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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 ...
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Proper word for “civil claim won”?

Proper word for "civil claim won"? What is the English idiom if any? I am translating a legal text and the sentence is literally "state fees are awarded for the civil claim won"
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“The spell can cause much damage to enemies with special effects on them”: is it ambiguous?

It is a description about a skill of an hero in a game and it goes like this: The spell can cause much damage to enemies with special effects on them. After I wrote it down, I wondered: would a ...
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What difference can be expected by saying “Trump the Campaign ” instead of saying “the Trump Campaign"?

There was the following passage in New York Times’ (November 3) article that came under the title, “Donald Trump, Salesman and Politician, on Gilded Display in Manhattan”: “Trump the Campaign and ...
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some help with an excerpt from my reading material [closed]

I am reading a book for my church group, and in the book Jesus is saying to St. Faustina the following: "During this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of me in virtue of my ...
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The meaning of “mere” in Yeats's “The Second Coming”

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, Can the adjective mere apply ...
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HR Sentence Interpretation for Performance Reviews

I would like to know how this sentence is interpreted by others. My VP of HR has a differing interpretation than the rest of the company, and I need some substance to back up my thought process, or be ...
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“Untapped demo of missing persons”?

I was reading an article and could not make sense of what author means by the following: So let's see. Right now, when people think of Malaysia Airlines, what do they think about? Probably the ...
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What is difference between renter, tenant and rentee?

I am a bit confused about the meaning of these three words. Can someone explain to me the usage of these three words and their meaning? i.e. If I am renting a car to someone then who am I and who ...
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North American joke: “What do you call Halloween boner?'”

I searched everywhere to find out what this joke means: "What do you call a Halloween boner?" "Petrified wood!" Wood is probably slang for boner. Maybe erectile dysfunction, but I still don't ...
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Usage of the word “hand” in the context

We're using a textbook called "English for Management Studies" by Tony Corballis and Wayne Jennings at our English classes at university. I'm saying this so that you know that the following sentence ...
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one of the windows in the kitchen is opened to the 5th NE street

Is the sentence "one of the windows in the kitchen is opened to the 5th NE street" correct? Have you better suggestion? I want to describe the location of the window.
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Are “monolithic” and “homogeneous” really synonyms? [closed]

The thesaurus gives the two adjectives as synonymous. But I wonder if they are context specific? Am I right to doubt their being absolute synonymy?
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“a person who's disseminated ” [closed]

As it came in the sentence: Internally focused and at the same time disseminated, they’re inclined to unexpected contrasts of behavior where shyness and apathy are replaced by emotional elevation, ...
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What is Oscar Wilde's “Blue China”?

"I find it harder and harder every day to live up to my blue china." What did Oscar Wilde mean by Blue China?? Did he use it to refer to his friends who betrayed him??if yes,why "blue china"?
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Is it appropriate to use “esteemed felicity” while introducing someone?

Is it appropriate to use "esteemed felicity" while introducing someone. For example: It is with esteemed felicity that I introduce Mr. Dan Thomas...... Felicity means happiness. Esteemed means ...
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Did not get William Shakespeare's quote - “A fool thinks himself to be…”

A very well known quote by William Shakespeare A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. The first half is okay - a fool thinks himself to be wise (he's in ...
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meaning of “codnaturalistic dialogue”

What is a "codnaturalistic dialogue"? What or who does "its" refer to? Does it refer to EastEnders? Context: When asked to enact scenes in their drama classes, children of primary school age ...
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I need help understanding the meaning of “insofar as”

I have been trying to get my head around the meaning of "insofar as", but it keeps eluding me. I know it means "to the extent that" or "as much as" as in "I will help insofar as I can" but there are ...
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What does Hillary Clinton’s “a little note of levity at 7:15” at night mean?

Today’s (October 23) New York Times article titled “A hearing, and a House, as divided as the country watching it” wraps up with the following passage: “As the hearing stretched into its ninth ...
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Is an 'ideolect' peculiar to just one person, or are there national/communal 'ideolects'?

The OED definition of idiolect (see below), would suggest it is something personal. but I have seen it used, including on this site as a word which describes the common idiomatic content of a ...
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Signal junction

I don't understand the meaning of SIGNAL JUNCTION in this context. Would you please explain the meaning of this word? http://www.dubainews.net/index.php/sid/237936775 The project is set for ...
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What does “turn as I would” mean in “The circular rift vanished; nor could I get a glimpse of it afterwards, turn as I would” mean?

There is the following passage in a famous novel of Edgar Allan Poe, “The Golden Bug” written in 1843. “Having carefully taken the bearing of the tree, I turned homewards. The instant that I ...
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Alternative (old) meaning of shoes

This quote from Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees is clearly (from the context) not about shoes: This fear, too, had awakened in him a wistful craving for other men's shoes that caused him to take ...
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What does “hollow” mean here [closed]

I cannot understand in which sense the word hollow is used in the following excerpt from The Ring of Gyges by Plato According to the tradition, Gyges was a shepherd in the service of the king of ...
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What's the meaning of “strike out on an odd tangent”? [closed]

In his blustery speech to parliament, Prime Minister Yusuf struck out on an odd tangent to praise China as an "all-weather friend". What's the meaning of a phrase "strike out an odd tangent"? ...
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What's the meaning of “the column's impediment”?

We see atop Arlington Ridge, the column's impediment of Arlington House, which is now the Robert E. LEE Memorial. (CNN Transcripts; video and audio: CNN Student News) What's the meaning of ...
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What does objective functions mean?

In the sentence "Capital needs to be extended in a way that directly affects objective functions of the decision makers". I'm not clear on what "objective functions means". Knowing the context of ...
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Can an “opinion” be right or wrong?

a view or judgement formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge. (Oxford Dictionaries) This basically says that it is based on personal belief (i.e. "personal opinion") so ...
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What is the meaning of “enormous condescension of posterity” in below context?

Consider the abstract, As the works of dozens of women writers have been rescued from what E. P. Thompson calls “the enormous condescension of posterity,” and considered in relation to each ...
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What does “don’t get us started on” mean?

The complete sentense is "On average, the more public member functions are, the harder it is to find bugs — and please don’t get us started on the complexities of debugging classes with public data." ...
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Meaning of the word “bat” in the following context

I found this sentence in the short story Two Legs for the Two of Us by James Jones. The larger context is: "George was standing in the door (...) He opened the screen (...) He grinned down at her ...
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Meaning of 'sly illusion'?

The students, at least, swore by his name, and Fettes believed himself, and was believed by others, to have laid the foundations of success when he had acquired the favour of this meteorically ...
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Any hidden meaning in 'Toddy'?

I'm a pretty bad fellow myself,' the stranger remarked, 'but Macfarlane is the boy - Toddy Macfarlane I call him. Toddy, order your friend another glass.' Or it might be, 'Toddy, you jump up and ...
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Is it correct to say “the passion has intensified”?

In a context as follows: A passion in science and technology, which has considerably intensified by gaining more knowledge in physics and electronics, continuously motivates me to take up ...