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Meaning of sentence [on hold]

I have been unable to understand the meaning of following phrase. I know the meanings of individual words, but have not been able to comprehend collectively. What does "vanity of human rivalry in ...
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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) UK - Meaning

My question is simple (hope not too simple): Why this organization has chosen this name? - DISCLOSURE AND BARRING SERVICE https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disclosure_and_Barring_Service DBS enables ...
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someone please explain this peer review sentence to me [on hold]

from a lean process perspective, the current peer-review process would be categorized as a push system, in which editors send out review requests with no knowledge of the reviewer’s current time ...
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Why my care instead of your care?

In the movie called Big Hero 6, the white robot Baymax is the inflatable healthcare companion robot. He takes care of whoever needs help. And once done, the person taken care should say, I'am ...
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What is the meaning of the word “lexia”?

"Thus, Landow (1992) argues that fully fledged hypertext systems afford readers the opportunity to write against the initial text, participating in the production of meaning by creating notes or ...
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Difference with the use of 'ever"

What's the difference between: This is one of the most important concepts you'll ever know. and This is one of the most important concepts you'll know. Best wishes, Boguslaw
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Difference between “leverage” and “utilize”

Sooner or later, you want to leverage Zend_Application better by creating your own resource plugins. Can leverage above be replaced by utilize?
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In this sentence, what parts of speech are the words 'next' and 'last'?

Could someone please tell me what the word 'next' and 'last' are? I mean the word class. 'it's your turn next ish' 'I read the letters last ish' Thank you!
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What is a term for the “first” meaning of a word?

Words have lots of meanings/denotations/dictionary definitions, many connotations and contexts and they have literal meanings and metaphorical ones. For example, consider the word 'trash'. Literally ...
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What's the meaning of the phrase?

I'm wondering what's the meaning of the following phrase: Bennett took a poke at the President's refusal to sign the bill. I've found some explanations of "to take a poke at", but still they ...
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Understanding of “Please ask Annie to do sth immediately and seek for Joel's advice” [on hold]

Quoted the original email content from my work. Where is the original copy? Please ask Annie immediately and seek Joel's advice ASAP So... which one is correct? I ask Annie to get the ...
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What do you call someone who is constantly obssessed with spending time with you and constantly wanting to socialise?

I know the obvious word would be outgoing, but it gets to the level where you just think their life is just boring because all they want to do is be outside or chill with you 24/7 so I was wondering ...
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What does 'project-plugging' mean here? Also can any other constructions be formed using '~plugging'?

Guy Branum Awarding points for name-dropping, project-plugging and flirting with the host, the former Chelsea Lately writer's monthly Talk Show: The Game Show competition elevates self-promotion ...
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What is the meaning of “banned” in this sentence?

I'm wondering what the correct definition of "banned" is in the following sentence: The private ownership of handguns ought to be banned in the United States. Does "banned" refer to an outright ...
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What does the word “afford” mean here?

What does the word "afford" mean in this passage from an online article? I'd appreciate some synonym as well. Email Limits What You Can Do You do things with people. How you talk is what you ...
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class vs. group

So this is what I get from dictionary.com: class: a number of persons or things regarded as forming a group by reason of common attributes, characteristics, qualities, or traits; kind; sort: a ...
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Word/phrase to describe something popular due to its availability

How can I describe something (tool, method, etc.) that is common in use but not necessarily for its quality, unique features and effectiveness. In fact, it is kind of popular because it's easy to ...
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What is the word that describes the group mentality against changing the status quo?

I am looking for a word that would be used to describe a person (better if a noun) or a group of people who refuse to even consider anything other than the status quo. I would like something that ...
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Extend or Expand

"However, Robertson is no sentimentalist. After devoting years of his life to bears, he is under no illusion about their feelings for him. It is clear that their interest in him does not extend beyond ...
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What does “baking tradition” mean?

She agreed to marry him on one condition: that they have 12 children. True to the old baking tradition, they made 13. Source What does the old baking tradition mean? There's no mention of baking ...
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How long is a 'wink'?

If I'm off to catch forty winks, how long will I be asleep? I'm interested to know if there is a specific amount of time associated with a 'wink', or if there's no actual amount of time behind it?
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When to use “nugatory”?

Definition of nugatory given by the Oxford Dictionary: Of no value or importance Short and simple. So it is basically the same as useless, right? If so, then why is there a need to use it? Why ...
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What does “it's you lot” mean? [on hold]

I've just finished watching "Pride" and one thing stays unclear to me. There was a scene where a guy comes up to a group of women and asks with a dose of anger in his voice "It's you lot, is it? The ...
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Word for a person who is “needy.” [on hold]

I'm looking for a word that describes a person who is "needy." All I'm finding are words that treat "needy" as if it meant only "impoverished."
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What does radio mean when said by sport coaches?

