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Is there a word for “ someone who hates people from their own country”? [duplicate]

A xenophobe is someone who holds a strong dislike toward people from other countries. My question is: is there a word for someone who holds a strong dislike toward people from their own country? I ...
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What does “Culture Devourer” mean?

So I've seen this expression in a sentence which seems to be a career. Can anyone tell me what does it mean? Poya was in his earlier days a culture devourer. He once went to a record store and ...
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What is the meaning of “plumbing”? [on hold]

I ran into the following sentence from this article: ...“Swarmkit” to refer to the plumbing open source orchestration project. After referring dictionary, I still can't figure out what is the ...
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What does “move his bust around” mean in this context? [closed]

Quite the contrary, actually. Winston Churchill, on the other hand, was terrible to his servants and family, and he was such a well-regarded leader that you can’t even move his bust around now without ...
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How to spell [kæʃt] in the sense of “expended”

I have Googled but can't even find this word sense in online dictionaries. I've heard the word [kæʃt] used in the sense of "expended", such as in the following examples: My drink is [kæʃt]. (...
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Meaning of the bold part [on hold]

I was reading an article and I came across this sentence : Glover is a moral philosopher,whose stock in trade is the hypothetical moral dilemma. What does the bold part mean?
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What does “howl about” exactly mean in the following text ? [duplicate]

The original text is : Mikhail Gorbachev complains that NATO’s rhetoric at its summit in Warsaw “simply howls about the effort to almost announce war against Russia.”
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Meaning of phrase “keep car in drive” [closed]

I found this phrase while listening to John Mayer's song Why Georgia; tried searching for its meaning to no avail. I am tempted to keep the car in drive And leave it all behind What does ...
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What does “A question of singular importance” mean? [closed]

I keep searching for this on Google but can't find its meaning. I was reading a question on Quora and I couldn't grasp the answerer's first line because I didn't know what this meant. Does it mean "a ...
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What is the meaning of “melancholy”? [closed]

I want to know the meaning of the name "melancholy". Secondly, while watching movie Pirates of the Caribbean at Stranger Tides I came across the word "melancholy" I am not sure of its spelling. But ...
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What does “exit” mean when used in investment?

I read some blogs, there are something like "I invested 20 startups, among which 10 exit". What does exit mean? Means the startup failed? broken?
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What word am I looking for? Related to unique parts or non-universal components

For example. You cannot use Mac parts in a Windows computer because they are ________ parts. <- I believe the word I am looking for starts with an S. Unique, not universal, can only be used on a ...
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the meaning of “all the way down …” in following sentence?

I am reading the book Guess How Much I Love You. What does "I love you all the way down the lane as far as the river. I love you across the river and over the hills" mean? Does it mean "When I am ...
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If someone has the right to something, how could I say in this situation

If someone has the right to something, how could I say in this situation. My client would like an organiser to cover flight ticket fare for business class due to physical health problem. According to ...
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meaning of “implicated reflection”

Does "implicated reflection" in the following context mean "participative thinking"? Talking to Our Selves: Reflection, Ignorance, and Agency By John M. Doris
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Laid down the gauntlet meaning [closed]

In a book I'm reading there is a sentence like this Einstein laid down the gauntlet by considering as valid only two ways of understanding time. I guess that laid down the gauntlet means ...
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Difference between 'spake' and 'spoke'?

The King James Bible interchangeably uses 'spake/spoke', 'sware/swore' and 'bare/bore' for the simple past tenses of 'speak', 'swear', and 'bear', respectively. Were their interchangeability an ...
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Word or phrase for the moment/reason/motive you reveal to someone why you had acted a certain way prior to parting ways

A massive cliche in action movies (especially James Bond), but is there actually a word for that moment when the evil villain reveals their deadly plot to the action hero before (usually attempting ...
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word descibes teaching by order

What is the proper word for describing the kind of teaching which based on executing/applying what you heard from your teacher without thinking of it or even applying reason. To just to do what you ...
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Is this the correct use of “catalogue” [on hold]

Example: He came up with a catalogue of things his father said or did which upset him. Is the use of "catalogue" correct in this example? I personally think so, as the word derives from the Greek ...
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What does it mean to describe a movie as “perennial favorite”? [closed]

I have seen the word used to describe the movie "Bringing Up Baby" in a review on IMDB. Howard Hawks, the director of "Bringing Up Baby", was not a name one associates with screwball comedy. ...
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Is “Tenor” okay?

I came across an advertisement which reads as follows: As one may find, the advertisement uses the word "Tenor" to say that the Bond would have a term (or duration) of 8 years. Is "Tenor" okay in ...
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What is the definition of the following sentence ''His broad, windburned face bore a set"? [closed]

I was reading a fantasy novel by Terry Brooks, The Sword of Shannara, and in the first paragraph I came across the following sentence: His broad, windburned face bore a set, placid look, and only ...
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What word or phrase is like a more negative version of “astonished”?

