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“She do not likes”

I have heard this phrase in "True Detective". What's the background? (It was used by police detective.)
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Does the word zealous have an implicit religious connotation?

Earlier today I was describing someone to a friend. I said, "I never realized how zealous he was." I meant for the meaning of zealous here to be religiously zealous. Without an adverb, I would ...
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What does “track each other” mean in the following context?

Here is the full paragraph : You might ask, if gain controls the proportion of color at all IRE levels, why do I need to make a whole series of measurements, wouldn't just one do? The answer is that ...
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Is “for reasons of moderation” gibberish?

I noticed the following sentence on an otherwise brilliant website: This question was removed from English Language & Usage Stack Exchange for reasons of moderation. ...
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Correct translation for the light switch for a website

I'm looking for the correct translation for a website (http://www.configurator.simonurmet.com/). I'd like to refer to the whole object, I don't need the name of each part for now. The "whole ...
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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's the meaning of “there is not a good reference for”?

This is the context : "For most projectors however, including SONY projectors that have been used for a few months, or more and the bulb has aged, there is not a good reference for use in calibrating ...
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Why did he say “Abe is to blame for Yukawa's death.”?

I am reading this news http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/24/world/isis-japan-hostages/index.html Played over Saturday's picture, the voice of a person claiming to be Goto says in English that Abe is ...
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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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What does “eat the peppers” refer to in the Quantum of Solace?

While watching the movie called "Quantum of Solace" I found the line "That's why I eat the peppers" hard to understand (I guess it's a joke ...) Is there any special meaning to it? Get in. Are ...
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What does “the look of” mean in this context?

The following phrase has been taken from Wikipedia's computer science style guides (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Computer_science/Manual_of_style#Code_samples): 'Samples of ...
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What does “one needn't stand on trifles” mean?

I'm reading "The Portrait of a Lady" by Henry James, and I found the following two sentences. "I suppose that after a girl has refused an English lord she may do anything," her aunt rejoined. ...
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Is saying “back to back” an AmE or BrE usage [duplicate]

I have been often intrigued by the phrase "back-to-back". Referring to "back" is reminiscent of the rear of the human body. I usually hear- back-to-back meetings
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Please let me know the meaning wise difference for below two [on hold]

Could you Please let me know the meaning wise difference for below two. I am going to play cricket. and I am going to go play cricket. Thanks, Ali
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The so-what-ishness

What is the meaning of 'the so-what-ishness' in the following sentence? 'What makes it so irksome is the so-what-ishness of this rather brandnew restaurant.'
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New (slang?) meaning of bass?

I have come across the song "About that bass" by Meghan Trainor, and was wondering what "bass" and "treble" mean in the chorus, which goes: Because you know I'm all about that bass, 'Bout that ...
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Any other meaning in the word 'strip'? [closed]

Across the street somebody had delirium tremens in the front yard and a mixed quartet tore what was left of the night into small strips and did what they could to make the strips miserable. While ...
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Meaning of “virtue of impartiality” in this context

“Well, I-I’ll have you know that I live by the virtue of impartiality, and as such, am unable to have particularly intimate relationships with people!” What is the meaning of "virtue of impartiality" ...
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Does this “look out for” and “look in for” make sense?

He looks out for all the possible support he can gain from the villagers, and at the same time looks in for inner courage that will prepares him for the worst result. (He wants to be elected by ...
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“He is the only one who can see the door to my soul” came across this in marriage invitation, I can't understand it, help please [closed]

"He is the only one who can see the door to my soul" came across this in marriage invitation, what does it mean door to my soul EDIT This was what I found and my confusion was this ...
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What does “here's to someone/thing” mean?

I got an email from an instructor today. Towards the end of email she says: "Here is to finishing off the semester in a positive way." What does that mean?
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What does “to put things into prospective” mean? [closed]

Note that it's prospective, not perspective. I'm reading a blog post and found below paragraph. It is impossible to resist the urge of exploring in-memory OLTP Engine (code name Hekaton) ...
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Meaning of 'Some nose puts the bulls on me tomorrow..'

"It don't make any difference," he said. "I'm washed up anyway. Some nose puts the bulls on me tomorrow, next week, what the hell? I just didn't like your map, pal. A nose means a person, I ...
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What does “what has changed with” means here?

What has changed with this tragedy is people’s willingness to recognize that religion really does make people do terrible things. This is from the latest New Republic, the author means that as ...
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Can I say that someone creates a tendency?

The lectures on Big data have received positive responses not only from MIS students, but also from students of other majors, even triggering a tendency of technology learning. I have ...
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fattening light

What do you think the author Kevin Barry meant when he says fattening light in this given context: It was by now a hysterical downpour, with great sheets of water steaming down from Mweelrea, and ...
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Another use of the word “given”? [closed]

This is a video from the content producer "JonTron". I noticed, at around 8:12, he says the following: "You get a barrel, you run with said barrel, you throw barrel at given thing, you run back, you ...
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Is it normal to say “greater extreme”?

