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What's the meaning of “coming to the end of yourself”?

So, what does it mean to come to the end of yourself? Is is related to getting to the point where you are powerless? Or maybe to the fac that you are sick of yourself? Am I even close?
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that ideas which our minds cannot reconcile are mutually destructive, sillier still

The idea that nothing is true except what we comprehend is silly, and that ideas which our minds cannot reconcile are mutually destructive, sillier still. To me, the second sentence is ...
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What is a word for “Reason to Leave”?

What is a word that means "Reason to leave"? For example, if I said, "That was my reason to leave," how could I replace "reason to leave" with a single word? Thank you!
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What does “Legacy of the void” in terms of “Gray tsunami” mean?

There is a subhead, “Legacy of the void” in the Economics magazine (April 26 201f) article titled, “Demography, growth and inequality: Age Invaders” which deals with the influence and future prospect ...
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Why is 'weird' given a sexual connotation nowadays? [closed]

Anyone who watched the chilling ITV drama this week The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries, will be aware of the context in which the tabloid news media, back in 2010/11 depicted him as a sexual ...
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Example of “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link”? [closed]

Can anybody give me a good example or two of the idiom "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link"? Thanks.
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How do I use “The screaming abdabs”?

I have recently come across the phrase "the screaming abdabs". It is used in sentences such as "it gave me the screaming abdabs", abdabs being and old-fashioned word meaning 'a case of extreme ...
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What's does poetry mean in 'Leave the poetry in what you make'?

I'm reading Jason Fried's book Rework, and I don't understand what poetry means in these sentences: Pare down to the essence, but don't remove the poetry. Leave the poetry in what you make. ...
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What does “for our sins” mean in this sentence?

I am struggling to get my head around the following: Hi Andrew, For all our articles we use information from national news organisations (for our sins). Have a look here at the Guardian ...
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What does “ in the event, doomed” mean in this sentence? [closed]

I am struggling to get my head around the following: This is probably the best and certainly the most extraordinary graphic novel I have ever come across. Its subject matter, believe it or not, ...
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what's the meaning of “only that”

is the meaning of "only that" similar to "unless" eg This does not mean that it is freely chosen, in the sense of the autonomous individual, only that there is popular agency in the hegemonic ...
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What does “handing out fathers” mean?

In a documentary I watched recently, Una Stubbs, remembering her father, said someone once told her "When they were handing out fathers you were at the front of the queue." What is the meaning ...
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what/s the meaning of “ It is just that ”

i don't undersand the meaning of this pharse: "It is just that " eg: It is just that the specific policies and practices associated with transnational liberalism are not the same as globalization ...
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what does “but for that” mean here? [closed]

"But for that man she mightn't be going to Ireland; but for that, she might have been happy."
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the meaning of for [closed]

I wonder what is the meaning of for in this sentence. "Elizabeth suddenly sees Darcy for who he is" please explain the meaning with some examples. how can I say that sentence in another way? Bahman ...
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What is the difference between “way of thinking” vs “the way they think”

I am writing a short description of a social experiement. The objective is to get a better idea of the way people think. I have some troubles to understand the difference between those two phrases: ...
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Etymology of legend (as used in a chart/map)?

Related question: “Legend” or “key”? Legend, also known as a Chart's Key, often located on the right hand side of the chart or graph. It took me some time to understand what the legend was when ...
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A word that means stage-fright, but for a person?

Suppose you met a famous person, and you were shy and anxious and almost overwhelmed by them. Is there a word for describing that? Similar to getting stage fright, or "choking", except in this case ...
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What is the difference between “extended from” and “extending from”?

Scenario 1: part A is extended from part B Scenario 2: part A is extending from part B Is there any difference between these two descriptions? Would any one so kind to help me about this? Thanks in ...
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Finding the definition of Pineburr

This morning we crossed a street named Pineburr. Note, there is no space; it is one word. We've looked for that word on the web and in dictionaries without any luck. Anyone know its meaning, ...
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Is “knob” associated with penis? [closed]

I'm working on something where I used the word knob for a button to drag. I thought this is the right word. Then today an english friend of mine told me that knob means penis in english. This would ...
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Edited title Use of 'late' for resurrected people - maybe spoiler alert if you chose to look at the edit!

My question concerns the use of the word late when referring to someone who has died. EDIT: Thanks to the comments received, I have edited this question to be more generic and avoid spoilers. ...
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“supporting cast” — what does this mean [closed]

Quote from the "Learning Python": "It consists of Python’s original creator — Guido van Rossum, the officially anointed Benevolent Dictator for Life (BDFL) of Python — plus a supporting cast of ...
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Why will mothers smile when infants quarter'd with the hands of war? [closed]

From Julius Caesar (by Shakespeare) Anthony : Blood and destruction shall be so in use,        And dreadful objects so familiar, ...
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Word for “something that is required but cannot be achieved”?

Alternative definition: "something that is needed but cannot be done" Impossible is the best I could find, but it doesn't imply that the subject is required; only that it can't be done.
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What does “Jungle Fever” mean?

