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Can something be disgusting without something else to feel disgust?

Disgusting means Causing disgust; repulsive; distasteful and is a deverbal adjective in that it behaves purely as an adjective, not a present participle. If we take an adjective such as ...
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Why is this use of the word “meaning” not quite right?

Today one of my students gave me some writing as part of her preparation for a Cambridge Proficiency exam. She was describing how after she'd moved away to go to university she'd temporarily lost ...
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Is there a negative word for an overt display of emotion?

I recently discovered a friend who always believed that cheesy, corny and tacky meant (to use their words) a "pornographic display of emotion". As in: The end of a TV show where that Dad says to the ...
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what does that's a first mean [on hold]

It's a first! I'm not familiar with the meaning of this phrase. I was explaining a situation and this is the response that I received via email.
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“Feel bad about someone” versus “feel bad for someone”

Does the sentence "I feel bad about you" have the same meaning as "I feel bad for you"?
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“To come undone”

"Oh, it'll take a little time, might take a little crime to come undone (...) Who do you need, who do you love, when you come undone?" Please, can someone help me with this? I'm pretty sure that ...
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Date as a synonym for anus

In the Song "Ten Foot Cock And A Few Hundred Virgins" Tim Minchin uses the phrase "it's a sin to take it up the date, even if it's great, even with your cowboy mate". I'm not a native English speaker ...
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What does the “was held to” mean in this sentence? [on hold]

Beijing was widely held to botch its reaction to a stock market fall and its decision to allow its currency to devalue. I understand that hold means to take place or to occur. Why past tense ...
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Meaning of “Context” [on hold]

I received the following comment on one of my paragraphs in my article: Provide some context what do you mean. I don't understand what he actually means by "context". Any suggestion, please.
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Thank you, you too have a great day? [on hold]

Is this the correct sentence to say: "Thank you, you too have a great day!" when someone says: "Have a Great day"
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What's the meaning of “triggeronomy?”

I never heard of the word "triggeronomy." What does it mean? “She’s bright,” Harlan said. “Mrs. McReady at school says Shan’s the brightest pupil she’s taught in her whole career, and that ...
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What does the phrase “Modern industry has established the world market, for which the discovery of America paved the way” mean?

I understand each separate word but the meaning of the whole phrase is obscure to me. I particularly do not understand what "for which" is used for. Thank you.
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Kneecapped what other uses the word have? [on hold]

I want to know the meaning of "kneecapped" in this sentence: "...acquisition costs appear to have kneecapped the growth.."
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The word “still” as an adjective — does it have a connotation of 'somehow related to death or the dead"?

I realize that the definition of "still" (used as an adjective) goes like this: someone or something that is quiet, calm or not moving. examples: the still water of the lake still wines (vs. ...
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Meaning of “Your Point Being?” [duplicate]

I commented on my friend post and the friend replied "Your Point Being?". But I didn't understand the meaning of "Your Point Being?". What is the meaning of "Your Point Being?".
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Is it right to use the word “quotation” in this case?

I'm developing a software application that can automatically send quotations (as a PDF document) to the user's client. So the system sends an email with the text: Please find attached the ...
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Time Zone is a Region: what is the Word for 'currently using Daylight Savings' or not?

The current Wikipedia entry for 'Time zone' starts with: A time zone is a region that observes a uniform standard time for legal, commercial, and social purposes. Informally though people (and ...
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What is the difference, if any, between these two sentences? [on hold]

What is the difference, if any, between the following two sentences? (1) The sun sets at 9 P.M. tomorrow. (2) The sun is setting at 9 P.M. tomorrow.
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what is the meaning of " he is under water' [on hold]

it was in situation where someone asked how you find X? the second replied that "he is under water', what dose that mean
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directory path or directory’s path

I know that I should use an apostrophe if I want to show possession. My questions: Which form should I use? Are the forms interchangeable?
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In a sentence where I define something, am I the arbiter of the word being defined as being singular or plural?

...starting the sentence with "X is" or "X are". "Treasure is minerals and coins amassed together" doesn't sound right, even if I, since I am making the definition, decide to make treasure a singular ...
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Metaphysician vs Metaphysicist

A practitioner of physics is known as a physicist. It seems like it would logically follow that a practitioner of metaphysics would be known as a metaphysicist; yet, in every text I've read, a ...
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What does it mean transport in network program

All, I just read the book Netty in action. A word Transport is mentioned in the book like below. NIO is used in this example because it’s currently the most widely used transport, thanks to its ...
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What differences are between “What's that? ” and “ What is it?” [migrated]

What do you imagine when you hear "What's that? " and " What is it?"?
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What difference these meanings? [on hold]

Which sentences do you use? If you ask about place where you don't have any information. "Where is that?" or "Where is it?"
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Meaning of Have a lot of heart?

