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What does “consound” mean?

Hello and happy holidays. While reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, I came across the expression "consound it" in Huck's dialogue parts. "Consound it, Tom Sawyer, you're just old pie, 'longside ...
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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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Can a sport team “clinch” a championship in the last regular season game?

This question gets into the subtle shades of meaning of the word clinch, in the context of sporting teams securing spots in the playoffs. My past experience hearing this term on television, or ...
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what does the word practium mean? [on hold]

What does the word practium mean? and what is the difference between it and the word practice? it is for me like practical ,for example, the practicum period influences the teacher's identity.
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What does “perceptive” mean in this context?

I became his first love and the mother of his first child and, as such, I have a unique perceptive to share on this man who has fascinated the world. It is taken from the NOTE TO THE READER ...
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What is the difference between “submit” and “deposit”? [on hold]

I am trying to find out the difference between "submit" and "deposit" these words are very confusing when you visit to a bank and somebody ask you "what is the purpose of you to come here and you ...
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What is the difference between “comprehend” and “understand”?

What is the difference between the verbs comprehend and understand? Can we say comprehend a lesson ?
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Meaning of 'charge' as a noun - Jan 8 1799 letter by John Marshall (US)

[Source] Dear Sir, I had the pleasure of receiving your letter of the 30th of Dec’r while Genl Pinckney was at this place and of delivering to him the packet it inclosed. He left us with the ...
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Meaning of Evenly distributed [on hold]

What is the exact meaning of evenly in phrases such as: Users are evenly distributed between these types or Users were split roughly evenly among these categories does it mean on the ...
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What is the meaning of Converted Leads

When i found job on job website, i found the term Converted Leads job(Related to marketing). Please explain to me what it mean and what are the tasks will be done by this job? Any information would ...
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“replace” vs. “substitute”

When you replace somebody with somebody else, does it refer to a permanent change usually for a better one? In "The company replaced Alice with a new secretary", does it refer to a permanent change? ...
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What does “in camphor” mean?

A part of Circular Staircase, by Mary Roberts Rinehart: However, I did the best I could. When Gertrude got past the hair-ribbon age, and Halsey asked for a scarf-pin and put on long trousers--and ...
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What does a hyphenated “big-company” mean? [on hold]

What does "big-company" mean in this sentence? As well as location, try complementary SIC codes, similar turnovers, or employee numbers. (Companies of 250 employees are often about to hit ...
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what does it mean, when a girl tells a guy, “sounds like a catch”

After you mentioned the good qualities of another female, and desire to have a female like such.
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What does “twice as many” mean? [on hold]

In the paragraph below, what does Twice as many campaigns... and turn customers off mean? Twice as many campaigns are for lead gen as customer retention (84% vs. 43%), so make sure you start with ...
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What does “putting across” mean? [closed]

In the paragraph below, what does "message you're putting across in your campaign" and "selling point" and "write for a specific customer profile" mean? So make sure the message you're putting ...
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What does it mean by “bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of…” in Lincoln's 2nd inaugural adress?

I'm not sure who is the bondsman and why his wealth matters here. Here is the quote, from the paragraph of Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the ...
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the meaning of 'evil which seem blessings to the memory'?

A part of Mortal Immortal, by Mary Shelley: Soon after this eventful day, I became the husband of Bertha. I ceased to be the scholar of Cornelius, but I continued his friend. I always felt ...
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To have designs on something [closed]

If I said I had designs on something, it means I want it, correct? What is the origin of that saying? What exactly does it mean?
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What does the word “treat” mean? [on hold]

From the U.K. band Kasabian's song "Treat", there's a lyric like this: Everybody knows I work it work it like a treat What's the meaning of the word treat in that phrase?
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Does “freak” have negative connotations when it's used to describe a person's interest in something?

Does freak have negative connotations when it's used to describe a person who's very or overly interested in something? Like football freak or coding freak.
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What is the meaning of “laughing out”? [closed]

The class didn't seem to mind the plot. They loved it. They were laughing out there. I wonder in that context what the meaning of out is.
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Difference between “injunction”, “mandate” and “verdict”? [closed]

Could someone please tell me the difference between injunction, mandate, and verdict? I think they are synonyms, but their usage is different. I have software for learning English vocabulary, where ...
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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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Does “notified by [date]” include the end date?

