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How would you call this kind of listing?

There are traditional classifieds where a real estate can be characterized this way: 2-bedroom apartment for rent in Leicester with an area of XX sq ft ... but the same can also be displayed ...
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what does this phrase “I’m kind of feeling like I need to cut loose” mean?

i don't know if this is a phrasal verb or something similar? what does this phrase means? I’m kind of feeling like I need to cut loose
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What gets inspected and adapted? “against which X can inspect and adapt”

The Professional Scrum Developer Glossary contains this definition: Engineering Standards: a shared set of development and technology standards that a Development Team applies to create releasable ...
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Graduating with Cohort? What does it mean? [closed]

In the following message: Hi Sebastian I hope this email finds you well. According to our records, you have registered to Graduate for the 28th June ceremony. Dr. [name] thought you ...
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Event pitch shall be shadow free

what does this wording mean "Event pitch shall be shadow free"? does it mean that the pitch (field/area for the event) should be free of shadows for the cameras and television stuff?
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meaning of “is by no means given”

What does "though the latter is by no means given" mean? Does the "latter" refer to "renewal"? Not only do many of these incursions into the cityscape possess a ‘temporary aspect’ in their ...
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What is the paragraph trying to convey? [closed]

The Paragraph : Having repudiated the basic commitments to nationalism and the ideal of scholarly detachment that had always sustained historical writing in the United States, professional historians ...
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What is the meaning of “mess somebody up”? [closed]

A nurse is telling: There was a girl who was driving inside a tunnel and something just fell on her car and she died. That messes me up more than thinking about patients who are sick. I have a ...
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what does “assume” mean in this sentence? [closed]

Banks are already passing on increased costs to certain customers, and insurance companies are assuming incremental risks to compensate for negative yields. source:http://www.businessinsider.com/...
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Can anybody explain or rephrase this for me, please? “out to 11 years of maturity”

On Japan, Grossman further noted that Japanese debt had negative yields out to 11 years of maturity as of April 25. source:http://www.businessinsider.com/global-negative-bond-yields-2016-5
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lemmings over the cliff

Does the trap of tipping over into a pointless lemmings over the cliff scenario mean losing the control of things so that they take you everywhere they want? or doing exactly what others do (...
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What is the meaning of “mortal enemies”?

Can you please help me to grasp the meaning of "mortal enemies"? Does it mean "earthling, human"? The full quote is as follows: Guard me from the wicked who attack me, From my mortal enemies ...
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Meaning: deliberate vs ponder [closed]

I'm doing some exercises and don't understand why in the sentence below "deliberate" is the right answer whereas "ponder" has similar meaning: The jury are still deliberating, but they're expected ...
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represent a form of ‘up yours’ to

What does "represents a form of ‘up yours’ to the confining ‘indoors enticements’ of the gaming industry" mean? Does it mean "represents some kind of freedom in contrast with gaming industry ...
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What is a word that means “mental” but applies more to this sentence?

He believed in mental freedom from religious organizations. I am trying to say that he believed in forming your own thoughts, without religious organizations telling you what to think. If you wanted ...
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Can introspect be used only in first person ? Or better word to replace it, in following context

Meaning of introspect is examine one's thoughts and feeling. In fact, i have to find word for "introspect". I m writing a technical report, can I use the word "introspect" but the meaning i want to ...
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Meaning of “by my behalf”

I encountered a curious phrase in a copyright waiver form: I grant [...] a [...] license to my [...] performance in any [...] recordings [...] taken of me by or on my behalf. I do not understand what ...
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What does “one’s peers” mean in “No free man is to be arrested, or imprisoned … save by the lawful judgement of his peers” mean?

Jill Lepore quotes a clause in Magna Carta, “No free man is to be arrested, or imprisoned … save by the lawful judgement of his peers or by the law of the land,” in her article in New Yorker March ...
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turned up sound-system-loud

What does "whilst the music may have been turned up sound-system-loud" mean in the following sentence? Does it mean "although it could have been a party with very loud music, it was a silent party"? ...
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The meaning of “make it into”

Explain me please the meaning of the phrase in next context: Bleeding edge technology is a category of technologies so new that they could have a high risk of being unreliable and lead adopters to ...
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Usage of “representation” in the sense of being part of a group

Is the following sentence correct and clear? "Elite universities in England are under constant scrutiny because of the low representation of certain population groups, particularly state-school ...
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the meaning of 'times': multiplication or addition/subtraction

Judy can jump rope 50 times. Bill can jump rope 150 times. He can jump rope 3 times more than Judy does. In the last sentence, 'times' means 'multiplication'. I wonder if this following sentence is ...
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What do “former” and “latter” refer to, here?

Here I am trying to peer into the meaning of this below paragraph (full version here).Being a non-native English speaker I am struggling in making sense, especially the bold part.The paragraph : ...
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First Lover in the Nighttime? a little bit of bacon?

This is in the drama Psych. I am an English learner and I can't understand why the man suddenly says this. Juliet and Shawn are couple and they are a kind of policeman. I wonder the bold part. It ...
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What did Samuel Johnson mean when he wrote this?

