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a possible meaning of “multiply”

When one says "in our life we have to make the most of our life, go forth, and multiply", does he/she by "multiply" mean "to breed"?
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in images otherwise beautiful

I have two questions regarding the following paragraph: Does " imperfection in images otherwise beautiful" mean "in images that if were not imperfect they would be beautiful" or "in images that in ...
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Can I say “awaken me from my naive view”?

I found out that the same product tended to mean different things for different people. For one person, a lipstick brought confidence. For another, it was just a simple pigment. This experience ...
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… and good company to be in

What is the meaning of "and good company to be in" here? Context: It is as if artists were rogue mutations in the body politic, sniffing the wind, open to new ideas, makers of new constructs and ...
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Is “He is being here” ever acceptable?

Is the sentence like He is being here acceptable in some context?
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Am I right about this dropped “which”?

I think a "which" has been dropped in the following paragraph that has led to misunderstanding. Am I right? I have added and made bold where I think it is missing. There are dangers in drawing ...
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What is the difference between check-in and check in and checkin?

What is the difference between Check-in and Check in and Checkin? Kindly anyone can explain this three words. Thanks in advance.
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Anyone could hazard suggestions for the biological purposes

Context: Anyone could hazard suggestions for the biological purposes of art – it eases social interactions, it is a mark of status and of the conspicuous display of consumption that indicates ...
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What does “carry away” mean in the following passage?

This is from Rudyard Kipling's The Drums of the Fore and Aft. (A regiment is very dispirited, because they have been under fire from enemy snipers without chance of retaliating.) Pot-shots up and ...
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What does it mean when Cinderella said “They treat me as well as they're able.”?

In Cinderella 2015 horse chase scene, Cinderella said "They treat me as well as they're able." and the prince said "I'm sorry!" What does it mean "as well as they're able" in the sentence?
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the pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light

Matthew Arnold somewhere says: "the pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light". what is the role of "then? Does it denote "therefore" or anything else?
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“Code of Alabama” usage in this sentence

From Harper Lee’s 1960 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird: Atticus’s office in the courthouse contained little more than a hat rack, a spittoon, a checkerboard and an unsullied Code of Alabama. Isn’t ...
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“neither/nor” in a sentence

I was wondering if the use of "neither/nor" is correct and comprehensible in the sentence: Moreover, most probably neither was the snake linked to Cleopatra because of the erotic association nor the ...
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What is the meaning of “ironically” in this passage?

A rocket launched and shortly afterward 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 ...
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I've sent an email asking for a reference from a professor, and got a reply which is a bit confusing

I've sent an email asking for a reference from a professor, and got a reply which is a bit confusing. The following sentences are what I've sent: I was wondering if you would be willing to write ...
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“scientists” and “social scientists”

what is the difference between "scientists" and "social scientists" here? Context: Are artists born? There is some evidence that scientists may be. Cambridge Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, an expert ...
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why does meet sometimes mean first time and sometimes not

If I say "I will go to this place and meet this person" then I suppose it doesn't necessarily mean meeting them for the first time. But if you say it's nice to meet somebody, that always seems to ...
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Use of 'write down' [on hold]

Can the expression write down be used in a context where I will write down my opinion or statement so that we can remember it in the future? Like a promise or statement with weight? 'The United ...
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we are burdened by repressions resulting from our early family life

Does Post-Freudians have reminded us how we are burdened by repressions resulting from our early family life, Marxists and Foucauldians by the power of the political hegemonies we labour under or ...
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differentiating between all that and what

Original (extracted from the book The 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 ...
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Does 'sewer crabs' insinuate any other meaning?

The second old man threw his axe down pettishly, spat in the direction of the closed door and went off among the stacks of cordwood. The door of the shack opened, the man in the Mackinaw poked ...
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with the odd chorus from an oratorio by Handel, Mozart or Mendelssohn [closed]

What does the bold part of the following sentence mean? We learnt to sing and read music and had a wide repertoire of hymns, folk songs and military marching songs, with the odd chorus from an ...
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induces a shudder of disbelief in some areas

Does "The idea of Carl André’s bricks still induces a shudder of disbelief in some areas of the British press." mean "The idea of Carl André’s bricks still makes people not to trust some areas of ...
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to adjust a red to a blue

Does "to adjust a red to a blue" mean to change the color of an object from blue to red"? Context: ‘So when the 1960s came along, I was feeling split, schizophrenic; the war, what was happening to ...
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Tea for the Tillerman

In the song "Tea for the Tillerman", there are two things that baffle me. The pronunciation of the word "Tillerman". It sounds to me that he is saying /tilman/. Why is that? What does a tillerman do ...
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Please explain the conclusion of this quote [closed]

Why does the author consider the prescription of Ritalin controversial in the following text? Because this kind of disease seems to be genetic and doctors in spite of this try to cure it by drugs, or ...
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What is the real meaning of “Speak English”? [migrated]

I am a non-native speaker of English so I am trying to get used to every phrase I come across while hearing and reading. As a result, I have watched many American movies and so I have heard the phrase ...
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Is this an appropriate use of sirrah

Hortensio: ‘Sirrah! I will not bear these braves of thine’ In this context, Hortensio is arguing with Lucentio and called him sirrah. Those two characters are actually rich people disguised ...
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Difference between indecisive and volatile

I am confused about when to use indecisive and when to use volatile. For example He was very _________. His friends acknowledged his vacillation. What would be the appropriate answer here?
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How to determine which definition of 'contingent'?

