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Is there a word for taking a (possibly undeserved) authoritative tact?

I feel like there's a word that I know but can't locate in my brain for regarding someone from a position of authority. The word, in itself, is neutral (not negative or positive) so it's not really ...
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What does 'authorizing against' mean?

I'm sorry if that question seems quite obvious for some of you, but I'm not native from english country and have some trouble with some expressions. Today, I found this sentence : In the end, all ...
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News article: “Man sentenced for murdering his 10th wife”. What does this mean?

Today I saw this headline for a news article online: Man sentenced for murdering his 10th wife I can't tell if a sentence of this nature means that the man has murdered 10 people (all of which ...
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What does “to give up someone ” mean? [closed]

Does it mean that you no longer want someone, or that you have to leave someone, like it or not?
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Insert or Enter? [migrated]

What is the difference between Insert and Enter? If I have a form to fill in, which legend is better? Insert your data or Enter your data Thanks, Nk
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what's the meaning of “It is generally held that”?

what's the meaning of "It is generally held that"? e.g. It is generally held that already during this period Egypt was losing some of its power and dominance
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what's the meaning of “It is not without interest that”?

what's the meaning of "It is not without interest that"? e.g. It is not without interest that most of the reports of military campaigns and the scenes of destruction of towns are dated to the late ...
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Trust him about as far as I can throw him?

Here is a quote from The Avengers, 2012 film. Coulson : But first, we need you to talk to the big guy. Natasha : Coulson, you know that Stark trusts me about as far as he can throw me. Coulson ...
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Given: example quote. How to analyze it(explain, respond, or give an opinion) fro a research paper? topic of paper:sleep deprivation [closed]

Scientists claim “Sleep deprivation leads to lower alertness and concentration” as well as impairs memory” (Peri). *This quote asserts the idea that insufficient sleep cannot enhance learning and ...
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What is unfreeze your hearts?

Stephen Colbert was taking about the CIA Interrogation Report when he said, "unfreeze your heart!" @6:12 in the video. What does that mean? How can I use that term? Does it mean, 'forget about it"?
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What does “it's all on you” mean?

I just wonder if "It is on you" can mean "It is because of you". This phrase is from Tony Stark in The Avengers, 2012 film. Common and natural saying in English-speaking countries?
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What does it mean by “Is that still a thing”?

Someone asks "I want to know about your girl friend. Is that still a thing?" to his friend. What does he exactly ask about? I don't understand. Please help me understand.
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*seniority* in the context of work

generally I associate "seniority" in the workplace with where an employee in the organizational hierarchy, and not with the amount of time an employee has been with the company. This term often ...
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What does “jelly dum dum” mean?

In a conversation on Facebook, I said something like "this makes my ears explode", and someone replied "not sure if jelly dum dum". I want to know what "jelly dum dum" means, please. Thank you!
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First in are the blackest of the black - first in are - meaning, usage

Source: http://theweek.com/article/index/259581/russia-masters-the-art-of-clandestine-warfare-against-ukraine First in are the blackest of the black: case officers for the intelligence community ...
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What is the meaning of “You are only coming through in waves” [closed]

What are all the possible meanings of "You are only coming through in waves"?
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What do dots mean after a sentence?

For example you send an email to a acquaintance or friend. "I've been busy. Recovering from unexpected surgery. My recovery is going well. I will send information on that hobby to you soon. Hope ...
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“To book” used as “to run”

Is it correct to use the verb to book with the meaning of to run? I heard this usage in situations like: The dog ran out and I booked it after him. or I was booking it down the hill. I ...
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Survey vs. Questionnaire?

What is the difference between a survey and a questionnaire? Which word would be more appropriate in a report?
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Thanks for having me [duplicate]

Is it common/correct to say "thanks for having me" after an interviewer says to you "thank you for coming to this interview"? Thanks :) Update: I'm referring to a job interview. (Thanks for pointing ...
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what's the meaning of “When I raised up my heart and pulled together my limbs”? [closed]

I set out at night time and when dawn came, I reached Peten. When I raised up my heart and pulled together my limbs, (B, 25) I heard the sound of cattle and caught sight of Asiatics. One of their ...
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What the meaning of the song tile “(What's the Story) Morning Glory?”? [closed]

I'm guessing about the meaning of the Oasis song title "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?". Maybe Mornign Glory is related to a specific plant in the family of Convolvulaceae?
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to speak about leisure [closed]

I am learning English these days. Can you help me to understand the following words, with examples? get a test for get the bug for give smth. a try take smth. up hang out with friends be obsessed ...
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What is the meaning of “here” at the end of a sentence and how should it be used?

