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Great trials have turned on less

What excactly does it mean when in a sentence "It occured to me then that great trials have turned on less."?
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What does the term “Wouldn't blink twice” mean in context and what is it's meaning literally?

I did not find any results to my liking on google or on English SE. What does the term "wouldn't blink twice" mean when used in a sentence as follow: "If I saw [person's name] walking down the ...
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In the rap Baby Got Back, does Sir Mix-a-Lot's anaconda want buns or not? [duplicate]

In the rap Baby Got Back, Sir Mix-a-Lot claims: My anaconda don't want none unless you've got buns, hun. Which at first glance would appear that his pet snake doesn't want any (food, presumably) ...
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Word for person with lots of energy

What do you call someone who has lots of energy and always in good mood.
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“In general,…”: do mathematicians use this phrase oppositely from everyone else?

In mathematical writings, one often encounters statements involving the phrase "in general" in the following sense: After the number 2, the next few prime numbers (3,5,7) are each odd numbers, and ...
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what is the meaning of the following lines? [closed]

Please help me to know the meaning of thefollowing "Now set the x value to anything but zero,LED should be on position"
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Use of the phrase “so that”

In my current understanding, after the phrase "so that" should be the purpose of the action/incident preceding to "so that". For example: Darwinism must die so that evolution may live. However I ...
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Is there a relation between the words “import” (trade) and “important” (valuable)?

Is there a relation between the words import (in a trade sense) and important (special, etc)? It seems to me that there is, or rather that there should be, but I was wondering if anyone can give some ...
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'Broken Shells Make Temple bells' meaning? [closed]

There is a great Irish song 'As I Rover Out'. The 'Omnia' band made a remake of this song called 'Who Are You?' The meaning of the certain sentence in this remake became a subject of discussion ...
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The word “darg ”

What would the word darg mean in the novel 'the invisible man' where a person has been bit by a dog of a carrier person.
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“make a change” or “make a difference”

I was reading a book with tests when I encountered this question: < "If you quit your job, you'll have to make do with fewer material possessions. Those who've decided to (make a change/make a ...
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What is a “roll-off”?

"Studies show a substantial profitability roll-off." What does "roll-off" mean? Is it another word for "decrease"?
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Is it ok to say “easy to make out reasons” [closed]

I have a scenario: A policeman wantonly or egregiously declines a person's request and instead comes up with reasons for declining. I want to say it is very easy for police to come up with reasons if ...
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The exact meaning of “Cross Section”

I, and of course you, know the public meaning of "cross section" but I could not understand its meaning in the following sentence: "GPUs offer high computational power but require high scheduling ...
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Usage/meaning of “brattery”

Looking for translations of room for children I found the word "brattery" along with the word "nursery", which I believe is most commonly used for children's room in a house. Is "brattery" still in ...
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What is the meaning of “ail” in this dictionary website example? [closed]

What can substitute the word ail in the sentence Another fact you ail to demonstrate is how the wealthy somehow get rich on the back of the poor without changing the meaning? [Quote from ...
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What type of punishment was “Then thou shalt drink !”?

In The Proverbs, Epigrams, and Miscellanies of John Heywood (1562) among the many historical English proverbs which I recognized, one particular epigram stood out. Entitled “Of Catching a Fly” It ...
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Can “nepotist” mean the recipient of nepotism? [closed]

I'm looking for a word that describe someone who benefits from nepotism. My initial thought was "nepotist," but I've only ever seen that word used to refer to the giver of benefits, not the ...
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What is the word - A secret that passes on from a person to person

I forgot this word. I tell a person a secret and ask him not to tell it to anyone else. That 2nd person tells another person and tells him not to disclose it to anyone else. But this goes on. ...
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Word for “Approve or Deny” [closed]

I am looking for a word to describe someone who approves or denies something. However, the word must start with a "C". Here is how it is so far: # CueCreator <-- The person who creates the Cue # ...
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to account for something vs. to take something into account

What is the difference of "to account for something" and "take something into account"? Example: a) Spatial regression models must take into account spatial dependence. b) The search for regional ...
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“That is what I told her.” “That was what I told her.” Meanings are different? [closed]

(1)That is what I told her. (2)That was what I told her. Are their meanings different?? And I found that some people on the net(not english native speakers) said using "that" with past ...
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regarding the phrase “carry perspective” and “carry standpoint”

I've encountered a phrase that I can't make out as yet despite my futile attempts to look it up in several dictionaries, along with browsing several online articles containing such phrase. It's in a ...
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Part of Speech, adverb or adjective?

"There ain't no tellin'," sobbed Nancy. "She lay back that white an' still she might easy be dead; but Miss Polly said she wa'n't dead--an' Miss Polly had oughter know, if any one would--she kept up ...
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What does “Sorry, that didn't make sense” mean? [migrated]

What is the meaning of the phrase Sorry, that didn't make sense? When I apologized to someone, she said that to me.
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Use of the phrase with abandon

I came across this phrase on Stack Overflow and I was a little confused as to its meaning: Every major browser now has a built in console which your would-be hacker can use with abandon... I ...
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Sublime: I think my understanding of this word is a little off, help please?

