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What could one-minded word mean if it were to exist? [closed]

Unfortunately I can not use like-minded as my app name, it is used already, and I though one-minded would have the same meaning: people with same mind, interest. What do you think? Do you know any ...
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“Come out with your hands up… and something with coconut” [closed]

English as a second language here. I'd like to ask why this quote from The Simpsons (from episode 9F20 "Marge in Chains") is funny and what it means. Chief Wiggum (to Marge, at the Kwik-E-Mart): ...
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What does “I thought that I loved ” means? [closed]

"I thought that I loved doing that Bach thing - George did it better than me, he could do the real thing - but that was my goof of it." Full article ...
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What does “having a party piece” mean in the following content? [closed]

"That style of playing originally came from me and George [Harrison] having a party piece when we were kids, which was a piece by Bach. Full article ...
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What is the difference between “to curse” and “to swear at”?

Both of them mean to use bad words, but I don't know their differences. Please explain with some examples! Thanks!
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What does “arrive from” exactly mean [on hold]

"I have just arrived from France?" This sentence means "I have just come to France and I am in France now" or "I have come back to the my country from France and I am not in France now?" My native ...
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What is the implication of “collateral and self-expression” in this passage?

What started as a side interest has since budded into an enterprise generating over $1 million a year in annual revenue and satisfying a market demand for collateral and self-expression. It didn’t ...
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Looking for the word which covers the eye lid of the horses and led the horse to run straight

I am looking for the word which covers the eye lid of the horses and led the horse to run straight without track distractions .. Some thing similar to funambulist.
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What does 'drinkle' mean? [closed]

I came across the word "drinkle" in the sentence: It's one of the Drinkle girls. I Googled it, but I couldn't find anything helpful.
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How are the words 'Suburb' and 'Superb' related to 'Superbas'?

All are Latin, or I guess come from Latin, but is it a direct shot to say that whenever Suburbs first became recognized and named, that they were given the status of being Superb? At one point was ...
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the use of the word “even”

What is does the word "even" mean in this sentence? It's good to be busy, even you missed a good lunch. When I heard it, it gave me the impression to mean that I am not normally busy, but now I ...
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What is the meaning of “I am on my word”? [closed]

Does "I am on my word" mean that one keeps their promises? Or does it mean that one still believes in what one has previously said?
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Incomprehensible vs Unintelligble

I'm having hard times fathoming the difference between 'Incomprehensible' and 'Unintelligble' After some research, I assume that Incomprehensible would be used to express the inability to understand ...
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What does “bet-covering” mean in this context?

As always, I'm stuck in a Hitchens sentence from God Is Not Great. Here it is: If you believe in god and there is a god, you win. If you believe in him and you are wrong — so what? I once wrote a ...
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I was meeting a lot of people while I was working in London. I met a lot of people while I was working in London [duplicate]

I was meeting a lot of people while I was working in London. I met a lot of people while I was working in London. What is the difference between them? I'm not sure about these sentences. How to ...
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Word that means written, non-spoken word?

I'm looking for a word that describes written word that is not monologue or dialog. For example, I understand monologue to describe this type of writing: `I wish I hadn't cried so much!' said ...
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To be sound in doing something?

I've looked up each and every possible meanings of sound. I've reduced the options to two or so. But I still find it hard to ascertain the meaning of sound and the way its is used in this context. ...
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I lost my temper in Domino's pizza the other day and ended up pushing the bloke “behind the till” [closed]

I lost my temper in Domino's pizza the other day and ended up pushing the bloke behind the till. What is the meaning of "till" here ? Is it preferred to use such formations in general ...
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the switch went on (definition)

I heard this in a documentary. The speaker is some serial killer who claims he started his rampage after watching a video. He goes like this: "I put one of the videos in and what came on the ...
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Is it offensive or unusual to use “Mongolian” in the sense of race?

It's nowadays generally considered offensive to use "mongoloid" or the like to refer to Down's Syndrome. But what about with regards to race? Would it be offensive or unusual to talk about "the ...
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What does “taking a class at the Yarn Barn” mean in the following context?

What is "the Yarn Barn" a reference to in this passage? Like a gangster rapper caught taking a class at the Yarn Barn, these are the creatures who bring naught but shame unto themselves and all ...
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What does means “liquefy our organs” in the following context?

What does means "liquefy our organs" mean in this passage? We tend to make assumptions about certain kinds of animals -- dolphins are smart, cows are dopey, spiders are secretly amassing in our ...
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Difference between appraise, assess and evaluate [closed]

I read a post about "Difference Between Appraisal, Assessment And Evaluation? - Performance Management". But I am still confused. Could anyone tell me the difference? Thanks!
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I don't understand this sentence [closed]

It appears that the 1 cent difference per month has to do with the way that Banner was rounding the percentage to calculate the flat sum that you receive for longevity.
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“to appear in the dock on”

I'm new here. This is my first question. What's the meaning of the sentence with italic/bold. I'm writing complete passage to make simpler. He was described by prosecuting lawyers as the alleged ...
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How would one use the phrase 'kitchen roll'? [closed]

We don't use the phrase "kitchen roll" in the US.
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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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Why would a cynic be offended by fantasy?

