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Can I use the word 'boss' as a verb? [closed]

Like, for example, could I use 'to boss' instead of 'to dominate/to command' in a phrase. Would people understand the meaning? Just would like to know if it's possible to use in a conversation, ...
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More descriptive, strong verb to replace “came back”

I am writing an exposé in writing class. In my lead I am trying to find a verb to replace "came back" Here is the example: Billy Bob "came back" from behind to win the trophy. In the active ...
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Is there a word to replace the phrase for 'couldn't have been more different'?

I don't think the phrase is formal and academic enough, but I can't think of a word to replace it. I want to say something like this: The two frogs both agreed that they needed to fight, but their ...
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'Learn of' vs 'learn off'

I couldn't find a thread on this, so I'm asking. When you're learning facts for an exam, are you 'learning of' the facts, or 'learning off' the facts? It is possible that it may be an English or ...
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Looking for a nice and unique word that resemble the general usability of a device

I am looking for a nice and unique word that resemble the general usability of a device. Let's assume we have a smoke detector that is installable on any heater, so what should I call it? e.g. ...
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“Same difference” vs “Same thing” [duplicate]

Which do you think is more widely understood, and what other phrases are there to describe two things being near enough the same thing? Also, the phrase "same difference" is basically implying there ...
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Dual meaning of 'Latest'

I want to sort a list of events chronologically in 'latest first' order. Does this mean the most recent events will be the top of the list, or the bottom of the list? Latest means 'most recent', but ...
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When to use “first” and “last” when they coincide?

To be more specific, I'm referring to a sentence of the following type: The next event will be even bigger than the last. In the case that the "next" event is the second event and the "last" ...
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What qualifies as first generation

Sometimes, I feel that the term "first generation" is used sort of vaguely sometimes. So it confuses me (because my situation) is a little bit complicated. My dad, was an immigrant from a foreign ...
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A word for persons who won't advance or improve [closed]

I'm looking for a word to describe a person or persons who are comfortable in their state of being or their position in life, who are unwilling or afraid to change for the better or even take a ...
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Term for past, present, and future classification of nouns

In a software program, I assign contracts a temporal classification as a past, current, or future agreement. I need a descriptive term for this classification and "temporal classification" seems ...
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What do you call someone who reacts impulsively in distressing situations? [closed]

What do you call someone who reacts impulsively when faced with distressing circumstances? I would prefer a formal word that would be appropriate for essays.
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Is “belongingness” used in American English?

Is "belongingness" used in American English? Ex. "the construction of social belongingness is markedly a relational process".
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Does the use of 'piece' instead of 'coin' depend on the value of the coin?

I ngram-viewered 'a fifty-pence piece' and 'a fifty-pence coin' and found 'piece' to be more common than 'coin'. But for 'a one-pound piece' and 'a one-pound coin', it is the opposite. Any idea ...
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variations for indicating “performed payment”

If we need to say(write) that "some program procedure checks if an advance payment has been performed". What would be the "best choice" in terms of most usable and preferable verbs for such case ...
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Is there a word to describe someone/something that is given a title prematurely?

For example a coal refered to as a diamond when it hasn't been transformed into one.
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Is it correct to say “Our shop is under renewal process”?

I went to a deli shop yesterday and found the sign saying, "Sorry, we are closed. Our shop is currently under renewal process" hanging at the door. I could see through the door a little bit; it was ...
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top left vs. upper left, lower-left vs bottom left, which are more common?

Top left vs. upper left, lower-left vs bottom left, which are more common? Or all of the combinations are right to use in any text?
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Communicate a *feeling* of impossibility

I need a word or phrase that communicates the feeling of impossibility without communicating a literal impossibility. Example: Due to the incessant noise sleep was impossible It is not truly ...
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A word that means, “Something filled with many mistakes or errors”?

Is there a word that referrs to something full of errors, that can be used in the following sentence? She told him something that could not possibly be pronounced by any human, and the syntax ...
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Is there a word to describe the act of suddenly halting by virtue of feeling shy or intimidated?

I'm looking for a word that can fit into this sentence, "She paused with timid caution and then resumed her lope as if led by the dangling of her small interlaced hands, a magnetic sweeping of the ...
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“Conflict” Resolution: How to decide if two words are generally “unmistakable”?

Conflict Resolution in Stenographic Transcription The purpose of this question is for stenography. Stenographers often have “conflicts” in their writing, or in their typing using machine shorthand. ...
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'primordial' vs. 'primeval' [closed]

esp. in regards to our human ancestry? (e.g. Primordial/primeval ancestors) Thanks! I have a feeling primordial ancestors can include any ancestors down to single celled organisms, whereas primeval ...
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Words for political without party affiliation?