I've seen the phrase have a lot heart few times and got curious about what that means. However, since dictionaries do not give sufficient clues, I'm here for your help. That man must have a lot of ...
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Correct word for…? [on hold]

What is the correct English word for the following object? (Link leads to image of object) http://i01.i.aliimg.com/photo/v1/1922156699/6_way_portable_multiple_switch_fuse_socket.jpg Thanks in ...
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Usage of “each” as in 'he would think, “I'm evil”, as he brushed his teeth and shaved in the mirror each morning.' [on hold]

I happened to see a sentence--J.D. says that he would think, "I'm evil", as he brushed his teeth and shaved in the mirror each morning. I am wondering what the speaker tries to express using "each" ...
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Connotation of a sentence in a listening material from TPO

(Here for the original audio source (MP3 file). The part in question begins approximately at 2'18'') This conversation is an excerpt from one listening material in a TPO (TOEFL Practice Online) test, ...
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Is there any relation between the meanings of the word “cataract”?

Oxford defines "cataract" as "a steep waterfall" as well as gives the more common meaning of the word i.e. the medical condition that causes a loss of sight. Also, "cataract", as meaning ...
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Meaning of sentence [on hold]

I have been unable to understand the meaning of following phrase. I know the meanings of individual words, but have not been able to comprehend collectively. What does "vanity of human rivalry in ...
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Why my care instead of your care?

In the movie called Big Hero 6, the white robot Baymax is the inflatable healthcare companion robot. He takes care of whoever needs help. And once done, the person taken care should say, I'am ...
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What is the meaning of the word “lexia”?

"Thus, Landow (1992) argues that fully fledged hypertext systems afford readers the opportunity to write against the initial text, participating in the production of meaning by creating notes or ...
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someone please explain this peer review sentence to me [on hold]

from a lean process perspective, the current peer-review process would be categorized as a push system, in which editors send out review requests with no knowledge of the reviewer’s current time ...
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How to determine if a noun is a place or a thing

I'm having difficulty determining if certain nouns are considered places or things. For example, I'm unsure if 'a park' is a place or a thing. More generally, with the standard definition of a noun as ...
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Understanding of “Please ask Annie to do sth immediately and seek for Joel's advice” [on hold]

Quoted the original email content from my work. Where is the original copy? Please ask Annie immediately and seek Joel's advice ASAP So... which one is correct? I ask Annie to get the ...
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What does 'project-plugging' mean here? Also can any other constructions be formed using '~plugging'?

Guy Branum Awarding points for name-dropping, project-plugging and flirting with the host, the former Chelsea Lately writer's monthly Talk Show: The Game Show competition elevates self-promotion ...
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What's the meaning of the phrase?

I'm wondering what's the meaning of the following phrase: Bennett took a poke at the President's refusal to sign the bill. I've found some explanations of "to take a poke at", but still they ...
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What do you call someone who is constantly obssessed with spending time with you and constantly wanting to socialise?

I know the obvious word would be outgoing, but it gets to the level where you just think their life is just boring because all they want to do is be outside or chill with you 24/7 so I was wondering ...
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Is it “visit at the doctor” or “visit at the doctor's”? What's the difference? [duplicate]

Are both expressions OK? Why/ why not? Why do we say "at the doctor's"?
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Extend or Expand

"However, Robertson is no sentimentalist. After devoting years of his life to bears, he is under no illusion about their feelings for him. It is clear that their interest in him does not extend beyond ...
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What does the word “afford” mean here?

What does the word "afford" mean in this passage from an online article? I'd appreciate some synonym as well. Email Limits What You Can Do You do things with people. How you talk is what you ...
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What does “baking tradition” mean?

She agreed to marry him on one condition: that they have 12 children. True to the old baking tradition, they made 13. Source What does the old baking tradition mean? There's no mention of baking ...
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What does “it's you lot” mean? [on hold]

I've just finished watching "Pride" and one thing stays unclear to me. There was a scene where a guy comes up to a group of women and asks with a dose of anger in his voice "It's you lot, is it? The ...
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Word for a person who is “needy.” [closed]

I'm looking for a word that describes a person who is "needy." All I'm finding are words that treat "needy" as if it meant only "impoverished."
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the meaning of counteraction and countermeasure [closed]

Do counteraction and countermeasure have the same meaning?
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The difference between “have been able to” and “was able to”

I have been able to buy the house I spoke of the other day. (1) Does (1) mean that I bought the house? I was able to buy the house I spoke of the other day. (2) I was able to ...
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What is the meaning of this sentence [closed]

I do not know that this is a right place to ask such a question but I give it a try and if it doesn't so I will pack my bag and never gonna do this again in this place :D I came across this sentence ...
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Noun for person who tells how not to do something, and then does it

Okay so I'm sure many people have seen this happen before and it tends to happen apparently intentionally, in more of a way to seem comical, but here is the example for what I am talking about: ...
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Do I get the meaning of the sentence correctly?

This text is about keeping your inbox as empty as possible. The second sentence confused me. I guess the author says that achieving the simplicity of "One touch" method requires a lot of efforts and ...