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Trial vs try out (verbs)

I've look them up in the major dictionaries. They seem to mean almost the same thing or do they? Apparently the only difference is trial is British. Let's try out / trial this new computer / system / ...
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Does “wobble” sound negative?

I'm launching a project which I want to make big as possible. I want to find a name, but I'm not looking for any real meanings. This project is a web tool (Javascript prototype & API) so I want to ...
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What does 'A stratospheric success' mean? [on hold]

Stratospheric is the adjective of Stratosphere which means the layer of the earth's atmosphere above the troposphere, extending to about 50 km above the earth's surface. People say A stratospheric ...
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meaning of “takes”

What does "takes" mean in this context? Alys includes this mobile writing in a so-called ‘personal repertoire of possible behaviour while walking the streets of London Town’. It forms the final ...
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Is there a word for the creation of something that solves a problem?

Is there a word for the creation of something that solves a problem? I've been using entrepreneurship, because at its core thats what entrepreneurs do, but is there a more specific word that targets ...
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The best words for a person who does not accept reality? [on hold]

I am looking for some good words to describe a person who does not accept reality. I do understand deluded is one. Are there other ones? Somehow, deluded doesn't seem to exactly express what I am ...
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Specific name for double PhD

Person with single PhD is granted with title "Doctor". Is there any specific word for double doctorate?
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Of the translations of the gambler

What follows is a few sentences from two existing translation of The Gambler by FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY. At first,I must say ,I don't want by any means to take PEVER and VOLOKHONSKY part. In my view ...
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Sardonic or sarcastic tone?

Is this sentence sarcastic or sardonic? "But that, as far as I can tell, is not my point." (from Dave Barry's "Lost in the Kitchen")
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What does “terrific rep” mean in this context?

I would like to know the meaning of "terrific rep" as used in the pilot episode of the TV serial "The Office." Here is the context: Michael: Question. How long do we have to... [Telephone rings] ...
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Meaning of: “Therefore whether it were I or they” in scripture [on hold]

In the following passage: Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in ...
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Do “I saw a dream” and “I had a dream” meant the same thing? [on hold]

Which of these two is more appropriate: I saw a dream. I had a dream. Is there any difference between them?
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What does 'nuance' mean? And how to use in sentences? [on hold]

I don't know why, but despite having read the definition over too many times to count, its one of those words that just doesn't click. I see it being used in sentences and have never been able to ...
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discharged with something

Does "discharged with casual ease" mean "lacking casual ease"? Context: These often aphoristic observations, discharged with casual ease, can verge on possessing the lyrical poignancy and ...
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Understanding Sentences about Flossing

In a news article about the benefits of flossing, the following sentences confused me (please read the article first): In the past decade, three systematic reviews sought to navigate these muddy ...
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The usage of “Per se”

Is the usage of the phrase "Per se" correct in this sentence? Sometimes, religion, though not be enaugh per se, may lead to violence.
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How is the word 'but' used in the famous quote 'What is life but a series of inspired follies?'

The full quote attributed to George Bernard Shaw: What is life but a series of inspired follies? The difficulty is to find them to do. Never lose a chance: it doesn't come every day. I ...
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What is the sense of “news tip” in contact pages [closed]

In which sense we can read "news tip" on contact pages like: http://reversemortgagedaily.com/contact/ https://upside.com/pages/contact.aspx which meaning can i pick from dictionary to understand ...
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If everyone in the world were a clone, would OPINIONS be considered OBJECTIVE? [closed]

Simplified Core Issue of Question: Do matters of opinion always fall under the umbrella of "subjective" by default? Original Question: If everyone in the world were an identical clone, then would ...
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Cry and cried - drop the y and add ied [closed]

I understand the usage of the two, but I'm looking for how to describe these types and rules for when you drop y and add ied. If that makes sense Thanks
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What does it imply when someone is called “Lucifer in the flesh”?

Washington Post (April 28) carried an article under the headline “John Boehner just called Ted Cruz ‘Lucifer in the flesh.’ He does this sometimes,” and the Stanford Daily (April 28) detailed the ...
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What does “there” refer to in the sentence?

I've read a sentence in a Burmese story. "The medico went to the nearest village and there in the bazaar he found various kinds of meat and fish" I wanted to know whether "there" refers to "the ...
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What do you call someone who takes but doesn't want to give? [closed]

What do you call someone who takes but doesn't want to give? I just don't know the appropriate adjective to use to be honest.
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Can a proposition be mistaken for a 'claim'?

