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What does “I really cleaned out the place” mean?

In the comedy Weird Loners there is an exchange, You guys eat up, that's plenty. I really cleaned out the place. What does it mean?
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Is “Interpose Model” the correct term

I have a question in context of electrical engineering. Imagine a schematic of electrical components or a netlist, where I want to change the behavior of one part by cutting the wiring and adding a ...
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What is a “moorland farmer”?

I came across the phrase "moorland farmer" yesterday while reading The Hound of the Baskervilles, and Google shows that the phrase has some currency. [link] We don't have moors in the U.S. — or ...
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Moralizer or moralist?

Can anyone please explain the difference between words: moraliser and moralist? Which one has got more positive meaning? Which one would be more appropriate, for example, in such a sentence: Charles ...
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First, second and third conditional

I found this sentence in my workbook: If you were a king, what'd your wife be called?" Why was the ‘second conditional’ used here? That situation is completely impossible, so I think, it ...
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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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Can *narrow minded* be positive?

As narrow is being not wide and not flexible, can it also be upright?
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Is there any difference in the meaning of these sentences?

Is there any difference in the meaning of the following sentences? Or do they mean the exact same thing? Thank you. By doing both, you have completed the task. By doing both, you completed the ...
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GRE : Choose any two words which when substituted in blank produce sentences with similar meaning

Sentence : Perhaps the policy prohibiting background checks was to blame for the fact that the police force, usually staffed by men of high moral values, had been infiltrated by so many__________ . ...
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What is the inverse of the “nocebo effect”?

The opposite of the "the nocebo effect" is the "placebo effect". What is the inverse? (something that is supposed to harm but actually makes feel better)
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transform a paragraph to independent sentences [on hold]

I'd like to know if there is rules to transform a paragraph into a set of independent sentences. for example: "The vision system extracts interest points, sequentially matches them across views, and ...
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Use of until/till

I usually get confused while using those words....... For example: "The producers already confirmed that Bran Stark and his associated storyline will not reappear until Season 6." Here,will Bran ...
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Merrily did we drop below the kirk

Here is an excerpt from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Coleridge: The ship was cheered, the harbour cleared, Merrily did we drop Below the kirk, below the hill, Below the ...
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How can I use “accumulate” word in english?

could any one explain me how to use accumulate word in english and in which context. Yesterday I tried to use it as in the followig example The banks will begin accumulate intrests on debtors ...
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“will” vs “shall” in the movie Pride and Prejudice [duplicate]

This extract from the film script of Pride and Prejudice (1995) and the meaning of some sentences are a bit vague for me. Why does Kitty use will in the first sentence and shall in the second? Is ...
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Meaning of the phrase “empty your pipe against the heel of your boot” [on hold]

Not being a native English speaker, I'm reading What to Talk About to improve my communication skills. While reading, I came across this phrase: empty your pipe against the heel of your boot. I ...
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Problems with the meaning of the word 'even'

I understand the meaning of this word in general, but there's just one question. Here are two examples: We painted even the floor. AND We even painted the floor. Are they correct and if ...
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What is the meaning “It is permitted us to know …”

I saw a sentence It is permitted us to know respecting the signs, which are spoken by the prophets, for they foretold signs by which the consummation of the times is to be expected by us from day ...
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“Sorry excuse for a” VS “Sorry excuse of a”? [on hold]

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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I don't understand the difference between slightly and a bit? [on hold]

What is the difference in meaning or usage between slightly and a bit? For example, the sentence: I thought she was younger than me, but in fact she proved to be even slightly older. Is ...
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What is the meaning of “With little to”? [on hold]

What is the meaning of "with little to" e.g. "alternative realities with little to no conflict"
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Meaning of a “snatched Saturday afternoon”

From On Chesil Beach, by Ian McEwan (an English author): This was a snatched Saturday afternoon. They knew that it was one of the last days of full-blown high summer—it was already early ...
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Why do people in the scientific community use terminology such as renal, hepatic, and cardiac instead of kidney, liver, and heart?

Why is there the need to map these everyday words onto another set of words when it seems to complicate matters? Is it just done out of tradition, or is there some underlying logic to it?
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Can “Claptrap” be used to mean low quality?

In this article in The Age, boats being used by asylum seekers are described as being "claptrap": The boat, like many of the claptrap vessels flooding Italy's shores each week with migrants ...
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“Being” or “to be”? [duplicate]

Which is better structured? "She loves to be herself instead of showing off" or "She loves being herself instead of showing off" or "She loves being and not appearing"
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Is there a word called Deboarding? [on hold]

Is this a correct usage: "When you deboard the train,..."
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What is the opposite of boarding? [on hold]

When you enter into a flight, its called boarding. So what is it called to exit out of a flight?
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Why do programmers say: “Did you meet the Spartans?”

