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Questions tagged [single-word-requests]

This tag is for questions seeking a single word that fits a meaning. To ensure that your question is not closed as off-topic, please be specific about the intended use of the word.  YOU MUST INCLUDE A SAMPLE SENTENCE demonstrating how the word would be used.  Click on "Info" or "View Tag" and "Learn more ..." for more information. Please use the "phrase-requests" tag instead if you seek more than just a single word.

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Word/phrase meaning fatal blow (in an argument)

I'm searching for a word, phrase or term that means the fatal blow, something along the lines of coup de grace. However, that term has implies a merciful killing. I'm looking for something that ...
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What do you call the amount of money that is added to your bill if you don't pay on time?

In Russia we have this system where if you don't pay your bills on time, the service providers will keep adding on 1/130th (or something like that) of your debt everyday, as a form of punishment. In ...
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A word or phrase for valuing the metric over what's being measured

As an example, let's say a company does an employee satisfaction survey and the scores come back low. Instead of addressing the complaints, they send out a memo saying that they'll start basing ...
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Adjective for something that can continue to grow versus being terminal

I am looking for a single word that can describe something that is continuing to grow. The only term that comes to mind is viral but I am looking for something different. For an example, an ...
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What is a single word substitution for a person with a disable hand? [on hold]

What is a single word substitution for a person with a disable hand ?
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What do you call a person who take down notes using their gadgets like laptops or Smart phones?

Curiosity question though my friends called me "nerd Gadgets" because i always take down notes in class using my phone rather than the traditional pen and paper, but i think there is a better word to ...
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Enjoying something more because I know it will end

Suddenly enjoying something more because I know it's about to end/be taken away. Is there a word for this feeling? Scenario: Getting to the bottom of a bag of M&Ms, and realizing a sudden greater ...
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Is there a word for a person who effectively manages multiple tasks over a long period of time? [on hold]

Is there a word for a person who effectively manages multiple tasks over a long period of time? For instance, when you manage your finances, your family, your goals, etc.
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What do you call the land area around a pond?

Usually "shore" and "beach" are used when talking about a large body of water. But what if we talk about a pond? Is the area around it still called a beach/shore?
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How do you call a person who prevents other from enjoying what he cannot? [on hold]

On a lighter note → A simple alternative would be: Jealous person! Please help me out with an appropriate word/usage. Thanks in advance.
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Related to peripheral vision

I've read the post, "Is there a word to convey something that is barely in your sight lines?" but I am still not satisfied. Is there a word in any language to describe the phenomenon that occurs when ...
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What is a word for future uncertainty that may cause serious consequences?

Is there a word to describe a future uncertainty that may cause serious consequences? For example, There is a lot of uncertainties in the progress of this project. But I would like to replace "...
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Using label printer for scholarships [on hold]

Can I use labels on a scholarship form if it can't be filled in on computer?
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What Do You Call A Text Or Comment That Is 10 Or So Lines Long?

Like, If Someone Posted A Rant Comment On A Video That Was Really Long, Or A Pointlessly Long Comment Saying "Wiggle" Or Whatever For Example Derp Derp Derp Derp Derp Derp Derp Derp Derp Derp Derp ...
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What do you do to the throttle on a motorcycle?

To accelerate a car, you press or push on the gas pedal. To accelerate a motorcycle, you _____ the throttle. Thanks!
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A word between “soon” and “far”

I'm building some scheduling software and time is represented by summary words: "very soon" "soon" "far" "very far" as in, "your work is scheduled to begin soon (1-2 months)." I need a middle ...
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Is there any word for someone who makes many enemies?

I want to describe a historical person as someone who makes lots of enemies. His name: Alexander Hamilton. I don't want to insult him, just state the facts. Is there any word for someone who makes ...
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What is the equivalent of “euphony” when applied to writing?

In the details below, I use something to stand in for the word I am looking for. Speech may have euphony; writing may have something. For example, when writing about the relative sizes of items, I ...
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Is “diversified” really a suitable translation for what Germans call “abwechslungsreich”?

I need a word to describe a meeting or conference or other event which was the opposite of boring due to the variation of activities there.* German language has abwechslungsreich, literally rich-of-...
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Another way to say “to-do list” [on hold]

Is there any synonym for to-do list without the word 'list'?
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Is there a word for 'to watch something change'? Specifically, observing something that is in the process of changing

I was thinking 'observe' but that doesn't necessarily imply that the thing you are observing is changing. Is there a more specific word? Ex: "I will ___ this butterfly as it emerges from its cocoon." ...
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Unambiguous word for last in chronological order

Here's the scenario, I want to list all of a customer's appointments, ending with the "last" one, regardless of whether that was in the past or scheduled for the future. I have come up with a few ...
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Is there a word for a positive outcome borne of a negative (or destructive) intention?

