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What is the meaning of “rage,” in this exchange

Merriam-Webster (on line) offers no help with the meaning of "rage" (verb) in this context; "swage" is presumably 'assuage' (fade). Youthe speke to his selfe & sayd: With women me lyst ...
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What word goes between anticlimax and climax?

From my undestanding of those two words : Climax : point of highest tension in a drama. Anticlimax : Something which might have seem like a climax at some point is finally very trivial. I am ...
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What does “ we've as much” mean?

"So what we did, we got in touch with a nature reserve out in the country, and asked them what you could see there. And that's when we realised that we've as much, if not more wildlife than they do." ...
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The usage of prepositions: in/at or at/in?

I've read an article (see the link below) and there's a sentence which confuses me: No matter if your delivery takes place in a home or at the hospital... If I rewrite it this way: No ...
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Is having sex a hobby? [on hold]

Wiktionary defines a hobby as An activity that one enjoys doing in one's spare time. Other dictionaries tend to have similar definitions. Viewpoint 1 Some people believe that the word hobby ...
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What's the meaning of “coming to the end of yourself”?

So, what does it mean to come to the end of yourself? Is is related to getting to the point where you are powerless? Or maybe to the fact that you are sick of yourself? Am I even close?
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Is the phrase, “Let ‘em up easy” Abraham Lincoln’s one-off phrase or an obsolete idiom?

I came across the phrase, “Let’em up easy,” in the following sentence in the section of “1864 Reelection” of “Abraham Lincoln” in Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Reconstruction began during the ...
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Using the word "hypothetical' conditionally

Allow me to explain my question. So 'hypothetical', according to Merriam-Webster, is defined as follows: : involving or based on a suggested idea or theory : involving or based on a hypothesis :...
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Equal vs Equivalent: Finer differences in meaning and usage? in 4 distinct scenarios outlined?

Equal vs Equivalent: Finer differences in meaning and usage? What would be the subtler differences & similarities? Examples & scenarios where: Only one can be used Both can be used One ...
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The origin of the verb “has” (the verb “have” for third-singular person)

From what I know, in Simple Present, all verbs are followed by -s/es if the subject is a third-singular person. Such as makes, matches, buys, and studies. I also know that if the verb is have, it ...
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Is it “chalk it up to” or “chock it up to”?

Grammarist & Our beloved StackExchange both say that the phrase "Chalk it up to" dates back to, among other things, debts being tallied on a chalkboard. However, when I hear the phrase "chock it ...
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The meaning of the word (outstretch) or (stretched out) [on hold]

I have been reading a book and these days I find this word many times. I couldn't find out the meaning of it. Could you please help me?
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Goal-driven vs. goal-oriented

What is differences between "goal-driven" and "goal-oriented"? E.g. This chapter proposes modeling perception as a goal-driven planning pro- cess and considers how to guide the application of ...
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Difference between undoubtably and undoubtedly? [on hold]

These two words are often used interchangeably, but I don't believe their meaning is identical. I think I generally know how to use them in context, but could someone explain what he difference is ...
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'work so hard' or 'work too hard'? [on hold]

" I know you're having a big test next Monday, but don't work yourself so hard" In this sentence, Can I possibly use "too hard" instead of "so hard"? Thanks in advance.
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understanding and comprehension of [on hold]

I am learning English and I've trouble understanding this: "HERE’S HOW YOU EAT a sea turtle." is it referring to cooking process? or eating?
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Is there a word for a word that someone hears often but never has learned the real definition to?

Is there a word for a word that someone hears often but never has learned the formal definition to and can only guess the meaning from the contexts it has been used in? I know I've been in the ...
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meaning of 'in one piece'

He put his drink down in one piece and lunged for a mahogany call box on his desk. I caught the name Galbraith. I went over and unlocked the door. I just wonder the meaning of above 'in one piece' ...
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What is the specific meaning of “Smoking crater?”

I'm suddenly seeing and hearing the phrase "smoking crater." I've noticed it mostly from sportswriters and commentators, usually in reference to a coach leaving a college team in bad shape, or an ...
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What does “GOP's 'Pocahontas' problem'” mean?

I was drawn to the headline of an article written by Rebecca Sinderbrand appearing in Washington Post June 10 issue under the headline “Trump, and the GOP's 'Pocahontas' problem.” The text reads; ...
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In which country does “protocol” mean school related work or homework?

