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What does “an irate ex waving a maintenance order” mean?

I said: Finally, I found you Grumpy! (Grumpy is the name of the site) Grumpy replies: That comment has the distinct flavour of an irate ex waving a maintenance order! :-) Can you ...
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Meaning of 'to mother someone' [on hold]

Could someone explain me please exact meaning of phrase 'to mother someone' and in which cases I can use it. As I managed to figure it out, means: to take care of someone or to look after of someone. ...
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how many sounds does the Letter O have

How many different sounds does the letter O have? I understand that it has more than any other letter in the alphabet?
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Pronunciation for the word “competent.”

I hope that some of you might be able to quell this dilemma of mine. I would like to know the British pronunciation for the word "competent." Is it pronounced as: "com-pɪ-tent" or "com-pə-tent" with ...
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Infiltration & Neoplasia

I'm working on/reading a scientific article about the use and effects of Corticosteroid or Ketorolac on rabbit tendons and I got stuck at infiltration in the following excerpts: "Despite the ...
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'Not feeling clever' - how far does this extend?

The other day, when my wife was unwell, I happened to mention to a relative in Norfolk that she wasn't 'feeling too clever'. He instantly knew what I meant. But it made me wonder how far this idiom ...
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It's an expected label or It's an label expected. what's the difference?

Can anyone help me analyze the difference between the following two sentences? It's an expected label. It's a label expected.
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What does “scored heavily against” mean?

What does "scored heavily against" mean? As in the following sentence. A scored heavily against B in that TV encounter. Update: Thanks for the answer. In the book that I'm reading, it was not ...
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What does amongst mean in this sentance? [on hold]

"Some children are addicted to video games and their mindset and behaviour becomes more focused on wanting to play games rather than enjoying time with their families. Amongst these games are ...
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“learnings” to talk about things that were learned but that were not taught

I understand that the use of learnings is very controversial. Some say you can't use it, while others say, "there is nothing wrong with teachings, so why with learnings?". I want to use learnings not ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between “ill-treat” and “mistreat”?

I'm aware they are synonyms, but all the same I'm interested in knowing if one word is usually used more in one particular context, for example, or reserved for such a context. Or whether either one ...
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What does “all stand” mean?

I have to know what "all stand" means for a final test tomorrow. I've looked all over Google, with not a trace of what it may mean. It's a term used by sailors, that's the extent of my knowledge.
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“on the back of” meaning and implications

A The Independent of London article, The rise and rise of Sudoku, reads: [...] sales of pencils in Britain are reported to have risen 700 per cent on the back of the Sudoku boom. Question: Does ...
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Fraught, as in Overwrought Anxiety?

How did "fraught" come to include the second definition? What is the connection? FRAUGHT adjective: 1. (of a situation or course of action) filled with or destined to result in (something ...
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Does “precipitation” have anything to do with “precipitous”?

precipitation the action or process of precipitating a substance from a solution. rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. archaic,the fact or quality of acting suddenly and rashly ...
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Do phrases “Yes, it did not.” and “No, it did not.” have different meanings? [duplicate]

Let say the question is: So this ended up not working? What is the proper way to say, this indeed not work? These two seem fine to me: Yes, it did not. or No, it did not. Are they ...
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Is there a difference between a TV and a TV set?

Why can a one-piece TV be called a "TV set" if a TV is a single item?
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Need a word that rhymes with 'skin' [on hold]

Need a word/phrase that rhymes with skin and has to do neglect or self-centeredness
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What does 'Chabo' usually mean [on hold]

Does Chabo mean rooster? I learn it from the image search results on google. I want to know the origin or definition of Chabo, especially the reason why it means rooster? This word comes from here ...
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Secret origin of the dude = butthair meme

My daughter came back from Catechism today with an interesting spiritual fact. Apparently she was told that a dude is another name for butt hair. It's entry 17 or so on urban dictionary, dated 2006 ...
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What is the meaning of joke “may it plizzle the cozizzle” in Futurama?

In Futurama 5ACV16, character Leela, while in court, says "May it plizzle the cozizzle" instead of "may it please the court" to the judge (Snoop Dogg's head). I am not native English speaker, but I ...
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What's a good word for 'clear mindedness' and 'an ability to see something as a whole'?

I'm looking for a title for something I'm working on, so ideally it would have to flow and be attractive. The two best words I can think of is clarity, and panoptic. But I can't have the meanings ...
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Is it grammatically correct to say 'the outfit is relaxed'?

One of my students while describing a person in the coursebook said that 'her outfit is relaxed'. I doubt whether one can actually say so, but she insists that she came across the exact phrase in one ...
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How would you interpret this question on values?

I think I will rephrase this question. How would you interpret "impact on values"? For example, would a possible impact on values be that that value is no longer important to the person? Say, a ...
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Word for the feeling of dread/complacency that comes when starting something new

Is there a word for the feeling of that comes when faced with something new and you really have to push yourself hard to actually start and get into the flow of said task or situation? It seems to be ...
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Have I used “encourage someone” appropriately? [on hold]

My attitude may contradict itself, saying that something is impossible but then encourage one to try to do so. My teacher said that "encourage" is indeed in a wrong form, but she will not tell me ...
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Does the word “depression” refer to an emotion, or a condition?

