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What does 'nuance' mean? And how to use in sentences?

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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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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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 [on hold]

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 [on hold]

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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Is this the correct way to say: “Let me know when you come around” [closed]

For example... I'm in the chat room and I'm waiting for some guy who is not around. How could I say the following? "Let me know when you come here" Is this the correct way to say? "Let me ...
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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, ...
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“I'm living a lifetime in every minute that we're together.”

I'm living a lifetime in every minute that we're together. quoted from the movie "Notebook" I have a trouble while interpreting the meaning of this sentence. I guess it means he is fully ...
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What does “in the sere and yellow” mean?

I am currently reading "A Study in Scarlet" by Arthur Conan Doyle. On page 33 is a sentence I don't understand: Well, if a man can stride four and a-half feet without the smallest effort, he can't ...
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“You don't have to do this” — is it an offensive sentence? [closed]

I said this to someone I don't personally know, who had signed my packet when I am not at home. I wanted to tell him do not do this again next time. I said this sentence but his friends seemed to be ...
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Is “cause” instead of “because” becoming Standard English?

Nowadays, I'm seeing a drastic increase in usage of cause in place of because, especially in written English. People are in such a hurry, that a statement like below passes off like Standard English: ...
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What is the meaning of “bunt”?

I was reading about advertiser David Ogilvy, and at some point he gives the following advice: Don't bunt. Aim out of the park. Aim for the company of immortals. What is he referring to? I looked ...
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Meaning of “ to be dizzying in”

There is a text in my english book that talks about the wetlands from Brazil and there is a sentence that goes like this: "(...) life is dizzying in its abundance, variety and beauty." I have already ...
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What's the meaning of “real gone”

As in the song 'Real Gone' by Sheryl Crow: "Everybody's lookin' for a way to get real gone." Does that mean something cool?
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What is the meaning of the last 2 sentences?

The last 2 sentences of this article say That's 888-972-SEAL. Tell 'em Frank sent you.. What do they mean? From the definition of urbandictionary, Frank refers to a male who is extremely charming ...
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What is the meaning of “free credit” here?

What is the meaning of free credit at this website? Google translate says that credit means the ability of a customer to obtain goods or services before payment, based on the trust that payment will ...
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at second remove

Does "at second remove" mean "of secondary importance and not as evident as other elements"? There is something deeply moving about such an encounter with nature, even if it is at second remove.
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What does “Pudding for supper..” mean in this context?

Here's an excerpt from the novel "Moby Dick". Emphasis mine. "‘Look at that chap now,’ philosophically drawled Stubb, who, with his unlighted short pipe, mechanically retained between his teeth, ...
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What does “dangling off turrets” mean here?

It takes me a while trying to understand "dangling off" as well as "turrets" in the following context, have looked up all the meanings of turret in dictionary but none makes any sense here in the ...
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a second assembly will not form because the first is acting as a rival

In the following context neuroscientist Susan Greenfield is talking about two kinds of experiments that are bold below. My questions are that Is the first experiment an imaginative experiment that ...
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at the expense of

I have some problem with "at the cost of" here. Does "light reveals itself at the expense of obscuring something else" mean: light reveals itself by lighting other things (because light itself ...
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What does 'provision' exactly mean in a legal document?

Now I'm asked to look at a legal document(here) and answer the question that which provisions apply to a certain case. However, I don't know what the word 'provision' means in a legal context. ...
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What is the meaning of “to tween”?

I recently stumbled upon the word tween but neither in the meaning as a contraction of between nor as little child. It seems to be similar to to tweak. I found it in the context of programming like ...
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What does it mean to “feel Humpty”?

I was reading a book written in the UK and a character stated that speaking to her sister made her "feel Humpty". I am not sure what she was feeling, as the rest of the dialogue gave no clue. Can ...
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Meaning meaning [closed]

Could someone please help me out of the misunderstanding problem below? Empowering the underprivileged lies in assuring them that education holds the real source of power
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Does the phrase “waste breath” always indicate talking in vain? [closed]

everyone, I am wondering if the phrase "waste breath" always indicates wasting time and talking in vain. Let's say a teacher said to his class: Since you do not understand this grammar rule, I'll ...