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Swill. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swill swill noun. food for animals (such as pigs) made from scraps of food and water food or drink that is very bad or unappealing eg. What is this swill?! I'm not drinking that!


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It is often called: dirty money: Profit from the sale of narcotics, prostitution, guns, or other illegal activities. Money that needs to be laundered. money obtained illegally. Source:http://www.thefreedictionary.com


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From dictionary.com... ill-gotten gains Benefits obtained in an evil manner or by dishonest means, as in They duped their senile uncle into leaving them a fortune and are now enjoying their ill-gotten gains . [Mid-1800s] I think one reasonably consistent distinction between this and @Josh61's suggestion is... dirty money was usually already ...


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I think that the word you may be looking for could be tenfold. According to Collins (http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/tenfold): adjective: equal to or having 10 times as many or as much ⇒ "a tenfold increase in population" composed of 10 parts adverb: by or up to 10 times as many or as much ⇒ "the ...


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Chemist, chemist's, chemist's shop or, sometimes, pharmacy. I've never heard "drugstore" in the UK, though one of the big chains is called Superdrug.


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That word is decuple (Collins Dictionary): verb (transitive) to increase by ten times It can also be used as a noun or adjective.


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Polyglot: person having a speaking, reading, or writing knowledge of several languages. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/polyglot


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You could call a person who does that a pedant: Pedant (noun) a person who annoys other people by correcting small errors and giving too much attention to minor details; one who unduly emphasizes minutiae in the presentation or use of knowledge (Merriam-Webster)


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Circumlocution And by proxy: roundabout speech, circumduction, circumvolution, periphrasis, or ambage Roundabout speech refers to using many words (such as "a tool used for cutting things such as paper and hair") to describe something for which a concise (and commonly known) expression exists source: wikipedia


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Empty promises. empty promise (idiomatic) A promise that is either not going to be carried out, worthless or meaningless.


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¨Coming through¨ is equally useful whether the person is in your way or not. It is generic enough that nobody need feel insulted by any suggestion that they are a stupid obstacle. It simply announces ¨I am making my way through a potentially awkward space and I hope nobody will obstruct me¨, issues no command telling anybody how (or whether) to deal with ...


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The expression : Finished for the sake of finishing, may express the idea you want to convey. For the sake of something: (from www.macmillandictionary.com) for the purpose of doing, getting, or achieving something


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Yes, I use it and so do many people that I know. Nowadays it usually comes in the idiom A bit of a palaver, which refers to an argument. Usually an argument involving more than two people. I suspect that nowadays its use amongst younger people is dying out but it is used by my fellow Britons in our decrepitude.


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Increase by an order of magnitude In plain English, if you multiply something by 10, you have increased its order of magnitude by one. More technically, when using the base 10 number system, all numbers can be written in exponential form, such as 1.984 x 103, and if you multiply by ten you merely increment the exponent by one: 1.984 x 104. Therefore, the ...


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Your question really poses 2 questions: one where coworkers try to correct you, and one where they pretend not to understand you. The currently chosen answer seems to handle the first question with @Nicole's pedant. However for the second I would submit: Obtuse Annoyingly insensitive or slow to understand: 'he wondered if the doctor was being deliberately ...


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Armchair pundits often like to level the accusation of a work being derivative: Imitative of the work of another artist, writer, etc., and usually disapproved of for that reason. (ODO) But beware: that's so overdone that it, itself, has become a cliche.


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Gore (road): A gore, gore point, or gore zone is a triangular piece of land found where roads or rivers merge or split. When two roads merge, the area is sometimes referred to as a merge nose. Gores on freeways in the United States and Canada are frequently marked with stripes or chevrons at both entrance and exit ramps. the term is more ...


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A classic cliche for describing money "earned" in this manner is filthy lucre or just lucre: filthy lucre Money; money or other material goods acquired through unethical or dishonorable means, dirty money. (See The Free Dictionary's entry under money.) Lucre itself has taken on the shameful meaning imparted to it originally by the adjective filthy: ...


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It's a... no-win situation ...often summed up by saying you're... damned if you do, and [you're] damned if you don't Sometimes it's appropriate to call it a... Catch-22 [situation] ...where it's inherent in the context that you're required to simultaneously observe two or more mutually contradictory constraints. Particularly when successive ...


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I'd typically call such a drink a a weird concoction. Per Merriam-Webster (via Google Definition): concoction: a mixture of various ingredients or elements. synonyms: *mixture, brew, preparation, potion *


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I might call this man overconfident: Excessively confident; presumptuous; foolhardy. Also cocky, cocksure, overweening. Also, (informal) too big for one's britches. cocksure too certain; overconfident: He was so cocksure he would catch the cougar that he that he didn't even bother to wear pants.


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I'd suggest fundamentally impossible when writing for an audience which is not familiar with the field, while obviously impossible would work for an audience which is familiar with it.


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Multilingual: A multilingual person, in a broad definition, is one who can communicate in more than one language, be it actively (through speaking, writing, or signing) or passively (through listening, reading, or perceiving). More specifically, the terms bilingual and trilingual are used to describe comparable situations in which two or three languages ...


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In economics, the sunk cost fallacy is used to describe the tendency to keep investing in something because you've already invested in it, because you feel that to stop investing in it would make your previous investments a waste. This is usually used in terms of money (for example, a manager buys a computer system that doesn't work well, but keeps using it ...


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Some kind of radiation fog (ground fog is a synonym): Radiation fog is formed by the cooling of land after sunset by thermal radiation in calm conditions with clear sky. The cool ground produces condensation in the nearby air by heat conduction. In perfect calm the fog layer can be less than a meter deep but turbulence can promote a thicker ...


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Calligrapher 1: a professional copyist or engrosser 2: one who practices the art of calligraphy Merriam-Webster


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The only one I could find is cow/kine. However, kine is mentioned as an archaic plural of cow in most dictionaries including OED but Wikipedia and Wiktionary mentions as regional or dialectal also. Wordsmith does not count it as archaic and includes a contemporary usage: Kine is one of the very few words in English (other examples: I/we, me/us) that ...


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I think "lost cause" fits your description the best. PS. I just reread the examples of your description and I think you should use "no way out" in those situations.


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Starting a chapter with a quote is known as an Epigraph So sayeth Wikipedia: In literature, an epigraph is a phrase, quotation, or poem that is set at the beginning of a document or component. And Google Define: epigraph ˈɛpɪɡrɑːf/ noun an inscription on a building, statue, or coin. a short quotation or saying at the beginning of a ...



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