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What is meaning of the phrase “should be the way to go”?

What is the meaning of the phrase "should be the way to go"? I haven't been able to figure anything out from searching online. The wording originally appeared in a block of text like this: ...
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Meaning, in context, of the idiom 'whole cloth' [closed]

I want to ask a question which is oft-repeated question. And it might lead you to imagine that I am asking it again. Even, in this website, it has proposed before. But, as a matter of fact, I haven't ...
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“à la carte” in the context outside dining

I have seen à la carte several times on a menu which means what it original meant, something separate from a package, you have to pay extra to order it separately. However, this word has gone way ...
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Not a day goes by that we can’t at least serve one other human being by making deposits of unconditional love

What does the following quote by Stephen Covey mean ? Not a day goes by that we can’t at least serve one other human being by making deposits of unconditional love Especially the part "serve ...
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Usages of the word “hacky”

What does the word "hacky" means and what is the differences between the words "hack" and "hacky" For example: "I found a hacky solution" Is this means the solution is awful or means cheating but ...
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What is the figurative meaning of “cold pizza”?

I've always thought that "cold pizza" was an expression used mainly to refer to a boring, uninteresting person or an unexciting event whose images call to mind that of an unappetising cold pizza. ...
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Clarify an idiom [duplicate]

Please carefully read the text below: On 24 November, 1993, a meeting of Leftist intellectuals occurred in London under the auspices of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), which is a ...
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Clarify an idiom in a political text

Please carefully read the text below: On 24 November, 1993, a meeting of Leftist intellectuals occurred in London under the auspices of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), which ...
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What's the meaning of 'flying black flags' in the sentence?

After nearly 3,000 coalition airstrikes, the days of freely moving around in large formations, flying black flags and taking territory may be over for the group. [Source: CNN.Com] What's the ...
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what do “for a time” and “backtrack” mean in this specific sentence

In a paper of Scientific American, there is a sentence as follows Einstein understood early on that they [the gravitational waves] were implied by his theory but for a time backtracked from his ...
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“letting oneself be summoned out of”

In Heidegger's view, man has a tendency to lose himself in his world and "forget" his mortality, and by extension that of his world. He falls in with the crowd (the "they"), engages in idle ...
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What's the meaning of “offhand” in this dialogue?

“Obi-Wan!” he shouted to his companion, who wheeled toward him at once. “Destroyer droids!” The younger Jedi nodded, smiling. “Offhand, I’d say this mission is past the negotiation stage.” ...
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What does “a bit unfortunate” mean?

I'm translating dialog with "bit unfortunate" phrase: Sasha:"It's a bit unfortunate about Antony's final take." (final take corresponds to final record in sound-recording studio. He had a lot ...
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What does “propose a toast” mean? [closed]

I see this phrase "propose a toast" a lot often while watching American TV series like Friends. This is what Google tells me: ask a group of people at a social occasion to drink to the health and ...
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What is the meaning of this couplet by Alexander Pope?

Authors, like coins, grow dear as they grow old. It is rust we value, not the gold I have a vague idea about the meaning of this couplet. I would appreciate it if someone was able to answer few ...
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What does “snug as a nun’s wimple or loose as a suggestion mean?

The Time Magazine’s article (November 5, 2015) titled, “Is Iran finally ready for change?” begins with the following passage: “The politics of Iran may be relentlessly convoluted, but for years it ...
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What does `come of age` mean? [closed]

This two-step strategy has its roots as far back as Aristotle who used Greek letters as symbols in presenting syllogisms. But the strategy came of age in the nineteenth century with the ...
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What does “slotting in around” mean?

In the book Zom-B Bride by Darren Shine, I encounterd this sentence: Slotting in around the forces of good and evil were a variety of other groups and individuals. I am not completely sure ...
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Level of certainty in “intend” versus “hope”

I am trying to write an essay detailing my short and long term goals and I want to convey to the reader that these are goals that I fully intend on achieving. I was going to say "I intend, not hope" ...
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What does taking responsibility mean (in politics)?

You often hear it on the news. Some embarrassing nonsense goes down, and then some honcho steps in front of the cameras looking concerned and goes, "I take full responsibility for what happened." ...
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Meaning of “Banksy’s your bag”

In the article about Dismaland there is a paragraph saying: Inside the walls of a derelict seaside swimming resort in Weston-super-Mare, UK, mysterious construction over the last ...
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'Later' of 'See you later'

See you! See you later! Is there any nuance by adding later or not?
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About the usage of 'endless' [closed]

I saw a short paragraph today which is using 'endless' to describe 'features'. Could you advise me whether it is a suitable usage? It sounds strange to me. Following is the original paragraph. ...
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What does playing the anchor role mean? [closed]

Can someone explain to me the meaning of the following phrase: You have to be more responsible, because you are going to play anchor role in the new project. My manager said this to me. How ...
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Meaning of “ he is welcome to attend and take part”

I am helping my son with an application for an after-school program. I asked the coach if they would still accept new students. The coach emailed me back: While we have selected the kids who are ...
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Meaning of “mulling a factory”?

