This tag is for questions about the meaning of a longer passage of English.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

0
votes
1answer
44 views

What is the meaning of “feed” in the following sentence? [closed]

"If you then examined the European national youth teams that feed the World Cup and professional ranks, you would find this strange phenomenon to be even more pronounced."
1
vote
2answers
64 views

What does “’Beyond lay a void’ like the one at the pit of stomach” mean?

There was the following passage in Time magazine’s article (October 8, 2015 issue) under the title of “The great migration of 2015”: “Airports are not scary. They are purposely bland, simple to ...
1
vote
2answers
24 views

Is it “director board” or “board of directors”? [closed]

Is it director board or board of directors? I see many guys are using the former. I think that board of directors is correct.
5
votes
2answers
61 views

Meaning of “someone who can smell an expense account at forty paces”

What does "the ones who can smell an expense account at forty paces" mean? The sentence comes from this excerpt. ‘Nope. You would have been far too busy looking at the tall blonde girls with the ...
5
votes
4answers
188 views

Why “planet of the apes” but “planet of the blind”

Why is it planet of the apes but planet of the blind? Is that "s" necessary after the ape? I know that the can change singular nouns and adjectives into plural nouns. But is there any rule?
1
vote
1answer
101 views

Why does Obama call them “Lone Wolf Actors”? (Etymology of Lone Wolf)

According to Oxford Online Dictionary lone wolf means the following: A person who prefers to act alone: he’s a lone wolf; that’s what made him a successful foreign correspondent. After the ...
3
votes
1answer
40 views

peak shift effect

"peak shift effect" is a phrase in psychology of education. I want to know the literal meaning of it. Does it mean "effect caused by shifting peaks" or "effect caused by shifts that are at their ...
1
vote
1answer
42 views

What's the meaning of “piqueur” and “game” in the following context?

In the grey dawn the game was turned and the branch broken by our best piqueur. A rare day's hunting lies before us. Google says piqueur is a French word means whipper in English. But I still ...
3
votes
2answers
72 views

I know what “so help me God” is used for, but what does it actually mean?

The phrase is of course very well known: Do you promise to say the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God? I used to interpret “so help me God” as: (a) God help me ...
1
vote
1answer
17 views

What does the word quote mean here? [closed]

What does the word quote mean here? When adding customer information, Waitlist Me allows users the option to quote a time or ETA and add future reservations that show up automatically in the system ...
0
votes
1answer
42 views

So, “Tom, you are wonderful” can only be understood under a specific context, Right?

See,the definition of "wonderful" in http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/wonderful?q=wonderful very good, pleasant or enjoyable We had a wonderful time last ...
0
votes
3answers
37 views

Need help with understanding sentence

What does accessing schedules mean? Digital technologies provide access to schedule for employees. or That digital technologies have access to schedule. Source: Some examples include ...
-2
votes
1answer
82 views

King Slayer vs. King Killer

Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones is called The Kingslayer instead of King Killer or King Murderer: Previously he served in the Kingsguard of Aerys II Targaryen and, infamously, he betrayed and ...
0
votes
0answers
35 views

“There” as a reference to a previous email?

When you are sending an addendum to a previous email of yours, is it correct to say "As I have mentioned there ...", when you are referring (some part of) the content of your initial email? For ...
3
votes
1answer
86 views

The meaning of ''give up''

If Molière had given himself up to his abyss, Pascal — with his — would look like a journalist. E. M. Cioran, All Gall is Divided What does ''give up'' means here? Does it mean that Molière decided ...
0
votes
2answers
134 views

phrase or theory that describes “if he can do it then so can I”

What is the phrase or psychological term that describes someone who gains confidence based off of another's performance? Moreover, they use it as a motivational foundation and it relates to behavioral ...
0
votes
0answers
31 views

What is one word to describe someone who plans and manages and whom one consults about a new plant/factory?

