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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Wei-wu-wei "Action without action" or effortless doing; conscious non-action; the deliberate and principled decision to do nothing for a reason. Chinese action life
Nedoperepitj (недоперепить) To drink more than one should have, but less than one would have wanted. To fail to drink too much. Russian funny action
Desus The quiet, smooth sound of somebody farting although not very loudly Indonesian sound funny action
Voetstoots A sale where the thing is sold as is or with all its faults without any guarantees Afrikaans action
Mencolek The trick when you tap someone lightly on the opposite shoulder from behind to fool them Indonesian funny friends action
Tima Not being ready to spend time or money on a specific thing, despite being able to afford it Icelandic thinking action
Ngaobera A slight inflammation of the throat caused by screaming too much Pascuense adverse action health
Załatwić To make something which is very complicated somehow simpler in an entrepreneurial and cheeky way Polish creative action
Trennungsagentur Literal: "separation agent"; A man hired by women to break the news to their boyfriends that they are breaking up German action
Extrawunsch Someone who is slowing things down by being fussy, making everything more complicated than necessary German stress adverse action
Eshaku A slight bow of around 15 degrees Japanese physical action
Dhurna Extorting payment from someone by sitting at their front door and staying there until you get paid Hindi action persistence
Fensterln To visit a girl who you fancy either by coming to her window or climbing through it to see her German love action persistence
Bababa ba? Is it going down? (In the context of an elevator) Tagalog action
Vprikusku Drinking tea through pieces of sugar Russian food action
Rauxa Sudden determination or action; rapture Catalan action strength
Beau geste A gesture noble in its nature or intention but ultimately meaningless in substance French action
Crapoter verb. To not take not take a lungful of a cigarette. French health action society
Erklärungsnot The state of having to quickly explain yourself German action sress
Mencomot Stealing things of small value, mostly for fun rather than out of necessity. Indonesian action funny
Zugzwang To be forced to make a move even though it will likely to be at your disadvantage German action interaction philosophy
Zhaghzhagh The chattering of teeth from the cold or from rage Tamil adverse action physical
Donaldkacsázás Translated as “Donald ducking” or wandering around one’s house with a shirt but no trousers Hungarian funny action
Chai-Pani Literal: "tea and water"; the money and favors given to someone to get things done Hindi food action
Abquatulate To leave without saying goodbye English action



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