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What does “Soviet time tactics - No give bucks and muddy the water” (If I heard it right) mean?

In our English language listening circle, we unanimously heard AP Radio News (aired on March 31) refering to Russia’s action on Crimea anexation by force as follows: Former ambassador, Michael ...
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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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' when we hold': usage

The daily judge assignments are posted on the Clerk of Court site – see side bar. I have an attorney going tomorrow to research the records for the name of the judge responsible on February 5 ...
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'Complete a confusion' — expression or confusion?

Is complete someone's confusion a popular expression that makes sense? This expression pops up so often I wonder I am missing something here. Does complete here mean to 'resolve'/ 'clarify'? ...
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What does “spam in a can” mean?

From Planet 51: I never had the right stuff. I'm a button pusher, Spam in a can. I don't even fly the ship. It's all automatic. I only got this far on charm and my rugged good looks. Is ...
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what does “ride-along” mean? [closed]

What does it mean ? Hank took me on a ride-along and showed me just how much money even a small meth operation could make. It was in Breaking Bad
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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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'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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phrase “extend over” in context

I don't understand the part in boldface. The Oxford dictionary interprets "extend over" as "occupy a specified area or stretch to a specified point", but I'm not sure if that definition fits here. ...
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How to understand the phrase “through its successive approaches to perfection” in the given context?

I don't understand the bold sentence below. I guess it means "I should not attempt to find the origin of the human's organization by studying its evolution progress." What confuse me is that I don't ...
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The meaning of “Mid or feed”

What does the expression "Mid or feed" mean? I realized it was a quote from Einstein. In addition, what's the meaning of the "mid" and the "feed" in this semi-context? After a Google search, I see ...
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Etymology of the phrase “Twenty-three Skidoo” as used in “Hey Arnold!”

The phrase “Twenty-Three Skidoo” has a very interesting and mysterious history described very thoroughly by the wikipedia article on the phrase. However, this article seems to indicate it’s usually ...
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How is “stripping such words as remained of orthodox meanings” meant to be understood grammatically?

I was wondering if someone could help me out with a certain phrase I want to grasp the meaning of. I have two different meanings in my mind, and I was hoping that someone could point out the right ...
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Meaning of “misuse of the word 'only'” in context

I am reading the book Learning Python by Mark Lutz, in which there's a passage I don't understand: I also want to thank my original editor at O’Reilly, the late Frank Willison. This book was ...
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What does “on point” mean in this context? [closed]

What does this mean? To be honest, all your stuff is like 100% on point with the vibe we've had going. I don't know if it is a compliment or the guy just cursed me :D
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“Useless like tits on a log” vs. “tits on a bull” vs. “tits on a turtle” and so forth

I was reading an online book and there was the expression "useless like tits on a log". I googled to find more about this expression and I found a similar one: "useless like tits on a bull". Which ...
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What does it mean by “the round-trip problem”?

In the classic C++ book Modern C++ Design, I come across such statements: You have the round-trip problem, the not-enough-code-worth-generating problem, the inflexible-generator problem, the ...
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Meaning of “a rage of vision”?

What is the meaning of “had sent him a rage of vision” in this excerpt: The old man was in a position to know what his ideas were. He had lived for three months in the nephew's house on what he ...
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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 does “Sleep through the Second Coming” mean?

There is the following statement in Jeffery Archer’s fiction “Kane & Abel,” in which William Kane, one of the two heroes looks at his wife sleeping soundly on bed unaware of his big problem: ...
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What does “crystal ball” mean in the context? [closed]

I just asked a question on Stackoverflow. They closed it because it needed a "crystal ball" to answer such questions. My concept of "crystal ball" makes me interpret it as that we need some magic to ...
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What does the phrase “Lady-Macbethed” mean? [closed]

Colonel Hampton snorted contemptuously. Senile dementia! Well, he must have been senile and demented, to bring this pair of snakes into his home, because he felt an obligation to his dead ...
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The meaning of “crime and grime” [closed]

What does the expression crime and grime mean? It was mentioned from this comment: My dad's SUV got jacked when I was living in Saga Bay. Don't live in FL anymore. Too much f-king crime and grime. ...
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What is the meaning of “dumbly eloquent”?

Please go through this excerpt from "The Story of My Life" by Helen Keller: The hands of those I meet are dumbly eloquent to me. The touch of some hands is an impertinence. I have met people so ...
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What does one's status being “less a blank check than an equation with multiple variables” mean?

