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Usage of “Have something to do with”

The other day, I was eating at a restaurant with my mate. The food was really good but the waiters seemed to be rather rude. Then when we left there, my mate asked me what I thought of this ...
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When you have no money, doesn't that mean you're already bankrupt? Can you use “in general” for a case like that? [closed]

Is the sentence below correct? What would be the best way to write it? "In general, when you have no money, tap water is better than bankruptcy." It says "in general" and assumes a condition "when ...
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What does the word “nanities” mean? [closed]

I found the word "nanities" in some Marvel fanfic about Tony Stark. I know Helen said he [Tony] would be better than new after the nanities finished doing their job, but we are all worried. But ...
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How to reformulate 'honor the data'

I have written sentence like this The resulting property models from cooperative inversion honor the geophysical data My Professor wants me to reformulate the sentence, in particular he raised a ...
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Exact meaning of “Generation Uphill”

There is a "Generation Uphill" article about the millenials from The Economist. I've looked up in some dictionaries for uphill word, however I am not sure is it used here as an adverb or an adjective. ...
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And yet we're meant to be educating them for it [duplicate]

What does that sentence means. ? It's from TED talk. Here is context So I have a big interest in education, and I think we all do. We have a huge vested interest in it, partly because it's education ...
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What is the meaning when someone say “it doesn't get much weird than Lynda?”

Lynda made a dance performance, it's very weird and many audiences couldn't understand it. Then a guy made a comment "It doesn't get much weird than Lynda?". What does he mean ? Is that "Lynda is ...
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“And yet we're meant to be educating them for it.” What does this mean? [closed]

I was watching a TED video and didn’t get a few of the sentences. I hope someone can explain them to me. So I have a big interest in education, and I think we all do. We have a huge vested ...
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What is the basic difference between being “wise” and being “sensible”?

Today’s (March 18) New York Times carries an article under the title, “No, Not Trump, Not Ever” written by its co-ed columnist, David Brooks. It starts with the following passage: “The voters ...
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When I say throughout this paper in the introduction, do I include the introduction and the abstract? [closed]

In the introduction of a research paper, we give something many definitions. Then I want to just focus on one definition among the definitions mentioned in the introduction; I.e. The paper is ...
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Salting the battlefield

The British spy thriller series, The Worricker Trilogy, consists of three films: Page Eight, Turks & Caicos, and Salting the battlefield. What is the meaning of the last title? I tried looking in ...
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What is the meaning of the verb “market” here?

What is the meaning of the verb "market" here? People who send mass marketing email really care about subject line length (or at least the people who market to email marketers like to write ...
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Can I use “apply” in sense of “contact”?

It’s a classifieds app. Is it correct to use "brokers may apply"/"brokers may not apply" in sense of contacting? I mean does a broker apply when calling/emailing you to buy/rent your house, or is it ...
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Prostitute could be a joke?

I am learning English at a language school in Korea. Today's topic was about overtime and our teacher who is American asked me how many hours I work per week. I said I cannot concentrate in the ...
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“I changed into my sweats” meaning [closed]

I've been reading "W is for Wasted" book by Sue Grafton and have found the phrase meaning of which I am unable to find anywhere on the web. I changed into my sweats and put together a deluxe hot ...
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What does the phrase “whole effect” mean in this sentence?

What does the phrase "whole effect" mean in this sentence? "Note, there are no prices on this landing page. The whole effect is one of AO.com's knowledge of its (somehow now desirable) subject". ...
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What is the meaning of the word “pod” here?

What is the meaning of the word "pod" here? This is a good tactic to balance out a particular salesly email. So, if you've linked to a product page with one email pod, why not feature a ...
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What is the word or term used to describe doing an activity or work with a high level of concentration and intention, trying your best? [closed]

It would be similar to trying to be extremely careful or precise. In French it would be "application", For example: "Qui est fait avec application".
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Examples where a word has two seemingly contradictory meanings [duplicate]

Most English words have more than one meanings. In most cases they are close to each other and quite compatible. When a word has several unrelated meanings it is usually treated as different words, ...
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What is the meaning of “broadcast” here?

What is the meaning of "broadcast" here? "Getting into the consumer's head involves thinking about our long-inculcated awareness of the broadcast and the private.The most important part of a message (...
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What does the phrase “ great creative” mean here?

What does the phrase " great creative" mean in this article (https://econsultancy.com/blog/67464-why-email-is-the-king-of-one-to-one-marketing): Many in digital talk about email almost as it were ...
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What does the word “analogue” mean here? [closed]

I read a text about advantages of email in marketing. Kindly explain what does that sentence mean: Many in digital talk about email almost as it were analogue (tired and old hat). Does the ...
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Does “otherwise” have a negative connotation in this context?

I was wondering whether the word otherwise has exactly the same meaning as if not in the following sentence. I myself think that otherwise will add some negative attitudes toward the sentence ...
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What is the figurative meaning of “pivot towards”?

