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“the deep” vs “the depths”

What is the difference between deep (as a noun) and depths? Since deep is primarily an adjective, when one would use it rather than depths? From what I see the deep (always with the and in singular) ...
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A quick question about double negative

What is the meaning of "Never see no evil"? I found this phrase on a picture of a teddy bear covering his face with his paws, and there are crosses on the ground. I'm guessing it means if you are not ...
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Merriam-Webster redefinining “literally”

I think Webster's decision to redefine the word "literally" is wrong. The use of 'literally', where 'figuratively' is appropriate, has two potential causes. Either the speaker doesn't know the ...
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What does “the New York egoscape “ mean?

I was interested in the word, “egoscape” used in the following paragraph of the New Yorker magazine’s (March 14) article written by David Remnick under the title “American Demagogue”: “For a long ...
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Is it common for “unmitigated” to be used hyperbolically?

In Thousands of radioactive boars are overrunning farmland in Fukushima, the word "unmitigated" is used, even though it isn't an unqualified disaster, as noted in the next sentence. Nuclear ...
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replacing “preface” to “opening words”

when I write the first page of the book listing the contents of the book has, would it be proper if I choose the word "opening words" rather than the word "preface" like opening words (preface) ...
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Must you die to have been electrocuted?

While most sources seem to agree that death is an important part of being electrocuted, some believe that injuries caused by electricity also fit the definition. Electrocute: to kill (a person ...
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On the use of “Antonymous”

According to dictionary.com, the word Antonym means A word opposite in meaning to another , while Synonym means a word having the same meaning or nearly the same meaning as another . ...
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Meaning of “a century old if it was a day” [duplicate]

In Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, there is the following sentence (emphasis mine): It was a flaking three-story house in the ancient part of the city, a century old if it was a day, but like all ...
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Meaning of government-run in paragraph?

Could anyone guide me the meaning of government-run in below paragraph? Until the late 1980s, cannabis and opium were legal in India, sold in government-run shops and traded by the British East ...
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is there some difference between the word “official” and “officer”

if I use the word "official" as a noun, then does it have some difference with the word "officer" ?? sample sentence: there are three major officers, head official, deputy official and other officer ...
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Is 'seeing' after 'open to' a correct sentence?

In a book that I'm reading, there is a sentence: We seem to be quite open to seeing others as people rather than coworkers or competitors. I just wonder I should be see not seeing in the above ...
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Overhear and Eavesdrop [closed]

I am unsure about the relationship between overhearing and eavesdropping. Am I right to think that overhearing is always unintentional, and eavesdropping is always intentional? Or is eavesdropping a ...
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What is the technical term for up & down, back & forth, and left & right?

When I of speak of direction, I'm speaking about our perception relative to the earth. We all intuitively know about all three directions. For instance, if we throw a ball, it is moving constantly ...
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What qualifies as first generation

Sometimes, I feel that the term "first generation" is used sort of vaguely sometimes. So it confuses me (because my situation) is a little bit complicated. My dad, was an immigrant from a foreign ...
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Meaning of “Busted” as an adjective [closed]

What does "busted" mean in this context? He also possesses a glass eye, an ear for heavy metal, and a busted internal radar. In reference to character Michael Burry from the movie "The Big ...
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What is meaning of few terms in this paragraph?

I came across this paragraph in a book. I am unable to understand this; What does "against the action of state" and "against state's action" in first line refer to? Aren't they both same thing? The ...
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Sentence with two possible meanings

I was reading this sentence and was a bit confused because it has two possible meanings: But I want to terminate the session as soon as user closes the browser using Ajax.           — Source ...
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Can I “need” something that is not essential?

It seems that 'need' can mean logical sufficiency, that it can mean that what has that need is essential to the need (not vice versa). I need to be the best. Correct me if that's wrong. But can I ...
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Is there anything wrong with my interpretation of this sentence?

I'm not sure about the meaning of Flights arriving on Jet Green Air have been delayed intermittently. This sentence is found on this website. The following is my interpretation of this ...
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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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What do you call someone who reacts impulsively in distressing situations? [closed]

What do you call someone who reacts impulsively when faced with distressing circumstances? I would prefer a formal word that would be appropriate for essays.
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Why does “keep tabs on” mean what it means

Keep tabs on sth/sb means "to ​watch something or someone ​carefully". Why is that? Can somebody analyze and explain this idiom, please? What does "tabs" mean here, and how does the whole phrase ...
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what does “gopher” means in computer programming context?

what does "Gopher" means in computer programming context? Like this: Great, now you know how to use interfaces, and I don’t need to talk about them any more, right? Well, no, not really. Let’s look at ...
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What is the range meant when the following relative dates are mentioned? [on hold]

I work from Monday to Saturday. I have a list of things that I have to do which have been scheduled, so if I tell someone to get me the list of tasks for this week, what would the range scope be if ...
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Meaning of “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”

One of our customers gave this review at our restaurant. What is its meaning? The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog Is this a positive review or negative review?
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Would it be weird if I use the word “prevailing” in this context? [closed]

Mud flat is prevailing in the country Is it weird to use "prevailing" to say there are many mud flat places ??
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What is this package for bread saying?

