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Is it possible to 'claim' a concession?

Underlying most OED definitions of the word claim, both noun and verb, is some notion of right or entitlement. ( An exception arises in the case of meaning 2c - the loosely used he claimed to be ...
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“concession” in “concession of something due”

I have trouble construing the meaning of this sentence: "claim implies a demand for the delivery or concession of something due as one's own or one's right" [[from Merriam-Webster Online ...
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The Yellow Wallpaper - What does *Smooch* mean?

I was reading a brilliant piece of Feminist Literature : The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman which uses the word smooch three times, all in reference to the yellow wallpaper: Then ...
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What is the correct usage of 'as to'?

I became curious about how to use 'as to.' I remember I've seen it several times in many sentences, but I cannot be quite sure of its correct usage. For example, am I using it right when I say "Would ...
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What is the difference between 'dimension', 'dimensional' and 'dimensionality'?

Could someone show me the difference? I do not know how to distinguish the usage of dimension and dimensionality when saying something is high-dimensional.
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'In doing this' or 'by doing this'? Which is more common in this context? [closed]

In doing this or by doing this? Is the following sentence correct as is? In doing this, [the products] benefit from greater diversification and wider reach. ('In doing this' refers to the ...
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Is it appropriate to use “reunion” for meeting only one person after a long time? If not, what's the alternative?

I met a childhood friend after over 15 years. It was myself, my spouse (who had never met the friend), and this friend. Would I use reunion for this situation, as it always makes me feel it's for a ...
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Electronic module or unit?

I make circuit boards with micro controllers that I mount inside plastic cases. I've always referred to them as electronic control modules. But what is really the best word for these? Electronic ...
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Does 'Digressing others' make sense? [closed]

One of my friends said the other day: 'Digressing others is a part of my job' Does this phrase make sense?
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Fiscal versus Financial [closed]

I've never quite got the hang of this one. Money is the object, but what's the difference between for example 'fiscal policy' and' financial policy', or are they indeed merely synonyms?
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Is envy a theme or a motif? [closed]

I'm writing about a film - one of the events in the film is that I'm reminded of envy between two characters. Towards the end this re-appears. Which one is best? : With the previous motif of envy ...
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Difference in usage between “with” and “in” when describing clothing

What is the difference between "in red uniform" and "with red uniform"? When are with and in used when describing someone's clothing?
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The meaning of “ haut to trot”?

What's the meaning of this expression " Modelling : She's haut to trot !"
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Meaning of “curled” in a sentence

Could you please give explanation of word "curled" in the next sentence I curled it and it correctly returns status code 400. And please provide characteristic of it (how much is it slangy?), ...
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What does “Tender on a bid…” mean? [closed]

You have been asked by your manager to tender on a bid to develop [x] for [x]. What does "Tender on a bid" mean in this context?
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What is meant by “we got a live one” in following context?

Here is the clip from "Finding Nemo" where "live one" was used. http://youtu.be/zycSnw5PP0g?t=2m19s
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What does tympany mean? [closed]

There is tympanic cavity but also intestinal tympany (distended bowel). I cannot see relation. What does tympany mean?
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What's the meaning of “too tidy an explanation”?

I found this expression in the following sentence: When he put it that way I felt a little foolish, like it was much too tidy an explanation. What does “too tidy an explanation” mean? Does it ...
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what word means “to be exposed to new things”? [closed]

I need a word other than exposure to explain that the benefit of a college education has lead to "exposure" to different cultures.
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As my friend already introduced

Is it correct to use the following sentence part As my friend already introduced, ... when I want to express something like As my friend has already communicated to you, ... with ... ...
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Correct?: To come upon such positive resonance

I am trying to find a good translation for the German Auf eine positive Resonanz stoßen Can one say Something comes upon such positive resonance when I want to express that something is ...
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Is someone a specific person? [closed]

Is someone a specific person? I ask this because some people think so as a comment to my second answer to this question(Is there a correct gender-neutral, singular pronoun (“his” versus “her” versus ...
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Is this correct usage of “latter”?

I'm looking through some text in a software application I work on. We give the user several options for when they want to calculate their social security. One of these options is "Retirement or 62 ...
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What word or phrase describes when someone makes an unreasonable request

When someone asks you to verify everything, but there is no complete description of what "everything" encompasses. e.g. When you have a complex system with tens of thousands of moving parts, and your ...
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can I replace “data” with “pieces on information”

"Pieces of information are transmitted across the Internet in packets of limited size called datagrams."
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can I use “Bus rider” for “Bus passenger”?

