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the meaning of “elsewhere”

I don't understand the meaning of "elsewhere" in this sentence "Most units raised in Britain went elsewhere on the European continent, although one is recorded in Morocco." Does it mean, all the ...
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what is the meaning of the word “MUST”

This question is in relation with my other question in this site (please have time to look at it) The Resistance Operatives must select the Mission Success card; Spies may select either the ...
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“wait for the laughter to die down” [closed]

What does "wait for the laughter to die down" mean? and when we can use it? is it an idiom or a slang? Please provide me with an example.
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Is “successfully” redundant in “XYZ successfully crossed 1 mil customer mark”?

In the following statement XYZ successfully crossed 1 mil customer mark Is successfully not required? What additional information does successfully provide about the situation? Can't I just say ...
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Can I use “Engage List” instead of “Engagement List”? [closed]

In a sales context, can I use "Engage List" for a list of prospects instead of "Engagement List", which sounds more like a wedding list? This is to be used in a web service to define a list of ...
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“secure access corridor disengaged” - meaning? [migrated]

i heard this announcement somewhere in a video game(half life) where freeman runs somewhere. what does it mean? that the corridor is now open? that the secure access in the corridor is not secure ...
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Test question difficulty [closed]

The African American painter Jacob Lawrence has frequently used the series format as a way to tell a story. As in narrative series painted by such earlier masters as Giotto, Goya, Daumier, and ...
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Why is the indefinite article used in: “like a challenge”

source: 60-Second Adventures in Thought (Open University) How could a humble tortoise beat the legendary Greek hero Achilles in a race? The Greek philosopher Zeno liked a challenge and came up ...
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What is meaning of the phrase “should be the way to go”?

What is the meaning of the phrase "should be the way to go"? I haven't been able to figure anything out from searching online. The wording originally appeared in a block of text like this: ...
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Meaning, in context, of the idiom 'whole cloth' [closed]

I want to ask a question which is oft-repeated question. And it might lead you to imagine that I am asking it again. Even, in this website, it has proposed before. But, as a matter of fact, I haven't ...
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“à la carte” in the context outside dining

I have seen à la carte several times on a menu which means what it original meant, something separate from a package, you have to pay extra to order it separately. However, this word has gone way ...
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Not a day goes by that we can’t at least serve one other human being by making deposits of unconditional love

What does the following quote by Stephen Covey mean ? Not a day goes by that we can’t at least serve one other human being by making deposits of unconditional love Especially the part "serve ...
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What's it mean if someone says, “You feel I'm in denial about the feelings that I have for you?” [closed]

What does this mean? If a person says, "You feel I'm in denial of the feelings that I have for you?" is that different from saying, "You feel I'm in denial of having feelings for you?" ...
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Usages of the word “hacky”

What does the word "hacky" means and what is the differences between the words "hack" and "hacky" For example: "I found a hacky solution" Is this means the solution is awful or means cheating but ...
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Term “should be facing” - English explanation

Could anyone please tell me how the meaning of term "should be facing" is used? I mean if some STICKER should be facing some part of the product. What does this mean? If it should be facing to ...
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What is the figurative meaning of “cold pizza”?

I've always thought that "cold pizza" was an expression used mainly to refer to a boring, uninteresting person or an unexciting event whose images call to mind that of an unappetising cold pizza. ...
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Clarify an idiom [duplicate]

Please carefully read the text below: On 24 November, 1993, a meeting of Leftist intellectuals occurred in London under the auspices of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), which is a ...
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Clarify an idiom in a political text

Please carefully read the text below: On 24 November, 1993, a meeting of Leftist intellectuals occurred in London under the auspices of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), which ...
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What's the meaning of 'flying black flags' in the sentence?

After nearly 3,000 coalition airstrikes, the days of freely moving around in large formations, flying black flags and taking territory may be over for the group. [Source: CNN.Com] What's the ...
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what do “for a time” and “backtrack” mean in this specific sentence

In a paper of Scientific American, there is a sentence as follows Einstein understood early on that they [the gravitational waves] were implied by his theory but for a time backtracked from his ...
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“letting oneself be summoned out of”

In Heidegger's view, man has a tendency to lose himself in his world and "forget" his mortality, and by extension that of his world. He falls in with the crowd (the "they"), engages in idle ...
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What's the meaning of “offhand” in this dialogue?

“Obi-Wan!” he shouted to his companion, who wheeled toward him at once. “Destroyer droids!” The younger Jedi nodded, smiling. “Offhand, I’d say this mission is past the negotiation stage.” ...
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What does “a bit unfortunate” mean?

I'm translating dialog with "bit unfortunate" phrase: Sasha:"It's a bit unfortunate about Antony's final take." (final take corresponds to final record in sound-recording studio. He had a lot ...
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What does “propose a toast” mean? [closed]

I see this phrase "propose a toast" a lot often while watching American TV series like Friends. This is what Google tells me: ask a group of people at a social occasion to drink to the health and ...
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What is the meaning of this couplet by Alexander Pope?