I'm struggling to find the right word to describe a campaign I'm starting. I want to influence public policy around an agenda in a party neutral manner. Apolitical and non-political feel wrong. The ...
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Accepting criticism [closed]

What are some words or phrases that say that we will accept criticism or any words thrown at us? I want to respond in a way so the bond between us is never broken. I don't want to take things ...
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On the use of “Dissent”. [closed]

The moratorium on the use of cars caused great dissent among the citizens. Can I use the word dissent in this sentence? If not, what can I use? Thanks!
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word to replace “ interest ”

I applied for a job position last year, and I want to continue to apply for it this year. Then I say, "My interest doesn't change", but I think "interest" is a little bit weak in this case, and ...
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something catch my strong interest

I have strong interest in something. For a passive version: something catch my strong interest, but I think 'catch' is not idiomatic. Could anyone have idea about that?
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Action performed sitting on a chair that rotates

The question just popped out on seeing my colleague who sits next to me. He always keeps rotating sitting on the chair. Well, not a complete rotation. Since it is not a full rotation, all I can think ...
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What is a word for an “inverse panorama”? [closed]

Specifically, what is a word for the action of taking several pictures of an object from multiple, regular angles and has the same connotation as "panorama" (where you would take multiple pictures of ...
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AT and TO: Which is correct in the following scenario? [duplicate]

I want an item within the reach of my hands. Which one of the following sentences is correct? Please explain. Keep it close TO hand?! Keep it close AT hand?!
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Beef with or Grief against? [closed]

Stemming from an edit and comments from a question I asked in SciFi. Which one sounds more natural ? By "natural" I mean the most plausible to appear in a conversation. Does it depends on location ? ...
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What do you call a place which is temporarily closed because it's a holiday?

When it's holiday and some company/firm/business place is temporarily closed, How do you express that? For example: Bob: I'm going to the Apple Store on Queens Road tomorrow, care to join me? ...
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Does “Reducing/ Minimizing your cost” make sense? [closed]

At my company, I and my co-workers are working on a brochure for our products. As one of the benefits our products could provide, we are trying to emphasize the fact that our customers (mostly ...
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Why is salt being referred to as “sodium”? [closed]

Why is salt referred to as "sodium" in nutrition facts (like on products) and similar documents in some parts of the world? Why is that nutrition facts labels in some parts of the world list salt ...
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“I'm __” to express disagreement and “I'm __” to express agreement

I would like a single word to use in "I'm __" to express disagreement and a different single word to use in "I'm __" to express agreement. I am looking for a pair of words that are intuitive ...
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Someone who is passionate about finance?

What is the best word to describe someone who loves finance or finance enthusiast or anything related for that matter? I would like to describe someone with that word or you could say a special tag ...
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“Kindly” vs “Please” : Which is better in official emails? [closed]

Consider the below sentences:- 1. Kindly review the document and let me know if I need to change something. 2. Please review the document and let me know if I need to change something. 3. Could you ...
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Pay for the purchase?

Is "pay for the purchase" correct? Would it not mean something like "pay for the privilege of being able to buy something"? The context is a school newsletter and the phrase is as follows: "These ...
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Gerund vs noun— which to use in title

This issue of gerunds vs noun always puzzled me and in this particular case made me wonder. I actually am translating my thesis title into English and am not sure as to use gerund or noun. So which ...
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Word/term for users who are not experts and scientists [duplicate]

In the field of computer science, what should users who are not experts and scientists be called? I've come up with ordinary users or regular users. Any formal alternative or widely-accepted ...
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Another phrase or term for suicide [closed]

I'm writing a paper about the threats of cyberbullying and require some help. My question is I want to explain that cyberbullying can not only damage one's emotion and feeling but can also results in ...
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Can “for” and “by” be used interchangeably with a gerund?

Is it correct to say "You can earn rewards for participating in the company's wellness program?" I'm inclined to change it to "You can earn rewards by participating in the company's wellness ...
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What do you call the “owner” of an idea?

I recently found myself in a situation where I wanted to use a line that went something like this: "...we must examine the effects these ideas had on their respective creators..." and I just ...
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For free vs. free of charges [duplicate]

They are seems to be similar in meaning, however in a specific context Googling vote for the first. ... teaching users for free. I think free of charge(s) is more appropriate choice but I ...
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In relation to fitness, is there a difference between the words plan, program, routine or are they interchangeable? [closed]

In terms of fitness, what would the proper term for something that describes a set of exercises to perform?
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more fair or fairer - Is “more fair” an acceptable alternative to “fairer” [closed]

Is it acceptable to say "more fair" as opposed to "fairer" ? Is one more appropriate than the other?
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What is it called when two people refuse to talk to each other?

What is it called when two people (usually kids) stop talking for a while after a fight or an argument because they are mad at each other?
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A biography of/about/on [closed]

Which do I use, in the sentence "I'm reading a biography ___ Winston Churchill" ?