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watering for a snatch - what does it mean?

Emily Brontë in Wuthering Heights writes: I took a seat at the end of the hearthstone opposite that towards which my landlord advanced, and filled up an interval of silence by attempting to caress ...
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Is there a difference between talk someone around, bring someone around and talk someone into?

I also had a question about the differences between these three phrasal verbs. I understand that "to talk around" and "to bring around" have to do with changing one's mind, but how ...
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Words That Have the Form A-B-A [closed]

I do not know the term for words like this, but an example is ABRA-CAD-ABRA. Are there words like this in the English language? Also, what is the term for this kind of word (if any)? To clarify based ...
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What is a night equivalent for words referring to day parts?

I'm looking for exact equivalents for words like Morning, Afternoon, and Evening. I'm on a graveyard shift and I dislike specifying the actual hour, plus it makes greetings weird. Currently I just use ...
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What is this grid with diagonal lines called besides a "rule", "grid", "squares with 4 lines of symmetry"? [closed]

What is this grid with diagonal lines called? And not just 'rule', 'grid', or 'squares with 4 lines of symmetry'.
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Is there a good term for a 'paper trail' that actually consists of e-mail communication?

I've seen "digital paper trail" and "electronic paper trail", but I'm wondering if there is a better (more elegant, widely used?) term for a record of electronic communication that ...
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poly-filler in this particular sentence

In this article, a paragraph reads, In my makeup bag there is an arsenal of tools which I use to tear down the patriarchy. In my makeup bag there is a bunch of cremes, potions, poly-filler and over-...
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Single word for building the future [closed]

Can we come up with a single English word that conveys the idea of building a better future? Preferably a single word, or otherwise two words with a hyphen. It is about building a better future for ...
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A word(s) describing a person with control/power over an important aspect of others lives. They abuse that power to harm others and personal gain [duplicate]

I am in need of a word(s) or term(s)for a person who willingly, openly, and unapologetically abuses the power or influence they have over other peoples lives,more precisely; people who have control or ...
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Should I use until or before in this sentence? [duplicate]

Don't hire that guy before you check his references. Don't hire that guy until you check his references.
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Facial recognition

Facial recognition is used with two very distinct meanings. One is to take photographic information and identify a person, the other is to find the presence of faces; for example a camera trying to ...
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Word for the final instance of awarding a perpetual trophy

We have a perpetual trophy that has been awarded for almost four decades. The Award is being retired, and presented to a worthy recipient one last time. How do I refer to this instance of the awarding?...
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Word request: Sensory words

I'm trying to gather a list of appropriate words that relate in analogous ways for 5 classical senses. Right now I think I've got: Eye/sight:ocular:optic:visual Ear/hearing:otic:aural:auditory Nose/...
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What's the exact meaning of 'Temprist'?

I look for a word that describes a person who loves music, food, jokes, metaphorically getting high. I mean a person whose MOOD or Temper is usually good and cheerful. And it's better to be a slangy/...
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What does "champion supporter" mean? [closed]

I've been studying English and found an expression champion supporter in the following sentence. Faced with a global audience, British television needs its champion supporters. Does the "...
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Proper usage of the word “conducive” in some constructions

The most common and non-problematic use of this word is followed by “to” and a specific result, in a sentence like this: This environment is not conducive to good sleep. However, some other uses I’...
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A term (or phrase) for when a person tries to represent the rarest scenario as the most common

For context: This term or phrase is what it's called when a person (very often used in political debates) will try to take the rarest occurrence of any particular topic and present it as if it's the ...
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Are villainize and vilify exact synonyms?

Villainize and vilify are two extremely similar verbs... vilify: verb (used with object),vil·i·fied, vil·i·fy·ing. to speak ill of; defame; slander. Obsolete. to make vile. villainize: verb (used ...
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Understanding phrasal verbs [closed]

My background: When I was 14 ,I got a C2 level degree in American English. Now I am 22 and I have forgotten so much vocabulary I can't have a conversation in English anymore. I have restarted studying ...
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Word for a game being played on an event's periphery

If someone sets up a table at the edge of a conference room selling their wares, it could be described as a "stall" or maybe a "kiosk". But what if someone instead sets up ...
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Is there a word for "Congratulating oneself or others, for behaving the way one ought to behave?"?

When I was young, a workmate convinced me that there was indeed a word which described the behaviour of someone who would congratulate themselves for behaving the way a person normally ought to, ...
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Is "volume bar", "volume slider” and “volume rocker" the same thing on mobile phones?

I just came across the words from the site "https://www.androidpolice.com/gmail-mark-all-messages-read/", which indicate, as for me the same thing but by using different words in the article ...
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Etymology of 'Priscilla' to refer to a type of curtain

Squashed between Priscian and Priscillian in Merriam-Webster Online, there's a peculiar entry, priscilla. It's not just a Biblical name, it appears, but also some sort of curtain. priscilla: [noun - ...
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“Preposterous” meaning directly linked to literal latin etymology?