I read a sentence in Voice of America news: Clinton's dominating victory in South Carolina’s Democratic primary allows her to pivot towards a general-election campaign message. What does pivot ...
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Meaning of “not bent so much as in solution”

With the sole exceptions of the stoic, changeless Krag and the remote, indifferent Nightspore, the work's denizens appear to be pan-sexual, polymorphous entities who are not bound by a definitive ...
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He was running down the dusty track through the centre of town [closed]

"He was running down the dusty track through the centre of town" What does "running down" mean in this sentence? Does it mean that he was running downwards? And, what does this sentence try to imply ...
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What is the meaning of this sentence from Inorganic Chemistry? [closed]

I was studying Inorganic Chemistry today and I read a statement for which I wasn't able to understand the meaning. When Plaster of Paris is wetted with water,it forms a plastic mass which sets in ...
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Meaning of “Honor Brite” in an Alan Parsons Project song

In "Games People Play" from album "The turn of the friendly card" by the Alan Parsons Project, we hear: Games people play/You take take it or you leave it/Things that they say/Honor Brite/If I ...
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What does the phrase “on offer” exactly mean in the context here?

Donald Trump lengthened his lead in the Republican contest by winning most states on offer. In the Oxford dictionary, the phrase "on offer" has two meanings:1. that can be bought, used, etc. 2. ...
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Comparing two people's cleverness at a particular age

I'm trying to present a comparison of Jake's and Eric's cleverness at the age of 18 Jake is 18 years old, and Eric is 32. 1)Jake is much cleverer at 18 than Eirc was when he was 18 2)Jake is much ...
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What does the word “live”mean in this context?

I can't understand the exact meaning of the word "live" here. Does it refer to live perfomances, that means that Queen didn't use phonogram or it means "full of life, energy or activity"? http://...
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What does 'leering' mean in this context?

I know what the verb leer means: to look at someone in an unpleasant way that shows that you think they are sexually attractive [Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English] What does '...
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Help me understand the use of “would ” in a particular sentence (in IELTS Book) [duplicate]

Examiner: Describe a place you have visited in the past. Candidate: [...] When I was a student, I would go there all the time and hang out with my friends. I don't understand what "would" means ...
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Putting “away” after a verb

What is the exact meaning of this sentence? Got Questions? Ask Away and I'll Answer In what other cases can I put "away" after a verb to suggest a continuing action? Please provide examples.
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Looking for a word that best describes this quote?

I'm reading Anna Karenina for an AP Literature class, and I have to do journal entries on the reading, which includes character analysis. One of the characters, Stepan, cheats on his wife. Later he ...
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What does “to score drugs” mean? [closed]

What does it mean "to score drugs"? What can I use this phrase for?
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What does the phrase “prospects were beginning to chirp back” mean in this sentence?

What does the last sentence mean? "But I slowly started to notice a change. Clients were increasingly respondent to my emails. Even prospects were beginning to chirp back more times than not". ...
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Difference between “prima facie” and “preliminary” evidence

I came across many sentences in empirical economics papers using the term: prima facie evidence Is there any difference between "prima facie" evidence and "preliminary evidence"?
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How shoud I understand these two sentences here?

The problem at this year’s conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is that developing countries – led by the BASIC group – want rich nations to commit to ...
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Meaning of “Don't kick over the beehive”

I was wondering about the meaning of kick over and the type of context where it could be used. For instance: If you want to gather honey, don't kick over the beehive.
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What is meant by “still alive in kicking”? [closed]

Today I'd like to ask about an expression I heard on Youtube. I couldn't hear it clearly but a comedian said "He was still alive in kicking" (<-- this part is what I am not sure about) The story ...
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“Openned text” meaning

This is a piece of text, and I don't really get what it is saying, especially the "opened text" part While there is indeed much to learn from many species not yet known to science, it's the ...
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What does “fall into history” mean in this context?

I couldn't figure this sentences out, because of the "falls into history" expression. It's an academic article, I thought maybe it doesn't me "to be forgotten" like in the song. Would someone please ...
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“Have it to say” meaning

... and I should never have it to say that my mother was willing when my father was not. This sentence is from Robinson Crusoe. Does "I should never have it to say" mean "I have never had the ...
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He makes a right turn to the corner vs. He makes a right turn at the corner

I wonder what's the difference between "make a right turn to the corner" and "make a right turn at the corner." My teachers could hardly explain why the former one is wrong, and I only ...
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Is it correct to use “git” as verb?

I know that the word git is used for describing an unpleasant person. Also Git is a name of a version control system which is quite popular among software developers. I thought this word did not ...
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What does “she was deploying her famous pipes” mean?

I'm stuck with the precise meaning of the following phrase I read on the Web: "When she took the stage at the Grammy Awards this year, things were no different — except that she was deploying her ...
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it is the labour itself, or the labour-to-be

Does "labour-to-be" mean "the labour that is expected" or "the labour that is required for existence"? The world is made up of random encounters (Lucretius, Hobbes, Marx, Althusser). Art, too, ...
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Julius Cesar was amibitious [closed]

I've been reading a story "Julius Caesar". In this story, Brutus kills Caesar so that he could become a new king of Rome, when the reason of killing is asked, he says that Caesar was ambitious. He ...
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Did “white” in “decent white folk” originally refer to race?

Nowadays, the "white" in "decent white folk" can refer to race. But did it always refer to race, or did it have another meaning? I tried looking at Google NGrams, but it has very few hits.