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Is there a difference between a TV and a TV set?

Why can a one-piece TV be called a "TV set" if a TV is a single item?
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What does 'Chabo' usually mean [closed]

Does Chabo mean rooster? I learn it from the image search results on google. I want to know the origin or definition of Chabo, especially the reason why it means rooster? This word comes from here ...
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Secret origin of the dude = butthair meme

My daughter came back from Catechism today with an interesting spiritual fact. Apparently she was told that a dude is another name for butt hair. It's entry 17 or so on urban dictionary, dated 2006 ...
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What is the meaning of joke “may it plizzle the cozizzle” in Futurama?

In Futurama 5ACV16, character Leela, while in court, says "May it plizzle the cozizzle" instead of "may it please the court" to the judge (Snoop Dogg's head). I am not native English speaker, but I ...
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What's a good word for 'clear mindedness' and 'an ability to see something as a whole'?

I'm looking for a title for something I'm working on, so ideally it would have to flow and be attractive. The two best words I can think of is clarity, and panoptic. But I can't have the meanings ...
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Is it grammatically correct to say 'the outfit is relaxed'?

One of my students while describing a person in the coursebook said that 'her outfit is relaxed'. I doubt whether one can actually say so, but she insists that she came across the exact phrase in one ...
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How would you interpret this question on values?

I think I will rephrase this question. How would you interpret "impact on values"? For example, would a possible impact on values be that that value is no longer important to the person? Say, a ...
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the third conditional and the meaning of the particular sentence

The history of the enabling act gives the lie to the National Socialist claim that they came into power by constitutional means. It is true that the act was passed by a vote of 441 to 94 and thereby ...
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“Licensed” vs. “registered” [closed]

I found these terms while doing some research about insurance: Agents must usually be licensed in the province or territory in which they do business. Brokers must usually be registered in ...
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which one is more appropriate, “Following” or “Further to”

Is it OK to say "Following the task that has been given to us, I would like to invite you to a meeting"? Or should I say "Further to the task that has been given to us, I would like to invite you to ...
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Word for the feeling of dread/complacency that comes when starting something new

Is there a word for the feeling of that comes when faced with something new and you really have to push yourself hard to actually start and get into the flow of said task or situation? It seems to be ...
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Position of structure of as+a+[noun] in sentences

The only complaint that I have about you as a housemate is ... As a housemate, the only complaint that I have about you is ... What do the expressions in bold refer to: 'I' or 'you' (i.e. my ...
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better word for single handedly [closed]

I was wondering if I want to say "No news, single-handedly / on it's own, is good news" is there any better way to say it? Thanks alot in advance.
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What does “and how” really mean? [closed]

I understand that the phrase and how is an informal way of expressing strong agreement, but how would one really parse the phrase? Would the etymology of it provide any clues? For example: "This ...
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What word would best represent a combination of being alive, thinking differently, and having atmosphere [closed]

I know it sounds pretty hard to find such a word, but I'm needing a title that flows and is pretty, and attractive. This is a title for a project. The word I'm trying to think of would try to express ...
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Usage of Upon in unusual way after verb and before noun

So I would like to ask if the usage of upon makes sense in the following sentence. I have already done extensive research on the interwebs but have not come to a conclusion; hence I am here. Does ...
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Where does the phrase “crazy like a fox” originate? [closed]

If you say that someone is "crazy like a fox", it means that their behavior appears to be insane or nonsensical at first glance, but there's actually something very clever and subtle to it that's ...
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Can “they had it repaired” mean that they repaired it themselves?

Can "they had it repaired" mean that they repaired it themselves? Why? I've looked into this and can't find anything specific. Also, I've asked about a dozen people what they think and only one ...
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What's the difference between e.g. “room 5” and “number 5”?

Is it correct to use the word ‘number’ meaning "hotel room'? Thanks in advance.
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Does the word “depression” refer to an emotion, or a condition?

Particularly when used in a narrative piece, I often notice liberal use of the word "depression", which often seems to be used as a synonym for "sad." Can one be depressed for a few moments in time? ...
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What is meant by the phrases “no one is making you do …” or “you have to do” something? [closed]

Is it tautology that no one (except yourself) is making you do something? What I mean is (as far as I know) mind control does not exist. There for is the phrase "no one is making you [insert action or ...
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Are these two sentences semantically identical? [closed]

Are these two sentences semantically identical? By using this website, you are certifying that you have read our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, you are certifying that you understand our Terms of ...
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news for nose meaning

I had heard the expression "have a nose for news" but when I was watching a tv show (web of lies) the expression was "news for nose". The exact quote goes like this: GEORGE WEBER NOT ONLY HAD A ...
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What does “means-tested” mean? [closed]

Could you anybody let me know what "means-tested" mean in "How do minimum wage increases affect expenditures on means-tested public assistance programs
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What is a “hot meal”?

The obvious answer is "a meal which is hot", but when I see this phrase it often seems as if there is a deeper meaning present, as if there is some major distinction between hot meals and other meals ...
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How did the meaning of 'drone' come to be so broad?

