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what does “stretch” mean in this context?

"We achieved a major breakthrough on Greece which enables us to enter a new phase in the Greek financial assistance programme," Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister, ...
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What does “up-front” mean in this sentence?

But he stressed that the Fund had made a big concession by agreeing debt relief would only be decided in 2018, rather than up-front. ...
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what does “Emperor lives on” mean? [on hold]

Simply, I couldn't understand that sentence. I found that sentence on an image on twitter . could you help ?
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What does “liabilities” mean in this context?

From CNBC's article "Will AI spark a wave of job losses in banking? This what the experts think". (Emphasis mine) "There's a lot of liabilities," said panelist Matthew Blume, director for client ...
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What does “common refrain” mean here? [on hold]

The common refrain for my entire tenure here: We all get too much email. https://glyph.twistedmatrix.com/2016/04/email-isnt-the-problem.html Of course I googled separate words and phrases from this ...
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What's a “summer-funeral hit”?

In a YouTube comment commenting on Jamala's song 1944, someone says You guys enjoy your summer-funeral hit! I have nothing else to add. after saying Ukraine should't have won! What a ...
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GRE-reading comprehension [on hold]

The restraint largely explains her lack of popular success during her lifetime,even if her talent did not go completely unrecognized by her eighteenth-century french contemporaries. even if -what ...
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Can you tell me what tense is: “if + simple past, would + infinitive”?

She hugs and smiles thinking if Arjun wasn't so greedy he would be alive today. It is easy to understand , if he had not been greedy he would have been alive today. But, what does the above mean? ...
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Wiv and Wet Wiv

There's a song I've hear sung by John Denver, of which I'm quite fond, but there is a joke in it I seem to be missing. It's called Saturday Night in Toledo Ohio. The lyrics I can't figure out are ...
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Is there any difference between ”control of/over“ and ”power over"

For example, what to choose here? "To compete for the control of/over a corporation" or "To compete for the power over a corporation" UPDATE If two workers compete for absolute control/power, what ...
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Can you be ill from an injury (I don't mean an infection) [duplicate]

This is something that crops up on the BBC a lot and irks me. For example, from a story today: One woman is critically ill and three others have been injured after they were stabbed near a ...
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What does “trail” mean in this sentence?

But market expectations have long trailed the Fed's, and still do. source: http://www.businessinsider.com/market-risks-repeating-1994-bond-sell-off-2016-5
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How would you describe the word 'tron'? [on hold]

I have searched the meaning of tron and found various results. I though it would be related to working people like robots. Can you please answer me the various possible meaning of tron?
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Meaning of “engage with” in the given context [on hold]

Here is the sentence: "Are there ways you will use what you learned through our academy to engage with other male members of your community?" The text is from a survey which deals with the ...
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What is the meaning and interpretation of the word Rosario? [on hold]

I have come across this word multiple times. I have been trying to get some reasonable interpretation for this word. Especially relative to a certain context. It seems that the word is related to the ...
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Clear-cut = human-driven disturbances? [on hold]

I was wandering how to correctly title my research paper. In this, I compare the dynamic of natural disturbances - windbreaks, insects, fire... to extent (dynamic) of clear-cuts over multiple years. ...
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Meaning of “upon 90 days”

In a license contract we have, this legalenglish quote: LICENSEE reserves the right to terminate this License Agreement with or without cause upon 90 days written notice for LICENSOR beyond the ...
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Words “configuration” and “settings” in context

Are the words configuration and settings correct in the following context?: chair configuration / chair settings regarding the height of said chair, inclination of the chair back, etc. If so, are ...
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“Art is long” :? [closed]

What does art refer to in this line " Art is long and time is fleeting " ? My book says Art refers to the art of living but this doesn't convince me and i did not get any reasonable explanation on the ...
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Request resolved [closed]

I have contacted an IT center about a request, they replied and said that my request has been "resolved" What does that mean that the request was denied, or that it is being processed? Thank you
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Making a sentence feel more welcoming and less stressful

I have the following sentence: Increase your rating as you develop your coding skills while you evaluate the skills of other developers. However, I now realize that this sentence is a bit off ...
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Clarifications on the meaning of split

Can someone tell me the meaning of the word "split" in a part of a sentence that I read on a certain book which I don't remember anymore. Part of the sentence that I recall is: his death came at a ...
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Has been sick or has been sicking [closed]

I have been looking for forms or conjugation of the verbs... In this case the verb 'sick' and in every page i found it say... He has been sicking... So.. 'He has been sick' which form is it? ...
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Explanation of two lines needed

"Seems silly that a man my size so full of vim and zest, Could find himself defeated by a small pain in his chest.” - Small Pain in My Chest by Michael Mack Can someone please give a sophisticated ...
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What does President Obama's “pro-knowledge” remark mean?

