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There you have it again?

I wonder if no one has asked it simply because it is so obvious, but I really can't grasp the exact meaning of there you have it (again). I occasionally infer it from the context but not every single ...
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What is the term used to define an answer which does not offend anyone?

For instance - I do not want to take anyone's side in a debate and when asked about my point of view, I end up giving a smart answer which does not offend anyone of them. What is the word for that ...
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Meaning of “if you want to exchange gear for promo”

What is the meaning of this model's response to a photograph? Well I have enough work on my plate, but if you want to exchange gear for promo, I'm always cool with that!
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Meaning of “Industry Puzzled” [closed]

I'm not a native speaker and I have a bit of trouble with understanding the meaning of the term Industry Puzzled in a newspaper headline. Here is an example I found that uses the term: Biodiesel ...
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Meaning: 'take on a macabre ring'

I've come across a confusing phrase. This former Belgian possession is the most Christian country in Africa, boasting the highest percentage of churches per head of population, with 65 percent of ...
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What's the “tumbleweed” in tumbleweed badge?

Well I just earned one :). According to the description it's awarded to a question which receives literally no attention in a week. (Snapshot below) So it led me to the notion that a "tumbleweed" ...
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Meaning of the term “empty use” in the context of modal verbs

I'm reading a book titled Comprehensive High School English Grammar & Composition. The author, who is Indian, says this on the use of the modal verbs can and could: Can is used to express ...
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What does “tend one's spinning wheel” mean?

However hard I tried I've failed to get the exact meaning of tending his spinning wheel here. It would be argued, and indeed I would argue, that Muslim intransigence would have played a ...
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What does “the same” refer to in this quote from the Reactive Manifesto? [closed]

This is the first few lines of the Reactive Manifesto: Organisations working in disparate domains are independently discovering patterns for building software that look the same. These systems ...
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What does “the private comes well” mean in the following context?

Sharing the cycle with Elisabeth Leonskaja and Khatia Buniatishvili, among others, to Douglas has fallen the massive Hammerklavier and the Waldstein sonatas, as well as gems such as Op 90 and ...
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What is 'move it along' [closed]

One of the colleague has mentioned the following, We should be able to do it, but to move it along (My name), please do it at xyz. What should I infer from this statement?
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What does “a lot of talent sitting in suits” mean?

After Cavalier’s losing the NBA finales game, LeBron James said: “Tried as much as we could to try to make up for those guys, but it’s a lot of talent sitting in suits,” James said. “I’ve had a ...
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What does “wishful tradition” mean?

A passage from The Magus, by John Fowles, reads: The wishful tradition is that our family came over from France after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes- noble Huguenots remotely allied to ...
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Who are belongers and emulators? [closed]

As part of a lengthy description of its Ideal Customer, a remodeling company says this: Our ideal customers are belongers and emulators - they entertain and love to have family around. A big draw ...
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What is the meaning of “lie down and die”? [closed]

"If one still refused to lie down and die, he lost, or loosed, his temper. His temper was like a red dog, and he always had it close to hand." What is the meaning of "lie down and die"? Is it a ...
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In any but the most vestigial and nostalgic way…?

Once again, here I am with a question raised by the highly unintelligable Hitchens... It can be equally useful and instructive to take a glimpse at the closing of religions, or religious movements. ...
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Meaning of 'amp' in an emotional-distress context

What does 'amp' mean in this phrase? I am glad they cannot read these signs so they won't get sad&amp
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meaning of “with two-thirds of the voting rights, and a third of outstanding shares”

The merger plan must win approval from shareholders with two-thirds of the voting rights, and a third of outstanding shares in order to pass a shareholder meeting scheduled for July 17. I ...
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meaning of “it's less of a drain on resources” [closed]

What does this statement mean? He's more comfortable, we are more comfortable, it's less of a drain on resources, the authority is ecstatic. I can't understand what it means by "it's less of a ...
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Difference in I have and I had

I am always get into dilemma situation whether to use "I have" or "I had" for immediate past event. For example: I have discussed with you or I had discussed with you-:(Discussion happened yesterday ...
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What does “but […], though” mean? [closed]

I asked my American friends about the meaning of this word, but none of them could answer definitely. Some of them said that you can say though if you're not sure about something. Some of them said ...
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Difference between Can you please explain me or Could you please explain me [closed]

Which one is best and why ?. Can you please explain me or Could you please explain me.
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That is which it has not been

I've been reading Christopher Hitchens and I cannot understand, again, the exact meaning of a particular sentence. Here is the sentence in context: Having no reliable or consistent witnesses, in ...
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GRE question - not convinced with the answer

Should we really care for the greatest actors of the past could we have them before us? Should we find them too different from our accent of thought, of feeling, of speech, in a thousand minute ...
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Does “invertebrate” have a figurative meaning?

In Oxford Dictionary of English I looked up the word "invertebrate" and I only saw its zoological meaning: noun An animal lacking a backbone, such as an arthropod, mollusc, annelid, ...
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A was persuaded away from B

What's the meaning of a phrase, 'A was persuaded away from B' in the below sentence? Thirty years later, George Miller, the Australian director of the original trilogy, was persuaded away from ...
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“ Substance with critical comments on style ”?

