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“Several suggestions have been offered for adoption by the panel”, who will adopt the suggestions?

I have a sentence Several suggestions have been offered for adoption by the panel. My question is, is the panel supposed to adopt the suggestions, or the panel offered those suggestions?
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What is the origin of the phrase “triple threat”?

"Triple threat" means things in different contexts. For performers, it refers to someone who excels at acting, singing, and dancing. In basketball, it refers to a person who has the option to pass, ...
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Is there a word or expression for extrapolating an analogy way beyond the point where it makes sense?

An analogy is used to explain some concepts, and the points of comparison are limited and contextual. What if I am extending that analogy way beyond the point where it makes sense. What is the word or ...
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meaning of “un-work” [on hold]

Does "un-work" imply "to be null and without action" in the following contexts? So art’s function within the context of urbanity is to facilitate, as Kwon puts it, a ‘critical unsiting’. In ...
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I was set up in a sting [on hold]

I read someone's story and she said: "Then I was set up in a sting by the same woman who got me started. I was wondering what has just happened !! .. What is she implying ? I couldn't understand by ...
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Meaning of the sentence, “she is the kind of lawyer most skilled at finding reasons not to do things”

I have read a passage from wikileak: AIT/T has had regular contact with Tsai Ing-wen on economic, political and cross-Strait issues (ref B). She is a savvy insider on formulating and ...
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what does “volatile pair” mean in love/romance relationship?

Recently, I am studying Chinese Zodiac Compatibility. They said "Snake (one born in Snake year) and Rat (one born in Rat year) are a volatile pair". I am not sure what "volatile pair" mean? like each ...
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Possible context of “underpinning”

I wonder, if I might use the word: 'underpinning' in the context of technologies. Looking for examples, I usually only find it in the context of theories and arguments. Example: "MIMO is ...
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“To be pound of something”: Correct meaning and usage

I came across an email mentioning : "We are pound to announce that .. (some good announcement)". Initially I thought it was a spelling mistake and they meant "proud" and not "pound". However, when I ...
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What's the meaning of “sharply diminished”? [on hold]

What's the meaning of "sharply diminished" in the following context? Why do reason, logic, and truth seem to play a sharply diminished role in the way America now makes important decisions?
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What does “between” mean in this sentence?

"The house is on the right side of the street, between the yard of the prison." Between requires a comparison between at least two things, like "between the yard of the prison and the cemetery", ...
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Meaning of “to have seconds” [on hold]

I'm watching Futurama now, and on episode s1e7 there is Zoidberg's quote I cannot understand nor find out the explanation. The dialog is: Amy Wong: Is this salt water? Bender: It's salt with ...
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meaning of ludic and play [on hold]

"The Ludic City" is the title of a book by Quentin Stevens. It is about the role of "play" in urban areas. But does "play" here mean in regard to "theatre and performance" or "game"? I think the ...
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categorical approaches

What does "categorical approaches" mean here? So the vast range of the subject matter in this book – contemporary art and science – has presented me with a mapping challenge: how to forge a clear ...
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What does the author actually means when he says “ underestimate the value of gold.”

Excerpt from Honor Among Thieves: "The reason for numbers being limited on this occasion will become all too obvious to you. The issue we are about to discuss is so sensitive that the fewer ...
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forever unfinished

Does "forever unfinished" mean "continuing forever"? and does it refer to "translocation"? Context: This has witnessed an increased translocation of the ‘place of art’ to the contextual ...
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Use of “well” in “Britain’s Labour Party is in thrall to a man well to the left of Mr Sanders”

I have a question about a sentence from an article of The Economist Magazine: Britain’s Labour Party is in thrall to a man well to the left of Mr Sanders. Does the word "well" in this sentence ...
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crack of the door [duplicate]

Through the the open window and the crack of the door, the wind came in, and rustled the book pages. the preposition is "of" as opposed to "around". What does "crack of the door" refer to? 1) the ...
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since I did something vs since I have done something [migrated]

A sentence like "We've known each other since 2015" sounds common and normal. However, could you explain the possible circumstances of using a sentence with 2 Present Perfect clauses linked by "since" ...
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A question in a sentence of the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird”

I have a question in another sentence of the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird". The sentence is in the paragraph below. Being Southerners, it was a source of shame to some members of the family that ...
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Can I use “short of being exhaustive” in this case?

I'm making a list and want the reader to know that this list is not complete, that it is only a part of a larger list... Is it correct to say "this list is short of being exhaustive" in this case? Is ...
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what is the meaning of “pro-rate”? [closed]

What does "pro-rate" in following sentence mean? We pro-rate our prices if you join after a session has started does it mean that they reduce the price if I want to enroll after a session has ...
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What's the meaning of “triggeronomy?”

I never heard of the word "triggeronomy." What does it mean? “She’s bright,” Harlan said. “Mrs. McReady at school says Shan’s the brightest pupil she’s taught in her whole career, and that ...
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Adding vs Contrasting: meaning of the required linker

I have a complicated text, but I built three sentences with the main idea. I'd like to use one of the linking words below for the last sentence, depending on the meaning. We chose a reliable tea ...
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Meaning of “to hand over to”

Telling the Centre that it is an act of “basic fairness ,” the Supreme Court on Monday directed it to hand over to deposed Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister NabamTuki documents, equipment, data, ...
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So, “Tom, you are wonderful” can only be understood under a specific context, Right?