I was talking with a student online, I don't know where he is from, but he said to me that he is doing a "physics protocol" at home I am assuming that he meant physics related homework, rather than ...
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Understanding “whistleblower”

The term, according to the Oxford Online Dictionary, means: whistle-blower A person who informs on a person or organization regarded as engaging in an unlawful or immoral activity. Also from ...
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Fag as a term for donkey work

I found in it in some thematic dictionary in "job" chapter, but I'm still reluctant to use it because of the negative meaning it has. Is it okay to use it? How does it collocates? Sincerely
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'House was haunted by ghost' or 'house was haunting by ghost' - is there a difference? [closed]

Could you explain me a difference between usage of haunting and haunted? Wiktionary says me: haunt (verb) - To inhabit, or visit frequently (most often used in reference to ghosts). So this is ...
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What does it mean to “frank for someone”? [on hold]

I am reading "Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen. There is a statement made by Mrs. Palmers in chapter 20. "How charming will it be," said Charlotte, "when he is in Parliament!- won't it? How I ...
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Usage of “Have something to do with”

The other day, I was eating at a restaurant with my mate. The food was really good but the waiters seemed to be rather rude. Then when we left there, my mate asked me what I thought of this ...
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Does “nails” imply painted nails? [on hold]

A google image search for "nails" displays almost exclusively painted nails, whereas searching for "fingernails" displays almost exclusively unpainted nails. Is this due to a difference in the meaning ...
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Anti-System Abstraction

I'm looking for the best word describing Anti-System, implying liberal of any controlling mechanism. The word can be historical (ancient greece, egypt, or persia), or it can be self-created. It can be ...
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Completely vs Fully?

In my recent paper, there a question: "When you read something in a foreign language, you frequently come across words you do not______understand." A. totally B. completely C.wholly D. ...
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Is “incest” primarily used nowadays to refer to child sexual abuse by a relative?

Is "incest" primarily used nowadays to refer to child sexual abuse by a relative? Some dictionaries' definitions of incest just refer to it meaning sexual relationships between people who aren't ...
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Learn the guitar vs. learn guitar [duplicate]

I'm having a debate with a friend who teaches music. In English we say learn music or learn programming but when it comes to guitar, I feel tempted to say learn the guitar instead of learn guitar. Is ...
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Is it correct Information Technology Investment(s) Management [on hold]

I should translate my thesis and I am wondering which sentences is right for title? Information Technology Investment(s) Management Management of Information Technology Investments Managing ...
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many students's notebooks [closed]

Which are correct: 1) The teacher took the notebooks of many of the students. 2) The teacher took notebooks of many of the students. 3) The teacher took many students' notebooks. 4) The teacher ...
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What does it mean to “deploy troops”?

Dictionary says that "deploy" means to "move (troops) into position for military action". But what does it mean exactly? Is "deploy" just about physically moving troops to a certain location? Or does ...
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I could do with the exercise

This is a telephone conversation. Does "I could do with the exercise" here mean "I am exercising"? Everyone’s reallymad. . . What directionisCoventGarden? . . . I’m calling just to check that ...
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“how” vs. “just how”

How does the nuance of the following sentence change with and without the word “just”? That accident is a reminder of just how quickly life can change. Somehow I would automatically put in “just,...
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converting a phrasal verb into a noun?

Is it common to convert a phrasal verb into a noun, especially a phrasal verb having more than 2 words? I found phrases like "do some figuring out" or "have some figuring out to do" in these days. ...
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“Nervous” vs. “anxious”

Are these words interchangeable? When would you use one over the other? For example, is it correct to say you "feel nervous" or "feel anxious"? Is it correct to say you are an "anxious person" or a "...
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“I'm living a lifetime in every minute that we're together.” [on hold]

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 enjoying ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “moving the needle”?

Here is the context: The network has geographically distributed upload endpoints, featuring end-to-end encryption as well as patent-pending routing and optimization technology, letting Box process ...
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What is the meaning of 'Oshkosh by Gosh'?

I was recently watching a TV series named Suits where a character said "Oshkosh by Gosh". I googled it and all I could find was the meaning of bagash from this site. Urban Dictionary - Bagash What ...
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encounter and disencounter

Does anybody has any idea what "encounter and disencounter" mean in this context? ...the work of the Colombian Colectivo Cambalache, who run a ‘street museum’ as a barter and informal ...
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meaning of “one aside”

Does "one aside" here mean "I, as a participant, ..." or "apart from this, ..."? Later, tumbling down the main steps of Tate Britain as we head first for Lambeth Bridge, the city is awash with ...
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What is the exact meaning and context of “mindgame”

As I understand "Mindgame" is something something can play with one another to trick him. But in what I am more interested in, is the meaning of the mental attitude before a sports event for instance. ...
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difference between post deictic and epithet

I was looking at some examples of the two, and there was one example including two sentences of different kinds that I couldn't sense the exact difference between. Deictics: The identical three (...
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'By' vs 'in' before agent in passive voice sentence [closed]

I would like to know if there is any difference in meaning when you use "by" or "in" before the agent in the passive voice sentence. The active voice: This shop sells all the vegetables. ...
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“When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.” — What does it mean?

"When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry." I can't understand what this quotation means. Can anyone help me understand its meaning?
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my best friend who is a man called me a little doodle. What does this mean? [on hold]

My best male friend called me a little doodle. What does this moniker "little doodle" mean?