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What is the difference between a cafe and a diner?

I recently ate at an establishment called The Park Cafe and Diner. How could a debate not ensue? What is the difference between a Cafe and Diner? Apparently, this place is both. I have read various ...
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What is the meaning of “Agrift”? [closed]

I saw this word here today. A Party Agrift by Paul Krugman What does "Agrift" here refer to? I tried on Webster. I could find the meaning for "grift", which means "to acquire money or property ...
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Is this a solecism, an auto-correct failure, or something else?

I'm just looking for a word to describe the type of error in the quote below. Solecism is the closest I can find/think of. Relax and watch alcoholic repressed insurance cops harassing tragically ...
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Try it yourself or Try it for yourself [migrated]

Which one is correct- Try it yourself or Try it for yourself. If both are correct then please tell the scenario in which each should be used. I am actually testing a website which contains one of ...
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What's the difference between “kind of” and “a little bit”?

I am a little bit angry. I am kind of angry. I searched the two phrases, but can't found the difference. Are them the same?
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A word for performing an act due to motivation from a prior event? [closed]

a word for performing an act due to motivation from a prior act? for example, moving in together because you have just married
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correct use and best definition of “as in”

I am translating an English text, which has the following sentence: The operative word is “protect”. As in protecting our religion. First I would think that “as in” is a set phrase. But there is ...
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Why have I not heard “radical muslim terrorism” on TV?

In the United States, on TV I have heard much about "radical islamic terrorism" during the republican debates and also in mainstream media. Nearly all these cases involve a male aggressor, or a ...
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Having one's hair up about something

I have been reading a fantasy novel. I stumbled upon the phrase "have one's hair up about something". Below I quoted the sentence in context. I have done quite some searching, but so far all has been ...
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Meaning of “trapezium” in “trapezium of zoonotic ogres”

What is meant by the following quote and especially by 'trapezium'? I can't find any other meaning of trapezium here except the mathematical one and I can't apply that here. Please help. India ...
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Ex's and Oh's : What is “Oh's”? [closed]

What does "Oh's" mean in the pop song "Ex's and Oh's" by Elle King? http://www.metrolyrics.com/exs-ohs-lyrics-elle-king.html I'm not asking any interpretations of lyrics, but would like to know what ...
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Are there any other meanings for “belie??” [closed]

Sorry for my asking again in this short term, but somehow I ended up finding another one on SAO volume 6, followed by the volume 5 I brought up in the latest question. So I want you to help me get ...
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What does “GOP's 'Pocahontas' problem'” mean?

I was drawn to the headline of an article written by Rebecca Sinderbrand appearing in Washington Post June 10 issue under the headline “Trump, and the GOP's 'Pocahontas' problem.” The text reads; ...
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What is the meaning of 'moving in lofty circles'? [closed]

In his essay, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle described one of his stories : 'The Illustrious Client' as having a certain dramatic quality and moving adequately in lofty circles. I don't quite get what '...
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Marrying a woman [closed]

Is it possible in English to describe a woman who married a man as follows: She is under him. Thank You.
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A question about a quote from “Alice in Wonderland”

Regarding this passage from Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland: 'No, please go on!' Alice said very humbly; 'I won’t interrupt again. I dare say there may be ONE.' 'One, indeed!' said the ...
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Understanding “whistleblower”

The term, according to the Oxford Online Dictionary, means: whistle-blower A person who informs on a person or organization regarded as engaging in an unlawful or immoral activity. Also from ...
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Social Paradigm

It is come from the 7 habits of highly effective people book (2004) by Stephen Covey. He have mentioned Character Ethic & Personality Ethic are the examples of social paradigms. (Page 23) I ...
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What are the nuances of the British expression “gone” used with time, as in “gone 8” or “gone midnight”?

An expression I have run across in British novels is "gone [hour]" like this: "It was gone midnight, and the house was quiet." The Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston "It's only just gone eight ...
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What H.G. Wells mean with the phrase 'a morning star of hope'? [closed]

In this answer a quote from H.G. Wells "War of the Worlds" was posted: That last stage of exhaustion, which to us is still incredibly remote, has become a present-day problem for the inhabitants ...
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What do you call a person who tells you to do something but they can't do it [closed]

For example if you are in a relationship. The man tells you to update him or tell him everytime you leave the house and go home. Yet he doesn't do it. He doesn't update. He expects you to do the ...
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If I were to win the election, I would restore the vitality of downtown area [migrated]

If I were to win the election, I would restore the vitality of downtown area. In the above sentence, I understand that it's a hypothetical situation so it comes with "I were" and "I would". However, ...
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What does an “uninterpreted two year period” mean? [closed]

I'm trying to read about the Canadian super visa, and I can't quite grasp what this excerpt means: A Super Visa is a 10-year multiple entry visa and enables the holder to remain inside Canada ...
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the slight doubt expressed in this is, of course, crucial

