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What does 'to be maxed out' mean?

I want to understand what Chandler means when he says he's maxed out after thinking he's embarrassed by his bunny costume.
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The person who marries for money usually earns every penny of it

The person who marries for money usually earns every penny of it. ...anonymous quote. What does this phrase mean? It seems to suggest that if you marry for money, you will earn all of the money ...
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What does absent fraud mean?

I came across the phrase absent fraud in this article. I searched for its meaning on Google but didn't find anything. What does absent fraud mean? I can’t help but empathize with an employee ...
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64 views

How to understand 'flatter to deceive'?

How should you understand the expression: "flatter to deceive"? The Oxford Dictionaries defines flatter to deceive as: Appear promising but ultimately disappoint. Which is all nice and ...
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what do you mean by “opening out like a fan”? [on hold]

What is the meaning of "opening out like a fan from the shores"? This sentence is from the ad introducing a city for future travelers.
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Insert or Enter? [migrated]

What is the difference between Insert and Enter? If I have a form to fill in, which legend is better? Insert your data or Enter your data Thanks, Nk
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92 views

What does “it's all on you” mean?

I just wonder if "It is on you" can mean "It is because of you". This phrase is from Tony Stark in The Avengers, 2012 film. Common and natural saying in English-speaking countries?
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Is there a difference between “Wrong or Right” and “Right or Wrong”

I was writing about the difference between morals and ethics when i wrote the following line both these terms talk about the right and wrong conduct of people both these terms talk about the ...
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Meaning of 'All doubtless nourish the soul, but not all fatten the wallet'

I was going through an article on The Economist about returns of higher education and comparison of returns of various fields of study when I encoutered aforementioned phrase. It was quoted in the ...
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Job interview question [closed]

I'm a French man in my late 20s and I'm applying for a job for a prestigious American company. I've had a job interview with an American woman and she told me all was well but I'd have to be molded to ...
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Use “scope” to refer to a book's sections

I would like to know whether it is correct or not to use the word "scope" to refer to a book's section, subsection or paragraph. For instance We will address these matters in the next scope.
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Can you shorten this sentence?

Is there a shorter phrase with this meaning: I invited him to my party verbally when I met him. I thought perhaps the phrase I invited him personally meant this until I saw personal in written ...
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413 views

How can I describe it when you want to “sell” your personal image?

How can I describe when you want "sell" your image, sell how good you are at your job, for example? What phrase or idiom can I use for that? Here in Brazil (Portuguese) we have a metaphor like: "He ...
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Has the meaning to the question “Do you mind” changed ?

When a person asks "Do you mind if I ..." The response now days seems to be "Yes ..sure go ahead" which to me means they DO mind.. I hear this constantly on TV and in the work place, it just seems ...
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Please explain the meaning of the word “distance” in the sentence

Distance sometimes lets you know who's worth keeping and who's worth letting go Unless the distance is playing games with the vision and its all a mirage, a vagueness of a dream
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68 views

what does 'the roll of duck tape' mean? [closed]

what does 'the roll of duck tape' mean ? Would you please give me some examples to know how to use it?
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What's the meaning of “should we be interested”?

I contacted someone and he replied: ... I've passed your information along and someone will get back to you should we be interested. After sending him another message he replied: ... ...
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92 views

Reserve or book tickets?

In an app I am writing the user can book/reserve tickets for riding a bus. Which of the following terms does fit this process best? 'Reserve Tickets' or 'Book Tickets' Also, in some cases the user ...
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96 views

What is the meaning of the expression?

What does "Get all you can, can all you get, sit on the can." mean? It seems that Google can't help me with this one. Could you also explain its origin and how it is related to the meaning?
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146 views

“Who doors wins”

What does this expression mean? Who doors wins Is it an idiom? Or is it a typo? Apparently, it makes no sense.
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159 views

Meaning of “run flat out”

What does "I can run flat out for a half mile before my hands start shaking" mean? It was said in The Bourne Identity. I am not a native English speaker. I know the meaning of the individual words, ...
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307 views

One word/phrase to describe the reaction when you eat a very spicy-hot food

I've read the discussion here about Difference between “spicy” and “hot”. I've also read this one: How to say that food is hot (temperature) without the listener thinking that I mean “spicy”?. But I ...
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What's the meaning of “turning the state of the art to the state of the practice”?

What's the meaning of "turning the state of the art to the state of the practice" in the following context: "We have the resources, the professional experience and the background to deliver turnkey ...
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128 views

What does it mean to have a 'saucy facial expression'?

What does it mean to have a 'saucy facial expression'? I came upon a comment saying that and I have no idea what it means.
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“thank you for the kind words”

I have seen and/or heard the sentence "thank you for the kind words" more than once. The context is usually that the speaker is responding to an appreciative comment in a discussion whose overall ...
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735 views

What is the difference between complacency and condescension?

