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What are fanners?

In the Rudyard Kipling poem The Bee-Boy's Song there is a section that goes: Tell 'em coming in an' out, Where the Fanners fan, What are these fanners that the bees are so curious to know ...
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“Algorithmic …ing…” vs “Algorithm …ing”

Q: Question is general, but let's take some concrete examples: Isn't "Algorithmic Auditing" - about audits done by (or using) algorithms (and subject can be whatever) "Algorithm Auditing" - about ...
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multiple times vs many times [migrated]

I want to say that I remember a name if I hear it three or four times. What should I say? I remember a name if I hear it multiple times. OR I remember a name if I hear it many times. I ...
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Meaning of “being socially more prestigious” [on hold]

I guess a meaning is that being famous in social, but it's very strange and make no sense when put it in the whole context, because I can't understand how can the hypercorrection which is a wrong use ...
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What does “The Cruz-Trump relationship goes solid #TBT” mean?

Washington Post July 21 issue carries an article under the headline, “The Cruz-Trump relationship goes solid #TBT,” followed by the lead copy; And now the finale. Tonight is "Making America One ...
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Is it correct to say: “you are the shape of my thoughts”?

I want to tell someone that I think about him all of the time. But, in a new style. Can I say: "You are the shape of my thoughts."? I would be thankful to have better suggestions.
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Is it grammatically incorrect to use “It was double the pleasure…”?

English is my second language and somebody told me that the second sentence I created is grammatically incorrect: It was a great pleasure to meet you. And it was double the pleasure to share a ...
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Meaning of the bold part [on hold]

I was reading an article and I came across this sentence : Glover is a moral philosopher,whose stock in trade is the hypothetical moral dilemma. What does the bold part mean?
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What does expression “bear of a man” mean? [on hold]

I found a sentence: "A new leader was announced: General Charles Bruce, a genial, energetic bear of a man, known as "Bruiser" to his friends" in "True Everest Adventure" by Paul Dowswell. I ...
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What is the meaning of “melancholy”? [on hold]

I want to know the meaning of the name "melancholy". Secondly, while watching movie Pirates of the Caribbean at Stranger Tides I came across the word "melancholy" I am not sure of its spelling. But ...
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What does “a Munich-like capitulation by President Obama” mean? [on hold]

Europe’s disarray will tempt Putin to subjugate the Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania under the pretense of protecting Russian minorities there, who, by the way, have no desire to be ...
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meaning of “implicated reflection”

Does "implicated reflection" in the following context mean "participative thinking"? Talking to Our Selves: Reflection, Ignorance, and Agency By John M. Doris
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Laid down the gauntlet meaning [on hold]

In a book I'm reading there is a sentence like this Einstein laid down the gauntlet by considering as valid only two ways of understanding time. I guess that laid down the gauntlet means ...
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Starting a new phrase: To vs That

I have to following sentences to start a new phrase, are they all correct? Any differences in the meaning? The novelty of this measure is to weigh the errors of the pixels by ... The novelty of this ...
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Ambiguous question starting with 'Was not having [something]?'

*Was not having friends in your childhood something you wanted? Is this sentence grammatically correct and if so what does it mean ?
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Use of “beware” and “be aware” in this particular situation

We have a large motorized moving gate. I am designing a sign to warn people to stay clear of it. So which one should it be? "Beware of moving gate!" or "Be aware of moving gate!"
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Attached is the technical detail document of test.cls file [closed]

Which one is better, I am sending one attached file to my manager. Please find attached technical detail document of the test.cls file. Attached is the technical detail document of test.cls ...
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“I jarred to life” meaning

I understand the meaning of "to jar" (thank to the dictionaries) but "to jar to life" makes me confused and puzzled. Is it something near to "sprang to life"? You can meet this phrase in Google: ...
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Meaning of “trade-off between attention to fluency or attention to accuracy.”

I'm a foreign English learner. I could not understand the meaning because of two puzzling aspects in a sentence in shawn loewen's book Key concepts in second language acquisition: In SLA this is ...
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What does “slewed” mean in this context? [closed]

Good afternoon everyone, I would like to ask you a question about this peculiar verb I came across while reading a book. Here is the sentence: "...but now Brad saw him with his head down, his chin ...
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What does “develop attitudes” mean here?

Kindly explain what "develop attitudes" means in this context of the following passage: In the ensuing outrage, a PowerPoint presentation written by St. John surfaced which included a slide in ...
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Is there a better term than “dummy” to describe a non-functional part of a program?

I'm searching for a different or more neutral term than "dummy" to describe a non-functional or non-interactive part of a program. I've been using this term to refer to code in interactive charts ...
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What does the phrase 'ambiguous effect' mean in a sentence? [closed]

The net effect of globalization on environmental sustainability is ambiguous. Does it mean that globalization impacts environmental sustainability both positively and negatively?
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Does the last comma change the meaning?

This got me in a big fight : Mostly I don't want to be hated, for things I wouldn't consider doing, again. Having the last comma I thought it would refer to being hated again, the reader sent it ...
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What are the connotations of “ignorant?” [on hold]

As I understand it, "ignorant" means "lacking in knowledge." Dictionary.com supports that belief. "adjective 1.lacking in knowledge or training; unlearned: an ignorant man. 2.lacking ...
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What does it mean to possess a danger?

