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What is the difference between phrases “buyer name” and “buyer's name”?

I really confused about using of possessive adjectives. One another example - "type of something" (type of thing) and something type (thing type) - what is the difference? Where and when should I use ...
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Is there a word for a question that leads to more questions?

I'm looking specifically for a word (noun or adjective) that means "A question that leads to more questions". Something that is difficult to answer because it would involve answering yet more ...
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In terms of poetry, what is the Thomas code?

I was reading a book review of Wittgenstein's Mistress on goodreads, and I came across the sentence, "Without such accessible lecture notes, I may not have ever cracked the Thomas code and may never ...
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Why would the word “just” in a sentence cause a reader to miscontrue the meaning?

You meant to say that selling a jointly owned item would make sense for future monetary needs, wanting to know if the joint owner agrees. You say "Why don't we just sell the item as we no longer need ...
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Tedious/unskilled mental work

Can one used the word manual work to define a process of a nonphysical work, where there is no need of skills, it is monotonic and there is a lack of automatization? For example: Someone creates ...
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The meaning of a statement

In a journal, the following statement is a condition for submitting a paper. Does this statement mean that I must pay in order to publish my paper? If not, what is its meaning? If desired, 25 free ...
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How is “totalitarian” properly used in a non-political sense?

The adjective totalitarian meaning: Of or pertaining to a system of government which tolerates only one political party, to which all other institutions are subordinated, and which usu. ...
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How to interpret “one of the best”? [duplicate]

Please look at the following sentence that my friend said today This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. I want to know whether this means that she has never seen any movie which was better ...
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What does “upstage card” mean in “If I play bridge, I will refer to playing my chosen suit as using an “upstage card.”?

There was the following paragraph in an article written by Joel Stein under the title “How Trump went mainstream (and you can too)” in Time magazine (May 26). “We should also be aware of our ...
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Definition Required Please

Could when people please help me with the following definition? I would like to know what the technical definition is when an individual uses the language of others or they adapt their language to a ...
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What does the phrase “made my hair” generally imply, and do men use it commonly?

I recently came across a women who was exclaiming that she had just "made her hair" after her boyfriend pulled her hair-band off. I have never really heard of this phrase before, hence the question: ...
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“no one can do anything.” Is this a complete statement? if so, what does it mean? [closed]

if the stated is complete, could it mean any of the following options? a. Anything can be done b. Anything could not be done c. Anything is done d. Nothing can be done
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What does clocks and honey mean? [closed]

On the reddit AMA https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/4lbjwa/i_am_richard_dawkins_evolutionary_biologist_and/d3lz831?context=3 there is a following question Are clocks or honey more dangerous to ...
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How to communicate two elements of different syntactic/semantic type in the same sentence?

I have the following sentence, NAME is a community that helps each other code better by rating each other's efforts and helps managers pair with other fellow developers I was suggested by the ...
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What does the phrase “ring around the roses” mean here?

Chapter 15 of A SHARE IN DEATH(mystery story)begins this way, Suffolk to Sussex to Wiltshire to Oxfordshire, ring around the roses. It made Gemma dizzy to think of the past two days. And tired. (...
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Meaning of “straw beneath my feet” in this context

I was reading 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell, in which, there was a sentence "but I know, as surely as I see this straw beneath my feet, that sooner or later justice will be done." I dont ...
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Bring someone back (down) to earth?

I thought that the idiom, "bring someone back/down to earth", meant taking someone off a pedestal, and seeing them for who they really are. For example: She needs to bring him down to earth and ...
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Combining two sentence in one while ensuring grammar errors are not present

Since English is my second language, I have been trying to wrap my head around the subheading I am writing. I feel like it would be better written if it was divided into multiple sentence, but I was ...
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What does “working out of” mean? [duplicate]

Can you please tell me what "working out of" means in this context? "African composers working out of European-based choral and instrumental art music traditions are gaining recognition, as are the ...
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Meaning of following statement: [closed]

I came across this statement and I can't understand the overall concept of the part I have made bold: "Current trends in scholarship demonstrate a new historical and ethnographic consciousness. ...
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Offensive phrase: what does “**ck my brains out” mean? [closed]

Does this expression have to do with actual sex intercourse? Or it is mostly used to describe a situation of some conflicts over little petty meaningless things, for example, preparing a work report? ...
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six points clear of Jack in fifth place

a. In the most recent rankings, Don sits six points clear of Jack in fifth place. b. In the most recent rankings, Don sits six points clear of Jack, in fifth place. In the second sentence there is ...
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A futuristic Phobia in the scientific context (Related to Artificial Intelligence)

Is there any specific term to describe a phobia about future of relationship between humans and (intelligent) machines? One may think it could be Cyberphobia or Mechanophobia, however these options ...
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Is “languid” the right word?