I have read the Rules of a competition. The text of the Rules include a sentence as follows: As per stated in the Rules the entrants will be notified by May 30th 2010. Does the sentence above ...
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“We is who the Earth is for?” [on hold]

In the film of The Beasts of the Southern Wild, Hushpuppy the main character of the film says, But me and my daddy, we stay right here. “We is who the Earth is for.” What grammatical structure ...
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What does “black Care” mean in _Uncle Silas_?

What does "black Care" mean in the following passage from Uncle Silas by J.T. Sheridan Le Fanu? Waiting for the train, as we stood upon the platform, I looked back again toward the wooded uplands ...
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“cool” used to describe a person

I was reading the about me page on an author of a poker strategy website and on one of the passages he describes himself as a pretty cool guy: This is the page where you get to read a little more ...
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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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The meaning of “make it as”

NANCY: I know that if you can't take criticism you'll never make it as a writer. I wonder what the meaning of that sentence is. Does it mean if you can't take criticism then you'll never become ...
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How appropriate is to use 'Nice to e-meet you'

I work in a software organization so email conversations are frequent. Recently one client e-mailed me with "Nice to e-meet you". I want to know how appropriate is it to use 'Nice to e-meet you'. Is ...
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“And to you” or “you too”?

I really like to chat with English folks, so I have wished them Merry Christmas. To my surprise I have noticed the following pattern — the British answered "and to you", but Americans "you too". The ...
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difference between emigrate, immigrate, and migrate? [closed]

what is the difference between emigrate, immigrate, and migrate? I am pretty much confused.
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Help in deciphering the meaning of this convoluted sentence

I was reading an answer on one of the sister sites of this site and came across this line : A common question, glad you asked it. Here is all you never thought you would ever not want to know ...
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What did “eating 'mad cow'” mean in the 1800's?

In the December 1885 Lippincott's Magazine article COOKHAM DEAN, about an artistic area 40 miles up the Thames from London, Margaret Bertha Wright (an American author) wrote: Probably nine-tenths ...
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Meaning of snobbishly [closed]

I'm reading The Great Gatsby and on the second page it says: As my father snobbishly suggested, and I snobbishly repeat a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth. ...
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Meaning of “to wrap the ol’ noodle around”?

From http://css-tricks.com/css-font-size/ (the first paragraph is quoted for additional context): Setting font-size in pixels is the most accurate (and I find the most satisfying) method, but do ...
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Text completion - help? [migrated]

I have a question for which I am doubtful about which to choose among the two .. can someone help ? Please select one option for the blank .. After years of unchecked exploitation of its natural ...
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What is a “roll-off”?

Studies show a substantial profitability roll-off. What does "roll-off" mean? Is it another word for "decrease"?
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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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What does “it’s not going to suck itself ” mean?

In Goa, I see tourists wearing t-shirts that have the following text on them, along with a red arrow: It’s not going to suck itself What does this mean?
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What does “be it” mean in this passage?

What does be it mean in this context and what kind of sentence is this? (grammatically) There is no one in our society who is not ethnocentric to some degree, no matter how liberal and open-minded ...
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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 “and counting” in “Bits of plastic in oceans: 5.25 trillion and counting” mean?

Today’s (December 11) online New York Times carries an article dealing with the quantum increase of plastic material in the ocean under the headline, “Bits of plastic in oceans: 5.25 trillion and ...
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What does “boilerplate” mean? [closed]

I knew the term "boilerplate" in object oriented programming. It means that the programmers create too many classes for just doing a simple programming task. But "boilerplate" is also used in other ...
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What does “fill-in-the-blank” mean in the following context?

She is a fill-in-the-blank at the radio station. Does it mean that she does anything she is asked to do?
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What does “between” mean in this sentence?

"The house is on the right side of the street, between the yard of the prison." Between requires a comparison between at least two things, like "between the yard of the prison and the cemetery", ...
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What does “indiscrete marriage” mean in the context of this sentence?

Does indiscrete make sense in the following sentence? Is this word used as synonym of indissoluble? The instincts and conduct of the young man who aspires to the eminence of a dukedom, from ...
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Great trials have turned on less

What excactly does it mean when in a sentence "It occured to me then that great trials have turned on less."?