Some animals have taken cooperation to even greater extreme. (BBC documentary, journey of life) I doubt that “extreme” is subject to comparison with other extreme. An extreme is a polar point. ...
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Meaning of by way of and start over

This is from a novel by Upton Sinclair, King Coal, 1917: He was given the use of the building, by way of start over the saloons, which had to pay a heavy rental to the company. He spoke about a ...
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In “That patient merit of th'unworthy takes”, what does merit mean exactly?

In the famous Hamlet's soliloquy, I am not quite clear on the role/meaning of merit in the following: The insolence of office, and the spurns That patient merit of th'unworthy takes, My ...
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meaning of 'under the fedora'

"It's under the fedora. Wanta run down and look at it with me?" A police asks his private detective friend to come along to the murder site to take a look. (from 'Killer in the rain' by Raymond ...
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differentiating between all that and what

Original-- extracted from the book 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 to crime, ...
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meaning of “some people agree that”

I am discussing with friends the meaning of the following sentence: "while some people agree that there are less women in science because they don't have the skills, others will argue that it is ...
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What does “get out there” mean?

If Hong Bo wants his new product to be successful worldwide, he must get out there and really peddle it. What does “get out there” mean in this context?
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Meaning of “broken” in a phrase “broken hallelujah”

What does "broken" mean in a phrase "broken hallelujah"? E.g. in Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah song? "it's cold and it's a broken hallelujah" In my opinion, the best match from the dictionary is ...
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Any omitted word in this sentence?

The dark guy took a week to fall down. He stumbled, caught himself, waved one arm, stumbled again. His hat fell off, and then he hit the floor with his face. After he hit it he might have been ...
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What does “beyond giddy” mean?

I recently came across the following sentence: Their bond was that of two best friends who were beyond giddy to be getting married. What does beyond giddy mean in this context?
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What does Abigail Adams mean by 'Score of misfortune' (1778 November, US)?

Original Source. Google Source: p 168, The Portable John Adams, by John Adams AA to JA [Braintree, 12-23 November 1778] I have taken up my pen again to relieve the anxiety of a Heart too ...
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Peace among countries or between countries?

A more comprehensive research program would look for historical cases of stable peace between countries that are not democracies, or between states only one of which is a democracy. Stable ...
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Which does 'your affection in the least diminished by…' mean? (1778 November, US)

Original Source. Source: p 168, The Portable John Adams, by John Adams AA to JA [Braintree, 12-23 November 1778] 1 cannot charge myself with any deficiency in this perticular as I have ...
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Why did Abigail Adams write 'all' twice? (1778 November, US)

Original Source. Source: pp 168-169, The Portable John Adams, by John Adams AA to JA [Braintree, 12-23 November 1778] I will not finish the sentence, my Heart denies the justice of the ...
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What does this passage from “Great Expectations” mean?

I was reading Great Expectations the other day, and came across this passage that I couldn't make any sense of whatsoever: Why should I loiter on my road to compare the state of mind in which I ...
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Meaning of Jo's dialog in Chapter 16 of Bleak House

A portion of chapter 16 of Dickens' Bleak House is shown below. Jo attends closely while the words are being spoken; [...] and nods his ragged head. "I'm fly," says Jo. "But fen larks, you ...
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“It worked for me in high school and it's been a reflex ever since”? [closed]

A: Just go out with me one time. If you are miserable, I will never hint at the subject again. B: I don't think it's smart. A: I know that I am an asshole. It worked for me in high school, ...
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Meaning of the phrase “treats of” in the title of chapter 1 of Oliver Twist [closed]

The title of chapter 1 of Oliver Twist is as follow: "Treats of the place where Oliver Twist was born...". What is the exact meaning of the plural word "treats"? I assume it means something like ...
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“an hour and a half” or “one and a half hours”

Are both "an hour and a half" and "one and a half hours" correct? If so, is either more appropriate in different contexts? Example context: "The Superbowl starts in less than one and a half ...
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Her eyes ate me [closed]

I sipped my drink. I like an effect as well as the next fellow. Her eyes ate me. It's from 'Red Wind' by Raymond Chandler. Seemingly well-known phrase, but what exactly it mean? The narrator was ...
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“in the year to November” meaning?

The Economist often describes economic statistics like this: published on Jan 27th 2000 MONEY AND INTEREST RATES Britain's broad money-supply growth edged up to 3.6% in the year to December" I ...
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on pain of their lives to suffer nobody to pass out?

I faced difficulty understanding the sentence below; (He) charged his domestics on pain of their lives to suffer nobody to pass out. I found that the phrase "charge someone on pain of" means ...
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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 ...