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Sift and Sieve definition

Recently, while reading a novel, I stumbled upon the word 'sifted'. This immediately got me questioning the difference between the verb 'sift' and the verb 'sieve'. Some dictionaries say 'sieve' is ...
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Overcast and forecast [on hold]

Talking about the weather, I have always been confused with these two words: overcast and forecast. I wonder to know why they are so similar and in that time they have completely different meaning. ...
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What is an “aglet-baby” exactly?

This is a line from the Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare Grumio [to Hortensio]: Marry him to a puppet or an aglet-baby . . . Although 'aglet' is an extremely uncommon word, its meaning can ...
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“Here's looking at you, kid” meaning?

I'm sure many will know Rick's famous line from the film Casablanca: Here's looking at you, kid. While I can guess at it, I was never fully confident about the meaning of this phrase. I am not ...
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Parsing lyrics from “Blank Space”

I find myself getting mentally stuck on one particular line from Taylor Swift's "Blank Space": Don't say I didn't say I didn't warn ya Normally, I don't have a problem with song lyrics, even ...
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It's my nerves vs. It's getting on my nerves

What is the difference between: It is my nerves and: It is getting on my nerves Are they alike? In what situation do we use the first one and second one? Can I use one instead of the ...
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Is “know it all” positive or negative [on hold]

If someone is described as a know it all, who has an opinion on everything, what type of person is this a description of?
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Can “anachronism” refer to things that have not been done in the proper order?

I've looked in a few online dictionaries, and I don't see any definitions of "anachronism" that seem to encompass this situation. However, I feel like, etymologically, this term could be used in the ...
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A new use for the word Alibi [on hold]

At recent teleconference meetings, I've notice that the meeting leader will sometimes end the call with a phrase like, "So does anyone have any alibi's?" The context (and people's response) suggests ...
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Correct translation for the light switch for a website

I'm looking for the correct translation for a website (http://www.configurator.simonurmet.com/). I'd like to refer to the whole object, I don't need the name of each part for now. The "whole ...
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Question regarding English in an old maths book

I'm currently working through an old British maths book, released around 1910, on the whole the language is quite manageable however I've reached a part of the text where there's talk of circles and ...
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What's the meaning of “figurative meaning”? [on hold]

What does figurative meaning mean? What is the difference compared to literal meaning?
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What does intergeneric writing mean?

What is intergeneric writing? I have did a google search to no avail. I am interested in this type of 'genre', or something that I could search to draw more knowledge for.
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What does ' My stomach turned to water mean '?

I found this in to kill a mockingbird, but I am not sure in what light it means. I understand it is a metaphor. But what is he trying to say here?
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semantic difference for the forms: “x of y” vs. “x of the y” vs. “y x”

As a non-native speaker, I have a problem understanding the difference in meaning of the following forms: "… of …" "… of the …" "… …" To be more specific, let me give some instances: "theory of ...
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Meaning of 'subject to spells'?

The noise had ceased, and everything was quiet. Then she sat down on the side of her bed, and, feeling faint--she was subject to spells--("I told you that when I came, didn't I, Rosie?" "Yes'm, ...
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Word for politicians truth, really a lie

What is the word for something that is said but isnt true, but because it is said it is believed (by the masses) to be true and is never then undone easily? Often used by point scoring, or wriggling, ...
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multiplicands:factors::addends:______?

When two multiplicands are multiplied, we get a product. But when we factorize the product, we split it into factors. Similarly, when we add two addends, we get a sum. What do we call the resulting ...
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What does “Towards Reference” phrase mean? [on hold]

I wrote a conference paper about technical requirements of mesh networks in smart grids. Originally I named it "Engineering Requirements for Mesh Networks in Smart Grids", but a reviewer changed its ...
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A word for the feeling that only last a few moments [on hold]

I'm searching for a word if you guys can help me find it.. It is the moment when for ex: you are just about to jump out of an airplane (with parachute x) ) or when the song hits THAT great note.. Or ...
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Idiom or phrase meaning

I can not find the meaning of this phrase: perished of fits. What does it mean? It is an idiom? Thanks for help and understanding.
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for the greater good [on hold]

In a sentence: "We arrive after a fraught journey, which I undertake begrudgingly, for the greater good, since I am clearly not the maddest person in the bus," what does "for the greater good" mean in ...
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What does “to give a buck about” mean?