This quote was revealed to exemplify Definition 1, but working backwards, how would you determine the meaning of contingent? Even after seeing the context, I'm still vacillating between definitions 1 ...
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the best way for learning is drumming in [on hold]

Does "Drumming in" mean "repetition" when we say "the best way for learning is drumming in" ?
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Bend someone with eye dropper?

He turned around in his chair and pointed out through the sleazy curtains at a distant hill. On top of the hill was a yellow and white house that shone in the sun. "Hell, that's where he lives. He's ...
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what means “you're standing on my neck”? [on hold]

from song "You're Standing On My Neck" (Splendora). Main theme song of Daria's TV show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIA7ZHcobys I'm not sure about the meaning, my guess is some kind of "you are ...
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What does “good doctor” mean?

There's this quote from Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, about brain augmentation, that's been bothering me: I think, and my thoughts cross the barrier into the synapses of the machine – just as the ...
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What does “soundness of judgment” mean?

Could anyone explain what exactly does "soundness of judgment" mean? I understand this as when you can judge something and take in count all possible exceptions that are involved in the evaluation of ...
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What does the word, “blond” in “Donald Trump gets more chesty. And more blond” meean?

Maureen Dowd’s article in New York Times (August 22) under the title, “Donald Trump Struts in His Own Pageant” starts with the following lines; “SOME blondes have all the fun. As Hillary Clinton ...
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What does the expression “that about sums it up” mean in the context provided in the question? [closed]

This phrase is taken from the Lost series, in particular from Episode 3, in case that rings any bells for anyone. Basically, the question that I have is, what does this phrase mean: That's about ...
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In which contexts are livestock destroyed?

In which contexts are livestock destroyed? A display about the impacts of the 2009 Black Sunday bushfires included Significant amounts of hay and silage destroyed 250+ beef and dairy cattle ...
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What does the phrase “in all of its moods” mean? [closed]

I said that when I grew up I would own a house right here in Sea Bright. I would be able to look at the ocean every day, in all of its moods, even when the wind howled in winter and smashed the sea ...
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meaning of “count clouds”

"Just stop trying to count clouds with me," I growled. "Talk sense. If you've' got a job for me, it's probably too dirty for me to touch. But I'll at least listen." It could be understood "sound ...
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What does David Hume mean by the word “dull” in this quote?

In his essay "The Skeptic," 18th-century English philosopher David Hume concludes: In a word, human life is more governed by fortune than by reason; is to be regarded more as a dull pastime than ...
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What does “Paramour in waiting” mean?

I'm reading a romantic story, all written in letters to each other. I'm now at the part where the female writes "Hello my paramour in waiting"; I looked up the word paramour and one definition is ...
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What is the origin of the phrase “has some teeth to it”?

I know the phrase "has some teeth to it" refers to something that cuts and/or takes hold of something. It's used a lot in arguments / discussion of topics where serious / good counterpoints are used, ...
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Choosing the correct title for a paragraph

I first went to Harrow in the summer term. The school possessed the biggest swimming-bath I had ever seen. It was more like the bend of a river than a bath, and it had two bridges across it. We ...
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meaning of “stretch a point”

"It may not amount to anything," he said slowly. "It is difficult to get any perspective on things around here, because every one down in the village is sure he saw the murderer, either before ...
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What is the meaning of “Hip” in the given context?

I'm having difficulty interpreting the meaning of "Hip" even after consulting the dictionary. Let me give the meanings given by the online Oxford dictionary: hip 1 |hip| noun 1. a projection ...
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Why “science fiction” and not “scientific fiction”?

Everybody knows the term "science fiction" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science_fiction But I am wondering why "science fiction" and not grammatically more correct form "scientific fiction"? ...
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Difference between “Registration” and “Enrollment”

I'm developing a scholar system which I have to support english(and others) language. This system haves an "Enrollment" proccess. I've called it as "Enrollment" after some research because I could not ...
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grief about the routeless nature of existence

Does "grief" here mean "sadness"? (sadness of the fact that the nature of existence has no pattern or map?) The presentation of randomised collections – often in the style of the wunderkammer, the ...
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Send or Send across

How the words send and send across are used in email writing context? What are difference between these two? You can send your profile to 123@abc.com. Or You can send across your profiles ...