In common English, I understand “preposterous” to mean abusrd/ridiculous/unlikely etc. The Latin literal translation, as I understand it, is to put something the wrong way round (such as a cart before ...
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Distribution of slang term “opp”

I’m a teenager from Chicago. One slang term which is used by young people in my community rather often is “opp.” It is clearly derived from the stem “oppose,” and is basically short for opposition or ...
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Injury VS Injuries in this context

I came across this exercise in the Cambridge English Advanced exam: Because he was injured he couldn't play in the next game. PREVENTED His ______________________ in the next game. ANSWER: injury ...
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Coffer vs Chest vs Box vs Trunk [closed]

What is the difference between the words : Coffer , Chest , Box & Trunk I had browsed many sites but could not get a crystal clear difference between them. Moreover, when to use each one?
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Is "unalive" both a verb and a noun?

An emerging colloquialism that is trending at the moment is "unalive", used, for example, in the sentence: The police officer who was sued has a tendency to unalive someone he stops for a ...
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"A hundred" treated as one word in speech (extra indefinite article)

I'm a teenager from Chicago. I've noticed some particular usages of the words "a hundred" by people around me. During a running workout, one student was 100 meters from the finish, while ...
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Distinction between number, digit, numeral

Here is my current understanding: 24 is a number, in which 2 and 4 are digits. XIV is a Roman numeral, in which X, I and V are Roman numerals. Could you please confirm that? Context: effort to ...
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Is "wiliness" a word? [closed]

I am wondering whether wiliness is a legit/valid word. Google Translate seems to translate it properly, and https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wiliness and https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/...
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What did Lady Gaga mean when she sang that she's heard a "sine" from above?

In Lady Gaga's song featuring Elton John "Sine From Above", she sang that she has heard a "sine" from the sky. Sine is defined as the very famous mathematical function in Cambridge ...
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What does mean: Sunsetting a piece of software? [closed]

I found the expression Sunsetting Atom on https://github.blog/2022-06-08-sunsetting-atom/. What does it really mean?
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Adjective made out of swim meaning swimmable [closed]

I know this question does not make sense, but if I wanted to construct a word meaning swimmable (i.e. be able to swim inside more accurately) in a parallel way to lets say smell->smelly, how would ...
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The difference between "add up" and "lump"

Do these two sentences mean the same thing: "lump all the lodging charges" vs "add up all the lodging charges"? Generally, is the latter used more?
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Why does something "strain credulity"?

Credulity, as I have understood it, approximately means "an unreasonable readiness to believe in things". If something "strains credulity", it apparently means that it is difficult ...
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Talking "saloon"

I recollect vaguely a line found in some piece of poetry by Dylan Thomas, and it suggests a question in many ways puzzling that I could hardly answer. I have not been able to find the poem and I ...
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Pattern to Old English verbs-of-making-adjective?

The other night (after hearing someone on TV say "smoothen"), I noticed that a fair number of Anglo-Saxon-derived adjectives tend to come in pairs where the more "distinguished" or ...
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"complete" as a noun

I came across the definition of complete on Wiktionary. To my surprise, complete is used as a noun. I assumed it might be a rare/archaic usage, but there are frequent quotations from books. Is it part ...
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Can anyone help me correct this sentence? [closed]

Have you ever met any ghosts? And I was suggested to correct it as follow: Have you seen any ghosts? So my questions are: What is the difference between using the 'ever' in this sentence or not ...
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If left / right is laterality what is front / rear?

I want to write something like this: Something can be differentiated by laterality [i.e. left - right dimension], by ___ [front - rear dimension], and also by the interaction between laterality and ...
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Approval Process feature best wording for approve and decline

I'm a UX designer but not an English native speaker. I'm working on a web interface where some item types required an approval from a 3rd party. So when the user clicks on a button named 'Approval' he ...
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Truly unthinkable

Unthinkable may mean two different things: Something that we cannot think about, normally for moral reasons, e.g. killing someone. Something we cannot think about, because cognitively we are not ...
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Is it "increase" or "expand" when talking about vocabulary?

When my son said he doesn't recognise all the words in Wordle I commented that he is thus increasing his vocabulary. He then contended that the correct word should be expanding. Who is correct? What ...
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What is the most suitable antonym for the word loud? [closed]

In terms of talking, what is the opposite of a loud voice? For example, when someone is talking and I can not hear them properly, how can I say to them that their voice is very "opposite to loud&...
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Is there any difference between "congenial" and "genial"?

As the question implies, I'm interested in only the linguistic distinction between the two words I've listed. I've looked up these two words on some online dictionaries. After some searching, I've ...
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What is the difference between "hallmark" and "trappings"?

Is there a distinction between "hallmarks" and "trappings"? What separates them? I've scoured many dictionaries, but I don't see the difference. For example, Cambridge Advanced ...
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Which one is correct - run off or run off from? [closed]

They ran off the burning car before it exploded. or They ran off from the burning car before it exploded.
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Phonetic symbols for Port are different: Webster Internet vs Webster paper

Phonetic symbols are different for the same word Port. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary on the Internet: port noun (1) \ ˈpȯrt \ Definition of port (Entry 1 of 10) 1: a place where ships may ride ...
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At some point it's pointless to buy very expensive jeans because the quality can only be so high: term for this? [duplicate]

There is a term for something being very expensive in a pointless or vain way since the quality can only reach a certain point so you're just paying for a reason besides that.
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