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Word or phrase for literally and figuratively?

Say, for example, you and a group of people were all sailing out in the ocean and something happens...then you say, "I guess we are all in the same boat" You are literally in the same boat with ...
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A word for when a machine or process occasionally misses a step

I am looking for a verb that means that a process misses a step occasionally. This would be for a case where a machine or process sometimes, but not always, produces incorrect results. For ...
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Person who pretends to not understand unless one speaks in exactly the words they expect

I just realized there are some people around my workplace who always try to correct me when using a certain word, saying that that's not how I should speak, and I should use other words (the ones ...
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Noun for “almost truth”

Is there a noun for a statement that is false, but only because of a single, or a few, counter-examples? An example of such a statement would be "All primes are odd." as 2 is prime and even, but it ...
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A chink in the English language

The idiom "chink in one's armor" refers to an area of vulnerability Wikipedia Unfortunately, while a 'chink' can be a weakness, in recent times it has become a derogatory statement. This makes ...
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Adjective meaning stubborn or willfully ignorant, to one's detriment

I'm a writing a letter that goes: Your correspondent John Smith is correct that exercise has its costs, both in terms of cost of food and cost of equipment and gym memberships. However, to argue ...
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What is a word for someone who intentionally ignores other people a lot?

I always used to think the word was ignorant but it has turned out that I am wrong.
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Single word or phrase - conspiratorially exchanging glances

Is there a single word or a phrase for conspiratorially exchanging glances when someone does something inappropriate?
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Another word for 'artificial' to be used in this context?

"The proliferating artificial" whereby artificial is representative of the cityscape. I'm just at a loss for words...
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A word meaning either arrow or bolt

I'm looking for a word which could mean arrow or crossbow-bolt (but not other missiles like stones, darts or javelins or whatever). More specifically I'm trying to use it as a description for what ...
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What is a suitable substitute for 'approach', as used in 'research approach'?

When currently writing a proposal, I find myself often using 'research approach' and 'approach to research', but I cannot come up with a suitable alternative to avoid tedious repetitions. I'm trying ...
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Shorter way of saying “Uncertain of what was going on”?

I saw a shadow fumbling inside my closet. [...] , I screamed. I thought of the word confused but I think it doesn't have enough intensity. Is there a word/phrase that means uncertain of what was ...
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A verb for talking about someone who hurt you

Consider: A boyfriend cheated on her girlfriend, so she broke up with him. She didn't make a big stink about it, but when she dwells on it, she feels so upset and angry she cannot help saying to ...
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What do you call something that is not first in a sequence?

Is there a word to describe something that is not the first element in a sequence, but can be in any other position? A synonym of "not first", in fact. This element is __ in this sequence.
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Verb describing chainsaw making that bursting sound when you push the throttle trigger

With the positive meaning, if it possible, just so I didn't have to use adverbs like happily. The only thing I came up- buzzed. Thank you.
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What is the correct word for “dependee”?

What is the correct word for "dependee"? In other words, what is the word for something that is depended upon? The relationship here is in the context of software engineering
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How to convey the meaning of “ordering a mess of papers and books”

How do English people convey the meaning of the action of tidying up a great unordered amount of sheets of paper, books, and notes in a single word or phrase?
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A polite substitution for “lamer”

Is there a polite word that can be used to designate someone who didn't really understand what he or she was doing? Or, in general, someone who is intentionally ignorant of how things work. A "lamer" ...
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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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What is the demonym for a citizen of Niger?

If a citizen of Nigeria is a Nigerian, what is a citizen of Niger referred to as? The Wikipedia article on Niger and the online Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries say that the proper term is Nigerien, as ...
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Word for “to wrong by treating the same?”

I was wondering if there is a word for treating a group the same as another, even though they have different needs. It would be a bit like an antonym of discrimination, but most antonyms of ...
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What's a word for this phrase?

I am writing a paragraph describing qualities of a successful manager. I want to use a word (noun) for the "ability of not being stuck in the past/letting things go/moving ahead with no baggage from ...
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If I'm “dictating” am I recording what you say or telling you what to do?

In a document that I'm writing, I am trying to state that, in the course of conducting a user interview, I am "not simply dictating the desires of the user." My intention is to indicate that I am not ...
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Word for: feeling of relief in realizing you don't have a responsibility you thought you had

For example, waking up from a dream where you had an assignment due you didn't do but in waking you realize it was only a dream and you didn't actually have an assignment due, and feeling relief. ...
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What is the word to describe an explanatory person?

What is the word to describe an explanatory person who likes to explain everything even though they were asked a question that could be answered simply with "Yes" or "No"?
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Noun meaning “a fixedly watch”?

I'm not talking about the timepiece, but the act of watching. For example: I came back to my post and and continued my [...] Is there any noun that would fit there?
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What are some adjectives that mean 'subordinate alternative'?

