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“Impregnable” and “impregnate” seemingly opposites? [duplicate]

Perhaps this is a weird question, but I couldn't find an answer via etymologies. When something is "impregnable" it means "cannot be broken into." But, when something is "impregnated", other than ...
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Except (for) me

Despite several posts around preposition for except, such as this and this one, I'm still not sure if I understand how to use it correctly. In fact, following sentence (part of a song) has confused ...
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Translation from “A feast for crows” [closed]

No letter will make the Lannisters love us better. Not once they hear that we’ve been helping Stannis. (from A Feast for Crows) I don't understand the sentences above. Does 'not once' mean ...
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Is there a word in the English language that means slightly surprised?

Surprise can occur in varying levels of intensity and valence. Flummoxed, flabbergasted, astounded, staggered, startled, stunned, thunderstruck, aghast, taken aback, dumbfounded, dumbstruck, ...
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meaning of “it's less of a drain on resources” [closed]

What does this statement mean? He's more comfortable, we are more comfortable, it's less of a drain on resources, the authority is ecstatic. I can't understand what it means by "it's less of a ...
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“Secular person” vs. “secularist”

Would the more appropriate word to describe a person who holds secular beliefs be "secular person" or "secularist"? Personally, I feel that "secular person" would be the answer as the suffix "-ist" ...
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Usage of the word “Happen” or Happens"?

"Everybody has an addiction ,Mine just happens to be you" in this sentence can anyone tell me how "happens" is used? and other usage of word "happens"?
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What does this mean - “Please call me in 30 minutes”? [duplicate]

I'm confused about "in" used in the above sentence. Does it mean "Please call me after 30 minutes" or does it mean "please call me within 30 minutes" ?
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What is a “lemus”? [closed]

Here's a fragment from "The Complete Fursey" by Mervyn Wall: Other religious settlements were sadly plagued by disembodied spirits, demons, lemuses and fauns snorting and snuffling most fiendishly ...
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Why is “positive” chosen as the opposite of “normative”, as in “positive statement”?

I understand that the phrase "positive statement" means, when opposed to normative statement (like in economics), statements that describe facts without indicating (dis)approval, thus that are ...
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Trust me when I tell you this

Trust me when I tell you this. You can tear this tower apart brick by brick, but without my help, you will never find your precious satchel without my help. What does the speaker mean by "Trust ...
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What is the origin and meaning of “Save some for Jehoshaphat”?

Back in the late 1950's, during Sunday dinner (here in Tennessee), my mom would often exclaim "save some for Jehoshaphat". What is the origin and meaning of that phrase?
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Enhance or Improve

...Improving/enhancing security level of the system... Overviewing the respected literature, I've found sentences in which either of the words have been used. The fourth phase in the Security ...
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What is the meaning of “something is my pitch”?

I heard someone say "Something is my pitch". Its sounds strange to me. What is the meaning of "my pitch"?
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What does “wildin'” mean?

In Rihanna's song "FourFiveSeconds", this line is sung in the chorus: 'Now I'm four, five seconds from wildin'...' I searched on Google for the definition of "wildin'" and got this: wildin' ...
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Teaching vs Training

I think training mostly refers to the physical related process as it used frequently in sport context, however I found instances in which verb teaching is used in such situations. Am I right? and is ...
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Something is “shit” versus something is “the shit” [duplicate]

In modern usage, what is the difference between saying something is shit and saying something is the shit? I have seen usage implying very different meanings. Why does the extra the change the meaning ...
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Word/phrase for non-human agent

What do we call a non-human (virtual) agent in computer science domain? I'm looking for a word/phrase other than bot or artificial agent.
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Can i say he must like music? and the difference beween have you and did you [closed]

Today I saw a boy who listens to the music on the street. so I thought he definitly likes music. If I say " he must like music" Am i saying correct ? If it's correct i think the listener might ...
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What does “wind levels” means in this context

I'm having a difficulty understanding something from the book You Only Have to Be Right Once, by Randall Lane, p. 32: Pulling onto the 405, he attentively configures the optimum temperature and ...
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What you call someone who leaks information from a team?

What you call someone who leaks information from a team or group. Like Spy. Can you call him/her a "Rat"? Thanks.
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Does “categorically” always mean “without question”?

I get the sense that "categorically" can imply "only in the strictest sense." One way I see it being used as a qualifier: as if to say, according just to the means by which we regularly assign ...
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What does “Do a Devon Loch” mean?

I know I'm getting to a lot of these strange phrases, but what does this mean? I'm doing an English report and I'm supposed to find out a lot of these kinds of phrases. Here's an example in a ...
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Meaning of “For donkey's ears?”

While recently reading an article I stumbled upon this phrase. From the context of the article, I cannot find the definition of this phrase as most results are irrelevant. Answers?
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what's meaing of' being drawn to someone

I think Drwan means Showing the wearing effects of overwork, care or suffering,but I can't understand what' you are drawn to her' will be meaning right here
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What does the abbreviation “v.i.” mean? [closed]

I see this all over books and tests. What does it mean?
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What does “Hairy at the heel” mean?

