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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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What does “be (totally) on” mean?

Today I come across the headline、“Meek and Nicki are still totally on” followed by sub-headline, “Just stop asking when they're getting engaged.” in the Scene site. Does “A and B are on” mean A and B ...
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Meaning of the phrase “it is worth noting that” [closed]

I'm a little bit confused with the following phrase. I was reading an article about concurrency in Java and there was a sentence saying: It is worth noting that both unlockRead() and ...
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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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“Plan to do” vs. “plan on doing”

What are the differences between the following? He is planning to do something. He is planning on doing something. When to use each?
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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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Meaning of “Mythical Distance”

In this sentence With the break-up of the Roman Empire and the rise of Christianity, Europe saw India recede into a mythical distance Is mythical distance an idiom? What does it mean?
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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 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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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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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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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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The Subject of a Participial Construction

The following passage is quoted from the article in Newsweek by Leah McGrath Goodman, titled "Thomas Piketty Says He Was Ambushed": [Financial Times’s economics editor Chris] Giles, in his ...
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“Reassign to” or “reassign in”

I'm not a native English speaker and I'm always confused with the usage of prepositions. Vehicle’s ownership is reassigned to the name of the loan officer Vehicle’s ownership is reassigned ...
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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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What better way?

With this sentence What better way to celebrate the peace than with a fight? Is "what better way to" an informal phrase? Would it be better to write What is better than fighting as a way to ...
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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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No coffee, no workee - meaning

No coffee, no workee What does that expression exactly mean? And how do you pronounce it?
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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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“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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“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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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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In the book, The Wealth of Nations, what does it mean to “receive money by tale”?

On Page 41, book 1 of the Wealth of Nations Adam Smith writes: (Second volume of The Glasgow Edition of the works and Correspondence of Adam Smith) [...] Abraham weighs to Ephron the four hundred ...
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What is the difference between “clearance” and “sale”?

I want to understand the difference between clearance and sale. So are these words synonyms or not? E.g. Receive 60–90% off CookiesKids Clearance from Cookie's Kids. Receive 50–85% off After ...
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Difference between “Introduction” and “Background summary” in report writing

I have a task to do: writing a report. This one needs to be 4 pages as directed by the assigner. I was told to write 1/4, 3/4, 2 and 1/4 pages of Introduction, Background Summary, Discussion and ...
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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 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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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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What do you call a student who studies extra at home to become proficient?

What is the British English term for someone (a student) who goes home after classes and practices the lesson learned that day, or becomes proficient in the lesson taught? It is not a positive ...
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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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what does “It was far from the only move in his arsenal” mean?

I was reading an article about Michael Jordan, and at the part describing his jumping skill it went "Then he'd gently descend back to earth. It was far from the only move in his arsenal: for several ...
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What does “My tongue doubles back” mean?

I was reading a novel when I came across this phrase. "My tongue doubles back in my throat as the senses comes back to mind and I choke on the words, "I love you too." What does the "my tongue ...
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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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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?
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Why is a young man called “son,” but a young woman is never called “daughter”?

In American English, it is acceptable and common that an older man calls a man his junior, "son"—even if the younger man is not the older man's child (or related to him in any way). Definition of ...
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Disguised order / command

Is it a disguised command, when someone starts a sentence with; 'Maybe you could...' e.g. 'turn on the heater'; 'add more salt'? If you remove 'maybe you could' from the sentence, you are left with ...
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What does “reclusion” mean specifically?

If we take a recluse, with their state of seclusion unknown, is their condition self-inflicted? Or is reclusion a punishment? For example, (from www.thefreedictionary.com) re·clu·sion (r-klzhn) ...
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What can you 'distort'? [closed]

You can distort facts, truth, images, signals. What else can you distort? Please give examples of using this verb.
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Does “to err on the side of … ” indicate wrongdoing?

Does the phrase "to err on the side of ...," specifically "err on the side of caution," indicate that it is wrong to be "on the side of," the object? "Err" makes me think of "error," and is such the ...
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What does “I will lose” in the lyrics of a world without love which goes: [closed]

So I wait, and in a while I will see my true love smile She may come, I know not when When she does, I'll lose So baby until then Lennon/Paul
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What are someone's 'last words' called?

What are someone's last words, spoken on their deathbed, called? What about those that are perhaps left written or scribed on paper?
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What does “off the top” mean in this context?

I was reading a Design Patterns in Java programming book and came across a new phrase. I'm wondering what does off the top mean in this particular context. Excerpt from the book: Keep Learning ...
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“Gain/acquire/gather/get experience”

According to my Longman dictionary, gain experience and get experience seem to mean the same: gain/get experience: The programme enables pupils to gain some experience of the world of work. But ...