I do not in particular understand the use of the word "but" in the last sentence: Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities which he does not possess, and to gain ...
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What does 'A stratospheric success' mean? [closed]

Stratospheric is the adjective of Stratosphere which means the layer of the earth's atmosphere above the troposphere, extending to about 50 km above the earth's surface. People say A stratospheric ...
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meaning of “takes”

What does "takes" mean in this context? Alys includes this mobile writing in a so-called ‘personal repertoire of possible behaviour while walking the streets of London Town’. It forms the final ...
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take the stage “to” the chorus

https://www.buzzfeed.com/rubycramer/turning-to-the-general-clinton-makes-pitch-to-the-thoughtful?utm_term=.ykbJa5xp8#.pmaPRNzkJ I saw this sentence in a piece of news "“We will unify our party to win ...
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What does 'nuance' mean? And how to use in sentences? [closed]

I don't know why, but despite having read the definition over too many times to count, its one of those words that just doesn't click. I see it being used in sentences and have never been able to ...
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discharged with something

Does "discharged with casual ease" mean "lacking casual ease"? Context: These often aphoristic observations, discharged with casual ease, can verge on possessing the lyrical poignancy and ...
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The usage of “Per se”

Is the usage of the phrase "Per se" correct in this sentence? Sometimes, religion, though not be enaugh per se, may lead to violence.
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What does “there” refer to in the sentence?

I've read a sentence in a Burmese story. "The medico went to the nearest village and there in the bazaar he found various kinds of meat and fish" I wanted to know whether "there" refers to "the ...
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Take advantage of this opportunity

I find myself recurrently stopped while writing e-mails for a main purpose (e.g, answering a direct question from a previous mail somebody sent me) and wanting to add a second theme "taking advantage ...
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Can a proposition be mistaken for a 'claim'?

You confirm that this is true. In which case..... positive declaration (eg. 'x' exists). I would suggest that the above statement is an 'if, then' proposition. Anybody making this statement cannot ...
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the dynamic would surely be altered

What does "the dynamic would surely be altered" mean in the following context? If I wish, I may effectively restart the pilgrimage into the unknown, though, with no necessary end in sight this ...
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By the term x y means z, what is the meaning of the word by in this context

The standard definitions of By says "agent performing the action", "do something before a certain time" etc.. but I am not able to understand what by means in this context. Usage example in Kant's ...
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Term to describe when one event cannot occur without the other

So my wife and I were just having a conversation concerning a situation at her work, and I was trying to think of a term to describe the GM's approach but it's eluding me. Here's the context: ...
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withing coughing distance [closed]

I was reading an excerpt from an article in The Hindu, and came across some constructions which threw me: Clearly, in the post-Greenspan age, a central banker does not have the defences available ...
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what is “a backyard project”?

"Jennings is the founder of Mambo, the Australian surf-wear brand famous for its cheeky prints. It started as a backyard project in the 1980s and grew into a multi-million dollar company with 22 ...
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what does pi mean?

I've ordered some good from supplier. and before shipping the products he sent me the following: how much is the goods do you want to declare,as i need to make the pi what does pi mean ? pi is a ...
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Can I use “some” as a synonym of “very”?

I heard some used unusually a few times. Based on context, I figured that the meaning of some in that sentences was very. However, I'm not sure. Can I really use some as a synonym of very? Here are ...
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What does “Trump opposes women who were born women” really mean?

New Yorker April 22 issue carried Andy Borowitz’s article that came under the title, “Trump reassures supporters that he still opposes women who were born women.” It begins with the following passage: ...
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What does “owes a great debt to the 19th century” mean?

I encountered a sentence: With the invention of the printing press in 1440 by Johannes Gutenberg the nature of bookbinding changed. More books were produced and the binder had to find new, faster ...
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Meaning of “at least a quarter” in the quoted sentence [closed]

Consider the sentence, Any small and medium startup validates and rethinks the focus area at least a quarter which might change the approach towards their offerings What does the "at least a ...
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What would be “India Run” in this article? Does it have some historic background I can't find?

Once the wind and current systems dominant in the Atlantic came to be known, the square sail was adopted for use on the lateen caravel, giving rise to the “caravela redonda”. or square-rigged caravel, ...
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What does “My tongue doubles back” mean?

I was reading a novel when I came across this phrase. "My tongue doubles back in my throat as the senses comes back to mind and I choke on the words, "I love you too." What does the "my tongue ...
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“You don't have to do this” — is it an offensive sentence? [closed]

I said this to someone I don't personally know, who had signed my packet when I am not at home. I wanted to tell him do not do this again next time. I said this sentence but his friends seemed to be ...
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What is the meaning of “bunt”?

I was reading about advertiser David Ogilvy, and at some point he gives the following advice: Don't bunt. Aim out of the park. Aim for the company of immortals. What is he referring to? I looked ...
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What is the meaning of the last 2 sentences?

The last 2 sentences of this article say That's 888-972-SEAL. Tell 'em Frank sent you.. What do they mean? From the definition of urbandictionary, Frank refers to a male who is extremely charming ...
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What is the meaning of “free credit” here?

What is the meaning of free credit at this website? Google translate says that credit means the ability of a customer to obtain goods or services before payment, based on the trust that payment will ...