I see this a lot in a lot of books I read. Does anyone have an answer for this? It sounds like an idiom, but I cannot find any answers on the Internet.
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What does “high letter, low letter” mean in contrast to “low number, high number”?

There was the following passage in New York Time’s (May 17) article describing the scene of Sandy Bem, a Cornell psychology professor getting diagnosis of whether she has the sign of Alzheimer’s or ...
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Tailor made for? [closed]

It is very common in sports commentary, commentator saying it a tailor made situation for a team. What does that mean ? and what is the origin of it?
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What is the meaning of “you look take care of her”? [closed]

I can't understand the following snippet of conversation: Yes. You look take care of her. She can’t handle alcohol. What is the meaning of "you look take care of her"? That seems very odd.
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“dollar rebounds biggest falls”

I found the sentence like the below. "Dollar rebounds biggest falls" Does this sentence make any sense? I guess it should be "dollar rebounds after its biggest falls" instead.
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meaning of “reactionary feathers”

A saviour arrives in the form of Imperator Furiosa, one of Joe’s de facto generals and a trusted war-rig driver, who is planning to help the warlord’s unwilling brides escape from the Citadel. ...
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preposition choice: on; close the gap on

"Wal-Mart says it wants to double its stores in China by the end of 2006 to close the gap on its rival Carrefour. -CNN I'm unsure if the preposition 'on' was properly used in the line quoted ...
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A was persuaded away from B

What's the meaning of a phrase, 'A was persuaded away from B' in the below sentence? Thirty years later, George Miller, the Australian director of the original trilogy, was persuaded away from ...
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Tyrion Lannister Acquits Himself? Guess Again!

If I were to say that, in his perilous negotiations with the slavers (transcribed below), Tyrion Lannister had “acquitted” himself, would I be saying that Tyrion had A) repaid or settled a debt or ...
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What is the difference between 'Aggressive' and 'Agressiveness'? They are both adjectives in the dictionary [closed]

'Aggressive' and 'Aggressiveness' are both listed as adjectives in the dictionary, which in my mind implies that they have the same linguistic function (is this a correct assumption?). However, I ...
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Doobly Doo origins [duplicate]

Can someone please explain Doobly Doo (a Youtube slang for descriprion box below the video) origins in terms of its linguistic origin and author's motive adress a description box that way? I've seen a ...
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“ Substance with critical comments on style ”?

I have an admission test on 5th and the syllabus has a topic " Substance with critical comments on style " for 25 marks. I don't really understand what it says. Help ??
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If + past conditional clause

Here are the two examples. Could anyone tell me if they are both correct and have completely the same meaning? 1)If I'd been paying more attention I wouldn't have taken the wrong exit off the ...
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What are “greens” in relation to clothing?

What are "greens?" Work clothes? Here is the context: ...and gave me a leather jacket to cover my greens and loaned me... The quote is from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, a novel about a ...
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Difference between “in contrast to” and “in contrast with”

I am just wondering about the difference between: in contrast to and in contrast with
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Difference between “attempt” and “try”

As far as I understand, both "attempt" and "try" describe active measures towards achieving a goal. Words like "aim", "seek" are listed as synonyms, but seem not to indicate active measures. What is ...
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Idiom for describing an unintended benefit

I am looking for an idiom to describe an unintended benefit that results due to an action taken.
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Meaning of 'Cornered Tiger'?

I have listen a lot of time that Pakistan are cornered tigers in cricket commentary. What does that really mean ?
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What does “do not get (too) vibed that something happened” mean? There is no clue in any dictionary

I stumbled upon this construction: “don’t get (too) vibed”, but I couldn’t get what does it mean. And there is no dictionary that gives an explanation, as far as I can see. “Vibe” is a very special ...
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What is the meaning of “Take medicine with meal”

I am not a native English speaker. When I see medicines with label stating "Take this with a meal" what does it actually mean? Before starting the meal After finishing the meal In between Any of the ...
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Can I say “murdering thoughts” or should it be “murderous thoughts” and what is difference between these? [closed]

Is the phrase "murdering thoughts" correct, or should it be "murderous thoughts"? Could I use "murdering thoughts" in any other context. Could I use sentence like "I am murdering thoughts" or use ...
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What does “Rabbit” mean on 1st of June

My english teacher told me, that is common in England to say "Rabbits" on the 1st of june. What does it mean? where does this tradition come from? Does the people say it only on the 1st of June? ...
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Which usage is right - “The file is in the X Drive” or “The file is in X Drive”?

When you refer to a file in a certain drive in a computer do you say "The file is in the X Drive" or "The file is in X Drive"? I am told that the 2nd option is the one that is correct.
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Is farcically an acceptable replacement for ludicrously?

Someone in another one of my questions said that it is not; however, I must ask, "Is farcically an acceptable replacement for ludicrously?" Based on the definition of farce, I can partially understand ...