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Is there a word or expression for extrapolating an analogy way beyond the point where it makes sense?

An analogy is used to explain some concepts, and the points of comparison are limited and contextual. What if I am extending that analogy way beyond the point where it makes sense. What is the word or ...
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I was set up in a sting [on hold]

I read someone's story and she said: "Then I was set up in a sting by the same woman who got me started. I was wondering what has just happened !! .. What is she implying ? I couldn't understand by ...
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meaning of “un-work” [on hold]

Does "un-work" imply "to be null and without action" in the following contexts? So art’s function within the context of urbanity is to facilitate, as Kwon puts it, a ‘critical unsiting’. In ...
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Possible context of “underpinning”

I wonder, if I might use the word: 'underpinning' in the context of technologies. Looking for examples, I usually only find it in the context of theories and arguments. Example: "MIMO is ...
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“To be pound of something”: Correct meaning and usage

I came across an email mentioning : "We are pound to announce that .. (some good announcement)". Initially I thought it was a spelling mistake and they meant "proud" and not "pound". However, when I ...
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What's the meaning of “sharply diminished”? [on hold]

What's the meaning of "sharply diminished" in the following context? Why do reason, logic, and truth seem to play a sharply diminished role in the way America now makes important decisions?
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'In' and 'among' of the title of a manuscript, which is appropriate?

I'm writing a manuscript for a medical journal, but I have trouble giving a title of it. The article looks into the effect (severe perineal injury) of episiotomy (a procedure done when delivering a ...
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Meaning of “to have seconds” [on hold]

I'm watching Futurama now, and on episode s1e7 there is Zoidberg's quote I cannot understand nor find out the explanation. The dialog is: Amy Wong: Is this salt water? Bender: It's salt with ...
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meaning of ludic and play [on hold]

"The Ludic City" is the title of a book by Quentin Stevens. It is about the role of "play" in urban areas. But does "play" here mean in regard to "theatre and performance" or "game"? I think the ...
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What does the author actually means when he says “ underestimate the value of gold.”

Excerpt from Honor Among Thieves: "The reason for numbers being limited on this occasion will become all too obvious to you. The issue we are about to discuss is so sensitive that the fewer ...
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forever unfinished

Does "forever unfinished" mean "continuing forever"? and does it refer to "translocation"? Context: This has witnessed an increased translocation of the ‘place of art’ to the contextual ...
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Use of “well” in “Britain’s Labour Party is in thrall to a man well to the left of Mr Sanders”

I have a question about a sentence from an article of The Economist Magazine: Britain’s Labour Party is in thrall to a man well to the left of Mr Sanders. Does the word "well" in this sentence ...
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crack of the door [duplicate]

Through the the open window and the crack of the door, the wind came in, and rustled the book pages. the preposition is "of" as opposed to "around". What does "crack of the door" refer to? 1) the ...
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since I did something vs since I have done something [migrated]

A sentence like "We've known each other since 2015" sounds common and normal. However, could you explain the possible circumstances of using a sentence with 2 Present Perfect clauses linked by "since" ...
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what is the meaning of “pro-rate”? [on hold]

What does "pro-rate" in following sentence mean? We pro-rate our prices if you join after a session has started does it mean that they reduce the price if I want to enroll after a session has ...
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What's the meaning of “triggeronomy?”

I never heard of the word "triggeronomy." What does it mean? “She’s bright,” Harlan said. “Mrs. McReady at school says Shan’s the brightest pupil she’s taught in her whole career, and that ...
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Meaning of “to hand over to”

Telling the Centre that it is an act of “basic fairness ,” the Supreme Court on Monday directed it to hand over to deposed Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister NabamTuki documents, equipment, data, ...
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If I 'will' have the chance to go to the US [closed]

Is it wrong to say "If I will have the chance to go to the US..."? This is in the context of expressing one's dream/plan in the future. Is it better to say "If I have the chance (in the future, say 10 ...
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using against the edifice the instruments or stones available in the house

What does the highlighted sentence mean? Is it some kind of saying? What is the meaning of "edifice" here? Source: Read the Cultural Other
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What does swing exactly mean? [on hold]

Could someone explain to me what swing means in this sentence? "... the party was swinging ..." I've checked a dictionary and the word swing has a lot of meanings...
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Connotation of a sentence in a listening material from TPO

(Here for the original audio source (MP3 file). The part in question begins approximately at 2'18'') This conversation is an excerpt from one listening material in a TPO (TOEFL Practice Online) test, ...
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What does “OP” mean, as in “massively OP version of force telekinesis”?

In the answer to another question, user Daft suggests that something is "a massively OP version of force telekinesis". What does OP mean or stand for? (All users should take the hint that you should ...
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The meaning of “play off” here

"While playing off the hype of the TV show reboot "The X-files," the CIA broke down the cases into two categories, whether you side with Agent Mulder or Agent Scully." I'm studying English and I ...
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What does 'project-plugging' mean here? Also can any other constructions be formed using '~plugging'?

Guy Branum Awarding points for name-dropping, project-plugging and flirting with the host, the former Chelsea Lately writer's monthly Talk Show: The Game Show competition elevates self-promotion ...
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What does “baking tradition” mean?