Sentence for Context: Please contact Ann preferably via email, or ___ by telephone. 'alternatively' and 'secondarily' are ambiguous, because it can just mean that telephone is a coequal, without ...
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What do you call something that causes fear?

Example: The wind and the owls weren't the/my only [...] that night. I didn't using fear as a noun is a bit weird in this situation? What's a better alternative?
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What do you call the process of combining two words to create a new one?

Two very well established examples I can think of are: Guesstimate (i.e. Guess + Estimate) Chillax (i.e. Chill + Relax) I guess I am meaning the process where two words are artificially combined ...
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What's a word that means to 'intentionally withholding information'?

I was reading an online editorial a week or so ago in which its author employed an awesome word, the meaning of which was "to intentionally and deliberately withhold information [essential to the ...
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Word for popular conception of a period of history

Recently, I listened to the Heroes and Legends course from The Great Courses. At one point, the author said a word which he defined as something along the lines of "Popular (and often exaggerated) ...
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Which adverb implies supreme confidence, falling just shy of arrogance?

When he participated in debates and round table discussions, Christopher Hitchens spoke with supreme confidence. I'd like to replace with supreme confidence with an adverb that implies supreme ...
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Proud by thinking that one cannot be surprised by what others know

I would like one word for "proud by thinking that one cannot be surprised by what others know". Arrogant is explained as "having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one's own importance or ...
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Idiom or word for someone who opens their mouth and closes their ears in discussions? [on hold]

Some individuals are not interested in listening to your opinion, and it seems like your idea either has no value to them, or they already know what you are about to say, and they talk over you or ...
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Word that describes both skills and experience together

What is an English word that means together a combination of both experience and innate skills? I thought of the word talent but it conveys much more about skills than experience. I am looking for a ...
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Term for “Death by Lack of Water”

I don't know if the title is completely appropriate/applicable, but I guess it'll have to do until there's an edit. So a if one dies of starvation, one dies from "suffering or death caused by hunger ...
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Is there a word for when a statement is technically true but misleading?

The statement that inspired the question was "Newton was wrong [about the laws that govern movement]". Although some exceptions have been found to Newton's laws since he discovered them and thus the ...
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A phrase or neologism which describes obsolete technology-related neologisms

Neologisms and slang that are inspired by technology are increasingly commonplace, e.g.: 'Why don't you just google it?' or 'Text me.' Some of these neologisms leave our lexicon as quickly as ...
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Name for the stick running through the small and narrow leaf of a big coconut leaf

Is there any specific term in English for the stick running through the small and narrow leaf of a big coconut leaf? In coconut tree, there is a stick(resembling a spinal cord) running through ...
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Single word for 'being one step ahead of others'

I am looking for synonyms as single words having the meaning of 'being one step ahead of others'.
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Native English [Brit./N.Amer.] ways to greet someone after the event?

Suppose you forgot to wish someone an occasion, and you're wise after the event, how do you go about offering your wishes given that a couple days have gone by since? "[Wish you a] Happy ...
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What's a Word for “Very Sick”?

What is a word for having been very sick, as with the flu or pneumonia? For example, it should fit into the sentence A few days after the event, I became ___ and couldn't get out of bed for a few ...
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If a person depends upon you, what are you for him?

Are you his dependency, dependendee or something else? What is this type of opposite word called? I believe it is not called antonym, as that would be independent.
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Word or phrase for one who tries to benefit from everything someone else does [duplicate]

I am trying to find a good word or phrase to describe someone who (or the act of someone which) tries to benefit from everything someone else has or does. The context is, on a personal level. For ...
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A word that means “of few words” or “without words” [on hold]

I assume that in English there is a word for everything, and I am looking for one that roughly means "of few words" or "of no words". The closest I could think of is non-verbal, but it sounds a bit ...
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A word for someone who sarcastically exaggerates your superiority? [closed]

I was having an argument with someone, and I showed them a piece of clear evidence and now they're just making things up because they've given up. They keep saying things such as "Funny, I ...
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Is there a word that describes disliking a food or drink after vomiting it?

I'm finding it particularly hard to google this, but want to know if there's a word or expression used that describes the scenario when a person stops liking a food or drink after they have vomited ...
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A stronger word than “snob”

I recently stayed at a charming boarding house and had the pleasure of meeting one of the most curious people I have ever come across in my life. He was polite, and yet standoffish. He reminded me of ...
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Please find a word that it is not grammatically correct to begin a sentence or question?

Multiple questions herein ask "Is it grammatically correct to begin a sentence or question with X?" So, I'm definitively asking, are there any words for which it is absolutely not grammatically ...
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Information unavailable to the audience

What is it called when a character knows something the audience doesn't? For example, if the character was stating something obvious like "today is your birthday", saying it only to inform the ...