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Can I say: one route number traverse with many buses with the same number! [closed]

For example there is many buses with the same number drive the same route so can I say, so can I use traverse like this: "one route number traverses with many buses with the same number!"
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Is it possible to 'claim' a concession?

Underlying most OED definitions of the word claim, both noun and verb, is some notion of right or entitlement. ( An exception arises in the case of meaning 2c - the loosely used he claimed to be ...
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Should I use divide or subdivide in this context?

I want to write something about an app for bus tracking. As a community-driven system, the application's users are subdivided into three groups: inactive users (not riding the bus), bus riders, ...
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Is there an AmE/BrE difference whether “by date X” means by the beginning or ending of this date?

A job application in England wants applications to arrive by the 30th. I understand this to mean by the end of the 30th (in London time). The accepted answer to this question appears to indicate the ...
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Propertied Interest

I'm reading the book Paris, Capital of Modernity by David Harvey, in which there is a chapter called "Rent and the Propertied Interest". Many times, the author uses the term propertied interest as if ...
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Meaning of “curled” in a sentence

Could you please give explanation of word "curled" in the next sentence I curled it and it correctly returns status code 400. And please provide characteristic of it (how much is it slangy?), ...
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What does “Tender on a bid…” mean? [closed]

You have been asked by your manager to tender on a bid to develop [x] for [x]. What does "Tender on a bid" mean in this context?
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'… this good of a wave…'?

I've just been listening to Jeff Clark, the first to surf Mavericks. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31093276 Around 2:20 he relates a story with Mark Foo, a Hawaiian surfer: The big wave ...
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Be with the FBI [closed]

Why do they (e.g. characters in american movies) say "he's with the FBI" or "she's with O.I.A" instead of for instance "he's from the FBI" or simply "he works for the FBI"? Is the expression "be with ...
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part data instead of splitting data?

Can I say part data instead of splitting data? "To keep tracking of this, part data, checking incoming packets, generating header, etc, many mechanisms are available to facilitate the communication ...
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In this process can occur?

Can I use "in this process can occur" like this? " The packets are reassembled at the receiver side. Consequently, in this process can occur, that some packets may be lost and need to be ...
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Fever Dream Out of Something Meaning

What is the exact meaning of the second part of the sentence below? This underground bomb shelter, built by Tito, seemed as large and as crazy as a small country, not to mention a fever dream ...
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Can I use “impoverished” in this context?

"Public transit service plays a considerable role in our life. The quality of these service are always being regarded as impoverished, second class, missed departure due to wrong real-time ...
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Difference between “Registration” and “Enrollment”

I'm developing a scholar system which I have to support english(and others) language. This system haves an "Enrollment" proccess. I've called it as "Enrollment" after some research because I could not ...
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No direct object in 'give thee faithfully to follow' ? (1670 UK, Isaac Penington)

Source: Para 5, Isaac Penington to Widow Hemmings (1670), by Isaac Penington If the Lord would show thee but this one thing, -- that to use "thee" and "thou" to a particular person is proper ...
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What does fuzzy means in this context?

I am working a narrative which is told by a five year old girl, and somewhere she says "Momma will pluck me out of bed and feed me bacon. I want to ask out loud but my teeth are too fuzzy." I could ...
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How can “in touch with” be used figuratively?

I am sure that we can say “get in touch with someone”, to mean figuratively that we are in good contact. Can I go further to use it more figuratively, e.g., to say that “my brother is not in touch ...
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What does “less than unity” mean in the following context…?

It's about wind power. Here is the context : "Few topics generate more controversy than capacity credits for wind plant. The capacity credit of any power plant may be defined as a measure of the ...
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What are the differences between “pass a message and ”forward a message"

Claudia (my former school teacher) is hired as a professor in Department X of a university. Claudia speaks English. I dialed her office number but again was redirected to the enquiry center of that ...
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“She do not look like” [duplicate]

I have heard this phrase in "True Detective". What's the background? (It was used by police detective, 2nd episode, the dialog in a car.) update: Because of the discussion, I found that scene and ...
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What does “track each other” mean in the following context?

Here is the full paragraph : You might ask, if gain controls the proportion of color at all IRE levels, why do I need to make a whole series of measurements, wouldn't just one do? The answer is ...
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Does the word zealous have an implicit religious connotation? [duplicate]

Earlier today I was describing someone to a friend. I said, "I never realized how zealous he was." I meant for the meaning of zealous here to be religiously zealous. Without an adverb, I would ...
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Correct translation for the light switch for a website

I'm looking for the correct translation for a website (http://www.configurator.simonurmet.com/). I'd like to refer to the whole object, I don't need the name of each part for now. The "whole ...
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What's the meaning of “there is not a good reference for”?

This is the context : "For most projectors however, including SONY projectors that have been used for a few months, or more and the bulb has aged, there is not a good reference for use in calibrating ...
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Why did he say “Abe is to blame for Yukawa's death.”?

I am reading this news http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/24/world/isis-japan-hostages/index.html Played over Saturday's picture, the voice of a person claiming to be Goto says in English that Abe is ...
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What does “the look of” mean in this context?

