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Can 'trains' be used as a synonym for 'postponement'

Was solving a cryptic crossword clue recently which reads Coaches for postponement (6) The answer is 'trains' obvious from coaches , but dont get the postponement reference. The solution ...
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Using “Covered”

I am confused about the meaning of the third step in this list: link 1 "Whenever you sign in to Google you'll enter your username and password as usual. " 2 "Then, you'll be asked for a code ...
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Raise To The Sky

For this sentence: source "Now he slunk around the environs as the revelers raised their cups to the sky and shouted toasts in an unfamiliar dialect." what does "raise something to the sky" ...
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Variations in meaning between “Last week” vs. “The last week” vs “The last n weeks”?

Similarly between "Last month" and "The last month". Last week implies, at some point during the previous week. Not inclusive of the current week. What exactly does the last week mean? Is that ...
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The term “No problems” meaning? [on hold]

For example you send an email to an acquaintance or friend. "I've been busy. Recovering from unexpected surgery. My recovery is going well. I will send information on that hobby, could email it soon. ...
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What lexical relationship lies between the days of the week?

I'm confused, What is the lexical relationship between "Monday" and "Tuesday"? I mean is the relationship hyponymy, prototypes, polysemy, homophones, metonymy etc?
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What does “as good as any out there” mean?

I don't how to interpret the following sentence: "Her research seems about as good as any out there." What does that mean? Is 'her research' just average, better than average or the best ever ...
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To have a game in hand

I have come across the expression game in hand in an article on England Premier League, as follows: Third-place City has a game in hand but the surprise result against Sunderland, coupled with ...
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Jargon meaning: Cover

I am not too sure about the meaning of the third step in this list: web 1 "Whenever you sign in to Google you'll enter your username and password as usual. " 2 "Then, you'll be asked for a ...
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meaning of the expression “wet flannel”

I would like to know what is the meaning of the expression "wet flannel" referred to a person or personality trait. I have seen it mentioned here: ...
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Spendthrift vs Thrifty - origins

I have always been curious to understand the origin of these two seemingly similar words. Looking at them for the first time, I thought they were synonyms, but ever since I learnt their meanings, ...
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Still Be Covered [on hold]

I am confused about the meaning of the third step in this: link 1 "Whenever you sign in to Google you'll enter your username and password as usual. " 2 "Then, you'll be asked for a code that ...
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Is there any difference between “student” or “pupil”?

I am a little bit confused, when somebody told me that a student is the same as a pupil. Would it be correct, if I said "He is a pupil of MBA."? Which of the following expressions is the most ...
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What is the word to describe something that has hidden meaning?

I'm writing an essay (yay) on I'm the King of the Castle, by Susan Hill. I am trying to explain how the description of the atmosphere may have hidden meanings (e.g. the fact that Warings is a ...
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Check out of, check into - meaning

When you are editing a stored program, check it out of the source control system and load the checked-out copy into the MySQL Query Browser or other tool. When you are satisfied with your ...
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Did I get wrong what she said with ' If you could be my everything.. '? [on hold]

After I asked my girlfriend that why she doubts to start again to this relationship, she answered: "Because if you could be my everything, i would not let him come close to me, in the first place". ...
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find something gone or find something has gone

Are both of them right? Next morning when you wake up, you find your kidney has gone. Next morning when you wake up, you find your kidney gone. If they are all right, what's the difference?
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The meaning of “…Identity between”

There is this sentence which I can't work out the meaning. "They have a unique identity between language and thought that means they cannot conceptualize a lie. This also means that deception, ...
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Can't come up with the correct sentence

I have some trouble coming up with the right sentence for a form input where I'm asking a user's first and last name. What I'm actually trying to say is that the name the user is filling in will be ...
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meaning of Republic [on hold]

I've been thinking what might be the real meaning of the word Republic? As far as I know the prefix re- gives the base word the meaning of again; as in renew, replace, reclaim. I am wondering what ...
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Is the definition of browser generally poor?

In regards to this question on meta Stackoverflow I had a look at what definitions one find for "browser". My definition of to browse is in short looking for information or things of interest. In ...
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What is meant by “if only…”?

Does it mean something like I wish? If only I had time to do this. If only I could do this.
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What does it mean to speak with “mock deference”?

I can find many instances of this expression, especially in descriptions of characters' lines in written dialog, but I can't find any mention to the expression itself. I understand that deference ...
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what's the meaning of “since” [on hold]

what's the meaning of "since" in this phrase: The territory in which these Albanian merchants traditionally traded was since divided
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Which is longer: snooze, nap, kip, 40 winks or siesta?

