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meaning of 'play point'

What made Tinder Tinder was the work of a team: Joe Munoz, who built the technical back end; Jonathan Badeen, who wrote the iOS code; Christopher Gulczynski, who created the design; Rad, who ...
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meaning of “i'd kill for that …” [closed]

there is an conversation between two guys in Bigbang Theory. I really don't understand what "I'd kill for taht women's bone structure" mean. A: which celebrity would you say i look like the most ...
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Is “balanced literacy” a generic term, or elementary education specific?

“The Room for Debate Section” of New York Times (July 3rd) deals with “the Right Approach to Reading Instruction,” and throws the question; “The student-led approach to reading and writing known ...
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Why is saying “cr@p” more socially acceptable than saying “sh!t” is?

I know shit is generally considered vulgar swearing in any context, while crap (though it's normally used as a swear word) is often used and allowed in decent contexts. How did this happen, since ...
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If Atheism is the rejection of all religions equally what is the polar opposite?

If an 'atheist' is someone that does not believe in all deities with equal disbelief, what would you call someone that believed in 'all deities' equally?
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Sweating on Somebody: meaning?

I listen to my fair share of Hip-Hop but I'm still not sure what * exactly* it means for a guy to be " sweating" on a girl or vice-versa. I had a look on Urban Dictionary but couldn't really find ...
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Meaning - 'the sword and the purse'

Because it lacks the legitimacy and accountability that come with election and the power that derives from the sword and the purse, the Supreme Court’s authority rests on public acceptance of its ...
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Question about meaning of “Object” in the Declaration of Independence

Referring to this: "But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, ...
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“Charge it by the blink” vs. “charge it in blinks”

Which of these sentences is grammatically and semantically more appropriate? Lawyers measure time and charge it by the blink. Lawyers measure time and charge it in blinks.
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meaning of “or”

is the word nuclear assumed after the "or" in the following sentence? "by nuclear action or radiation or radioactive contamination" In other words, does the "or" assume that the Nuclear applies to ...
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Be notified VS get notified [duplicate]

when wanting to inform someone of some future event, in which way would you say it, and what are the differences, if any? (you will) be notified (...) (you will) get notified (...)
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Open the rivers of Heaven?

I've heard someone saying "Their task in worship is to open the rivers of Heaven", and I understand that it means something like "Their task is to make worship extremely beautiful", but is there a ...
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What is the meaning of the word “Jovie”?

For a non english speaker what is Jovie ? I’ve looked for the definitions at Google images, which provides some various conotations Google Images Search for Jovie
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What is “the culinary chops”?

The article of Time magazine (June 23, 2014) titled “Don’t blame fat” says “New science reveals fat isn’t what hurting our health, and wraps up with the following sentence. How we eat –whether we ...
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degrees of temperature and humidity [closed]

I am currently working on a game where the different areas of the map will have different climates. I wish to have 5 different levels of temperature and humidity for the different climates. I ...
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“no longer…when…”--ambiguity?

I was reading this sentence and thought it ambiguous: The trees must have grown since he died because they were no longer young when I first saw them. This could mean: 1) The trees were already old ...
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Can we authenticate the claim that “grungy” was used to mean “envious or jealous” in 1920s slang?

A recent question on EL&U asks "Where did the 1920s slang word "grungy" (meaning "envious") originate, if the modern word "grungy" (meaning "dingy") ...
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What is the difference between assumption and conjecture?

An assumption is a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof. A conjecture is to form an opinion or supposition about (something) on the basis of incomplete information. ...
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“Take the weight off your feet”: offensive?

I kind of have the impression that the phrase, "take the weight off your feet," is offensive towards fat people (sorry couldn't think of any PC terms). Is my impression correct? or have I just ...
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What does 'address an issue' mean? [closed]

I always understood 'address an issue' to mean fix or solve an issue. However, a colleague of mine questioned this today and after doing a web search it seems that the more correct or common meaning ...
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“There was Minta, wreathed, tinted, garish on the stairs…”

This is part of a sentence in Woolf's To the lighthouse. Minta is in a different state of mind from her husband, she's back at 3am after a party while he went to bed early and sternly: There was ...
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meaning of “no earlier than x months from …” [duplicate]

Are the following two statements written in correct grammar? What do they mean? Can they be written in more easily understandable manner? If yes, how should they be re-written? The student's pass ...
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Drinks Shirley - Slang for overhead dispenser? [closed]

In a TV series, a man from London (living in Canada) asked for the house bar using the word "Drinks Shirley". What does it mean exactly? Is it this kind of dispenser?
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Intuition - short shrift

Would someone please explain the intuition or connection behind the definition of shrift and short shrift? How does the former imply the latter?
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What is the meaning of the word “along” in this context?