A Japanese newspaper partly held by Toyota reported a month later that the carmaker was mulling a factory in Brazil for production of the same car. [Source] I couldn't find a phrase 'mulling ...
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Logical inconsistency

“Tokens from your friends and admirers,” said Dumbledore, beaming. “What happened down in the dungeons between you and Professor Quirrell is a complete secret, so, naturally, the whole school ...
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What does figures mean in “facts & figures”?

I Didn't find any figures in "facts & figures" of something, i only find is words which means facts, then What does figures mean in "facts & figures" ?
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Meaning in context of “to fold something together”

“Add the option -f to fold upper and lower case together, so that case distinctions are not made during sorting; for example, a and A compare equal.” Excerpt From: Brian W. Kernighan. “The ...
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Good but thirsty

I was reading the novel Dracula when I came across the following phrase related to a dish that the narrator wrote in his diary. I had for dinner, or rather supper, a chicken done up some way with ...
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What's the origin of “lit”?

Since June 2015, use of the word lit has exploded on Twitter. Here's some recent examples. Nena Marie: My Year is starting off lit af👌🏼 ...but is gonna be TD by Monday morning Nick: Jason ...
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What does it mean to “sabotage an agenda”?

There was the following passage in Time magazine’s article (Nov. 15, 2015) that came under the title, “Is Iran finally ready for change?” “The arrests of prominent Iranian Americans are widely ...
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What does this sentence from a Computer Book mean?

I read a book and am stuck with a particular sentence: One other significant change is that the Pentium Pro processor uses three execution engines, so it can execute up to three instructions at ...
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Can “dystopian” be accurate for artistic works based largely on truth?

For example: It seems to me a bit sketchy to categorize the movie The Lives of Others (2006) as such, even though it is a work of fiction and set in a negative world - - because it is largely based on ...
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Explanation of the phase in relevance to the context

At last, a great crunching noise announced Hagrid’s return. Malfoy, Neville, and Fang were with him. Hagrid was fuming. Malfoy, it seemed, had sneaked up behind Neville and grabbed him as a ...
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Usage of the word “typical”

Some friends and I have been debating for a while now the significance of the word "typical", more specifically the pejorative connotation that, they insist, is inherent to this word. To them, for ...
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Meaning of the sentence, “she is the kind of lawyer most skilled at finding reasons not to do things”

I have read a passage from wikileak: AIT/T has had regular contact with Tsai Ing-wen on economic, political and cross-Strait issues (ref B). She is a savvy insider on formulating and ...
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What is “large sort”? [closed]

Can anybody help me describe this word? The American ambassador in Berlin described him as "a very jolly, large sort of German". (the author is talking about Arthur Zimmermann) Source: History ...
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What is the meaning of “only other time”? [closed]

What is the meaning of “only other time” in the sentence: But it’s only been a month since we met and the only other time I’ve said those words out loud to a girl was over a year ago.
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What does “exit onto” mean? [closed]

I don't understand exit onto in the following sentences: Target is east and north of you, looks like Highway 56 to 17. Will intercept him if he stays on 17. Go east on 56 off Highway 2. What? ...
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Word for making an implication with tone

Sometimes when people use the name of the person they're talking to in a statement it's used to dismiss the discussion at hand. For example, "Because the sky is blue, Alice" or "If you have two two's, ...
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Unless, of course, we are all zombie manifestations

What does the specified sentence mean? How can it be rewritten without "unless"? I can not understand the role and meaning of "unless" here. Context: But in reality he has still not resolved ...
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Word to define person with bad social skills

How would you define a person without (or with very bad) social skills? I don't mean a totally anti-social, but one that struggles to behave in a social context, and feels awkward or out-of-place ...
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What does “Swish” mean?

According to Oxford Online Dictionary, the word swish means among other things: Basketball, informal: a shot that goes through the basket without touching the backboard or rim. It sounds like ...
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How to interpret this text from year 1847?

If context is needed, I'm happy to supply it.. The sentence I want to rephrase: Some selection of this kind has for some time been imperatively called for, by the wants of the gardener, farmer, ...
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What does “It was – get the kind of the. Any way” mean in Mr. Jeb Bush’s speech?

There was the following passage in New York Times (December 25th) article describing Mr. Jeb Bush’s subtlety or lack of humor under the title, “Hear the one About Jeb Bush’s humor? You have to listen ...
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What does “that” refer to?

This is my context: Sculptures must, for example, be stable, which requires an understanding of the properties of mass, weight distribution, and stress. Paintings must have rigid stretchers so ...
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Why movie actors also called as artist ? [closed]

Definition of Artist: a person who creates paintings or drawings as a profession or hobby. Definition of Actor: a person who acts in a play, film, broadcast, etc There is huge difference between ...
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Meaning of the word “Dog” in this sentence

This is a conversation between two individuals that I found on Twitter: A: Is it necessary B for several countries to bomb Syria? B : Dog I sure hope so. (In reply to Person A) Both A ...
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“Schlong” and its etymology

Donald Trump used a vulgarity to describe Hillary Clinton's loss to President Obama in 2008 Democratic presidential nomination as follows: Even a race to Obama, she was gonna beat Obama. I don't ...