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what does “Emperor lives on” mean?

Simply, I couldn't understand that sentence. I found that sentence on an image on twitter . could you help ?
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What's the layman's meaning of the words “contingent” and “contingency” in these sentences?

"Contingent on your arrival, when that happens we structure it all as retro lump sum payments from the company, and you can pay me back the equivalent amount. It's sort of like an advance with a ...
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Meaning of “to campaign towards”

What does "to campaign towards" mean? "to campaign against" "to campaign in support of" "to campaign regarding something (either against or in support of)"
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Meaning of “I'll have it nicely dried”

I can't understand the meaning of the phrase "I'll have it nicely dried". Does it mean the same as "I'll dry it very well"?
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GRE-sentence completion [on hold]

Although the warring parties had settled a number of disputes,past experience made them _______ to express optimism that the talks would be a success. A)rash B)ambivalent C)scornful D)intrepid ...
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The use of “Earnestly ask”

I wonder if "earnestly ask" is proper to say when requesting someone to make comments for my proposal. The whole sentence goes, I do earnestly ask for your comments. Thanks!
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What does “liabilities” mean in this context?

From CNBC's article "Will AI spark a wave of job losses in banking? This what the experts think". (Emphasis mine) "There's a lot of liabilities," said panelist Matthew Blume, director for client ...
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What does it mean “double-digit lead”

I see that on the presidential election news these days that "Trump holds double-digit lead in 2 national polls", I don't understand what it means.
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What's a “summer-funeral hit”?

In a YouTube comment commenting on Jamala's song 1944, someone says You guys enjoy your summer-funeral hit! I have nothing else to add. after saying Ukraine should't have won! What a ...
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Would “development of” suggest exclusive performance?

In a CV, "development of a ... software" is an appealing, short expression. But does it suggest that the author has accomplished the development on their own? Please advise, I may have to fall back ...
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Can v. be able to (case)

Consider the following: My baby could walk without any help last night. My baby was able to walk without any help last last. Questions: Both seem correct to me, since we use could for for ...
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a single word that means, the manner in which he spoke [on hold]

A word that means To say to somebody,"its not your fault you lost the money, I don't blame you" but really you do think its there fault.
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What does the word transducionalify mean? [on hold]

I have been looking up uncommon words over the internet, and found the word transducionalify, which is reportedly occuring only once somewhere. In consequence, the word is not found in any known ...
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What does 'Fame Table' mean? [on hold]

In FINDERS KEEPERS by Stephen King, Rothstein, a reclusive writer, got angry when he was blamed for having left the Fame Table. Does anybody know what this 'Fame Table' is?
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Fairly deep phrase meaning

I'm having difficulty with understanding the below phrase: sorry, I've been in a fairly deep recently Is this statement cut off as not making greater sense to me? That was a response to my ...
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What's the difference between “tale” and “fiction”? [on hold]

I'm learning English and reading a 504 book. I arrive to fiction word, and I observed no difference between fiction and tale. Are they synonyms? The Longman Dictionary says for tale: a story ...
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morphosyntax meaning

I know that "Morphosyntax is the study of the interaction of morphology and syntax" but by this defination am not getting the meaning so please can anyone tell me what is morphosyntax with examples?
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Fear of hurting or betraying others

Adopted children often have a fear of hurting or betraying their adoptive parents. I think this is different than the fear of abandonment, which is also found in adopted children. Is there a better ...
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How to name process of illustrating definitions for words?

So lets imagine that I have many words. For each I would like to see how they are looking more or less. For this, I am planning to request google like: illustrating definition for word 'football' ...
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Diluted or not diluted?

So I need a little help confirming something. This sentence: [...] key components of urine (urea, creatinine and uric acid) were not diluted in the fluid. Does it mean that key components of ...
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What does “double-take for right” mean?

Could you help me understand what the exact meaning of the second sentence here is? I find the italic part the most bewildering: "That sentence would or should probably cause a double-take for right." ...
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What are good adjectives that mean “not yet connected”?

I'm working on a browser-based tool that allows users to interact with other users they are matched with. Relationships between users progress in a linear fashion along a series of states, initiated ...
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Is there any difference between ”control of/over“ and ”power over"

For example, what to choose here? "To compete for the control of/over a corporation" or "To compete for the power over a corporation" UPDATE If two workers compete for absolute control/power, what ...
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What does “running numbers ” mean?

I am not sure I understand the meaning of a sentence in The Given Day from Dennis Lehane Luther would soon have ample time to consider how he’d fallen into running numbers for the Deacon, and it ...
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What does “trail” mean in this sentence?

But market expectations have long trailed the Fed's, and still do. source: http://www.businessinsider.com/market-risks-repeating-1994-bond-sell-off-2016-5
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how could I announce my confirmation of compliance with something! [on hold]

I'm a member of upwork.com , recently they ask me to reply their ticket with "my confirmation of compliance with their User Agreement and policies in general". I cannot understand what they need and ...
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Can anybody tell me what “the stake” in this question means?

