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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 ...
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Is calling someone 'didactic' risking offense?

As I understand it, 'didactic' is used to mean something that has the ulterior motive of teaching especially in a moral connotation and also to mean patronising, or appearing patronising. So does ...
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What is a word for the following manner? [closed]

What do you call someone who excessively swears?
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Is 'good' a double-entendre in some parts of the US? [closed]

In the movie The Incredibles, the characters have the following dialogue: LUCIUS (FROZONE): Honey? HONEY: What? LUCIUS (FROZONE): Where's my supersuit? HONEY: What? LUCIUS ...
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Confusing sentence on Instagram app submission page [closed]

I'm working on an Instagram app that fetches media based on a tag, ideal for events such as weddings and parties. Instagram has very strict rules on what kind of third party apps are allowed, the ...
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Another hidden meaning of 'transfer'?

To the experienced eye, racial types have a physiognomy which is unmistakable on mere inspection. But you cannot transfer the experienced eye. You can only express personal conviction and back it ...
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What does “the lowest common denominator” mean in the context other than math?

In the New Yorker’s (May 31) article under the title, “Stephen Hawking angers Trump supporters with baffling array of long words,” Andy Borowitz wrote; “Speaking to a television interviewer in ...
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does otherwise fit in this sentence

I am writing a mathematical report and i wrote this: In the following sections, the value of x is always 1 unless it is stated the otherwise. Did I use otherwise correctly here please ? Thanks ...
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clicking the lock into place

Does "clicking the lock into place" in regard to a bicycle mean "to lock the bicycle"? A cyclist rattles by and I watch as the youngster riding it pulls up alongside the Memorial to the 65,000 ...
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is simple a filler in this sentence

Things just simply don't work is simply a filler in that sentence ? by filler i mean that the meaning of the sentence is the same with or without it (i know this is not formal english, but i need ...
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Good alternatives to “some of the” (best)?

Are there any good alternatives to "some of the best"? E.g. Some of the best minds, some of the best teams, some of the best companies. I need to write two sentences using the meaning "some of the ...
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Meaning of “straw beneath my feet” in this context

I was reading 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell, in which, there was a sentence "but I know, as surely as I see this straw beneath my feet, that sooner or later justice will be done." I dont ...
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Combining two sentence in one while ensuring grammar errors are not present

Since English is my second language, I have been trying to wrap my head around the subheading I am writing. I feel like it would be better written if it was divided into multiple sentence, but I was ...
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Meaning of following statement: [closed]

I came across this statement and I can't understand the overall concept of the part I have made bold: "Current trends in scholarship demonstrate a new historical and ethnographic consciousness. ...
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What does “twist” mean in this context?

From the poem "The Free-Selector's Daughter" (emphasis mine) I broke my pipe and burnt my twist, And washed my mouth with water; I had a shave before I kissed The free-selector's daughter. ...
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Meaning of “keep up someone's lick”

I have come across this phrase recently. What does it mean? "she don't keep up her lick here...". From The Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain. "Why, this watch. I bought her out in Illinois--gave $...
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what is the meaning of this phrase? [closed]

I am not looking for a fact here, I know that this is highly debatable. My question is about the information mentioned here in the sentence: Many scientists believe that global warming and its ...
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what does “stretch” mean in this context?

"We achieved a major breakthrough on Greece which enables us to enter a new phase in the Greek financial assistance programme," Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister, ...
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What does “up-front” mean in this sentence?

But he stressed that the Fund had made a big concession by agreeing debt relief would only be decided in 2018, rather than up-front. source:http://www.cnbc.com/2016/05/24/greece-hopes-to-get-new-...
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what does “Emperor lives on” mean? [closed]

Simply, I couldn't understand that sentence. I found that sentence on an image on twitter . could you help ?
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“What would I not exact from you…?”

The meaning of the phrase in bold is incomprehensible to me. Could someone please explain or paraphrase the sentence for me? CAESAR. Vengeance! Vengeance!! Oh, if I could stoop to vengeance, what ...
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What does “liabilities” mean in this context?

From CNBC's article "Will AI spark a wave of job losses in banking? This what the experts think". (Emphasis mine) "There's a lot of liabilities," said panelist Matthew Blume, director for client ...
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What does “common refrain” mean here? [closed]

The common refrain for my entire tenure here: We all get too much email. https://glyph.twistedmatrix.com/2016/04/email-isnt-the-problem.html Of course I googled separate words and phrases from this ...
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What's a “summer-funeral hit”?