There is the following line in a December 8 New York Times article titled “Clinton’s countless choices hinge on one: 2016”: “But being Hillary Clinton is never a simple matter, and her next few ...
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What is meaning of “Sulking though”? [closed]

The background story is as follows. Author flunked engineering entrance exam. He took tuitions by paying hefty fee from his father pockets in order to crack the exam. How ever he flunked again. After ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “we-find-each-other's-lame-jokes-funny vibe”?

I learned the specified phrase from the book "Revolution 2020" by "Chetan Bhagath". I didn't like the we-find-each-other's-lame-jokes-funny vibe between Raghav and Aarti What is the meaning of ...
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What is the meaning of “divinity that hedges sublimest woe”?

I found the above phrase in the book "The story of my life" by Helen Keller. The actual sentence is below. It has been my privilege to meet a few great actors and actress who have the power of so ...
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What does the phrase “red rovering” mean? [closed]

What does the phrase "red rovering" mean? Here is the context: Over a decade ago, Billy Bob’s career began in the corporate world before red-rovering to agency life.
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What does “sank like a Chevy Volt in water” mean?

The Mesh Report (October 11) issue disclosed President Obama was confident that he won at the first Presidential debate with Mitt Romney in the article titled “Clueless: Obama thought he won debate ...
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What does “to get in line soldier-style” mean?

I read the following sentence and was wondering what does the phrase 'to get in line soldier-style' mean in the context - A third person familiar with the bank told Reuters that Pandit and O'Neill ...
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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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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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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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Is “and then some” an offensive expression?

I started an internal email discussion with the title "Editorial: link issues, some spelling issues and then some". However, upon rereading my own mail, it occurred to me that this might express ...
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What does “pink primates” mean?

What does this sentence mean? What was over there? Freaky pink primates! Why 'pink' ? What is the exact meaning? It was in Over the Hedge.
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What is the meaning of “often mistaken, never in doubt”?

What is the meaning of "often mistaken, never in doubt"? In what context is the phrase used?
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What is the meaning of the phrase “made out to”, in the current context?

I have received a letter which has the following sentence. The letter is about reimbursement of my travel costs to their location. Please note that for tax reasons all invoices have to be made ...
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What does “He is not a man about town” mean?

There was the phrase “He is not a man about town” in the article of Time magazine May14 – 20 issue, titled “Brazil’s War on Big Oil,” reporting the oil-spill accident which took place in the sea 230 ...
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Why is the answer “Again with the string?” funny when you pulled the string of a talking doll of your mother?

I know it’s boorish and unsophisticated to ask why it is funny on a joke, but I venture to ask. New York Times’ theater review (May 20) of “Old Jews telling jokes” carried the following Jewish jokes; ...
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What does the phrase “switched on” mean in this context?

Recently a colleague of mine said to me that the "Guys who are switched on really annoy me?". Since I am not a native speaker, I do not know what he meant by "switched on". Can you fine folks shed ...
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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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Meaning of “I would venture” [closed]

On page 6 of The Remains of the Day, I read: ...my new employer in several other instances had had occasion to call upon such qualities as it may be my good fortune to possess and found them to ...
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Is “put together” an adjectival phrase?

When someone says "He is smarter than I and she put together," what is the function of the phrase "put together"? Is it considered an adjective?
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What do the President Obama is “smooth without big handles,” and he “got his mojo back”?

There were two “fancy” phrases –“he is smooth without big handles” and “he is getting his mojo back” in describing recent images of President Obama’s in New York Times’ (April 14) article titled “Come ...
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What does “you blue blistering barnacles” or “Billions of blue blistering barnacles” mean? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does “Thundering typhoons” mean? What does "you blue blistering barnacles" or "Billions of blue blistering barnacles" mean?
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Where does “patching through” come from?

Where does "patching through" come from? And what did it originally mean? Usage: "I'm patching through a call from Mr. X"
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What does “Thundering typhoons” mean?

What does "Thundering typhoons" mean? Actually it was in the 2011 movie The Adventures of Tintin.
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Origin and exact meaning of “taken to the cleaners”

I know the meaning of this phrase by context, but the German analogs are no literal translations of this phrase and very dissimilar metaphors, meaning roughly: being tricked into something being ...
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Does the phrase “out of one's mind” mean beyond one's average level in this sentence?

A sentence I read this morning, The reason the running back got his new monster contract in the first place is that he was performing out of his mind – and was bound, therefore, to fall back to ...