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What does this mean? “Pay and display or RingGo payments not valid in these bays”

What does the following statement mean? "Pay and display or RingGo payments not valid in these bays"
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What does “to have a difficult time doing something” mean? [on hold]

I came across the following sentence in a posting by blogger John Kenneth Muir: Sinister (2012) is the kind of horror movie I have a difficult time assessing, and I left a viewing of it deeply ...
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One single word for honour killing

honour killing is a word that carries sentiments. But its Google synonym don't. Like assassination - is a more of a war machine word. butchery - is not right either. Do we have a single word fr ...
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Paraphrase this sentence please [on hold]

It made her fear some conspiratorial, punishing power had carried her back home.
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About quality - “low”, “bad” and “poor”

I need two words to describe the quality of some items - one word describing items of worse quality than the other. I read this question, Bad or Poor more severe. I'm uncertain if I fully agree with ...
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What is the meaning of “get a hold of” [on hold]

What does "I'm trying to get a hold of Mrs Who?" mean?
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Can you distinguish the permission to do something from the license, an official document?

According to the dictionary, licence/license refers to an official document which proves you are permitted to do something. What, then, is the word for the permission itself? I'm from Korea, and in ...
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“It's reciprocal” similarity or contradiction? [on hold]

How would you understand the answer 'It's reciprocal', from someone you've told 'I love you.' : You'd understand it as : The answer means 'the contradiction of your feelings'. You'd understand it as ...
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Taking up Picadilly

Good day. I've been reading 'Short works of Lord Dunsany' for this morning. Among the short stories I've read one. Fortunately I found it through internet. it follows below. *George P. Landow created ...
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What does “showered” mean? [on hold]

What does showered mean in this sentence? Netflix was showered with Emmy nominations for Orange and House of Cards.
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Does “clandestine ignorance” make sense? [on hold]

Does the following make sense, "clandestine ignorance"? I would like to see if anyone else is thinking the same way as to the meaning or definition as I do. Thanks.
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Corresponding vs. appropriate

Let me give you some context first: Germans. We may have similar words with different meanings and use words just because they have a similar spelling. software company, writing software for ...
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Is there a word for people who emit positive vibes and negative vibes?

It's happened to me tons of times. See some people on Tv, live in office or anywhere, meet them and without their saying much you feel some positive energy oozing out of them. Although sometimes it is ...
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One who can't keep secrets?

Some one who is not good at keeping secrets. In my native language it is called "chugalkhor" but it's a slang. So I can't translate it. What do you call such a person who can't keep secrets because ...
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Difference between “lady” and “woman”? [migrated]

Are there differences between "lady" and "woman" ? Google say lady is a polite social woman. But we don't use them just as this. Do we? English isn't my native language so I am better clarifying ...
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What does the term “nonrecourse deduction” mean?

What does the term: nonrecourse deduction(s) mean? In legal documents I have seen the term nonrecourse deduction(s) used as it pertains to taxation and other economic factors. It is not clear to me ...
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What do you call someone who doesn't believe in “ghost”? [on hold]

What do you call someone who doesn't believe in "ghost" neither in ghost stories ? web has it's answer as skeptics but that's not a dictionary answer. It is more or less conventional.
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English equivalent or Expression for “Who take care of a Pregnant Mother”

English is not my language and I need help with this... I need create a name for an mobile app that will help pregnant womens for 9 months giving tips about everything about she and her babe. So ...
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Is there a term for the phenomenon of adding more words to a sentence makes it less clear?

This article ends with "Judicial races in Washtenaw County are nonpartisan ...". This is technically accurate, but is also misleading (or is it?) as it implies races elsewhere (such as Wayne County) ...
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When to use “pending” vs. “impending” [duplicate]

Although someone has previously answered a question as to the difference between "pending" and impending", I'm still struggling on when to use which word, and if one is preferred in a more formal ...
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Why are female wizards called “witches”?

I was looking up these two words in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English: Wizard: Witch: It's mentioned in the Word Origin section that Wizard comes from "Wise", while for "Witch" it ...
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Which antecedent does “them” refer to in this sentence?

He knew people as only people of great sensitivity are able to know them, as somebody who is alone and sees people almost prophetically, from one flash of a face. (Jana Cerna, Milena Jesenska; ...
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What's the original meaning of “Abraxis”?

Today I realized that I'd been running into the name 'Abraxis' in quite a few different places, and I didn't know what it meant. If it appeared once or twice as the name of a fictional character or a ...
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Why do people say “to be honest”?

For quite some time, I've been hearing the phrase "to be honest" almost every day. I've heard friends say it, characters on TV shows, and even an NPR reporter said it in an interview. Example: ...
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What does “soda” mean in places where it doesn't mean soft drink? [on hold]

The title is pretty self explanatory. "Soda", "Pop", "Coke", etc. all refer to the same thing in different parts of the world. Where the word for soft drink is "soda", "pop" is a verb, and "Coke" is ...
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Difference between 'linear' and 'linearithmic'? [closed]

There are two words in computer science. One is linear, the other is linearithmic. What's the difference between them?
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Can the term evergreening be used outside a legal context?

