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meaning of: “Might be dated though!” [migrated]

Actually, I got a reply from the author of a blog. It is the following I am glad it's of help to someone! Might be dated though! However, I understand the meaning of the first part, that the ...
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Difference between often and random

I want to know is there any difference between often and random. Are these words same and are used interchangeably.?
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Whats is the proper definition of guard

While reading Villette by Charlotte Brontë, a 19th century novel, I came across the word guard used differently than what I had known hitherto, and probably differently than what it can mean as well. ...
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Why is the definite article used here?

They ran to the door of the cellar, but Toto was afraid, and he ran under the bed. — Chapter 1 of The Wizard of Oz(Oxford Bookworms Library Stage 1) In this book, There is no bed that has ...
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What does “strip away all the sound and fury” means?

I have seen this quotation from Ed Miliband's current rhetoric: "Strip away all of the sound and fury and what people across England, Scotland and Wales, across every part of the UK, are saying is ...
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What does “looked every day of it” mean?

She was in her late fifties and looked every day of it. In this instance, what does looked every day of it mean?
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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 is 'burning or baiting' about the verb 'stake'?

stake (v.2)    "to risk, wager," 1520s, perhaps from notion of "post on which a gambling wager was placed" (see stake (n.2)), though Weekley suggests "there is a tinge of the burning or ...
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Fever Dream Out of Something Meaning

What is the exact meaning of the second part of the sentence below? This underground bomb shelter, built by Tito, seemed as large and as crazy as a small country, not to mention a fever dream ...
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Usage of “take somebody to somewhere”

As I understand, the phrase above can mean to invite someone to somewhere, then to give someone a lift/to provide transportation for someone. Do I get it right? As I am not a native speaker of English ...
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How does “ourselves alone” actually sound? [on hold]

I am not a native English speaker nor do I live in an anglophone country. So although I can understand the language, sometimes I miss how a word really sounds in everyday life. In this case, I'd like ...
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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 does 'pip' mean in this context?

The following excerpt has been taken from the poem Telephone Conversation by Wole Soyinka. What does 'pipped' mean here? Voice, when it came, Lipstick coated, long gold-rolled Cigarette-holder ...
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Difference between “purpose” and “goal”

What does this sentence from Star Trek: The Alternative Factor mean? Jim, madness has no purpose ... or reason ... but it may have a goal. As far as I know purpose and goal are synonyms. How ...
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“Group” vs. “community” usage

Question 1 When we have a certain number of people that share the same interest, do we refer to them as: interest group or community [sharing same interest]? What would be preferred and more ...
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Meaning of the phrasal verb “divert from”

In this sentence here, do you think diverted from means distracted from or change of course? The second option doesn't seem to make much sense, though. “When the imperial mantle finally falls on ...
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The patient is 'through'

After the treatment, the patient is through except for follow-up. What does through mean in the above— recovered from the sickness? What about 'except for follow-up'?
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Does “Fat Fighters” mean that the group fights against fat, or that they are fatty?

We are having an argument about whether naming a gym "Fat Fighters" communicates the right message. The name should suggest that they fight against fat (obviously). The "fat" is both noun and ...
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'look the worse for'

After a night of profound slumber in Margaret’s bed she looked very little the worse for her fright and her wetting. from Grey Mask by Patricia Wentworth The above expression of look the worse ...
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What does it mean to describe the 'inter-relationships' of two things?

Given the essay question: "Between Canada and Nigeria describe and explain the 'inter-relationships' between and among Health and Economic Development In your answer, focus on the ...
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What is the meaning of "confluent''?

What is the meaning of the word confluent in the context of the phrase the confluent of the river?
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Explain the quote? [closed]

[We command all] Ministers of the so called reformed religion, who do not choose to become converts and to embrace the catholic, apostolic, and roman religion, to leave our kingdom
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What does “'Avoid plastics' in commencement speeches" mean?

Today’s (May 12) New York Times carries an article written by Arthur Brooks, the president of the American Enterprise Institute under the title, “How to avoid commencement clichés”. The author says: ...
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What does “throw in the fact” and “the escrow” mean? [closed]

I came across the following dialogue in an American TV show, but I do not understand the parts in bold. (A is a 40-year-old divorced woman who is trying to hide her real age and pretends to be 26; ...
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How to say it shorter [closed]

How can I say 'I couldn't imagine life without' in half as any words or fewer? I am trying to create a title and this is just too long. Can anyone help me find a way of saying this in fewer words but ...
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what does hard copy subscription mean?