She agreed to marry him on one condition: that they have 12 children. True to the old baking tradition, they made 13. Source What does the old baking tradition mean? There's no mention of baking ...
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Is the sentence, “He’s too easily prone to pouts and feuds” grammatically right?

There was the following passage in the New York Times (January 30) article written by Maureen Dowd under the headline “Here’s the beauty of Trump.”: “He rejects the idea that he’s too easily ...
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Staking his position on

What does "Staking his position on" mean? What can "use value" and "exchange value" mean here? Does "fete" mean festival? Context: Staking his position on the city as the place in which use ...
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Meaning of the sentence in quotation marks [migrated]

This BBC article says: A prominent member of the centre-left Social Democrats, Thomas Oppermann, said: "The last German politician under whom refugees were shot at was Erich Honecker" - the ...
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meaning of “phantasmagorical” [closed]

What are the best synonyms for "phantasmagorical" in the following context? Does it somehow imply imaginative, unstable, ever-changing, or anything else? Context: Thus, it was felt – in a ...
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What does “His brain is as cunning as his fingers” mean? [closed]

I found the following sentences on Mysteryontilt.tumblr.com. The title is The Sherlock: The Red-Headed League: ... And here is why I think John Clay is an underrated villain. Here are Peter ...
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meaning of a statement [closed]

What is the meaning of the statement: " what a true statement says is the case, is the case." I met this phrase in a philosophical text about epistemology written by W. P. Alston.
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living nearby in both actuality and spirit

Does "living nearby in both actuality and spirit" mean both having close thoughts and living in close geographical locations (close cities and countries) ? Context: it is no surprise that ...
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What is the difference between 'for' and 'of' in a sentence like this? [duplicate]

In search for a peace of mind. In search of a peace of mind.
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Context understanding and structure of sentence

America's capacity utilisation, for example, hit historically high levels earlier this year, and its jobless rate (5.6% in August) has fallen below most estimates of the natural rate of ...
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Difference in meaning of ' Old habits die hard.' Vs 'Old habits hardly die.' [closed]

What is the difference in the meaning of these two sentences Old habits die hard. Old habits hardly die. Are they both grammatically correct? According to me, the first statement says that it is ...
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conjured with a strong element of deliberation

Does the following sentence want to say that "Sadler himself agrees that situationists themselves deliberately impose complications into this conception"? Context: As an implicated party in this ...
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Mass measuring vs Measuring mass

I have a table of Measuring Equipment, which is NOT in English. There is a column called Parameter Measured, where the following is specified: Refractive index measuring Mass Measuring Optical ...
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“I'm living a lifetime in every minute that we're together.”

I'm living a lifetime in every minute that we're together. quoted from the movie "Notebook" I have a trouble while interpreting the meaning of this sentence. I guess it means he is fully ...
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Meaning on “Struggle as I will”

In Bertrand Russell's autobiography, there is a sentence that reads, in part: My dream on her birthday; my subsequent discovery that my people had deceived me as in that dream; their solemn and ...
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Great God in boots!

In a letter of Bertrand Russell there is this sentence: I threw the tin in the air and exclaimed out loud 'Great God in boots, the ontological argument is sound.' What's the meaning of 'Great ...
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Is it correct to say “affect my passion”?

I want to say that I continued teaching even though I was sick. So, is the following sentence correct: Getting sick did not affect my passion to teach. "affect my passion" is correct?
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Does the phrase “to cry out loud” mean “to scream” or to “break down in tears”?

Could someone please clarify the contextual meaning of the lyric "I'll cry out loud" in ABBA's song "That's Me"? If you hurt my feelings I'll cry out loud Does this mean A) that she'll scream, ...
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Usage of “across”

Does this sentence make sense? "Each transaction generates a huge amount of data across the supply chain" I'm writing a statement of purpose and want to convey that a large amount of data is ...
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Low values vs small values [duplicate]

I would like to describe the indication of some numerical index, let us say x. I would like to say that if x << n then this indicate positive impact however x >> n this indicate negative ...
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Meaning of “is irrespective if”

I am reading a contract which is plain english except from a sentence which says: [your] right to be paid for work done on this contract is irrespective if [agency] is paid by the [client] My ...
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“They (who) seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers…”

I have this quote: They (who) seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers...call this a new order. It is not new ...
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Understanding how to “prevent the mistaking of neutrinos for other phenomena” [migrated]

Neutrinos, perhaps the most abundant subatomic particles (particles smaller than an atom), may be useful in foretelling the universe’s future. Physicists believe that colliding nuclei of hydrogen ...
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How to interpret “Jim Scarborough'd never carried one; that's the younger Jim.” in No Country for Old Men

I like the movie No Country for Old Men directed by the Coen brothers. That's the reason why I recently read the novel of the same name. As I'm not a native speaker, I chose the book translated in my ...
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Meaning of “blatant plug”

In a blatant plug for the Reagent Guide, each Friday I profile a different reagent that is commonly encountered in Org 1/ Org 2. What is the meaning of "blatant plug". here ? I searched the ...
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urlencoded - What means [closed]

What does the word urlencoded mean? I found the word used in the following context, on this website: Note that the value portion of the cookie will automatically be urlencoded when you send the ...