You confirm that this is true. In which case..... positive declaration (eg. 'x' exists). I would suggest that the above statement is an 'if, then' proposition. Anybody making this statement cannot ...
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“Disclaimer: mock-up screens employ source material from the internet under fair-use policy”

Does the sentence in the title make sense? I have a document where I have inserted some mock-up screens that I created myself. However, the screens consist of graphics which I downloaded from the ...
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Archaic verb form “bare”, its semantics

In King James Bible, John 12:6 we read: This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein. As said here, bare is archaic ...
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please let me know the meaning of “Madam Secretary” dialogues

Whenever I cannot understand some English expression, I am getting big help from this site. Very useful website and good people. Anyway. I am watching American Drama "Madam Secretary" season1, episode ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase: 'down the memory hole'?

I have heard the phrase 'down the memory hole' used before, and I believe it to have originated in the novel 1984 by George Orwell, but I'm not 100% sure the definition I've found is right: memory ...
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“Relationship to” vs. “Relationship with”

I found two different terms regarding relationship: "Relationship with the applicant" while filling the invitation form "Relationship to the applicant" while filling the application form Whether ...
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What is a visual pun? [closed]

I know what a regular word pun is, but what qualifies as a visual pun? Please explain what qualifies as it.
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What do you call a sentence that reverses parts of the first clause in a second clause that makes sense, too?

I'm looking for the definition of a phrase like this, where two ideas of thought are reversed and still make sense. Nothing too exciting to report, but reporting nonetheless is exciting. I feel ...
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What is the meaning of “Indie games” [closed]

Is it just as simple as a game dev studio that has no funding?(or the only funding is through fund raisers)
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Term for people that think the minority or farfetched view is always the truth? [closed]

Not just limited to conspiracy theorists, but folks who have a tendency to believe in alternative, super minority views as THE truth and strongly believe in them with little validation or proof. They ...
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Meaning of Further

What does further mean in a sentence like: We further describe the evaluation protocol. Does it mean "we then describe the evaluation protocol"?
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By the term x y means z, what is the meaning of the word by in this context

The standard definitions of By says "agent performing the action", "do something before a certain time" etc.. but I am not able to understand what by means in this context. Usage example in Kant's ...
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Is there a connection between the words “illicit” and “elicit”?

The words "illicit" and "elicit" seem to be spelled and pronounced similarly, although their meanings appear different. Is this a coincidence or is there a connection between the two words?
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Which word is better for use and why: Datasheet or data sheet & Timesheet or time sheet

Which word is better for use and why? 1) Datasheet or data sheet, See Both Examples: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datasheet, http://www.prb.org/Publications/Datasheets.aspx 2) Timesheet or time ...
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“Abstract nonsense” — does it have negative meaning?

Is the collocation "abstract nonsense" coloured somehow in negative way? I mean mostly the second word -- can it mean "something too strange to be good" or something like this, and in what context?
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“Incremental” growth as growth by a minimum unit

I always thought that the literal meaning of "incremental growth" was growth by one, or by some minimum unit, that "to increment by one" would be redundant, and that other usages (for addition by ...
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What is a nester?

The family lifecycle (FLC) idea has been particularly threatened. The FLC traces the development of a person’s life along a path from young and single, to married with no children, married with ...
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Does “Please verify your address” mean what I think it means?

I have noticed that customer service reps often ask me to "verify my address" or "verify my date of birth". I am not a native English speaker, but the way I understand the word "verify", I would then ...
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What is the meaning of “keeping things neutral between two people that have messed around” [on hold]

What does it mean when someone tells you: They want to keep things neutral after you have messed around
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what is “a backyard project”?

"Jennings is the founder of Mambo, the Australian surf-wear brand famous for its cheeky prints. It started as a backyard project in the 1980s and grew into a multi-million dollar company with 22 ...
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I wonder the meaning of “Madam Secretary” dialogues

I am watching American Drama "Madam Secretary" season1, episode 14. And there are some dialogues I can't understand. I wonder what's the meaning of last two sentence. Please help me! Russell:I'm sure ...
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What does “workday innovation” mean? [closed]

Should I understand this as an innovative action undertaken on a working day? Is this phrase grammatically correct?
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what does pi mean?

I've ordered some good from supplier. and before shipping the products he sent me the following: how much is the goods do you want to declare,as i need to make the pi what does pi mean ? pi is a ...
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What is “an engaging content program”?

What is "an engaging content program"? I am reading a text about email-marketing and this phrase puzzled me. Here is some context: It’s time to start working on a newsletter design that converts. ...
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Help with “Rush the net”

It didn’t feel any more disjunctive than seeing Suzanne Lenglen rush the net in a full-length dress in say, 1916. Hey guys! I did not get meaning of "rush the net" exactly. Any idea? Thanks a ...
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I don't understand drama “Madam Secretary” dialogue

guys. I am whatching American Drama "Madam Secretary" season1, episode 13. And there are some dialogue I can't understand. Pat: It's a little fancy for a civil servant, but then, you came from a ...
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Is there a difference in the word person and individual in regards to law? [closed]

What is the difference in the word person and individual in regards to law?