I have an admission test on 5th and the syllabus has a topic " Substance with critical comments on style " for 25 marks. I don't really understand what it says. Help ??
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How is 'notwithstanding' governed by some preposition that is the 'subject of the verb'?

Source: p 993 of the book itself (but p 497 of the online viewer with the scroller at the bottom), An Etymological Dictionary of Modern English, volume 2 (1921), by Ernest Weekley: ...
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Why is 'X notwithstanding' more correct than 'notwithstanding X'?

Source: p 575, Garner's Modern American Usage (3 ed; 2009), by Bryan Garner: notwithstanding is a FORMAL WORD, used in the sense "despite," "in spite of," or "although." E.g., "Notwithstanding an ...
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What is the difference between the two words finaly and finally? [closed]

What differs when I say Finaly, I found it and between saying Finally ,I found it. Is there any differences ?
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meaning of “critcally analyse the relationship between a high level tolerance of ambiguity by a small business…” [closed]

Critically analyze the relationship between a high level tolerance of ambiguity by a small business owner and success or failure in the business. What does this sentence mean?
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Whats is the proper definition of guard

While reading Villette, a 19th-century novel by Charlotte Brontë, I came across the word guard used in a different way than I had known hitherto: I was up the next morning an hour before daybreak, ...
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What does “looked every day of it” mean?

She was in her late fifties and looked every day of it. In this instance, what does looked every day of it mean?
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What is 'burning or baiting' about the verb 'stake'?

stake (v.2)    "to risk, wager," 1520s, perhaps from notion of "post on which a gambling wager was placed" (see stake (n.2)), though Weekley suggests "there is a tinge of the burning or ...
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Why is the definite article used here?

They ran to the door of the cellar, but Toto was afraid, and he ran under the bed. — Chapter 1 of The Wizard of Oz(Oxford Bookworms Library Stage 1) In this book, There is no bed that has ...
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Does “Fat Fighters” mean that the group fights against fat, or that they are fatty?

We are having an argument about whether naming a gym "Fat Fighters" communicates the right message. The name should suggest that they fight against fat (obviously). The "fat" is both noun and ...
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What does “strip away all the sound and fury” means?

I have seen this quotation from Ed Miliband's current rhetoric: "Strip away all of the sound and fury and what people across England, Scotland and Wales, across every part of the UK, are saying is ...
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The patient is 'through'

After the treatment, the patient is through except for follow-up. What does through mean in the above— recovered from the sickness? What about 'except for follow-up'?
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'look the worse for'

After a night of profound slumber in Margaret’s bed she looked very little the worse for her fright and her wetting. from Grey Mask by Patricia Wentworth The above expression of look the worse ...
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What is the meaning of "confluent''?

What is the meaning of the word confluent in the context of the phrase the confluent of the river?
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Is “cause” instead of “because” becoming Standard English?

Nowadays, I'm seeing a drastic increase in usage of cause in place of because, especially in written English. People are in such a hurry, that a statement like below passes off like Standard English: ...
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What does “throw in the fact” and “the escrow” mean? [closed]

I came across the following dialogue in an American TV show, but I do not understand the parts in bold. (A is a 40-year-old divorced woman who is trying to hide her real age and pretends to be 26; ...
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what does hard copy subscription mean?

I want to know what does "hard copy subscription" mean ? full sentence : where payment is primarily for physical goods or services (e.g., buying movie tickets, or buying a publication where the price ...
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what does “volatile pair” mean in love/romance relationship?

Recently, I am studying Chinese Zodiac Compatibility. They said "Snake (one born in Snake year) and Rat (one born in Rat year) are a volatile pair". I am not sure what "volatile pair" mean? like each ...
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What does “did not achieve perfection and never would” mean?

At this point my brain refuses to comprehend this. Astronomers did not achieve perfection and never would, not in a solar system tugged by the gravities of nine planets, scores of moons and ...
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The difference between 'credit' and 'accredit'?

Both verbs seem to mean the same thing -- to attribute 'X' to Mr. 'Y'. On looking it up, I found: credit - publicly acknowledge a contributor's role in the production of (something published or ...
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How would you paraphrase “have sth before sb” in the given context?

How would you paraphrase "have sth before sb" in the following sentence? This elevation is, moreover, essentially rooted in the nature of our spirit, it is necessary to it, and it is this ...
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Send or Send across

How the words send and send across are used in email writing context? What are difference between these two? You can send your profile to 123@abc.com. Or You can send across your profiles ...
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What does “Possibly being eaten by Diana” mean? Thanks

I need some explanation of what "Possibly being eaten by Diana" means. Thanks. My Chinese subtitle explained that Ms. B will have lunch with Diana (Ms. B's lady boss). I'm guessing that probably ...
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what is the meaning of “no problem” in British English? [closed]

Here is the scenario: Today I asked my teacher whether I will get late penalty due to some reasons. The teacher says "no problem." Can I consider the response of "no problem" as I will not get ...