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“Video sniffing's form of parasitical subversion”

The following context is about sniffing CCTV's. What does "Video sniffing’s form of parasitical subversion" mean? And what is its difference from " tapping into live feeds"? Nicholas Whybrow, Art ...
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What does “went after corruption as hard as… ” mean?

Edward Snowden on Twitter commented, Imagine if the government went after corruption as hard as it goes after guys who run filesharing sites. Priorities. What did Edward Snowden mean?
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realize or enable? [closed]

I need to know if realize is the right word in this sentence: "Rigid connectors realize the transmission of kinematic motion from the tow bar deformation to the plates." I want to say that i use "...
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How can a person chime? [closed]

I'd be glad if anyone can explain to me the usage of "chime" in the context of a person saying something. How does that come out if chiming means the sound of a bell? For instance: 'Well' Lisa ...
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What is a “longstop”? (British, I think)

I've come across this word applied to God in a book by Julian Barnes but I don't understand it. And perhaps God doesn't mind being addressed only in emergency. It may seem to bystanders that ...
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Correctness and meaning of “zero tolerance regarding child safety”

Here is an excerpt from IKEA Singapore's Facebook page: A third party investigation has shown that the locking mechanism is not reliable, posing a risk for young children, despite approved tests ...
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Things have been crazy busy meaning? [closed]

What is the meaning for this sentence "Things have been crazy busy" ?
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Is the word gleaned from good to be used in this context?

I am trying to write an objective for my resume. To take up a new and challenging position in IT Consultant, which will make best use of my skills gleaned from 5+ years of experience in the IT ...
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“Artists Take on Architecture”

"Psycho Buildings: Artists Take on Architecture" is the title of an exhibition. Does it mean "artists' understanding of architecture"? Thus, is "take" here a noun? If so, wasn't it better to say "...
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What does “ we've as much” mean?

"So what we did, we got in touch with a nature reserve out in the country, and asked them what you could see there. And that's when we realised that we've as much, if not more wildlife than they do." ...
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'work so hard' or 'work too hard'? [closed]

" I know you're having a big test next Monday, but don't work yourself so hard" In this sentence, Can I possibly use "too hard" instead of "so hard"? Thanks in advance.
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What does 'pack into' mean? [closed]

"Yes, I suppose we'll have to get down to work soon, though I dont know how we'll able to, packed into that little space." In the sentence above, I don't get it why it has a comma after 'able to' and ...
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usage and example of “except on terms that…”

"He said Britain could never rejoin the EU except on terms that would not be acceptable to the country." I don't really understand the meaning of "except on terms that..." here in the sentence. ...
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What does it mean to “frank for someone”? [closed]

I am reading "Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen. There is a statement made by Mrs. Palmers in chapter 20. "How charming will it be," said Charlotte, "when he is in Parliament!- won't it? How I ...
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Is “incest” primarily used nowadays to refer to child sexual abuse by a relative?

Is "incest" primarily used nowadays to refer to child sexual abuse by a relative? Some dictionaries' definitions of incest just refer to it meaning sexual relationships between people who aren't ...
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Difference between “everlasting” and “eternal”

I know these two sentences are somehow different, but I don't know how: This is an everlasting love. This is an eternal love. I read here that there are a number of adjectives for ...
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I could do with the exercise

This is a telephone conversation. Does "I could do with the exercise" here mean "I am exercising"? Everyone’s reallymad. . . What directionisCoventGarden? . . . I’m calling just to check that ...
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What is the meaning of “rage,” in this exchange

Merriam-Webster (on line) offers no help with the meaning of "rage" (verb) in this context; "swage" is presumably 'assuage' (fade). Youthe speke to his selfe & sayd: With women me lyst ...
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“was of the” meaning

I am reading a novel. There is a sentence "Motion was of the essence, ......". I am confused about 'of' in the sentence. What is the difference between "Motion was the essence" and "Motion was of ...
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encounter and disencounter

Does anybody has any idea what "encounter and disencounter" mean in this context? ...the work of the Colombian Colectivo Cambalache, who run a ‘street museum’ as a barter and informal ...
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meaning of “one aside”

Does "one aside" here mean "I, as a participant, ..." or "apart from this, ..."? Later, tumbling down the main steps of Tate Britain as we head first for Lambeth Bridge, the city is awash with ...
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difference between post deictic and epithet

I was looking at some examples of the two, and there was one example including two sentences of different kinds that I couldn't sense the exact difference between. Deictics: The identical three (...
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Where vs when - a matter of place or one of… time [duplicate]

Educated by weaklings, idolators of stigmata, especially fragmentary ones, we belong to a clinical age when only cases count. This is a quote from E.M. Cioran's book ''All Gall Is Divided'' (...
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What too-most means in “It was, too-most of his friends” [closed]

In a book(The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by: Douglas Adams) I am reading the following is said about a person: "The thing that used to worry him most was the fact that people always ...
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What does “timeless advice” mean? [closed]

Somebody said about a comment posted by anyone else that is a timeless advice. What does this exactly mean? Does it mean the comment is very long? I did search on the internet about the meaning of ...
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How ‘HOW’ change the meaning of the Twinkle song?