English is not my maternal language and on development/IT forums, I've found the expressions "Did you meet the spartans?" or "I've met the spartans?". To set the context, they are speaking about a new ...
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What is the correct visualization of “first left down the hallway”?

I hear a lot of native speakers say something like this: Once in the arena take first left down the hallway Take your first left down the hallway. When you come to the second floor, make a left and ...
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When advertisers say product X has N times less 'thing' than product Y, what do they mean [duplicate]

Here is an example: NESTLÉ a+ SLIM Milk has 15 times less fat than regular toned milk. Source:http://www.nestle.in/brands/nestleaplusslim So the question is this: say regular toned milk has 100 ...
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Does a phrase, “something authentic” make sense?

I'm a non-native English speaker recently trying to launch my own company named "Origin Authentic" And I'm also planning to launch a brand named "Honey Authentic" which is to be a name of a dessert ...
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a “piece” vs. an “item” of clothing

What is the difference between an item of clothing and a piece of clothing? Can I say "three pieces of clothing" or "three items of clothing"? Are they used identically?
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Does this sentence have two meanings? If not which one is the true meaning?

So I had a disagreement with a friend of mine in translating a sentence into my mother language. I wonder if it has 2 meanings. I'll give the following 2 sentences too for you to understand the ...
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Can someone explain this quote from 'The Tempest'?

I was reading a Russian translation of Shakespeare's The Tempest, when the queer word choice by the translator made me open the original work to see what the author actually wrote. And here it is: ...
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What does “the must of dried leaves” mean? [on hold]

Can I say "must" here, means smell? . . . the smell of the air that day: piñon burning somewhere in the distance, the must of dried leaves, the lingering smoke of a campfire clinging to his ...
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Does “is potentially faster” imply “is not slower”?

Someone said to me, "X is potentially faster than Y". Without any clarification at that point, I immediately assumed that the speaker thought that X was at least not slower than Y. It was revealed in ...
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What is the difference between 'finished' and 'completed'?

What is the difference between 'finished' and 'completed', As both words gives the same meaning. Ex 1: He finished his homework. Ex 2: He completed his homework. And also how to use or ...
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Expression of 'in other quarters'

Of course, Percival Brooks, the eldest son, would inherit the bulk of the old man's property and also probably the larger share in the business; he, too, was good-looking, more so than his brother; ...
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What does ramiculated mean?

In the introduction to his 1956 paper A plea for excuses, John Austin writes The subject of this paper, Excuses, is one not to be treated, but only to be introduced, within such limits. It is, or ...
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Meaning of no more likely

A is no more likely than B. Does this mean 1) A is either as likely or less likely than B 2) A and B occur with the same likelihood.
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What does “The deck is stacked” in Hillary Clinton’s presidencial candidacy announcement mssage mean?

Washington Post’s (April 15) carries an article under the title, “Hillary Clinton sounded a little like Elizabeth Warren in 2008, too” accompanied with the following lead copy. “Hillary Clinton's ...
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Meaning of lyrics in song 'Black Matilda' [closed]

This will be a long one, I have trouble with many lines in this song, but if you want one big question, then who or what is Black Matilda. Other lines explained would be nice as well. The ones I have ...
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Is there a word which describes the feeling of wishing you were in an alternative timeline?

This one stems from a conversation with a few friends this morning via Telegram, in which one participant posed that question, netting them a few slightly sarcastic responses (chronodysphoria being my ...
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What does “get the effect of” mean?

I quoted this paragraph from internet which is about what is MVC(the pattern of Model-View-Controller). I don't find it terribly useful to think of MVC as a pattern because it contains quite a ...
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What does this sentence mean: “You watched his face crack open and your world shifted, …”?

quoted from: To Forget: The look on your son’s face when you accused him of taking fifty dollars out of your purse. You were so certain; nothing he said could sway you. You watched his face crack ...
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The use of possessive pronouns in phrases like “I don't know my geography” or “He certainly knows his Star Wars”

There's a rather peculiar use of possessive pronouns. In my experience, it normally occurs in the context of referring to someone's familiarity with a particular subject (or lack therof), e.g. You ...
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“Down in my boots”

May Sarton, an early 20th century poet, wrote in a letter: "Politically I am down in my boots." What could she mean? Angry? Frustrated? Disheartened?
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Meaning and Origin of word “Pantheon”?

I spotted the word "Pantheon" here on the first and second paragraph on The Hindu but not able to understand the editor's view. On the 125th birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, on April 14, ...
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what does it mean?confused [closed]

A is second left of F and who is not immediate of C and H. Does it mean A is not immediate of C and H? F is not immediate of C and H?
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What does “make off campus” mean in following sentence? [closed]

That idea never made it off campus; the ideas that will ship on April 24 are focused on streamlining the time it takes a user to figure out whether something is worth paying attention to.