How long is a snooze? My boyfriend will invariable take an afternoon snooze which might last anything up to two hours. A nap on the other hand, can be short, quick or even long, and sometimes they are ...
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Meaning of “that friendship will not continue to the end which is begun for an end”

Can someone explain the meaning of this quotation? That friendship will not continue to the end which is begun for an end.
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“Life is short. Work somewhere awesome.” Is it ambiguous?

At a company some HR person put a label on the wall with a slogan: "Life is short Work somewhere awesome " /+ Name of the company The question is: May this label sound conversational? Like I ...
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Different meanings of blow [on hold]

As' blow' has many different meanings, I always forget which meaning in sentences, like: 'They blew into the charcoal until it glowed red. ' I think that the original meaning is not match, and I ...
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A question about “common stake”

What does common stake in the sentence below mean? Does it mean a common role? Such overgeneralized beliefs will also be resistant to change, because individuals develop a common stake in their ...
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meaning of “yet” “as if”

I don't understand the second part of this sentence: The Berlin Congress of 1878 and the first set of frontiers drawn on maps ignored key components of local life, and yet they were drawn as ...
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how do i respond to this email? [on hold]

How do i respond in a way that is sincere but has a snide message to make the sender feel awkward for sending it. It is implying that I made them feel awkward for making them have to write it. ...
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meaning of edge in this sentence

belligerent speeches by leaders of the Soviet Union and the United States throughout the Cold War were keeping the world on edge.
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How to use “near” and “nearby”? [on hold]

Can you guys show me when I should use "near" or "nearby"? I absolutely get confused to use those... :<
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what does the logical fallacy “shifting issues” mean?

what is the meaning of the logical fallacy "shifting issues"? I have tried a web search on many different forms of the question "what is the definition of the logical fallacy shifting issues. I have ...
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what's the meaning of “To make the larger point”

what's the meaning of "To make the larger point" e.g. To make the larger point, this chapter initiates a detailed study of types of commercial and political alliance making that are impossible ...
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what is the difference between later and latter?

As cited above what is the difference between later and latter? Latter : occurring or situated nearer to the end of something than to the beginning, the meaning of latter is similar to later only. so ...
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“It was turning out the dining-room done it.”

“It was turning out the dining-room done it, if you ask me,” said Mrs. Sutton. “Now, don’t you overdo yourself, ma’am,” I says to her; but you know how she is, sir. She gets that restless, she ...
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Sun 'goes down' or 'comes down'?

A couple months ago I read a book with the statement When the sun goes down and today in a movie I saw the man said Let's wait for the sun to come down. I believe both are refering to the sunset. ...
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Whats the difference between “my”, “i”, “myself”, “my own” [closed]

I always gets confused over these words, please help me understand them more clearly
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Impel and compel and the finer nuances

I was contemplating over the two words - impel and compel. consider the examples: 1. she impelled me to take the job 2. she compelled me to take the job. is the word compel somewhat derogatory or ...
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The adventures of Tom Sawyer sentence meaning

What does this phrase from The adventures of Tom Sawyer sentence mean: "True, the knife would not cut anything, but it was a "sure-enough" Barlow, and there was inconceivable grandeur in that -- ...
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“similarly to” in the sentence beginning

Similarly to the previous version of this product, this version contains the same feature and .... (a long description of the product) Is the usage of "similarly to" in the sentence beginning ...
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Fodder - idiomatic meaning

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/little-sign-progress-obama-putin-speak-231431925--politics.html While U.S. officials denied those accusations, confirmation of Brennan's visit could provide fodder ...
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Is “optical illusion” a tautology?

An illusion is a "visual deception", so is there any type other than "optical"?
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Difference between “Generally, I am…” and “I am generally…”?

Revisiting my CV, I have stumbled over a small question. I originally wrote: “I am generally willing and able to relocate worldwide.” Today, I noticed I could also write: “Generally, I am ...
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Optimisation fence [closed]

Could anyone explain what "optimisation fence" mean? I have found it in several papers but don't get the meaning at all.
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Is “something appetite” correct as a noun? [closed]

Trying to find a name for a restaurant using appetite word. As my native language is not English, Do combinations such "Apple Appetite", "Pizza Appetite" make sense?
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'Blowing Dixie double four time' and 'He can play the honky tonk like anything' meaning

in Dire Straits "Sultans of Swing" what is the meaning of these two lines: In the first verse: You get a shiver in the dark It's been raining in the park but meantime South of the ...
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What does ‘great conk of a nose’ imply?

There was the following sentence in a pretty old (October 7, 2013) article of New York Times titled, “A Jew not quite English enough,” which comments on the life and lifestyle of Ralph Miliband, the ...
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What does ‘Rock a hat” mean?

There is the following sentence in Tina Fey’s “Bossypants": ”Don Fay dresses well. He has an artist’s eye for mixing colors and prints. He wears tweedy jackets over sweater vests in the winter ...