I want one word to describe a guy who is a manager, a planner, and a consultant for new startup factories or plants. Can you please help me? Thanks and sorry for bad English.
0
votes
1answer
52 views

I am having difficulty structuring the following sentence based on the following words

I want to ensure that the following words are conveyed in the sentence: Competency Cultural-fit Inclusion (inside of culture) My attempt has been the following, but I feel it could be ...
2
votes
2answers
40 views

any way just so's?

Any way that suited the other man would suit him - any way just so's he got a bet, he was satisfied. But still he was lucky, uncommon lucky; he most always come out winner. He was always ready and ...
0
votes
2answers
39 views

What is the difference between 'certain' and 'specific'?

For example, what would be more appropriate to use and why: 'This guy has certain list of skills' or 'This guy has specific list of skills' I'd appreciate any other examples that would be helpful ...
1
vote
2answers
59 views

What are “piping pickets”?

The phrase is from Rudyard Kipling’s The Drums of the Fore and Aft, 1889. A British regiment is facing an Afghan army: [T]he lower end of the valley appeared to be filled by an army in ...
0
votes
2answers
34 views

Can you convert the following sentence in primer style (simple short sentences) for me to understand it more clearly?

A large part of the recent growth in wealth — in some economies nearly all of it — consists of rising property values, according to Thomas Piketty’s analysis. What's the use of "... — .... — ...
0
votes
2answers
66 views

What does “diversant” mean?

However, conflicting orders and German diversants operating in the rear disrupted both attacks and led to chaos in the Polish ranks.
0
votes
0answers
38 views

what does this sentence mean?are contradictions insignificant or the playwright?use of commas?

Obviously audiences were in a mood to listen to a playwright ready to fix a remorseless gaze on the contradictions within a personality, even the most insignificant one, a playwright who refused to ...
5
votes
2answers
813 views

What exactly does “The guy's multiplying faster than a Catholic rabbit.” mean?

Was watching Avengers: Age of Ultron. In that Nick Fury says this about Ultron, The guy's multiplying faster than a Catholic rabbit. What does that mean?
0
votes
2answers
38 views

About the adverb “whilst” [duplicate]

I looked it up. It means "while" and is used mostly in Britain. Could anyone explain to me how to use it?
0
votes
2answers
41 views

Why use “have signed up” in “You can't change it once you've signed up”?

You can't change it once you've signed up I do not understand why "have signed up" is used here. To me, "You can't change it once you sign up" is correct grammatically. What is different ...
0
votes
1answer
543 views

Take a call - meaning in the following context

Context: Friend 1: Why don't you go for a second opinion. Its hightime. Friend 2: Yes, right, I got to take a call on that. Here is the usage "take a call" right instead of "I have to a take a ...
0
votes
1answer
64 views

To have older brothers

I am reading a book: "Bridget Jones: Mad about the boy" but I have found an expression which I don't understand: "to have older brothers". This is the sentence: "Did she hurt her mouth?" said ...
1
vote
1answer
30 views

“on condition of his getting out of this then, come, and cutting it”

What is the meaning of the highlighted part in this excerpt from Bleak House? “Policeman at last finds it necessary to support the law and seize a vocalist, who is released upon the flight of the ...
2
votes
2answers
52 views

Using “Cheesy tactics” to win

I'm a huge fan on HoMaM4 and I'm watching a videos on youtube, posted from the other players, walking through the campaigns. The goal for me is to have fun, learn new strategies, gain new moves ...
1
vote
1answer
27 views

Meaning of 'Pivots' in the below context [closed]

1. There are exceptions, of course, but most great companies start with a great idea, not a pivot. If you look at successful pivots, they almost always are a pivot into something the founders ...
-4
votes
2answers
41 views

what does this mean [closed]

"Flip the switch," said the witch,up one which her switch twitched! Pitching said witch right into a ditch because of the glitch that afflicted the witch and her glitchy switch switched!
2
votes
2answers
43 views

data that is extracted from computers

Does in the following quote "to abstract" mean "to extract" ? And does the sentence containing it mean: A graphic representation of data that is extracted from computers that exist in contemporary ...
1
vote
1answer
53 views

What is the meaning of 'other than' in this paragraph?

