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Using “redouble” with an object other than “effort”?

While there is nothing in the definition to say otherwise, I can't think of any examples where I've seen the transitive verb "redouble" have an object other than "effort". Would a phrase like ...
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Disclaimer That covers everything in condensed wording

Let's say I wanted to set up a comedy show using a particularly vulgar comedian. The comedian in this show would primarily use comedy insulting or degrading to individuals or organisations. I would ...
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“Making Do” or “Make Do”?

Consider the following sentence At present, I'm making do with what I have Though it tells you what I'm trying to convey, something feels funny about the phrase "making do". Is it grammatically ...
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Is arisal a word?

I'm trying to talk about the specific point at which something arose (came into being). I'd like to say, "...the arisal of x." But I can't find any evidence that this form of "arise" is a word. Is ...
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“But for all his foolish pranks, he was worshipped in the ranks”

But, for all his foolish pranks, He was worshipped in the ranks The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God As a native English speaker, it was always clear to me that Mad Carew was worshipped ...
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“Myriad” for describing unquantifiable things? [on hold]

Is it possible to use the word "myriad" to describe a great amount of something that is not quite quantifiable? Specifically, I'm wondering about "a myriad of misinformation".
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bemustached versus mustached

I’ve just read an article in The Huffington Post in which the phrase “bemustached 26-year-old” was used: Sex and sword swallowing beg some pretty obvious comparisons, but the similarities aren’t ...
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Meaning of “neck is forfeited”?

What does "neck is forfeited" mean in the following sentence? "Human nature is a strange mixture, Watson. You see that even a villain and murderer can inspire such affection that his brother turns ...
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What words would complete this thought on religion? [on hold]

...by the color of his skin or the _____ of his _____. What words would go in the blanks to mean his religion, while still using of his in the phrase to maintain the flow? God of his faith or ...
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Why is this word “decessor” not a valid entry?

I need to write a handover report and realized this word "decessor" is underlined in red by the word editor, my question is can I still use this word in formal situation and why "predecessor" is ...
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Seeking a noun for “a condescending, didactic, long-winded speech or soliloquy”

Looking for a noun Intended meaning: “a condescending, didactic, long-winded speech or soliloquy for the purpose of one’s own self-aggrandizement” Prefer it not to end in (-tion) Below are my ...
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Can “capable of being hurt…” mean a kind of ability?

"I think that’s what it means to be “real” as a parent or a teacher – to be vulnerable, to be capable of being hurt. The only way to avoid the pain of vulnerability is by shutting out all emotion and ...
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Example usage of “laic”

I failed to find example usage of laic after a few minutes of search. I think it should be used this way: I am laic at physics. Is this correct? Should I use layman instead?
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Correct use of “immaculate” in a compliment [on hold]

I saw a lady today who just dazzled me, she was so beautiful and pure. She was so divine and flawless. So if I say her beauty was immaculate Will it be appropriate or appreciated for this ...
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Usage of word for smooth communication [on hold]

Should I use difficult words in speaking or writing.? Or should I use commonly used words?
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What does 'IN' mean: 'IN your own person or IN the person of any other'?

Source: Prof Michael Sandel, Justice: ..., Episode 06: "MIND YOUR MOTIVE" 47:30 and here Kant distinguishes between persons on the one hand, and things on the other. 47:38: Rational beings are ...
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Interrogative implicit within a sentence

What is the grammatical term for sentences like: Do you know where he lives?" I can’t imagine how he did it." In those sentences we use what is essentially an interrogative sentence (bolded), but ...
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Meaning of the Black Bile [on hold]

In following sentence of Mario Puzo's novel "Godfather", there is a reference of word "black bile". "The black bile, sourly bitter, rose in Bonasera's thought, overflowed through tightly clenched ...
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Why is “crowdness” not a proper English word? [on hold]

Crowdedness is the state of being crowded. So why is "sadness" correct but "sadedness" not correct?
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Can “woodboard” be used as an adjective? [closed]

Can "woodboard"be used as an adjective? as in woodboard regulator
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From patriotic chauvinism to male chauvinism

Chauvinism is a term of French origin that: in its original meaning, refers to an exaggerated patriotism and a belligerent belief in national superiority and glory. a contemporary use of ...
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How high is “probability” in terms of likelihood as compared with “possibility”?

There is the following famous line in the book, “Life Lessons” co-authored by Elisabeth Kuble-Ross, an expert on death and dying and her colleague, David Kessler, “We all live with the possibility ...
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“hospitality”: does it refer to the guest or the host? [closed]

Is hospitality about being a good guest, or a good host? Or is it a little bit of both? Would it be the act of being a good host or is it different?
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Participants' vs Participantses [closed]

So I know an apostrophe is used to show possession. E.g The participant's book. However, what if I wanted to show possession with several participants? If I was referring to the scores of each ...
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Is “offloading a passenger” idiomatic?

