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What would be “India Run” in this article? Does it have some historic background I can't find?

Once the wind and current systems dominant in the Atlantic came to be known, the square sail was adopted for use on the lateen caravel, giving rise to the “caravela redonda”. or square-rigged caravel, ...
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For how long has “as” been synonymous with “because” in British English?

In British English, it seems that "because" can always be replaced with "as." Here is an example of "as" meaning "because" in British English: I popped down to the shops as we were out of loo ...
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converting a phrasal verb into a noun?

Is it common to convert a phrasal verb into a noun, especially a phrasal verb having more than 2 words? I found phrases like "do some figuring out" or "have some figuring out to do" in these days. ...
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“I'm living a lifetime in every minute that we're together.”

I'm living a lifetime in every minute that we're together. quoted from the movie "Notebook" I have a trouble while interpreting the meaning of this sentence. I guess it means he is fully ...
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What is the word for a 'hint' that might help give the solution at the end of movies

For example, in The DaVinci Code (movie), there's an upside-down pyramid shown at the beginning of the movie. When the movie comes to an end, the whole story kind of "gathers" around this pyramid. I ...
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Different meanings of “to fix”

What exactly does fix mean in this context: ...a prearranged signal to Arnold Rothstein that the fix was on. I'm from Germany and I understand to fix in this context as to doctor, to manipulate ...
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Difference between “reel under” and “ reel from”

What is the difference between " reel under a heat wave" and " reel from a heat wave".
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Is “the” changing a meaning of the sentence

In the following sentence (from here) Unlike other carmakers who have offered fuel-cell electric vehicles, or FCEVs, as lease-only propositions, Toyota is first to put a price on such a car, at ...
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What is the meaning of “to spite the whole world"? [closed]

I found that in this text: recently wrote on Twitter that he was willing to revise his position towards ISIL and join it “to spite the whole world" if it stopped labeling other jihadists as ...
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“Go Green !” : Grammatical Analysis

I have been trying to see what is behind the hyped-up phrase "Go Green" and have asked friends to rephrase that buzz-word/cliche, but nobody has given me a satisfactory explanation of what it actually ...
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what is the meaning of “High D”? [closed]

Whtat is the meaning of "High d"? If people say " So, I am a High D and...." what is the meaning of "High D"? I guess this is negative meaning.. Thank you in advance.
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Attorney at law, is there any other kind?

I have wondered from time to time about the phrase "attorney at law." Are there other kinds of attorneys? Attorneys at arms? If not, why do we specify?
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Meaning of Phenotext and Genotext

I haven't been able to find a clear and simple definition of "phenotext" and "genotext", both terms — I believe — were created by Julia Kristeva. All explanations are only pompous texts I have not had ...
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Equivalent of 'Avunculicide'

Avunculicide is the act of killing an uncle. Is there an equivalent term for the act of killing an aunt?
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“He acted strange(ly?)”

It would make sense if both of these sentences were grammatically correct; but is anything different between them meaning-wise? He acted very strange when I told him about the missing amulet. ...
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What is the difference between “perpetrator” and “transgressor”? [closed]

I don't quite understand when one might be applied, but not the other. Also, is anyone who committed a transgression a transgressor, or might they also be perpetrators? Does it make a difference? ...
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What are the difference among “should open” and “should be opened” and “should be opening”?

I am preparing some document. In this document I need to mention User activity and corresponding expected results. For example User activity : User clicks on the Submit button. Expected Results : ...
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“working” in meaning “functioning”

Can I say "the mechanism use tool X in its working" or it will be incorrect? Also, can I use its in the sentence or it is better to remove it from the sentence?
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What does “unless it isn't” mean? [closed]

The following is a quote from the New York Times. What does the last sentence "Unless it isn't" mean? How can you paraphrase it? "On the emotional fulcrum of New York City apartment-hunting, size and ...
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What is a word that means “easy to give up”? [closed]

What is a word that means "easy to give up"? For example, "A person that would give up is more likely to lose a basketball game than a person that never gives up."
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Why our children called as **ward** in the school?

As i checked several email from my daughter school mail communication and i found a strange salute for my child. Your ward has successfully moved one more step ahead. You ward is now in Grade 2 ...
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Is “cause” instead of “because” becoming Standard English?

Nowadays, I'm seeing a drastic increase in usage of cause in place of because, especially in written English. People are in such a hurry, that a statement like below passes off like Standard English: ...
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Peevish, crabby, irritable, and bad-tempered [closed]

What's the difference between them? What the difference between someone who is peevish or irritable and a ‘crabby person’? As far as I get them Peevish — easily annoyed, especially by things that ...
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What is the meaning of “bunt”?

I was reading about advertiser David Ogilvy, and at some point he gives the following advice: Don't bunt. Aim out of the park. Aim for the company of immortals. What is he referring to? I looked ...
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What is the meaning of the verb “to shoot at” someone by using words? [closed]

I´ve seen many interviews where people that were being interviewed said things that were considered offensive and harmful towards someone. But the question is, in all the titles of the interviews, i ...
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Difference between 'melancholic' and adjective 'melancholy'?