Ten years ago, the word "drone" was either used to refer to drone bees or the experimental technology that was autonomous military UAVs. Five years ago, it was increasingly used simply to add flair ...
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What is the difference between revise and reformulate?

What is the difference in meaning between revise and reformulate? For example in the sentence, "the scientist revised/reformulated his hypothesis"? Revise: reconsider and alter (something) in the ...
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Truth is subjectivity [migrated]

What does Kierkegaard mean when he says " Truth is subjectivity " in his book - Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments. Since "Subjectivity refers to how someone's judgment is ...
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Meaning of 'proverbial worm'

"An appropriate and dramatic end to a singular and yet typical case," said Thorndyke, as he put down the newspaper. "I hope it has enlarged your knowledge, Jervis, and enabled you to form one or ...
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What is the difference between “depth of the trench” and “trench depth”? [closed]

As a non-English native speaker, I don't know what is the difference between these following expressions and whether or not the first expression is correct? The first expression: Then you ...
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“Seeking for an answer” or “seeking an answer”

What is the difference between seeking an answer and seeking for an answer? I found an ngram which says that seeking an answer is used much more often compared to seeking for an answer but how about ...
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Using the word “guess” in a scientific paper [closed]

I wonder if one can use the word guess in a scientific paper in the following context: "... to provide the best guess on answer response time ..." Would the usage of prediction or estimate be more ...
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“is to make sure” vs “is making sure”

I've encountered both variants: My goal is to make sure we are safe. My goal is making sure we are safe. Another example: His biggest challenge is making sure all the wood is legal. ...
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Is there a difference in meaning between “aggregate” and “aggregated”?

The word is meant to be used as a description of the summarized number/count of something (e.g. aggregate(d) consumption of heating oil, consumed by all households in a country). I've seen both words ...
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What is the word that defines walking confidently, coldly and calmly?

Is there a word for walking confidently, coldly and calmly...but not angrily, frustrated or in a rush. And not a fake self-confident walk to make people believe you are an important person.
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What is the action called when a grumpy old man shows that he is annoyed, by making a 'throat-clearing' sound?

Sometimes when a grumpy old man gets annoyed, he makes noises like clearing his throat. Does grumbling or grunting define that action? Is there a more appropriate word or an idiom for that?
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Usage of “difference” and “discrepancy” [closed]

For quite a long time I have been using these two words interchangeably without thinking of their difference, even if it is slight. So can someone differentiate the former from the latter, please?
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Is there a word or an idiom for respecting someone because you are afraid of him?

I am looking for a word or an idiom about showing respect to someone superior in work because you are afraid of him. I'm not talking about real respect or showing respect to him or his works, just ...
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Meaning of the word Ghāt [closed]

I am a cartographer and am working on a map for a region in northern India. My map source is quite old (1910-1920). There are several named places on the map referring to Ghāts. Many of these named ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “failure to fail”? [closed]

What is the meaning of the phrase "failure to fail"?, And If I close now by professing that abject/ecstatic failure to fail, it is only by way of reminding myself..."
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Should I use 'follow lemma (1)' or 'follow from lemma (1)'?

In mathematical papers, some theorems are proved based on some existing lemmas. Then, should I use Following lemma (1), we prove... or Following from lemma (1), we prove...
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What does “What the day brought” mean? [closed]

I'd get into the cab and just see what the day brought, really. I was my own boss. What is the exact meaning of "what the day brought" in this sentence? I am curious!
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Is a “hot cup of tea” the same as a “cup of hot tea”? [duplicate]

Would it be correct to use the phrase "a hot cup of tea"? I have been told that the correct phrase would be "a cup of hot tea", but I do not agree, as I feel both phrases are correct and convey the ...
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What does “cock of all jests” mean?

As seen in The Church Porch by George Herbert, this is the phrase's context: A sad wise valour is the brave complexion, That leads the van, and swallows up the cities. The gigler is a ...
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meaning of the phrase “sitting on a tin-tack”

I am having problem with understanding the phrase in this sentence. Orwell: If you have to define humor in a single phrase, you might define it as dignity sitting on a tin-tack. What does it mean? ...
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How did 'cleave' come to have two opposite meanings? [duplicate]

I find it odd that cleave can mean two opposite things. One definition being: verb used with object to split or divide by or as if by a cutting blow, especially along a natural line ...
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Meaning of “lead” in the context of knots/ knot tying

In The Ashley Books of Knots (ABOK), Mr. Ashley frequently refers to various knots having or giving good or bad "lead" in a given situation. Two examples: The ANGLER'S LOOP has an excellent ...
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What does “blue's my colour” mean in this context?

Monica: How are you? Fake Monica: I'm not too bad. Fortunately, blue's my colour. How-how did you know I was here? Monica: Because... I'm Monica Geller. It was my credit card you were ...
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What's the full form of DTO [closed]

In my company, my colleagues always say 'DTO' when they take a leave. What is the full form of DTO?
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What does “I really cleaned out the place” mean?

In the comedy Weird Loners there is an exchange, You guys eat up, that's plenty. I really cleaned out the place. What does it mean?