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What does “so” mean in “the analogy, so the skeptics insist, did not determine the result”? [on hold]

From page 97 of Frederick Schauer’s Thinking Like a Lawyer: Deciding the Skokie case involving the American Nazi Party in 1977, therefore, was simply a matter of applying the rule set forth in ...
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How to parse these two long (subordinate) clauses connected with 'that'? [on hold]

From footnote 8 on page 205 of Thinking Like a Lawyer by Frederick Schauer: Supplemented context: There are, of course, controversies about and challenges to these venerable distinctions as ...
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Is ”what there is a reason to do” a valid construct?

From page 76 of Frederick Schauer’s Thinking Like a Lawyer: What there is a reason to do is different from what should be done, all things considered, just as what there is a right to do is ...
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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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What does “bite” and “quarter-backing” mean in this context?

It's from the first few lines of the foreword to Karl Llewellyn's "The Bramble Bush": These lectures grew out of an attempt in 1929 and 1930 to introduce the students at Columbia Law School to ...
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What does “draw something within something” mean? [on hold]

From page 228 of Thinking Like a Lawyer by Frederick Schauer: The law is presumed unconstitutional, but the state may rebut that presumption by satisfying a heavy burden of justification. ...
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What does “which” refer to in “in respect to which”? [on hold]

From footnote 34 on page 216 of Thinking Like a Lawyer by Frederick Schauer:  . . . it is accepted that individuals have due-process rights to notice and hearing [//] with respect to ...
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What is the intransitive meaning of “control”?

On page 165 of Thinking Like a Lawyer by Frederick Schauer: In English law there is frequent mention of the “Golden Rule” of statutory interpretation, by which it is meant that the plain ...
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What’s the meaning of “purchase” in “the purchase for changing a rule”?

On page 118 of Thinking Like a Lawyer by Frederick Schauer, I found this passage: If the purchase for changing a rule[,] is a perception of what the optimal result would be in the absence of the ...
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What does “mode” mean in “modal verb”? [on hold]

This may be related to this other question, but which definition of mode applies in modal verb? I brook the definition of modal verb and some examples; I'm not asking about it. The penultimate ...
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Which does “substantive'” mean? [closed]

From pages 63–64 of Fredirick Schauer’s Thinking Like a Lawyer: I eat spinach because it is good for me. Judge Cardozo decided the way he did ... because he thought that outcome fairer and ...
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Stay/keep abreast of

Somewhere in my essay it goes as follows: There is a shared assumption that English is estranging people from their own language, inclining them to subordinate it to English. Even so commonly ...
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What does 'set' mean in 'set one's face against'? [on hold]

I'm not asking about this idiom's definition, but to which definition of set as a verb does 'set' correspond in this idiom? Google and 'commonly-available references' don't explain. There are very ...
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What's the meaning of 'squared away' here?

We had a death in the family this weekend, so I haven't had the time to spend on this... We've the funeral next weekend, so hopefully we can get squared away before Friday... Looking it up at ...
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What is the meaning of “I got you”?

What does I got you mean? Does it mean Ok, I understood what you said or Hey, I know that you did that? If they are both correct, when should we use which?
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Meaning of “But I repeat myself” in Mark Twain's quote?

There is the following sentence in the conversation between Florentyna Rosnovski, the heroine of Jeffrey Archer’s novel, The Prodigal Daughter, who was first elected as the Congressman of Illinois and ...
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“Stock pole” vs. “pole stock”

I found this sentence, and it confused me: Loads may be transferred in one operation from stock pole, production point or delivery vehicle practically to their destination on the building. I ...
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Meaning of “had had of” [on hold]

The other day someone said to me "If [name] had had of seen that then you never know" and it sounded weird.
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Finished off the night “with a rubber”

Reading the diary of a doctor in Canada, 1845-46, often refers to "having a rubber" at the end of the day which seems like a nightcap. Does anyone know why the word rubber is used?
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Meaning of “fl.” and “seq.”

Currently I am reading a book titled Configurations of culture growth by the American anthropologist Alfred Louis Kroeber. Part of his book consists of tables that iist eminent people from all fields ...
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what is the meaning of “crowded back”? [closed]

Here is the sentence: Old times crowded back into my mind as I watched her.
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How to understand these verses from the poem “The road not taken” by Robert Frost

I actually have two questions regarding this poem: The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, ...
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“a due information”

Hamilton quickly focused on the last part of his opponent’s argument as support for his attempt to introduce evidence of the truthfulness of his client’s publications. Hamilton offered the ...
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What does “a bookstore-counting mood in Paris prompts soul-searching over Amazon’s 41 % share of new book sales in America” mean?

