immensely intelligent, physically fit, but spends most of his time tinkering in his garage … in other words, ...
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Word for a belief in extra-terrestrial rights

Looking for a word that means, "a belief in goodness and liberty toward sentient aliens." The use of "humanitarian" doesn't seem to fit due to the use of "human" in it, and I am not entirely ...
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A word for indescribable pain; melancholic longing?

"Have you ever experienced a brand-new feeling that welled up inside of your heart and filled you with indescribable pain?" A quote from the English translation of Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. Two ...
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Use of unencumbered in describing personality

I am looking for a word to use to describe a person who is, in a nutshell free from many of life's burdens most other people are subject to. Someone not carrying a proverbial load, weight, baggage. ...
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What is a term for someone who is bad at communicating with other people?

Is there a word for someone who is incapable of getting their point across clearly or understanding other people. I can only think of longer phrases. e.g. Don't worry about Geoff's manner. He's ...
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Hypernym for “import” and “export”?

What word could describe an operation of either importing or exporting? X is to import and export as migration is to immigration and emigration. Porting isn't the word I'm looking for, I don't ...
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Looking for a word similar to “proverbial”, but referring to fables or folk stories

I would like to reference something a character said in a famous childhood story, e.g. The Boy Who Cried Wolf, or, Goldilocks and the Three Bears etc. amidst normal writing. For instance, I'll use ...
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passive afforestation

Afforestation is defined as 'the conversion of open land into forest by planting trees.' What would be a synonym for afforestation if there is no human intervention involved? Is there a one-word term ...
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What is the span between the thumb and the little finger called?

According to Wikipedia, "[i]n English usage the palm, or small palm, also called handbreadth or handsbreadth, was originally based on the breadth of a human hand without the thumb," as it is shown in ...
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What is the word for two-part phrases where the second (or first) half drops off?

I remember some time ago learning a word for phrases where, over time, people forget the second (or first) half. So for example, the phrase "When in Rome, do as the Romans do" is often shortened to ...
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Word which describes a thing which is to be considered

I'm after a word to use as a heading for a list of questions which need consideration. This list of questions is adhoc and will not be repeated - they are specific to a single document which, once ...