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The Fires are up [on hold]

Can I say "The Fires are up" is this sentence correct in any way? I want to know if this statement can be used in any context possible. I have tried looking it up but found almost nothing about the ...
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“If it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be…” What does this mean?

I'm translating a book, which involves logic and quoted the sentence from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass: "If it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ...
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what is “read out”

Some species of tree have been read out of the party by economics-minded foresters because they grow too slowly. Could anyone tell me what "read out" means here? Obviously, it doesn't mean read ...
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What does “over time” mean?

I have problem understanding this: Over time, this is a fragile approach. What does "over time" mean here? Thanks!
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Meaning of “get it on”

What does phrase "get it on" mean in sentence "Am I wrong, cause I wanna get it on, till I die". I found a translation where "get it on" is translated as "to have sex" but i think it is not ...
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What does “Booting these guys” mean? [on hold]

I am not native English speaker, but in a conversation with an American guy, I come across this line. I am adding the situation where that guy used this sentence. He gave me some things to do, I did ...
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Meaning of “Stakes” [on hold]

Can anyone help me with the meaning of "stakes" in the following sentence: "In other words, melodrama is about recognition and clarification, how to be clear what the stakes are and what their ...
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Can you help me find the definition and purpose of these satirical strategies? [on hold]

The bolded words are the category of satire the terms have been placed into. (ignore the ordering of the numbers used, they're merely being used like bullet points) Parody twisted saying Word ...
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Meaning of “repay” in “the book repays close study”

What does the word "repay" in essence mean in the phrase "the book repays close study"? My OED defines "repay" as to make return for; requite [a service, action, etc.]... must repay their ...
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Use of “although” without a contrasting statement [on hold]

In IAS 37 Clause 37 states: Although a constructive obligation is not created solely by a management decision, an obligation may result from other earlier events together with such a decision. ...
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Spill the metaphorical beans?

I was reading a comic book and ran into this phrase. Is there any difference between 'spill the beans' and 'spill the metaphorical beans'? here is the context. Talk show host: "But seriously, Reed. ...
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What does “perfect” mean in the following context? [closed]

Man sits and holds a baby, and says: Look at you, so big, so perfect. I can't imagine a joy of spending every day with her... So, I'm trying to understand what it precisely means when you say ...
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Is the usage 'literally nuts' correct? [on hold]

1) Suppose there is a very stupid person. Is it correct to tell that he/she is 'literally nuts'? 2) What about using it if the person is mentally ill? This came up in an informal talk with my ...
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What does “optic stems” mean?

I'm watching an episode, some may recall which one, of a comedy show and one guy says something like this if I hear correctly: "I looked this woman in her optic stems" which is part of the joke, ...
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What is the right meaning of the sentence: “I should demonstrate restraint”?

I've watched this clip of The Originals TV show. Starting on 00:09 sec there's a dialog between Klaus and Elijah: Klaus: Finn and Kol must be turned to us. Elijah: I should demonstrate ...
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Meaning of 'action' - 1884 UK

Source: p 115, The Law of Contract, 5 ed (2012), by O’Sullivan and Hilliard Lord Blackburn was even more troubled by the result [in Pinnel's Case (1602)], tantalisingly hinting that he had ...
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New (slang?) meaning of bass?

I have come across the song "About that bass" by Meghan Trainor, and was wondering what "bass" and "treble" mean in the chorus, which goes: Because you know I'm all about that bass, 'Bout that ...
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What does “to 1 part in 2x10^5 ” mean? [closed]

What does "to 1 part in 2x10^5" means in this sentence? A bridge circuit enable us to measure the change in capacitance to 1 part in 2x10^5, equivalent to a rotation angle of 8x10^(-8) rad, with ...
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Divide/split/dissolute the state

I'm not quite sure how to phrase this idea: a state (primarily, federative) split/divide/dissolute by ethnic borders. I mean (or want to show the meaning) that this process may not be legally ...
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Meaning of “or” in “working on applications to sell or for any other purpose”

A licence reads: If you are an individual working on your own applications to sell or for any other purpose, you may use the software to develop and test those applications. I'm having ...
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Meaning of a sentence in a play

What is the meaning of the sentence said by Derry in the Susan Hill play On the Face of It given below? In case I see you looking and mind and get upset
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What does the word, “rascally charm” mean? Can “Rascally” be used as a complimentary modifier?

There was the following comversation in the Vanity Fair’s (November 14 issue) article that came under the title, “Imagined Celebrity Connections: How Beyoncé Responded to Kim Kardashian’s Paper ...
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How to use the word “piquant”?

I referred the meaning for the word piquant and the dictionary online gives two contexts in which it can be used 1) taste : piquant taste 2) attractive and charming : piquant face But I am seeing ...
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What does it mean “to blow out one's arm”?

I've watched the episode of The Vampire Diaries today, and here's the question: what does it mean "to blow out one's arm" in the following context? So guess who came into the hospital for a ...
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meaning of “some people agree that”

I am discussing with friends the meaning of the following sentence: "while some people agree that there are less women in science because they don't have the skills, others will argue that it is ...
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How common is ' to trickle down' used in contexts unconnected to finance, wealth, etc.?

