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order-blank. what does it mean?

a traveling man working over his order-blanks. what does "order-blanks" mean? I searched the Net and didnt find any.
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Whether True or Not, it is Confusing

Please read the sentence below: Personal data refers to data, whether true or not, about an individual who can be identified from that data; or from that data and other information to which ...
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What is the meaning of “figure-8 mission”؟

I'm just reading this short story titled "Alan Bean Plus Four" by Tom Hanks. The story is about four guys who want to travel to the moon. The writer has used the expression "figure-8 mission" in his ...
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The meaning of a few quotes

I am writing an analytical essay on a old story "Bright Phoenix" but there are a few sentences that I do not understand. What is the meaning of the quotes and what is it referring to? The wolf also ...
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What word sounds similar to “magnanimous” but means “impressively large”?

A friend of mine often uses the word "magnanimous" to mean "large and impressive in a positive way". Examples: "Look at this magnanimous snow!" "He had a magnanimous, bushy eyebrows." I understand ...
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to stalk the block

I cannot find the definition of the verb phrase "to stalk the block". Can someone explain this? The context is: After yuppies and dinkies, a new creature from adland stalks the block.Source: ...
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Is 'empty chair', when used as a verb, literal or metaphorical?

The latest verb to have become all the rage in Britain is to empty chair. It arises from the failure of the political parties, so far, to reach agreement with the broadcasters on the structure of the ...
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What is the difference between to notify something to someone and to notify someone of something

Many speakers find the construction 'to notify something to someone' incorrect (as opposed to to notify someone of something) - see for example ...
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What does “but” mean in an English sentence? [migrated]

The annual summit lasts four days and all expenses but your flight and transportation on the first and last day are covered. What does this statement mean ? Does it mean that the flight and ...
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What is the meaning of “Odd bunch”? [on hold]

Yesterday I read article in the Economist titled "The truly personal computer". The introduction of the article is THE Ood are an odd bunch. Among the more enigmatic of the aliens regularly ...
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The fierce side of things?

Red flowers in their season and scarlet berries in the winter-time were offered at his shrine, for he was a god who laid some special stress on the fierce impatient side of things, as opposed to the ...
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Does this use of whether make sense? [on hold]

Does the use of "whether" make sense in this sentence? For instance, the use of line designs in the background imparts the notion of constant motion, whether that motion be simply the air.
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What is meant by “mercy your ears”?

Setup I'm asking this question because of a song lyric that I'm trying to make sense of: Lean my direction and mercy your ears Obviously, lyrics often do not follow the rules of grammar, and ...
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what is meaning of odd bunch [on hold]

THE Ood are an odd bunch. Among the more enigmatic of the aliens regularly encountered in “Doctor Who”, a television series about a traveller in time and space, they are mostly silent—though sometimes ...
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difference between spectacle and spectacular? [on hold]

What is the difference between spectacle and spectacular? And how do I use the words in a sentence?
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What is a “rehab stint”? [on hold]

I have looked through all dictionary meanings of "stint" (even at the Urban Dictionary), but have not found a meaning which is implied in "rehab stint" as a collocation. I have found a longer ...
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What does “is for” mean exactly? [on hold]

I get the main idea in phrases like "L is for the way you look at me" and "A is for Apple", but I don't know the exact meaning. If you were to use other words instead of "is for" which synonym would ...
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a nomadic though punctual disposition?

Mrs. Cornett, who spent much time at her toilet table, and whose complexion was reputed to be of a nomadic though punctual disposition, looked as ill at ease as the Major. The above is a part of ...
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Ignorance Is Strength [on hold]

what does the following statement mean: "Don't confuse me with the facts, I know what I think?
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Correct usage of the term 'gravity'

If I want to make clear that one object is being affected by the gravity of another object, for example the Earth and the moon. Would I say: The moon has a gravity, just as all mass does. or, ...
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Meaning of “knew from” in this sentence [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand the usage of "knew from" in the following quote: (suddenly cleaning ladies knew from sun-dried tomatoes, suddenly hog farmers knew from creme brulee) Source: The ...
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“The reception of the radical theory shows that when [invention/dogmatism] fights orthodoxy to a draw…”

The reception given to Kimura's radical theory of molecular evolution shows that when ______ fights orthodoxy to a draw, then novelty has seized a good chunk of space from convention. Options ...
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What does “assessed cause” mean in following sentence? [on hold]

While propulsion was identified as the “assessed cause” in the breakup of DMSP-F11 in 2004, Air Force Space Command is still investigating the Feb. 3 incident that turned DMSP-F13 into 43 new pieces ...
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What does the phrase “There's a little bit of an edge” mean?

I'm listening to this podcast and I hear the following phrase at around 13:45. There's a little bit of an edge to work in a company where you make games. I can guess only guess it means: It ...
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I am sure or I am sure that? [on hold]

I am wondering what is the correct sentence. I am think that both are correct. I'm sure you will enjoy the movie vs I'm sure that you will enjoy the movie.
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Can a person be 'further arrested'?

