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Using the word 'option' meaning 'a variable', not 'an alternative'

There are two meanings of the word 'option', that I have encountered: A variable that takes one of the multiple possible values. (e.g. "You should set the resolution option to 'default'") An ...
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Is Expoxymoron a real word? What does it mean? [on hold]

I searched a bit around the web and found no definition for it - but somehow the word popped in my mind and so it must be real ;-)
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The words “objective” and “subjective”

We say subjective to indicate that something is based on feelings and opinions, and objective to indicate the opposite. Why are these the same words as objective and subjective referring, in grammar, ...
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Does ‘close’ sometimes now mean ‘in close contact’?

Does ‘close’ sometimes now mean ‘in close contact’, rather than ‘on affectionate and intimate terms’ in expressions like these: We are close. I thought the two of you were close.
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Definition of 'Eucharist' [on hold]

From varied dictionaries dating from Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of 1755 to Webster's International Dictionary of 1947 the definition of Eucharist is either thanksgiving or emblems of the sacrament ...
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Do you hear “snarky”, to imply some level of wry, off-the-cuff, perhaps mildly acerbic, humor?

People I know use the word that way, but most online definitions put it, I'd say more in the range between acerbic and acid, with no humor. MW does have a second "irreverent" sense, that's also ...
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In the cards or on the cards?

This seems to be a BrE/AmE distinction - is it? And do Americans use the phrase with more of a mystical Tarot card slant, compared to its British English meaning of simply 'likely to happen'?
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Which verb is used to tell: check and pass it

I'm looking for a verb that when I'm saying: XXX it, then I would mean: Check it and if it was valid, pass it What should be the XXX? Or any verb that have a similar meaning as the mentioned sentence. ...
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What does “as in any number of other endeavors” mean? [on hold]

Below is the context. All the information in this book comes with a fair warning: As in any number of other endeavors, the solutions we discuss can be done in more than one way. You should also be ...
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66 views

What is the meaning of unhighlight [on hold]

What does the word "unhighlight" mean? Alternately, is it even a word? What would be its usage? I can't find it in my dictionary or on the internet. I am using it in the context of if you highlight ...
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4answers
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What does “to put it charitably” mean?

There was the following sentence in the article titled “Why Rick Perry may be out of luck” appearing in the New Yorker (August 19): "Last Friday, the Texas Governor was indicted on two counts: ...
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1answer
34 views

Aptitude to learn proprietary systems/applications quickly and easily

Updating my resume and I am trying to make this "resume highlight" make sense. I originally had it written as "Able to learn proprietary systems/applications quickly and easily" but I was looking for ...
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1answer
50 views

What is the meaning of this line of Andrew Marvell's poem?

O do not run too fast, for I will but bespeak thy grave, and die – Andrew Marvell in The Nymph Complaining for the Death of her Fawn Is the Nymph addressing the fawn here, saying "I will bear ...
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1answer
39 views

what is the meaning of about time? [on hold]

I saw this meaning in the middle of a conversation, I hope you could help me, what is the meaning of "about time" in this phrase: "About time you came back."?
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1answer
82 views

Would using moot and oxymoron in a sentence as this one be correct? “Nothing is more oxymoronic than stating a 'moot point' in a discussion forum” [on hold]

There are many questions in this site on the meaning and usage of the word 'moot'. Reading most of the answers, I am only convinced that I need more tutoring on the topic! So here is my question - ...
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could you explain the below sentence?

Target of the project =Training programme and dates according to project detailed workplan
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what is the meaning of the phrase “In the interest of honesty”?

Recently I came up on a question: In the interest of honesty, are you minimizing any important details that your prospects should know? What is the meaning of the phrase in this context ?
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29 views

When do you say? [on hold]

When do you say: is or are will or shall lend or borrow ...? There are more — add them if you think of more.
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1answer
72 views

'Upgradation' not universally accepted?

While copy-editing an article for a journal, I came across the word 'upgradation' underlined red by MS Word (It's underlined red even as I type it in Chrome). The publishers of the journal recommend ...
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60 views

How and when can we use “why else”? [on hold]

what kind of Grammer rules is using of " why else" ? when and how we ca use it? and for example, what is the meaning of " why else would you do it" ?
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Is there a word which means whatever you want it to mean? Or has no meaning?

I'm looking for a word which can be used in any situation to describe something in whatever way you want, i.e it's not a word and just fits in to places..., but is there an actual word which does ...
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0answers
28 views

“ I can't take the pressure ” [on hold]

What does " I can't take the pressure "? Does it mean I can't stand it? Or is it correct to use it in this way? I have read it in " this bad nigga dude I know. My God! I can't take the pressure!"
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61 views

What is a “Tamazie party”?

I found the term "Tamazie party" in a play by Joe Penhall. Is it a party related to drugs? Or does it have an idiomatic meaning? If it is a special party, is it just in Britain?
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Could someone tell me the meaning of this short phrase? [on hold]

These are the columns title of a table. I would appreciate if you could translate it. It's about a bio-safety project that is allotted to me: (i) Outcome /Objective level indicator (ii) Mid Point ...
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1answer
16 views

could you explain the below sentence about reporting?

