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meaning of 'stretch a point' in the below sentence

"It may not amount to anything," he said slowly. "It is difficult to get any perspective on things around here, because every one down in the village is sure he saw the murderer, either before or ...
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What does “consound” mean?

Hello and happy holidays. While reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, I came across the expression "consound it" in Huck's dialogue parts. "Consound it, Tom Sawyer, you're just old pie, 'longside ...
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Can a sport team “clinch” a championship in the last regular season game?

This question gets into the subtle shades of meaning of the word clinch, in the context of sporting teams securing spots in the playoffs. My past experience hearing this term on television, or ...
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what does the word practium mean? [on hold]

What does the word practium mean? and what is the difference between it and the word practice? it is for me like practical ,for example, the practicum period influences the teacher's identity.
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What is the difference between “submit” and “deposit”? [on hold]

I am trying to find out the difference between "submit" and "deposit" these words are very confusing when you visit to a bank and somebody ask you "what is the purpose of you to come here and you ...
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What is the difference between “comprehend” and “understand”?

What is the difference between the verbs comprehend and understand? Can we say comprehend a lesson ?
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Meaning of 'charge' as a noun - Jan 8 1799 letter by John Marshall (US)

[Source] Dear Sir, I had the pleasure of receiving your letter of the 30th of Dec’r while Genl Pinckney was at this place and of delivering to him the packet it inclosed. He left us with the ...
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Meaning of Evenly distributed [on hold]

What is the exact meaning of evenly in phrases such as: Users are evenly distributed between these types or Users were split roughly evenly among these categories does it mean on the ...
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What does “perceptive” mean in this context?

I became his first love and the mother of his first child and, as such, I have a unique perceptive to share on this man who has fascinated the world. It is taken from the NOTE TO THE READER ...
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what does it mean, when a girl tells a guy, “sounds like a catch”

After you mentioned the good qualities of another female, and desire to have a female like such.
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“replace” vs. “substitute”

When you replace somebody with somebody else, does it refer to a permanent change usually for a better one? In "The company replaced Alice with a new secretary", does it refer to a permanent change? ...
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What does “putting across” mean? [closed]

In the paragraph below, what does "message you're putting across in your campaign" and "selling point" and "write for a specific customer profile" mean? So make sure the message you're putting ...
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What does a hyphenated “big-company” mean? [closed]

What does "big-company" mean in this sentence? As well as location, try complementary SIC codes, similar turnovers, or employee numbers. (Companies of 250 employees are often about to hit ...
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What does “twice as many” mean? [closed]

In the paragraph below, what does Twice as many campaigns... and turn customers off mean? Twice as many campaigns are for lead gen as customer retention (84% vs. 43%), so make sure you start with ...
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What does “in camphor” mean?

A part of Circular Staircase, by Mary Roberts Rinehart: However, I did the best I could. When Gertrude got past the hair-ribbon age, and Halsey asked for a scarf-pin and put on long trousers--and ...
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To have designs on something [closed]

If I said I had designs on something, it means I want it, correct? What is the origin of that saying? What exactly does it mean?
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What does the word “treat” mean? [on hold]

From the U.K. band Kasabian's song "Treat", there's a lyric like this: Everybody knows I work it work it like a treat What's the meaning of the word treat in that phrase?
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What is the meaning of “laughing out”? [closed]

The class didn't seem to mind the plot. They loved it. They were laughing out there. I wonder in that context what the meaning of out is.
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What does it mean by “bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of…” in Lincoln's 2nd inaugural adress?

I'm not sure who is the bondsman and why his wealth matters here. Here is the quote, from the paragraph of Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the ...
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Does “freak” have negative connotations when it's used to describe a person's interest in something?

Does freak have negative connotations when it's used to describe a person who's very or overly interested in something? Like football freak or coding freak.
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Difference between “injunction”, “mandate” and “verdict”? [closed]

Could someone please tell me the difference between injunction, mandate, and verdict? I think they are synonyms, but their usage is different. I have software for learning English vocabulary, where ...
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“We is who the Earth is for?” [closed]

In the film of The Beasts of the Southern Wild, Hushpuppy the main character of the film says, But me and my daddy, we stay right here. “We is who the Earth is for.” What grammatical structure ...
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What does “black Care” mean in _Uncle Silas_?

What does "black Care" mean in the following passage from Uncle Silas by J.T. Sheridan Le Fanu? Waiting for the train, as we stood upon the platform, I looked back again toward the wooded uplands ...
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The meaning of “make it as”

NANCY: I know that if you can't take criticism you'll never make it as a writer. I wonder what the meaning of that sentence is. Does it mean if you can't take criticism then you'll never become ...
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How appropriate is to use 'Nice to e-meet you'

I work in a software organization so email conversations are frequent. Recently one client e-mailed me with "Nice to e-meet you". I want to know how appropriate is it to use 'Nice to e-meet you'. Is ...
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difference between emigrate, immigrate, and migrate? [closed]

what is the difference between emigrate, immigrate, and migrate? I am pretty much confused.
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usage of adjective patient in the below sentennce [closed]

I am enough patient even to listen and take care of a mad man.
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What did “eating 'mad cow'” mean in the 1800's?