Today’s (May 17) New Yorker carries an article written by Andy Borowitz under the title, “Obama alienates millions with incendiary pro-knowledge remarks," which begins with the following passage: ...
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“ that was a classic money handshake”

I'm reading the play "Dumb Show" by Joe Penhall. (See on Google Books) almost in the begining of the play one of the characters uses this phrase" classic money handshake". What does it mean? " ...
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“impairment” vs. “impediment” (and derivatives)

Today I wrote the phrase "free from any procedural impediments" and am wondering how the meaning would change if I instead wrote "free from any procedural impairments." What is the difference ...
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What is the meaning of “yet” in the sentence?

What is the meaning of "yet" in the next sentence? This object, relatively nearby, offers the best opportunity yet to build a good understanding of how such jets actually work
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What did H.L. Mencken mean when he wrote this? [closed]

Most people are unable to write because they are unable to think, and they are unable to think because they congenitally lack the equipment to do so, just as they congenitally lack the equipment to ...
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What does “in the rearview mirror” mean in this context?

In "Finders Keepers" by Stephen King, there is a character named Andy Halliday and he says his lovelife has been in the rearview mirror for over 15 years. What does “in the rearview mirror” mean in ...
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The meaning of the 'enclosure' word

I can't understand the meaning of the word 'enclosure' in the context: "This client reads one or more RSS feeds, queues up the enclosures for download, and processes several downloads in parallel ...
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How would you call this kind of listing?

There are traditional classifieds where a real estate can be characterized this way: 2-bedroom apartment for rent in Leicester with an area of XX sq ft ... but the same can also be displayed ...
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what does this phrase “I’m kind of feeling like I need to cut loose” mean?

i don't know if this is a phrasal verb or something similar? what does this phrase means? I’m kind of feeling like I need to cut loose
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What gets inspected and adapted? “against which X can inspect and adapt”

The Professional Scrum Developer Glossary contains this definition: Engineering Standards: a shared set of development and technology standards that a Development Team applies to create releasable ...
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what does “burned on his watch” mean? [closed]

The White House was burned on his watch, but of course he didn't own it. source: http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mjd45eijkd/the-fattest-presidential/#74d3d62f31f7
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Graduating with Cohort? What does it mean? [closed]

In the following message: Hi Sebastian I hope this email finds you well. According to our records, you have registered to Graduate for the 28th June ceremony. Dr. [name] thought you ...
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Event pitch shall be shadow free

what does this wording mean "Event pitch shall be shadow free"? does it mean that the pitch (field/area for the event) should be free of shadows for the cameras and television stuff?
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meaning of “is by no means given”

What does "though the latter is by no means given" mean? Does the "latter" refer to "renewal"? Not only do many of these incursions into the cityscape possess a ‘temporary aspect’ in their ...
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What is the paragraph trying to convey? [closed]

The Paragraph : Having repudiated the basic commitments to nationalism and the ideal of scholarly detachment that had always sustained historical writing in the United States, professional historians ...
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What is the meaning of “mess somebody up”? [closed]

A nurse is telling: There was a girl who was driving inside a tunnel and something just fell on her car and she died. That messes me up more than thinking about patients who are sick. I have a ...
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what does “assume” mean in this sentence? [closed]

Banks are already passing on increased costs to certain customers, and insurance companies are assuming incremental risks to compensate for negative yields. ...
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Can anybody explain or rephrase this for me, please? “out to 11 years of maturity”

On Japan, Grossman further noted that Japanese debt had negative yields out to 11 years of maturity as of April 25. source:http://www.businessinsider.com/global-negative-bond-yields-2016-5
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lemmings over the cliff

Does the trap of tipping over into a pointless lemmings over the cliff scenario mean losing the control of things so that they take you everywhere they want? or doing exactly what others do ...
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What is the meaning of “mortal enemies”?

Can you please help me to grasp the meaning of "mortal enemies"? Does it mean "earthling, human"? The full quote is as follows: Guard me from the wicked who attack me, From my mortal enemies ...
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Meaning: deliberate vs ponder [closed]

I'm doing some exercises and don't understand why in the sentence below "deliberate" is the right answer whereas "ponder" has similar meaning: The jury are still deliberating, but they're expected ...
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represent a form of ‘up yours’ to

What does "represents a form of ‘up yours’ to the confining ‘indoors enticements’ of the gaming industry" mean? Does it mean "represents some kind of freedom in contrast with gaming industry ...
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What is a word that means “mental” but applies more to this sentence?

He believed in mental freedom from religious organizations. I am trying to say that he believed in forming your own thoughts, without religious organizations telling you what to think. If you wanted ...
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Can introspect be used only in first person ? Or better word to replace it, in following context

Meaning of introspect is examine one's thoughts and feeling. In fact, i have to find word for "introspect". I m writing a technical report, can I use the word "introspect" but the meaning i want to ...
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Meaning of “by my behalf”

I encountered a curious phrase in a copyright waiver form: I grant [...] a [...] license to my [...] performance in any [...] recordings [...] taken of me by or on my behalf. I do not understand what ...
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What does “one’s peers” mean in “No free man is to be arrested, or imprisoned … save by the lawful judgement of his peers” mean?

Jill Lepore quotes a clause in Magna Carta, “No free man is to be arrested, or imprisoned … save by the lawful judgement of his peers or by the law of the land,” in her article in New Yorker March ...