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I'm not sure why no one has said it, but the best answer is right in your question: I may have inherited a heart condition from my biological father. I have a situation similar to the one you describe, and my whole life this phrase has never failed to convey the meaning of the genetic-only relationship.


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bowing How to Use Exquisite Bowing Techniques on a Violin. http://www.wikihow.com/Use-Exquisite-Bowing-Techniques-on-a-Violin


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It might be called headcount. Per Wiktionary The number of people present in a group or employed by a company.


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No, there is no equivalent, but if there were... It would probably be something like ouvrier. The reason English has different words for the animal and the food is that the word for the food comes from French - the language of the ruling class. From the link: mutton = mouton (sheep) beef = boeuf (cow) veal = veau (calf) pork = porc (pig) ...


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Fawning From the ODO: adjective Displaying exaggerated flattery or affection; obsequious: Example: 'fawning interviews with Hollywood celebs'


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It's fine to say "closed" to just mean "not open", eg "The shop is closed on sundays.". To avoid confusion between temporary closure and permanent closure, when a shop goes out of business people would often say it has closed down.


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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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Audience could also work in some contexts, especially if you are doing something to delight or entertain others. E.g. David's card tricks were a hit at the party, because his audience was willing to go along with his silly antics.


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Although there have been euphemisms for human meat, you seem to be wondering specifically about why human meat in particular doesn't have a well-known "dead meat food name" like other meats. It would just be "human". The reason is that "food" words are the rare exception, not the rule, due to an historical accident. I mean "rare" here in the sense that, of ...


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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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You might be thinking of vicarious; in particular: "felt or enjoyed through imagined participation in the experience of others". (M-W)


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That person would be called observer. What is observer? Well, a person who watches or notices something.


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Last words is a fairly common term. There are numerous instances in movies where the antagonist asks the protagonist "Any last words before I kill you?" (.. Usually, the hero will make a pun and eventually manage to escape!) You can also call it a person's final words dying words ultimate words (Note: The following is only applicable if the person ...


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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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The "primary" hand is generally called dominant. Dominant hand Operant hand generally used for performing fine motor-skills tasks (e.g., writing, holding dental instruments) Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012 via TFD From that, I would surmise subordinate hand for the other one.


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If you're looking to emphasize his lack of involvement, a common description for a father-by-biology-only is: "sperm-donor". (US) Note that this term is often used outside the context of a formal sperm donation arrangement, usually pejoratively, emphasising that biological father did not provide a parenting role.


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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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Off-Color is the expression usually used for jokes and humor that has a substantial and generally recognized offensive element. Link-MW Bawdy could also work, if the humor is offensive due to sexual content. Link-MW


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In the US, the term bipartisan is often used, as most politicians identify with either the Republican or the Democratic party. This is opposed to, for example, the UK, where it is sometimes said that there are two-and-half parties, with the Liberal Democrats, Labour, and Conservative party. EDIT: Additionally, as pointed out in the comments, the Scottish ...


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While closed is correct and the most common, the people of (at least) Great Britain also use the word shut In which case, to say that a store is shut today suggests that it is only temporary. There again, you could just use " the store is not open today" to mean the same thing.


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As touched upon in a previous answer, obsequious fits the bill somewhat. Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning. thefreedictionary.com


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The non-dominant hand is commonly called the off hand. Also the weak hand. See any combat arts forum. http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php/206957-Question-Knife-position-Dominant-Hand-or-Off-Hand


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Try birth father also called a biological parent. It means a biological mother (birth mother) or biological father(birth father). Here is a definition from another site. This site defines it as the man who was someone’s father when they were born rather than the man who has adopted them. It is closer in meaning to what the op asked.


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It is only ever used in a formal medical sense, with examples from the sixteenth century. Stool derives from the name given to an enclosed chamber, or commode, used for producing stools. The most usual form is in the plural. d. A discharge of fæcal matter of a specified colour, consistency, etc.; the matter discharged (chiefly pl.). (OED sense 5d). It is ...


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I sometimes take a different route so as to steer clear of friends or colleagues when I want a private moment. macmillandictionary.com


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I'm fond of “unctuous” : unctuous Excessively flattering or ingratiating; oily: he seemed anxious to please but not in an unctuous way from the ODO


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There are several specific adjectives phrases to describe the exact manner of bowing, but the general word is arco. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/arco#English Here is a good introductory glossary of specific techniques: http://beststudentviolins.com/terms.pdf <digression> Arco is the Italian word for bow, so the word for bowing is essentially ...


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You are taking evasive action, so as to evade (and avoid) those people. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/evade


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If it's a demonstration, the viewer could be the -- viewer.



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