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Our climate is indisposed to favour us even this once

Please,help me to understand the meaning of this expression:"Our climate is indisposed to favour us even this once." (The Cherry Orchard). especially this part "even this ones"
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What's this word? [on hold]

I'm watching a video on youtube and just heard a new word/expression that I can't seem to spell "right enough" to have google correct me and bring me to its definition. I've included the context and ...
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Is there a word for the status of a team being 'home' or 'away'

A team can be 'home' or 'away' - but what is this status called? At first I thought 'location' or 'venue' but this isn't right - the location is singular and the basis of what determines the 'home' ...
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What are the differences and similarities between what “asocial” and “antisocial” mean?

Is an "asocial" guy hostile and destructive or is he just unwilling to interact and avoiding company of others? Is antisocial the same thing? The dictionary says it means opposing established ...
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Considering - meaning in this sentence

What is the meaning of considering in this sentence? We're just fine, considering.
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Do both of these introductions mean the same thing and make sense?

I work with someone whom I have not yet introduced myself to; someone usually introduces a new person around the office but I wasn’t in on this person’s first day, so I missed that. Anyway, on ...
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What is the meaning of bible idioms “right hand of”?

Idiom meaning for "right hand of" Example. Right hand of GOD.
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What is the meaning of “grosser sense” in this sentence?

What does grosser sense mean in this passage from Mortal Immortal by Mary Shelley? A bright flash darted before my eyes. I had forgotten the medicine of the adept; I gazed on it with wonder: ...
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What are the common ways to say “die” ie pass away [on hold]

I have heard of phrases like pass away, lose one's life, kick the bucket, depart this life, went to sleep, etc. before, but I am not sure which one to use in different situations. I think some of ...
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Third time lucky [on hold]

What is the meaning of third time lucky? He is three times lucky or got luck at the third time. Can someone explain me in detail? Thank you in advance.
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What does wink and nod mean? In which context is it used?

Yesterday I read the word "wink and nod" in a newspaper. I didn't understand the meaning. Can anyone explain?
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What meaning does “hardly” impose in this context? [on hold]

"The jury was hardly moved by the man’s plea that his loneliness was an extenuating factor in his crime of dognapping a prized pooch" What did it end with? was the jury finally moved? or not at all?
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Word definition paradox [duplicate]

Just curious but are there any two words (possibly three in a tri-relationship) in the English language that define themselves with the other, therefore being subjected to a definition paradox? (They ...
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What does 'Roodow (wrongly spelled, only the sound)' mean?

In Australia, I have met a lot of people saying a word (sound like) 'roudow' to respond (mostly to end, like 'alright' equivalent) a conversation. I have been searching around but haven't got any clue ...
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What does the poem “My Cup” by Robert Friend mean? [on hold]

"My Cup" by Robert Friend They tell me I am going to die. Why don't I seem to care? My cup is full. Let it spill.
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What does “balls” mean as a reply word or interjection?

Here’s a question again in Jeffery Archer’s The Prodigal Daughter. Richard (husband of Florentina Kane, the heroine of the novel) finds in The Wall Street Journal that Jake Thomas, chairman of ...
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Email of replay to some one ask about me [on hold]

absolutely I'm remember you. I'm doing great, thank you for asking! Now I'm lecturing at Ahlia University
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Are all Congressmen idiots? [on hold]

Really couldn't resist the question title :-) This question asks about the famous quote by Mark Twain: Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. ...
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Naming of paragraph subsections [duplicate]

Regarding the questions: What do you call those divisions of a book bigger than a paragraph but smaller than a chapter? Is not such a division best known as a PARICOPE from the Greek PARIKOPE or "a ...
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What is a clustermug?

What is a clustermug? I could not find the word in a dictionary. Duke stopped laughing, but he was still smiling. Unabashed. "It's a clustermug," he said. The quote is from the novel Under the ...
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The true meaning of “did not immediately respond to requests for comment” [on hold]

This expression is included in almost any negative news story - stock price decline, corporate scandal, criminality, you name it - but to me, it's frustratingly vague. I see these as "weasel words" - ...
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Explain Corruption to a Five Year Old [on hold]

How would you explain what the English word "corruption" means in such a way that a five year old would clearly understand your intention? Example: "Because of corruption, the city works project was ...
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What does it mean to “frame an argument”? [on hold]

I have asked this same question on Yahoo! Answers before, but I didn't quite understand the meaning of it. The phrase is used like so: "See how the author framed his argument?; What is he doing up ...
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What is the exact meaning of this sentence?

The encouraging mails were not restricted to readers but also to some of the regular contributors to The Hindu .
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Meaning of “had had of” [on hold]

The other day someone said to me "If [name] had had of seen that then you never know" and it sounded weird.
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Use of “crack” in this statement?

