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Persecute vs. prosecute [closed]

Could somebody outline the difference in meaning and usage of the verbs: prosecute and persecute? Thanks,
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Songtext from Passenger: “nothing but a rolling stone” [closed]

What is ment by "A man with nothing in his hands, nothing but a rolling stone"
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Is there any difference netween Trade and Business? [closed]

As I faced before with these two (trade and business) words I understood there is not any different between them, but when I searched in English to Persian (my language) dictionary for exact meaning ...
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GRE Question. Why was 'reinforce' the incorrect answer in “the notes mimics/reflects/reinforces the meaning”?

From Kaplan's GRE Premier book, 2014, p. 105: Word Painting is a musical technique in which the progression of the notes ______ the meaning of the lyrics; a famous example of this can be found ...
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What does “meth“ mean in “Meth heads snuck in to it to do meth.”?

There was the following passage in the New Yorker’s (September 22, 2014) article titled “Field trip” describing a photographer who travels to take pictures of oldest living things in the world: ...
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What does it mean ? “Something does” [closed]

I really wonder the meaning that someone says "Love does!" and other "something does!" clause.
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Do I understand this correctly?

I thanked someone really important for following me on Instagram. his reply: due time pal Does it mean that it was time to do so? thanks
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What's the single word to describe the smell of the perfume of someone who just walked by?

I read the word sometime ago and can't remember it. the smell of the perfume of someone after he/she walks by..
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What does “to rock a club” mean? [closed]

It's a line from Taio Cruz's song Dynamite: Cause we gon' rock this club We gon' go all night We gon' light it up Like it's dynamite
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Aught vs Naught [closed]

I am confused: God was, When it was Aught, God would have been had there been Naught! Both are negative or what?
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Do *appraise* and *apprise* come from the same root?

I am interested in the origin and usage of apprise versus appraise. There is overlap in usage. In one meaning the latter can be substituted for the former and this is recognised in sense 4 in the ...
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“Including the likes of A, B, C” vs. simply “including A, B, C”

I found the following sentence in a sports report: Manuel Pellegrini's men claimed their second title in three years last season and boast a squad including the likes of Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, ...
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Nobody's perfect but I could stand corrected

Is the phrase: Nobody's perfect but I could stand corrected... proper grammar? I want to say: No one is perfect, but if they or I make a mistake, I can take it if they tell me I am wrong. ...
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Can you omit “which was” in this sentence?

For example: "The song, which was released in 1982, has since become a hit." "The song, released in 1982, has since become a hit." Do these two sentences mean the same thing, and are they both ...
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Meaning of “barrer” (noun) in W. Henley's poem “'Liza”

I don't understand the meaning in which the count noun word "barrer" is used in William Henley's poem 'Liza (the italics are the author's): ’Liza’s old man’s perhaps a little shady, ’Liza’s old ...
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Does “should” imply an opinion? [closed]

If I am given a short story about a situation. Then at the end I am asked: Should this person complete task A? Does that imply that I have to give my opinion and support it from points in the ...
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What's an evidential basis for discussing gender-neutrality of terms? [closed]

I keep finding myself looking at questions involving the concept of gender neutrality of words or phrases. (Check out the RELATED panel down to the right there.) "Craftmanship" for example - is it ...
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should be always or should always be? [duplicate]

I am not a native speaker, I do not know how to say this properly: "It should be always on", or "It should always be on"? Is there any difference?
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Meaning of “an away”

There is a film called "plasticized"(http://www.plasticizedthemovie.com/about-the-film/). And one researcher on the sailing voyage explains as below.. The philosophy that there is, an away, that, you ...
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Deciphering of William Henley's “Bus-Driver”: put 'a bit on'?

This beautiful sonnet, "Bus-Driver" by William Henley, is studded with idioms, some of which are hard to understand. I've bolded one part (of the two) I don't understand: He’s called The General ...
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Word meaning “to sort again”

When you perform an action again, you can usually just put "re" in front of the existing verb - e.g. "shuffle" becomes "reshuffle". However, "resort" is its own word that doesn't mean "to sort again" ...
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How did “Draw” come to mean pull, as in draw drapes?

Common phrases are draw drapes or shades, draw a bath (pull water?), draw a conclusion (out of someone) and other uses of pull. Why does draw mean pull? It becomes confusing when something that had a ...
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What is the difference between introspection and retrospection? [closed]

I want to know what is the exact difference between introspection and retrospection. I keep hearing words like self-introspection. What does that mean? Can someone clarify with examples?
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Are “embarassing” and “bewildering” synonyms?

The dictionary that I'm using says those meanings are synonyms. Is there no difference between them? I'd also like to know if perplexing could a be synonym of embarassing and bewildering.
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What is the meaning of “a winged victory”?