The following phrase has been taken from Wikipedia's computer science style guides (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Computer_science/Manual_of_style#Code_samples): 'Samples of ...
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Is “for reasons of moderation” gibberish?

I noticed the following sentence on an otherwise brilliant website: This question was removed from English Language & Usage Stack Exchange for reasons of moderation. ...
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Is saying “back to back” an AmE or BrE usage [duplicate]

I have been often intrigued by the phrase "back-to-back". Referring to "back" is reminiscent of the rear of the human body. I usually hear- back-to-back meetings
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The so-what-ishness

What is the meaning of 'the so-what-ishness' in the following sentence? 'What makes it so irksome is the so-what-ishness of this rather brandnew restaurant.'
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Does this “look out for” and “look in for” make sense?

He looks out for all the possible support he can gain from the villagers, and at the same time looks in for inner courage that will prepares him for the worst result. (He wants to be elected by ...
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What does “to put things into prospective” mean? [closed]

Note that it's prospective, not perspective. I'm reading a blog post and found below paragraph. It is impossible to resist the urge of exploring in-memory OLTP Engine (code name Hekaton) ...
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What does “what has changed with” means here?

What has changed with this tragedy is people’s willingness to recognize that religion really does make people do terrible things. This is from the latest New Republic, the author means that as ...
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Meaning of 'Some nose puts the bulls on me tomorrow..'

"It don't make any difference," he said. "I'm washed up anyway. Some nose puts the bulls on me tomorrow, next week, what the hell? I just didn't like your map, pal. A nose means a person, I ...
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Any other meaning in the word 'strip'? [closed]

Across the street somebody had delirium tremens in the front yard and a mixed quartet tore what was left of the night into small strips and did what they could to make the strips miserable. While ...
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fattening light

What do you think the author Kevin Barry meant when he says fattening light in this given context: It was by now a hysterical downpour, with great sheets of water steaming down from Mweelrea, and ...
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Another use of the word “given”? [closed]

This is a video from the content producer "JonTron". I noticed, at around 8:12, he says the following: "You get a barrel, you run with said barrel, you throw barrel at given thing, you run back, you ...
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Is it normal to say “greater extreme”?

Some animals have taken cooperation to even greater extreme. (BBC documentary, journey of life) I doubt that “extreme” is subject to comparison with other extreme. An extreme is a polar point. ...
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Meaning of by way of and start over

This is from a novel by Upton Sinclair, King Coal, 1917: He was given the use of the building, by way of start over the saloons, which had to pay a heavy rental to the company. He spoke about a ...
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meaning of 'under the fedora'

"It's under the fedora. Wanta run down and look at it with me?" A police asks his private detective friend to come along to the murder site to take a look. (from 'Killer in the rain' by Raymond ...
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What does “get out there” mean?

If Hong Bo wants his new product to be successful worldwide, he must get out there and really peddle it. What does “get out there” mean in this context?
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Meaning of “broken” in a phrase “broken hallelujah”

What does "broken" mean in a phrase "broken hallelujah"? E.g. in Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah song? "it's cold and it's a broken hallelujah" In my opinion, the best match from the dictionary is ...
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What does “beyond giddy” mean?

I recently came across the following sentence: Their bond was that of two best friends who were beyond giddy to be getting married. What does beyond giddy mean in this context?
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Peace among countries or between countries?

A more comprehensive research program would look for historical cases of stable peace between countries that are not democracies, or between states only one of which is a democracy. Stable ...
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Can I say that someone creates a tendency?

The lectures on Big data have received positive responses not only from MIS students, but also from students of other majors, even triggering a tendency of technology learning. I have ...
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Which does 'your affection in the least diminished by…' mean? (1778 November, US)

Original Source. Source: p 168, The Portable John Adams, by John Adams AA to JA [Braintree, 12-23 November 1778] 1 cannot charge myself with any deficiency in this perticular as I have ...
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Why did Abigail Adams write 'all' twice? (1778 November, US)

Original Source. Source: pp 168-169, The Portable John Adams, by John Adams AA to JA [Braintree, 12-23 November 1778] I will not finish the sentence, my Heart denies the justice of the ...
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What does Abigail Adams mean by 'Score of misfortune' (1778 November, US)?

Original Source. Google Source: p 168, The Portable John Adams, by John Adams AA to JA [Braintree, 12-23 November 1778] I have taken up my pen again to relieve the anxiety of a Heart too ...
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Meaning of the phrase “treats of” in the title of chapter 1 of Oliver Twist [closed]

The title of chapter 1 of Oliver Twist is as follow: "Treats of the place where Oliver Twist was born...". What is the exact meaning of the plural word "treats"? I assume it means something like ...
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“It worked for me in high school and it's been a reflex ever since”? [closed]

A: Just go out with me one time. If you are miserable, I will never hint at the subject again. B: I don't think it's smart. A: I know that I am an asshole. It worked for me in high school, ...
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Her eyes ate me [closed]

I sipped my drink. I like an effect as well as the next fellow. Her eyes ate me. It's from 'Red Wind' by Raymond Chandler. Seemingly well-known phrase, but what exactly it mean? The narrator was ...