Authors, like coins, grow dear as they grow old. It is rust we value, not the gold I have a vague idea about the meaning of this couplet. I would appreciate it if someone was able to answer few ...
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What does “snug as a nun’s wimple or loose as a suggestion mean?

The Time Magazine’s article (November 5, 2015) titled, “Is Iran finally ready for change?” begins with the following passage: “The politics of Iran may be relentlessly convoluted, but for years it ...
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What does `come of age` mean? [closed]

This two-step strategy has its roots as far back as Aristotle who used Greek letters as symbols in presenting syllogisms. But the strategy came of age in the nineteenth century with the ...
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What does “slotting in around” mean?

In the book Zom-B Bride by Darren Shine, I encounterd this sentence: Slotting in around the forces of good and evil were a variety of other groups and individuals. I am not completely sure ...
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Level of certainty in “intend” versus “hope”

I am trying to write an essay detailing my short and long term goals and I want to convey to the reader that these are goals that I fully intend on achieving. I was going to say "I intend, not hope" ...
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What does taking responsibility mean (in politics)?

You often hear it on the news. Some embarrassing nonsense goes down, and then some honcho steps in front of the cameras looking concerned and goes, "I take full responsibility for what happened." ...
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Meaning of “Banksy’s your bag”

In the article about Dismaland there is a paragraph saying: Inside the walls of a derelict seaside swimming resort in Weston-super-Mare, UK, mysterious construction over the last ...
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'Later' of 'See you later'

See you! See you later! Is there any nuance by adding later or not?
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About the usage of 'endless' [closed]

I saw a short paragraph today which is using 'endless' to describe 'features'. Could you advise me whether it is a suitable usage? It sounds strange to me. Following is the original paragraph. ...
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What does playing the anchor role mean? [closed]

Can someone explain to me the meaning of the following phrase: You have to be more responsible, because you are going to play anchor role in the new project. My manager said this to me. How ...
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Meaning of “ he is welcome to attend and take part”

I am helping my son with an application for an after-school program. I asked the coach if they would still accept new students. The coach emailed me back: While we have selected the kids who are ...
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Meaning of “mulling a factory”?

A Japanese newspaper partly held by Toyota reported a month later that the carmaker was mulling a factory in Brazil for production of the same car. [Source] I couldn't find a phrase 'mulling ...
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Logical inconsistency

“Tokens from your friends and admirers,” said Dumbledore, beaming. “What happened down in the dungeons between you and Professor Quirrell is a complete secret, so, naturally, the whole school ...
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What does figures mean in “facts & figures”?

I Didn't find any figures in "facts & figures" of something, i only find is words which means facts, then What does figures mean in "facts & figures" ?
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Meaning in context of “to fold something together”

“Add the option -f to fold upper and lower case together, so that case distinctions are not made during sorting; for example, a and A compare equal.” Excerpt From: Brian W. Kernighan. “The ...
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Good but thirsty

I was reading the novel Dracula when I came across the following phrase related to a dish that the narrator wrote in his diary. I had for dinner, or rather supper, a chicken done up some way with ...
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What's the origin of “lit”?

Since June 2015, use of the word lit has exploded on Twitter. Here's some recent examples. Nena Marie: My Year is starting off lit af👌🏼 ...but is gonna be TD by Monday morning Nick: Jason ...
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What does it mean to “sabotage an agenda”?

There was the following passage in Time magazine’s article (Nov. 15, 2015) that came under the title, “Is Iran finally ready for change?” “The arrests of prominent Iranian Americans are widely ...
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What does this sentence from a Computer Book mean?

I read a book and am stuck with a particular sentence: One other significant change is that the Pentium Pro processor uses three execution engines, so it can execute up to three instructions at ...
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Can “dystopian” be accurate for artistic works based largely on truth?

For example: It seems to me a bit sketchy to categorize the movie The Lives of Others (2006) as such, even though it is a work of fiction and set in a negative world - - because it is largely based on ...
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Explanation of the phase in relevance to the context

At last, a great crunching noise announced Hagrid’s return. Malfoy, Neville, and Fang were with him. Hagrid was fuming. Malfoy, it seemed, had sneaked up behind Neville and grabbed him as a ...
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Usage of the word “typical”

Some friends and I have been debating for a while now the significance of the word "typical", more specifically the pejorative connotation that, they insist, is inherent to this word. To them, for ...
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Meaning of the sentence, “she is the kind of lawyer most skilled at finding reasons not to do things”

I have read a passage from wikileak: AIT/T has had regular contact with Tsai Ing-wen on economic, political and cross-Strait issues (ref B). She is a savvy insider on formulating and ...
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What is “large sort”? [closed]

Can anybody help me describe this word? The American ambassador in Berlin described him as "a very jolly, large sort of German". (the author is talking about Arthur Zimmermann) Source: History ...
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What is the meaning of “only other time”? [closed]

What is the meaning of “only other time” in the sentence: But it’s only been a month since we met and the only other time I’ve said those words out loud to a girl was over a year ago.
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What does “exit onto” mean? [closed]

I don't understand exit onto in the following sentences: Target is east and north of you, looks like Highway 56 to 17. Will intercept him if he stays on 17. Go east on 56 off Highway 2. What? ...