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What is the meaning of the expression 'put in leave'?

I have recently read from a South African person this expression. 'put in leave'. Is it a correct expression? What does it mean? Does it involve a phrasal verb?
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Referral Campaigns or Your Referral Schemes

I have a referral program which comprises of 50% UK users and 50% US users. Taking into account location, what would be the most appropriate title to use... Your Referral Campaigns Or Your ...
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what does “crack thumb” mean?

what does " crack thumb" and also " Balck fall" mean in this sentences from a Play: " that is the House of shaws! blood built it; blood stopped the building of it; blood shall bring it down. see ...
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Meaning of the sentance [on hold]

What does the following line convey " The old man was just as generous with his confidences as with his porridge and tobacco."
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What's the meaning of “to him who”?

While I was searching on the net, I found this sentence: Memorandum to him who is concerned. I looked for a definition to to him who, but I found nothing. So what's the meaning of it? ِAre ...
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“WE ON” what does it mean? Is it bad English? [on hold]

I want to name my upcoming project as WE ON - Information & entertainment media agency . This agency will work in the city and act as communication between businesses and consumers, so I need ...
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Usage of the word “TILL” [duplicate]

I am landed in a confused stage, with one of my colleagues email, which says ; "Till November , Bank Adjustment Entry is finished." For me ,that statement, means , including November, the work is ...
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What verb goes with “mood” in the context of a polite social inquiry?

How would I best ask someone to share their mood with me? It needs to be snappy and easily understood. For example, given these three choices of verb: share your mood express your mood convey your ...
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A tight hair of hern?

"Yes. If she'd just let that tight hair of hern all out loose and careless-like, as it used ter be, and wear the sort of bunnits with posies in 'em, and the kind o' dresses all lace and white ...
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Verb moods in the poem “Once more into the fray”

There is a poem in the Movie "The Grey" (2011). It goes like this: Once more into the fray... Into the last good fight I'll ever know. Live and die on this day... Live and die on this day... ...
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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 “Shall be” mean? [closed]

What does Shall be mean? I find it in different context, sometimes it seems to me that is means is or Will be and more likely Must be, but sometimes I can't figure it out, so if it means Must be, what ...
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What does “canonical” mean?

Sometimes I read a sentence containing the word canonical, but I cannot find appropriate meaning of the word. For example, in this link: Returns a canonical representation for the string object. ...
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Meaning of “to be responsible for being…” [migrated]

The external safety unit is therefore responsible for the functions and applications being correct. What is meant by the sentence above? The external safety unit is therefore responsible for ...
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“my friend” vs “a friend of mine”

I always found it weird to hear people say things like "My friend asked me to come" (with no prior mention of said friend), as opposed to "A friend of mine asked me to come". To me it seems as though ...
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Should I wash my hands of this?

Should I wash my hands of this? Has this expression ever been used as a way of suggesting a bribe?
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Why would the “wind blowing in the East” be considered a bad thing?

I've been recently working through the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens' Bleak House, and enjoying it very much. However, there's a particular motif that's bothering me, whose logic I haven't been ...
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Meaning of “Subject to” in context [duplicate]

What does "Subject to" means in this sentence? Since motion estimation is the most computationally intensive portion of video encoding, efficient fast motion estimation algorithms are highly ...
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What does “to invite oneself” mean?

I usually have lunch alone but yesterday I asked my colleague to join their lunch by saying "I will join your lunch." (I usually join them one or twice a week.) Then one of them told the ...
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Difference between “I am really sorry” and “I really am sorry”

I know they are slightly different, but I can't tell how. I've read about the usage of the word "really" in a negative sentence. But it didn't tell me about how the position of the word "really" can ...
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Meaning and Usage of the word 'Welter' [closed]

Could anyone make this understand to me the meaning and usage of the word 'Welter'? I gone through Vocabulary.com and found this. Use the noun welter to describe an enormous, messy pile, like the ...
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Favorites is/are empty [closed]

I'm not English native speaker and I'd like to know correct form of this sentence. If I want to say that my favorites folder is empty what's the verb I should use in this case? I mean when the ...
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What does it mean to call somebody “mom?”

I've heard many people use the word mom both in workplace and on TV. These are a few examples: In Insanity (the home exercise program) the leader of the program calls one of the participants "mom." ...
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What does the phrase “crossing the streams” mean?

What does "crossing the stream" mean? I have been through "Cross the stream where it is shallowest" but I also sometimes see this phrase without the "where it is shallowest" part. For example, today ...
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Why does “not least” mean “notably”?