In a YouTube comment commenting on Jamala's song 1944, someone says You guys enjoy your summer-funeral hit! I have nothing else to add. after saying Ukraine should't have won! What a stupid,...
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Can you tell me what tense is: “if + simple past, would + infinitive”? [closed]

She hugs and smiles thinking if Arjun wasn't so greedy he would be alive today. It is easy to understand , if he had not been greedy he would have been alive today. But, what does the above mean?
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Is there any difference between ”control of/over“ and ”power over"

For example, what to choose here? "To compete for the control of/over a corporation" or "To compete for the power over a corporation" UPDATE If two workers compete for absolute control/power, what ...
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Can you be ill from an injury (I don't mean an infection) [duplicate]

This is something that crops up on the BBC a lot and irks me. For example, from a story today: One woman is critically ill and three others have been injured after they were stabbed near a ...
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What does “trail” mean in this sentence? [closed]

But market expectations have long trailed the Fed's, and still do. source: http://www.businessinsider.com/market-risks-repeating-1994-bond-sell-off-2016-5
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How would you describe the word 'tron'? [closed]

I have searched the meaning of tron and found various results. I though it would be related to working people like robots. Can you please answer me the various possible meaning of tron?
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Meaning of “engage with” in the given context [closed]

Here is the sentence: "Are there ways you will use what you learned through our academy to engage with other male members of your community?" The text is from a survey which deals with the gender-...
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What is the meaning and interpretation of the word Rosario? [closed]

I have come across this word multiple times. I have been trying to get some reasonable interpretation for this word. Especially relative to a certain context. It seems that the word is related to the ...
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Meaning of “upon 90 days”

In a license contract we have, this legalenglish quote: LICENSEE reserves the right to terminate this License Agreement with or without cause upon 90 days written notice for LICENSOR beyond the ...
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Words “configuration” and “settings” in context

Are the words configuration and settings correct in the following context?: chair configuration / chair settings regarding the height of said chair, inclination of the chair back, etc. If so, are ...
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What is the ‘art’ mentioned in: “Art is long, and time is fleeting”? [closed]

What does art refer to in the poem: A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow? Art is long and time is fleeting My book says Art refers to the “art of living” but this doesn't convince me ...
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Making a sentence feel more welcoming and less stressful

I have the following sentence: Increase your rating as you develop your coding skills while you evaluate the skills of other developers. However, I now realize that this sentence is a bit off ...
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Clarifications on the meaning of split

Can someone tell me the meaning of the word "split" in a part of a sentence that I read on a certain book which I don't remember anymore. Part of the sentence that I recall is: his death came at a ...
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Explanation of two lines needed [closed]

"Seems silly that a man my size so full of vim and zest, Could find himself defeated by a small pain in his chest.” - Small Pain in My Chest by Michael Mack Can someone please give a sophisticated ...
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What does President Obama's “pro-knowledge” remark mean?

Today’s (May 17) New Yorker carries an article written by Andy Borowitz under the title, “Obama alienates millions with incendiary pro-knowledge remarks," which begins with the following passage: “...
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“ that was a classic money handshake”

I'm reading the play "Dumb Show" by Joe Penhall. (See on Google Books) almost in the begining of the play one of the characters uses this phrase" classic money handshake". What does it mean? " (...
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“impairment” vs. “impediment” (and derivatives)

Today I wrote the phrase "free from any procedural impediments" and am wondering how the meaning would change if I instead wrote "free from any procedural impairments." What is the difference between:...
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What is the meaning of “yet” in the sentence? [closed]

What is the meaning of "yet" in the next sentence? This object, relatively nearby, offers the best opportunity yet to build a good understanding of how such jets actually work
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What did H.L. Mencken mean when he wrote this? [closed]

Most people are unable to write because they are unable to think, and they are unable to think because they congenitally lack the equipment to do so, just as they congenitally lack the equipment to ...
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What does “in the rearview mirror” mean in this context?

In "Finders Keepers" by Stephen King, there is a character named Andy Halliday and he says his lovelife has been in the rearview mirror for over 15 years. What does “in the rearview mirror” mean in ...
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The meaning of the 'enclosure' word

I can't understand the meaning of the word 'enclosure' in the context: "This client reads one or more RSS feeds, queues up the enclosures for download, and processes several downloads in parallel ...
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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 ...