I have just watched the "Jungle Fever 1991" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jungle_Fever) film which tell a story a white woman dates a black man. So, Does "Jungle Fever" mean a white woman dates a ...
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“relaxed flying fingers” associated with ergonomic keyboard computer interface?

I want to start an open source software project and call it "relaxed flying fingers". The project is about a better keyboard interface, especially for touch typers (people typing with ten fingers). ...
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Is there any expression like “minor fun”?

"Minor fun" or "trivial fun", which I think means that tiny, little, minor, trivial things or actions that is funny or interesting.
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Therefore vs. wherefore [closed]

I saw these words in The Silmarillion: Then there was unrest among the Ainur; but Ilúvatar called to them, and said: ‘I know the desire of your minds that what ye have seen should verily be, not ...
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what is an engraved portrait? [closed]

"Queen Victoria a fine engraved portrait showing the Queen in profile looking into a book. She is dressed in her familiar black (which she wore for the rest of her life after Albert died) with her ...
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What does “in shares” mean here?

He has sunk his capital in shares in the company. What does this sentence mean? Has he sunk his capital by buying the company's shares?
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Is “natural” restricted to plant-based material found without human interference? [closed]

The Whole Earth Sweetener Co. markets a stevia-based sweetener as Pure Via. The packaging reads, in part: We understand that consumers have different ideas about what natural means. We want ...
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Is this a sarcastic answer to “good to see you”?

In the movie Fallen, Denzel Washington's character, Det. Hobbes, is visiting a death-row inmate previously arrested by him. The inmate, Edgar Reese (played by Elias Koteas), greets him by saying "It's ...
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Image of the word “shortened”

I am not a native speaker of English, and I'm having a problem at work about the word "shortened" . I used this word to express that our new product can now load XXX much faster than the previous ...
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Does “caffeinated” make any sense?

A while back, when we learnt how to remove the caffeine from coffee beans, we coined the word decaffeinated to denote coffee that's had the caffeine taken out. I've noticed more and more recently, as ...
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What does “cotton on” mean? [closed]

I was reading a book, and found the the phrase cotton on as in "Aha!" he said, when he cottoned on. At first I assumed this was a misspelling, and it should have been "as he catched on". ...
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“conal” vs “conical”

Is there any difference in meaning, usage or frequency between the words "conal" and "conical" within a mathematical context, i.e. when talking about cones?
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What's the Appropriate Word to Say You're 'Dazzled' by a Nice Smell?

Imagine there's food being cooked on stove and you feel the pleasant smell and it somehow makes you mad! You want to keep smelling or walk to the kitchen and get some of it to eat. What verb would ...
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Meaning of “well” in full and meaningful sentences

In everyday English, people use "well" in their speech very loosely. "Well, I don't know." "Well yeah!" "Oh well..." ...etc. I know "well" has different meanings and emotions attached to them, ...
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What is a cross-nibbed pen?

He also thoughtfully provided ink and a cross-nibbed pen, with which I wrote my post cards, and which I hope you received in due time. From Domestic Life in Rumania by Dorothea Kirke, 1916.
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Is there a term for the use of an unnecessary or redundant adjective?

I know there is a term for the use of adjectives, and maybe adverbs, that are unnecessary or logically redundant. Examples are: -a free gift -a cold snow
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“Kick off tracking time in the notepad” means start making notes or stop making notes

I'm not sure for 100% if "Kick off tracking time in the notepad" means to start or, otherwise, to stop tracking time in the notepad. Could anybody explain? Thank you.
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the word for an object that has a name that doesn't describe it [closed]

the word for an object that has a name that doesn't describe it for example; prospect park in this case; the name actually does describe the thing (location) lets pretend that it didn't like ...
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Origin of “Innocent” to mean “Sexually Inexperienced”

I was thinking about the way "innocent" is often used (in both casual and moderately formal contexts) to mean "sexually inexperienced/oblivious", and came to the conclusion that using the phrase in ...
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Word for belief or prejudice that is held, but it is not conscious

I remember reading about an idea of a belief or prejudice that is subconscious. It had a prefix, and it was something like: belief -> alief or prejudice -> ajudice But I can't remember the ...
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Before he “agree” or he would “agreed” [duplicate]

Please before the interviews make sure that Dr. Mikel agrees with your list ..???? OR Please before the interviews make sure that Dr. Mikel agree with your list ??
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Does “Friday midnight” refer to the beginning of the day on Friday or to the end? [duplicate]

I always thought it would be end of the day, but I'm not sure.
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Is it grammatically correct to respond “Yes, I won't go.”?

If I were asked the question "You won't go to the party, right?", would it be incorrect to say "Yes, I won't go"? If one had to choose between "yes" and "no, would it be more grammatically correct to ...
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Is there a word to describe the feeling of wanting to be someone else

Is there a word that describes having a deep desire to have a different life ( because the current life is bad), or a word that describes a longing to forget the past or just forget everything in ...
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“aiming to” vs “aimed to be”

I'm trying to define a goal for my scientific journal paper. What is the proper use of English language and grammar here? Does it make sense in its current form? We are running a study towards ...