Colloquially this is referred to as a "silver lining" but I'm wondering if there's a single word that describes the phenomenon of gleaning positive results from otherwise negative actions/behaviours. ...
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A single word that means source and resourceful [on hold]

I am looking for a single word (adjective) that can describe something that can be a source of something else AND is resourceful. For example, a fruitful seed, a fertile parent. The word ...
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Opposite idiom for tower over [on hold]

What's an opposite idiom for tower over? Context being standing under, shorter than a person.
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Can someone help me find a adjective for my character description? [on hold]

I have been research for a couple of days and still could find a right adjective to describe the main character of my story. My main character is a high school girl whose mother passed away a few ...
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Word for ditching someone in a taxi [on hold]

Is there a word for this sort of situation: Jack and Jill meet for the first time, and eventually agree to return home together for "coffee". They take a taxi to Jacks house, but as they pull up and ...
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What is the word for 'announcement' in train stations, airports, or schools? [on hold]

I am just thinking is announcement the right word when you hear staff publicly announcing or warning from the loud speakers in train stations, airports, or schools?
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Is there a word that can mean “education” and “formation” depending on context? [on hold]

There is a Russian word образование that can mean education and formation depending on context. It will be great if there a word in English that also can have two of those meanings. Not necessarily ...
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When a reader takes on the struggles and emotions of a character in a work of fiction, what is this called? [on hold]

I'm looking for a word that describes how a reader emotes with the characters. The reader doesn't empathize with a character, instead he feels the very same emotions as the character coursing through ...
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Word that encompasses both parody and homage

I want to talk about something I have trouble finding a name for, that I could then use to mean both parody scenes and homages. If possible as well things like cameos, hidden nods to prior works, ...
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Alternatives to y'all?

I am trying to write one of my first stories right now and I keep getting stuck on one thing. I have lived in Texas my whole life and so I am used to saying "Y'all" to refer to a group small or large. ...
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Is there a simple phrase that expresses a group having great quantity but terrible quality? [closed]

For instance if I buy 100 pairs of shoes but each pair lasts a week at best, how could I describe that group in a single word or short phrase?
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Generic term for the other party to an aggressor's actions

In a confrontation between two parties, where one is being aggressive towards another (either by attacking them or by simply posturing and frightening the other), one side could be referred to as the "...
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What did people in the 1800s used to call their mothers? I'm writing a paper for English 3rd pd [closed]

This is for my English class, and it has to be due by tomorrow, so I need this quickly. What did people call their mothers in the 1800's?
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What word would you use to describe a craft person? [on hold]

Is there such a word as Craftor or Crafter? I am creating a poster for a craft show. I want to say, Crafters and Vendors needed, but I don't think Crafter is a word.
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What is the word for not showing your own opinion while informing someone about a subject

For example: Informing someone about the government shutdown without revealing your own opinion about the shutdown. I wanted to stay ... so I don't influence your opinion. The word I'm thinking of ...
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Word for “fear of being discovered”

What is a word that means "fear of being discovered"? Preferably a word but a phrase will also do just fine. In my case I want to use it like: He had constant fear that he would be discovered as ...
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A word for a rule that isn't strictly enforced since proper enforcement would result in the expulsion/paralysis of too many members?

Is there a word for a rule that is not strictly enforced since proper enforcement of that rule would result in the expulsion/paralysis of too many members? E.g., In "Game of Thrones" there is a part ...
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Is there a word that encompasses the tobacco, cannabis, vaping and alcohol industries?

I'm trying to start a website that shows jobs in the more "shunned" industries like smoking or alcohol but I'm having a hard time thinking of a word that sums up all of them. Is there a word for these ...
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I ____ refer to <person> as “Name” [closed]

I couldn't think of the word for this. Definitely not "lovingly" or "adoringly"... but something along those lines...
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The opposite of enabling a person to do something [closed]

The title kind of says it all. I'm looking for the opposite of "it enables the customer to perform …". First thought was "it disables the customer to perform … " but that just doesn't sound right. ...
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Cards with instalments/installments? [closed]

I am trying to understand if the word 'instalments' has double 'l'. I googled it, but I did not manage to find an answer.
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Word to describe a person who always tries to find excuses to not do something

Is there a word to describe a person who always tries to find excuses to not do something even if they end up doing it. The reason behind this could be laziness or no interest. Also is there a word ...
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Is there a term for browsing the web and ending up very far from the original article? [closed]

Whenever I read an article on the web, I either click on the links in the article or search for more information about the topic, ending up very far from the original article. Is there a term for this ...
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Adjective to something that can be redone [closed]

What adjective could I use to refer to something that can be redone. i.e: for something that can be removed, it would be 'removable', so what would fit to something that can be redone?
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A word/phrase for the following way of comparison?

Jim is a lazy man. Jack is lazier than Jim. They want to take either Jim or Jack for the job. John criticize Jim as being lazy. Robert says: that criticism apply to Jack .... (...
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What is a single-word to describe a person who refuses to apologize or admit when they're wrong, especially when dealing with others? [duplicate]

This is in regards to something objective that I am writing about unhealthy familial dynamics and how someone can move on in healthy ways. This is for a course I am taking. What is a single-word to ...
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A word for: something good that came out of something bad [duplicate]

I need a single-word to describe something good that (unexpectedly) resulted from something bad. This good thing could not have occurred without the bad event happening first, as a precursor. Example ...
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What word/phrase can I use for “Arson card?”

Many years ago at a corporate training event we were playing a simulation game where each team had an "arson card" they could play during their turn. It doesn't take much imagination to understand ...