Is there any difference in meaning between the adjectives melancholy and melancholic? Can they be used interchangeably? The Oxford Learner's Dictionaries define them as follows: melancholy ...
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Does “walk back” have a meaning of ‘deny’ or 'keep distance from somebody / something.' as an idiom?

I came across the phrase walked back from time.com: a State Department spokesperson had walked back his (John Kerry’s) comments in the Time magazine’s (August 2) article titled, “Oops: John Kerry ...
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I am wondering what it is called when an argument or description uses what the thing is not to expose a point or concept

This is useful when trying to expose on an abstract concept or something that is not a commonly understood. so contracting the difference between complimentary phenomena that are defined. It directs ...
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Meaning and origin of “the grind of my day”

Somebody told me today in chat: before i get into the grind of my day... is there anything you are waiting on from us or need asap? What does the expression the grind of my day mean? Where does ...
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What is the noun for “implore”?

What is the noun form of the word "implore"? I saw some suggestions online for "imploration", but this seems awkward to me.
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Meaning of “ to be dizzying in”

There is a text in my english book that talks about the wetlands from Brazil and there is a sentence that goes like this: "(...) life is dizzying in its abundance, variety and beauty." I have already ...
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What's the meaning of “real gone”

As in the song 'Real Gone' by Sheryl Crow: "Everybody's lookin' for a way to get real gone." Does that mean something cool?
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What is the meaning of the last 2 sentences?

The last 2 sentences of this article say That's 888-972-SEAL. Tell 'em Frank sent you.. What do they mean? From the definition of urbandictionary, Frank refers to a male who is extremely charming ...
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What is the meaning of “free credit” here?

What is the meaning of free credit at this website? Google translate says that credit means the ability of a customer to obtain goods or services before payment, based on the trust that payment will ...
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Usage of “the cubalow” - Has anyone heard the phrase?

When I was a child in the 1950s I remember my mother calling the domestic hot water tank 'the cubalow', sounding like 'queuebelow'. Has anyone else heard this word being used?
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What does “out on” mean in this particular context?

I was listening the song called "Hotline Bling" by Drake, but I don't know what is the meaning of the following expression: Glasses of champagne out on the dance floor. I would appreciate any ...
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Have vs. get in the causative

In causative constructions, for example: I'll have him do it for me. I'll get him to do it for me. What is the difference in meaning between them? Obviously, there's a difference in ...
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What is wrong with the sentence: Scientists found some tracks in the area. It may be dinosaurs [closed]

I am solving some English tests and came up with question to identify the incorrect part in this sentence: Scientists found some tracks in the area. It may be dinosaurs But i didn't know what it is ...
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Drama dialogue, I wanna know the precise meaning [closed]

I like watching American/English drama. But sometimes there are the dialogues I cannot understand easily. IN the dialogue below, I want to know the last two sentences(bold). Please help me. A: ...
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Is there a word to describe when someone has super-sensitive hearing?

What word or phrase could be used to accurately describe when someone has excellent or super-sensitive hearing far beyond that of most people, where they might have, for example: the ability to hear ...
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Is “for a while” equal to “in a while”? [duplicate]

I was reading an article about Apple's products, and at the part describing this years rumor to upcomming new laptop computers it went "a major upgrade has been due for a while" I'm not sure if I ...
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Is 'unrattled' a real word? [closed]

I want a word that describes a person who wouldn't change their position no matter what. Is unrattled a correct word to use?
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Should - what's meaning

Here are 2 sentences: "I was surprised that he should say such a thing." and "I was surprised that he said such a thing." Is there are any difference in meaning between them?
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Question about the meaning of a sentence

The London civil servants of the 1960s and ’70s who all but ignored profitability as they issued directives across British Petroleum’s bloated corporate network were replaced by highly motivated ...
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Does “taking the heart out of something” mean to defeat it?

Does the idiom "taking the heart out of something" mean to defeat it? Context: rituals of science have taken the heart out of the rituals of religion
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What is the difference between “around” and “round”?

When I am writing I often come across the words "around" and "round." I was wondering what is different between them, and how they would be used in different contexts.
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“Blood in our veins” meaning

In the series "The Wire" there's a conversation between the mayor and the police commander that goes like this: - Can't you have police sit on locations where the homeless gather? Monitor them ...
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What does “I don't suffer from insanity” mean? [closed]

I'm pretty confused about a quote I've read on a website. It was written: I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it. I'd like to know what it really means when a person says ...
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“Field of study” vs. “subject of study”

What is the difference between field and subject and what is the discipline here?
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What does “flimsy facade” mean? [closed]

What does "flimsy facade" mean? This is the paragraph: The opposition, which wants the new peace talks to focus on a political transition, said the election was meaningless, while Britain and ...