Michael Leiter, NBC News National Security Analyst, was explaining what he thought would be the most important information in the recent MH17 incident. He stated what was more important than how was ...
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“Evocative” vs. “provocative” [on hold]

I am starting to use evocative and provocative interchangeably. I would like to understand the difference between these words and when one should be used instead of the other. I would also ...
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Thrice or triple?

There is a fairly well known recipe for Triple Cooked Chips. It involves cooking chips three different ways / times. Is triple cooked correct or should it be called Thrice Cooked Chips as they have ...
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What's the difference betwen perhaps and maybe?

I would like to know how to use them are theres alike? or just two differents words that can be used in the same way?
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What is the difference between a 'rocket' and a 'missile'

Someone pointed out on the BBC News that the Malaysian plane was hit not by a 'rocket' but by a 'missile'. From the dictionary definitions I have looked up I cannot tell the difference. Missile An ...
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What does “Grass for his Pillow” mean? [closed]

I'm reading an amazing novel, Lian Hearn's Grass for his Pillow, but I didn't understand the meaning of its title; it's the most complicated sentence I've ever seen.
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meaning of “Subworks” [closed]

I would like to know the meaning of the word subwork in the following text: Thick black power cables crawled over the street, climbing up the sides of buildings, and disappearing into holes ...
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what is the meaning of “crowded back”? [closed]

Here is the sentence: Old times crowded back into my mind as I watched her.
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a definition of the phrase “ On both accounts” [closed]

hi I have a problem with this phrase " on both accounts". what's the definition? I see this phrase in TOEFL IBT tes 7. the student said two characteristic of something and the teacher said that. ...
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What does “Essential Travels” mean? [closed]

I live in Israel, and at the 12th of August I need to travel to some place in Russia. My travel goes through Turkey, as the place I am traveling to costs more and takes longer if I travel through ...
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ostentatious vs pretentious [closed]

Looking at the definition of these words it appears they are pretty similar: Pretentious: Having or showing the unpleasant quality of people who want to be regarded as more impressive, successful, or ...
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Something that can not be undone or undo [closed]

A word for something that can't be undone or undo ?
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Difference between “novice” and “newbie” [closed]

I can say "I am a novice in English" or "I am a newbie in English". Is there any difference between these?
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what is the difference between “was” and “had been” [closed]

He was with me for 2 days. He had been with me for 2 days. What is the difference in meaning between these 2 sentences?
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Difference between “Folder version” and “Folder revision” [closed]

I need to know the difference between a "file version" and a "file revision", assuming that they don't have the same meaning, I assume also that a version means that we've modified an existing folder, ...
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What is the basic meaning of 'dozy pillock'?

A character on "Last Tango in Halifax" often calls people a "dozy pillock" (not sure about the spelling for dozy.) I was trying to find a meaning for dozy and a better one for pillock than just ...
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Sophisticated positive or negative

When I searched for the meaning of the word sophisticated ,it does mean well advanced ,highly complicated etc. When I say my project is sophisticated what impression it can possibly make. The project ...
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What does the term 'spoon' refer to? [closed]

Note: This question is not about the assertion from the Matrix that There is no spoon. There are tablespoons and teaspoons which are two different things. However is there a plain spoon or does this ...
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“A friar's hand”?

I'm reading "To Rise Again at a Decent Hour" by Joshua Ferris, and the narrator/author talks about looking over the shoulder of someone studying the Bible on the subway, and noticing that there are ...
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A word for “hard and diligent work under sleepy-eyed conditions”?

How would you describe one who works hard with full interest and consciousness, including spending sleepless nights. In such a scenario, sleep is deprived deliberately by the person. What is such hard ...
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Usage of “then” [closed]

We needed to meet with our proffesor to determine our thesis topic. This was our conversation: Me: Before I leave, may I come to your office on Thursday or Friday? I am going to my hometown on ...
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When did 'permission' become popular as a therapy term

Permission has several uses, but somewhere around the 1990s it became common to hear it in the context of therapy sessions as in "you need to give yourself permission to..." do this or that. When did ...
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What does ‘Reverse fig leaf” mean?

I was interested in the word, “Reverse fig leaf” in an article titled, “Should Germans read ‘Mein Kampf” appearing in New York Times (July 7), which deals with the planned publication of Adolf ...
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“Stornry” Meaning

I was reading the Tao of Pooh, when I stumbled on this quote from the original Winnie the Pooh: "Can they fly?" asked Roo. "Yes," said Tigger, "they're very good flyers, Tiggers are, Stornry ...
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What does “dot” mean in this sentence? [closed]

My first language is Spanish and I can't understand this question about a book (The butterfly lion): What dot did he have at school? The story is about a kid who have some troubles in school with ...