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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 ...
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Any omitted word in this sentence?

The dark guy took a week to fall down. He stumbled, caught himself, waved one arm, stumbled again. His hat fell off, and then he hit the floor with his face. After he hit it he might have been ...
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“in the year to November” meaning?

The Economist often describes economic statistics like this: published on Jan 27th 2000 MONEY AND INTEREST RATES Britain's broad money-supply growth edged up to 3.6% in the year to December" I ...
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on pain of their lives to suffer nobody to pass out?

I faced difficulty understanding the sentence below; (He) charged his domestics on pain of their lives to suffer nobody to pass out. I found that the phrase "charge someone on pain of" means ...
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Can I say “awaken me from my naive view”?

I found out that the same product tended to mean different things for different people. For one person, a lipstick brought confidence. For another, it was just a simple pigment. This experience ...
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Meaning of 'quite at home being home'

I read this in a novel, it was written like this: 'I sensed that after four decades of motel living he wasn't quite at home being home.' Is it some sort of expression and can there be any alternatives ...
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Does “the sober magic wand” make sense?

Although later I was forced to accept the fact that fairy tale's magic wand which can literally change the whole world in a second was a fiction, I was never conjured to quit my exploitation to seek ...
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Meaning of 'reciprocate' [closed]

I want to know its meaning in the context glitter reciprocated in my bag what does it mean here? Since in the mathematical terms , it meand the inverse. But here, it sounds a bit weird to me. Can't ...
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What does “come to terms with” mean?

The Free Dictionary defines it as "to start to accept and deal with a difficult situation," but I don't know what accept means in this expression. Does accept mean to welcome the difficult ...
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Is the use of “acquainted with” correct here?

Accidentally, I was acquainted with a NGO called Liren University, which was dedicated to providing a universal education for youths on liberal arts. I do not know how to describe this sort of ...
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People with similar traits

I am curious as to whether there is a noun or some other, more suitable expression for that group of people which shares my personality type. I often use 'people with same traits or personality'.
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“The other side” to refer to the afterlife

Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to "the other side." Now you can take this one of two ways. Either the chicken simply wants to arrive on the other side of the road, or he is suicidal and ...
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What's the meaning of groupies and throwing stars in this paragraph from Rework by Jason Fried? [closed]

I don't understand the meaning of groupies and throwing stars means in this paragraph from Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson: A lot of companies post help-wanted ads seeking "rock ...
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Is it appropriate to use “too beautiful to become real” here? [closed]

As for those planning to work in the field of MIS, this kind of training was too beautiful to become real. I thought"too beautiful to become real" is better used as an hyperbole. I see a house, it ...
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What's the meaning of “without inventing more obstacles” in the context? [closed]

I don’t understand the meaning of inventing more obstacles means in this paragraph from Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson: At this stage, it’s silly to worry about whether or not ...
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What does “at X’s disposition” mean? [closed]

What is the meaning of the phrase “at their/his/her disposition”? For example: He left the apartment at the old’s man disposition. Please explain with a few examples.
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Can the phrase “take it with a grain of salt” have four different ways to get to the same meaning? [duplicate]

Frequently in my workplace, when some bad news comes in, the advice take this with a grain of salt is used in such a context to mean choose for yourselves how to interpret this but don't consider it ...
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hike for the timber? [closed]

"I don't know, Aunt Ray," he said dubiously; "this is hardly a woman's affair. If there's a scrap of any kind, you hike for the timber." Which was Halsey's solicitous care for me, put into ...
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meaning of 'stretch a point' in the below sentence

"It may not amount to anything," he said slowly. "It is difficult to get any perspective on things around here, because every one down in the village is sure he saw the murderer, either before or ...
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What does “consound” mean?

Hello and happy holidays. While reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, I came across the expression "consound it" in Huck's dialogue parts. "Consound it, Tom Sawyer, you're just old pie, 'longside ...
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Can a sport team “clinch” a championship in the last regular season game?

This question gets into the subtle shades of meaning of the word clinch, in the context of sporting teams securing spots in the playoffs. My past experience hearing this term on television, or ...
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What is the difference between “submit” and “deposit”? [closed]

I am trying to find out the difference between "submit" and "deposit" these words are very confusing when you visit to a bank and somebody ask you "what is the purpose of you to come here and you ...
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What is the difference between “comprehend” and “understand”?

What is the difference between the verbs comprehend and understand? Can we say comprehend a lesson ?
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Meaning of 'charge' as a noun - Jan 8 1799 letter by John Marshall (US)

[Source] Dear Sir, I had the pleasure of receiving your letter of the 30th of Dec’r while Genl Pinckney was at this place and of delivering to him the packet it inclosed. He left us with the ...
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Meaning of Evenly distributed [closed]

What is the exact meaning of evenly in phrases such as: Users are evenly distributed between these types or Users were split roughly evenly among these categories does it mean on the ...
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What does “perceptive” mean in this context?

I became his first love and the mother of his first child and, as such, I have a unique perceptive to share on this man who has fascinated the world. It is taken from the NOTE TO THE READER ...
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what does it mean, when a girl tells a guy, “sounds like a catch”

After you mentioned the good qualities of another female, and desire to have a female like such.
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“replace” vs. “substitute”

When you replace somebody with somebody else, does it refer to a permanent change usually for a better one? In "The company replaced Alice with a new secretary", does it refer to a permanent change? ...
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What does “twice as many” mean? [closed]

In the paragraph below, what does Twice as many campaigns... and turn customers off mean? Twice as many campaigns are for lead gen as customer retention (84% vs. 43%), so make sure you start with ...
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What does “in camphor” mean?

A part of Circular Staircase, by Mary Roberts Rinehart: However, I did the best I could. When Gertrude got past the hair-ribbon age, and Halsey asked for a scarf-pin and put on long trousers--and ...
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What does the word “treat” mean? [closed]

From the U.K. band Kasabian's song "Treat", there's a lyric like this: Everybody knows I work it work it like a treat What's the meaning of the word treat in that phrase?
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What is the meaning of “laughing out”? [closed]

The class didn't seem to mind the plot. They loved it. They were laughing out there. I wonder in that context what the meaning of out is.
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What does it mean by “bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of…” in Lincoln's 2nd inaugural adress?

I'm not sure who is the bondsman and why his wealth matters here. Here is the quote, from the paragraph of Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the ...
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Does “freak” have negative connotations when it's used to describe a person's interest in something?

Does freak have negative connotations when it's used to describe a person who's very or overly interested in something? Like football freak or coding freak.
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Difference between “injunction”, “mandate” and “verdict”? [closed]

Could someone please tell me the difference between injunction, mandate, and verdict? I think they are synonyms, but their usage is different. I have software for learning English vocabulary, where ...