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In the 2011 film “bad teacher”, there is an exchange between several characters

Squirrel: I am so excited we're gonna be across-the-hall mates. But I'm so sad… it's because your relationship ended. Elizabeth: Who are you again? Squirrel: Amy Squirrel. Elizabeth: ...
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What does “I chap easily” mean?

I remember hearing this line in an old American comedy TV program A guy starts kissing his boss's hand because he gave him a promotion, and the boss says "be careful (or was it, Stop it, I think, but ...
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Does “Romantic” have to do with Roman Empire or Romania? [on hold]

I was reading the biography of Mihai Eminescu, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mihai_Eminescu, and in the first line it said that this guy was a romantic poet. I didn't know what a romantic poet ...
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“slap yourself five”

Any ideas about what the "slap yourself five" means in the following context? "When someone says something you disagree with, before you call that person names and slap yourself five for your ...
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What is the difference between “could not get to” and “did not get to”?

Take, for example, this sentence: Away from Vatican City, Tome was quiet as authorities ordered all public offices and schools to close (close), and banned (ban) cars from the roads. Millions of ...
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The meaning of phrase “Approach Synopsis” [on hold]

When I read some book, I saw the phrase: "Approach Synopsis". This phrase used in headlines, always. For example: 6.1 Approach Synopsis 6.2 Approach Synopsis etc. What does this phrase? Could ...
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meaning of 'greasy dangers'

"....and I'm hungry, and I don't like to eat alone, and I'd be glad to have you face the greasy dangers of a meal at the Finn's with me.” It's a part of 'Nightmare Town' by Dashiell Hammett (1924). I ...
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Source and meaning of the proverb “Milk says to wine, Welcome friend”

While investigating an unrelated expression, I came across the following proverb in George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum ; or Outlandish Proverbs, Sentences, Etc., second edition (1651): Milk says to ...
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Why is “dynamic” modality so called?

It is said that there are three types of modality: deontic, epistemic and dynamic. Here are sample sentences for each type of modality: (1) You can stay as long as you want. [deontic] (2) ...
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Do you ever use the phrase 'good for you' with a completely positive connotation? [duplicate]

I feel the phrase 'good for you' shows a sense of detachment or lack of interest and sounds so rude while the phrase 'I feel happy for you' shows a sense of interest and friendship. I wonder why would ...
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What's the meaning of 'The search has been anything but smooth'? [migrated]

I'm a student who studies English, and I have a sentence I do not understand. The sentence is from the article which about the search for aircraft that vanished from radar last year. The article said ...
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“Check that mate” : OED on usage of 'checkmate'

In a recent post How exactly is “to checkmate” used as a verb?, the answer given by @WS2 listed some OED examples of metaphorical usage of 'to checkmate'. Among them: [1649 A. Ascham Bounds ...
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Understanding Subtext [closed]

Recently I saw an HBO film "Olive Ketteridge", and rather enjoyed it, but there's a bit of dialogue that stumped me. Here's the scene: while having dinner the mother complains that the boy is not ...
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what does “feels” in the text imply and why does “feels” place in the position? [closed]

In one corner of the BrandLab, Jeff goes to work running VW's folks through a rapid-fire succession of video ad campaigns the BrandLab feels have worked. I don't understand what the BrandLab ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between 'What do I get?' and 'What am I getting'? [closed]

This question is asked by an angry customer on the phone: I want 20 small jacuzzis, and what do I get? - 20 large ones!
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How to dissect/parse 'which' followed by five subordinate clauses ? (1786 UK)

Source: p 174, The Catholic Christian Instructed in the Sacraments ..., by Richard Challoner, 1786 A. Continency is not required of all, but such as have by vow engaged to keep it: and ...
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Possible Interpretations of “Log”

While doing some research I ran across the following passage. I know what "shackles' are, what might a "log" be? “It is very seldom that a boy deserves both a log and a shackle at the same time! ...
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What am I implying with the expression: “Let's meet so we can get a better feel for each other” in a dating context?

Just want to make sure I don't say something silly or nonsense. I am not a native speaker and the expression "have fun" is translated as "have fun" in all other language but in English is means let's ...
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The Wider Empire and the wrong parts of Britain

The following quotation is taken from an article by Fintan O'Toole titled This glorious and unruly English that lets everyone in. (The Observer, Sunday 15 September 2013) What do the terms "the ...
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what does agnostic mean? [closed]

"REST(Representational state transfer) endpoints are entirely agnostic about the kind of data that is passed back and forth between them; you can have SOAP data, XML data associated with AJAX, JSON, ...
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Can I say “feeding the server with data by the bus riders”?

I want to write something about Android app for bus tracking system based on Crowdsourcing. So can I use feeding like this? "Feeding the server with data by the bus riders"
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What means “perfect major”? [closed]

Regarding the context of this sentence: I’d put taking classes with great professors above picking the perfect major. What does the author mean with perfect major? I am not able to translate this. ...
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Midnight at the Halls or Midnight in the Halls

I was writing a title for an article and I was curious which version of the title would be more grammatically proper: "Midnight at the Halls" or "Midnight in the Halls" It's trying express the fact ...
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Can I say: one route number traverse with many buses with the same number! [closed]

For example there is many buses with the same number drive the same route so can I say, so can I use traverse like this: "one route number traverses with many buses with the same number!"
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Is it possible to 'claim' a concession?