I'm doing an assignment for my English class, and I don't understand what my instructor is asking. What are the stakes of the various objections to teaching Fun Home (promotion of a lifestyle, ...
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What does “crawl over a pile of hot coals” mean?

Subsequent to my question about “within an inch of one’s life” in Vanity Fair magazine, Emily Jane’s article, “Megyn Kelly slams media “Bias against Trump” for criticism of her prime-time special” ...
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Word for blowing off of a traveling object in the wind [on hold]

I'm looking for a word that means to blow off of a traveling object in the wind and fall behind. (I want to use this to name something in my Math research, so sorry if the question is too basic for ...
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What does "Megyn Kelly promoted and teased the interview 'within an inch of its life'” mean?

Vanity Fair (May 19) carried an article reporting the most watched TV show held on May 17 on Fox broadcast under the title, “Megyn Kelly slams media “Bias against Trump” for criticism of her ...
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obscure but great intellectuals [on hold]

I need to find a term for those scholars and intellectuals who are relatively obscure but who many colleagues consider to be great or near-great
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What is the meaning and interpretation of the word Rosario? [on hold]

I have come across this word multiple times. I have been trying to get some reasonable interpretation for this word. Especially relative to a certain context. It seems that the word is related to the ...
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Meaning of the phrase “Death by a thousand paper cuts”

Context: Talking about a product or a project. During a meeting someone used the expression "Death by a thousand paper cuts". I understand the concept of the original version Death by a thousand cuts ...
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I can't understand that is “wouldn't it be more sensible to leave before the traffic gets bad?” [on hold]

I found this example "Wouldn't it be more sensible to leave before the traffic gets bad?" in online dictionary, and It's hardly understand to me. So, please let me know what that means. and I'd like ...
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How would you understand meeting time availability?

If I ask someone, "what's your availability for a meeting" and this person replies: I am available Wed and Thurs 4pm-9pm. Does it mean he is available to start the meeting anytime during this ...
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Meaning of “upon 90 days”

In a license contract we have, this legalenglish quote: LICENSEE reserves the right to terminate this License Agreement with or without cause upon 90 days written notice for LICENSOR beyond the ...
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Eponymous — Just for people?

Can "eponymous" be applied to a thing named after something that is not a person? For example, as we can say McAfee's eponymous anti virus software (named after John McAfee), can we also talk about ...
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Words or phrases that describe a person who knows the answer to a problem but is not believed

I'm trying to find either a word or a phrase that describes a person who knows the answer to a problem or problems but is never believed. Or ignored. The nearest I can come up with is maybe the story ...
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Multiple meanings of “I hope that you will prove them wrong”

I were recently told that the sentence "I hope that you will prove them wrong" should have two or more meanings 'in-sentence', but not how and this is bugging me! I can only make sense of this ...
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What is entware? [on hold]

Can someone provide a concise definition or explanation of "entware"? From the context, where I found the only existence of this world, I may suggest, that this may be related to Tolkien's Ents and ...
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Can I say “Thank you for your flattering comments” without sounding negative?

My colleague wrote his review on me and mentioned many good things about me. I want to show my appreciation to him, but I'm not sure if I can say "Thank you for your flattering comments" without ...
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Meaning of “every day of the week” [closed]

Does "every day of the week" include weekend? or does it mean Monday to Friday? I'm confused. Here is an example sentence. "Hanging out with her is like an Amsterdam Saturday night every day of the ...
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Meaning for the word 'reservations' [closed]

I was asked the following question about a project I was working on, and I didn't understand the meaning of reservations in the sense it is used. 'Do you have any reservations or fears about doing or ...
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Can “employ” and “implore” have the same meaning? [closed]

Take the following two sentences for example: I urge a swift response to this matter and employ you to review the above and come back to us with a resolution please. I urge a swift response ...
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any word can replace 'respectively'? [duplicate]

Given 'The two boys are from the rich and poor family, respectively.'. Then, can I say 'The two boys are from the rich and poor family each.' to remove the ugly comma? Any other suggestions are ...
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Meaning tweet Giro

I found that on cyclingnews.com "Break took 85k to get established in Giro: 51.5k in first hour. enough said. think one sweaty unhappy single file and that will be ballpark" I don't get what author ...
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'eat extra two apples' or 'eat additional two apples'?

Should I say 'We want to eat extra two apples' or 'We want to eat additional two apples' ? OR both are correct? Any other suggestions are welcome. Thanks.
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Making a sentence feel more welcoming and less stressful

I have the following sentence: Increase your rating as you develop your coding skills while you evaluate the skills of other developers. However, I now realize that this sentence is a bit off ...
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What does 'chicken littling' mean when used as a verb?

Example - this tweet: ...especially given the reliance of these pundits on phony drama, false equivalence, trolling and chicken littling, and horse race gossip. I've skimmed the wikipedia page ...
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Clarifications on the meaning of split

Can someone tell me the meaning of the word "split" in a part of a sentence that I read on a certain book which I don't remember anymore. Part of the sentence that I recall is: his death came at a ...