I have used the term evergreening in the context of replacing PC systems at a pre-determined rate; that is, that such a scheme would replace every PC in an office every 3 years by gradually replacing ...
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Register vs Apply

I'm trying to wrap my mind around the semantic differences between the words "Register" and "Apply". For example, are there any real differences between these two sentences: "I will apply for this ...
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Can anyone give me a clear explanation of the verb 'to be' as it relates to grammatical structure? [closed]

I would like a clear explanation of the verb "to be".
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what do you call a person who repeats the same mistakes over and over again? [duplicate]

A single word for the person who repeats same mistake again and again.
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How does “to subsist in” come to mean “to be attributed to”? [on hold]

What's the logical derivation behind this definition of subsist [Definition 2.1] Be attributable to: the effect of genetic maldevelopment may subsist in chromosomal mutation In that link, the ...
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“Visible strap of the bra on shoulder”?

Is there any word for the strap of the bra that is visible on shoulder.? Mostly it is addressed as strap which is obviously a common word not specific to bra or any inner-wear.
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A word for “mercy killing”

"Mercy killing" is an act of killing someone who is already dying and in terrible pain, in order to reduce his or her suffering. Is there any single word for "mercy killing"?
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What do you call someone who believes in ghosts?

What do you call someone who believes in ghosts and ghost stories?
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Meaning: deconstruct (cooking)?

In cooking what exactly does it mean to deconstruct something? Haven't seen this covered much in dictionaries, etc. edit: as per @Frank's request this is everywhere in cooking recently: ...
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Meaning of “Cheeky” in Australian Aboriginal English

In Australian Aboriginal English, does "Cheeky" have meanings different from those found in other varieties of English? In the Baz Luhrmann movie "Australia", the word "Cheeky" was used by the ...
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Difference between “Reason” and “Helplessness” [closed]

Today i was wishing happy birthday to my friend so i was suggesting to him for not doing bad work because he did a bad work in past. and after wishing the birthday i asked to him for his bad worked, ...
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we are in receipt of something

what does it mean "to be in receipt of something"? I have checked the meaning but have not figured it out fully, since I am a translator I need a literal translation for me to build out a meaningful, ...
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Quite a lot / quite a few / quite a bit

Recently I’ve got stumbled upon the question: What’s the difference between quite a lot, quite a few, and quite a bit? This is very confusing considering a lot and a few have almost opposite ...
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Is there such a thing as a bemused cognition? [closed]

Does it make sense to use "bemused" as an adjective to one's cognition or is it just redundant/wrong/stupid? What would be the definition of such a concept? A cognition that is wrapped in its own ...
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What does “take out your book” mean? [closed]

What does this phrase mean? "take out your book" Because I have found no relevant meaning of take+out as a phrasal verb in the online dictionaries. Can any one help me?
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Age old question: What's the meaning of 'word'? [duplicate]

An old question, for which I could find absolutely NO reference on the internet for many years. Perhaps I wasn't looking in the right places, but I have no clue about its usage either. Then I ...
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Can you “regret” someone else's action?

I have rarely heard regret used like this, and while it sounds wrong to me, the dictionary doesn't appear to preclude this usage. Dictionary.com: Regret 1. to feel sorrow or remorse for (an ...
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What is “Build We Won’t” in complete form?

New York Times (July 3) carries an article written by its Op-Ed columnist, Paul Krugman under the title, “Build We Won’t.” in which the author claims; “In prosperous times, public spending on ...
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Meaning of “black on black” in Nickelback's “Animals”

The song "Animals" by Nickelback starts with the following lines: I, I'm driving black on black Just got my license back I got this feeling in my veins This train is coming off the ...
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Is “When shall I call u back?” a correct question? [closed]

i was speaking to my senior over the phone regarding an issue but he wanted me to call him after some time so I asked him "When shall I call u back? is my question correct?
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meaning of 'play point'

What made Tinder Tinder was the work of a team: Joe Munoz, who built the technical back end; Jonathan Badeen, who wrote the iOS code; Christopher Gulczynski, who created the design; Rad, who ...
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How can I interpret “is it you I respond to”? [closed]

Wie kann ich den Satz "Is it you I respond to" noch interpretieren als im wörtlichen Sinne, der leider überhaupt nicht zu dem Kontext meines gestrigen Chats passt? Vielleicht kann mir ein ...
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meaning of “i'd kill for that …” [closed]

there is an conversation between two guys in Bigbang Theory. I really don't understand what "I'd kill for taht women's bone structure" mean. A: which celebrity would you say i look like the most ...
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How should I interpret this sentence? [closed]

What a gift to be alive at the same time as this admirable leader. How should this sentence be interpreted? What is the subject and what is the verb?