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Is this a literal interpretation of “without reason”?

There was this quote in a movie: Men who kill without reason cannot be reasoned with. There are many interpretations of "without reason" It could mean that the person is mentally affected and ...
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Meaning of a henry ford quote [on hold]

What are some possible meanings for the Henry Ford quote, How come when I ask for a pair of hands, I get a human being as well?
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What is the meaning of…“and as many centuries”? [on hold]

What is the context of the following sentence: I have traveled across five countries and as many centuries.
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What does “why” mean in this sentence?

What is the meaning and usage of why in the sentence below: All my aunts and uncles talked it over as if they were choosing a prep-school for me and finally said, ‘Why—yees’ with very grave, ...
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To blush To the Toes of Shoes

What does it mean when somebody says:" I blush to the toes of my shoes to admit "?
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“You will love him to ruins.”

You will love him to ruins. This is the first sentence of the book The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. Could somebody tell me what does that mean? Here is the sentence in context: ...
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Essay on “Human resource should explore not exploit the nation” [on hold]

Can anybody explain me the meaning of this topic for essay "Human resource should explore not exploit the nation"? And can you also give me some ideas/hint points for writing this essay? Thank You! ...
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I make money without getting my ‘can’ knocked off

From Trouble Is My Business by Raymond Chandler (1938): "You might do," Anna said, "cleaned up a little. Twenty bucks a day and ex's. I haven't brokered a job in years, but this one is out of my ...
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What is the difference between “he is trustful”, “he is trusting”, “he is trusted”, “he is trustworthy”, “he is trusty”, and “he is trustless”?

Trustful means “having or marked by a total belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone.” So, does he is trustful mean that he trusts other people or that he is an honest person ...
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What is the difference of Vision from Objective and Goal

In the NHK’s TV program aired on August 1st, featuring Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, 2012 Nobel prize winner for Physiology and Medicine as the guest, Dr. Yamanaka told that his motto is “VW,” and explained ...
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Does the sentence “the president drives the country through the difficulty” make any sense?

Once upon a time, I heard an American president say drive the country. I am not sure I misheard or not. If drive the country is idiomatic expression, then what is the meaning of drive in this case? ...
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Side-by-side meaning

A near future, where humans have been defeated by the viral parasites named Gastrea. They have been exiled into a small territory and live in despair, side-by-side in terror., when they said ...
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Does “painted lady” sometimes mean prostitute?

Does "painted lady" or "painted ladies" sometimes mean prostitute(s), who used to heavily use make-up? I have a suspicion that even Shakespeare did so, but can't find anything indicating it. Urban ...
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Line under a number [on hold]

What does it maen to have a line under a number example 100*5=500, the line would be under the number 5
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“Definitely how many” Usage

One of the question given in the text book starts with 'Definitely how many students are there?' Does this mean "the exact number of students" or 'The minimum number of students'? May be a silly ...
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Bernie Taupin's “Voyeur” lyric

I cannot understand the meaning of the folowing excerpt from Bernie Taupin's lyrics to Elton Johns "Voyeur" (the bold lines): I’m looking, I’m looking back I’m trying to imagine this and that ...
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The rhetorical effect of “no more … than” construction

The following is a part of the section 15.70 of A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (Longman). Rachel is no more courageous than Saul(is). The sentence implies that both ...
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Meaning of “Green” and “GreenBack” in American english?

I found 2 new words on my American Slang book (Talk the way americans do). 1) Green 2) GreenBack Meaning of these words on my book : Green : money (Referring to the color green seen on U.S. paper ...
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meaning of “beat the measure”

When Keawe came to himself a little, he was aware it was the night when the band played at the hotel. Thither he went, because he feared to be alone; and there, among happy faces, walked to and fro, ...
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“thick loaves”: meaning

I would like to ask you what do the native speakers of English mean when they say a thick loaf of bread? Does the adjective "thick" describe the bread's texture or size? Does it just mean that the ...
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“until late afternoon”: when is that?

Here is a phrase about supermarkets in Belgium: The idea for brewing with bread came when 31-year-old Frenchman Sebastien Morvan talked to a friend about food waste, specifically the bread ...
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I need to know why a hyphen was used in this sentence

I just found this sentence from the book I am reading now. "The revelation reminded of Stacey J., a would-be assassin I know well." I think I got a nuance, but I need some logical explanation of the ...
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What does the phrase “He’s holding a cat” mean or does it only have a direct meaning? [on hold]

What does the phrase He’s holding a cat mean, or does it only have a direct meaning? This phrase hasn’t any context. Perhaps is it an idiom?
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What does “due to any reason other than” mean?

I tried to translate this phrase (due to any reason other than) using Google Translate but it does not seem accurate. Could someone please help me to understand it? Does it mean "just only a reason"? ...
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What does “Come on, let's wrangle up the cattle” mean?

