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What does “case” mean in the following context?

I firmly believe that imagination is coming from knowledge, experience, and most of all, reading. Reading things in our sphere, say, blogging and SEO (if I am the case) there is nothing ...
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What does “value” mean in the following context? [on hold]

Create Value “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” Most people approach the word “success” wrongly. It’s not just being bare-wealthy and having big firm who runs ...
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Off the turnpike - what does it mean?

In E. L. Doctorow's Book of Daniel I read the following sentence: The state police brought Susan in off the turnpike and that makes her a public charge. Susan is an inmate of a mental ...
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How many flies does it take to screw in a light bulb? [migrated]

I encountered this lightbulb joke today, but I can’t figure out why it is funny: Q: How many flies does it take to screw in a light bulb? A: Two, but I don't know how they got in there. My ...
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Does “Fat Fighters” mean that the group fights against fat, or that they are fatty?

We are having an argument about whether naming a gym "Fat Fighters" communicates the right message. The name should suggest that they fight against fat (obviously). The "fat" is both noun and ...
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What does “in forming a human being” mean?

I just want to understand what the speaker meant in this sentence. I think there is nothing more important in forming a human being than your family.
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The experts in the field and the dictionary give the definition of words (such as Wisdom, etc). Which one is more precise?

Ok, the Philosopher defines "Wisdom" as the "the use of knowledge" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisdom) whereas the dictionary defines "Wisdom" as "the quality of having experience, knowledge, and ...
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meaning of: “Might be dated though!” [on hold]

Actually, I got a reply from the author of a blog. It is the following I am glad it's of help to someone! Might be dated though! However, I understand the meaning of the first part, that the ...
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Straight from the horse's mouth

I want to use the phrase "Horse's Mouth" in one of the applications that I am creating to refer to a group that have the original story. In the same application, there is another group of people, who ...
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BBC, Playtime: Summer fair, don't understand certain parts from audio program

The radio program is here: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio/playtime/playtime_20150512-0900a.mp3 Don't understand the following fragments: 00:40 – There are lots of brightly … … 01:30 ...
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What does “still informant” mean in the following context?

With his ideas still informant, Albert Einstein was 22 years old when he sat out alone on foot across the Alps.
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What does “strip away all the sound and fury” means?

I have seen this comment on Ed Miliband's current rhetoric: "Strip away all of the sound and fury and what people across England, Scotland and Wales, across every part of the UK, are saying is: ...
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In (a) broad range of

Should "a" be used in the titular expression? I've found instances in which "a" used : This book presents a practical introduction to signal analysis techniques that are commonly used in a broad ...
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Of sorts vs A sort of

What basically is the difference (if any) between these two expressions - of sorts and (a) sort of He would wear a coat of sorts. He would wear a sort of coat.
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What is the meaning of “old sport”?

In the film "The Great Gatsby," Mr. Gatsby says "Sorry, old sport, I thought you knew"; what is the meaning of old sport?
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Chinny chin chin

In Three Little Pigs they reply to the wolf Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin What Is the meaning of this? Where did it come from?
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Difference between 'take' and 'steal' w.r.t. kidnapping

As synonyms for kidnapping, is there any difference between Take and Steal. The question raised to me based on two movie titles with almost identical plot: Stolen (Starring Nicolas Cage) and Taken ...
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The patient is 'through'

After the treatment, the patient is through except for follow-up. What does through mean in the above— recovered from the sickness? What about 'except for follow-up'?
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'look the worse for'

After a night of profound slumber in Margaret’s bed she looked very little the worse for her fright and her wetting. from Grey Mask by Patricia Wentworth The above expression of look the worse ...
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What is the meaning of "confluent''?

What is the meaning of the word confluent in the context of the phrase the confluent of the river?
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Is “cause” instead of “because” becoming Standard English?

Nowadays, I'm seeing a drastic increase in usage of cause in place of because, especially in written English. People are in such a hurry, that a statement like below passes off like Standard English: ...
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German, the Origin of the name [on hold]

DOES THE WORD GERMAN MEAN "WAR MAN"? Is it the name the Romans gave the Assyian people?
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Does the word “writing” denote all forms of using characters to convey information?

In legal practices it is common to deliver a written notice to a defendant. This may be a physical letter or an email. This got me thinking about the meaning of written. The Oxford dictionary defines ...
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What is “Techeuns” and it's transcription [on hold]

Examples: The Techeuns gather at the door as the Queen approaches it. Beside her, where the Wolves' Guard used to stand, Techeuns Shuro and Sedia hovered instead, their jewel-like augments gently ...
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Soft alternative to however, although, but at the beginning of a sentence [on hold]

In technical writing, it is common to have a chain of sentences that convey an idea in the following format: "A sentence that talks about existing works". "A sentence that conveys a common problem ...
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Run it though / run it thought?

