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rephrase “as they are mutually understood”

I'm trying to translate an SLA ( Service Level Agreement ) from English to Dutch. But i can't wrap my head around the following sentence: This Agreement outlines the parameters of all IT services ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “for my sins”?

I have a sentence: No, Sir, for my sins, I am not a regular church-goer. What does "for my sins" mean in this case? The phrase is from a book but not published yet and I am translating it to ...
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What does “Tingling toes” mean?

I was listening to a song Top of the world by Bridgit Mendler. She sung some words I'm weak in the knees when... You're holding me close.. got tingling toes tonight What does tingling toes mean ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “cut five sides in [something]”?

I was browsing the Elvis Presley page on Wikipedia when I read a strange sentence: During a two-week leave in early June, Presley cut five sides in Nashville. I've never heard this phrase ...
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What does “biased in your favour” mean in this sentence?

I checked several dictionaries and googled and checked previous biased-related questions here including Is it "biased towards" or "biased against"?, Word for being biased ...
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Meaning of “quantify” in a dating context

Someone said: "You can always quantify things", as in "* Internet and all that stuff is just that. People are people and you can always quantify things." I'm Dutch/American, but am having a really ...
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“so” or “therefore”

I usually double check my English using Google Translate. I paste my phrase in English (translated by myself) and I see how it translates it back to Italian. If the meaning is the one I had in mind ...
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3answers
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Meaning of “black on black” in Nickelback's “Animals”

The song "Animals" by Nickelback starts with the following lines: I, I'm driving black on black Just got my license back I got this feeling in my veins This train is coming off the ...
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“The Moving Finger writes even in Heaven.”

Following is an extract from a Rabindranath Tagore story called, "A Wrong Man in Workers' Paradise". I need help in understanding the contextual meaning of a line in it. The story is about a man who ...
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What's the meaning of “in the spirit of”?

The following is a passage from this article: In the spirit of full disclosure, the texter in question turned out to be my editor at Salon. (Hi, Sarah!) She has not texted me again. What does in ...
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105 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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360 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?
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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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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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329 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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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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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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192 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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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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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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315 views

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

Can anyone answer the above question?
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1answer
163 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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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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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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“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 ...