I have been using trickle down in contexts totally irrelevant to economy and similar concepts. Here is an example: Any change involving a particular part of an ecosystem will trickle down, in due ...
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Meaning of “Her eyes opened, her mother’s blue”?

This passage is from "Should Wizard Hit Mommy?" by John Updike. What does the the italicized sentence refer to? The little girl (not so little any more; the bumps her feet made under the covers ...
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“split 'em up with a movie” on the sitcom “Friends”

I have a question about a sentence from the television sitcom Friends. The six are playing poker, and the girls lose. Phoebe: Alright, here's my $7.50. But I think you should know that this money ...
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“you seem pretty cool yourself”

What is the meaning of "you seem pretty cool yourself"? I don't understand the "yourself" in this context. Is this ironic and means that I find myself being cool? Regards Klaus
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What does 'That is' mean here?

“Very sorry, sir. I didn’t mean to, er...” The embarrassment was still reddening Jackson’s cheeks when he found the paper-knife at the bottom of the case. “I think I’d better keep this though, if ...
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Great trials have turned on less

What excactly does it mean when in a sentence "It occured to me then that great trials have turned on less."?
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Meaning of “Noble of us” idiom in context

It would be noble of us to not revel in it, though. The sentence above has some idioms that I don't know the whole meaning of the sentence. What dos it say? Or when such a sentence could be ...
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His “get-up-and-go” is likely to have “got-up-and-gone” Any hidden meaning in this comment?

I once overheard a conversation between two young women on a long distance flight and one of them said: "He is past seventy, you know. His get-up-and-go is likely to have got-up-and gone." And they ...
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the meaning of a word from a TOEFL reading passage?

"While rock between two consistent strata might in one place be shale and in another sandstone, the fossils in that shale or sandstone were always the same." I have trouble understanding the meaning ...
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what does this word in the lyrics of a Bob Dylan song mean?

In the lyrics of the song Black Crow Blues, one line reads "(I was) listening to the billboard knock". What does the word "knock" here mean? I've looked it up in several dictionaries, but I don't ...
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'Broken Shells Make Temple bells' meaning? [closed]

There is a great Irish song 'As I Rover Out'. The 'Omnia' band made a remake of this song called 'Who Are You?' The meaning of the certain sentence in this remake became a subject of discussion ...
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The word “darg ”

What would the word darg mean in the novel 'the invisible man' where a person has been bit by a dog of a carrier person.
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Who is ‘another champion’ in President’ Obama’s speech “The biggest corporation don't need another champion. You do.”

I heard through AP Radio News the following message of President Obama in his speech delivered in Connecticut two days before the midterm election, in which Democrats suffered a crashing defeat. He ...
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Definition: Twofold, Threefold and Fourfold [closed]

It is "Twofold" racking my nerve for a while. Not only should "Twofold" be taken into consideration but a series of them, like- threefold, fourfold, fivefold and so forth. Should I consider them a ...
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The exact meaning of “Cross Section”

I, and of course you, know the public meaning of "cross section" but I could not understand its meaning in the following sentence: "GPUs offer high computational power but require high scheduling ...
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What is the meaning of “ail” in this dictionary website example? [closed]

What can substitute the word ail in the sentence Another fact you ail to demonstrate is how the wealthy somehow get rich on the back of the poor without changing the meaning? [Quote from ...
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A question about “It's worth it” in a text [closed]

Please read the following paragragh and answer my question. My job is to write programs for games. I work closely with other developers and discuss things a lot. I decide how to move the characters, ...
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Meaning of “a cockle of adventurers”?

Here is the complete first paragraph of Melville Davisson Post's The Doomdorf Mystery: The pioneer was not the only man in the great mountains behind Virginia. Strange aliens drifted in after the ...
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Sublime: I think my understanding of this word is a little off, help please?

When I was introduced to the word sublime in a philosophy class, what I heard, which now I am realizing may not be the case, was that sublime meant so beautiful that it crossed the line of pleasure ...
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Sherpa for a man's hatred of his mother? [closed]

I found the following sentence from a book by Anne Lamott. It's from a prose about the writer's mother. I'm so confused by the word "sherpa". I would have chosen someone who refused-with ...
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Is the § character recognizable as an icon for legal matters in English speaking countries?

I need a symbol in my navigation to represent the legal portions of a web application (disclaimer, imprint, and so on). I thought that it would be appropriate to use the § character; my customer ...
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What do 'en.' and 'more'n' mean in this passage?

The passage, from The Invisible Man by H.G.Wells, is following: "'Tas sperits," said Mrs. Hall. "I know 'tas sperits. I've read in papers of en. Tables and chairs leaping and dancing..." "Take a drop ...
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meaning of a sentence from kill bill 2 [closed]

I can't figure out the meaning and structure of this sentence: Budd: If you're gonna compare a Hanzo sword, you compare it to every other sword ever made... that wasn't made by Hattori Hanzo. ...
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What does it mean “absorb or absorb onto”? [closed]

I wonder if this article is similar to my question. Double Trouble: Marine Plastic Debris Absorbs Toxic Pollutants ....Researchers from San Diego State University and Oregon State University deployed ...