Sometimes I get confused between complacency and condescension, thinking they are the same thing. I am trying to understand the difference. Both seem to be attributes of a person who is more ...
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133 views

Explain the meaning of the two sentences

I'm a bit confused by these two sentences: The general government consumption expenditures are used as another measure of government size, although they do not account for the full government ...
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260 views

What exactly does “tally ho” mean?

I heard this tally ho in a youtube video (British). I also heard it in the movies "Jack the Giant Slayer", and "Spiderman 1". I understand it's some kind of expression or exclamation or idiom to say ...
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Is “mother tongue” exactly the same as “native language”?

Someone just told me "mother tongue" is exactly the same as "native language". I may be wrong, but I think the first one is not a good translation. Am I wrong?
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Relatively to each other — less awkward word?

I'm rating the performance of things in different dimensions on a scale, e.g. [--, -, 0, +, ++]. This ranking only describes the relative performance in one dimension, without referring to other ...
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409 views

How offensive is the expression “I am sick of you”?

Question 1: What is the meaning of "I am sick of you" exactly? Question 2: Does the meaning of this expression change depending on the context? Question 3: How offensive is this expression in ...
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340 views

Is “A Moveable Feast” more than home catering?

I read Hemingway's A Moveable Feast before I knew the term describing moveable feast days on the calender. Comparing Hemingway's famous quote about Paris: "If you are lucky enough to have lived in ...
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80 views

“He started paying Carol to look after me”

Can anybody help me understand this sentence? He started paying Carol to look after me... Does it literally mean he started to give her money for looking after me or is there some other meaning ...
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213 views

What does the phrase “today's dollars” mean? [closed]

I do not completely understand the meaning of the phrase "today's dollars" in this sentence from a document on health care expenses: "... they will need almost $400,000 in today's dollars by the ...
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142 views

Meaning of the phrase “to corner the world's pleasures”

So I was baffled when the women at college accused me and my sex of having cornered the world's pleasures. I know about the meaning of all of the words in this sentence, but I don't know the ...
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196 views

What does these sentences mean? Explain your answer [closed]

But as a boy, Sanders was also exposed to soldiers on military bases, and he came to view soldiering as the only available alternative to a life of toil_the warrior, faced not with toil, but with ...
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1answer
39 views

Choosing a title of academic article about theoretical comparison and implementation

First, I am not looking for title suggestions. I am wondering if there is a proper expression that express very well the content of my paper. The article theoretically compares between four algorithms ...
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58 views

Usage of “extensive participation”

What exactly does 'extensive participation' mean? Can I use this phrase in a sentence like this: Due to her extensive participation she hardly got time for her studies.
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What does “What use is X” mean?

I've come across this construct on Stack Overflow, in the title of the question "What use is lambda in PHP?" To me this was an error, so I edited the question changing the title to "What is lambda ...
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467 views

What does adding quotes to an expression do to its meaning?

I always thought it meant sarcasm when someone wrapped quotation marks around a word. "Thank you" for coming over... That thank you now was said sarcastically and was a passive-aggressive way of ...
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1answer
143 views

What is the meaning of “the green and blue of the crops”?

I'm reading the My mother never worked essay by Bonnie Smith-Yackel. In the other fields, when the oats and flax began to head out, the green and blue of the crops were hidden by the bright yellow ...
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168 views

Why “Daddy” in this sentence was written with a capital D?

Why is Daddy in this sentence written with a capital D? Her love letters to and from Daddy were in an old box, tied with ribbons and stiff, rigid-with-age leather thongs. This sentence is from ...
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The meaning of “Mid or feed”

What does the expression "Mid or feed" mean? I realized it was a quote from Einstein. In addition, what's the meaning of the "mid" and the "feed" in this semi-context? After a Google search, I see ...
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1answer
595 views

Is “a long way to go” the same as “you need to learn a lot”? [closed]

Today I cooked something, but the taste was not good (horrible, in fact). When my roomy tasted it, she said You gotta long way to go. I asked her what exactly it meant, she replied "You need to ...
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139 views

Meaning of the political phrase “he has bottom”

What is origin & meaning of the phrase "he has bottom" or "he lacks bottom"? This is a phrase used in UK politics a great deal.
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1answer
238 views

What does the phrase 'I feel like a pig in a wig' mean?

I heard this phrase in an interview: I feel like a pig in a wig. I understand from the context that it is like nothing, ugly or something similar. I have read that they use words that sound good ...
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4answers
228 views

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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70 views

What does “as poor a piece of journey-work” mean?

Could someone please explain the bold term to me in layman's terms: The gentleman's spiritual intercourse seemed to me as poor a piece of journey-work as ever this world saw.
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68 views

expression meaning - brash talk does not always mean a pink slip [closed]

What does this expression mean? brash talk does not always mean a pink slip
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What is the meaning of the phrase “common humanity”?

What is common humanity as Dickens uses it? “You will excuse me,” said the gentleman contemptuously, “if I am too much in advance of common humanity to trouble myself at all about it. I have ...