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“It was turning out the dining-room done it.”

“It was turning out the dining-room done it, if you ask me,” said Mrs. Sutton. “Now, don’t you overdo yourself, ma’am,” I says to her; but you know how she is, sir. She gets that restless, she can’t ...
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Impel and compel and the finer nuances

I was contemplating over the two words - impel and compel. consider the examples: 1. she impelled me to take the job 2. she compelled me to take the job. is the word compel somewhat derogatory or ...
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Only a waning candle sheds its light around

I found above mentioned sentence in a article is it some proverb? What does this mean? Below I am copying paragraph where I found this. May be this would be helpful to answer. Only a waning candle ...
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Insert or Enter? [migrated]

What is the difference between Insert and Enter? If I have a form to fill in, which legend is better? Insert your data or Enter your data Thanks, Nk
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379 views

'Mushed' meaning

I've been translating the song by Johnny Horton, North to Alaska and was stuck on the word mushed: He talked to his team of huskies as he mushed on through the snow Searching through the ...
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What is a “travel validation”?

I'm currently trying to understand the DS-2019 form that I need to fill for a J1 visa. One thing I don't understand is this: What is a "travel validation"? What does it (in this context) mean to ...
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Is “has made it his business to” polite or impolite?

In this sentence: He has made it his business to reintroduce the theory to a new generation of activists. Is "has made it his business to" an impolite expression? Is it a radical expression? ...
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What does “could use a friend” mean?

I heard this word on some TV show and i have been trying to find its meaning(but they weren't of help much). Could someone please tell me ?
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What does “another” mean in this sentence?

If someone says “Tom broke another lamp,” does it imply that Tom already broke a lamp or that another lamp was previously broken by someone?
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What does “through” mean here?

Through his sleek salesman talk I could discern duplicity.
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What the round is going on?

This is really annoying me. All over CBS/ESPN/EVERYWHERE I am hearing that today's NCAA basketball games are round 3 of the tournament. When did the definition of a round in a tournament change? I ...
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How can I describe it when you want to “sell” your personal image?

How can I describe when you want "sell" your image, sell how good you are at your job, for example? What phrase or idiom can I use for that? Here in Brazil (Portuguese) we have a metaphor like: "He ...
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What does 'even' mean in the context of this sentence? [closed]

If you have the following sentence: if you got an even number of a's and b's What does even mean? The sentence can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feAikjPqOq8 last seconds of the ...
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What does “in the space for movement thus conquered” mean?

What's the meaning of this phrase of Michel Foucault: "in the space for movement thus conquered". The full sentence: In the space for movement thus conquered, and broadening and organizing that ...
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43 views

What does visceral means in this context?

Some people’s imagery is largely nonvisual: visceral or emotional or kinesthetic or something else. What does visceral mean?
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Meaning of “shelves” in an accounting ledger

I'm a Romanian student trying to translate one of George Orwell's essays, “Books vs Cigarettes”. I came across this: Bought 36 9 0 Gifts ...
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56 views

What does pair done means? [closed]

I asked someone to reduce the amount of content that he provided to be included in a website and he suggested he can pair done the information. What does pair done mean?
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38 views

“in pretence” and “lordship”

There was no doubt that a man, in succeeding to a lordship in right of his wife, would wish to bear the arms associated therewith. He placed them, therefore, upon his own, and arms exclusively ...
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What are some words with other non-literal definitions such as “minority” [closed]

The word minority is literally defined as a smaller of two groups, etc, but in socioloogy also means a group with less power, regardless of size. Are there other examples of words like this that have ...
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Meaning of the word “snood”

What does actually snood mean when someone says, 'He is a snood arm wrestler. He eats more than he trains, but he's beaten some of our toughest guys.' Does it mean that person who's called snood arm ...
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Meaning of “Preparation of x, y and z and …”

I have a question related to this example sentence: Preparation of Isometrics, bill of material of all lines and supporting details of all lines below 2-1/2" except lines under IBR and get ...
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What is the difference between “Employment” and “Job”?

I cannot understand the differences between the nouns (they both seem to mean "work"). For example: when we hire an employee, we have to define payroll and benefits for them. So which word better ...
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What is the difference between a scenario and situation?

Based on a survey done globally I have been tasked with writing a help guide to cover scenarios and situations - for a cloud app I created. But I don't understand what the difference is between a ...
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1answer
47 views

What is the meaning of `Position Fulfillment`?

