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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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What is the correct word for the list of goods?

What is the correct word for the list of goods that we receive from our clients to be shipped(export) abroad? Please let me have your order/shipment list?
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Rephrasing “the Lord's our Banner”

How to rephrase "the Lord's our Banner" for kids to understand referring to the story of Moses praying for Joshua to win the battle in Exodus 17:10-15. I am thinking of "God gives us victory" or "He ...
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“For he that fights and runs away, May live to fight another day”: wisdom or mockery?

The question is about the contemporary usage of the following distich: For he that fights and runs away, May live to fight another day ; ...and whether historical events and imprecision ...
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Does “selfie” refer to the picture's taker, the picture's poster, or both

I'm a middle-aged person who is not up on the latest trends and am not a social media user. But a few days ago on CNN, the anchors were going on about the latest celebrity "selfie" that had "gone ...
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Use of the word “definitive edition”

Can I use the phrase "definitive edition" to explain that a product has the most up-to-date and highest quality in the field as opposite to mean "last edition of the same series"? Thank you for your ...
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Can "field“ used in this sentence?

They succeed in persuading me to leave the field of technology in which I can easily find assurance in terms of job opportunity and financial stability. Please tell me whether I can use the word ...
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Word for disliking nice people

Is there a word that means not liking nice people. I know some that are fine people but seem annoyingly nice ... maybe too good to be true.
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What does “triage an issue” mean?

I've found this definition of triage: "The process of sorting people based on their need for immediate medical treatment as compared to their chance of benefiting from such care." So I can ...
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What are the Differences in Meaning Between “Problem Solving” and “Solving Problems”

Problem Solving tells us what you do. Solving Problems tells us what you do it to. Is there any other difference in meaning in the context of math word problems?
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What is a “trooferism”?

What is a trooferism? Personally, I found it in context: Comic tropes that everyone else needs to get over: [...] Hysterical moral cause from 6 months ago that everyone already ...
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Is “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet” a common or respectable English expression?

Today’s edition of the New York Times (December 16, 2014) carries an article written by Mark Bittman under the headline “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.” It begins with the following passage: “What’s ...
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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 is the meaning of “others” in this sentence?

I came across a sentence on a Wikipedia article, where "others" seems to have been used as a noun. Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary says it can either be noun or pronoun. The sentence in question ...
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The wicked female monster!

According to Online Etymology Dictionary, the "mare" in nightmare means an evil female spirit/monster that affects sleepers during the night. Very interesting. Are there other words in English ...
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What's the meaning of “When you rock the boat, there will be waves”?

Does this phrase mean "When you cause a problem, people get upset."?
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“Well, no matter. Let's get on with the discussion.”

If a professor says "Well, no matter. Let's get on with the discussion.", then which one is her intention? a) To explain that she was only giving her opinion b) To indicate that the previous ...
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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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How do you get from the literal meaning of “all bets are off” to the idiom?

Most everyone knows what the common turn of phrase all bets are off means: "anything can happen." But all idioms have to start from somewhere, and the question I'm wondering is how did this one start. ...
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Is magnanimity the right word for courage, insight and willingness to overlook or forgive?

Definitions of magnanimous in some of the most authoritative dictionaries: Oxford Dictionaries Online: Generous or forgiving, especially towards a rival or less powerful person. Dictionary.com ...
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“As you mentioned” vs “as you said”

I've heard these two sentences a lot "as you said " and "as you mentioned". I'm a bit confused about them. I want to ask: what's the difference between these two sentences: "As he said before this ...
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What does “raw and torn” mean in this sentence? [on hold]

What does "raw and torn" mean in this sentence? My sadness and disappointment are as raw and torn as the earth around a fresh grave.
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What's the meaning of “out of being an ass”?

The actual sentence is: "Keep in mind that you can't apologize your way out of being an ass." What does it mean?
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The use of “random” to mean “arbitrary”, “unidentified”, “unknown”, etc

I'm seeing the use of "random" instead of "arbitrary", etc., with increasing frequency. To me, "random" has a specific meaning and is not synonymous with these other words. Is it correct to use it in ...
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Do the following three expressions have the same meaning?

My flight is scheduled for 7 p.m. from New York. My flight is scheduled for New York at 7 p.m. My flight is scheduled for New York, 7 p.m.
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“all the virtues in the calendar”

Does anyone know the origin of the phrase "all the virtues in the calendar"? Doing a phrase search (with quotes) gives many example usages. Questions: 1. Is there an actual calendar of virtues ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase: “N weeks ago tomorrow”?

