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1answer
65 views

What does 'turn things over his fingers' mean?

Below is the first paragraph of Salinger's "The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls". I wonder what to turn things over his fingers means in this context? I imagine the little boy juggling things, but I don't ...
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2answers
124 views

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?
7
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2answers
329 views

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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5answers
2k views

Never fail to disappoint

When you say "he doesn't fail to disappoint", to me it has a negative meaning as in he always disappoints. But I've heard some people using it as a compliment and in a positive way. So, am I wrong ...
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1answer
146 views

What is the meaning of “some” in this sentence? [closed]

What does some mean in the following sentence? Does it has a meaning similar to hardly any? Some consensus has been reached regarding the theoretical basis for measuring the cost of travel time.
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3answers
378 views

Simple meaning of “A mellow edge isn't an oxymoron”

I got this as my astrology prediction. A mellow edge isn't an oxymoron. Buy their drinks. Show them why you're so famous. What oxymoron means is A figure in which an epithet of a ...
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2answers
820 views

What does this phrase mean?

You must not lament in conversation with your savior over the trifles of an average boy. what does it mean?
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1answer
122 views

You throw no low blows and rise above the rest

You throw no low blows and rise above the rest. What does it mean?
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3answers
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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2answers
160 views

What does “might” exactly mean in the following excerpt?

This is a excerpt from Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory, and I want to know the exact meaning of might regarding the context. Some say by might we mean: being allowed to and some say it ...
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3answers
178 views

What does “ Book within 2 weeks” means? [closed]

Can anyone answer the above question?
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1answer
139 views

She went around in about a hundred and seventy, for nine holes - meaning

I read the "Catcher in the rye" and I found it difficult book for not native reader (Compared to for example Steve Jobs biography. There is a lot of guessing what the author means by particular ...
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1answer
1k views

What's the meaning of “roll out” here? [closed]

The following is an advice given to someone who is looking for ways to make a couple thousand bucks in a short period: With no deets on your situation it's really hard to help you. But I will say ...
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1answer
1k views

What does “put on a show” mean? [closed]

This is verse one of the song Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5 (sorry it looks so spread out I tried to single line it, but didn't work): Just shoot for the stars If it feels right Then aim for ...
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1answer
157 views

“when all is said and done”, finger should be “level” [closed]

Person A tried to catch a falling patio door and ended up losing a fingertip, a nail, and a broken finger joint as the door slammed his fingers against the dock plate. He went to the ER afterwards and ...