I came across the following dialogue in an American TV show, called Younger. Firstly I figured there was an error typing which the correct one should be run it through instead of run it though as I've ...
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I'm looking for a psychology term related to behavior motivation or inducement

Its a single word that essentially means motivation. There are both positive and negative versions of it like positive something - motivate by giving reward when someone does a good thing, or ...
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What does 'Hitlerian' mean, extract from Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita [on hold]

“With Mr. West, retired executioner or writer of religious tracts—who cared?—I saw neighbor what’s his name, I think they are French or Swiss, meditate in his frank-windowed study over a typewriter, ...
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at that time there were only men on campus

I also think that what our students get out of the arts and humanities is critical for them to develop a sense that is much bigger than the quantitative aspects of a problem to understanding ...
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what's the meaning of “around”

My aspiration for Dartmouth is to let it soar with its strengths, which are many; become the best it can possibly be around those things which it already does so well. -Jim Yong Kim, World ...
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does “willing” imply “allowing”?

I know that just because I am allowing something, it doesn't necessarily mean that I am desiring that something. But does "desiring" automatically imply "allowing"? for instance, does it make sense ...
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What is the difference between “I have specialized” and “I have been specializing”? [on hold]

Since then I have specialised in this work. Since then I have been specialising in this work. Is my thinking right that the first case means I may not now necessarily specialise only in this work, ...
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This sign appears in a car park in southern England. What does it mean? [on hold]

The wording seems to tell me it was composed by a non-native speaker. But to my mind it is telling me one of two things: Either,(1) not to divide my car into pieces and park the separate parts in ...
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“Conceal Carry” vs. “Concealed Carry”

I have been doing some research on firearms law lately, and have run across a lot of people using the phrase "conceal carry" to describe people carrying a concealed firearm. In my opinion, this should ...
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What does “doing press” mean in the following context?

From this scan of Paul we were able to turn him into a 3D printable figure. Some of you may already have seen photos of the figure. Paul had them with him whilst doing press for the 'Hope ...
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Some years on/in

It seems both in and on could work for denoting after several years. However, is there any difference between them? Today, a further six years on, they have hardly changed at all. and But ...
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The phase used: its a good day to die [on hold]

I am looking for a word that describes a meaning that is oviously not meant, i.e. "it's a good day to die" Without doubt its never a good day to cease to exist, but is there a word that describes ...
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Meaning of “whether loyalty in its application amounts to virtue depends on its extent and its object” [migrated]

Would you help me interpret the sentence "Whether loyalty in its application amounts to virtue depends on its extent and its object"? I guess it means that loyalty can be good or bad, dependent on ...
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We need to have a small discussion vs we need a small discussion [on hold]

Can you please clarify the difference on below sentence. We need to have a small discussion vs we need a small discussion
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What is the difference between “determining” and “analysing” [on hold]

Do "determining" and "analysing" have different meanings? What is the difference between "determining" and "analysing"? [...] while analysing current price characteristics. [...] while determining ...
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Is “scant little” redundant?

I have seen this written (and have used it myself as well) but never really bothered to notice the meaning before. However, upon further inspection, "scant" is defined as "barely sufficient or ...
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“unwilling” vs. “refuse”

Suppose Sam is a kind of person who always follows his own will when it comes to taking actions. In this case, are the two sentences below identical in meaning? Sam is refusing to make it ...
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Why do the names of so many places end in -ia?

Many countries, continents, states, and cities have an English name ending in ‘-ia’: India, Indonesia, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Asia, Alexandria, Philadelphia, California, … What ...
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“You belong to me” or “You belong with me” [on hold]

What's the difference between the titular expressions? if any, at all. Oxford and Cambridge dictionaries could not help!!
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Difference between “riddle” and “puzzle” [on hold]

What's the difference in using these synonym verbs. What's difference in meaning of the following sentences? Could those verbs be used interchangeably? I am riddled knowing there are so many ...
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Which is the appropriated term to refer to the paper with barcodes that you pay in your internet banking or physical bank?

I have an issue with an online purchase in the Steam platform. Now I need to open a ticket to get my issue solved, but I do not know which is the correct term to refer to the payment method that I ...
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Usage of 'can't' and its meaning

Our dog escaped! You can't have shut the door properly! Does the phrase 'You can't have shut the door properly!' mean 'You must have shut the door in a wrong way', or 'you haven't been able to ...
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what does hard copy subscription mean?

I want to know what does "hard copy subscription" mean ? full sentence : where payment is primarily for physical goods or services (e.g., buying movie tickets, or buying a publication where the price ...
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Shifting Tenses

I'm working on definition essays. As I read a couple of sentences, I came up with a question. I'll appreciate your help: "Two years ago, I read a story which revolved around the life of a spoiled ...
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“A meeting” vs “a meetup”

I've seen questions here and here and also tried googling but it's still kinda confusing to me. Is there any difference between the meanings of "a meeting" and "a meetup", and when can/can't I use one ...