What's an intuitive derivation behind ODO's definition that helps to internalise its meaning: not least = In particular; notably I couldn't find the etymology for this adverbial phrase? Is that ...
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Tea for the Tillerman

In the song "Tea for the Tillerman", there are two things that baffle me. The pronunciation of the word "Tillerman". It sounds to me that he is saying /tilman/. Why is that? What does a tillerman do ...
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Does “exotic” have any connotations of sexiness?

Part of a (possibly offensive or at least cringe-worthy) ad says "We have to go out accompanied and what is better than dating a beautiful exotic Latina woman here in Colombia, right?" From a ...
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Does it make sense to say someone is your senior, such as a sibling?

Does it make sense to say someone is your senior, such as a sibling? I'm writing an essay about myself and was wondering whether or not it is a correct usage of the word.
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Differences between “world-view” and “ideology”

These terms have slightly different nuances in meaning and connotation. Would you use world-view in an academic discussion? What is the correct context? For example, would you say creationism is an ...
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Use of the expression “Stop it! You are too cute” [closed]

In what context would you use "stop it!! you are too cute"? Isn't that negative to say "stop it!! first? Is there a degree or a connotation to it? (i.e, flirty, embarrassed, flattered, etc) There are ...
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What does the expression “With a twist” means?

I would like to know the meaning of the expression "With a twist" and the context in which it can be used - examples are welcome. I have an understanding of it in the lines of "Traveling with a ...
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What does “God is subtle, but He is not malicious” mean?

What does the phrase "God is subtle, but He is not malicious" mean? I've read an answer here, but it doesn't seem to be clear enough.
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People who have accepted (an invitation)

I am sending invitations to people who are eligible to become members. I am wondering what other word I can use that means something similar to 'member'. Specifically, I have invited certain people ...
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The meaning of “Alexis” in Pope's Second Pastoral

"Alexis" comes from Greek, meaning "to help, defend." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexis_(given_name) Alexander Pope seems to use it in a different sense. His Second Pastoral is entitled Summer ...
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Entice and Persuade

Could someone provide insight into the following difference between entice and persuade
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What could be a single word or phrase for the one who helps people to achieve their goals?

I was just wondering about this word to suggest it to my friend to use it for the NGO he is going to start soon.
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Never fail to disappoint

When you say "he doesn't fail to disappoint", to me it has a negative meaning as in he always disappoints. But I've heard some people using it as a compliment and in a positive way. So, am I wrong ...
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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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“Syndicate something to boot” Definition [closed]

What is the meaning of the bolded part? Fewer people seek critical opinion, especially when they’ve been bludgeoned by aggressive (and effective, as it turns out) viral marketing campaigns that ...
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“Short of” meaning in “means of finding an audience short of landing a job as a critic.”

what does the bolded part means? An established New York critic admitted to me a certain amount of bitter envy, for when he was coming up in the ranks, there were no outlets in which to express ...
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Meaning of “niche” in “he knows the niches of this or that genre”

He knows the niches of this or that genre. Which meaning is intended here? He is a master at every genre and knows everything about them. He has a shallow knowledge about every genre.
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What does “biased in your favour” mean in this sentence?

I checked several dictionaries and googled and checked previous biased-related questions here including Is it "biased towards" or "biased against"?, Word for being biased ...
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What is the meaning of “A.C. or D.C.?”

In Heinlein's A stranger in a strange land, there is a moment when nurse Jill kisses Martian man named Mike and another man, Jubal, puts a comment on it. It comes as follows: “Son,” he said, “you ...
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“What do you be?”

A guy in this video comes up with a very unusual greeting: Hello, top of the morning to ya! What do you say? What do you be? I know that the first sentence is an old Irish idiom. But what is the ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “for my sins”?

I have a sentence: No, Sir, for my sins, I am not a regular church-goer. What does "for my sins" mean in this case? The phrase is from a book but not published yet and I am translating it to ...
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Antedecent of “velocity u” in “particles moving in a medium with macroscopic velocity u”

In the following sentence, whose velocity is u? The particles or the medium? For particles moving in a medium with macroscopic velocity u: The normalized Maxwell’s distribution function (Eq. ...
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Meaning of ‘draw out’

I’m translating an English novel into Italian but I’m stuck on the meaning of one sentence and I was wondering if you could help me: Why—his voice seemed to draw out soft and subtle, it penetrated ...
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Is usage of the word epitome in a negative sense correct?

Can the word epitome be used in a negative context like in this statement He is the epitome of corruption. And should I be using the epitome instead of an epitome?
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Meaning of “to be Accounts Receivable for someone”

I understand what accounts receivable are, and I understand what factoring is. But I don't understand what the phrase "to be accounts receivable for someone" means, e.g. "I'm accounts receivable for ...
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what is the meaning of the phrase “In the interest of honesty”?

Recently I came up on a question: In the interest of honesty, are you minimizing any important details that your prospects should know? What is the meaning of the phrase in this context ?