I want to write something about bus public transit and I want to know weather it is common to use the term "Bus rider" for "bus passenger"?
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Meaning of 'head screwed tightly to one's shoulders' [closed]

I came across a comment on The Economist article about hardships people working on lower wages or living off disability payments face. In one of the comments, one commentator narrates a story of a ...
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Seeking help in deciding correctness of sentences [closed]

I am proof reading my friends resume, He has written his career Objective as below: 1) Seeking a challenging position in an organization, where my skills and my education background can add value ...
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Synonym for the word helpful or caring [closed]

I host international students and am always helping others. Whats a good word to express my desire to help others? I want a japanese tattoo with a powerful word but dont know what to use that relates ...
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premise or principle? which one?

these words almost bear the same meaning I assume, but not sure if they are exactly the same.. if not, when is it better to use each?
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Is this sentence comprehensible?

Heyho! I've been discussing the following sentence with my girlfriend for days. For me (the author :)) it is understandable. She thinks that the point is hard to get and the sentence could be better ...
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Understanding new word [closed]

I'm learning English as my second language. Now I want to improve my vocabulary by reading because I have heard that the best and the fastest way to explode vocabulary is reading as much as ...
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Use of word DOWN [closed]

Why do we use word DOWN with some verbs. What difference does it make? e.g. 'I am writing it' or 'I am writing it down'. Track it or Track it down etc.
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That's a “fair” question

I have a question about "fair". Boss: Why you left your previous workplace? Interviewer: That's a "fair" question... What does "fair" mean? Does it mean good, reasonable, agreeable, or others? Does ...
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“acknowledgement” or “recognition”?

Years ago I wrote an essay on aggressiveness and one of my sentences was "a strong defence against the outside world can be an acknowledgment of internal human failure..." My teacher then crossed out ...
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Difference between discourses and worldviews

I wondered if any one could help me to differentiate between worldviews (see the Cultural Theory of Risk for further information) and discourses (and their interrelation, if applicable). Thanks in ...
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What does “wouldn't be exaggerating to say” mean? [closed]

Example: "It is very potent, which is surprising, actually," said Pandey. "I wouldn’t be exaggerating to say it's a little bit better than dandelion root extract." Why not just say "It is very ...
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What does “Thanks for having me” mean?

It seems to be used like "Thanks for inviting me". But it sounds like "Thank me, cause I was there". Looking for a better explanation and situations it should be used in.
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Meaning of “I'll hardly have time for a rubber”?

I encountered this expression in the book Sea Glass by Anita Shreve and can't figure out what it means. (Actually, I have a few ideas but want to know the correct meaning.) "I'll hardly have time ...
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Is there a word for a name that has multiple words that means more than the words imply?

This is a bit hard to explain, so let's try an example. There is something called "rock art", which means human-made markings placed on natural stone. Those two words when put together have a ...
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“Tommyknockers”: why the “tommy” prefix in AmE?

From The Tommyknockers by Stephen King: Late last night and the night before, Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers, knocking at the door. I want to run, don't know if I can, 'cause I'm so afraid of ...
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Is the meaning of “to grant the freedom to” closer to “to permit”/“to allow” or closer to “to facilitate”? [closed]

What is meant by saying that you grant X the freedom to do Y? that X can do Y and you are free to present obstacles other than outright forbidding X to do Y that X can do Y and you must not ...
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What does “No choice, no problem” mean?

Recently, I watched an interview where the interviewee said "No choice, no problem". I tried googling but didn't come across anything useful. I suspect it means that if you have no choice then there ...
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what does “wonder” mean in this sentence?

He would remember his expression, remember the tears starting to well up in dark green eyes, and wonder. Is the "wonder" here a noun or a verb? What does it exactly mean?
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Fever Dream Out of Something Meaning

What is the exact meaning of the second part of the sentence below? This underground bomb shelter, built by Tito, seemed as large and as crazy as a small country, not to mention a fever dream ...
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Difference between “Registration” and “Enrollment”

I'm developing a scholar system which I have to support english(and others) language. This system haves an "Enrollment" proccess. I've called it as "Enrollment" after some research because I could not ...
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Is “wannabe” strictly negative?

Let's say I want to become social good entrepreneur but I am not there yet. I don't want it to sound up nose and say I am an entrepreneur when I am not so I used this in my social media profile (for ...
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If I'm “dictating” am I recording what you say or telling you what to do? [closed]

In a document that I'm writing, I am trying to state that, in the course of conducting a user interview, I am "not simply dictating the desires of the user." My intention is to indicate that I am not ...
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Does “No screenshots any more from your phone” sound rude? [closed]

Could native speakers tell the first expression of meaning "No screenshots any more from your phone" Does it sound rude?
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To outstay vs. overstay one's welcome

I came across the expression "outstayed my welcome" in the following excerpt of a novel I glance around and see that the café has filled up with people ordering lunch and that a couple is queuing ...