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what it is the correct word for a computer teacher [on hold]

I am doing my resume and I don't know how to describe my position. I was a person who teach in the university software as office, adobe
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What does it mean to be a sharp cookie? [on hold]

What does it mean to be a sharp cookie? Is it a compliment (because I've never heard of sharp cookie)?
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What does it mean by “came to believe”?

I've encountered this expression "came to believe" multiple times, I do know about what "believe" means, but I cannot understand the meaning of "came to". Can you make me understand it?
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What does I'm just out of my size mean?

What does I'M OUT OF MY SIZE mean? IN the following context. A: I don't know all about you but I can't make any sense of that at all ? B: Me too. I'm just out of my size.
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What is the meaning of “how did you fare out”?

I was in a conversation with a person and I told them that I'm doing a wild guess (on something) to which the person replied, 'How did you fare out?' What is the meaning of this? Is this specific to ...
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What does “the world has brought you down to your knees” mean"

I came across a theme song, I'll Be There For You of an American TV show, Friends but I don't understand the bolded lyrics. You're still in bed at ten and work began at eight You've burned ...
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classy sassy and a bit smart assy [closed]

classy sassy and a bit smart assy Can someone please explain the meaning of this?
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Where does the idiom “get it in the neck” come from?

The collins dictionary says "get it in the neck" means "to be reprimanded or punished severely". Is this a commonly used in American english? Why does it mean so? (what "it" refers to in the ...
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what does “hold off” mean [closed]

I updated my colleague about a travel subscription confirmation. And he said "Great News! Hold off on arranging travel until I hear from Bill today." I got the point - Dont arrange any travel. But I ...
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What does “let's fold that in” mean?

One of my colleagues replied with a suggestion in the group email. I agreed with his suggestion. The other colleague in the group responded "perfect - lets fold that in Andy."
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What does “dolphins … get second billing” mean?

The dolphins had deduced, correctly, that they would get second billing. What does this sentence mean? Is "second billing" an idiom of some kind?
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“I don't believe you” VS “I don't believe that you did that”

For examples, if A washed the dishes and came to B to tell him that, but B didn't believe it. Should B say: I don't believe that you washed the dishes ! Or just I don't believe you ! Is ...
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Meaning of “murder to resist” in the expression “Power can be murder to resist”?

Power can be murder to resist. This is the tagline of the novel and film The Firm. What does it mean for something to "be murder to resist"?
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What does 'leaving a little puff of blue in the air' mean?

In the book I am reading (H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man), a man was shot and the scene was being described, then I met the following sentence: Adye leapt backwards, swung around, clutched at this ...
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get a message home

In the song A Message by Coldplay, Chris Martin sings: And I’m not gonna take it back And I’m not gonna say I don’t mean that You’re the target that I’m aiming at And I’ll get that ...
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Connotation of dislike in 'Credit where credit is due'

I am a non-native speaker and I wonder whether or not there is a connotation of disagreement in the idiom Credit where credit is due Would one say this only in a situation where a statement was ...
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Meaning of “the scales begin to tip”

I could not find the meaning of "the scales begin to tip" in online dictionaries. Here is the sentence: "Every era has a moment when the scales begin to tip." The next sentence is "That moment has ...
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Does inscrutable mean “hard to figure out”?

To figure out usually means to find out.....although on Dictionary.com, it's defined as "hard to understand or solve" with none of its definition close to "to find out". What puzzles me more is the ...
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Meaning of “run her way to”

I tried to find the exact idiom in online dictionaries, but could not find any entry on it. Here is the sentence: "For more than five years, she tried to run her way to a different life." The text ...
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What is the difference between “and all” & “and everything”?

What is the difference between "and all" & "and everything"? Is that just "all vs everything"? I am reading The Catcher in the Rye. I think I got the nuance of that expression, but I would like ...
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hit the road (meaning in context)

I was watching a show on TV (I escaped my killer) and Lisa Noland is dropped off after being raped several times by her attacker and to her surprise he doesn't kill her, drops her off at her ...
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What does 'saving his regard' mean in this context?

I am reading 'The Invisible Man' written by H.G.Wells and here I have this phrase 'saving his regard'. A man named Marvel, who was chosen by the Invisible Man(Griffin) to do things for Griffin, was ...
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What is the meaning of “ Milk doesn't sit with me well”? [closed]

For example, in this sentence: Milk doesn't sit well with me before or after tough workouts. And also I like to know synonyms for this idiom.
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“Jiggery-pokery” - Can Anyone Remedy this Paucity?

Reading U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent (p. 8) from the majority in King et al. v. Burwell, I encountered the following term (emphasis mine), “The Court’s next bit of ...
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What does “… which is somewhat long in tooth” mean, and what is the source of the phrase? [closed]

This is the complete sentence where I found it. It is from an online training about the Linux operating system. e4defrag is part of the e2fsprogs package and should be on all modern Linux ...
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Why is a “Mystery in the Alley” a side of hash?

