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What is the difference between deep space and outer space?

Outer space is frequently defined as the area outside the atmosphere of Earth (or another planetary or stellar body). Deep space is defined as either a synonym for outer space (Google's definition) ...
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What word (e.g. eventually vs potentially) does express better the following scenario? [closed]

The scenario: a) John believes that Peter Parker has a PhD degree. b) Peter Parker is the spider man, but John does not know about this. Which sentence does express the scenario in the best ...
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What is the meaning of 'dismiss'? [closed]

I cannot understand the meaning of 'dismiss' in this sentence. 'Dismiss' doesn't mean 'ignore' or 'fire'? In this context, I guess 'dismiss' would have the positive meaning, but the meaning in ...
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Meaning of pull-out in education?

What is the meaning of "pull-out" in this sentence? I can't figure out the exact meaning even though I looked up the dictionary. Schools that have adopted pull-out, team teaching, or block ...
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Can you explain the meaning of sentence and the word “run”?

I am not the native English reader. I want to know what the "sentence 3" means, especially with the meaning of "run." The reason why I quoted "sentence 1" and "sentence 2" is to help you understand ...
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What is the meaning of 'compel'? [closed]

I am reading a book and found a sentence which wasn't able to understand: The Pensées is simply the compelling "Thoughts" of mathematician, physicist, and religious thinker Blaise Pascal. To ...
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The meaning of “meaning”

I'd like to know the meaning of "meaning" in the following sentences: Please note that we have implemented a 1 post approval process for new users. Meaning, a newly registered user with no posts ...
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“Quainted the auto supplier has hit share of potholes.” Did I hear right? What does it mean?

I’ve been practicing listening of English language news on FEN for years, and heard the latest (March 24) Wall Street Journal Barron’s magazine news as follows: “Visteon is maneuvering to be a key ...
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Is “has made it his business to” polite or impolite?

In this sentence: He has made it his business to reintroduce the theory to a new generation of activists. Is "has made it his business to" an impolite expression? Is it a radical expression? ...
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What is meant by “to him” in this title?

The title of a chapter in Herman Melville's Moby Dick is named: Enter Ahab; to him, Stubb What is meant by this title? (I can't tell by the chapter's contents, it simply tells of the interaction ...
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What does “could use a friend” mean?

I heard this word on some TV show and i have been trying to find its meaning(but they weren't of help much). Could someone please tell me ?
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What does “another” mean in this sentence?

If someone says “Tom broke another lamp,” does it imply that Tom already broke a lamp or that another lamp was previously broken by someone?
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Can “only” be a question word? [closed]

I remember hearing, more than once, the word "only" in a context that can only be a question. Is that true? For example: "Only you a student?", "Only you think that.... ?"
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What is the meaning of “as of” in this context? [closed]

The moon shone on his face as he spoke, and the girl was pleased to watch it, it seemed to breathe such an innocent and old-world kindness of disposition, yet with something high too, as of a ...
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by the age of vs at the age of [closed]

"By the age of ten, Thorleif was keeping detailed notebooks, which he maintained for years." Does this sentence mean that Thorleif stopped keeping detailed notebooks when he reached the age of ten or ...
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What does “through” mean here?

Through his sleek salesman talk I could discern duplicity.
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What the round is going on?

This is really annoying me. All over CBS/ESPN/EVERYWHERE I am hearing that today's NCAA basketball games are round 3 of the tournament. When did the definition of a round in a tournament change? I ...
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“This box of matches is empty”

There are several Japanese books teaching Japanese students how to write in English. I found this example in 『英作文参考書の誤りを正す』 (Correcting Errors in English Composition Manuals) by Michio Kawakami and ...
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Can accomplished be used synonymously with executed or carried out?

I've stumbled upon this sentence and to me it just sounds a bit off: The selection of shops is accomplished by our company. I've never seen accomplished used in that context and I was just ...
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A line in Reflections on the Revolution in France

In Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France he says: "I flatter myself that I love a manly, moral, regulated liberty as well as any gentleman of that society, be he who he will ; and ...
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How can I describe it when you want to “sell” your personal image?

How can I describe when you want "sell" your image, sell how good you are at your job, for example? What phrase or idiom can I use for that? Here in Brazil (Portuguese) we have a metaphor like: "He ...
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What does 'even' mean in the context of this sentence? [closed]

If you have the following sentence: if you got an even number of a's and b's What does even mean? The sentence can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feAikjPqOq8 last seconds of the ...
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Who really gave two figs?

The statement was in a poem whose name is " the White Troops Had Their Orders but the Negroes looked like Men". The context:... Who really gave two figs? Neither the earth nor heaven ever trembled... ...
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What does “matriculated” mean in following para?

The Doctor, seeing his client more attentive than alarmed, was greatly surprised. He must be matriculated, said he to himself— ' A h ! ah!' added he aloud; 'you have been obliged to shave off the ...
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Is “and all” a filler?

