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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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This is a very commonly used word in the West of Scotland (Glasgow etc.). We use to mean a disturbance - usually about something inconsequential. So you might say, "there was a big palaver on the bus when the inspector came on and some guy couldn't find his ticket". It is marginally colloquial (I don't think a police officer would use it in court, "we were ...


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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)


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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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A profession in which one sits for long periods is a sedentary profession, and a seated position might also be described as sedentary. A back-friendly posture might be called ergonomic, but that sense is more of a marketing buzzword than a "proper" usage. I might just stick with back-friendly for that.


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Since you're talking about physics, why not "physically impossible"?



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