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Sentence Meaning

What is the meaning of the sentence "Even as a young man, bob had some bias against poor people, but during his years in social services, his bad opinions ossified into unshiftable views"
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What is the role/function and origin of “to” being used in the idiomatic phrases “there's something to him/her/it” and “there's nothing to it”?

"something to him/her/it" Google Books (to him): Google Books (to her): Google Books (to it): The phrase meaning "there's something (with respect to/about) him/her/it (that is observable/...
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The word that describes maintaining your body on the water surface

What is the verb or the word indicating the following action: when you are in the water and you can't swim but you just move you extremities so hard and quickly to remain on the water surface and to ...
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Is it right to say that and all? [on hold]

My many friends are using that and all.I am not sure it's right or wrong.Please help me .
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the difference meaning between humiliate and ridicule [on hold]

i get new word, ridicule, that means making fun of someone in harsh way how about humiliate. i think there both have similiarity but there both not a synonym. what is the difference ? thanks
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how to correctly rephrase the sentence [on hold]

in the following sentence: ..such poor educational system produces scientifically sterile generations able just to regurgitate what i ment be "scientifically sterile generations" is, a ...
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How many is many?

Many is a great word for its ambiguity. You needn't know the actual number and you're still fine to say many. It lets you speak without knowing, or focus on the main idea without getting lost in the ...
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which is the meaning and in which occasions you use the expression: “out and about”?

My colleague used "out and about" in a work environment and I'm not sure what she was meaning. Could you help me. Thank you. Lorenzo
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Difference between individual and standalone [on hold]

I am wondering what is difference between these two words. My dictionary says that they both stands for the same thing. Is that true? I do not think so. Please can you explain me usage of both of ...
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I dislike his/him being blunt [on hold]

What is the difference between the two sentences below? Are they both grammatically correct? I dislike his being blunt. I dislike him being blunt.
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How has pathetic fallacy's meaning changed?

When John Ruskin first coined the term pathetic fallacy he truly did mean that people were committing a fallacy when describing inanimate objects as having characteristics (or having pathos so were ...
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What does “The Cruz-Trump relationship goes solid #TBT” mean?

Washington Post July 21 issue carries an article under the headline, “The Cruz-Trump relationship goes solid #TBT,” followed by the lead copy; And now the finale. Tonight is "Making America One ...
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What does 'one' in this sentence refer to?

The past decade has seen a growing public fascination with the complex “connectedness” of modern society. At the heart of this fascination is the idea of a network – a pattern of interconnections ...
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what is the 'office of call-boy'?

And thus was the curtain rung down on the first act. The second act opened only a couple of days later, the office of call-boy—to pursue the metaphor to the bitter end—being discharged by a Belgian ...
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What would be the proper usage of “Qua” in a sentence?

I'm a native English speaker, but I'm trying to expand my vocabulary slightly. I looked this up online, and the definition for it baffled me. How exactly would I go about using this particular word?
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Should I say “education resources” or “educational resources”?

In the following sentence: The stagnation in the educational process in middle east is quasi attributed to the deficit in the budget allotted to the education resources. Should it have been "......
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Significance of the term “London town”?

I have heard multiple instances of "London town" in Gwen Stefani's song Rich Girl, and in a commercial for the second Garfield movie (just a TV spot, not a trailer). I want to know what it means and ...
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What might be the name of the educational stages prior to the university?

What could one call the educational stages prior to university? I know that there are the primary, elementary and secondary levels of education. But is there a hypernym for just the aforementioned ...
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Is chicken coop acceptable in written journalism

Can we use chicken coop in a research, or there is a better word for that? The context is a refugee blaming the government for leaving her family in tents for so long. She says to the researcher that ...
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What do we call a person who does shoe polishing

In many countries, there are people in the streets who do shoe polishing on the go. Please refer to the attached image. What is the word for such a person?
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Figurative usage of “salvific”

Note that English is not my mother-tongue. Would a native speaker understand that the following sentence is trying to convey that the protagonist is relieved by the fact that he'd been able to set ...
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Is there any difference between the meanings of “phonetic translation”, “phonetic transcription”, and “transliteration”?

I was asked to provide phonetic translation for legal name (as original characters are none-Latin characters), does it mean I must make transliteration (or phonetic transcription)?
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A strange meaning of the word “handle”. Can it mean “a leader”?

I encountered an occurrence of the word "handle", which is strange to me, in an article, here is an excerpt: The cow, revered by Indian upper caste Hindus as a Mata (mother), has been used to spur ...
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Is there a word for “ someone who hates people from their own country”? [duplicate]

A xenophobe is someone who holds a strong dislike toward people from other countries. My question is: is there a word for someone who holds a strong dislike toward people from their own country? I ...
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What does “Culture Devourer” mean?

So I've seen this expression in a sentence which seems to be a career. Can anyone tell me what does it mean? Poya was in his earlier days a culture devourer. He once went to a record store and ...
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What is the meaning of “plumbing”?