Andy said this to Woody in Toy Story 1. Is this idiom?
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What does “Bo Peep” mean in this context? [on hold]

Quiet, Bo Beep, or your sheep get run over! Source: Quora
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Meaning of 'noted lights'

;prominent individuals of both political parties, Society hostesses, well-known dramatic authors and novelists, and distinguished aeroplanists were dimly recognizable in that doomed throng; noted ...
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How should I call “summer prepared” for a car?

When a car has been made ready for summer, there is a word for it, at least in Dutch: the car is "zomerklaar". In case of winter it is called "winterklaar". Is there a word for it in English? A word ...
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Any and some don´t have rules

In my university, in English Grammar, I learned I can use "any" for negative and interrogation sentences and "some" in positive sentences, but when I watch English movies, "any" is used in positive ...
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Is there a difference between “heir” and “legatee”?

Merriam-Webster defines heir as "one who inherits or is entitled to inherit property" and legatee as "someone who receives money or property from a person who has died." Is there any difference ...
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In Gary Bernhardt's talk about Ruby and JavaScript surprises, what does “wat” mean?

There's a video of a conference presentation by Gary Bernhardt about surprising behavior in the Ruby and JavaScript computer programming languages. At the beginning of the video, Seth asks the ...
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What does “wound for sound” mean and where did it come from?

This is a figure of speech that's been in my lexicon virtually forever. I'm not sure where I learned this, but to me it means "keyed up and ready to go". A combination of high energy, tension, and ...
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I’m trying to please to the calling

Van Morrison’s song Moondance has these lines “And I'm trying to please to the calling / Of your heart-strings that play soft and low.” What are we to make of “please to the calling” -- an ...
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Word/phrase for a feature that could be both good and bad for something

Take this scenario: a tool has a specific feature that could be regarded as an invaluable benefit for. However, this feature, if used in opposite direction may be counterproductive. In other ...
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What does “pass it” mean?

I love the show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but I can't understand the meaning of this sentence: We eat a bag of dirt, pass it in a kiddie pool, and move on... What does pass it mean? Is it to ...
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Is 'artisks' a word? (I met this word in 'The Invisible Man')

In 'The Invisible Man' by H.G.Wells, there is a sentence;"Wait till the summer," said Mrs. Hall sagely, "when the artisks are beginning to come. ..." Mrs.Hall is the wife of Mr.Hall, who is the ...
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Racialization definition [on hold]

I am completing a PhD. It is imperative that I find a reasonable definition of the term racialization. I am not using it as a verb for racism. Rather I am attempting to use the term to describe hoe ...
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What is an “American style shopping mall”?

Consider the phrase: "American style shopping mall?" Implicit here is a large multi-story enclosed gallery with lots of shops on a passageway that connects the "Generators" (large department stores ...
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What's a word (in any language) for “a setting for adventure/an epic”?

For an rpg worldbuilding blog I'd like to make.
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What does salt and slug mean in IT?

salt: For web developers, exposing your .git folder to the world is a novice mistake. It allows anyone to download your entire source code repository, which often includes database passwords, ...
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Is there any other way of the expression on this phrase? His breathing was becoming less labored

Or, "Eventually, the old guinea pig was unable to move and her breathing was labored." I am looking for other way of saying in an exactly same meaning.
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Screp - definition [on hold]

I encountered the following sentence, which is supposed to be related to how managers of a company can improve quality, I am especially unsure about the word "screp"... Screp of cross-dock totes. ...
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Difference between Paper and Article for scientific writings

As I know, in most of situations (in scientific context) these two terms are used to point to same thing and even they are used interchangeably. For example, Theory of value with public goods: A ...
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What is a state pair?

In the beginning of the first chapter of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain I read: The old lady pulled her spectacles down and looked over them about the room; then she put them up and ...
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What does bimonthly really mean? [duplicate]

Does the bi prefix mean that it is every second month or twice a month?
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Word for “Writing phrase on something”

Is there a word that represents the act of writing a phrase on something? In this case, I'm trying to advertise a club by "engraving" or "inking" ping pong balls with a phrase such as "Join this ...
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the fairest to be Patakied

Bea was attractive, though by no means the fairest to be Patakied. This is the sentence that comes from the novel by Tibor Fischer Under the Frog. The official translation of this clause to my native ...
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“Code of Alabama” usage in this sentence

From Harper Lee’s 1960 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird: Atticus’s office in the courthouse contained little more than a hat rack, a spittoon, a checkerboard and an unsullied Code of Alabama. Isn’t ...
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What does mean “snap right back to your book”

I need help to know what this sentence means? I have trouble understanding phrase "just snap right back to your book" Sometimes it feels as though your attention has wandered for just an instant. ...
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When should hyphens be used to make text clearer

In an earlier post - Phonetic understanding of tongue twisters - a comment was made that "hyphens ...(are) ...not needed in speech, so they must be extraneous". The phrase prompting this assertion ...