American 'Diner Lingo' seems to consist largely of humorous crossword-style references (Noah's boy = Slice of Ham, Mother and child reunion = chicken and egg sandwich, Dog soup = water, etc). Most ...
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Meaning of “And the day came when … ”

I saw some sentences that start with this phrase: "And the day came when ... " For example, the following sentence form The Garden Party and Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield At last the day ...
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What does “tend one's spinning wheel” mean?

However hard I tried I've failed to get the exact meaning of tending his spinning wheel here. It would be argued, and indeed I would argue, that Muslim intransigence would have played a ...
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Meaning of an idiomatic sentence [closed]

Please help me understand this sentence: Out of the back of the store came his dog running down the aisle followed by five little puppies. I also don't understand the structure of the sentence. ...
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What does “can/could shake a baguette at” mean?

Could you please explain me what does "can/could shake a baguette at" mean? More fromage than you can shake a baguette at. or There were robot barbers, picturephones, and more flying ...
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meaning of “it's less of a drain on resources” [closed]

What does this statement mean? He's more comfortable, we are more comfortable, it's less of a drain on resources, the authority is ecstatic. I can't understand what it means by "it's less of a ...
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Trust me when I tell you this

Trust me when I tell you this. You can tear this tower apart brick by brick, but without my help, you will never find your precious satchel without my help. What does the speaker mean by "Trust ...
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aimless milling [closed]

"Prices in trading ranges go nowhere, just as crowds spend most of their time in aimless milling." What does aimless milling mean here? I don't think it means its literal meaning.
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Meaning and origin of “bite the bullet”

I just learnt about the expression "to bite the bullet", meaning Accept the inevitable impending hardship and endure the resulting pain with fortitude (as seen in its article in phrases.org). I have ...
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What does “strip away all the sound and fury” means?

I have seen this quotation from Ed Miliband's current rhetoric: "Strip away all of the sound and fury and what people across England, Scotland and Wales, across every part of the UK, are saying is ...
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meaning of verb 'come as'

How would you translate 'what have you come as?' I've never heard this expression
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Usage of “least of all”

Please help me to understand the meaning of "least of all" and how to use it correctly in a sentence. Is it correct if I use it like this? Least of all are politicians.
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Research on idioms with similar meaning

Could anyone point me to research papers discussing idioms with similar meaning? Are there any algorithms on how to search for a similar idiom? For example, these idioms are somewhat similar - they ...
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What does “wear shoes” mean in this idiom?

I was reading an article today that used "wear shoes" metaphorically and I have no idea what they're trying to say. The context is an Indian outsourcing company diversifying by using its existing ...
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The eye of the tiger, what does it mean?

I recently heard something like "I've found the eye of the tiger". What exactly does this expression mean? According to the context, I think it means feeling of confidence or internal power and ...
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Origins and meaning of, “Ham and Egg it”?

This term was used by a MLB sports announcer yesterday (5/10/2015 - Padres vs. Diamondbacks @ 2:10:41) talking about relying on relief pitchers. “Diamondbacks today trying to ham and egg it with ...
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What does the “highs” and “lows” mean here?

It's in the lyrics of Will Young's song-Leave Right Now. Part of the lyrics below: I'm here so please explain Why you're opening up a healing wound again I'm a little more careful, perhaps it ...
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What are the adverb for shabby and hardy? [closed]

What are the adverbs for shabby and hardy are, and what are their corresponding noun and adjective?
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“on the back of” meaning and implications

A The Independent of London article, The rise and rise of Sudoku, reads: [...] sales of pencils in Britain are reported to have risen 700 per cent on the back of the Sudoku boom. Question: Does ...
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What does this sentence mean: “You watched his face crack open and your world shifted, …”?

quoted from: To Forget: The look on your son’s face when you accused him of taking fifty dollars out of your purse. You were so certain; nothing he said could sway you. You watched his face crack ...
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What is the origin of the phrase “playing hooky”?

What does the word "hooky" mean in the phrase "play hooky" (skipping class/truancy) and where did it come from?
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What does idiom 'hippo in a haystack' mean? [closed]

I am aware of idiom 'needle in a haystack' which means something hard to get. Is 'hippo in a haystack' opposite of it?
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what will be a good artistic world or phrase for close cooperation for mutual success

what will be a good artistic word or phrase for close cooperation for mutual success.The cooperation of two parties (one with stronger power, second with weaker power, but huge dedication) where each ...
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What's the meaning of “I+verb+not+object1+the less, but+object2+more”?

What's the meaning of: I verb not object 1 the less, but object 2 more. Example: I love not man the less, but Nature more.. I've searched Google about the meaning of it, but unfortunately ...
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When someone says, “I have no words,” what does it mean? [closed]

I contacted a former friend to tell her about a rough situation in my life, and she said to me, "I have no words." What did she mean?