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The word “darg ”

What would the word darg mean in the novel 'the invisible man' where a person has been bit by a dog of a carrier person.
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Who is ‘another champion’ in President’ Obama’s speech “The biggest corporation don't need another champion. You do.”

I heard through AP Radio News the following message of President Obama in his speech delivered in Connecticut two days before the midterm election, in which Democrats suffered a crashing defeat. He ...
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What is a “roll-off”?

Studies show a substantial profitability roll-off. What does "roll-off" mean? Is it another word for "decrease"?
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Definition: Twofold, Threefold and Fourfold [closed]

It is "Twofold" racking my nerve for a while. Not only should "Twofold" be taken into consideration but a series of them, like- threefold, fourfold, fivefold and so forth. Should I consider them a ...
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The exact meaning of “Cross Section”

I, and of course you, know the public meaning of "cross section" but I could not understand its meaning in the following sentence: "GPUs offer high computational power but require high scheduling ...
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What is the meaning of “ail” in this dictionary website example? [closed]

What can substitute the word ail in the sentence Another fact you ail to demonstrate is how the wealthy somehow get rich on the back of the poor without changing the meaning? [Quote from ...
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A question about “It's worth it” in a text [closed]

Please read the following paragragh and answer my question. My job is to write programs for games. I work closely with other developers and discuss things a lot. I decide how to move the characters, ...
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Meaning of “a cockle of adventurers”?

Here is the complete first paragraph of Melville Davisson Post's The Doomdorf Mystery: The pioneer was not the only man in the great mountains behind Virginia. Strange aliens drifted in after the ...
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Sublime: I think my understanding of this word is a little off, help please?

When I was introduced to the word sublime in a philosophy class, what I heard, which now I am realizing may not be the case, was that sublime meant so beautiful that it crossed the line of pleasure ...
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Is the § character recognizable as an icon for legal matters in English speaking countries?

I need a symbol in my navigation to represent the legal portions of a web application (disclaimer, imprint, and so on). I thought that it would be appropriate to use the § character; my customer ...
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What do 'en.' and 'more'n' mean in this passage?

The passage, from The Invisible Man by H.G.Wells, is following: "'Tas sperits," said Mrs. Hall. "I know 'tas sperits. I've read in papers of en. Tables and chairs leaping and dancing..." "Take a drop ...
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meaning of a sentence from kill bill 2 [closed]

I can't figure out the meaning and structure of this sentence: Budd: If you're gonna compare a Hanzo sword, you compare it to every other sword ever made... that wasn't made by Hattori Hanzo. ...
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What does it mean “absorb or absorb onto”? [closed]

I wonder if this article is similar to my question. Double Trouble: Marine Plastic Debris Absorbs Toxic Pollutants ....Researchers from San Diego State University and Oregon State University deployed ...
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Ambiguious anaphora in a speech

On October 31, 2014, President Obama spoke on the topic of women and the economy. Here's a section of the speech. Moms and dads deserve a great place to drop their kids off every day that ...
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What does 'that she thought away' mean in this poem? [closed]

I can't understand the italicized part of the following poem, My Mother at Sixty-six by Kamala Das: Driving from my parent’s home to Cochin last Friday morning, I saw my mother, beside me, ...
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Meaning of a sentence with “economically”

This is a comment in the film called "Plasticized"(http://www.plasticizedthemovie.com/about-the-film/). The philosophy that there is an 'away'; that, you know, we say we throw something away. ...
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Do I understand this correctly?

I thanked someone really important for following me on Instagram. his reply: due time pal Does it mean that it was time to do so? thanks
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The Virtue of Woman [closed]

Please explain this Frederick Von Schiller poem: "Man of virtue has need;-into life with boldness he plunges, Entering with fortune more sure into the hazardous strife; But to woman one virtue ...
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How much is this amount? [closed]

The following sentence is from The Invisible Man by H.G.Wells. Please explain the italicized part: They heard the chink of money, and realised that the robber had found the housekeeping reserve of ...
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The meaning of “How could”

In this sentence, "How could we have fouled such a huge area?", Does "how could" mean as "Why have we fouled..."? (like "how could I have missed that?") OR Does "how could" mean as "How did we ...
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What does “don't be stupid” imply?

I was in an argument and the other party stated in his last sentence "don't be stupid". Does this statement actually mean that I am stupid and should quit being stupid or what ? Is this statement ...
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What grammatical structure is used here and what does the sentence mean?

This is an excerpt from The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells. I can’t understand the italicized part. The excerpt follows: His irritability, though it might have been comprehensible to an urban ...
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What does it mean and makes different with “a” + number?

There is a film called "plasticized"(http://www.plasticizedthemovie.com/about-the-film/). They got a sample(plastic) by trawling. One guy asks a researcher "It's the sea-state coming down, huh?" And ...
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What grammar pattern is used here and what does it mean?

This excerpt is from The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells. I can't figure out the italicized part. The excerpt follows: "But they take long enough to get well, don't they? ... There was my sister's ...
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to eliminate documents

I am puzzled about the word choice, namely the verb "to eliminate". Can we say that the person eliminated documents or an electronic database because they were of no use anymore or outdated. If no, ...
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“Came undone” in this context?