Is there a better word for the following example than astonished? I was astonished at the lack of respect Joe showed to his parents. I’m trying to use the word astonished in a sentence, but I ...
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how to describe a person capable of reading and writing in more than one language [duplicate]

what would describe the person who able to read and write in more than one language. Is there any other descriptive word than "Bilingual"?
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What does mean “just given” [closed]

What does mean "just given" in the following sentence: "Yet however obvious and irrefutable the Humean argument just given may appear, Kant's transcendental argument may be regarded as a direct ...
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Word that is like a neutral version of 'cliché'; 'canonical' is likely a synonym

I've been struggling with thesauri, learned friends, and hopeless google searches. The word I'm looking for describes a 'go-to' example or conventionally used style that isn't official. Something ...
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Classification for phrases like “slim chance” and “fat chance” that look like opposites but have the same meaning

How is it that "slim chance" and "fat chance" have the same meaning? Is there a linguistic classification for this phenomenon of seemingly opposite phrases that have the same meaning?
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What is the proper adjective for keep looking for long time?

What is the proper adjective that best describe the way a person keeps looking at any other person or object so that as if his eye is about to get out. As an example, when a man keeps looking at a ...
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a sentence in ESPN sport [closed]

ESPN is kind of pleasant stuff for me to improve my reading, but sometimes, they really freak me out. Here is the sentence: Arsenal are interested in Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi as they ...
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Does anyone know of an academic definition of “detail”? [closed]

I'm looking for a formal definition of what a detail in writing is, apart from the obvious definitions I can find on a dictionary site. Ideally, the definition would be from an academic paper, but I'm ...
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Help with the difference in the meaning of the verbs [closed]

What is the difference between to own and to possess? I own a phone and I possess a phone. Explain me the difference?
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Difference between deterrent and hindrance?

I have this sentence: In India analysts attributed high cost of Apple's devices to be a major deterrent to sales of iPhone that completes with android based smartphones. My question is why ...
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what does “ 'way down ” mean?

What does " turtles 'way down in the pond were afraid " mean ? Does it mean "turtles that is down something in the pond were afraid" ?
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“You don't need to” & “I don't mind if you” are not the same to me, you? [closed]

I feel that one is not the same as the other and would appreciate clarification.
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The Meaning and Grammar Aspect of This Sentence [closed]

I read it in the book called "The Devil In the White City". This was a part about the pamphlet made from the Ferris Company praising Ferris Wheel's inventor. It read as follows: Built in the face ...
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Use of “beware” and “be aware” in this particular situation

We have a large motorized moving gate. I am designing a sign to warn people to stay clear of it. So which one should it be? "Beware of moving gate!" or "Be aware of moving gate!"
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What does “disciplinary” mean in this sentence from the NY Times? [closed]

The claim is not simply that disciplinary expertise confers moral and political superiority, but that historians, because of their training, are uniquely objective observers: “As historians, we ...
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“I jarred to life” meaning

I understand the meaning of "to jar" (thank to the dictionaries) but "to jar to life" makes me confused and puzzled. Is it something near to "sprang to life"? You can meet this phrase in Google: ...
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What is the word for a Road Sign that shows direction

What is the right word for the signs in the highways that indicates the correct direction to another city or province for an example? I thought about the word "road signs", but it is not what I am ...
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Where can we find the connotation of words? [closed]

There are instances when there are different ways of expressing a concept with different connotations. For example I read in a translation text that the concept of dying with respect to respecting or ...
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What does this sentence from Shakespeare mean? [closed]

Can someone kindly help me translate the following sentence from Shakespeare's language to Modern English through a context: "Prithee, would'st thou stay and sup with me in yonder chamber?"
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Adjective for a situation that is so depressing that it can make you laugh? [closed]

What is the proper adjective that describes a situation that is so depressing that it can make you laugh as well?
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Two orchard thieves [closed]

In Herman Melville's Moby Dick there is the passage The act of paying is perhaps the most uncomfortable infliction that the two orchard thieves entailed upon us. Who are those two orchard ...
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What is the word with the definition: “One that is modulated”?

If I employ someone, then they are my "employee". If my computer program modulates other computer programs, then they are my computer program's _____.? I can't find any reference to "modulatee" ...
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What does “slewed” mean in this context? [closed]

Good afternoon everyone, I would like to ask you a question about this peculiar verb I came across while reading a book. Here is the sentence: "...but now Brad saw him with his head down, his chin ...
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Why does caliber refer to a dimension?

I often get confused when referring to gun sizes. I often say "caliper" when the term used is "caliber". Looking at the defintions, it seems to make no sense as "caliber" has two very different ...
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What is the difference between “over the span of” and “in a span of”? [closed]

1: This task has been done in a span of 2 days. 2: This task has been done over the span of 2 days. I want to know which one in correct and basically what is the difference between them.
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How are “autopsy of a corpse” and “post-mortem of a corpse” different?

Autopsy is surgical examination of a corpse to find out the cause of the death. Post-mortem, used in isolation as in "Post-mortem was done", refers to surgical examination of a corpse. Now, the ...
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What does the prefix “aff” mean? [closed]

What does the prefix "aff" mean in the following words: affine, affirmative, affirm, affable, affection, affluent. Do they have some meaning in common?