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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 "... — .... — ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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?
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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“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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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!
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What does “in blue” mean? [closed]

You were, after all, brothers in blue From TV Series Elementary S03E08, what does in blue mean here?
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Can't get the meaning of the sentence

Kindly explain the connection between the first and the last part of this sentence. I can't get the idea in general. Not only do the apps not communicate anything about me to the restaurants, they ...
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What does “way down the future” mean, in terms of the number of years?

When someone says "not in the near future, but way down the future" with particular emphasis on the word "way", does it mean 10-15 years down the line or 2-3 years down the future? I asked someone ...
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Meaning of “finger-tipping”

I'm working on a translation of Resurrection in Bronze, by Oliver Onions (1935), and I can't seem to find anywhere the meaning of the expression "finger-tipping" as an adjective. The context: a wife ...
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The meaning of “earth” in 18th-century chemistry/mineralogy [closed]

Just today I came across an article describing origin of the name for Yttrium (an element in the periodic table of elements) In 1787, Karl Arrhenius came across an unusual black rock in an old ...
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How can the phrase “a tireless workaholic” be defined? [closed]

I want to heap praise on a person. He is a very hard-worker and works most of the time of a day. He takes a great workload and is always eager to take further workload. His tasks are quantitatively ...
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Why the quotes in this sentence about Soylent: designed from the “ground-up”?

Why is "ground-up" in quotes here? As far as I understand this phrase means "from the beginning", so the company designed the whole recipe itself. But with the addition of a ready-made blend, ...
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Conduct experiments “more seriously”

I was writing about a project I'll be starting during December. What I want to communicate is the following. 1) During that month I will be conducting "preliminary experiments" (i e., testing the ...
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What does 'to sound off as soon as you arrive' mean? [closed]

One of the channels that my boss created in slack states Since we're separated by distance but needs to work together, we need to know who's IN in a given day. Use this channel to sound off as ...
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Meaning of 'get down with' something? [duplicate]

I was watching a movie 21, and I saw this interesting expression. Check this out,please. Mike and Tom, two best buddies, are playing basketball when a gorgeous girl passes by. Mike takes quite a ...
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Would you help me understand this video?

I'm improving my listening skills so I listen to this video but there are some really difficult sentences that I can not recognize, Would you give me a hand, please? https://youtu.be/WjDV91ohIkE?t=1m ...
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“my person” as a synonym for myself in specific context

First of all, I am not a native English speaker and my understanding of the terms may be biased by other languages I know.. ( hence the question ) In a very official letter I am trying to refer to ...
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what is the meaning of “ treated observation”? [closed]

what are the meanings of "treated observation" and "non-treated observation" in this context ? Further, propensity score matching is a more robust method of matching that quantitative accounting ...
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Meaning of “equate to”

Does "equate to" in the following context mean something like "result in", meaning that "in order to describe serious and difficult art we do not need to use a difficult language"? Serious and ...
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Are both of these sentences correct?

Jack's son told him that he is his son. and Jack told his son that he is his son. Considering that the sentence being said is true (e.g. dad doesn't say that he is the son of his son), are ...
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What's the meaning of “put someone on one's heels”?

Get graphics working on tables, charts, the whole nine yards. Janine! What's the angle, five words? Far left of center. That's four. Very far left of center. Enough to ...