I have heard this word commonly used when sports coaches are calling a group to come in. An example of radio by a sports coach is: Radio, come in guys. So what does it really mean? I live in ...
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The difference between “have been able to” and “was able to”

I have been able to buy the house I spoke of the other day. (1) Does (1) mean that I bought the house? I was able to buy the house I spoke of the other day. (2) I was able to ...
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What is the difference between “irreligious” and “non-religious”?

Irreligious (Dictionary.com 1st definition) not religious; not practicing a religion and feeling no religious impulses or emotions. Non-religious (Google definition) not relating to or ...
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Do I get the meaning of the sentence correctly?

This text is about keeping your inbox as empty as possible. The second sentence confused me. I guess the author says that achieving the simplicity of "One touch" method requires a lot of efforts and ...
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What is the meaning of this sentence [closed]

I do not know that this is a right place to ask such a question but I give it a try and if it doesn't so I will pack my bag and never gonna do this again in this place :D I came across this sentence ...
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What is the difference between 'in the bed' and 'in bed'?

I really don't know the detail meaning between 'in the bed' and 'in bed' I think that generally 'countable noun' has 'article' like 'a/an' or 'the' But I can find the sentence like 'I usually read ...
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Noun for person who tells how not to do something, and then does it

Okay so I'm sure many people have seen this happen before and it tends to happen apparently intentionally, in more of a way to seem comical, but here is the example for what I am talking about: ...
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“Milk in first and Indian”—what does it mean?

Reading A Murder of Quality by John le Carré, I came across the following remark by Mrs. Hecht, a detestable upper-class Englishwoman (emphasis mine): "Though, of course, the Midlands are ...
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What is meant by “mercy your ears”?

Setup I'm asking this question because of a song lyric that I'm trying to make sense of: Lean my direction and mercy your ears Obviously, lyrics often do not follow the rules of grammar, and ...
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Phonetical language spelling

Am I wrong in thinking that a phonetical language, for example Spanish, is a language where the words are spelt as they sound
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What does “flustrated” mean, and is it a word?

What does the flustrated mean? Is it even a word? I am using Lingea Lexicon and it doesn’t know this word, but the Internet is full of it. I find myself getting mad at people for using it both in ...
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Other than - except for

Yesterday I used the sentence: "I know people except (for) you." and I have been told that the correct version is: "I know people other than you." Although I have been looking at related ...
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What would be “Sternum-Intermediate” distance?

Not entirely sure if this question fits the board, but it does not seem to require advanced medical knowledge. Do note I am no native speaker, hence I am afraid to misinterpret the possibly obvious ...
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The striking interference of youthful reading

OED Online gives this meaning for 'to interfere with': Const. with: to molest or assault sexually. ["interfere, v.". OED Online. December 2015. Oxford University Press. ...
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You or yourself

I need some help how to write it? Keep the child in you! Or "Keep the child in yourself"? I have checked some samples but I am still not sure.
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How to describe this fact with an independent clause?

In fact, with more time being left to myself, I started to read books I had aspired to read when I was in high school. I mean I had more time for leisure, so I spent them on books. My usage ...
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What are a coolie and a draw, as in “feed in the coolies & water in the draw”?

In a cowboy song the narrator, who is riding an old paint (spotted horse), says the dogies (motherless calves) "feed in the coolies & water in the draw." Where do they feed, and where do they ...
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Can something be more unique than something else? Can something be very unique? [duplicate]

Family debate - one says that uniqueness is relative, others say something either is or is not unique. Does uniqueness mean that there is only one of a certain thing/person, so that it would mean more ...
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What is the difference between “mourning” and “grieving” someone's death?

It seems to me that both words are interchangeable, I can mourn or grieve the death of a loved one for weeks, months or years. And both terms mean to feel deep sorrow for the loss of someone dear. ...
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Which word should I choose in this context?

I have participated in many campaigns aiming at providing some opportunities for students to perceive vicariously what was going on in the real life behind the economic data which they were familiar ...
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Perfect word for the clicking sound which happens when you stretch your bones? [duplicate]

What is the perfect word for the clicking sound which happens when you stretch your bones? When chiropractors try to do adjustments, we can hear a clicking sound on the bones. What is that sound ...
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reading vs. studying [closed]

Whats the difference between reading and studying?
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“Schlong” and its etymology

Donald Trump used a vulgarity to describe Hillary Clinton's loss to President Obama in 2008 Democratic presidential nomination as follows: Even a race to Obama, she was gonna beat Obama. I don't ...
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Meaning of “true north”

Roz, I'm just trying to find my true north