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What does 'to be maxed out' mean?

I want to understand what Chandler means when he says he's maxed out after thinking he's embarrassed by his bunny costume.
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how do i respond to this email? [closed]

How do i respond in a way that is sincere but has a snide message to make the sender feel awkward for sending it. It is implying that I made them feel awkward for making them have to write it. ...
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Is “…written by the author it claims to be and not by someone passing themselves for them” correct?

I have a question to this sentence: Sometimes you need to know if the book was really written by the author it claims to be and not by someone passing themselves off as them. Is that correct? I ...
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What does “keeping someone in shoe leather” means?

In the following sentence: Unless your work is pro-bono, you should make sure that your customers keep you in shoe leather. What does "keeping someone in shoe leather" means?
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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
118 views

“What a shame!” versus “Such a shame!” [closed]

I would like to know the difference between "What a shame!" and "Such a shame!"". When do I use one or the other? I am Brazilian, so I don't know exactly how to use them.
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67 views

'Happy Christmas to all, all be epicures too.'

'Happy Christmas to all, all be epicures too.' Can anyone explain what, if any, precisely means, or adds, 'all be epicures too' after 'Happy Christmas to all'? Is it idiomatic English?
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854 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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162 views

Meaning of “top” in “to sleep as sound as a top”

From "The Early Bird", by George MacDonald. A little bird sat on the edge of her nest; Her yellow-beaks slept as sound as tops; Day-long she had worked almost without rest, And had ...
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82 views

To “fling oneself on his/her face” — expression

What does this phase "fling oneself on his/her face" mean in the following context? Winston promptly flung himself on his face.
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143 views

What is the meaning of “the green and blue of the crops”?

I'm reading the My mother never worked essay by Bonnie Smith-Yackel. In the other fields, when the oats and flax began to head out, the green and blue of the crops were hidden by the bright yellow ...
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519 views

Meaning of “You might want to sit down for this”

And thanks, too, for contacting me, because you need to hear what I have to say. You might want to sit down for this. If you’re on anti-anxiety medication, all the better. What does the ...
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95 views

When a Brit is refering to 'the war' which war does she mean -WWI or WWII? [closed]

As the title says, when a Brit in modern times writes 'since the war' which war is being refereed to -WWI or WW2?
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Meaning of “at least Dick Turpin wore a mask”

I tried to sell my stuff and one of the guys asked me if I could bargain on the item and I said no. He replied with the message, At least Dick Turpin wore a mask. What does that mean?
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174 views

What does “in s****” mean in the following context?

I was reading a short story when I stumbled across the following sentence. "[H]e overheard his dad say it wasn’t worth its price in shit." I was a bit surprised with the negation. I'm used to ...
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1answer
146 views

What is the difference between “Have got sb by the balls” and “Sb being over a barrel” in describing somebody in predicament?

I found two intriguing idioms in a pair in the following sentence of Jeffery Archer’s “The Forth Estate” (page 592) that I came to the last part at length. A media mogul, Dick Armstrong (seemingly ...
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What is the difference between “each to one’s own,” and “a law unto-oneself”? Are they totally different idioms?

I came across two different idioms, “a law untothemselves” and “each to his own” in the scene then British Army Captain, later a global media tycoon, Dick Armstrong, plotting to rob Julius Hahn, a ...
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Meaning of “as it was” in context

What does it mean "as it was" in this context? She was awakened by a shock, so sudden and severe that if Dorothy had not been lying on the soft bed she might have been hurt. As it was, the jar ...
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1answer
983 views

What does 'trout-shouldered' mean?

In an episode of the television show Archer one character refers to another as being "trout-shouldered." “This pathetic, trout-shouldered excuse for a boom operator is Chet Manly." What might this ...
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1answer
134 views

Meaning of 'take it to the hoes'

I came across the following sentence: You can just take it to the hoes on Broadway if you need to get your freak on. And not only can I not understand the phrase 'take it to the hoes' but I also ...
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1answer
79 views

What are “shrewd turns”?

In John Webster's play, The Duchess of Malfi, Antonio says of the Duke: He never pays debts unless they be shrewd turns, And those he will confess that he doth owe. I really don't understand ...
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319 views

Meaning of “I'm a disaster” [closed]

What does disaster mean in the following sentence? I'm a disaster.
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What is the meaning of “six ways from Sunday”? [closed]

This is a line from the book Test Driven Development by Kent Beck: Fortunately, we are well rested and relaxed and unlikely to make mistakes, which is why we will go in teeny-tiny steps, ...
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What's “kind of shot that horse in the face” in Easy A?

In the film, Easy A, Olive has a conversation with her parents like this: OLIVE: What would my punishment have been otherwise? DAD:  Bed without supper, I guess. OLIVE: But I'm already ...
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397 views

“Yeah, no, I agree” meaning

This is a passage in the movie The Social Network at 01:14:49: Mark says: "Yeah, that reminds me, we're gonna need more money, Wardo." Eduardo replies: "Yeah, no, I agree. More servers, more ...
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136 views

What does “side four” mean?