In L.P.Hartley's "The Go-between", one of the characters says: "I didn't think I would find anyone here, being a Sunday and all." In the 2002 English film "All or Nothing", a woman says: "I'm very ...
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What's the meaning of “break through the wall”? [closed]

This is a passage taken from an article: I took the job at a particularly low point in my life. Me and my girl had a nasty breakup after months of me not just falling, but running headlong into ...
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What does “in the space for movement thus conquered” mean?

What's the meaning of this phrase of Michel Foucault: "in the space for movement thus conquered". The full sentence: In the space for movement thus conquered, and broadening and organizing that ...
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What's a positive word for “disruptive”?

When talking about disruptive business practices, we are speaking of things out of the ordinary or off the expected trajectory, which typically leads conventionally minded people to think it's a bad ...
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Antedecent of “it” in “it fared with him as with the storm-tossed ship” in context

When on that shivering winter's night, the Pequod thrust her vindictive bows into the cold malicious waves, who should I see standing at her helm but Bulkington! I looked with sympathetic awe and ...
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What does visceral means in this context?

Some people’s imagery is largely nonvisual: visceral or emotional or kinesthetic or something else. What does visceral mean?
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Is “…written by the author it claims to be and not by someone passing themselves for them” correct?

I have a question to this sentence: Sometimes you need to know if the book was really written by the author it claims to be and not by someone passing themselves off as them. Is that correct? I ...
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What does “Come-to Jesus (moment / stage / meeting)” mean? Is it a popular word?

There was the following sentence in Maureen Dowd’s article titled, “The spies who didn’t love her” in New York Times (March 11). Barack Obama-- vowing to clean up the excesses and Constitutional ...
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Is “Yelp review” a phrase that's current, or just one-off?

I was drawn to the phrase, “Yelp review” appearing in the New Yorker (March 17) article, titled “New SAT Practice Questions.” It reads: “Write a controlled yet scathing Yelp review that conveys ...
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Meaning of “shelves” in an accounting ledger

I'm a Romanian student trying to translate one of George Orwell's essays, “Books vs Cigarettes”. I came across this: Bought 36 9 0 Gifts ...
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Sentence Order - April 3 1812 Letter by James Monroe

From France we hear nothing. The delay of the Hornet is inexplicable, but on the reproachful supposition, that the F. Govt is waiting for the final turn of things at London, before it takes its ...
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“alarm”, “vanity” - April 3 1812 Letter by James Monroe

Such a measure, even for a limited and short time, is always liable to adverse as well as favorable considerations; and its operation at this moment, will add fuel to party discontent, and ...
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Is it correct to say “We did a make”?

When we build software using Make or a similar build tool, is it correct to say "We did a make"? Also, do we need to say "The files were built using make" instead of "The files were made"?
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What does pair done means? [closed]

I asked someone to reduce the amount of content that he provided to be included in a website and he suggested he can pair done the information. What does pair done mean?
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What does it mean when someone writes a word in upper case while typing?

An American wrote this to me: The runup was completely insane and obvious (and scary). I was in the financial industry at the time, and everyone was figuring out how to protect themselves WHEN. It ...
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What does “implications” mean in this context?

They [heralds] presided at the weddings and funerals of armigerous families, so as to keep straight the implications of those generational comings and goings for family pedigrees. (Tittler, ...
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I want to know the meaning of this sentence [closed]

It is from 'The picture of Dorian Gray'. He would often spend a whole day settling and resettling in their cases the various stones that be had collected, such as the olive...........(I have omitted ...
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What does “keeping someone in shoe leather” means?

In the following sentence: Unless your work is pro-bono, you should make sure that your customers keep you in shoe leather. What does "keeping someone in shoe leather" means?
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Specific use of “where”

Do these two sentences convey the same meaning? What is more I detailed the difficulty that arises in such an investigation where it is one person's word against another. What is more I ...
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Meaning of “Just So Stories”

What does "Just So" mean as in the "Just So Stories"? Sometimes "Just So" might mean "just right", but that makes no sense here.
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You will have to Vs Have to

I have across this, in a recent conversation with an educationalist. During our conversation regarding higher education; He said, "you will have to do that". Is it the right phrase? What is the ...
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Why is a cup of coffee referred to as a cup of “Joe”? [duplicate]

Just interested in learning the context behind a cup of "Joe". It seems weird that we'd use a proper noun to name a cup of coffee, rather than anything else.
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What does “to be the lowest common denominator” mean? [duplicate]

I'm not English and I never encountered this saying: In almost all cases, it is possible and within reason to write completely portable code. In practice, this means that you shouldn’t ...
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Grammatical relation of “time”

Throughout the history of Europe, from the beginnings of heraldry up to our time, national frontiers have shifted time and again, often as the result of war, but also for example through ...
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“in pretence” and “lordship”

There was no doubt that a man, in succeeding to a lordship in right of his wife, would wish to bear the arms associated therewith. He placed them, therefore, upon his own, and arms exclusively ...
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Meaning of the word “snood”

What does actually snood mean when someone says, 'He is a snood arm wrestler. He eats more than he trains, but he's beaten some of our toughest guys.' Does it mean that person who's called snood arm ...