I am a bit confused with the usage of the word "along" in a sentence from some lecture slides "check if X lies on the path along existing neighbors" Does this mean that X is structured in this form: ...
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Tidy up - put things in order

According to English WordNet, tidy up has a meaning: put (things or places) in order: "Tidy up your room!" I feel comfortable with the use of "Tidy up your room!" However, what is the exact ...
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Meaning and usage of “Queens rules”

In one podcast I've stumbled upon the following dialog (two hosts discussing new version of software, one of them like it other - not, both of them males): xxx: Ok, we both have tried that version ...
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Is “nerd” really an abusive or hurting word? [closed]

Calling someone a nerd turns them off, although they are geeky sticking to computers and books all the time. Is it right to call someone a nerd or should we just go with diligent/studious (the very ...
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Meaning of “makeshift dias”? [closed]

What is the meaning of makeshift dias in this passage? He had invited over a hundred guests, including members of the press. He addressed everyone from a makeshift dias.
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Is Necrophagia The Act Of Eating Dead Animal Flesh Only?

Does necrophagia apply only to consuming animal flesh, or also human flesh?
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What is the term that describes a group of animals; gaggle of geese, murder of crows [duplicate]

I'm looking for the term, word and or phrase that describes groups of animals. I'd like to know all the words that refer to all groups of animals.
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Get or fetch when the object might not be there? [duplicate]

Upon doing some research I stumbled upon this answer: (...) Fetch means that you are going to get something, and bring it back. Get doesn't necessarily mean that you are bringing it ...
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Semantic shift in “around”

I'm interested in the use of "around" as a synomym for "about, concerning, related to", which doesn't seem to be recorded in current dictionaries. I'd call it an academic/pseudo-academic usage and ...
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Are “bunk” and “bunker” directly related?

When did the term bunk (in the sense of sleeping berth) arise, and what if any connection does it have to the noun bunker? Merriam-Webster's Eleventh Collegiate Dictionary (2003) gives a first ...
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What is the opposite of “down-home cooking”? [closed]

What is the opposite of down-home cooking? Somehow uptown gastronomy doesn’t sound right.
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Some problems in understanding a word in a sentence [closed]

I am translating the following text from English to Italian and it is not very clear for me the meanig of the phrase written in bold. Can somebody help me? Thank you in advance. Twitter is an ...
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What does “writing intentions” mean in the following context? [closed]

In the following line, I'm not sure what "writing intentions" means at the end. "Even if you've written 20 scripts before, perhaps you need help on dialogue, a clearer inciting incident, ...
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Meaning of “over them” [closed]

I took out the reports. He pored over them. In this sentence, what is the meaning of "over them"? I guess it would be "fully".
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Meaning of “for the day” [closed]

I Google'd "for the day" but it seems that it is not precisely an idiom. Does it mean during day time or for a whole day? Here is the sentence where I found that expression: Now I could take a ...
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to give someone until

I'm reading Women by Charles Bukowski and stumbled upon the following dialog: Dee Dee was standing next to me. "Please tell her," she said, "to give me until September." "Forget her," Lydia ...
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The Sand Scrunched Beneath My Feet [closed]

I was reading Ivan Klima's No Saints Or Angels and found the highlighted part in the following sentence not quite clear: When Karel1 left me, I tried to give her2 that love, but it’s impossible ...
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“No less than” when referring to non-quantities

I came across this answer to the question "Which of the following best summarizes the main points of the argument?" In an LSAT practice test: Balanced reporting requires impartially revealing ...
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Why the use of 'clock' in the following sentence?

"Bob clocked Joe right in the nose." In this sentence, "clocked" indicates that Bob punched Joe directly in Joe's nose. How did 'clock' come to be used in such a way? Is it colloquial/vernacular to ...
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What is the difference between doctrine and dogma? [closed]

How exactly do the literal meanings of doctrine and dogma differ? Or do they? Are their definitions suitable in religious context only?
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Correct use of “albeit”, particularly with regard to commas

I’m not quite sure that the following sentence is gramatically correct. If it is, I wonder where I should put the comma or commas in the sentence using albeit. Obesity rates amongst men, whose ...
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The use of “So X as to Y”

First of all, note that this is not a duplicate question of another one asking about the usage of so as to, since this one is asking about the structure of so . . . as to. . . . I understand this ...
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Is the term “professional” justifiably reduced to “being paid to do something”?

I very often hear people call themselves professional at something they haven’t been doing long. On the rare occasions that I ask them how they feel able to qualify themselves as professional, the ...
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Is 'much better' correct usage? [closed]

We say much is Positive degree and Better is comparative. How can they be combined?
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What does “she was as generous in sharing her death as she was in sharing her life” mean? [closed]

I just started reading this book called "A Dirty Job" by Christopher Moore. The author has dedicated his work to Patricia Moss by this sentence: This book is dedicated to Patricia Moss, who was as ...
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Meaning of palm [closed]

What is the meaning of Palm and grease in this sentence. He then listed out the palms we had to grease in order to open a place to teach kids in our country. I read this sentence from the book ...