Merriam-Webster and Oxford seem to suggest that we can offload things, not people, yet "offloading a passenger" is quite prevalent in Philippine English. Is it a phrase that somebody from the inner ...
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Can “replete” be used as verb?

I thought that replete could be used as a verb meaning something like "refill" because of the other verbs sharing the same root plere, such as complete or deplete, which are used as verbs without ...
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Does the word “vain” necessarily have a negative denotation or connotation?

I don't really know how to answer my Brazilian students when they ask me how to say "vaidoso/a" in English. The Portuguese word does not convey a bad idea but "vain" does. Or does it?
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Big man? “Thank you, my big man.”

Once heard someone saying "Thank you, my big man." For whom is to use "big man?" For someone friendly, someone like big brothers, or someone like a guardian? I want to know how that word sounds to you ...
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Difference between defray, sponsor, and fund?

What is the difference between defray, sponsor, and fund (all verbs)? For me, they are interchangeable: Oxford Dictionary: Defray: Provide money to pay (a cost or expense) The proceeds ...
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Does the spelling of “brainy” change when suffix is added? [closed]

Which is the correct form, "brainyency" or "brainiency" - when the suffix "ency", which describes the condition of being "brainy" is added? Thanks!
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Single word meaning “containers used to transfer”?

I have a sentence of the form: "Y can be viewed as containers used to transfer X", where X in my case is genetic information. It feels like this sentence could be simplified to something like "Y can ...
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Is “indifferent of” correct in this sentence? Is it ever correct? Should I replace it with something?

Is "indifferent of" correct in this sentence? Is it ever correct? Should I replace "of" with something? "In regards to hacking, do you approve, disapprove, or are you indifferent of the practice?" ...
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Is there anything awkward in saying “ Prince Charles is now a husband”?

In my English class today my prof gave us a sentence: Prince Charles is now a husband. He then told us to find out if there is anything wrong with this sentence as our homework. Undoubtedly, ...
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Is “Thrashing Win” an oxymoron?

According to me, a "crushing defeat" and a "thrashing win" are opposites. I have always seen the usage of these two terms in sports. But I have seldom seen the usage of "thrashing defeat". Is ...
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“Do not rely” on something, does rely focus on never using “something”?

So, I was talking with a friend of mine a little while back about what "relying" on something means. His take was that to "rely" on something was to completely depend on the "something", as in only ...
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Trustable or trustworthy?

For a long time I have been using trustworthy as the adjective for of trust. However, I recently heard someone say trustable, and it piqued my interest. Apparently it is a word on Merriam-Webster as ...
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Usage and meaning of the word “Ragging” in India

This is my first post here on an unwelcome situation in India, described by a word, "Ragging". Wikipedia article states that: "Ragging is a practice similar to hazing in educational institutions. ...
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Paternity vs. Paternal vs. Parental Leave [closed]

Which one is the most commonly used to describe a leave taken by a father in the United States?
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The correct use of I or me [duplicate]

What is the correct way to say?: Her mother, her family and I or I, her mother and her family
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Plaintext vs plain text

I'm trying to figure out how to use the word plaintext when it comes to cryptography. I see different variants of it. Some people use the single-word variant: plaintext. Others type it as plain ...
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“Autistic thinking”

I'm currently editing a transcribed lecture and came across the phrase "autistic thinking". The lecture is about education, and the phrase was used outside the context of psychiatry. I think what the ...
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What is meant by “..waxing literary..”? [closed]

An excerpt: "Here you will find the truly erudite waxing literary on a recently published novel or book." 'erudite' means learned, pedantic, bookish. The meaning of the sentence is clear in ...
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Can “pragmatic” be used as a noun, e.g. “He was a pragmatic”?

Like "He was a romantic." I'm aware of the word pragmatist, but the word pragmatic sounds better in my application.
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What is it called when someone hates disabled people?

I’m having an argument with someone else who keeps telling me that racism is hating any kind of person. He keeps telling me that racism is sexism, etc. I just want to know what the term for a person ...
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Why do we “extend” condolences? [closed]

A relative of mine died and someone used the phrase extend condolences. I know this is a common phrase but it seems very weird. Condolences are something one gives or sends but "extending" something ...
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What is the history of “partner” being used to refer to boyfriend–girlfriend relationships?

In North America (especially Canada and the United States), the word partner is more and more commonly used to describe someone who would otherwise traditionally have been called a boyfriend or a ...
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Use of expression “out of”

Which expression is correct: "he ran out the house" or "he ran out of the house"?
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correct use of yours, possive [closed]

Is this sentence correct; "Thank you for your letter about the missing items in both yours’ and your mother’s homes"?
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Do we use 'competent' to indicate the person or body responsible for something?

EU texts often refer to the 'competent body', 'competent department or 'competent official', meaning the body, department or official that is responsible for the activity in question. For example: ...
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'Ass' (“fool”): vulgar?

My kid heard the word ass somewhere and asked what it meant. My wife said not to use it as it's not a nice word. (She meant that it's vulgar or obscene.) Later (when the kid wasn't around), I objected ...