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Word to describe a person who doesn't come here for the first time (or antonym of first-timer)?

Suppose I am handing invitations to an event that occurs with a certain regularity. A person that is attending for the first-time can be called a "first-timer". What's the antonym of that expression? ...
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Word/phrase for looking up and down repeatedly?

Example: He took out the picture of the building and compared it with the live version, [...]. I'm not sure how to search for that on Google or Thesaurus.
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Bad things combining to make something good

I'm looking for a single word (or two words) that means something along the lines, "Two bad things coming together to make something good." When I say things it could mean events or objects or people ...
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What do you call a person who is in some danger and needs help?

A person who rescues someone in danger is called a saviour. What is the person who needs help from this saviour called?
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Is there a word for baby eater?

Is there a word that means 'baby eater'? Something like infantovore? It's for an appeal to the absurd in a philosophy essay.
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Periodical change of quantities from zero to a specific value

I need to find a word which will describe the periodic change of a quantity from zero to a positive value. I explicitly need to differentiate this word or expression from the periodic change of the ...
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A verb that means “to prove someone is guilty of a crime”

Preface: I don't think there is a single-word (verb) that expresses the concept I am asking for, in which case I'd settle for the least ambiguous and most common phrase or idiom that describes the ...
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What is one word to describe “i am feeling people are not listening/hearing me”?

How can i express the fact that i feel people are not hearing or acknowledging what i have to say? I have already seen words such as the following (which i don't feel fits well): unheard, inaudible, ...
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What do you call a disgusting mixture you don't want to drink?

What do you call a drink (usually an alcoholic one, say a long drink or a cocktail) that you don't want to have, because you consider it a low quality, disgusting mixture, maybe even of suspicious, ...
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More concise form of “not intended for human consumption”

Is there a more concise way of describing something as not intended for human consumption? For example how would you make the following more concise: This kind of thing [medicines in animals] was ...
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What word describes changing behavior from consuming or using services to contributing or providing?

I"m attempting to efficiently describe a threshold of when someone has moved from being a consumer to a contributor. My context is a church setting. I'm responsible for drafting a description of the ...
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“Is there a word for a product used for killing mice?”

A building in a nearby neighbourhood seems to be infested with mice. A TV-News reporter was interviewing one of the janitors who said: "We tried to get rid of them but I don't think we used the right ...
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Antonym of benefit

Consider this common sentence structure for discussing a hypothetical situation: Who would benefit from adding Foo to Bar? I would like to ask the opposite: Who would be disadvantaged from ...
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Word for something that's worth remarking about

I'm solving a problem that people face every day: Developers spend a noticeable amount of time writing this type of code. Stating it's a "significant" problem seems too strong / an ...
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term for “location where transaction occurred”

from an accounting standpoint is there a single word or two word phrase to describe a transaction location or context? Example: a transaction occurred in the amount (a) in the main office (o) for a ...
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A word similar to “self-promoting”

Is there a word (other than "as****e") to describe someone who always says things in a way that makes other people look incompetent in order to make themselves look better? A different word to ...
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Word for being the only one to volunteer

I'm looking for a word to describe a person or action where out of a group of people, there is a single volunteer to undergo a task or similar.
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Word for the money that is paid for a collective drive – equivalent word to the German informal word “Spritgeld”

In German there's the word Spritgeld which is a compound of petrol/fuel and money. So, the verbatim translation is petrolmoney or fuelmoney, respectively. This is an informal word which is commonly ...
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Single word for “ready again”?

Is there a single word for ready again ? Could it be re-ready? Example: I have multiple statuses: - not ready - ready - error - re-ready? Example: First document is unsigned, then signed, after ...
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Is there a word equivalent to “stereotype” without negative connotation?

Often, when describing or referencing a group of people, you use terms that summarize them, such as farmer or smallholder farmers. What is the correct word for these terms? Similar concepts: a ...
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Can I use “US-American” to disambiguate “American”? If not, what can I use?

Based on this question, I wonder: as an alternative to USAian (which is very nonstandard) is it OK to use US-American to more clearly indicate "inhabitant of the USA"? According to Google Ngram, this ...
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Single word for “very expensive”

I am looking for a single word for "very expensive". It is going to be used, e.g., I bought [very expensive] software.
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“Eat” is to “feed” as “drink” is to what?

I can say "I feed someone". Am I forced to say "I give someone a drink", or is there a single word for this (as in "I [verb] someone")? Unfortunately my thesaurus can't really help me.
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Is there a word that means to see something but not be able to describe?

I'm looking for a word that describes the feeling or situation you are in when you can't find words to describe something you experience. Similar to being speechless but more specifically in regard to ...
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What is the origin of “Best.Boyfriend.Ever”? [duplicate]

Best. Boyfriend. Ever. I think that was the first of the type, now it's a commonplace. Some deep thinker in the copywriting department at StackOverflow just did it, What can I say but :/ omg ...
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Phrase for shared experience which indirectly affected direction of a field

Imagine that every person who had gone on to do something extraordinary in a field of endeavor had had a shared experience -- E.g. imagine that every scientist who received the Nobel prize in 2015 ...
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What is a word for “to take pleasure in someone else's success”?

