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“Code of Alabama” usage in this sentence

From Harper Lee’s 1960 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird: Atticus’s office in the courthouse contained little more than a hat rack, a spittoon, a checkerboard and an unsullied Code of Alabama. Isn’t ...
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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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categorical approaches

What does "categorical approaches" mean here? So the vast range of the subject matter in this book – contemporary art and science – has presented me with a mapping challenge: how to forge a clear ...
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Connotation of a sentence in a listening material from TPO

(Here for the original audio source (MP3 file). The part in question begins approximately at 2'18'') This conversation is an excerpt from one listening material in a TPO (TOEFL Practice Online) test, ...
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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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Usages of the word “hacky”

What does the word "hacky" means and what is the differences between the words "hack" and "hacky" For example: "I found a hacky solution" Is this means the solution is awful or means cheating but ...
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vast lived mythology of terror surrounding cancer

Does the bold part mean "disease cancer that has killed a lot of people in modern days, which sounds like mythology but it is reality" Context: The work may offer satiric comment on science’s ...
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What does 'if' mean in this sentences?

For similar reasons fragile natural states cannot support many, if any, private elite organizations. As the two world wars and the Cold War of the twentieth century illustrate, external violence is a ...
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What is the meaning of “enormous condescension of posterity” in below context?

Consider the abstract, As the works of dozens of women writers have been rescued from what E. P. Thompson calls “the enormous condescension of posterity,” and considered in relation to each ...
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The meaning of “pure” vs “clear”

So I'd like to express the "clearness" (in sense of elegance) of some spatial shapes (BTW not sure about this phrase, probably "spatial forms" is more correct). I'm going to use either "pure" or ...
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Meaning of the term “empty use” in the context of modal verbs

I'm reading a book titled Comprehensive High School English Grammar & Composition. The author, who is Indian, says this on the use of the modal verbs can and could: Can is used to express ...
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Why is 'X notwithstanding' more correct than 'notwithstanding X'?

Source: p 575, Garner's Modern American Usage (3 ed; 2009), by Bryan Garner: notwithstanding is a FORMAL WORD, used in the sense "despite," "in spite of," or "although." E.g., "Notwithstanding an ...
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using against the edifice the instruments or stones available in the house

What does the highlighted sentence mean? Is it some kind of saying? What is the meaning of "edifice" here? Source: Read the Cultural Other
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living nearby in both actuality and spirit

Does "living nearby in both actuality and spirit" mean both having close thoughts and living in close geographical locations (close cities and countries) ? Context: it is no surprise that ...
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conjured with a strong element of deliberation

Does the following sentence want to say that "Sadler himself agrees that situationists themselves deliberately impose complications into this conception"? Context: As an implicated party in this ...
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“à la carte” in the context outside dining

I have seen à la carte several times on a menu which means what it original meant, something separate from a package, you have to pay extra to order it separately. However, this word has gone way ...
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Unnamed vs Nameless

I've scouted around and found that: Unnamed defined is "not having being given a name" Nameless defined is "not having a name / unknown as to what the name is My main question is what is the term ...
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What is the meaning of active service and active services in the context of corporations?

Can anyone explain to me what's the exact meaning of "active service" in the context of corporation? Does it mean full-time job? And what are the "active services of a corporation"? Following is the ...
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“There” as a reference to a previous email?

When you are sending an addendum to a previous email of yours, is it correct to say "As I have mentioned there ...", when you are referring (some part of) the content of your initial email? For ...
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What is one word to describe someone who plans and manages and whom one consults about a new plant/factory?

I want one word to describe a guy who is a manager, a planner, and a consultant for new startup factories or plants. Can you please help me? Thanks and sorry for bad English.
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what does this sentence mean?are contradictions insignificant or the playwright?use of commas?

Obviously audiences were in a mood to listen to a playwright ready to fix a remorseless gaze on the contradictions within a personality, even the most insignificant one, a playwright who refused to ...
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Meaning of “equate to”

Does "equate to" in the following context mean something like "result in", meaning that "in order to describe serious and difficult art we do not need to use a difficult language"? Serious and ...
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Are both of these sentences correct?

Jack's son told him that he is his son. and Jack told his son that he is his son. Considering that the sentence being said is true (e.g. dad doesn't say that he is the son of his son), are ...
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What does objective functions mean?

