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Yirlelle im tryin [closed]

I'm wondering what this means: rhia because I found a pendant with this imprinted on it when my husband passed away. I'd appreciate it if anyone can help figure it out. Thanks
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Is there a word like “compersion” that isn't just for romantic/sexual situations?

I just saw the word "compersion" for the first time, and love it: A feeling of joy when a loved one invests in and takes pleasure from another romantic or sexual relationship. Is there a word ...
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Another use of the word “given”? [closed]

This is a video from the content producer "JonTron". I noticed, at around 8:12, he says the following: "You get a barrel, you run with said barrel, you throw barrel at given thing, you run back, you ...
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The meaning of phrase of “To wilf”

What does "to wilf" mean? Apparently it means to browse webs pointlessly but I can't confirm that anywhere. Is this even an English word?
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What is a “kitchen sink approach”?

What does "kitchen sink approach" mean in this context? Where some startups focus on the minimum viable product, (name of startup) has gone for a kitchen sink approach that approximates the ...
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“She likes to leave you hanging on a wire”

I've tried to find the exact meaning of this sentence but failed. Can someone kindly tell me what it means? "She likes to leave you hanging on a wire."
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What's it called when someone is trying to end a conversation?

Everyone does the thing where while speaking to someone you'll start inching away in order to end the conversation. Or you'll say something thats a conversation ender like "time to get back to work" ...
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Which definition of “franchise” fits in this context?

Which definition of "franchise" fits best in this context? Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that ...
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What does “spurned” modify in “I am walking out of a room to the jeers of a woman spurned”

I am walking out of a room to the jeers of a woman spurned. Which word does the past participle modify in this context? Does it mean that I was spurned while walking out of the room, or am I out ...
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Use inland or foreign

If we want to let the world know about our country, Shall we say "To improve foreign trips" or "To improve inland trips"
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meaning of 'under the fedora'

"It's under the fedora. Wanta run down and look at it with me?" A police asks his private detective friend to come along to the murder site to take a look. (from 'Killer in the rain' by Raymond ...
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Term for using Google or other search engines to cheat at trivia?

In a most meta act, I've been trying to search for such a term, but as you may have guessed, it's extremely difficult to get meaningful results when including the words in my question. Lots of noise, ...
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in ways that the mind is not

What would you paraphrase the following sentence? The body is limited in ways that the mind is not. I think this sentence means, "The body is limited, but the mind is not." Am I right?
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Meaning of “guy for meetings” [migrated]

What does guy for meetings mean in the following sentence about a man who decreased his alcohol consumption? Going cold turkey hasn't been easy, but Harry was never much of a guy for meetings. ...
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When are operational definitions appropriate and when can one conclude that a poor word choice was made?

In the book Making is Creating the author, David Gauntlett, seems to use the word "creativity" to refer to the act of creating anything. The example is given that it is creative to make one's own ...
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Is there a word that means “impressionable,” but from the point of view of the impresser?

For instance, something that easily puts an impression on others. Note this is slightly different from "impressive," though that word also fits the meaning.
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How to use the phrase “come doing” properly?

How do you use the phrase 'come doing' properly? On the one hand, 'come doing' means that someone comes for doing something. For example, "Why not come dancing tonight?". This sentence never means ...
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Meaning of “broken” in a phrase “broken hallelujah”

What does "broken" mean in a phrase "broken hallelujah"? E.g. in Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah song? "it's cold and it's a broken hallelujah" In my opinion, the best match from the dictionary is ...
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what does the sentence “You wouldn't know a hospital corner if it bit you on the arse” mean?

The conversation goes something like this: Woman: I'll change the bed sheets. Man: No, I'll do it! Woman: I can make a bed! Man : You wouldn't know a hospital corner if it bit you ...
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Is “two-Perrier” lunch a businessmen’s buzz word?

There was a line, “He was not one for two-Perrier lunch,” in the eulogy for a British politician who made a great contribution to the formation of E.U. system. Also there is the following passage in ...
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What is a word that means “lacking seriousness”? [closed]

I am writing an essay for In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway and I need a word that means "to lack seriousness".
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Too weak to give in, too strong to lose [closed]

In Foo fighters' song 'Best of you' singer says I was too weak to give in, too strong to lose I always thought that 'give in' was the opposite of 'give up' so for me that sentence suggested an ...
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What is a word for a character who incites the conflict in a plot?

I realize you can use 'antagonist' but I'd prefer a stronger word with virtually the same meaning. I want to use it to describe Nils Krogstad of A Dollhouse.
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What's the meaning of I am well

In the context of the following quote (taken from "Much Ado About Nothing"), what does "I am well" mean? One woman is fair, yet I am well; another is wise, yet I am well; another virtuous, yet I ...
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What is a word which describes something you are looking for

The word would fit within the following context: I found the ______ of my search. I know there there is a simple word which describes an object which is being searched for, but I just can't ...
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English word that means “a process that does not teach you anything”?