Please explain to me the meaning of the phrase: Two weeks ago tomorrow. It seems to be in the past (ago) but with a link to the future (tomorrow).
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Commute Distance and Time [on hold]

One of the things that I've always been hung up on is explaining the length and distance of my commute. Example 1: "I had a 25 mile commute by car" does that mean 12.5 miles there and 12.5 miles ...
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Origin and meaning of “The eagle flies at midnight”

The eagle flies at midnight. What's the origin and meaning of this idiom?
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Difference between “to think” and “think” [on hold]

Kate: I love to read.Really! But I don't read because I want people to think I'm smart.I can't stand those pompous people who try to show off how much they know about literature. Why in the above ...
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“aside with” meaning [on hold]

Does "aside with" exist in the English vocabulary? if so What is the meaning of it? I've seen someone writing: A aside with B are ... But I really didn't understand what he meant by "aside with".
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How did “party” come to mean “gathering”?

Is it just related to the fact that people participate in it? UPDATE. Judging by the comments, dictionary articles are absolutely exhaustive, and it just must be obvious to everyone how 'to take the ...
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Sultanas and raisins, I'm confused

Most Christmas pudding recipes call for both sultanas and raisins. It is my understanding that a raisin refers to any dried grape. A sultana is both the name of a seedless grape, originating from ...
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Send me your address so that i can send u my laptop ? Is it correct statement? [on hold]

Send me your address so that i can send u my laptop ? Is it correct statement ?
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Noun for the desire to sleep?

I have had this thought on many sleepless nights: is there a word specifically for the desire to go to sleep? Not in the sense of being sleepy or tired, but actively wanting to become asleep. If a ...
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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's the meaning of spin in “Don't hide behind spin”? [on hold]

This is a sentence in Rework book written by JASON FRED. Here is the main paragraph: people will respect you more if you are open, honest, public, and responsive during a crisis. Don't hide behind ...
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Is there the word “ideotechnical” in English? [closed]

There's a word that I don’t understand the meaning of even in my mother tongue and cannot find in any dictionary — ideotechnical/idiotechnical — not even sure which one. I would appreciate it if ...
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Where am I hiding? [on hold]

I am covered and therefore not to be seen in a group photo in which i have posed. I want to emphasize my missing in the photo to others.
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Descry, Espy, Spot, Spy

I know as a general rule that no two words are identical in meaning and use. I was wondering if I could get help in understanding the different meanings and uses of descry, espy, spot and spy. I know ...
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Can we use “dynamism” as a noun for describing the amount of change and changeability?

According to dictionaries, one of the meanings of the word dynamic is: a system with continuous change http://www.thefreedictionary.com/dynamic http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dynamic ...
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What “tabloid”, “bikini”, “heroin”, “escalator”, “trampoline”, and “aspirin” have in common [on hold]

This is a puzzle for Christmas. What do the following words have in common? tabloid, bikini, heroin, escalator, trampoline, aspirin
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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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What does “clog the pipes” mean? [on hold]

Please tell me what does clog the pipe mean in this sentence? Delegators people who love telling people what to do clog the pipes for others by coming up with busywork.
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Meaning of “hound” [on hold]

I came across this sentence: "He believed that whatever he planned to do was hound to end in failure." I looked up the meaning of the word "hound" in my dictionary. But either the word in this ...
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What is the difference between 'same' and 'identical'? [on hold]

As far as I know, these two words (same and identical) have exactly the same meaning. Is there actually any difference between them?
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“I have not had an answer” - what is the real meaning?

I've been told that when someone says or e.g. writes in an e-mail: "I have not had an answer.", - it means they are very angry. Is this so? thanks for an answer:)
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The phenomenon of someone talking about someone else all the time

I got a friend who keeps talking about a colleague. My friend is pretty disappointed by the other guy's behaviour and keeps on harping about it day in day out. Is there one word/concept which sums up ...
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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 “let alone brain anybody with” mean? [on hold]

Yet another a part of Circular Staircase, by Mary Rinehart: "Not out in the hall!" she gasped; "Oh, Miss Rachel, not out in the hall!" trying to hold me back. But I am a large woman and Liddy ...