I'm a Spanish speaker so this makes me confused. In the song, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star I would understand I wonder what you are! ==> Me pregunto que eres (seras)! But they add HOW before....
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need help with 2 sentences. can't understand them [closed]

Before acting on such insights it is advisable to confirm them with additional descriptive research or to use causal designs. For example, a customer review might suggest new creative for an email ...
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Nuance of accordingly and request for its equivalent phrase

I'll arrange the schedule accordingly. The situation is I was asked to arrange a schedule to welcome a guest to our office from a US branch and I just got his preferred date and time to visit. I was ...
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something shouting down the road to something else

What does "to shout down the road to" mean here? Context: To pursue the conversation on triangulated conversations, Creed’s Work No.850 seems also to shout down the road to Gormley’s artwork ...
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Other meaning of 'moon'

It's from Fisherman's Soul by Oscar Wilde: 'And we tarried for a moon, and when the moon was waning, I wearied and wandered away through the streets of the city and came to the garden of its god. ...
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Meaning of “if not” in a sentence

I don't understand the meaning of "if not" and grammar of the sentence in bold: As early as the 14th century, the organ supplied polyphony, in which case the odd-numbered verses of text were ...
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What does Donald Trump's: …it was time to “turn them in”… mean?

The Washington Post (June 13) reports that Mr. Donald Trump told “It was time to turn them in” on Fox News in the article under the title, “Trump just faced his first big leadership test. He failed ...
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Simple meaning of phrase “Who to my knowledge has never told a joke”

I am watching / reading a Visual novel and I am having a little difficulty understanding this phrase. Is this some kind of idiom? Here is the full sentence: ..I'm watching someone I know very ...
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Meaning of “trapezium” in “trapezium of zoonotic ogres”

What is meant by the following quote and especially by 'trapezium'? I can't find any other meaning of trapezium here except the mathematical one and I can't apply that here. Please help. India ...
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What does “GOP's 'Pocahontas' problem'” mean?

I was drawn to the headline of an article written by Rebecca Sinderbrand appearing in Washington Post June 10 issue under the headline “Trump, and the GOP's 'Pocahontas' problem.” The text reads; ...
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Is there a word like 'Master' better fit for describing businesses?

How would you describe a company that has achieved mastery in a particular field? I feel that, even though 'master' gets the message through, it doesn't work very well in a business context. I'm ...
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A question about a quote from “Alice in Wonderland”

Regarding this passage from Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland: 'No, please go on!' Alice said very humbly; 'I won’t interrupt again. I dare say there may be ONE.' 'One, indeed!' said the ...
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Unable to understand text

I am reading this book named "Asking the right questions" by M. Neil Brown. I am unable to comprehend the meaning of the bold text below. While absorbing information provides a productive start ...
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What does an “uninterpreted two year period” mean? [closed]

I'm trying to read about the Canadian super visa, and I can't quite grasp what this excerpt means: A Super Visa is a 10-year multiple entry visa and enables the holder to remain inside Canada ...
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the slight doubt expressed in this is, of course, crucial

The following context is about surveillance. Does the bold sentence want to say that people somehow know that they may be monitored, but they are not sure, because they may not be really monitored, ...
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At the sight of blackbirds [closed]

In... At the sight of blackbirds Flying in the green light, Even the bawds of euphony Would cry out sharply. (Wallace Stevens) .. is it that (1) the bawds of euphony are seeing the blackbirds ...
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What does “rock lovelies” mean?

What does "rock" mean in the phrase, "A bevy of rock lovelies"? This was taken from Google's definition of "lovely" as a noun, which in turn seems to come from some dictionary by Oxford, such as the ...
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What does “spit it back out” mean? [closed]

What's the meaning of the expression, “she'd spit it back out”, in the following sentence? That's how Jenny handled language; if she didn't understand it, she'd spit it back out So You Want ...
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How to paraphrase a 3 step process in one sentence? [closed]

Good day everyone, I have the following sentence: Receive qualified developers, screen by more experienced developers. I want to ensure that the meaning is well understood. This sentence is ...
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what does 'mission leather chair' mean?

Instantly a dozen dog voices began to shake the roof. While they bayed and howled and yapped I looked at a small alcove office with a rolltop desk and a waiting room with mission leather chairs and ...
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What does “week accommodation” mean?

I have been selected as an intern in a company. The company mentioned in the internship offer letter that it would provide travel and "week accommodation" during the course of Internship. Does that ...
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What can back room mean related to security?

In an article about Putin's business trips, this passage appeared: For security reasons during presidential trips across Russia the license plate is not placed on the front of the vehicle. As a ...
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Meaning: “All spelling errors are property of the finder”

Recently I found this phrase in a site by NOAA (http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/wesley/): All spelling errors are property of the finder. Is this a joke? I could not get the gist of it.
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How to express glass word in different context?

So glass can mean glass where you pour some liquid and it can mean glass itself as material. So for example when you say "does glass float or sink?", how to understand what it means? Let say I want ...
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Meaning of “taking a woman off to the hay bales” [closed]

What is the meaning of "taking a woman off to the hay bales"? For example, a group of friends is doing the famous Route 66 and, while crossing Arizona, one of the guys writes about the day on its ...