I am looking for a word that means “a process that you keep doing, hoping that you will learn something useful, but which you actually never learn anything from”. I'm quite sure that there is an ...
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Meaning of “She was a girl who for a ringing phone dropped exactly nothing” [closed]

Can you tell me what the following means? She was a girl who for a ringing phone dropped exactly nothing.
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About the usage of “oblige” [closed]

Please oblige me by giving me a lift to the museum. Please explain the meaning of this sentence or give me some other examples! I've searched but I can't find a satisfactory answer.
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I cannot understand the word “curry”

I cannot understand the meaning of this sentences. This is in the article titled as "Let England shake" (The Economist Sep 27th 2014) -article about Scotland's independence referendum The prime ...
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What is the meaning of this sentence? help!

I cannot understand the meaning of this sentence. From the article titled "Let England shake" (The Economist Sep 27th 2014), an article about Scotland's independence referendum Nobody asked to ...
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Words that describes something of high quality?

I have been searching for a business name and happened to come across this site and thought I would see if I could get some help. I run my own High End Auto Detailing company. Where I spend countless ...
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‘Imbibe’ — What does it look like?

I’m trying to determine the visual expression of ‘imbibing,’ with the presumption it describes a particular attitude or energy in the act of drinking. (I make this presumption because it gives reason ...
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Strict Definition of “Few” [duplicate]

I've seen other questions on the usage of "few", but I'm wondering if there is an official definition on the numerical value of the word. The common rule seems to be a couple is two, a few is three or ...
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Peace among countries or between countries?

A more comprehensive research program would look for historical cases of stable peace between countries that are not democracies, or between states only one of which is a democracy. Stable ...
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Can I say that someone creates a tendency?

The lectures on Big data have received positive responses not only from MIS students, but also from students of other majors, even triggering a tendency of technology learning. I have ...
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what is a good word to describe a movie that left a strong feeling or impact in you?

For example what is a better word to replace "struck" in the following example. I watched the Movie ABC today and what John said about gossip really struck me. Update: The word I was looking ...
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Difference between 'to the left' and 'on the left'

I have encountered these expressions today, when I was describing a photo. People are lining up in the picture. I wanted to explain someone who is standing next to the person on the far left. And I ...
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I'll just toss it out again

Every moment of the day feels like a race against the clock. To borrow a phrase from Carrie Fisher, which is in my bio there; I'll just toss it out again -- "These days even instant gratification ...
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The introduction of manmade structures in the etymology of harbor

In a Stackexchange post, a commenter offers a distinction between ports and harbors: Or to put it another way, "harbor" is a description of the natural geography, while "port" is something made ...
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What does “alright” mean when it's at the end of a sentence?

a. Life has no meaning alright. What does "alright" mean in the sentence above? I can't find it in the dictionary!
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Can I claim English as my first language? [duplicate]

I consider myself to be fully bilingual. My mother tongue is Afrikaans and I went to Afrikaans schools, but I learned English as a toddler and was a fluent speaker by the time I went to school. I read ...
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'Customer Support' vs 'Customer Service' [closed]

'Customer Support' vs 'Customer Service' I'm curious the different meaning What is exactly different? When use?
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What's the word or name of someone that gets sick just by talking about it but they're not really sick? [duplicate]

I know a person that I can say "The flue is going around again" and next day he has the flu but two days later he out in the woods hunting. If he comes in contact with some that has heart burn then ...
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1000 names for snow [closed]

The old saying goes that Innuit have a 1000 names for snow (as @venture2099 says this isn't actually true but you get my point). This kind of makes sense to describe the various states and types of ...
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“It worked for me in high school and it's been a reflex ever since”? [closed]

A: Just go out with me one time. If you are miserable, I will never hint at the subject again. B: I don't think it's smart. A: I know that I am an asshole. It worked for me in high school, ...
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Does a comma indicate the conjunction “and”?

Does a comma mean "and" when used to separate items in a list?
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What does “Live in one’s own skin” mean?

There was the following passage in Vanity Fair magazine’s (January 7 issue) article under the headline, “Meryl Streep responds to Russell Crowe’s controversial comments about ageism in Hollywood”: ...
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Her eyes ate me [closed]

I sipped my drink. I like an effect as well as the next fellow. Her eyes ate me. It's from 'Red Wind' by Raymond Chandler. Seemingly well-known phrase, but what exactly it mean? The narrator was ...
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Can “any” be used with negative values?

This might sound silly, but I was wondering if the word "any" could be used to describe negative values. For example, assuming that a balloon had negative weight (although this isn't true: all matter ...
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The meaning of “Aura”? [closed]

What is the meaning and the accurate use of the word "Aura"? Does it mean literally " Atmosphere"? consider this example: " Heavy snow,, thunders... strong wind. What a lovely aura! " P.S: I meant ...