Particularly when used in a narrative piece, I often notice liberal use of the word "depression", which often seems to be used as a synonym for "sad." Can one be depressed for a few moments in time? ...
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What is a “hot meal”?

The obvious answer is "a meal which is hot", but when I see this phrase it often seems as if there is a deeper meaning present, as if there is some major distinction between hot meals and other meals ...
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How did the meaning of 'drone' come to be so broad?

Ten years ago, the word "drone" was either used to refer to drone bees or the experimental technology that was autonomous military UAVs. Five years ago, it was increasingly used simply to add flair ...
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“Seeking for an answer” or “seeking an answer”

What is the difference between seeking an answer and seeking for an answer? I found an ngram which says that seeking an answer is used much more often compared to seeking for an answer but how about ...
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Is there a word or an idiom for respecting someone because you are afraid of him?

I am looking for a word or an idiom about showing respect to someone superior in work because you are afraid of him. I'm not talking about real respect or showing respect to him or his works, just ...
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What does “What the day brought” mean? [on hold]

I'd get into the cab and just see what the day brought, really. I was my own boss. What is the exact meaning of "what the day brought" in this sentence? I am curious!
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What is the word for someone that uses other people?

What is the word that describes a person who uses other people, generally for personal gain, without anything given in return? Maybe through blatancy or through manipulation. I was using extortionist, ...
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“Sorry excuse for a” VS “Sorry excuse of a”? [closed]

Which of the two is the correct sentence: You are a sorry excuse of a magician OR You are a sorry excuse for a magician If both applies, then what is the difference between the two and when should ...
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How to describe this fact with a independent clause?

In fact, with more time being left to myself, I started to read books I had aspired to read when I was in high school. I mean I had more time for leisure, so I spent them on books. My usage ...
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How to describe this kind of education in a non-western society?

The education I received in primary school and junior high school was comparatively open-minded and libertarian. I am describing China's education.The word "libertarian" is related with a particular ...
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Questions about “get” vs. “was given” and the Passive Voice

What is the difference in meaning between got and was given? I understand that got is in the active voice, was given is in the passive voice, and that they are different verbs. But what is the ...
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Which word should I choose in this context?

I have participated in many campaigns aiming at providing some opportunities for students to perceive vicariously what was going on in the real life behind the economic data which they were familiar ...
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Does “it gives me good feeling” make sense? [closed]

Helping others is important to me. It is beneficial to me as well, for it gives me good feeling.
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Is the use of “conversely” to mean “on the other hand” correct?

I've previously used "conversely" to mean "on the other hand". For example. I always thought this the correct usage. Conversely, I might be wrong. However, the OED defines it as: In the ...
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“Inter-”, “multi-”, “cross-”, “trans-” in relation to disciplines

In academia the words inter-discipline, multi-discipline, trans-discipline, or cross-discipline are used to describe a type of combination between different disciplines or the uniqueness of a field. ...
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Can I use “will” as non-auxiliary verb?

I was in England and I heard that some people use word "will" as non auxiliary verb, in meaning "wish". Have I misheard? If it is true, in which cases can I use "will" as non auxiliary verb?
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What are differences between “let”, “allow” and “permit”?

Dad doesn't let me watch that program. Can we use "allow" or "permit" instead of "let"? What are the differences in grammar? Which one is common use?
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What does “love me do” mean?

As many of you know, there is a famous song by the Beatles entitled Love Me Do. Nevertheless, I have some doubts about the correctness of such a title. Does "love me do" mean the same as "love me" or ...
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What is Name meaning for Belinda [closed]

My name is Belinda. In my locality, it is a rare name. So, everyone asks for its meaning. I know that it is the heroine name of "Rape of the lock". When i googled, I found that it has the meaning of a ...
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Meaning of literal interpretation

I'd like to understand the correct meaning(s) of the word literal. And by literal, I mean to ignore the colloquial pollution of the word in which one uses it to mean "virtually". According to a ...
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Differences between summary, abstract, overview, and synopsis

Are there subtle differences in meaning between the nouns summary, abstract, overview, and synopsis? Which would be the most appropriate term for a one-page "executive summary" of a research report? ...
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Difference between the terms 'famous' & 'infamous'; 'valuable' & 'invaluable'

Question in Short: Why is it that the terms valuable and invaluable mean almost the same thing while the terms famous and infamous are almost semantically opposite in meaning? That is, one is used to ...
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Etymology of the phrase “Twenty-three Skidoo” as used in “Hey Arnold!”

The phrase “Twenty-Three Skidoo” has a very interesting and mysterious history described very thoroughly by the wikipedia article on the phrase. However, this article seems to indicate it’s usually ...
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What's the meaning of 'deflating mots' in this sentence?

I'm graduating in translation and one of my 2nd semester's works is a movie review about Philomena. I am stuck, however, at this part: (He's an) expert purveyor of deflating mots on any subject, ...