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Word for “ability to explain”

I want to test your ability to explain. I was thinking present, as in your ability to present — being able to give a good presentation. That's the only choice I can think of, but I feel there's ...
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What does “stocked” mean? [closed]

What does this sentence mean "I make sure everything stays clean and stocked"? I don't understand the word "stocked". Please explain to me! Thank you so much!
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The use of the word “disjunction” in a sentence

I am not a native English speaker. I have been given the task of reviewing a text written in English. I wonder if I by the following use of the word "disjunction", make myself guilty of the very same ...
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What is the meaning of “lie down and die”? [closed]

"If one still refused to lie down and die, he lost, or loosed, his temper. His temper was like a red dog, and he always had it close to hand." What is the meaning of "lie down and die"? Is it a ...
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Is this sentence meaningful in the intended context? [closed]

Is it right to say the following? Children should be taught both practically and theoretically in schools. That is, is this sentence meaningful?
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being up to one's job meaning [closed]

"Like all men not really up to their job, he was a stickler for externals and petty quotidian things; and in lieu of an intellect he had accumulated an armoury of capitalized key-words like Discipline ...
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What do you call a building, or rooms within it, where doctors see their patients?

My understanding is as follows. Is this universally agreed? The OED sense 2a of surgery explains its use to describe the room where a doctor sees his patients. The OED gives no indication that this ...
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What is the meaning of “Artisanal landlord price hike sale” ? [closed]

I came across this phrase in an article today, I didn't get the sense of the whole sentence together. would anyone break it into pieces for me please. bundle of thanks in advance.
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What does “Not where the black coach of sorrow has taken you” mean? [closed]

I heard this in "Gloomy Sunday" song. is it true that this mean: "the death coach carried you to unknown place..."? I'm tried to translate "Gloomy Sunday lyrics" to "Persian" and i need your help! ...
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What does a phrase “Better by you” mean [closed]

What does "Better by you" phrase mean in the title of a Judas Priest song "Better By You Better Than Me".
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about “ should have to ”

It's not right that he should have to ride the lightning. I found this expression in the story of "Ride the Lightning". I think it is okay to use "should ride" or "have to ride" instead of ...
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word/phrase to describe something popular due to its availability

How to describe something (tool, method, etc.) that is common in use but not necessarily for its quality, unique features and effectiveness. In fact, it is kind of popular because it's easy to obtain ...
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Is this subjunctive?

The following is a part of a Lucy Kellaway's column in FT.com. Why do estate agents still exist? Travel agents are gone — or going. Estate agents, who were hated long before Tim Berners-Lee gave ...
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how to use the word “Best” correctly?

Ok, in the dictionary, the word best has this meaning: Best:of the most excellent, effective, or desirable type or quality So, it seems that we only use best for the top highest quality of a ...
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What is the meaning of 'metaphasis'?

In his book Mother Tongue Bill Bryson discusses the Revd. William Spooner, who gave his name to Spoonerisms. He comments saying 'What is certain is that Spooner suffered from a kind of metaphasis of ...
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In any but the most vestigial and nostalgic way…?

Once again, here I am with a question raised by the highly unintelligable Hitchens... It can be equally useful and instructive to take a glimpse at the closing of religions, or religious movements. ...
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how to rephrase this sentence to have a better understanding

A rare phenomena in human interaction causing a circular formation (similar to a horseshoe) to create awesome video footage of long arming inside houses/dwellings. with the ambiguous ...
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What does the word “short” mean in “two feet short”?

This is from Randall Jarrell’s The Bat-Poet: “Oh yes,” said the mockingbird. “And it was clever of you to have that last line two feet short.” The bat said blankly, “Two feet short?” ...
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Does this essay question make sense? [closed]

"The process of changing into new social contexts requires compromise between sacrifice and opportunity" To change is to go from phase A to phase B, where 'phase' is an arbitrary measure of a ...
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“negotiating a retirement” what is the meaning of “negotiating” here [closed]

Full sentence => "Not only did Chin Shih plunder boats, she defeated the British, Chinese and Portuguese natives, before negotiating a long and wealthy retirement for herself"
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Promoting true statements as foolish

What's the term for the propaganda technique where someone quotes a statement that's true or perfectly logical, but they treat it in a sarcastic manner that makes it sound kooky? For example, imagine ...
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appeal a sentence VS appeal the sentence VS appeal against

A. a defendant can appeal a sentence if it's illegal, unconstitutional, or unreasonably excessive. B. a defendant can appeal the sentence if it's illegal, unconstitutional, or ...
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Noun or Adjective for someone who is good in managing resources and/or money

I am looking to describe someone who is good at keeping track of hir resource use and goods usage behaviour. This can be either for monetary currencies, but also for food, material or other ...
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What is the origin of the use of “Lorem ipsum …” as a placeholder in web design? [closed]

The Wikipedia article pretty much sums up the meaning of this gobbledegook, a mangling of 1st century Latin, but fails to explain WHY variations on this particular filler are used as placeholders on ...
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The usage of 'half out' [closed]

I'm reading a book and I've got a problem with the following sentence: Her door crushed open, the woman half out into the street. How to interpret the second part of the sentence? Does it means ...
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Word/phrase for negative side effect(s)

In an essay I want to enumerate and describe negative aspects of using a popular and working tool. Since such issues are usually overlooked (or even underestimated), I call them negative side effects. ...
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Why does moving the adverb to the front remove ambiguity?