I have had a few international friends ask about "here" when used at the end of a sentence such as "I could use a little help here!" or "buy me some time here!". I would like to better explain this to ...
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Derogative vs Offensive

Is a derogative comment an offensive comment? To what extent are these two words synonyms?
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Meanings of “in the sense that” [closed]

What is the meanings of "in the sense that"? Does it mean "that it means"? I tried Oxford, Cambridge and Longman online dictionaries, but there aren't anything. Here are some examples Screwy in the ...
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Is there a difference between “Wrong or Right” and “Right or Wrong”

I was writing about the difference between morals and ethics when i wrote the following line both these terms talk about the right and wrong conduct of people both these terms talk about the ...
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The meaning of “that” in this case? [closed]

"He was given no direction or no influence, other than that of fair chance." Here, what meaning does that have?
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I'm on doing something

This is something I've heard in some TV show. I don't remember which one. I just wrote it down when I heard it. Here it is. -I'm on protecting the public. -Are you still on saving your ...
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'Mushed' meaning

I've been translating the song by Johnny Horton, North to Alaska and was stuck on the word mushed: He talked to his team of huskies as he mushed on through the snow Searching through the ...
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What is a “travel validation”?

I'm currently trying to understand the DS-2019 form that I need to fill for a J1 visa. One thing I don't understand is this: What is a "travel validation"? What does it (in this context) mean to ...
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What does 'engage the general good opinion of their surrounding acquaintance' mean?

..., for many generations, they had lived in so respectable a manner, as to engage the general good opinion of their surrounding acquaintance. (My question) What does 'engage the general good opinion ...
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What special implication does ‘totally’ have in “He’s totally going to call you”?

There was the following sentence in an article titled, “Like, Degrading the Language? No Way” in New York Times (April 5), in which the author says Americans are moving backward on language: ...
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Passed your way - meaning [migrated]

An excerpt from the lyrics for a song called "Mountains of Makkah" sung by Zain Bhikha Oh Mountains of Makkah, what can you say Of the day that Ibrahim passed your way? And He was instructed ...
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Outlier - meaning [closed]

People are rarely interested in looking at raw data; instead, people engaging in data analysis will want to manipulate the raw data to better suit their needs. Examples of common data ...
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what's the meaning of “in the understanding of the times” [closed]

what's the meaning of "in the understanding of the times" When a power center (state) seeks to grow, consolidate its authority, or modernize (in the understanding of the times), it is likely to ...
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Meaning of “15-strong armed gang”

On Saturday, Ukraine's security service said it had detained a 15-strong armed gang planning to seize power in Luhansk province. Does that number 15 mean that there were 15 men strong physically ...
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Scaled the facade to plant… - meaning [closed]

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/pro-russians-storm-ukraine-government-buildings-145538760.html In Luhansk, to the northeast from Donetsk, hundreds of people surrounded the local headquarters of the ...
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What does 'in 10 minutes' mean? [closed]

We'll be landing in 10 minutes. Are they landing within 10 minutes or after 10 minutes?
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Does “get a diagnosis” imply you think the result will be positive?

If x said to someone I want to get a diagnosis for Parkinson's Does that imply that x already believes they have Parkinson's and want confirmation, or does it just imply that x wants a result no ...
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What does “feeling a little precious” mean? [duplicate]

I ran across this phrase in a video made by an Australian walking the Camino de Santiago. He describes a horrible sleep-deprived night and suffering from food poisoning, and states that he's feeling a ...
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Breaking the set - meaning

Breaking the set What does this expression mean? I hear this expression often used in the context of alternative media reports and debates. Here's the link, right at the beginning the host uses that ...
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Want something applied - grammar

While it may be obvious to you that you want the aggregate functions applied to each set of products found in the account table, this query fails because you have not explicitly specified how the ...
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“Must be” with a meaning like “must do”

I see that somebody must do something usually means that someone is obliged to do something. I also see that you must be kidding me means that it is highly likely that you are kidding me. But can ...
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“professions' and ”occupations" what's the differnce?

"professions' and "occupations" difference "Transborder activities and the general dynamics that they produce can be performed by socioeconomic categories, such as professions, occupations, or ...
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What is the meaning of “have a big row” in friendship? [closed]

In friendship, what does have a big row mean? Is it a common expression? What about its style (formal or informal)? Example: It is not long before Soosan falls out with Hooshang, and Kobra and ...
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Meaning of 'All doubtless nourish the soul, but not all fatten the wallet'

I was going through an article on The Economist about returns of higher education and comparison of returns of various fields of study when I encoutered aforementioned phrase. It was quoted in the ...
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What does “wishy-washy” mean?

Question: What does it mean when something is "wishy-washy"? Is it informal? Is it American English, British English or both?
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Another way of saying “easily deceived”?

What's another way of saying easily deceived? I want to have a better vocabulary. Easily deceived sounds a bit basic to me. Is there a better word for that phrase?