What does the expression to give a buck about mean? I could not find the definition of that expression in my dictionaries. I think it shows a lack of interest about something. Am I wrong?
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Why the correct answer is Choice(A), not (C) [on hold]

The___of companies that now take orders over their Web sites us remarkable. A. Diversify B. Diverse C. Diversity D. Diversion
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It is to the feminine as the hug of a bear is to the scratch of--well;--anything with claws

"A man's sense of humor is a barbarous and a cruel thing, Miss Innes," he admitted. "It is to the feminine as the hug of a bear is to the scratch of--well;--anything with claws. Is that you, Thomas? ...
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What is the meaning of the term brevity? Read on please [on hold]

I sent a short email to someone. They responded "Hi, Thanks for the note. Sorry for brevity. I'm in transit from ****** to home." Does the term brevity mean short or brief? In other words sorry for ...
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Struck vs Stricken

Is struck or stricken correct in these sentences? The house was stricken / struck by lightning. The house had been stricken / struck by lightning. He was stricken / struck by grief, cancer, etc. ...
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What does “We're taking one for the team” mean? [on hold]

I was looking at the Send Your Enemies Glitter website, and there is a headline saying We're taking one for the team, this shit gets on everything. What does "We're taking one for the team" mean ...
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The meaning of “be based in” [on hold]

When a company says: "All applicants must be based in the UK.", what does it mean? In which aspects should we be based on the UK?
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What are the differences of store(n.) and storage(n.)? [on hold]

Store ex: The store's inventory has to be entered manually into the database. Storage ex: Storage closet is where you will find all our office supplies.
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What does “the look of” mean in this context?

The following phrase has been taken from Wikipedia's computer science style guides (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Computer_science/Manual_of_style#Code_samples): 'Samples of ...
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I have problem understanding a financial language [on hold]

In financial articles, what is meant by "Revenue (of a company) of $120 million beats by 3 million"? Beats whom?
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How widespread is the use of the term 'sidemeat'? [on hold]

In Grapes of Wrath (1937) John Steinbeck uses the term sidemeat, sometimes hyphenated side-meat. The OED confirms this is North American (I have never heard it used in Britain), and refers to salt ...
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Please let me know the meaning wise difference for below two [on hold]

Could you Please let me know the meaning wise difference for below two. I am going to play cricket. and I am going to go play cricket. Thanks, Ali
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“Their ”Is being used in the below sentence for whom? Please reply fast [closed]

Mental-health practitioners whose clients kill themselves can face stigma from "their colleagues".Whose Colleagues ,their own or the client?
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What is the difference between “specialist” and “expert”? [closed]

What is the difference between "specialist" and "expert"? I want to know the difference in detail
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Does informative ever mean gossipy?

My copy of "Chambers Dictionary Of Synonyms and Antonyms" lists the following synonyms for informative: informative adj. chatty, communicative, constructive, educational, enlightening, ...
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Meaning of the “-o-rama” suffix [duplicate]

What is the origin of the "-o-rama" suffix (such as in "app-o-rama" referenced by the Wall Street Journal), and how can this suffix be clearly defined?
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Different words for educational problems [on hold]

What is the difference between the following words (terms) in a context of education (online education in particular)? Quiz Exercise Assignment Problem Question Which one is more proper to use as ...
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Open/start/begin

What verbs (open/start/begin or any other verbs) are used to describe the opening timings of office, bank, school and market? For example: Schools open/start/begin at 8:00am Offices ...
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When Harry met Sally - idiomatic expression

In the 1989 movie "When Harry met Sally" the expression: When X met Y Has some other meaning other than the obvious one, or there's a hidden idiomatic expression or a pun?
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Word that describes both skills and experience together

What is an English word that means together a combination of both experience and innate skills? I thought of the word talent but it conveys much more about skills than experience. I am looking for a ...
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What does 'Pick any metric you want' mean? [closed]

I am studying the CNN Student news and i get a difficult sentence to me. Obama said "Pick any metric you want. America`s resurgence is real." and i don't know what that sentence mean. especially, ...
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What does “zazzy” mean? [closed]

In The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon calls one of his cats "zazzles" and says it's because he is so "zazzy", which makes everyone laugh. I didn't get the joke, though. I looked the word up in the ...
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Computer Science: When we say spawn a process, why use spawn? [on hold]

In many docs, such as in http server. We often see "spawn xx processes". The definition of spawn as a verb is 1. (of a fish, frog, mollusk, crustacean, etc.) release or deposit eggs. "the ...
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take off (meaning in context) [migrated]

what's the meaning of "take off" in this context: "She started ballet when she was young. She took off. Then progressively she started other types of dances." Does it mean, she took a break or does ...
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Martini, Extra Dirty

This expression is from the show "True Detective" (Session 1 Episode 6) A guy buys a woman a drink when they have just met, then she asks waiter to "martini, extra dirty". This is the first time I've ...
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About lyrics of “There's No Business Like Show Business” [closed]

I am learning about lyrics of "there's no business like show business'. http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/e/ethel_merman/theres_no_business_like_show_business_lyrics.html Everything about it is ...
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Someone who talks in circle [closed]

Someone who talks in circles to try to confuse you so you don't figure out their lies and empty promises
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A single word to define “leave in state of ignorance”

What is a good word that describes the act of purposefully leaving someone else in a state of ignorance with the goal of benefiting from their, well, ignorance?