The following context is about surveillance. Does the bold sentence want to say that people somehow know that they may be monitored, but they are not sure, because they may not be really monitored, ...
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“This assignment is for the full term of the assigned rights” - meaning

I try to understand what does "This assignment is for the full term of the assigned rights" mean in the following paragraph: The Consultant hereby assigns to the Client all of its ...
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What does it mean to say that a lexical item is specified for semantic negation? [closed]

What does it mean to say that a negative morpheme is specified for semantic negation while another negative morpheme is not?
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cannot be calculated in the means to the end (translation) [closed]

I came across the following paragraph and couldnt really quite understand what the meaning of the first sentence. Life cannot be calculated in the means to the end. The lessons one learns along ...
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Does it make sense to say that ones' interest in something is “instrumental” if [closed]

if the interest was born out of some personal goal? For instance: My interest in grammar is both academic, in that I enjoy studying languages, and instrumental, in that I hope to become a ...
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Do `no username or password provided` and `no username or no password provided` mean the same?

On a website, which is the correct error message when a user does not provide their username, their password, or both: No username or password provided. or No username or no password ...
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What does wizardhood mean? [closed]

What does wizardhood mean and what is the common uses of this word, tks in advance.
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What does “spit it back out” mean? [closed]

What's the meaning of the expression, “she'd spit it back out”, in the following sentence? That's how Jenny handled language; if she didn't understand it, she'd spit it back out So You Want ...
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How to paraphrase a 3 step process in one sentence? [closed]

Good day everyone, I have the following sentence: Receive qualified developers, screen by more experienced developers. I want to ensure that the meaning is well understood. This sentence is ...
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What are “get well” efforts?

What is the meaning of the phrase "get well" efforts? For example: "Get Well" efforts for newly deployed systems were becoming a standard practice and were consuming funds intended for more ...
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an idea about “for vs. to” issue [duplicate]

I am into finding a convincing formula, or at least a rule of thumb, about when to use "to" and when to use "for" after adjectives - such as easy, difficult, important, interesting, and useful - and ...
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What's the meaning of this sentence? “it was not thought he was going to give evidence until next week” [closed]

What is the meaning of the following sentence ? "it was not thought he was going to give evidence until next week"
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what does 'mission leather chair' mean?

Instantly a dozen dog voices began to shake the roof. While they bayed and howled and yapped I looked at a small alcove office with a rolltop desk and a waiting room with mission leather chairs and ...
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Does the root form of the verb also have the meaning of auxiliary verb? [closed]

Does the root form of the verb also have the meaning of auxiliary verb? For examples, You sit through it because it's your duty. Could it be interpreted as follows? 1) You should sit through ...
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What does “week accommodation” mean?

I have been selected as an intern in a company. The company mentioned in the internship offer letter that it would provide travel and "week accommodation" during the course of Internship. Does that ...
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why are the words 'True Love' used together so much?

I've noticed that many old (often folk) songs use the terms 'true love' together (as opposed to just 'love')? Is it to differentiate it from 'false love', due to metric or syllabic reasons, for ...
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Generalized statements, mostly political

Is there a term used for statements made by politicians (and others) that are nebulous and allow people to infer what they want from them? For example, politicians speak about "Christian values", "...
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“Heaven would be a drink” means?

Sounded like an exclamation, in a movie. It was used when some family members meet each other after a long while.
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What can back room mean related to security?

In an article about Putin's business trips, this passage appeared: For security reasons during presidential trips across Russia the license plate is not placed on the front of the vehicle. As a ...
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Is “over” meaning “again” related to “over”'s other meanings?

In addition to the physical position meaning of "over" there are a number of nonphysical and temporal meanings in common usage, including "again". My own examples: I couldn't read your note. Write ...
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Roster and List - are they synonyms [closed]

I am not native speaker of English. Today I came across this word "roster" and want to understand it better. According to the dictionary, roster means: a list of the people or things that belong to ...
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Expired - Non-Expired

I have to classify the users, like Expired users and not expired users. Shall I use the term Non-Expired to indicate that user is still valid and have enough validity period ? Is there a term ...
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What does the phrase “lead on” mean?

What does the phrase "lead on" mean and how would it be used in idiomatic English? I came across the phrase in a text describing a user interface test, which talked about avoiding bias by "avoiding ...
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Head of / manager?

What's the difference, if any, between maintenance manager and head of maintenance? Are they the same thing?
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What does “performance context” mean?

I am learning about Hamilton (the musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda), and was given this question. Your assignment is just to use the text box to note one thing that seems to be part of the ...
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Is it wrong to explain “appetizers” as “snacks we serve before the main dish”?

I'm a teacher for beginners at an English course in Brazil, and I'd like to explain "appetizers" and "snacks" at the same time. Is it ok if I explain appetizers as snacks we serve before the main ...
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What is preferable way to say the phrase “changeble weather”?

I'd like to know what is the best way to express the situation when the weather changes very often in American English and in British English. For example: "The weather is changeble/irregular/fluid/...