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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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Leftovers that haven't been eaten?

I'm looking for a word that is similar to leftovers. In this case, the leftovers are not from one of my previous meals, and they are completely uneaten, but they are already cooked. Example 1: My ...
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A word for someone who you share a half-sibling with

This is probably best explained with an example. Alice and Bob have a child, Erin. Bob and Carol have a child, Frank. Carol and Dan have a child, Grace. Clearly, Erin and Frank are half-siblings, ...
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Adjective to describe “just because… doesn't necessarily mean…”

This is one of those phrases used very commonly (and apparently subject to lots of scrutiny on this website), but is difficult to define and also far too long to submit to a reverse dictionary. Let's ...
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Words that change meaning when a letter is added/removed/changed

Want to know if there is a collective word to describe these kind of words that change their meanings in an opposite way (rather than irrelevantly) when a single letter is added/removed/changed so ...
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Word to describe 'frak' [duplicate]

Many (particularly sci-fi) shows or books invent words to replace real words, for example 'frak' in Battlestar Galactica replaces the 'F' word to get through censorship. Is there a word to describe a ...
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Figurative use of “address”

Can the word "address" be used figuratively, to mean a place that people turn to (for help, advice, etc.). If not – what would be a better word for this connotation? Thanks! EDIT: I'm looking for ...
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A word that describes something that evokes something?

For example, the sun may evoke an existential angst. How could I phrase it like "The ___ sun", where ___ is a word that could succinctly communicate my sentiment.
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What to call the time from “midnight to sunset”?

In many religious calendars, the day goes from sunset to sunset. When translating to the civil calendar, you can divide that day into two parts: from sunset to midnight (A), and from midnight to the ...
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Generic form of “first world problems”

The term "first world problems" refers to a petty thing complained about by someone living in the upper or middle class. Is there are word or phrase that means problems or complaints about things ...
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Euphemisms for rejection (man-women and vice versa)

Example: The more time passed, the more sure I became she’d [...] me. The most common word in this case is reject. I'm wondering, though, what euphemisms I can use aside from turn down?
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Single word request for ..love-ditsy

Movie scene: girl has back turned to 'dreamy' leading boy and is talking softly about, moonlight, white picket fences, and footsie sounds of little scampering children in onesies - and maybe holding a ...
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What do you call feeling what someone else feels?

I am looking for a word that describes: A) When you are spinning, someone else feels dizzy B) feeling full watching someone else eat C) feeling happy watching someone else be happy. My first ...
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Is there a word or an idiom for people who only spend their families' money and fool around?

Is there a word or an idiom for rich people who spend only their families' money and do not bother to work, just fool around?
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A formal English word or phrase for “badass?” [duplicate]

This is an odd question, but I was wondering if there is an English formal word connoting the same concept that the word "badass" conveys. To be exact, I mean "badass" as in someone who is maybe ...
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Common word for “patheticness”?

Example: Feigning cold to be hugged. [...] in its purest form. When I search on Google or Theraurus I just get its noun counterpart: http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/pathetic. But I'm sure I'm ...
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What is a word for a person who is easily amazed? [duplicate]

What is a word for a person who is amazed at everything, no matter how big or small? (Either an adjective or a noun would be fine)
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Word for people who just comment rather than act on something

Is there any word referring to people who sit and comment rather than act. Example: Reading morning newspaper headline, sad news and discuss over tea rather than act and do something toward it.
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What is the term for the origin of a cliche?

From wiki sources : A cliche is an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has become overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect, even to the point of being ...
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Is there a word or an idiom for respecting someone because you are afraid of him?

I am looking for a word or an idiom about showing respect to someone superior in work because you are afraid of him. I'm not talking about real respect or showing respect to him or his works, just ...
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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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Ambiguity of “last” [on hold]

I find "last" ambiguous in the following context: I destroyed his report in our last meeting. IMHO, both of the following interpretations make sense: "He can get however pissed he wants; ...
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synonym for someone who is a “fraud” or “liar”

He portrayed himself to be a really straightforward, hardworking person that always keeps their word, always shows up and is on time when they make plans, but turned out to be completely the opposite ...
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“Shout in a whisper” verb

What is the verb that means something close to shout and call out to sb but quieter? I mean when you shout something to a person that is far away but you don't want anyone else to hear so you hush ...
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Concise way to say, “A difference in exposure between my peers and I”

What I'm looking for, is a specific word in the vein of: I feel an exposural divide between my peers and I 'Exposural' isn't a word, but I wish to express that I feel a difference in exposure to ...
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Word for a person who talks without content [duplicate]

What is a word for a person who reiterates without adding any new content? (This person is not necessarily talkative per se.) Example of a conversation by such a person would be: "You know if we ...
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What is a word/noun to describe someone who authors a project but doesn't produce it?