I just came across the sentence Like most people today, Judy was a cynic and was offended by the slightest hint of fantasy. According to the dictionary, a cynic is : a person who believes ...
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Spiritism vs Spiritualism

From dictionary.com: Spiritism - the doctrine or practices of spiritualism Spiritualism - the belief or doctrine that the spirits of the dead, surviving after the mortal life, can and do ...
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Difference between “mingle” and “intermingle”?

How does adding the prefix "inter" affect the meaning and usage of the word "mingle" ?
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Can I write, 'I found sick children among ostensibly normal schoolboys' [closed]

Can I write, 'I found sick children among ostensibly normal schoolboys'; is it the same as 'I found sick children among apparently normal schoolboys'
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What does this mean: “it's all too easy to come up short when someone has their eyes to the sky .”

Can someone please explain to me what the bolded sentence means in the following passage Anyone who’s been to Sonic knows what unmet expectations feel like. If you’re a small business owner, ...
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There you have it again?

I wonder if no one has asked it simply because it is so obvious, but I really can't grasp the exact meaning of there you have it (again). I occasionally infer it from the context but not every single ...
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what is the meaning of “humanitarian grounds” [closed]

What is the meaning of humanitarian grounds? I see it in the newspaper online, but I don't know the meaning of that.
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May/can we go? May/Can you do this for me? [duplicate]

Which ones are correct: May/can we go to the game? and May/can you do this for me? can/may you come?
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My question is about the definition and use of the words 'have' and 'been'

I have been trying to explain the words 'have' and 'been' to someone who has learnt English as a second language. In trying to explain them, I've realised I don't really understand the meaning or ...
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Is “a deep red in color” redundant?

The arils contain a smaller seed in a juicier pulp which varies from a light pink to a deep red in color. The arils contain a smaller seed in a juicier pulp which varies from light pink to ...
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What does “from your end” mean?

Did they come to you and immediately make you feel a relationship was being offered with the Russians that you’d like to develop? Or did you seek it from your end? I found the phrase in this ...
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“Who cares here” meaning

What does means "who cares here?" and to whom pronoun "you" refers in the following context? So I went. It was frightening. I played. I thought, who cares here? You played Bach prelude and fugue, ...
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'I eat kittens before ponies' vs 'I eat kittens before I eat ponies'

Are either of the following sentences grammatically incorrect? Assuming they are both correct, is one preferred over the other? If so, in what situations is each preferred? I eat kittens before ...
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Why is a “Mystery in the Alley” a side of hash?

American 'Diner Lingo' seems to consist largely of humorous crossword-style references (Noah's boy = Slice of Ham, Mother and child reunion = chicken and egg sandwich, Dog soup = water, etc). Most ...
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Why cant I answer or comment on a question/answer without being “approved” by someone whom YOU deem fit? [migrated]

For instance.....The question where does the saying "The bees knees" come from was posed on this site. The answers were senseless dribble at best. The correct answer. Ever wondered why we say this ...
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In that instant vs At that instant

In that instant, xxx or At that instant, xxx I know that "at that instant" is the more correct way of saying it, but can "in that instant" work as well? At the instant that he ...
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Meaning: 'take on a macabre ring'

I've come across a confusing phrase. This former Belgian possession is the most Christian country in Africa, boasting the highest percentage of churches per head of population, with 65 percent of ...
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“tolerable elapsed time” meaning and a fancier word for this

Found usage: “Big data is a term applied to data sets whose size is beyond the ability of commonly used software tools to capture, manage, and process the data within a tolerable elapsed time”. ...
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Formatting of defined terms

In my report, I am defining/describing some terms. What is a proper way to start and format a sentences like: The term crawling denotes the practice of ... Should I put the word/term crawling in ...
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What does “What Mary said!” mean?

Here is the situation: A: We love ourselves even after we make so many mistakes, so why do we hate others for one or two mistakes they've made? (sad emotion) Mary: everyone makes mistakes but what ...
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What's the “tumbleweed” in tumbleweed badge?

Well I just earned one :). According to the description it's awarded to a question which receives literally no attention in a week. (Snapshot below) So it led me to the notion that a "tumbleweed" ...
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What does “in the gods for a pound” means?

First thing I went to was the Götz Friedrich Ring at Covent Garden (pictured left), in the gods for a pound. I found the phrase in this article: ...
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What does the phrase “what's the matter” mean in English? [closed]

What does the phrase "what's the matter" mean in English?