I ran into the following sentence from this article: ...“Swarmkit” to refer to the plumbing open source orchestration project. After referring dictionary, I still can't figure out what is the ...
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What does “move his bust around” mean in this context? [on hold]

Quite the contrary, actually. Winston Churchill, on the other hand, was terrible to his servants and family, and he was such a well-regarded leader that you can’t even move his bust around now without ...
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How to spell [kæʃt] in the sense of “expended”

I have Googled but can't even find this word sense in online dictionaries. I've heard the word [kæʃt] used in the sense of "expended", such as in the following examples: My drink is [kæʃt]. (...
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Meaning of the bold part [on hold]

I was reading an article and I came across this sentence : Glover is a moral philosopher,whose stock in trade is the hypothetical moral dilemma. What does the bold part mean?
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What does “howl about” exactly mean in the following text ? [duplicate]

The original text is : Mikhail Gorbachev complains that NATO’s rhetoric at its summit in Warsaw “simply howls about the effort to almost announce war against Russia.”
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Meaning of phrase “keep car in drive” [on hold]

I found this phrase while listening to John Mayer's song Why Georgia; tried searching for its meaning to no avail. I am tempted to keep the car in drive And leave it all behind What does ...
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What does “A question of singular importance” mean? [on hold]

I keep searching for this on Google but can't find its meaning. I was reading a question on Quora and I couldn't grasp the answerer's first line because I didn't know what this meant. Does it mean "a ...
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What is the meaning of “melancholy”? [on hold]

Firstly, Let me expose that I am preparing for IELTS and I want to know the meaning of the name "melancholy". Secondly, while watching movie Pirates of the Caribbean at Stranger Tides I came across ...
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What does “exit” mean when used in investment?

I read some blogs, there are something like "I invested 20 startups, among which 10 exit". What does exit mean? Means the startup failed? broken?
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What word am I looking for? Related to unique parts or non-universal components

For example. You cannot use Mac parts in a Windows computer because they are ________ parts. <- I believe the word I am looking for starts with an S. Unique, not universal, can only be used on a ...
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the meaning of “all the way down …” in following sentence?

I am reading the book Guess How Much I Love You. What does "I love you all the way down the lane as far as the river. I love you across the river and over the hills" mean? Does it mean "When I am ...
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If someone has the right to something, how could I say in this situation

If someone has the right to something, how could I say in this situation. My client would like an organiser to cover flight ticket fare for business class due to physical health problem. According to ...
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meaning of “implicated reflection”

Does "implicated reflection" in the following context mean "participative thinking"? Talking to Our Selves: Reflection, Ignorance, and Agency By John M. Doris
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Laid down the gauntlet meaning [on hold]

In a book I'm reading there is a sentence like this Einstein laid down the gauntlet by considering as valid only two ways of understanding time. I guess that laid down the gauntlet means ...
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Difference between 'spake' and 'spoke'?

The King James Bible interchangeably uses 'spake/spoke', 'sware/swore' and 'bare/bore' for the simple past tenses of 'speak', 'swear', and 'bear', respectively. Were their interchangeability an ...
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Word or phrase for the moment/reason/motive you reveal to someone why you had acted a certain way prior to parting ways

A massive cliche in action movies (especially James Bond), but is there actually a word for that moment when the evil villain reveals their deadly plot to the action hero before (usually attempting ...
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word descibes teaching by order

What is the proper word for describing the kind of teaching which based on executing/applying what you heard from your teacher without thinking of it or even applying reason. To just to do what you ...
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Is this the correct use of “catalogue” [on hold]

Example: He came up with a catalogue of things his father said or did which upset him. Is the use of "catalogue" correct in this example? I personally think so, as the word derives from the Greek ...
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What does it mean to describe a movie as “perennial favorite”? [on hold]

I have seen the word used to describe the movie "Bringing Up Baby" in a review on IMDB. Howard Hawks, the director of "Bringing Up Baby", was not a name one associates with screwball comedy. ...
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Is “Tenor” okay?

I came across an advertisement which reads as follows: As one may find, the advertisement uses the word "Tenor" to say that the Bond would have a term (or duration) of 8 years. Is "Tenor" okay in ...
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What is the definition of the following sentence ''His broad, windburned face bore a set"? [on hold]

I was reading a fantasy novel by Terry Brooks, The Sword of Shannara, and in the first paragraph I came across the following sentence: His broad, windburned face bore a set, placid look, and only ...
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More negative version of astonished

I'm trying to use the word astonished in a sentence but to convey that I am surprised at a negative outcome. Is there a better word for this than astonished? Example: I was astonished at the lack of ...
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how to describe a person capable of reading and writing in more than one language [duplicate]

what would describe the person who able to read and write in more than one language. Is there any other descriptive word than "Bilingual"?
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What does mean “just given” [on hold]

What does mean "just given" in the following sentence: "Yet however obvious and irrefutable the Humean argument just given may appear, Kant's transcendental argument may be regarded as a direct ...
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Word that is like a neutral version of 'cliché'; 'canonical' is likely a synonym

I've been struggling with thesauri, learned friends, and hopeless google searches. The word I'm looking for describes a 'go-to' example or conventionally used style that isn't official. Something ...