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Prostitute could be a joke?

I am learning English at a language school in Korea. Today's topic was about overtime and our teacher who is American asked me how many hours I work per week. I said I cannot concentrate in the ...
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“I changed into my sweats” meaning [closed]

I've been reading "W is for Wasted" book by Sue Grafton and have found the phrase meaning of which I am unable to find anywhere on the web. I changed into my sweats and put together a deluxe hot ...
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What does the phrase “whole effect” mean in this sentence?

What does the phrase "whole effect" mean in this sentence? "Note, there are no prices on this landing page. The whole effect is one of AO.com's knowledge of its (somehow now desirable) subject". ...
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What is the meaning of the word “pod” here?

What is the meaning of the word "pod" here? This is a good tactic to balance out a particular salesly email. So, if you've linked to a product page with one email pod, why not feature a ...
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What is the word or term used to describe doing an activity or work with a high level of concentration and intention, trying your best? [closed]

It would be similar to trying to be extremely careful or precise. In French it would be "application", For example: "Qui est fait avec application".
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Examples where a word has two seemingly contradictory meanings [duplicate]

Most English words have more than one meanings. In most cases they are close to each other and quite compatible. When a word has several unrelated meanings it is usually treated as different words, ...
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What is the meaning of “broadcast” here?

What is the meaning of "broadcast" here? "Getting into the consumer's head involves thinking about our long-inculcated awareness of the broadcast and the private.The most important part of a message ...
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What does the phrase “ great creative” mean here?

What does the phrase " great creative" mean in this article (https://econsultancy.com/blog/67464-why-email-is-the-king-of-one-to-one-marketing): Many in digital talk about email almost as it were ...
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What does the word “analogue” mean here? [closed]

I read a text about advantages of email in marketing. Kindly explain what does that sentence mean: Many in digital talk about email almost as it were analogue (tired and old hat). Does the ...
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Does “otherwise” have a negative connotation in this context?

I was wondering whether the word otherwise has exactly the same meaning as if not in the following sentence. I myself think that otherwise will add some negative attitudes toward the sentence ...
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What is the figurative meaning of “pivot towards”?

I read a sentence in Voice of America news: Clinton's dominating victory in South Carolina’s Democratic primary allows her to pivot towards a general-election campaign message. What does pivot ...
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Meaning of “not bent so much as in solution”

With the sole exceptions of the stoic, changeless Krag and the remote, indifferent Nightspore, the work's denizens appear to be pan-sexual, polymorphous entities who are not bound by a ...
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He was running down the dusty track through the centre of town [closed]

"He was running down the dusty track through the centre of town" What does "running down" mean in this sentence? Does it mean that he was running downwards? And, what does this sentence try to imply ...
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What is the meaning of this sentence from Inorganic Chemistry? [closed]

I was studying Inorganic Chemistry today and I read a statement for which I wasn't able to understand the meaning. When Plaster of Paris is wetted with water,it forms a plastic mass which sets in ...
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Meaning of “Honor Brite” in an Alan Parsons Project song

In "Games People Play" from album "The turn of the friendly card" by the Alan Parsons Project, we hear: Games people play/You take take it or you leave it/Things that they say/Honor Brite/If I ...
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What does the phrase “on offer” exactly mean in the context here?

Donald Trump lengthened his lead in the Republican contest by winning most states on offer. In the Oxford dictionary, the phrase "on offer" has two meanings:1. that can be bought, used, etc. ...
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Comparing two people's cleverness at a particular age

I'm trying to present a comparison of Jake's and Eric's cleverness at the age of 18 Jake is 18 years old, and Eric is 32. 1)Jake is much cleverer at 18 than Eirc was when he was 18 2)Jake is much ...
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What does the word “live”mean in this context?

I can't understand the exact meaning of the word "live" here. Does it refer to live perfomances, that means that Queen didn't use phonogram or it means "full of life, energy or activity"? ...
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What does 'leering' mean in this context?

I know what the verb leer means: to look at someone in an unpleasant way that shows that you think they are sexually attractive [Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English] What does ...
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Help me understand the use of “would ” in a particular sentence (in IELTS Book) [duplicate]

Examiner: Describe a place you have visited in the past. Candidate: [...] When I was a student, I would go there all the time and hang out with my friends. I don't understand what "would" ...
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Putting “away” after a verb

What is the exact meaning of this sentence? Got Questions? Ask Away and I'll Answer In what other cases can I put "away" after a verb to suggest a continuing action? Please provide examples.
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Looking for a word that best describes this quote?

I'm reading Anna Karenina for an AP Literature class, and I have to do journal entries on the reading, which includes character analysis. One of the characters, Stepan, cheats on his wife. Later he ...
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What does “to score drugs” mean? [closed]

What does it mean "to score drugs"? What can I use this phrase for?
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What does the phrase “prospects were beginning to chirp back” mean in this sentence?

What does the last sentence mean? "But I slowly started to notice a change. Clients were increasingly respondent to my emails. Even prospects were beginning to chirp back more times than not". ...
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Difference between “prima facie” and “preliminary” evidence

I came across many sentences in empirical economics papers using the term: prima facie evidence Is there any difference between "prima facie" evidence and "preliminary evidence"?
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How shoud I understand these two sentences here?