"Half-yearly reporting included in overall project management costs" a report about the costs of the overall management of the project? or something else? thanks in advance
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23 views

Praise vs Glory [on hold]

What is the difference? As in 'To Glorify Him' and 'To Hymn His Praise'. I think I could also ask this question with a lower case 'h' in 'him'.
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1answer
31 views

what's a close synonym for “ sorted for Es and whiz”?

what's a close synonym for "sorted for Es and whiz"? and what does it mean in general? When And how can we use in conversation? is it polite or impolite or impolite?
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What's the meaning of the word “spitters” in The Chemical Worker's Song?

Amongst the different versions of this song (Known by various names including "The Chemical Worker's Song", "Process Man" and "The ICI Song") that are floating around, there seem to be two variations ...
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what does “ Plant Your arse” mean?

What Does " Plant your arse" mean? for example in greeting? And Is it Rude and offensive? or is politely? or if its meaning changes in different situations please explain. And please provide me some ...
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1answer
38 views

What is the meaning of 'busts up a chiffarobe'? [on hold]

According to this wikipedia entry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chifforobe, "Chiffarobe" appears frequently in Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird.[7] For instance, Tom Robinson "busts up a ...
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Does “Can I have lunch with you?” imply I have something to talk about with that person? [on hold]

Last week, I asked one of my coworkers to have lunch with me. I messaged him "Can I have lunch with you?" and he reply "No, I have a meeting until 2pm" Then around 4 pm, he walked to my desk and ...
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2answers
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What does “biased in your favour” mean in this sentence? [on hold]

I checked several dictionaries and googled and checked previous biased-related questions here including Is it "biased towards" or "biased against"?, Word for being biased ...
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Is there a word for this emotion? Resentment over someone's good fortune without wanting it - Not quite jealousy/envy

What is the word to describe this? I was reading up about the differences between jealousy and envy and this doesn't seem to fit either, when you don't actually want what the other person has, nor do ...
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What is the meaning of “all zero at the bone”? I can't make it out

From The Shining, by Stephen King: Jack turned back, all zero at the bone. What is the meaning of this expression?
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“He walks as if he is drunk.” Grammatically correct ? Any difference in meaning from “…as if he were drunk.”?

Is it grammatically correct to use an indicative verb after "as if", or "as though" for that matter? I've heard someone say: "He walks as if he is drunk." Would there have been any difference ...
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Understanding “so as” [duplicate]

I read information here, and in other places. But I can't come up with the perfect example that move away my doubt. I found this in Oxford Dictionary which help me a little bit. But no really ...
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3answers
104 views

What is the meaning of “a trouvaille, mon cher”? [on hold]

I was reading A Model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde and came across this line. Can someone explain it to me? "An amazing model?' shouted Jain at the top of his voice; 'I should think so! Such ...
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1answer
40 views

“To refuse oneself” vs “to refuse”

In which cases can we use "to refuse oneself" instead of "to refuse"? Can you use "oneself" to give more emphasis to the sentence, or are you only allow to use it when you refuse something done to ...
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1answer
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Usage of “Revised Document”

I offer two Word templates and recommend to use one of them in order to get a well-designed document. Using the expression revised document is correct in this case? For example: It is ...
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115 views

What does “f***ing pay” mean? [on hold]

I have never seen "fucking pay" before. what does it mean. I have read this in this sentences " Let's hope you're right. that's all I have to say. Because otherwise... you know? soneone, somewhere is ...
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1answer
103 views

What does “show some (a little) leg” mean?

There was the following sentence in the New York Times (August 16) article under the title, “Where the justice at justice.”: “Attorney General Eric Holder said in May that “no reporter who is ...
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Meaning of “Updated As Reported” [migrated]

I have a question about this example: link (move mouse over the blue question mark) Choose the ID that matches the office you want to visit. This information is reported by the doctor ...
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1answer
45 views

what does “But enough about me” mean?

I want to know whether or not "but enough about me" is an idiom ? if yes, what does it mean? and when and how we can use it?
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12answers
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You “show” someone a picture. You “---” someone a song?

In Maltese, we have a verb meaning "to show" corresponding to "to see/to look", and we have a different verb corresponding to "to hear/to listen": inti tara stampa (you look at a picture.) ---- ...
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1answer
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What is the meaning of lemniscate related with clothing? [closed]

Here is lemniscate is used as a part or feature of clothing. What doses it mean ? TIA
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1answer
41 views

Someone being mean to someone else [closed]

I'd like to know the meaning of "My dad's being mean to me."
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1answer
44 views

Are the phrases “at once” and “in one go” equally acceptable?

You should answer this question in one go ( at once ). Are both forms acceptable?
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553 views

Connotations of “quixotic”

Would you say quixotic has more of a positive connotation or more of a negative connotation? The definition for quixotic given by Merriam-Webster is: hopeful or romantic in a way that is not ...
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37 views

What does “Dirty Blue” mean? [closed]

"Dirty Blue" I heard this expression in a song and I don't understand its meaning.
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1answer
44 views

“Oblivion” as a state of forgetfulness?

I usually think of "oblivion" as referring to a state of being forgotten, as in the expression "consign to oblivion". Wiktionary includes this definition, but also gives "The state of forgetfulness ...