In the December 1885 Lippincott's Magazine article COOKHAM DEAN, about an artistic area 40 miles up the Thames from London, Margaret Bertha Wright (an American author) wrote: Probably nine-tenths ...
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Text completion - help? [migrated]

I have a question for which I am doubtful about which to choose among the two .. can someone help ? Please select one option for the blank .. After years of unchecked exploitation of its natural ...
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What does “be it” mean in this passage?

What does be it mean in this context and what kind of sentence is this? (grammatically) There is no one in our society who is not ethnocentric to some degree, no matter how liberal and open-minded ...
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What does “boilerplate” mean? [closed]

I knew the term "boilerplate" in object oriented programming. It means that the programmers create too many classes for just doing a simple programming task. But "boilerplate" is also used in other ...
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What does “between” mean in this sentence?

"The house is on the right side of the street, between the yard of the prison." Between requires a comparison between at least two things, like "between the yard of the prison and the cemetery", ...
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19th century American English “slang”?

As I was doing a bit of research online I stumbled on this Children's Corner page 311 from the American Farmers' Magazine 1858. And, frankly, there are a lot of words that look totally foreign to me. ...
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What does “and counting” in “Bits of plastic in oceans: 5.25 trillion and counting” mean?

Today’s (December 11) online New York Times carries an article dealing with the quantum increase of plastic material in the ocean under the headline, “Bits of plastic in oceans: 5.25 trillion and ...
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In “That patient merit of th'unworthy takes”, what does merit mean exactly?

In the famous Hamlet's soliloquy, I am not quite clear on the role/meaning of merit in the following: The insolence of office, and the spurns That patient merit of th'unworthy takes, My ...
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“Kick off tracking time in the notepad” means start making notes or stop making notes

I'm not sure for 100% if "Kick off tracking time in the notepad" means to start or, otherwise, to stop tracking time in the notepad. Could anybody explain? Thank you.
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what does “business” mean?

in a book titled Knowledge Management in the Intelligence Enterprise, the word business has been used very often. I don't understand its meaning— maybe it means trade or job processes (organisational ...
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no more feed the children commercials (and so on) [closed]

No more feed the children commercials. With 40 million over weight americans negros to eat, the african cannibals would have food for years I don't understand causality or a causal relationship ...
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What does “rummun” mean in this sentence?

"They have had a bitter quarrel I think" said he and bit into the bagel. "They're rummuns" said he chewing it.
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sword and chalice attributes

"Bess holds the queenly hand, caresses the royal head and keeps the imperial body intimate company, suggesting that Elizabeth (the Queen) abandoned the metaphoric sword but not the chalice." What did ...
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What does “better angel” mean in Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address?

I'm reading the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. It mentioned that Lincoln replaced the phase "guardian angel" to "better angel". I don't understand what the phrase means. ...
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Meaning of Top Gun quote

In the movie Top Gun Maverick says: "I'm gonna need a beer to put these flames out." This was part of a compilation of quotes supporting the gay theme of the movie. Urbandictionary doesn't have a ...
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This is where you are vs this was where you were? [migrated]

I have some troubles to correctly express myself in a certain situation so I'd appreciate any advice you can share with me. Situation: I'm looking for someone. After some time I walk into a room and ...
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What 'checkout' is supposed to mean in 'git checkout' sentence?

I am learning git, and I have difficulty understanding how some commands relate to english, particularly git checkout --file. From context (https://try.github.io/levels/1/challenges/17 : Files can be ...
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What is the right way to say that, “his credit balance is likely to be in deficit” [closed]

I want to say that that 'x' person spends a lot and his credit balance is likely to become negative. "With multiple ...., his balance is likely to be in deficit." OR "With multiple ...., his ...
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“Suffer from” use for non human contexts

Is it normal to use "suffer from" for subjects other than humans? For example is it acceptable to say: "this old building suffer from irregular electricity"
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What to call a patient's close relatives, friends and family members in one or two words?

It's connected to a scientific paper for a public health topic. I need to name a patient's surrounding of caregivers which can include family members, friends, close relatives. I came up with a ...
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Why do applications and résumés use the word “sex” instead of “gender”? [duplicate]

We understand what the meaning of the terms name, age, and address when used in applications and résumés, but why is sex used instead of gender? Definitions from the Free Dictionary : meaning ...
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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 ...