Take the sentence Students who study physics rigorously learn math. As it stands, 'rigorously' can modify either 'study' or 'learn'. But if we move the adverb to the front to get Rigorously, ...
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“should” and “been” with no have in between

My question is in reference to the following headline I came across on a running publication. It is worded as such: "The men's 1500m prelim saw a lot of pushing and shoving. So what do you think ...
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Can anyone explain the meaning of this statement?

The land described herein shall not be deemed to include any house trailer or mobile home standing on said premises.
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Is there a difference in meaning between “not to make” and “to make no”?

I was asked today whether In order to make no mistakes was correct. I said yes, but that I found it a bit strange and that I would rather use In order not to make mistakes The outcome is ...
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meaning of “with two-thirds of the voting rights, and a third of outstanding shares”

The merger plan must win approval from shareholders with two-thirds of the voting rights, and a third of outstanding shares in order to pass a shareholder meeting scheduled for July 17. I ...
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have a clear, quick, decided look about

I don't understand this sentence: He(the mockingbird) was a clear gray, with white bars across his wings that flashed when he flew; every part of him had a clear, quick, decided look about it. ...
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he is he or him- they are they or them? [closed]

They are they/them He is he/him Which ones are correct? Is there some sort of agreement rule because for ex- we say it is he, so would we also say "they are they" or "he is he"?
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BBC, Playtime: Summer clothes, don't understand certain parts from audio program [closed]

The radio program is here: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio/playtime/playtime_20150602-0900a.mp3 I don't get the words in (...) included or doesn't understand the meaning. If anyone could ...
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What do you call someone who substitutes one inappropriate word for a similar word?

Is there a term for someone who fails top distinguish one word from another, i.e. "ambidextrous" from "amphibian"?
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'get a quote' or 'get a quotation'

I'm not an English native, and as it often happens, I've lost something in translation. I asked a travel agent to 'send me a quote' for a travel we've worked on, and in response I got his logo and ...
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“color of each subject” or “colors of each subject”?

I'm confused about the usage of "each" in the structure"xxx of each xxx". Fro example, I want to discuss some subjects. When it comes to their color, should I say: The color of each subject is ...
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Meaning of “rendition” in the phrase “rendition camp”

In the movie series XIII the main character was imprisoned in something they called "a rendition camp in Romania". In the movie it looked just like a prison. He was put there on the order of NSA or ...
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What does “to cave to” mean? [closed]

What does "to cave to" mean? An example sentence I read about is: They can continue to implement the successful non-lethal model that has helped Oregon's gray wolf population grow - while also ...
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What does President Obama's joke, “Bucket taking executive action on immigration,” “Bucket new climate regulation” mean?

There were the following lines in President Obama’s speech delivered in the White House Correspondents’ Dinner held on April 25 at the Washington Hilton Hotel: “Just this week, Michele Bachmann ...
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Help me with understanding this: “It just takes two”

Im'm trying to translate some songs for children, but I can't understand the one thing - second string (It just takes two). "I care for you. It's kinda magical, It just takes two. To share with you. ...
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Usage of the word “conniption” [duplicate]

I was reading an article on buying stereo amplifiers and I ran into the following sentence: My dad has an unmitigated conniption if the sound ever climbs above 90 dB or so... I am bit confused ...
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What is the meaning of hello? [closed]

Maybe you think this is a bad question but: My native language is Persian, in Persian when we see each other we say salam that is like hello in English. The actual meaning of salam is peace and ...
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Preventive vs Confrontive mechanisms

I call (and I'm not alone in this idea) a mechanism that protects a system from entry by malicious users a preventive mechanism. On the other side, what should I call a mechanism that deals with ...
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What is the term for someone who thinks their race is inferior to other races? [duplicate]

I believe that being racist means that you believe your own race to be superior to other races? What would be the antonym for racist?
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What does “sift through the jargon” mean? [closed]

What does Mr. Richard Quest mean by "... so we'll sift through the jargon." in this video script? The number of billionaires in the world has more than doubled in the last five years. There's more ...
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What does “non-white-haired audiences” mean in “Tony Awards, filled with desperate pleas to get non-white-haired audiences”?

Vanity Fair (June 8 issue) carries an article under the title, “Larry David wasn’t nominated but he stole the 2015 Tonys anyway.” It starts with the following passage: “It was a long and ...
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What does “opposite” mean?

In a mathematical sense, the opposite of "X" is "not X" and this works in all cases. But in language text books, or in common usage, there is a lot of ambiguity in "opposite". Eg. Father ~ Mother Son ...
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What is the difference between “fitness” and “suitability”?

I apologize if this is an obvious question, but I have not been able to find the answer in a dictionary. The specific problem I'm having is distinguishing between [certificate] which certifies ...
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The word for a person who orders something (Wrong: Orderer) [closed]

What's a word for a person who orders a parcel to be delivered; for example if there is a case where an individual orders a courier company to deliver a parcel. Are there any words for it?