In the sentence "Capital needs to be extended in a way that directly affects objective functions of the decision makers". I'm not clear on what "objective functions means". Knowing the context of ...
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What's the meaning of “his jaw was set.”

This is a passage from a novel: "No," he said again, standing up straight and wiping his palms on his pajama pants. "We've already got plane tickets." (Both quotes are Neal's) "Neal, I'm ...
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“incorporated into bacteria”

Does "incorporated into bacteria" here mean "inserted into bacteria" or "grown in the form of bacteria"? From the works of Eduardo Kac: The key element of the work is an "artist's gene", a ...
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an unresolved cycle of fear and the desire for consummation

What does "desire for consummation" mean in this context? Context: The original exhibition’s centrepiece display of sickening body images was mediated through distancing devices – literary ...
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The meaning of “within the frame” in this sentence

My question is: -Are you planning to have children in the next few years? -Yes, it's within the frame. Is the usage of "within the frame" in this sentence right? I never heard "within the frame" with ...
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meaning of “tentative balance”

when we say "tentative balance of butterflies" what can "tentative" stand for? Does it mean "natural", "experimental", or "unstable"? Context: The painter Madeleine Strindberg uses fMRI scans as a ...
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…linking the personal to the general and vice versa

Is my interpretation of the following paragraph OK? As, the references of the "which" and its following sentences are not clear enough to me. my interpretation: In the visual arts, viewers subtly ...
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Meaning of a science journalist excerpt

What is the meaning of this sentence? The glory of the disposition that stops to consider stimuli rather than rushing to engage with them is its long association with intellectual and artistic ...
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How to interpret 'I will not stop until it is not finished'?

I will not stop until X is not finished. [Edited from source:] 2 means: 3. If X is not finished, I will stop now. Nothing is said about when (or whether) I will start again. 4. If X ...
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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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What is the meaning of “in which the sales each force operates” in this sentence?

A friend has asked me to translate this sentence into Persian, but I don't undretsand the bold part.(I wish I knew its previous and next sentences,too, but she has given just this sentence!) Sales ...
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How to call the first 20 banks of some rating

If we consider banks that are in the first 20 of a rating, what do we call these banks in short? I suppose we can call them "TOP-20 banks". I need this phrase in the sentence. The assets of ...
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Reading Comprehension GRE

The article “Shock therapy for mental patients will be reviewed” continues the ignorant tradition of demonizing electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in the media (the very use of the ...
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How is 'notwithstanding' governed by some preposition that is the 'subject of the verb'?

Source: p 993 of the book itself (but p 497 of the online viewer with the scroller at the bottom), An Etymological Dictionary of Modern English, volume 2 (1921), by Ernest Weekley: ...
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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 “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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Way to stick it to

I am watching American comedy, Weird Loners. Mr A is on the phone and talking with headhunter. Mr. A: Jerry (headhunter), come on. I love the salary but these benefits are crap. You call me back ...
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We have also assigned you, and every two or more of you

In the block quote below, I bolded everything excerpted from Etymonline for 'quorum {noun}'. Everything else (ie the annotations) originates from: p 469 , The Justice of the Peace and Parish Officer, ...
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“This isn't the place for you” meaning?

Would you say that this line is an indirect way of telling someone they shouldn't come/be somewhere? Or if not indirect, maybe some other adjective?
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Midnight at the Halls or Midnight in the Halls

I was writing a title for an article and I was curious which version of the title would be more grammatically proper: "Midnight at the Halls" or "Midnight in the Halls" It's trying express the fact ...
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Is it possible to 'claim' a concession?

Underlying most OED definitions of the word claim, both noun and verb, is some notion of right or entitlement. ( An exception arises in the case of meaning 2c - the loosely used he claimed to be ...
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What are the differences between “pass a message and ”forward a message"

Claudia (my former school teacher) is hired as a professor in Department X of a university. Claudia speaks English. I dialed her office number but again was redirected to the enquiry center of that ...
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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 ...
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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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1610 Meaning of 'occasion'

Source: Journals of the House of Lords (1610) That whereas the House of Commons have already, among their Grievances, preferred a Petition to His Majesty, as of Right and Justice, That the Four ...
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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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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 ...