It has a little journal on it that seems to be written by the founder, and it begins "My lasting memory of that trip to France in 1952, is of sensuality. Today, one would have to step off an aeroplane ...
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Is there a word to describe someone/something that is given a title prematurely?

For example a coal refered to as a diamond when it hasn't been transformed into one.
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Why “extraordinary” means special? [closed]

If I say something is extra spicy, it means it's very spicy. Right? So why does extraordinary mean special, instead of very ordinary?
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Classification: usage in the marine community

I recently heard "classification society" in a conversation - I thought it's an organization that classify or sort things somehow. My friend later explained a classification society is actually a ...
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what does “It was far from the only move in his arsenal” mean?

I was reading an article about Michael Jordan, and at the part describing his jumping skill it went "Then he'd gently descend back to earth. It was far from the only move in his arsenal: for several ...
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Create or re-create?

I'm wondering if 're-create' is a better word than 'create' in the following: The vegetarian chef is good at creating / re-creating meat dishes. I want to say the chef can make vegetarian dishes ...
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A word that means, “Something filled with many mistakes or errors”?

Is there a word that referrs to something full of errors, that can be used in the following sentence? She told him something that could not possibly be pronounced by any human, and the syntax ...
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Is there a word to describe the act of suddenly halting by virtue of feeling shy or intimidated?

I'm looking for a word that can fit into this sentence, "She paused with timid caution and then resumed her lope as if led by the dangling of her small interlaced hands, a magnetic sweeping of the ...
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What does the word 'candle-skin' mean?

In the book Cider with Rosie, an autobiographical coming-of-age novel written by British author Laurie Lee and published in 1959, I find the word 'candle-skin', which I tried to look up in many online ...
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What does “eat” mean (not so easy) [closed]

Easy isn't it? everyone knows what "eat" means. Except I'm not sure there is agreement. We probably all agree that to eat, one puts food in the mouth, masticate (chew) and swallow. But is even ...
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what is the difference between “seek” or “search” ? [duplicate]

Can I use a verb seek in this way "makes me seek more rewarding and challenging environment"? Thank you
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what does “considers most” mean here?

The United States signed but has not yet ratified the Convention; however, the United States considers most of the Vienna Convention’s rules as representing customary international law. does it ...
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Is “defease” an English word? [closed]

I saw people using the word "defeased" in a sentence. I guess the original form of the word should be defease, but I could not find "defease" in any dictionary. Is defease an English word? What does ...
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Why are consequences usually associated with something negative?

Consequence often has a negative tone. For example, we are more likely to say, "Bob did not study, as a consequence he failed his test." But for the opposite we usually say, "Bob studied, therefore he ...
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What does “be (totally) on” mean?

Today I come across the headline、“Meek and Nicki are still totally on” followed by sub-headline, “Just stop asking when they're getting engaged.” in the Scene site. Does “A and B are on” mean A and B ...
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what does “preceding warfare” means? [closed]

Peace treaties concluded after cessation of hostilities were usually considered to be valid because of preceding warfare. preceding means "come before (something) in time" warfare means ...
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“Tell me which is your favourite one” or “Tell me which your favourite one is”? [closed]

in a situation where I'm showing three pictures to someone, what is grammatically correct to say (and with what difference in meaning)? Tell me which is your favourite one. or Tell me which your ...
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What do “ that” and “ at a cost” mean in the following sentence?

I struggles to understand the sentence in bold in the following essay because of the usage of at a cost and following the word that. Geothermal energy is natural heat from the interior of the ...
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Accepting criticism [closed]

What are some words or phrases that say that we will accept criticism or any words thrown at us? I want to respond in a way so the bond between us is never broken. I don't want to take things ...
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On the use of “Dissent”. [closed]

The moratorium on the use of cars caused great dissent among the citizens. Can I use the word dissent in this sentence? If not, what can I use? Thanks!
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What do denotative and connotative mean and how are they used? [duplicate]

So I'm reading a text about antonyms and among the elements that define the strength of an antonym I found this quote: Secondly, the dimension has to be predominantly denotative rather than ...
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Meaning of golden thread

What is implied when this person says "like a golden thread"? The whole context is as follows: “The Kingdom theme runs through the Bible like a golden thread. That is so, even though about 40 ...
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Term for being mad at someone for something you know they didn't do

In particular, if one is mad at a another person for something they did in a dream. For example, I woke up this morning from a dream where my girlfriend hurt me, to see her next to me. I know it was a ...