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represent a form of ‘up yours’ to

What does "represents a form of ‘up yours’ to the confining ‘indoors enticements’ of the gaming industry" mean? Does it mean "represents some kind of freedom in contrast with gaming industry ...
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What is a word that means “mental” but applies more to this sentence?

He believed in mental freedom from religious organizations. I am trying to say that he believed in forming your own thoughts, without religious organizations telling you what to think. If you wanted ...
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Can introspect be used only in first person ? Or better word to replace it, in following context

Meaning of introspect is examine one's thoughts and feeling. In fact, i have to find word for "introspect". I m writing a technical report, can I use the word "introspect" but the meaning i want to ...
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Meaning of “by my behalf”

I encountered a curious phrase in a copyright waiver form: I grant [...] a [...] license to my [...] performance in any [...] recordings [...] taken of me by or on my behalf. I do not understand what ...
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What does “one’s peers” mean in “No free man is to be arrested, or imprisoned … save by the lawful judgement of his peers” mean?

Jill Lepore quotes a clause in Magna Carta, “No free man is to be arrested, or imprisoned … save by the lawful judgement of his peers or by the law of the land,” in her article in New Yorker March ...
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Why isn't “for one reason only…” the same as “this does not resolve the problem”? [on hold]

The sentence in question is "This does not resolve the root of the problem". Many of you living in the northeast area of Glendale may have noticed a larger coyote presence as of late. 1. ...
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Usage of “representation” in the sense of being part of a group

Is the following sentence correct and clear? "Elite universities in England are under constant scrutiny because of the low representation of certain population groups, particularly state-school ...
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turned up sound-system-loud

What does "whilst the music may have been turned up sound-system-loud" mean in the following sentence? Does it mean "although it could have been a party with very loud music, it was a silent party"? ...
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What do “former” and “latter” refer to, here?

Here I am trying to peer into the meaning of this below paragraph (full version here).Being a non-native English speaker I am struggling in making sense, especially the bold part.The paragraph : ...
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The meaning of “make it into”

Explain me please the meaning of the phrase in next context: Bleeding edge technology is a category of technologies so new that they could have a high risk of being unreliable and lead adopters to ...
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I am on “annual leave”?

This one has been bothering me the past couple of weeks. On many (most!) people's email auto-responders, when they go on holiday, they set it to something along the lines of: I am currently on ...
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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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First Lover in the Nighttime? a little bit of bacon?

This is in the drama Psych. I am an English learner and I can't understand why the man suddenly says this. Juliet and Shawn are couple and they are a kind of policeman. I wonder the bold part. It ...
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the meaning of 'times': multiplication or addition/subtraction

Judy can jump rope 50 times. Bill can jump rope 150 times. He can jump rope 3 times more than Judy does. In the last sentence, 'times' means 'multiplication'. I wonder if this following sentence is ...
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Can food be described as “nice”?

Can food be described as 'nice'? This food is nice; This dish is nice. I always thought it could be, but I was speaking to a few friends and they argued (and strongly may I add) otherwise.
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What did Samuel Johnson mean when he wrote this?

I do not in particular understand the use of the word "but" in the last sentence: Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities which he does not possess, and to gain ...
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How nothing from me differs from not from me?

At the end of every day we deploy our product with our team members developed features. Each one will get a turn to deploy in daily manner. The person who going to deploy will ask like, Is there any ...
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What does 'A stratospheric success' mean? [on hold]

Stratospheric is the adjective of Stratosphere which means the layer of the earth's atmosphere above the troposphere, extending to about 50 km above the earth's surface. People say A stratospheric ...
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meaning of “takes”

What does "takes" mean in this context? Alys includes this mobile writing in a so-called ‘personal repertoire of possible behaviour while walking the streets of London Town’. It forms the final ...
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take the stage “to” the chorus

https://www.buzzfeed.com/rubycramer/turning-to-the-general-clinton-makes-pitch-to-the-thoughtful?utm_term=.ykbJa5xp8#.pmaPRNzkJ I saw this sentence in a piece of news "“We will unify our party to win ...
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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 'nuance' mean? And how to use in sentences? [on hold]

I don't know why, but despite having read the definition over too many times to count, its one of those words that just doesn't click. I see it being used in sentences and have never been able to ...
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discharged with something

Does "discharged with casual ease" mean "lacking casual ease"? Context: These often aphoristic observations, discharged with casual ease, can verge on possessing the lyrical poignancy and ...
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is there any word for simulation with effect in the real world?

