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What does it mean by “Is that still a thing”?

Someone asks "I want to know about your girl friend. Is that still a thing?" to his friend. What does he exactly ask about? I don't understand. Please help me understand.
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*seniority* in the context of work

generally I associate "seniority" in the workplace with where an employee in the organizational hierarchy, and not with the amount of time an employee has been with the company. This term often ...
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What does “jelly dum dum” mean?

In a conversation on Facebook, I said something like "this makes my ears explode", and someone replied "not sure if jelly dum dum". I want to know what "jelly dum dum" means, please. Thank you!
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First in are the blackest of the black - first in are - meaning, usage

Source: http://theweek.com/article/index/259581/russia-masters-the-art-of-clandestine-warfare-against-ukraine First in are the blackest of the black: case officers for the intelligence community ...
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What is the meaning of “You are only coming through in waves” [closed]

What are all the possible meanings of "You are only coming through in waves"?
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What do dots mean after a sentence?

For example you send an email to a acquaintance or friend. "I've been busy. Recovering from unexpected surgery. My recovery is going well. I will send information on that hobby to you soon. Hope ...
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“To book” used as “to run”

Is it correct to use the verb to book with the meaning of to run? I heard this usage in situations like: The dog ran out and I booked it after him. or I was booking it down the hill. I ...
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Survey vs. Questionnaire?

What is the difference between a survey and a questionnaire? Which word would be more appropriate in a report?
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Thanks for having me [duplicate]

Is it common/correct to say "thanks for having me" after an interviewer says to you "thank you for coming to this interview"? Thanks :) Update: I'm referring to a job interview. (Thanks for pointing ...
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what's the meaning of “When I raised up my heart and pulled together my limbs”? [closed]

I set out at night time and when dawn came, I reached Peten. When I raised up my heart and pulled together my limbs, (B, 25) I heard the sound of cattle and caught sight of Asiatics. One of their ...
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What is the meaning of “here” at the end of a sentence and how should it be used?

I have had a few international friends ask about "here" when used at the end of a sentence such as "I could use a little help here!" or "buy me some time here!". I would like to better explain this to ...
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Derogative vs Offensive

Is a derogative comment an offensive comment? To what extent are these two words synonyms?
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Meanings of “in the sense that” [closed]

What is the meanings of "in the sense that"? Does it mean "that it means"? I tried Oxford, Cambridge and Longman online dictionaries, but there aren't anything. Here are some examples Screwy in the ...
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Is there a difference between “Wrong or Right” and “Right or Wrong”

I was writing about the difference between morals and ethics when i wrote the following line both these terms talk about the right and wrong conduct of people both these terms talk about the ...
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The meaning of “that” in this case? [closed]

"He was given no direction or no influence, other than that of fair chance." Here, what meaning does that have?
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I'm on doing something

This is something I've heard in some TV show. I don't remember which one. I just wrote it down when I heard it. Here it is. -I'm on protecting the public. -Are you still on saving your ...
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'Mushed' meaning

I've been translating the song by Johnny Horton, North to Alaska and was stuck on the word mushed: He talked to his team of huskies as he mushed on through the snow Searching through the ...
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What is a “travel validation”?

I'm currently trying to understand the DS-2019 form that I need to fill for a J1 visa. One thing I don't understand is this: What is a "travel validation"? What does it (in this context) mean to ...
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What does 'engage the general good opinion of their surrounding acquaintance' mean?

..., for many generations, they had lived in so respectable a manner, as to engage the general good opinion of their surrounding acquaintance. (My question) What does 'engage the general good opinion ...
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What special implication does ‘totally’ have in “He’s totally going to call you”?

There was the following sentence in an article titled, “Like, Degrading the Language? No Way” in New York Times (April 5), in which the author says Americans are moving backward on language: ...
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Passed your way - meaning [migrated]

An excerpt from the lyrics for a song called "Mountains of Makkah" sung by Zain Bhikha Oh Mountains of Makkah, what can you say Of the day that Ibrahim passed your way? And He was instructed ...
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Outlier - meaning [closed]

People are rarely interested in looking at raw data; instead, people engaging in data analysis will want to manipulate the raw data to better suit their needs. Examples of common data ...
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what's the meaning of “in the understanding of the times” [closed]

what's the meaning of "in the understanding of the times" When a power center (state) seeks to grow, consolidate its authority, or modernize (in the understanding of the times), it is likely to ...
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Does “get a diagnosis” imply you think the result will be positive?