I recently saw this sentence by Lou Reed: Anyone who gets to side four is dumber than I am. On Flavorwire: "The Funniest and Meanest Things Bands Have Said About Their Fans" What does "side ...
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1answer
575 views

Meaning of “as close as you can get with safe sex”

What does "as close as you can get with safe sex" mean? I read this sentence in "Hannibal" from Thomas Harris, the original is Our informant's close to the family situation, like, he's very ...
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1answer
471 views

Meaning of “Blunt instrument” [closed]

I am having difficulties trying to understand this sentence: In some respects, Courses of Action are the more basic of the two. In and of themselves, however, Courses of Action tend to be rather ...
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Meaning of “all retch and no vomit”

I heard of the expression "all retch and no vomit" for the first time, and the references I could find by googling it are not really clear to me. Here is the context where I found it: What we are ...
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1k views

Is Saturday night before or after Saturday? [closed]

People sometimes write something like "let's finish this work by Saturday night" or "let's meet on Saturday night". Which day and time do they mean? Is it short for tonight, and then it's on Saturday ...
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551 views

Is “get one’s pants off” a popular idiom or an eyebrows-raising slang?

I came across the phrase “get one’s pants off” impossibly in association with Confucius analects in the following sentence which I found in a website, but forgot to jot down the source: What kind ...
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1answer
342 views

What is the meaning of “the dogs live in clover”?

I was reading an issue of Atlantic Monthly from 1919 and encountered the following paragraph: There is no further context, as these are (according to the article) translated conversations and ...
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What is the context of Mark Twain's “If you don't like the weather…” quote?

It seems well-accepted that the quotation If you don't like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes. was said or written by Samuel Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain. (At least two ...
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What does “grandfathered in” mean? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “I'm only grandfathering you in because of Serena.” Over here, Jeff says something using the expression "grandfathered in." What does that mean and how ...
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491 views

What is the meaning of “I don't need no stinking counters”?

The context is this video at timeline 43:26 seconds . That's too fancy for me. I don't need no stinking counters. What does this mean? Is it an American or British expression?
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957 views

What does poking with a stick mean?

Please see the context from this blog of Joel Spolsky: Since you have to poke at Windows Calculator with a stick, it doesn't have to be as fast as Excel. What does he mean by poking with a ...
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330 views

What does the phrase “Bolting for the Door” mean? [closed]

I was watching this video and at 41:05 secs the professor uses this phrase Bolting for the Door . Does it mean that students will get bored or it will be too difficult for the students such that they ...
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6answers
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What does “don't shoot yourself in the foot” mean? [closed]

What does "Don’t shoot yourself in the foot" mean? Unfortunately, most salary decisions are based on perceived performance, not on actual performance. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot.
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What does “a pop” mean? [closed]

when we say "For entertainment, she couldn’t go to the movies at $8 a pop", what "a pop" means?
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4k views

What does “clutching at straws” mean? [closed]

In the following context: I'm clutching at straws here. I'm trying to imagine how a woman could fail to be offended by being called a "hole". What's meant by "clutching at straws"?
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What does the expression “we are looking to you” mean?

What does the expression "we are looking to you" mean in the following sentence? Now that you have taken the test and have an understanding, we are looking to you to teach this to your ...
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What pair of words can be combined with “worth every penny” as an idiom?

When I was listening to AP Radio News of Eagle 810 (Far East Network), the only English language public radio broadcasting service available in Japan, together with members of a local English Speaking ...
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What's the meaning of “real gone”

As in the song 'Real Gone' by Sheryl Crow: "Everybody's lookin' for a way to get real gone." Does that mean something cool?
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425 views

Meaning of “pit technically something against something”

Is "to pit technically something/somebody against something/somebody" an idiom ? I'm not sure whether it is an idiom or not. If it's an idiom, then how do I use it in a sentence? Does it have another ...
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What does the phrase “Follow that!” mean?

I've heard that nice phrase and assume it is kind of an idiom. The possible usage I can recall: Follow that! I just did [insert something here]. Is that true and if so what does it mean?
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Close to home = quite accurate?

Citing Wikipedia: Many actuaries were unhappy with the stereotypical portrayals of these actuaries as unhappy, math-obsessed and socially inept people; others have claimed that the portrayals ...
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Meaning of “I'm kind of on a clock here”

In the TV show Friends, there is the following conversation: — Did you ask him? — No, I haven't had a chance yet. — I'm kind of on a clock here. — Oh, Fonzie. — You know who I always ...
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What does “becoming grounded in your body” mean?

Every day, I get emails from Ennatought. Mails sometimes say for my type (The Investigator): "Become grounded in your body". Here is one such message: Try this practice and therapeutic strategy ...
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535 views

What does “place oneself under the doctor” mean?

I was reading an article about a struggling postman where it quotes his solicitor explaining some trouble the postman was having: Mr Arthur ... told the court: "He was assigned a number of ...
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746 views

Is “So far as concerns something” the same as “So far as something is concerned”?

The following excerpt is from an article of Harry Frankfurt who is a professor from Princeton University: Especially by pretentious word or deed: There are two points to notice here. First, Black ...