For example, say I work with a group of people, and one completes a very successful project. If I feel happy that a teammate has had a success I then I am…..?
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Name and origin of writing with period after each word

It may be limited to the web ecosystem, but I've read a lot of those sentences lately, where each word is followed by a period. Examples: Oh. My. God. Best. Job. Ever. No. F***ing. Way. ...
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Word for emotional state of jealous satisfaction from the whirlwind reaping of others

Consider observing someone getting a taste of their own medicine, reaping the whirlwind or whose chickens are coming home to roost. In some ignoble, jealous way such situations can be satisfying for ...
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Word for a guest insulting the host

Very often in movies there are guests that insult their host or cause grief to their host on purpose or by just being clumsy for whatever reason, is there a word for such people? in either good or bad ...
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What is it called when comparing two opposite people or things

Can someone please let me know what is the technique called when I compare two people who are very different? In my case, it is Donald Woods when he first meets Steve Biko in the film Cry Freedom. I ...
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Uniquate = Eliminate or replace duplicates, make unique?

I am not a native English speaker and I need a word means modifying a list/set to make it a unique-values list/set eliminating or replacing non-unique values with unique ones. For instance; "Dup", ...
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What do you call someone who has extensive knowledge but won't share it?

What do you call a person that has a lot knowledge/information but decides to not share it? Is it really the classic know-it-all or enlightened?
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What are some words that would make for powerful sounding academic titles? [on hold]

I'm looking for words or titles that can be used like Doctor or Professor, but have a more medieval/antique feeling to them. For example, if your last name was Cromwell, your title might be: Master ...
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One word to describe a situation where two people have their first and last meeting in the same place

There are two people who had their first date in a place. Six years later, they'll be meeting in that particular place for the last time because one of them is going to die. In the six year time ...
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To make amends from the other side

Suppose somebody has wronged me, and I want them to make amends. Say I ask for an apology. What are my efforts called? Am I also making amends, or is there a word/phrase that describes the action of ...
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The person who requests something is called…?

Let's say that I have a collection of books, and someone requests one of them. How would that person would be called, in one word? The only thing I have been able to come up is "pretender", but does ...
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proper way to write the slang term for “gravitational force”

I came across something very similar to this in a thriller novel: At this stage, the rocket is experiencing its maximum acceleration, say about ten gees. Here, the author has spelled out the ...
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Single verb for make something equivalent

Is there a single verb meaning to make something equivalent to something? I want to use this possibly existent word to express the following: "We transformed Problem A into the following problem B, ...
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What do you call the people getting married in a wedding?

What do you call the people getting married at a wedding, i.e., the bride(s) and groom(s)? I was going to call them the "celebrants" but then I found out that "celebrant" is used for the preacher or ...
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The person who puts food on plate?

In places such as cafeterias, there are people who put food on our plates, and I want to know what I can call them.
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What's a word for someone who wants to voice opinions but not have them challenged?

I'm trying to find the right word to describe someone who wants to voice their opinion about subjects (especially controversial ones or ones where the speaker is going against easily-provided facts) ...
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Soft or more euphemistic way of saying “suffer”

One word I can think of is "bear". Any other words for it? I hate the idea of repeating the same word again and again. I want to use it for trivial things which make your life inconvenient but not ...
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What is the antonym of “isolated” in the context of chemical substance?

I am looking for a word which would mean "not an isolated substance". I would use "blend" or "mixture", but these would imply that the components where isolated in the first place and then blended ...
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What's the definition of the word “Striving” in this context? [on hold]

What type of person would you find yourself striving alongside in a working environment? Really don't want to look stupid on my job application.
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A word referring to someone to says/tells something/to someone? A problem with ambiguity

Sorry if this has been asked, because i don't seem to be able to search for it due to its common words. I'm having problems coming up with a word for "someone who says or tells something to someone". ...
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Term for an unevenly aligned street intersection?

I'm searching for a way to describe a street intersection where the lanes do not line up directly parallel from one side to the other. I.e., if you were to drive through the intersection and maintain ...
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A synonym for “soft” with a negative connotation

I'm looking for a synonym for soft, as in the opposite of coarse or crass. The context is a young French woman in Nazi Germany who asks a shopkeeper for something to catch a mouse in her house. The ...
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Is there a term or word for solving a problem that oneself created?

I am looking for a word or term for the concept of solving a problem that oneself created. An example would be a solution to smog: if there wasn't so much emission and pollution, there would be no ...
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Is there a word that is equivalent to handicap but doesn't imply a negative effect?

Imagine a scenario where the default value for a temperature is 20°C. Is there a word that you can use to say that if you do X you add 2°C to that value, if you do Y you minus 7°C to that value and if ...