I want to know what does "hard copy subscription" mean ? full sentence : where payment is primarily for physical goods or services (e.g., buying movie tickets, or buying a publication where the price ...
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What do “read faces”, “much of a head for figures”, “take the bull by the horns” mean? [closed]

This online zodiac compatibility test has this paragraph People born in the year of the snake are flexible, and adaptable to the changing circumstances. They do well in reading faces, having ...
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Send or Send across

How the words send and send across are used in email writing context? What are difference between these two? You can send your profile to 123@abc.com. Or You can send across your profiles ...
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What does “did not achieve perfection and never would” mean?

At this point my brain refuses to comprehend this. Astronomers did not achieve perfection and never would, not in a solar system tugged by the gravities of nine planets, scores of moons and ...
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what does “volatile pair” mean in love/romance relationship?

Recently, I am studying Chinese Zodiac Compatibility. They said "Snake (one born in Snake year) and Rat (one born in Rat year) are a volatile pair". I am not sure what "volatile pair" mean? like each ...
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Meaning of a sentence in an article [closed]

I was reading an article on the New Yorker—here's the link for that: An overlooked classic about the comedy of race. In a particular paragraph, this sentence has been used: There's nothing ...
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The difference between 'credit' and 'accredit'?

Both verbs seem to mean the same thing -- to attribute 'X' to Mr. 'Y'. On looking it up, I found: credit - publicly acknowledge a contributor's role in the production of (something published or ...
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How would you paraphrase “have sth before sb” in the given context?

How would you paraphrase "have sth before sb" in the following sentence? This elevation is, moreover, essentially rooted in the nature of our spirit, it is necessary to it, and it is this ...
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What's the pun in this “Julius Caesar” reference?

In a Blacklist episode, the following conversation takes place, the first and last speaker is the sophisticated Raymond Reddington: -'Ambition's debt must be paid'. -Julius Caesar? -One ...
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What does “Possibly being eaten by Diana” mean? Thanks

I need some explanation of what "Possibly being eaten by Diana" means. Thanks. My Chinese subtitle explained that Ms. B will have lunch with Diana (Ms. B's lady boss). I'm guessing that probably ...
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what is the meaning of “no problem” in British English? [closed]

Here is the scenario: Today I asked my teacher whether I will get late penalty due to some reasons. The teacher says "no problem." Can I consider the response of "no problem" as I will not get ...
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What does “discover from itself” mean in the following sentence?

The sentence is "The point of interest was to determine how far the natural light of reason, human reason by itself, could progress in the knowledge of truth, with the important proviso that ...
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What does “as” mean in this sentence? [closed]

I have two questions here, and they are both from an article at Economist.com. Here is the link: http://www.economist.com/blogs/schumpeter/2012/10/citi-loses-its-boss First question: What does as ...
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Meaning of “same day as one another” [closed]

I want to know the meaning of the phrase "on the same day as one another". The complete sentence where the phrase appears is The orchids and roses were delivered on the same day as one another. ...
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Night-threaders

In 'The Sandman - Vol.3 - The Dream Country' by Neil Gaiman chapter 2, a cat says to another cat: 'Well-met, fellow night-threaders' Do you know what does 'night-threaders' mean in this context?
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Does “Wand” mean wall? [I think they call it a wand.]?

I m watching an American drama; it's called Younger. Ms. A is trying to hide her real age (40), and she's pretending she's 26 now. Her phone rang during a meeting. Ms. B is her colleague. Thanks. ...
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I've sent an email asking for a reference from a professor, and got a reply which is a bit confusing

I've sent an email asking for a reference from a professor, and got a reply which is a bit confusing. The following sentences are what I've sent: I was wondering if you would be willing to write ...
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What does “Just expected a gold star for doing your job” mean? Thanks in advance

I am watching Younger, an American drama, Season 1 episode 1, 16:10. Thanks in advance. A :Jane Austen has over 1,000 followers. How cool is that? B :Am I supposed to congratulate you? A: No, I ...
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What does “I was almost busted” mean? Thanks [closed]

I'm watching " Younger", an American drama, Season 1 Episode 1, 15:29. Thanks in advance. Ms. A: Let me ask you something, you've seen a lot of vaginas, right? Ms. B: Hmm, I've seen my fair share. ...
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Adding vs Contrasting: meaning of the required linker

I have a complicated text, but I built two sentences with the main idea. I'd like to use either a) or b) as the last sentence. We prepared ourselves so that "some stuff" is probably available, but ...
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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 “plough” mean in this context?

The following excerpt has been taken from The Time Machine by H.G.Wells: ‘One might get one’s Greek from the very lips of Homer and Plato,’ the Very Young Man thought. ‘In which case they would ...
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differentiating between all that and what

Original (extracted from the book The 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 ...
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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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Meaning of this short quote/poem [closed]

I watched the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind yesterday, and this quote in the movie forms the theme: How happy is the blameless vestal's lot! The world forgetting, by the world ...