See,the definition of "wonderful" in http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/wonderful?q=wonderful very good, pleasant or enjoyable We had a wonderful time last ...
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Meaning of “mulling a factory”?

A Japanese newspaper partly held by Toyota reported a month later that the carmaker was mulling a factory in Brazil for production of the same car. [Source] I couldn't find a phrase 'mulling ...
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If I 'will' have the chance to go to the US [closed]

Is it wrong to say "If I will have the chance to go to the US..."? This is in the context of expressing one's dream/plan in the future. Is it better to say "If I have the chance (in the future, say 10 ...
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using against the edifice the instruments or stones available in the house

What does the highlighted sentence mean? Is it some kind of saying? What is the meaning of "edifice" here? Source: Read the Cultural Other
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phrase or theory that describes “if he can do it then so can I”

What is the phrase or psychological term that describes someone who gains confidence based off of another's performance? Moreover, they use it as a motivational foundation and it relates to behavioral ...
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Connotation of a sentence in a listening material from TPO

(Here for the original audio source (MP3 file). The part in question begins approximately at 2'18'') This conversation is an excerpt from one listening material in a TPO (TOEFL Practice Online) test, ...
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What does swing exactly mean? [closed]

Could someone explain to me what swing means in this sentence? "... the party was swinging ..." I've checked a dictionary and the word swing has a lot of meanings...
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What does “OP” mean, as in “massively OP version of force telekinesis”?

In the answer to another question, user Daft suggests that something is "a massively OP version of force telekinesis". What does OP mean or stand for? (All users should take the hint that you should ...
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The meaning of “play off” here

"While playing off the hype of the TV show reboot "The X-files," the CIA broke down the cases into two categories, whether you side with Agent Mulder or Agent Scully." I'm studying English and I ...
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Meaning of the sentence in quotation marks [migrated]

This BBC article says: A prominent member of the centre-left Social Democrats, Thomas Oppermann, said: "The last German politician under whom refugees were shot at was Erich Honecker" - the ...
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Is the sentence, “He’s too easily prone to pouts and feuds” grammatically right?

There was the following passage in the New York Times (January 30) article written by Maureen Dowd under the headline “Here’s the beauty of Trump.”: “He rejects the idea that he’s too easily ...
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What does 'project-plugging' mean here? Also can any other constructions be formed using '~plugging'?

Guy Branum Awarding points for name-dropping, project-plugging and flirting with the host, the former Chelsea Lately writer's monthly Talk Show: The Game Show competition elevates self-promotion ...
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Take a call - meaning in the following context

Context: Friend 1: Why don't you go for a second opinion. Its hightime. Friend 2: Yes, right, I got to take a call on that. Here is the usage "take a call" right instead of "I have to a take a ...
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What does “baking tradition” mean?

She agreed to marry him on one condition: that they have 12 children. True to the old baking tradition, they made 13. Source What does the old baking tradition mean? There's no mention of baking ...
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How to answer “The applicant’s overall rank is ? out of ? ”

I am filling a reference form and I met 2 questions that I am not sure how to answer : The applicant’s overall rank is __ out of ___ Please describe the comparison group: __ If the ...
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in images otherwise beautiful

I have two questions regarding the following paragraph from Art and Science by Sîan Ede (I.B. Tauris, 2012): Other artworks contain a sense of imperfection in images otherwise beautiful, a kind of ...
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Staking his position on

What does "Staking his position on" mean? What can "use value" and "exchange value" mean here? Does "fete" mean festival? Context: Staking his position on the city as the place in which use ...
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meaning of “phantasmagorical” [closed]

What are the best synonyms for "phantasmagorical" in the following context? Does it somehow imply imaginative, unstable, ever-changing, or anything else? Context: Thus, it was felt – in a ...
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What does “His brain is as cunning as his fingers” mean? [closed]

I found the following sentences on Mysteryontilt.tumblr.com. The title is The Sherlock: The Red-Headed League: ... And here is why I think John Clay is an underrated villain. Here are Peter ...
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Is it correct to say “affect my passion”?

I want to say that I continued teaching even though I was sick. So, is the following sentence correct: Getting sick did not affect my passion to teach. "affect my passion" is correct?
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meaning of a statement [closed]

What is the meaning of the statement: " what a true statement says is the case, is the case." I met this phrase in a philosophical text about epistemology written by W. P. Alston.
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living nearby in both actuality and spirit

Does "living nearby in both actuality and spirit" mean both having close thoughts and living in close geographical locations (close cities and countries) ? Context: it is no surprise that ...
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How do I answer “Where do you work?”

What are the main purposes to ask someone 'Where do you work?' apart from to find out the type of place he or she works in? I can answer: I work in a shop. I work in a hospital. I work in an ...
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Context understanding and structure of sentence

America's capacity utilisation, for example, hit historically high levels earlier this year, and its jobless rate (5.6% in August) has fallen below most estimates of the natural rate of ...