I was wondering what the meaning of 'other than' would be in its context in the following paragraph. "If he buys the car from the company after two years, this may be a cost-effective way of ...
-3
votes
2answers
79 views

How do i communicate this sentence clearly, and concisely? [closed]

I am trying to see if this sentence alone is grammatically correct and makes sense, or if i need to further elaborate with supplementary sentences in order to provide more clarity. All of the ...
0
votes
1answer
55 views

What is the meaning of “blend in”? [closed]

What is the meaning of "blend in" according to the context of the following sentence? Now, I just want to do something stupid and mindless, you know? Where I can just like totally blend in. Thank ...
1
vote
1answer
30 views

Anaylsis of Text and Words choice between 'Calumniate vs Asperse vs besmirch'

I stumbled upon these intriguing sentences and words when reading the text: That passion which in common life is termed, anger, fury, vengeance or delirium, becomes zeal as soon as its object is ...
5
votes
2answers
77 views

What is the meaning of “I believe you're up”?

My question is very simple. I just would like to know what do they mean by: "I believe you're up" I've heard this expression in a movie and here is the script: I already met your dad. He loves me. ...
1
vote
0answers
19 views

Some help with comprehending a text [duplicate]

''According to a Gnostic legend, a war broke out in heaven among the angels, in which Michael’s legions defeated those of the Dragon. The nonpartisan angels who had been content to look on were ...
5
votes
6answers
260 views

Pending tasks and goals

I am trying to communicate that I wish I could have done something. That "something" would be a ____________ for me. Since I speak Spanish as a first language, I am biased to think of the direct ...
4
votes
1answer
86 views

What do these slang phrases in Dahl's “The BFG” mean?

I am studying Roald Dahl's The BFG and I am confused by a couple of passages. Context: The Big Friendly Giant suggests that the soldiers leave the helicopter and then drive Jeeps to man-eating ...
0
votes
1answer
41 views

Kindly explain the meaning of the sentence

I can't understand the meaning of the second part of this sentence, particularly terms "outbreaks" and "recalls". "For now, the focus at Clear Labs is on indexing for the enterprise, one that ...
0
votes
1answer
42 views

What does the word “enterprise” mean here?

"For now, the focus at Clear Labs is on indexing for the enterprise, one that includes creating a future where food brands can be proactive rather than reactive to outbreaks or recalls." Here's the ...
5
votes
1answer
885 views

What does “in blue” mean? [closed]

You were, after all, brothers in blue From TV Series Elementary S03E08, what does in blue mean here?
0
votes
2answers
83 views

Explain to me the meaning of the sentence, please (stock charts)

The producer’s $1.5 billion of 4.875 percent notes due in April 2022 dropped 9.625 cents this week to 50.375 cents on the dollar, according to Trace, the bond-price reporting system of the Financial ...
-2
votes
1answer
51 views

What does 'The Soviet armies to the east' mean in this sentence?

The Soviet armies to the east, including their dominance by force of Eastern Europe, not only fostered cooperation through NATO but U.S. aid also helped foster market reform in Western Europe. ...
1
vote
0answers
52 views

What does 'if' mean in this sentences?

For similar reasons fragile natural states cannot support many, if any, private elite organizations. As the two world wars and the Cold War of the twentieth century illustrate, external violence is a ...
1
vote
1answer
77 views

What does “made her sign waivers” mean in this dialogue?

A: Christine polley is well. You have an affidavit from three independent psychiatrists who evaluated her. B: Likely made her sign waivers as soon as you paid them. From Boston Legal ...
1
vote
1answer
34 views

meaning of “shifts of activity” in this context

I'm currently translating a paper into Spanish for an assignment and I'm having trouble understanding this small paragraph: Constraints (C1) and (C2), respectively, constrain shifts of activity ...