In the article titled “The French do buy books. Real books” appearing in New York Times (July 9), the author, Pamela Druckerman writes: “Recently when I was strolling through my museum-like ...
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'as of' in ‘Excusal as of right’

I tried to reference this, but this doesn`t comport with the context, from P151, How the Law Works, Gary Slapper. I'd guess that as of = by, but please explain or refute? ‘Excusal as of right’ ...
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Meaning of “yet” in “the best is yet to come”

And the best is yet to come. In the above sentence, to be to means "will", yet means "already". So, does the sentence mean the best has already come or that it will come?
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What is the meaning of the usage “will not rate” or “does not rate”? [closed]

This appears to be a common idiom in US military lingo or jargon: "You do not rate such-and-such benefit," or even just, "I will not rate," or "He will not rate." In the first example, it appears to ...
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What's the meaning of the word “kidney” in this context? [closed]

In this article, there is the sentence: Every extension proposal should be required to be accompanied by a kidney. What's the meaning of the word kidney in this context?
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How does the word “cardinal” relate to “cardinal numbers”

Cardinal number In linguistics, more precisely in traditional grammar, a cardinal number or cardinal numeral (or just cardinal) is a part of speech used to count, such as the English words ...
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“to be of” vs “to be”

[Finally, Marshall pointed to the judge's oath ... Part of the core of this reasoning is found in the following statements from the decision: (source, around fifteen lines above the heading ...
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Right meanings of 'form'?

When legal decision-makers like Justice Peckham, who are actually ... making a policy or political choice act as if there were no choice to be made—when they treat a policy choice as simply ...
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His memory is as immortal as his arts have made me. (grammar)

All the world has heard of Cornelius Agrippa. His memory is as immortal as his arts have made me. All the world has also heard of his scholar, who, unawares, raised the foul fiend during his ...
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Which meaning of 'mode' ? [closed]

Yet although the characteristic modes of legal reasoning are all frequently found outside the law, it might still be that these forms of reasoning and decision-making are particularly ...
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Meaning (not in economics) - 'deflationary'

The context doesn't admit of the economics meaning, so what does it mean? And as far back as the acid critique of the legal profession (“Judge and Company,” he called it) offered by Jeremy ...
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What does “binder” mean? Why did it become a political buzzword?

I’ve been seeing a lot of “binders” in recent newspaper and magazine articles dealing with the recent Presidential debates. For examples: Time magazines October 19 issues carries the article titled, ...
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'Bramble Bush' has a figurative meaning? [closed]

Why might this introductory (denoted 0L by some law students) law book be entitled Bramble Bush http://www.amazon.com/The-Bramble-Bush-Classic-Lectures/dp/0195368452 ? I'm regardful of the definition ...
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How does it make sense to 'edify saints'? [closed]

This example sentence is under the definition proper: Some are called to sow, others to reap some are eminently qualified to awaken sinners, others to edify saints. Don't saints, by definition, ...
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Meaning - lawin'

As Calpurnia, one Miscellany 195 character in the story, notes, ‘First thing you learn when you’re in a lawin’ family is that there ain’t any definite answers to anything.’ I hazard that ...
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disproven in context [closed]

What is the role of the word disproven in this sentence: . . . my colleagues who rail quite eloquently against the disproven idea that the disparity between what women in the workforce make ...
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'of a kind prescribed'

In civil cases, in the Queen’s Bench Division, there is a right to a jury under section 69 of the Supreme Court Act 1981 if: ... 3. any question or issue of a kind prescribed is raised [but ...
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What is the meaning of “get a hold of” [closed]

What does "I'm trying to get a hold of Mrs Who?" mean?
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Meaning - 'of us'

Would someone please explain its meaning? Also, what's the antecedent of 'which'? In his Commentaries on the Laws of England, William Blackstone contended that the distinction between private ...
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What does “you don't need a husband, you need a Greek chorus!” mean?

A female friend recently saw a video of pretty old movie, “The Last Station” (directed by Michael Hoffman), which illustrates the struggle of Leo Tolstoy (the Russian author) to balance fame and ...
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Does 'evoke' need to mean that information goes into your memory first?

Could evoke possibly mean just 'to register something in your mind (for the first time)' and not 'to summon up what has registered in your memory'? I just couldn't make sense out of this explanation ...
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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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Why do we say “bless you”?

I don't mean when someone sneezes or when someone's been kind to you, but in other situations. Like, when someone is enjoying a lot of luck, fortune or doing staggeringly well in something. Or ...
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Is “get one’s pants off” a popular idiom or an eyebrows-raising slang?

I came across the phrase “get one’s pants off” impossibly in association with Confucius analects in the following sentence which I found in a website, but forgot to jot down the source: What kind ...
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What does the term “nonrecourse deduction” mean?

What does the term: nonrecourse deduction(s) mean? In legal documents I have seen the term nonrecourse deduction(s) used as it pertains to taxation and other economic factors. It is not clear to me ...
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“An awful lot”: Any negative connotation?

Today was my first time I saw people use "an awful lot of" instead of "a lot of". It reminded me of "terribly good", which obviously has little negative connotation. But how about "an awful lot"? ...