What is the meaning of "a winged victory"? Also, is this an idiom? Thank you
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What do “To confide merrily” and “To take a skinny dip” mean? [closed]

Please explain what do these phrases ("To confide merrily" and "To take a skinny dip") mean.
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Quantize vs Discrete

What is the difference in definition between the word "quantize" and "discrete"? For example, the Oxford definitions are: Quantize: ... restrict the number of possible values of (a quantity) or ...
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Grammatical meaning of the profanity “MF”

I understand what the word means and I'm very clear on the usage pattern as well as the gravity anoted to it. However, we got into talking about the MF word's grammatical aspect and we couldn't agree. ...
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what does it mean “I'm in up to my wrist” [closed]

In seinfeld "The pick" episode, GEORGE: So the minute I started up the steps to her apartment I knew I made a terrible mistake. Going back with her. So we're in her apartment she goes into the ...
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what is a word for when someone compliments another insincerely?

Like in an attempt to win you over for some reason or another, in that sense?.. What I mean here is not that one is wheedling, coaxing or sweet-talking, but rather complimenting hypocritically. I know ...
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“Demophobia” & “demophilia”: the right word choice? [closed]

I'm writing my research on rather obscure research topics (or rather, research questions). Would you agree with the word choice for the following concepts? If not, what words would you choose instead? ...
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Who are “Security moms”?

I came across the word, “Security mom” and “Wal-Mart mom” in the following statement in my newspaper clippings, originally in Time: Can Obama Win Back Wal-Mart Moms? "The women that are different ...
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What is the opposite of signee? [closed]

Signee is the person who signs the contract, but what is the word for the person who gave the signee the contract in order to have it signed. For instance, if someone asks you to sign a ...
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“I won't be home for three hours.” [closed]

The sentence I won't be home for the next three hours means that I won't be staying at home for a period of time of three hours in a row (but I can be home, for example, for 2 hours, leave, and come ...
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Why does “with” exist in this sentence?

I can't understand why "with" is needed in this sentence. Are you through with your lunch? I think that This sentence means "Did you have your lunch? " And in second sentence, there is no "with". ...
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Meaning of “exactly” in casual conversation

My question involves a group text conversation between friends whom are all native english speakers. Friend A began the conversation with a photograph of himself dressed up for a night on the town, ...
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differentiating between all that and what

Original-- extracted from the book Scarlet Letter: Like all that pertains to crime, it seemed never to have known a youthful era. My own rephrased sentences: Like whatever that pertains to crime, ...
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What is the meaning of “ironically” in this passage?

A rocket launched and shortly exploded on Tuesday. Below is passage from a news article written about it: This was the second launch attempt for the mission. Monday evening's try was thwarted by a ...
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What's the meaning of “if anything else”?

I don't seem to understand the exact meaning of "if anything else" in the beginning portion of the sentence below. I think I could use your help to understand what it actually means. If anything ...
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Is there a difference between “tongue-tied” and “speechless”?

Earlier today, a student of mine was telling me a story about how his colleague, upon seeing him wearing an over-the-top jacket, was so surprised that she couldn't say anything. Question: Which ...
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Is “What the problem isn't, is that they're too attentive” an oxymoron?

This is a very slightly tongue in cheek question with some interesting, hopefully, grammatical side-effects: Is the following an oxymoron? What the problem isn't, is that they're too attentive. ...
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what does “our step family mash-up” mean? [closed]

in a movie, a girl describes her family new house as a place for her mother to write the next book, big enough for her and her brother and her step family mash-up. her mom is married a man who has ...
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Is there a difference between: “The coming year” and “next year”?

If it were now January, would "the coming year" be taken to mean this year? If it were November would "the coming year" refer to the next calendar year or a period running from November to November?
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“For three years” vs “in three years” [duplicate]

I haven't talked to my wife for three years. I haven't talked to my wife in three years. Are in and for interchangeable in these sentences?
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One word for “Besides knowing my advantages, I also know my drawbacks”?

I wish to point out some drawbacks on my own research work after I have praised it. As a _____, I am aware of my work's drawbacks, which could be fixed if I had more time. Is there an ...
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Definition relating to geometry [closed]

What word in geometry that describes angles has a meaning outside geometry that means strange or odd ?
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What does “the bulls” mean in this context? [closed]

I'm reading The Witchcraft Delusion in Colonial Connecticut, 1647-1697 by John M. Taylor, (originally published in 1908, reprinted in 1971) and I'm not quite understanding what is meant by "the bulls" ...
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“in these cases use is the best guide”

Please, explain the meaning of the phrase "in these cases use is the best guide". I can't find it in a dictionary. No context. thanks in advance)
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How to find all forms of a word ? [duplicate]

How to find all forms of a word ? Given that you have a noun , a verb, an adjective or an adverb ? The forms i am referring to are : Noun Verb Adjective Adverb Thanks !
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Does 'invidious' imply hatred/malice for 'envy'? [closed]

invidious (adj) = (Of an action or situation) likely to arouse or incur resentment or anger in others Etymology: c.1600, from Latin invidiosus "full of envy, envious," from invidia "envy, ...