I am looking for a word that would describe human to computer interaction with effect in the real world. Like flight simulation describes unreal mirror of a real flight. But in case person sitting ...
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The usage of “Per se”

Is the usage of the phrase "Per se" correct in this sentence? Sometimes, religion, though not be enaugh per se, may lead to violence.
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the dynamic would surely be altered

What does "the dynamic would surely be altered" mean in the following context? If I wish, I may effectively restart the pilgrimage into the unknown, though, with no necessary end in sight this ...
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What does “there” refer to in the sentence?

I've read a sentence in a Burmese story. "The medico went to the nearest village and there in the bazaar he found various kinds of meat and fish" I wanted to know whether "there" refers to "the ...
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What's the meaning of “plays in the minds of someone”?

What's the meaning of the phrase "plays in minds of someone". For example, in the sentence below. The significance of the IELTS is a fact that plays in the minds of hopeful migrants like Mr. ...
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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" ...
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Can a proposition be mistaken for a 'claim'?

You confirm that this is true. In which case..... positive declaration (eg. 'x' exists). I would suggest that the above statement is an 'if, then' proposition. Anybody making this statement cannot ...
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Take advantage of this opportunity

I find myself recurrently stopped while writing e-mails for a main purpose (e.g, answering a direct question from a previous mail somebody sent me) and wanting to add a second theme "taking advantage ...
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Term to describe when one event cannot occur without the other

So my wife and I were just having a conversation concerning a situation at her work, and I was trying to think of a term to describe the GM's approach but it's eluding me. Here's the context: ...
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Use of the expression “have to” in a sentence

Tasting Mediterranean cuisine is a “have to” plan in Oia Is that expresion correctly used in this sentence, or is it wrong?
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withing coughing distance [closed]

I was reading an excerpt from an article in The Hindu, and came across some constructions which threw me: Clearly, in the post-Greenspan age, a central banker does not have the defences available ...
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By the term x y means z, what is the meaning of the word by in this context

The standard definitions of By says "agent performing the action", "do something before a certain time" etc.. but I am not able to understand what by means in this context. Usage example in Kant's ...
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The word “posterity” in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution [closed]

Can someone help me understand what is referred to with the word “posterity” in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution? Thanks! Since it’s only one sentence I’ll share the whole Preamble below. We ...
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what is “a backyard project”?

"Jennings is the founder of Mambo, the Australian surf-wear brand famous for its cheeky prints. It started as a backyard project in the 1980s and grew into a multi-million dollar company with 22 ...
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Usage of “across”

Does this sentence make sense? "Each transaction generates a huge amount of data across the supply chain" I'm writing a statement of purpose and want to convey that a large amount of data is ...
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What does “Trump opposes women who were born women” really mean?

New Yorker April 22 issue carried Andy Borowitz’s article that came under the title, “Trump reassures supporters that he still opposes women who were born women.” It begins with the following passage: ...
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Can I use “some” as a synonym of “very”?

I heard some used unusually a few times. Based on context, I figured that the meaning of some in that sentences was very. However, I'm not sure. Can I really use some as a synonym of very? Here are ...
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what does pi mean?

I've ordered some good from supplier. and before shipping the products he sent me the following: how much is the goods do you want to declare,as i need to make the pi what does pi mean ? pi is a ...
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What does “My tongue doubles back” mean?

I was reading a novel when I came across this phrase. "My tongue doubles back in my throat as the senses comes back to mind and I choke on the words, "I love you too." What does the "my tongue ...
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referent of 'such a conviction'

The following is taken from the novel Frankenstein: At that age I became acquainted with the celebrated poets of our own country; but it was only when it had ceased to be in my power to derive its ...
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What does “off the top” mean in this context?

I was reading a Design Patterns in Java programming book and came across a new phrase. I'm wondering what does off the top mean in this particular context. Excerpt from the book: Keep Learning ...
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What does “owes a great debt to the 19th century” mean?

I encountered a sentence: With the invention of the printing press in 1440 by Johannes Gutenberg the nature of bookbinding changed. More books were produced and the binder had to find new, faster ...
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What is the meaning of this sentence from the book The magic of Thinking Big? [migrated]

Few people I know of any age are reaping more from life than this senior citizen who resolved not to got out to pasture. Also what does pasture mean here. Thank You.
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Meaning of “at least a quarter” in the quoted sentence [closed]

Consider the sentence, Any small and medium startup validates and rethinks the focus area at least a quarter which might change the approach towards their offerings What does the "at least a ...
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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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What is the meaning of 'other than' in this paragraph?

I was wondering what the meaning of 'other than' would be in its context in the following paragraph. "If he buys the car from the company after two years, this may be a cost-effective way of ...
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What would be “India Run” in this article? Does it have some historic background I can't find?

Once the wind and current systems dominant in the Atlantic came to be known, the square sail was adopted for use on the lateen caravel, giving rise to the “caravela redonda”. or square-rigged caravel, ...