Here's the sentence I'm trying to understand: This made the division between High and Low Church or Tory and Whig stark indeed, and the result was the 'prostitution of the pulpit, particularly in ...
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Can anyone explain this sentence meaning in simple English?

Sentence is AngularJS is what HTML would have been had it been designed for building web applications. What this sentence try to explain? and what is the use of have been had it been in this sentence?...
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Meaning of to “will someone on”

In the following extract from David Cameron's last speech as PM, I don't understand the last part which includes "will someone on": And the PM won applause and a standing ovation from Tories - ...
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“bit more explanation” vs. “bit more of an explanation” [duplicate]

How the following two differ: We'd need a bit more of an explanation on your definition. We'd need a bit more explanation on your definition.
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What is an 'end-of-the-pier entertainment'?

Reading "Nothing To Be Frightened Of" by Julian Barnes I found this phrase. This is the full paragraph. If there were a games-playing God, He would surely get especial ludic pleasure from ...
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What does “the Park” mean in spy novels? [closed]

What does"the Park" mean in spy novels? I can read it as "head quarter", but not sure. And in that case, how does that word come from?
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Pitch vs Presentation

In sales terms I've met pitch for a lot of time as a sort of presentation. But what is this little difference between the presentation and pitch in term of sales or other public speech in a conference ...
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What does “there and back again” mean?

Some may have heard (or read) of the alternative title of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, which is There And Back Again. I figured it might literally mean something like I went there and came back here ...
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Exact meaning of “Masters transcript”

I was wondering if by "masters transcript" a transcript of all grades or just a certificate of examination or a confirmation of enrollment is meant? The text is about an application for an internship. ...
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What does a phrase verb “fluff off” mean? [closed]

According to a book "Speak by Laurie Halse Andrade", what does the phrase verb "fluff off" mean in the following context: She reaches right past me and takes a pen topped with a Merryweather ...
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Does “with a view to” have any other meanings/uses in addition to with the intention or exceptions of…?

I came across this use of with a view to in this sentence and couldn't make sense of it through existing definitions. "The line of argument taken by these two documents, as well as their rhetoric, ...
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“Left with an '8'” meaning of an expression found on a song (by Talk Talk)

Introduction to the actual question: since song and lyrics are valid tags on this forum, I dare to ask the meaning of an expression found in a song. As a non native English speaker, I have met a lot ...
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What is the meaning of “shout observations”?

The women who sold their bodies at bargain prices until dawn moved around the house after eleven in the morning, when the heat from the stained glass became unbearable, and they were ...
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What does it mean when someone says “I'm so over myself”?

I'm not native and I listened this statement in a film, in a contention between lovers: A: "... Get over yourself" B: "... I'm so over myself" Based on the context the meaning should be obvious ...
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What's the connection between the word 'roam' and the cell phone roaming? [closed]

"Roam" is defined as "move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment". What does it have to do with the cell phone roaming? Why is roaming called that? ...
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Meaning of a conversation “if it isn't sweet little” [closed]

I was watching an episode of an anime. I came across a conversation which seemed to be confusing. The conversation was between two girls who were each other's competitors. Ursula and Dawn are the ...
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“Opensource” equivalent for hardware

Generally being open source is a description for software and computer programs. What should be called a hardware device, robot, etc. that people could freely take benefits of that and manipulate its ...
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Word for Crowdsourcing in the reverse direction (or antonym for Crowdsourcing)

Generally, Crowdsourcing means leveraging others' abilities and facilities to perform tasks. Simply someone assign its work to a group. So, what's the word for the reverse operation: a group of ...
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it is simply an imperative that

I know the meaning of "Imperative", but I have some problem about the exact meaning of it in the provided context. Can I here replace "it is simply an imperative that this dancing..." with it was ...
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Interpreting the meaning of “same amount” in a question

3 containers A B C contain water, milk and acid respectively in equal quantities. 10% of the content of A is taken out and poured to B. Then same amount from B is transferred to C reference: a ...
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What does “Apportionment” exactly mean?

If you're well acquainted with the politics of Iraq, you should know that the current Iraqi government isn't exclusive to one dominating sect like it used to be. Is that called "apportionment"? If ...
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What is “as American as April in Arizona” meant for?

I was reading an article that was telling a story about Russian writer Vladimir Nabokov: Paris Review asked the Russian writer Vladimir Nabokov, "Do you consider yourself an American?" He said, "...
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meaning of “democratising”

Does "the artwork’s twin" mean "the practical version of the slides that would be used in everyday life"? Does "democratising premises of participants engaging in a process of risk- and responsibility-...
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What's the different between electricity plant and electrical plant?

I know the difference between electricity and electrical, but I came across these two words (electricity plant and electrical plants) seeming to be used in the same contexts in the different parts of ...
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does this sentence sound right? [closed]

"I read this novel four times in Arabic and now it’s the English edition turn"