If x said to someone I want to get a diagnosis for Parkinson's Does that imply that x already believes they have Parkinson's and want confirmation, or does it just imply that x wants a result no ...
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What does “feeling a little precious” mean? [duplicate]

I ran across this phrase in a video made by an Australian walking the Camino de Santiago. He describes a horrible sleep-deprived night and suffering from food poisoning, and states that he's feeling a ...
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Breaking the set - meaning

Breaking the set What does this expression mean? I hear this expression often used in the context of alternative media reports and debates. Here's the link, right at the beginning the host uses that ...
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Want something applied - grammar

While it may be obvious to you that you want the aggregate functions applied to each set of products found in the account table, this query fails because you have not explicitly specified how the ...
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“Must be” with a meaning like “must do”

I see that somebody must do something usually means that someone is obliged to do something. I also see that you must be kidding me means that it is highly likely that you are kidding me. But can ...
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“professions' and ”occupations" what's the differnce?

"professions' and "occupations" difference "Transborder activities and the general dynamics that they produce can be performed by socioeconomic categories, such as professions, occupations, or ...
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What is the meaning of “have a big row” in friendship? [closed]

In friendship, what does have a big row mean? Is it a common expression? What about its style (formal or informal)? Example: It is not long before Soosan falls out with Hooshang, and Kobra and ...
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Meaning of 'All doubtless nourish the soul, but not all fatten the wallet'

I was going through an article on The Economist about returns of higher education and comparison of returns of various fields of study when I encoutered aforementioned phrase. It was quoted in the ...
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What does “wishy-washy” mean?

Question: What does it mean when something is "wishy-washy"? Is it informal? Is it American English, British English or both?
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Another way of saying “easily deceived”?

What's another way of saying easily deceived? I want to have a better vocabulary. Easily deceived sounds a bit basic to me. Is there a better word for that phrase?
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Bike Race question - Loser gets to be the girl [closed]

I don't remember which movie it was in, but there were two men (filled with testosterone), and they had this bet that the loser would be the girl. It was never specified what ''gets to be the girl'' ...
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No coffee, no workee - meaning

No coffee, no workee What does that expression exactly mean? And how do you pronounce it?
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Do readers think of the word “ejaculate” beyond its common sexual meaning? [closed]

I am an editor, and a poet whom I work with has included the expression "I ejaculated little prayers" in one of his stanzas, which we all know has the dictionary meaning of "intensely calling out." ...
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When you say a man is a coward, does it imply femininity by default? Is ''girlish coward'' a common expression?

I was wondering about this and would appreciate your take on the question.
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What does “something eats into somebody” mean? [closed]

What does it eats into you mean? I have read this in a play It eats you, which is normal I like to know what the meaning is and how many meaning I can consider for it.
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Does “eff” mean to describe in words?

If one dissects the word "ineffable", there are three main roots in - not able - able to be done eff The meaning of the root able implies that some part of the word before it must refer to an ...
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What's the meaning of “what was it over”? [closed]

Is it like "what was it about"? For example: - I had a test earlier - oh, really? What was the test over?
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Job interview question [closed]

I'm a French man in my late 20s and I'm applying for a job for a prestigious American company. I've had a job interview with an American woman and she told me all was well but I'd have to be molded to ...
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How does one define rigorous empathy?

How does one define rigorous empathy? I don't even know where to begin. What does it mean? On their own I know what each word means, but I know it's a lot deeper than that.
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“Make of that what you will” – meaning of “will”

Make of that what you will or Do what you will What is the meaning of 'will' in these expressions? Here's some examples: I have had my share of desires and goals, but my life has come to me or I ...
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What's the English equivalent to the German “Manufaktur”?

I'm looking for the English equivalent to the German word Manufaktur. Basically, a Manufaktur is just a factory, but in German it is assigned with "premium" and "hand-made". The term comes up as a ...
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is “purile” a word? [closed]

I can't find it on any dictionary. It could be spelt wrong but google doesn't correct it. it could be obsolete but any such (outdated) record doesn't seem to be in existence. the word could either be ...
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Iambs, Trochees, Spondees, Dactyls, and Anapests [closed]

What are the uses of Iambs, Trochees, Spondees, Dactyls, and Anapests (in poetry? are they forms of different units in poetry?)? I'm looking for clear definitions and some relevant examples that do ...
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what is the difference between 'same', 'typical' and 'similar'?

What is the difference between 'same', 'typical' and 'similar', as all conveys the same meaning.
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What does “what for” mean and where did it come from?"

There is a fight scene in one of my favorite movies in which the main character says "Give them what for!" I've hear this term many times before (usually from old south-eastern Americans,) but no ...
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What would be a word for describing a tendency to take the literal meaning of words above the accepted meaning?

For example someone accused of homophobia would answer that isn't correct as he is not afraid of homosexuals. The accepted meaning of homophobia is, of course, a much wider range of negative ...