I can't understand the meaning of Position Fulfillment in Human resource context. Is it same as Position History? an example: Any help would be appreciated!
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1answer
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What is the mean of Converted Leads

When i found job on job website, i found the term Converted Leads job(Related to marketing). Please explain to me what it mean and what are the tasks will be done by this job? Any information would ...
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1answer
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Time before now vs. time before us

We all know that before normally means "earlier in time", but I've been thinking about the opposite meanings of those expressions: The days before now (the past) The days before us (the future) ...
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Relationship between Juxtaposition, Oxymoron, and Paradox [closed]

Explain the definition and relationship between "juxtaposition", "oxymoron", and "paradox". I'm supposed to apply this to Romeo and Juliet too, so any examples including them would be appreciated. ...
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That will teach me to

The other day I was cutting a mango using a sharp knife. I had sliced off one side of the mango and was then cutting a grid pattern in the flesh to be able to "open out" the side to eat the mango ...
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What does mean “authority” in the sentence?

"These honourable Accessories [supporters] of the Heraldic Shield are said to have been introduced, (like Quartering) by Edward III, but they are of uncertain authority until the reign of Henry VI." ...
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Ignition - Does it connect to emotions? [closed]

Just wanted to ask if in your opinion the word "ignition" can connect to emotions in some way (like boosting emotions), or if it's too far... Thanks!
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1answer
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One word/phrase to describe the reaction when you eat a very spicy-hot food

I've read the discussion here about Difference between “spicy” and “hot”. I've also read this one: How to say that food is hot (temperature) without the listener thinking that I mean “spicy”?. But I ...
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What's the meaning of “turning the state of the art to the state of the practice”?

What's the meaning of "turning the state of the art to the state of the practice" in the following context: "We have the resources, the professional experience and the background to deliver turnkey ...
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1answer
113 views

What does it mean to have a 'saucy facial expression'?

What does it mean to have a 'saucy facial expression'? I came upon a comment saying that and I have no idea what it means.
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What does “precipitate” mean?

In the poem “Sheltered Garden”, what does precipitate mean on the last line of this stanza? Every way ends, every road, every foot-path leads at last to the hill-crest -- then you retrace ...
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2answers
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What exactly does “tally ho” mean?

I heard this tally ho in a youtube video (British). I also heard it in the movies "Jack the Giant Slayer", and "Spiderman 1". I understand it's some kind of expression or exclamation or idiom to say ...
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How many meanings of “run” do we really have? [duplicate]

In Wilfred Funk's Six Weeks to Words of Power (A Cardinal edition; Page 48) it is stated that the word run is said to have 832 different meanings in noun and verb form. But skimming through the ...
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What's the meaning of bulk rate?

As per this joke, what's the meaning of bulk rate? I understand "bulk" is a bunch of elements, but does it mean in this context that you get a better price if you buy many?
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1answer
66 views

Difference between chastise and lambaste?

Is there a difference between chastise and lambaste? When should one use chastise and when should one use lambaste?
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Meaning of 'to wrap the ol' noodle around'

From http://css-tricks.com/css-font-size/ (the 1st paragraph is quoted for additional context): Setting font-size in pixels is the most accurate (and I find the most satisfying) method, but do ...
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82 views

This word doesn't make any sense in this context

Cowley's Poems: But I within me bear alas too great allays. What does this 'allay' mean? This poet says, I wish I could be overheat with praise!, so this man is unhappy. However, allay ...
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Meaning of “In a medium” [closed]

What is the meaning of “in a medium” in the following sentence? A major objective in a heat transfer problem is to determine the temperature distribution in a medium resulting from imposed ...
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1answer
360 views

How offensive is the expression “I am sick of you”?

Question 1: What is the meaning of "I am sick of you" exactly? Question 2: Does the meaning of this expression change depending on the context? Question 3: How offensive is this expression in ...
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Is this phrase grammatically correct in UK or US English? [closed]

Fatima We are actually working on the ad sizes you send to us, and this is some sizes we worked it.
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Meaning of “Write Off” in a particular context

This question is about a specific Seinfeld episode "The Package". For those that are familiar with the show, Kramer breaks-up Jerry stereo package and sends it back to him with a insurance. That way ...
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Is “A Moveable Feast” more than home catering?

I read Hemingway's A Moveable Feast before I knew the term describing moveable feast days on the calender. Comparing Hemingway's famous quote about Paris: "If you are lucky enough to have lived in ...
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To not want to believe something has happened

I usually hear people use the phrase "I don't/didn't want to believe it," and I've always been curious as to what it meant. Does it mean that the person is in denial of something? Or does it mean that ...
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What does “trollpoking” mean?

The edit summary here says: cleaned up a bit, removed the trollpoking. I'm certain removing trollpoking is referring to the removal of: This answer is going to be deleted as off-topic, isn't ...
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1answer
169 views

What does “a'me” mean?

Only boss a'me, is me. What is the meaning of "a'me" in the above sentence?
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1answer
785 views

“For one thing” — meaning in context

I know what "for one thing" means. But sometimes idioms are used in such a way that gives non-native speakers a hard time to understand their meaning. I encountered the following passage: She ...
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Meaning of the phrase “to corner the world's pleasures”

So I was baffled when the women at college accused me and my sex of having cornered the world's pleasures. I know about the meaning of all of the words in this sentence, but I don't know the ...