Underlying most OED definitions of the word claim, both noun and verb, is some notion of right or entitlement. ( An exception arises in the case of meaning 2c - the loosely used he claimed to be ...
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Should I use divide or subdivide in this context?

I want to write something about an app for bus tracking. As a community-driven system, the application's users are subdivided into three groups: inactive users (not riding the bus), bus riders, ...
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Is there an AmE/BrE difference whether “by date X” means by the beginning or ending of this date?

A job application in England wants applications to arrive by the 30th. I understand this to mean by the end of the 30th (in London time). The accepted answer to this question appears to indicate the ...
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What's the meaning of “there you go”? [migrated]

I'm not a native English speaker and always get confused with this expression. For instance: Me: What's the current state of [some subject] discussion? Bob: There is none. It was brought up in ...
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Propertied Interest

I'm reading the book Paris, Capital of Modernity by David Harvey, in which there is a chapter called "Rent and the Propertied Interest". Many times, the author uses the term propertied interest as if ...
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Meaning of “curled” in a sentence

Could you please give explanation of word "curled" in the next sentence I curled it and it correctly returns status code 400. And please provide characteristic of it (how much is it slangy?), ...
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What does “Tender on a bid…” mean? [closed]

You have been asked by your manager to tender on a bid to develop [x] for [x]. What does "Tender on a bid" mean in this context?
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'… this good of a wave…'?

I've just been listening to Jeff Clark, the first to surf Mavericks. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31093276 Around 2:20 he relates a story with Mark Foo, a Hawaiian surfer: The big wave ...
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Be with the FBI [closed]

Why do they (e.g. characters in american movies) say "he's with the FBI" or "she's with O.I.A" instead of for instance "he's from the FBI" or simply "he works for the FBI"? Is the expression "be with ...
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part data instead of splitting data?

Can I say part data instead of splitting data? "To keep tracking of this, part data, checking incoming packets, generating header, etc, many mechanisms are available to facilitate the communication ...
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In this process can occur?

Can I use "in this process can occur" like this? " The packets are reassembled at the receiver side. Consequently, in this process can occur, that some packets may be lost and need to be ...
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Fever Dream Out of Something Meaning

What is the exact meaning of the second part of the sentence below? This underground bomb shelter, built by Tito, seemed as large and as crazy as a small country, not to mention a fever dream ...
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Can I use “impoverished” in this context?

"Public transit service plays a considerable role in our life. The quality of these service are always being regarded as impoverished, second class, missed departure due to wrong real-time ...
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Difference between “Registration” and “Enrollment”

I'm developing a scholar system which I have to support english(and others) language. This system haves an "Enrollment" proccess. I've called it as "Enrollment" after some research because I could not ...
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No direct object in 'give thee faithfully to follow' ? (1670 UK, Isaac Penington)

Source: Para 5, Isaac Penington to Widow Hemmings (1670), by Isaac Penington If the Lord would show thee but this one thing, -- that to use "thee" and "thou" to a particular person is proper ...
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What does fuzzy means in this context?

I am working a narrative which is told by a five year old girl, and somewhere she says "Momma will pluck me out of bed and feed me bacon. I want to ask out loud but my teeth are too fuzzy." I could ...
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How can “in touch with” be used figuratively?

I am sure that we can say “get in touch with someone”, to mean figuratively that we are in good contact. Can I go further to use it more figuratively, e.g., to say that “my brother is not in touch ...
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What does “less than unity” mean in the following context…?

It's about wind power. Here is the context : "Few topics generate more controversy than capacity credits for wind plant. The capacity credit of any power plant may be defined as a measure of the ...
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What are the differences between “pass a message and ”forward a message"

Claudia (my former school teacher) is hired as a professor in Department X of a university. Claudia speaks English. I dialed her office number but again was redirected to the enquiry center of that ...
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“She do not look like” [duplicate]

I have heard this phrase in "True Detective". What's the background? (It was used by police detective, 2nd episode, the dialog in a car.) update: Because of the discussion, I found that scene and ...
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What does “track each other” mean in the following context?

Here is the full paragraph : You might ask, if gain controls the proportion of color at all IRE levels, why do I need to make a whole series of measurements, wouldn't just one do? The answer is ...
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Does the word zealous have an implicit religious connotation? [duplicate]

Earlier today I was describing someone to a friend. I said, "I never realized how zealous he was." I meant for the meaning of zealous here to be religiously zealous. Without an adverb, I would ...
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Correct translation for the light switch for a website

I'm looking for the correct translation for a website (http://www.configurator.simonurmet.com/). I'd like to refer to the whole object, I don't need the name of each part for now. The "whole ...
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What's the meaning of “there is not a good reference for”?

This is the context : "For most projectors however, including SONY projectors that have been used for a few months, or more and the bulb has aged, there is not a good reference for use in calibrating ...
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Why did he say “Abe is to blame for Yukawa's death.”?

I am reading this news http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/24/world/isis-japan-hostages/index.html Played over Saturday's picture, the voice of a person claiming to be Goto says in English that Abe is ...
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What does “the look of” mean in this context?

The following phrase has been taken from Wikipedia's computer science style guides (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Computer_science/Manual_of_style#Code_samples): 'Samples of ...