When I was introduced to the word sublime in a philosophy class, what I heard, which now I am realizing may not be the case, was that sublime meant so beautiful that it crossed the line of pleasure ...
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Far more … than meaning

Theft of an idea is far more difficult for proving in court than word-for-word plagiarism. Can far more be used in that sentence? What does it mean?
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What is the difference between “to view” and “to see”?

Could you provide some usage examples when they both can be used and some in which only one of them is appropriate? In particular, which is better between "you can come and see the house" and "you can ...
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Does smiles all over mean smiles are ended?

It is silly but I got confused over does it mean smiles are ended or does it mean smiles are everywhere?
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Can I use the word “compensate” to mean “adjust to correct” something?

I am wondering if I can use the word "compensate" to mean "adjust to correct" something in a document for a programming/mechanic related subject? E.g. Can "position compensation of target objects" ...
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What does “Y/Y” mean?

In a power-point presentation about interent trends, the abbreviation Y/Y is being used: 25MM+ people (+14x Y/Y) use Duolingo app to learn new language 12MM+ teachers / students / parents ...
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What does “MM” mean in this context?

There are lots of definitions for MM, but which one is used in the following two sentences? 25MM+ people (+14x Y/Y) use Duolingo app to learn new language 12MM+ teachers / students / parents ...
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Does the construction “X is not as Y as Z” imply that X is less Y than Z, or just not equivalent?

For example, if I say "pop tarts are not as delicious as sushi" does that necessarily imply that I think pop tarts are less delicious than sushi or just that they have a different level of ...
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Most appropriate use of 'to prioritise'?

Online dictionaries I have consulted are ambiguous on this. Does 'to prioritise' something mean just to give something a priority value (eg. Low) or to set that value to 'High' (or both)? In many ...
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Who is one who participates in skulduggery?

Is there an English word for one who participates in skulduggery? The form I'm looking for is something like 'skuldugger', but I wasn't able to find that word anywhere in the OED. There are probably ...
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Is “goon” really modern?

Since "gun" in Norse German makes "Gunther" mean "warrior, then could "gaunre," (which means "steal" in Dutch Mennonite Nether Saxon -- Low German) be the origin of "gun" heard in English "goon"? ...
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Is it correct to write 'valuable asset'?

According to this dictionary, the word 'asset' already includes a value in its meaning : A useful or valuable thing or person: quick reflexes were his chief assets the school is an asset ...
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Is the § character recognizable as an icon for legal matters in English speaking countries?

I need a symbol in my navigation to represent the legal portions of a web application (disclaimer, imprint, and so on). I thought that it would be appropriate to use the § character; my customer ...
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Are “hurt” interchangeable with “harm” in this case?

The slowing development of the real estate sector will hurt/harm the overall economical growth. "Hurt" to me is often used with somebody or one's feelings. It has connotation of "pain. So I prefer ...
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Do auroras count as an “optical” phenomenon?

This question relates to the exact meaning of "optical". I would normally say that optics refer to phenomena caused by the behavior of light through different media, like reflection, refraction, ...
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What does the phrase “behind deadline” mean?

If someone (or something) is behind deadline, does it mean that she/he has already missed a deadline or does it mean that she/he is about to miss a deadline ?
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Are any senses of the word 'candidate' acceptable for attributive-noun usage?

I've just used 'candidate' attributively to mean '[worth considering as] a real possibility [for the purpose stated, or implied by context] (eg a candidate term or construction). I've not been able ...
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What does “red hot” mean?

For instance, a vendor who is crying in the street "red hot! red hot!". Does it mean a chili pepper? The action takes place in New Orleans.
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what's the meaning of “at its own peril”? [migrated]

i don't undersand the meaning of this expression "at its own peril" for example the outside world neglects these conflicts at its own peril. or State neglects tourism at its own peril
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What's the word for horny but not in a sexual way [closed]

Its sorta weird but its the feeling you get when horny, but its not sexual
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What’s the difference of ‘Truth with capital T” from truth with small t?

In New York Times (November 1) article titled “A cup of G.I Joe,” Maureen Dowd introduces the following remarks from Howard Schultz, the C.E.O. of Starbucks about Leadership. Dowd suspects if Shultz ...
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Like masthead, motto, logo

What is the word for an image and/or phrase that might be painted or hung on the main wall of an organization's lobby? Not their "logo" but a deeper, more complex, more internal symbol. That's ...
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Definition of “Kissing Cousins”--Are the Dictionaries Wrong/Incomplete?

With relatives in the US south, I always thought that the definition of "kissing cousin" was a second cousin (or more distant) whom you could kiss and subsequently marry (FWIW I never did either!). ...
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What does “Picadillo” mean

I've heard expressions such as "He's had his picadillos" or "The Picadillos of his youth". But I can't seem to find any definitions on google (Maybe I'm just spelling it wrong? haha), only examples ...