On tonight's news there was considerable coverage of the potentially tragic case of Becky Watts, a young teenager who has been missing for over a week. A spokesman for the Bristol police made the ...
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Meaning of the word “shutface”

I have a question concerning the location of the vehicle safety certification label in a certain car. The corresponding user's manual says: "A vehicle safety certification label is attached to the ...
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A fraction of something [on hold]

Does "a fraction of something" always imply less than one unit? Or could it be 4/3 for example?
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DIfference between 'cause' and 'causation'? [on hold]

I think they mean the same, but still is there a difference between them?
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Could “Give in” mean “Hand over”? [on hold]

Give in = hand in but does give in = hand over? and which of them are equal? and what's the differences?
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Asking about the meaning of a phrase: a point of useful application [on hold]

I came across the phrase that I was not so sure of the meaning: a point of useful application, which appeared in the context as follows. Shafts are a common method used to transmit power from a motor ...
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What does the prefix iso- mean in “isolate”? [on hold]

My question is referring to the prefix iso- and its meaning in the word isolate. My question is, if the prefix means equal, how does that make sense in the word isolate?
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What is the etymology of “gatefold”?

What does the word "gatefold" mean? Sure, I know what it is (the whole internet is very eager to tell me what it is), but where does it come from? The "gate" part that is, I can guess the "fold" ...
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What would “I forgot my keys” mean in this situation? [duplicate]

If you were at the door and found out that you had forgotten your keys you might say: "I have forgotten my keys" .. but what would it mean if you said I forgot my keys instead?
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What does “bright topaz denizens of a world of green” mean

Here is the extract from a poem "Aunt Jennifer's tigers" by Adrienne Rich- Aunt Jennifer's tigers prance across a screen bright topaz denizens of a world of green. They do not fear the men beneath ...
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What does “I chap easily” mean?

I remember hearing this line in an old American comedy TV program A guy starts kissing his boss's hand because he gave him a promotion, and the boss says "be careful (or was it, Stop it, I think, but ...
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It was the freshest movie for a long time [on hold]

In a listening of my English course book there is this sentence: "It was the freshest movie for a long time". A film critic is talking about the best movies in the last ten years. For example: For me ...
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Meaning of 'insider hiring' [on hold]

there is an article about hiring. http://www.haaretz.com/misc/iphone-article/.premium-1.637980 one of the headers is 'Insider hiring'. what does it exactly mean? hiring someone you know? does it have ...
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Is it inflammable or flammable? [duplicate]

You sometimes see on tank trucks or petrol tankers carrying gas or oil or other liquids that catch fire quickly the word inflammable painted in bold red on them.Should not the correct word be ...
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using word “Responsive” correctly? [closed]

I wrote this sentence for my report, but I am not fully comfortable in using "responsive". Can any one check and point out the mistakes? Various constraints relating RGB cameras were found to be ...
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Word for development or improvement in art

In human race you call evolution to upgrade mankind, in technology innovation , how about the art work? how u call it? from painting to graphic design
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To be stoked on/about/ to do something [closed]

What's the difference, if any, between these: I'm stoked on going there I'm stoked about going there I'm stoked to go there What's the most common?
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How to punctuate the following sentence? [closed]

The sentence: Set in Italy and England, the story is both a romance and a critique of English society at the beginning of the 20th century. It is from ...
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Levelized in“ levelized cost of energy” [closed]

I have read the one report with title of Lazard's levelized cost of energy analysys. Is there any one to tell what is the meaning of "levelized" in "levelized cost of energy"? Tnx
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Harry Potter strange question [closed]

In Harry Potter 6 when Dumbledore went to visit Tom Riddle for the first time he said: "How do you do, Tom?" and Tom answered "Don't" What does this "Don't" mean? I can't understand.
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What does “you happen to be on” mean in the context? [closed]

Here is a sentence from the Rework book written by Jason Fred: "When you're really tired, it always seems easier to plow down whatever bad path you happen to be on instead of reconsidering the ...
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Non-repudiable vs non-refutable vs non-reputable in computer security

In computer security there is a concept known as: non-repudiation "Non-repudiation refers to a state of affairs where the purported maker of a statement will not be able to successfully challenge the ...
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Clarification on sarcasm/type of personality-stumped

I am hoping to get some help. I have always been told that I am the most sarcastic person people have ever met. After 20 years, I decided to dive a little deeper to see if I fit the definition. It ...
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Is this usage of “account for” correct?

Can "account for" mean "take into consideration", such as in the sentence "I forgot to account for the time it would take to drive here, so I'm late"? Oddly, I couldn't find such usage in any ...
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A “cold opening” like by Saturday Night Live [closed]

I could not find it on my favorite translator dict.leo.org, so I ask the resident AI, what is a cold opening, as found in many titles of Saturday Night Live episodes on your favorite video clip ...