I was listening to a song of Frank Sinatra's called It Was a Very Good Year. A certain part got my attention because I did not quite understand what it meant: When I was twenty-one, it was a very ...
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Meaning of “exactly” in casual conversation

My question involves a group text conversation between friends whom are all native english speakers. Friend A began the conversation with a photograph of himself dressed up for a night on the town, ...
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differentiating between all that and what

Original-- extracted from the book Scarlet Letter: Like all that pertains to crime, it seemed never to have known a youthful era. My own rephrased sentences: Like whatever that pertains to crime, ...
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What is the meaning of “ironically” in this passage?

A rocket launched and shortly exploded on Tuesday. Below is passage from a news article written about it: This was the second launch attempt for the mission. Monday evening's try was thwarted by a ...
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What does “cash down payment” mean?

In the quote below (taken from here), what does "cash down payment" mean? Indeed, a few weeks before they left the White House, the Clintons were able to muster a cash down payment of $855,000 ...
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nor for that matter

In the sentence "He had not uttered a sound while the punishment was administered but then, nor for that matter, had I." How am I to understand "but then, nor for that matter, had I"?
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Meanings: “carriage,” “by arrangement.”

The complete sentence is as follows: All across the route I took, wheeled conveyances could be brought, supplies and water could be got, and carriage for large numbers by arrangement. carriage ...
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Dredge (live by the dredge?)

I've just come across a sentence like this and couldn't figure out what dredge is in it: Anyway, he lives here, in Texarkana, near here, out by the dredge. Now in dictionaries a dredge is ...
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1610 Meaning of 'occasion'

Source: Journals of the House of Lords (1610) That whereas the House of Commons have already, among their Grievances, preferred a Petition to His Majesty, as of Right and Justice, That the Four ...
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Meaning of 'to make a screen to' (1791 US)

Source: p 64, RIGHTS OF MAN: Being An Answer To Mr. Burke’s Attack On The FRENCH REVOLUTION, by Thomas Paine, 1791. Paine's "Answer" above immediately follows: p 64, The Revolution in France, by ...
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What does it actually means “make 2013 his year”?

It seems simple, but bit confused. He wanted to make 2013 his year, to return to the top of the mountain, he tries to do that tonight's game. In this sentence, "wanted 2013 his year" means "he ...
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What do you call the rhetoric strategy of purposefully writing a paragraph that no one can understand?

Most of us have come across a paragraph which sounded meaningless to us or which made us wonder if we were intellectually equipped to read it. That may have been the case, but sometimes one writes a ...
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the meaning of “this far”

what does" this far" mean? is it a synonym for"thus far"? and what does it mean in this example:" Oh I guess we made it, Or at least we made it this far, And it all looks smooth from here."?
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What's the meaning of “pillage and plunder”? [closed]

In the last episode of "Once Upon a Time" (S04E04 - The Apprentice) there was this dialog: Girl: Well, I don't pillage and plunder on the first date, just so you know. Man: Well, that's because ...
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Can “a-mingle” be a verb in imperative mood?

In the last lines of "Jingle Bells Rock": Jingle bell time is a swell time To go gliding in a one-horse sleigh Giddy-up jingle horse, pick up your feet Jingle around the clock ...
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May Not definition? [closed]

I'm playing a forum game and am on the hunt for loopholes. So here's the question: With the following rule in place, do I have the option to use coordinating conjunctions? You may not use any ...
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What does the word “abjection” mean in this context?

I am learning vocabulary and I needed to know the meaning of abject and abjection, and how to use it. I referred Merriam Webster. They gave an example: I protest … this vile abjection of youth to ...
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“with and without” vs. “with or without”

If I want to abbreviate a statement of the form We consider a model with X and a model without X I am not sure if We consider models with and without X and We consider models with or ...
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Designing / devising a concept (e.g. for a website)

I'm looking for a noun that describes the process of "Designing / devising a concept". For example for a website: Means writing a general concept for the designer and developers, sketching wireframes, ...
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Who is “he” in the passage?

On Monday, October 13, 2014 about 09:30 hours John Barlow - Male Negro, Age 22 years A Joiner of Lot 194 Pike street Kitty, Georgetown, reported that Mark Jacobs Male Negro, Age 22 years ...
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What is the correct way to express yearly quarters? Is using roman numerals correct?

While looking over a company's annual report, I realized that every business quarter was denoted using roman numerals. E.g. QI,2014 QII, 2014 etc. I am sure I am being petty and pedantic, ...
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Meaning of “do” in “What do you like?” etc

What is the meaning of "do" in questions like "What do you like?", "Where do you live", "Do you have a large family?" The verb 'to do' describes performing or executing an action, and in the first ...
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Use of the expression “have to” in a sentence

Tasting Mediterranean cuisine is a “have to” plan in Oia Is that expresion correctly used in this sentence, or is it wrong?
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To “wow” or not to “wow” [duplicate]

Had an argument with my wife regarding the propriety of using the expression "wow". It all started when I blurted out the word in astonishment when the preacher mentioned a negative observation. He ...
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How is the following “at the risk of using a bad pun”?

One of the guys was telling the rest of us about his new girlfriend (whom we've met). In explaining why he liked her, he said, "At the risk of using a bad pun," (pause), "a lady swallows" (pause) "her ...