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The meaning of “hemorrhoidal sensations”

The Swede, like the Frenchman, prefers in Poetry the light, the clear and the transparent. The profound, indeed, he demands and values also; but it must be a depth that is pellucid. He wishes that ...
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What does “circumstantial consequence” mean?

How can of the phrase "circumstantial consequence" be explained? I vaguely understand the probable meaning, but it doesn't quite come into focus. Is it something like (unintended) side effect?
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What's the meaning of “ a blue berserk”?

Dis married Jokul Ironback, a blue berserk. From "The Saga of Thorstein Viking's Son" by R.B.Anderson. It's a norse saga that I'm reading. What's the meaning of "a blue berserk", I know the word ...
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the meaning of 'evil which seem blessings to the memory'?

Soon after this eventful day, I became the husband of Bertha. I ceased to be the scholar of Cornelius, but I continued his friend. I always felt grateful to him for having, unaware, procured me that ...
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How do I greet someone in a different timezone when my morning is his evening? [duplicate]

I am in Nepal and my father is in America. When we talk with him it is our morning and his evening. Now how can I greet him and how can he greet me saying, where one would typically say 'good morning' ...
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Is “since-folded (TV network)” an accustomed English word?

Time magazine (August 29) reports that Sara Palin has launched her own Internet Television network in its Entertainment TV section. It says; “Palin’s not the first candidate to lose an election ...
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The word entropy [on hold]

Could someone define the word entropy for me in the context below. "I have journeyed through the darkness between the most distant stars. I have beheld the births of negative-suns and borne witness ...
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Precise meaning of “fourfold”

I got into a disagreement with someone about the meaning of the word "fourfold." His contention is that it means up to four times as many whereas my contention is that it means four times as many, no ...
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Does capitalization change the meaning of the word coke?

Does capitalization change the meaning of the word coke? Does Coke mean the soda and coke mean the drug? Is there a grammar term that denotes this behavior? Or is there no rule and it's simply the ...
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What does “further embodiment” mean?

I am reading a legal paper and I see this "further embodiment" a lot. I wonder what it means? Thank you
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What is the meaning of “cooling relations”?

Sometimes relations between nations can be considered to be "cooling"? What does this mean? I can't tell if it means: The relationship is getting better because it's "cooling-off" from "hot" ...
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What does “reclusion” mean specifically?

If we take a recluse, with their state of seclusion unknown, is their condition self-inflicted? Or is reclusion a punishment? For example, (from www.thefreedictionary.com) re·clu·sion (r-klzhn) ...
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Is the usage of “forfeit” correct here?

«The FAIR Act would change federal law and protect the rights of property owners by requiring that the government prove its case with clear and convincing evidence before forfeiting seized property.» ...
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What's the difference between “hoover” and “hover”? [on hold]

I sometimes use "hoover" and sometimes "hover". What's the difference?
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Committee, Association and Assembly — What's the differrence?

I'm confused by these 3 words and I'm not quite sure what the differences are. I know how council, commission and committee differ, but I can't find it for Assembly and Association. I'm using it for a ...
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What does “Our climate is indisposed to favour us even this once” mean?

Please help me to understand the meaning of this expression: Our climate is indisposed to favour us even this once. (The Cherry Orchard). What does "even this once" mean in this phrase?
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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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Is “right hand of” means right hand of anybody else? [on hold]

Idiom meaning of "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 most common ways to say “die”, i.e. pass away? [on hold]

It seems like my question was too broad to answer. I'm sorry for the inconvenience. I've edited my question a little. So, I would like to know what common terms I can use instead of the word "die." ...
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Third time lucky [closed]

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? [closed]

"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? [closed]

"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 [closed]

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? [closed]

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” [closed]

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 [closed]

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”? [closed]

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” [closed]

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” [closed]

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. although the ...
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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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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?