The problem at this year’s conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is that developing countries – led by the BASIC group – want rich nations to commit to ...
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Meaning of “Don't kick over the beehive”

I was wondering about the meaning of kick over and the type of context where it could be used. For instance: If you want to gather honey, don't kick over the beehive.
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What is meant by “still alive in kicking”? [closed]

Today I'd like to ask about an expression I heard on Youtube. I couldn't hear it clearly but a comedian said "He was still alive in kicking" (<-- this part is what I am not sure about) The story ...
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“Openned text” meaning

This is a piece of text, and I don't really get what it is saying, especially the "opened text" part While there is indeed much to learn from many species not yet known to science, it's the ...
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What does “fall into history” mean in this context?

I couldn't figure this sentences out, because of the "falls into history" expression. It's an academic article, I thought maybe it doesn't me "to be forgotten" like in the song. Would someone please ...
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“Have it to say” meaning

... and I should never have it to say that my mother was willing when my father was not. This sentence is from Robinson Crusoe. Does "I should never have it to say" mean "I have never had the ...
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He makes a right turn to the corner vs. He makes a right turn at the corner

I wonder what's the difference between "make a right turn to the corner" and "make a right turn at the corner." My teachers could hardly explain why the former one is wrong, and I only ...
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Is it correct to use “git” as verb?

I know that the word git is used for describing an unpleasant person. Also Git is a name of a version control system which is quite popular among software developers. I thought this word did not ...
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What does “she was deploying her famous pipes” mean?

I'm stuck with the precise meaning of the following phrase I read on the Web: "When she took the stage at the Grammy Awards this year, things were no different — except that she was deploying her ...
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it is the labour itself, or the labour-to-be

Does "labour-to-be" mean "the labour that is expected" or "the labour that is required for existence"? The world is made up of random encounters (Lucretius, Hobbes, Marx, Althusser). Art, too, ...
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Julius Cesar was amibitious [closed]

I've been reading a story "Julius Caesar". In this story, Brutus kills Caesar so that he could become a new king of Rome, when the reason of killing is asked, he says that Caesar was ambitious. He ...
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Did “white” in “decent white folk” originally refer to race?

Nowadays, the "white" in "decent white folk" can refer to race. But did it always refer to race, or did it have another meaning? I tried looking at Google NGrams, but it has very few hits.
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Heel of Italy in Wikipedia? [closed]

Who can describe it for me? what does mean Heel and relation to italy? the region situated on the "heel" of Italy.
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World Remained Those of Combination?

I read one book, anyone could describe the concept meaning by following sentence: "In the sixth century, at the very close of the classical period, the great libraries of the Mediterranean world ...
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Meaning of “ to be dizzying in”

There is a text in my english book that talks about the wetlands from Brazil and there is a sentence that goes like this: "(...) life is dizzying in its abundance, variety and beauty." I have already ...
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Meaning of “Carrots aren't that great” in the sentence

I was reading "10 hurdles to Windows 10 adoption". In slide 12, there's this paragraph: I still think it’s smartest for Windows 7 customers to stand pat, unless they see something in Windows 10 ...
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How is the word “fences” here supposed to be interpreted?

More data has emerged on many fronts. One, the extent of damage to water supplies has become clearer, and also the threat of associated damage like earthquakes. Protesters in Youngstown Ohio ...
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What does “create pot's answer” and “get policy on pot” mean?

These two sentences are from The Economist: 1.The legal market has already created pot's answer to the e-cigarette, which reduces damage done by smoke to lungs. 2.Rather than having to take on Big ...
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What are the connotations of a “foot-washing baptist”? [closed]

In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, the foot-washing baptists seem to be painted by Miss Maudie to be evil and to have a strict adherence to the "cleanliness of the soul." When Scout asks Miss ...
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What did Francis Bacon mean when he wrote this?

"There is little friendship in the world, and least of all between equals, which was wont to be magnified. That that is, is between superior and inferior, whose fortunes may comprehend the one the ...
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performative spillage of theater into real life

Does "performative" in "performative spillage" mean "theatrical (in relation to performance and theatre)" or "in action and in practice (in contrast with in speech)"? Context: when, during a ...
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what is the meaning of this sentence in that context?

In the below link, I have found some text. I don't understanf why the author wrote what she wrote. http://www.greenoptimistic.com/fruit-vegetables-taste-europe-america/#.VsK-rPl94gs the title of ...
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What does "storm–the–gates populism” mean?

I was drawn to the words "storm-the-gates populism" in the following passage of the New York Times’ (February 15) article that came under the title, "Donald Trump escalates rhetoric before South ...
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What does the boldfaced “it” refer to in the context?

From the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Weekly: The Global Agenda Council on Human Rights developed a new paradigm that recognizes the important, though not exclusive, role of multinational ...
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“Real estate” or “property” in my particular case?

I am launching a service for adding and viewing classifieds of houses, land (plot) and commercial real estate. Must it be described as "Real Estate Listings Platform" or "Property Listings Platform"? ...