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Is it correct to say “big kind hands”?

Is the arrangement of adjective correct in the sentence below? "The man’s face was in a shade when big kind hands lifted me up and held me." Also, is the sentence easy to understand? (The man with a ...
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What does it exactly mean to be educated and uneducated? [on hold]

Could you please explain what it means to be an educated person and an uneducated person?
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Usage of face, confront and encounter

I'm confused with the usage of 3 words : face, confront and encounter. I found that face is used in general condition. However, I can't distinguish rest of the two words. In what circumstances these ...
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'When going to school…', 'When I went to school…' What is the difference?

What is the difference between these two sentences in meaning? When going to school, I wore necklaces with starfish pendants." and When I went to school, I wore necklaces with starfish ...
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What word is used when I have to say “I ________ the page in two parts”? [migrated]

Two words I know are: Split and Tear. But I want to know the exact word for this. For example what word will we use when I _______ a page from my notebook? Or when I ________ the envelope to get the ...
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Can I use “prompted with sth.”?

I am writing a software manual. Can I use the phrase You will be prompted with a dialog. I found some uses of this form and it, for me, means that I will be shown the dialog, a bit like You will ...
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Can't understand a 'but' word usage [Daniel Defoe]

Can someone please explain me why Daniel Defoe uses a 'but' word literally everywhere? (See photos, last string in both occasions). Thanks a lot for your answers!
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Can a government censorship body be called a “watchdog”?

In a recent article, The Guardian calls Roskomnadzor an « online watchdog ». Roskomnadzor (Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications) ...
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Transgendered vs. Transgender

In the 1990s the preferred umbrella term used by and about people who weren't in alignment with their birth gender was "transgendered." Despite the fact this was grammatically correct and didn't have ...
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How can we use a verb consummate [on hold]

How can we use this verb? In which situation is used a verb consummate?
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Is there a word for the payment to someone who attends a meeting?

I'm looking for a word that describes the wage given to someone (a committee member) for attending the meetings/sessions of the committee. I've done some research and have seen this question Is there ...
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What does bi-weekly mean? [duplicate]

I was confused while looking for the meaning of bi-weekly. Is it twice per week or once per two weeks?
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Envy vs jealousy - has the meaning changed?

When I was at school (in the 80's) I learnt that jealousy and envy meant different things: you are jealous if you think someone will take what you have, you are envious if you want what they have. In ...
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What does 'on the curve' mean?

Mike Birbiglia said about George W.Bush: "He is the first president we've elected on the curve". ("What I should've said was nothing" show) Google wasn't helpful, couldn't find 'on the curve' in ...
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When the boss is a way?

I came across a picture that was meant to be funny, but puzzled me instead: http://www.searchquotes.com/sof/images/picture_quotes/31525_20131204_091308_christmas07.jpg "When the boss is a way work ...
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How to properly say 'number of people'?

THE SITUATION: In an online form I need to know how many people book a service. EXAMPLE: Type of service - ... Date - ... Number of people - ... THE QUESTION: What is the proper way to ask it? ...
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What exactly does it mean for something to be “Visually Kinaesthetic”?

I came across this term but I'm not sure what it means exactly, I can't think of any examples that this phrase would make sense with.
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Meaning of “look as far off now as they did them”

"Well, Tormance is a big place. But I have an infallible rule, Corpang. As I come from the south, I always go due north." "That will take us to Lichstorm." Maskull gazed at the ...
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What is the difference in meaning between “wouldn't be spending” and “wouldn't spend”?

The sentence in the text goes: You wouldn't be spending it for fun. The "it" refers to some money the husband wants to spend on expanding his business and his wife is saying she agrees with that ...
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What does it mean to be the 'strong, silent type'?

If someone says you're the strong, silent type is it a compliment?
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What does “I'm a while.” mean?

Would someone tell me what does the meaning of second sentence: Text me when you have time. Will do, I am a while. Thank you.
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Is the word “acronym”, in fact, clearly defined?

