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comment Why do you “cut” a check?
I think there is a related idiom in US military slang, where to cut an order means to formally draw up and issue the order. E.g. "Sergeant Jones, I want you to fly to Elbonia tonight. Private Jenkins, please cut him a travel order." However, I'm having trouble finding citations; most Google hits are about ordering a cut (reduction) in spending.
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comment How do I express the action of working as a teaching assistant (i.e. TAing) professionally?
@EdwinAshworth: I don't think you will find it in a dictionary, but I can attest it is in common use as jargon in US university settings, so the OP is not inventing it. Of course, people outside this setting may not know that, and indeed may not understand the abbreviation at all.
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answered What's a word for being disappointed in a surprising manner?
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Apr
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answered Adjective describing a person who has lots of children, not “fertile”
Apr
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revised Why “inspector general”, and not “general inspector”, like German “Generalinspektor”?
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Apr
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answered What is the word for a group holding back one of its members trying to rise above the group?
Apr
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comment What is the bestiary equivalent for plants
Out of curiosity, was there a distinction between beast and animal? In modern English they are essentially synonyms.
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comment How common is the term “boondoggle”? And what are its origins?
@BrianHitchcock: I don't think this is a different meaning. I think the use of "boondoggle" here is asking about the possibility that "attaching OJ's right to publicity" is a worthless legal strategy, which a lawyer convinced Goldman to pursue just so that the lawyer could bill Goldman for more work. In other words, the strategy isn't going to make money, and Goldman is being swindled. This seems to fit perfectly with the usual definition of boondoggle as "an unnecessary or wasteful project".
Mar
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revised Word for a person who brings a guest
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asked Word for a person who brings a guest
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comment Is there a name to describe a video game player who plays for aesthetics?
The use of completionist, as far as I can tell, seems to be restricted to gamer subculture. But the similar word completist, meaning "one who wants to make something complete, such as a collection" is mainstream, though somewhat uncommon, and apppears in published dictionaries.
Feb
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comment What do you call a cylinder with a hole down the center?
@rajah9: That assumes OP is doing topology. If he/she is doing geometry instead, torus would be completely wrong.
Feb
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comment What do you call a cylinder with a hole down the center?
@jdlugosz: In technical mathematical writing, annulus is the recognized term for the 2-dimensional shape, partly because ring is used in mathematics for something completely different.
Feb
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comment A wife who knows and accepts her husband's infidelity
Do you want words that specifically refer to marital infidelity, or would you accept more general words or phrases describing someone who tolerates ill treatment? In the latter case, long-suffering might work.
Feb
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answered Two words for both sides of searching?
Feb
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revised The statues were unheralded for almost a century - a better idiom/phrase
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comment How do you describe someone who isn't attending a certain event?
This doesn't seem to fit at all. If someone doesn't attend a party, you don't call him a null.
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comment “Here's looking at you, kid” meaning?
Interesting thought, but the examples cited by medica's answer seem to be clearly not flirtatious, so that doesn't seem to be an inherent feature of the "Here's looking at you" toast.