I'm looking for a one-word noun to describe someone who posts a project idea for a freelancer to pick up. They describe the project and project need, but they are not the producer. For example, "I'm ...
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Word/Phrase for “process of falling of tiny particles off a bread/biscuit piece”

Please consider the situation: A bread piece has some tiny particles which we see keep on removing off bread, or lying loosely on a surface after we remove it from that surface (These tiny particles ...
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“derivative” is to “derive” as “primitive function” is to “?”

Basically, what is the opposite verb of "derive", i.e. "to take the primitive function of"? (Context: I'm trying to make wolframAlpha take the primitive of a function, but I can't get formulation ...
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A word that simultaneously means caring and not caring?

I'm trying to write an essay about teenagers and modern society (I'll spare the details), and I am looking for a word that describes the attitude of both caring about everything (eg. Marks, Social ...
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The term for when fruit is first starting to appear on a plant

Was looking through a vineyard and noticed that the grapes were beginning to show up on the vines. They were small and unrecognizable from when they would be picked but they were the first sign of ...
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A word for the relatives of a deceased?

Is there a word in English that refers to the closest relatives (usually the ones who lived with the dead person under one roof) of a recently (approximately no more than 1 month) dead person? Other ...
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Word that means “continuing the current thought”

The precise word eludes me, but I remember that it appeared in the context of a sentence similar to this one: That is a valid choice, but in making it, you will create unintended side-effects; ...
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Words for the “essential character” of each sense organ?

Looking at the definition for flavor and timbre, both are used to describe the "essential character" of a particular sense. If flavor is the essential character of our taste sense, and timbre is the ...
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Thing that opposes its origin [on hold]

I'm looking for a word for the thing or phenomenon that opposes its origin like in Lenz's Law which states that: If an induced current flows, its direction is always such that it will oppose the ...
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Is there a way to condense “put back” into one word?

The example in question involves a sentence of the structure: I'm putting my changes back. Is there a one-word equivalent for "put ... back"? E.g.: I'm ______ing my changes.
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Word/phrase for seeing something for the first time and being impressed

I'm looking for a word that can best describe a thing that you see when you first come to a place, a thing so strange or unusual that you didn't think something like that could exist (or you have been ...
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In a single word, how can you describe something as being made by women for women?

Can we say "for women and by women" in a single word? We're creating a service that is similar to uber but only for women. Thank you very much.
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What is a similar word to “comprehensive” that doesn't suggest absolutely everything will be covered?

I'm putting together a proposal for a website and one of the things that we're providing is a knowledge base for users to find solutions to their problems. I'd like to imply that the KB will have a ...
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Can I describe time as “organic”?

I'm looking for a word to describe the other face or trait of time which is not man-made and has no time-stamp to it. A (very) general example is that there are "morning" and "night" people who react ...
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Word describing the reversal of emotions

A boy is highly confident one day and the next day scared, timid and shy. A girl is emotional one day and emotionless the next. Is there a term for a drastic switching of emotions? A ...
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What do you call something that doesn't let you sleep?

Especially a thought. Example: Like last night, I couldn't sleep. This time, however, [...] wasn't my upcoming wedding, but the fact that I was going to get fired tomorrow. So like a ...
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Is there a noun that expresses the act of presenting false appearances?

I want to write about the Chinese Government during the Cultural Revolution and argue that whilst they created the appearance of more political openness, it was merely a façade. Is there a word that ...
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What's a good word for 'clear mindedness' and 'an ability to see something as a whole'?

I'm looking for a title for something I'm working on, so ideally it would have to flow and be attractive. The two best words I can think of is clarity, and panoptic. But I can't have the meanings ...
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Does “precipitation” have anything to do with “precipitous”?

precipitation the action or process of precipitating a substance from a solution. rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. archaic,the fact or quality of acting suddenly and rashly ...
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What's an exact word for someone who's unhappy when others do well?

I'm watching a baseball game and a home run is hit and the crowd goes nuts. The camera cuts to the home dugout, and the most famous big-hitter on the team (who you'd think would have the ...
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One Word that is Less than 3 Syllables, and Starts with a “B” and encompasses “Sharp,Stylish,Classic,High End, yet not Flashy/Pompous” [on hold]

Looking for a word starting with a "B" that contains 3 or less syllables. Also that encompasses "Sharp, Stylish, Classic, High-End, yet not Flashy/Pompous". Does one exist? I have done the basics for ...
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A word akin to racist and sexist?

When someone discriminates based on race we call that person a racist. When someone discriminates based on one sex we call that person a sexist. What about when someone discriminates based on sexual ...
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What do you call someone who has a 'problem'

I need one word(or two) for somebody who has a problem. Any problem. For example, when the person to whom an address belongs (in a letter) is called an addressee(not entirely correct) So in similar ...
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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 ...