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You could consider using the verb backfire which means: (Of a plan or action) have an opposite and undesirable effect to what was intended: 'overzealous publicity backfired on her'. Your example (You need to change the word order): George's attack on John backfired on himself. [Oxford Online Dictionary]


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George undermined himself by attacking John. ie, 'mining' under what respect you have, causing your own self to 'fall'.


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George shot himself in the foot by attacking John. To do or say something that inadvertently undermines one's interests. TFD


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Date as a synonym of "anus" is Australian slang. The definitions I've found are a bit vague in terms of what specific anatomical feature it refers to (some say "anus," some say "buttocks"), but other people responding to this post have provided evidence that this vagueness may just be due to some dictionary-writers misunderstanding the meaning. (For example, ...


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The Australian National Dictionary has an entry for "date" meaning anus and vagina. http://australiannationaldictionary.com.au/index.php The link does not work well. You have to fill in "date" in the search field. 1919 W.H. Downing Digger Dialects 18 Date, a word signifying contempt.] 1961 M. Calthorpe Dyehouse 214 “In your bloody date! What do ...


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George scored an own-goal by attacking John.?


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A brat. a : child; specifically : an ill-mannered annoying child a spoiled brat b : an ill-mannered immature person Merriam-Webster While there are many other terms for this idea, this one is commonly understood in American English.


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You could be talking about semantic change also known as semantic shift, semantic progression or semantic drift. the evolution of word usage — usually to the point that the modern meaning is radically different from the original usage. In diachronic (or historical) linguistics, semantic change is a change in one of the meanings of a word. Every ...


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Related to Rathony's answer—semantic change, the linguistic term amelioration specifically refers to words whose meaning is elevated, improved, or made positive. Examples of such words, used especially in slang, are: geek (see ‘Word Story’ notes) nerd wicked (the) dog's bollocks sick bad, badass dope In linguistics, amelioration is the upgrading or ...


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One hundred and twelve thousand, one hundred and seventy seven. One hundered and ninety six thousand, four hundred and fifty five. The format is ...,xxx,yyy,zzz. For zzz you say the z hundred and whatever zz is (which has many exceptions). For yyy, it's the same, but say z thousand instead of z hundred. Beyond thousands, it's millions, billions, etc.


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There is also the legal term dying declaration that could be appropriate in certain situations: Under the Federal Rules of Evidence, a dying declaration is defined as a statement made by a declarant, who is now unavailable, who made the statement under a belief of certain or impending death, and the statement concerns the causes or circumstances of ...


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The problem with "slinging mud" or even getting into a "mudfight" with someone is that you'll often end up covered in the same mud. In fact, it's so very likely, that the concept is specifically stated in the definition example... Casting aspersions with intent to discredit. The campaign degenerated into mutual mudslinging, each candidate trying to ...


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To plug can be defined as: 9 a recommendation or other favourable mention of a product, show, etc, as on television, on radio, or in newspapers (Collins Dictionary Online) So this means that Branum encourages self promotion by recommending one's own projects. Show-plugging, film-plugging, book-plugging, church-plugging, recipe-plugging, and many more ...


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You are probably looking for spicy or hot: adjective (FOOD) ​containing ​strong ​flavours from ​spices. hot food contains strong spices that cause a burning feeling in your mouth, piccante. The sauce is very hot – be careful! (Cambridge Dictionary)


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Consider: Spicy: flavoured with or fragrant with spice. Piquant: having a pleasantly sharp taste or appetizing flavour. Tangy: having a strong, piquant flavour or smell. Peppery: strongly flavoured with pepper or other hot spices Picante: (of food) spicy. (Oxford Dictionaries)


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"Debased" : lower the moral character of (someone). George debased himself by attacking John


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I think you may use course: noun (CLASSES) a set of ​classes or a ​plan of ​study on a ​particular ​subject, usually ​leading to an ​exam or ​qualification: Tim did a three-year course in ​linguistics at Newcastle. (Cambridge University)


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Consider, class (Education) chiefly US a group of students who graduated in a specified year: the class of '53. CED graduating class The body of students who graduate together this year. WordNet by Farlex


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The word you may be looking for is cohort. Nathaniel achieved first place in the 2015 cohort of linguistics graduates.


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A charlatan may use chicanery; i. e., "actions or statements that trick people into believing something that is not true; deception or trickery," but they are not synonyms. "Charlatan": a person who falsely pretends to know or be something in order to deceive people." (Merriam-Webster)


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There's an expression: "Whoever slings mud, loses ground." It means that when you demean someone else, you demean yourself as well. "Mudslinging" means insulting or attacking another person in order to harm his reputation or get him metaphorically dirty. "Losing ground" means falling behind in a competition, or being forced to move backwards. And it's ...


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The extra amount that you received for your previous work will be subtracted from your next paycheck. In other words, if you make $500 a week and were paid $600, expect $400 next week. However, given that it's an issue of payment, it never hurts to clarify further.


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Terrible Twos Not used so much as a term for the person, but the development stage of that toddler. Charlie is in his terrible twos, and it's been so difficult! Dictionary.com defines as: "A stage of development in which toddler behavior is a particular challenge." Additionally, this term is widely used throughout parenting (Parents.com) and health ...


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The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) states regarding any one: "The two-word form any one is not the same as the one-word form anyone and the two forms cannot be used interchangeably. Any one means ‘any single (person or thing)’, as in: not more than twelve new members are admitted in any one year." Meanwhile, the one word form anyone is defined ...


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Although you can indeed haave a yearning hope for something, yearning itself is a feeling of intense longing for something. So yearning for something doesn't intrinsically include hope, no. Edit: would probably be better if I explained why this is the case. I could, say, yearn for a reconciliation with my ex-girlfriend, even though I know for a fact ...


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Is there a possibility that you only heard the back part of a word? http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/-ization "Definition of -ization : action, process, or result of making"


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The two words mean different things. Adaptive has the suffix ive, which comes to us from the Latin form -ivus and which adds the sense of "characteristic of" to a verb. So when we say something is adaptive, we mean it may be characterized by or described as adapting. From The Works of Charles Darwin: [H]e [Darwin] was testing comparative survival and ...


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A basic difference is that personnel refers to many people and employee refers to one individual. Oftentimes, in a company, there will be a "personnel department" that handles employment, benefits, hiring, and other tasks related to the employees of the company. "Personnel department" is also known as "Human Resources" or "HR." Some temporary employment ...


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The use in the sentence you provided, I was video-documenting on my cellphone like a goddamn wazoo. reflects this meaning: up (also out) the wazoo: in great quantities, in abundance, to excess. ["wazoo, n.". OED Online. December 2015. Oxford University Press. http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/251512?redirectedFrom=wazoo (accessed January 09, ...



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