I was about to ask the following question: “Is 'CIA' an acronym, or is only 'laser' an acronym?” Now, in another question, I've been asking about the earliest use of words which started as ...
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What is the meaning of this sentence? [on hold]

What is the meaning of this sentence? They had heard so very little of this; yet it was enough to build up wretched dolorous dreams upon, there in the shade of the night. (Thomas Hardy, Tess of ...
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“Do not … and …” grammar confusion

I recently read this sentence: Do not declare this callback function with a void return type and cast the function pointer to LPTHREAD_START_ROUTINE when creating the thread. and wasn't sure if ...
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Different words with the same meaning [on hold]

I need help with different words that have about the same meaning ( to me ), when would you use: feared frightened scared afraid anxious terrified Are there specific cases or are some just ...
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What is your definiton of bright and sharp person? [on hold]

Like how would fully define a bright and sharp person?
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Nouns denoting a state and the point of its initiation

The word incarnation, according to Webster, has two meanings: 1) the act of incarnating 2) the state of being incarnate So, this word can denote a state, as well as the moment of initiation of that ...
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What is the meaning of “read of”? [on hold]

I saw this phrase in a sentence. Here it is: He read of the room that was prepared at the palace at Rheims for the use of Queen. What does it mean?
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What does the word 'mandles' mean?

It was just mentioned in one of NPR word games as one of the choices that might be a word. The contestant, after some hesitation, picked this as one that is an actual meaning: Mandles is "candles for ...
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The meaning of 0% and 100% as opposed to other percentages?

Oftentimes, percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number. A $49.99 item may be marked 50% off, even if the price becomes $24.99 (it should be 50.03% off). However, I have come to notice that ...
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Is this correct to say “a large group of crowd(s)”

Crowd means a large number of persons gathered together, however I've found some examples in which this expression is used "a large group of crowd". In the future, these flying drones may be seen ...
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What does “nimble-witted” mean? [on hold]

I've just read a book and it said: Ron is a nimble-witted and silent guy.
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What's the difference between “roe” and “caviar”?

What's the difference between "roe" and "caviar". Wikipedia has two different articles, however, the difference is not explain in the either one.
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Some or more of something

I want to say "some 50 or more yards apart" (meaning at least 50 yards apart) but I'm not quite sure it's correct. I couldn't find the answer or an example of its use in google search. However, I ...
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I need alittle help in golf [on hold]

what is the meaning of (hinge) in golf? I read about it but I didnt get it :( can some explain it to me in a simple way please? and thank you :)
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It didn't last long

Could anyone explain what is the exact meaning for Last Long? When to use this?
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When you feel Grim Amusement [on hold]

When one feels grimly amused, exactly what kind of emotion is described? It seems to me that grim and amused are mutually contradictory so they do not conjure any consistent image in my mind. Thanks ...
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Whats does sharp as a tack and bright as a button mean? [closed]

What does it exactly mean to be as sharp as a tack or a bright as a button?
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Refined Definition of Missive

My grandmother 1883 - 1980 insisted that a "missive" was a HAND CARRIED message or letter. I don't find this distinction in modern thinking. Any ideas?
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What does it exactly mean to be sharp? [closed]

Examples of being sharp, and what sharp people usually do?
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I didn't come here for an argument

Is there any consensus on how the word for a heated discussion (which apparently comes from the same root as Silver/Argent) also came to mean a parameter passed to a function? Edit: ...
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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) UK - Meaning

My question is simple (hope not too simple): Why this organization has chosen this name? - DISCLOSURE AND BARRING SERVICE https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disclosure_and_Barring_Service DBS enables ...
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How do you mean vs What do you mean?

What do people mean when they say How do you mean? Are they asking me to explain what I just said? Then how is it different from What do you mean?
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Meaning of “count in”

The German Fischer, the two Americans no longer count in the outcome of the race, the Hungarian alone is battling the three Japanese. I happened to read this sentence while browsing web and ...
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Is it “tomorrow” after midnight? Or is it still “today”?

Let me start with an observation: Let's say it's half past 12 and you're heading off to bed, I personally would say Tomorrow I have to get up early for work And as far as I know all my friends ...
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What is the definition of “cousin” when used as a verb?

What does the word cousin mean when used as a verb? By context I take it to mean that someone is putting someone else on or being difficult with someone else. For example, in The Dark Tower (Stephen ...
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Can you please explain what “Not to say” means here: [on hold]

Can you please explain what "Not to say" means in the context of the following sentence. "Not to say I might not be up for going tomorrow".
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Does this imply a mutually exclusive relationship?

"The process of successfully growing into the world requires negotiation between hard work and new pathways" are 'hard work' and 'pathways' implied to be mutually exclusive by this statement
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Your misuse of the apostrophe [duplicate]

You profess to explain the correct use of grammar in the English language, yet you use the apostrophe incorrectly in the following extract on your own website example! from circa early 1990's up ...
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For computer science, are the files corrupted or corrupt?

Computer files: Are they "corrupt" or "corrupted"? I feel they could be both. What is the standard?