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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 ...
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What is meant by “thank you” in quotes?

In two different emails, I have seen "thank you" placed in quotes. The first was a response to an email notice regarding an address change: “Thanks” for the e mail, I updated our system. And ...
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Meaning of “Preparation of x, y and z and …”

I have a question related to this example sentence: Preparation of Isometrics, bill of material of all lines and supporting details of all lines below 2-1/2" except lines under IBR and get ...
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I support someone/something “to”?

"I support John to be our president." - I'm not sure whether this sentence is semantically correct. What I'm trying to say is that I support John (I would like him to be the president), and not that I ...
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What is the difference between “Employment” and “Job”?

I cannot understand the differences between the nouns (they both seem to mean "work"). For example: when we hire an employee, we have to define payroll and benefits for them. So which word better ...
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What is the difference between a scenario and situation?

Based on a survey done globally I have been tasked with writing a help guide to cover scenarios and situations - for a cloud app I created. But I don't understand what the difference is between a ...
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What is the meaning of `Position Fulfillment`?

I can't understand the meaning of Position Fulfillment in Human resource context. Is it same as Position History? an example: Any help would be appreciated!
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What is the mean of Converted Leads

When i found job on job website, i found the term Converted Leads job(Related to marketing). Please explain to me what it mean and what are the tasks will be done by this job? Any information would ...
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What does “occasions” mean in this sentence?

The justiciarship originated in the king’s need for a responsible subordinate who could take a wide view of the affairs of the kingdom, act as regent when the king was abroad, and on other ...
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Time before now vs. time before us

We all know that before normally means "earlier in time", but I've been thinking about the opposite meanings of those expressions: The days before now (the past) The days before us (the future) ...
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Relationship between Juxtaposition, Oxymoron, and Paradox [closed]

Explain the definition and relationship between "juxtaposition", "oxymoron", and "paradox". I'm supposed to apply this to Romeo and Juliet too, so any examples including them would be appreciated. ...
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That will teach me to

The other day I was cutting a mango using a sharp knife. I had sliced off one side of the mango and was then cutting a grid pattern in the flesh to be able to "open out" the side to eat the mango ...
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Is “use” a negative word in the following sentence?

I heard somebody say: I used my mother to find my socks. The moment I heard it, my first impression was that it meant something bad — a rather negative word choice. Then I looked up use ...
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The meaning of “reserve of living”

What might be the meaning of the phrase "reserve of living" The quotation comes from Maeve Gilmore's, A World Away. How foreign to the spirit's early beauty And to the amoral integrity of the ...
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What does 'Ibid' mean in this context?

Someone I know got a interview call letter part of which read as this: .. you are requested to appear for the ibid interview .. What does ibid mean in this context?
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all but.. none but.. usage

I'm a bit confused with the usage of all but and none but: "We are all but defenseless" – should mean we are definitely defenseless? "None but misfortunes follow" – only ...
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What does the word 'penumbra' mean in this sentence?

The following is an extract from the book The Road to Serfdom. I was wondering what 'penumbra' is used to convey in the sentence. There is no restrictive penumbra of individual rights that can ...
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What is meant by “treading water” in this context? [closed]

In an article, I came across the following expression: I don’t have to pick up a textbook. I don’t have to talk to my friend. I don’t have to eat. When I wake it feels like I’ve been treading ...
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What does “liquidated” mean in this sentence?

What does the word "liquidated" mean in the following snippet taken from Readings in Social Research Methods? : When society becomes industrialized, a peasant becomes a worker; a feudal lord is ...
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What is the meaning of “I'm aware it rhymes”

What does it mean ? See, that's why he's the genius! It even rhymes! I'm aware it rhymes. It was in Lorax 2012
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What's the meaning of “dry” in this context?

Consider this comment: Quality of service at restaurants is dropping, and I don't think it's the servers' fault, I think it's the fault of management for cutting back on staff. Several times ...
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What does mean “authority” in the sentence?

"These honourable Accessories [supporters] of the Heraldic Shield are said to have been introduced, (like Quartering) by Edward III, but they are of uncertain authority until the reign of Henry VI." ...
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Ignition - Does it connect to emotions? [closed]

Just wanted to ask if in your opinion the word "ignition" can connect to emotions in some way (like boosting emotions), or if it's too far...
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meaning of runneth in 'as the swift moon runneth' [duplicate]

How many days in a week? Seven both to hear and speak. How many weeks in a month? Four, as the swift moon runneth. What is the meaning of 'as the swift moon runneth'?
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Meaning of “bobbed” in “hair bobbed from a ray of sunlight” [closed]

From The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford: Ed Miller: I was with a girl once. Wasn't a squaw, but she was purty. She had yellow hair, like uh... oh, like something. Dick ...
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“an hour and a half” or “one and a half hours”

Are both "an hour and a half" and "one and a half hours" correct? If so, is either more appropriate in different contexts? Example context: "The Superbowl starts in less than one and a half ...
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leave that behavior in the background

Explain please the meaning of this phrase in the title. Macroeconomic models do not deal with the optimizing behavior but leave them in the background. I don't understand. The source is the book ...
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“Franchise” as a verb

I'd like to know what franchise meas as a verb in the following sentence: Catering in this school has been franchised to the company. The native speakers I consulted, both American, don't seem ...