I was listening to some gentle, slow, emotionally warm music by Aaron Copland, and I thought of the word "languid" to describe it. But I wasn't sure of what languid means, so I looked it up, and it ...
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China has been simmering with known for several years that … [on hold]

The following passage is quoted from the comments that Prof. Paul Krugman made during the meeting with Japanese officials on March 22, 2016 in Tokyo. I am wondering what the italic part means. I ...
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Meaning of “all the shadows had crept under their proper trees”? [closed]

From Melisande, by E. Nesbit. (emphasis mine) They stayed talking in the garden till all the shadows had crept under their proper trees and the sun-dial said it was breakfast time. What's the ...
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What does the word “penty” mean? [closed]

And the word pent ? Are they very used in the british/american english ? Thank you for your help :)
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Does “the flip side” refer only to the negative aspects of something?

I understand that the expression "the flip side" is generally used to refer to the "negative" aspect of someone or something. I think the expression comes from the meaning of the "flip side (of a ...
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What is difference between Objective and Personel Statement?

I prepared two summary for my resume I want to let know about the difference between objective and Personal Statement. Personal Statement As an experienced Senior Web Developer, my abilities ...
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What does “twist” mean in this context?

From the poem "The Free-Selector's Daughter" (emphasis mine) I broke my pipe and burnt my twist, And washed my mouth with water; I had a shave before I kissed The free-selector's daughter. ...
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What is the meaning of “may very well be”?

I have come across this phrase recently. What does it mean? A young man who has read the life story of every eminent athlete of the twentieth century, or a coed who has steeped herself in every ...
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What does “thought of being bounded” mean?

The record books say that the extent of my domain is 120 acres. But it is obvious that, at every dawn, I am the owner of all the acres I can walk over. It is not only boundaries that disappear, but ...
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What does it mean ? ..an alternative to..?

All, I was reading a document talk about a computer science framework(dcm4chee). https://dcm4che.atlassian.net/wiki/display/ee2/Compression+Service But I have problem to understand some sentence of ...
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Meaning of “keep up someone's lick”

I have come across this phrase recently. What does it mean? "she don't keep up her lick here...". From The Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain. "Why, this watch. I bought her out in Illinois--gave $...
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Positive connotation of “fluke”?

Many sources (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, for a start) suggest the word "fluke" has mostly positive connotations when used in the sense of "accident." That is, "a fluke" properly describes a lucky accident, not ...
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Is this correct usage of the word irony?

Comment on Reddit Today I learned that TIL Mark David Chapman planned to kill David Bowie and had a front row seat (along with John & Yoko) for Bowie's Broadway show the day after killing John ...
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What do we call “A person who disowns during bad times and claims during good times”?

Is there any single word to describe a mentality of a person who disowns something during bad times and claims the same during good times?
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Is nationalism specifically secular?

Does the word nationalism specifically imply a feeling of kindred superiority in a secular sense? For instance, if country X opposes themselves to country Y based on religious practice or reasons, ...
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what is the meaning of this phrase? [on hold]

I am not looking for a fact here, I know that this is highly debatable. My question is about the information mentioned here in the sentence: Many scientists believe that global warming and its ...
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What is a “trigger reaction”

What kind of reaction is a "trigger reaction"? Is it a immediate and instant reaction? The context is added: The available space is too confined,rendering any such meeting of gazes ‘...
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Too blessed to be stressed [closed]

What is the meaning of the phrase "too blessed to be stressed" ?
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Grammar questions regarding an excerpt from The Giver

I've been reading Lois Lowry's The Giver recently, and have questions regarding a sentence from her book. I know that some sentences in literature, like The Giver, do not always follow strict grammar ...
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Springtime is when

I heard the saying below, and don't understand what it means. I heard it in a concert, but it is also recorded in an american book of proverbs linked below. (b) In spring a young man's fancy turns ...
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Please explain to me the meaning of these phrases [closed]

I have highlighted the words that I couldn't understand. Please explain to me what they mean. 1 Put returns between paragraphs. 2 Butler can be an explosive player, but as a batman struggles under ...
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what does “Emperor lives on” mean? [closed]

Simply, I couldn't understand that sentence. I found that sentence on an image on twitter . could you help ?
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Meaning of “to campaign towards” [closed]

What does "to campaign towards" mean? "to campaign against" "to campaign in support of" "to campaign regarding something (either against or in support of)"
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Meaning of “I'll have it nicely dried”

I can't understand the meaning of the phrase "I'll have it nicely dried". Does it mean the same as "I'll dry it very well"?
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What does “liabilities” mean in this context?

From CNBC's article "Will AI spark a wave of job losses in banking? This what the experts think". (Emphasis mine) "There's a lot of liabilities," said panelist Matthew Blume, director for client ...
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What does it mean “double-digit lead” [closed]

I see that on the presidential election news these days that "Trump holds double-digit lead in 2 national polls", I don't understand what it means.
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What's a “summer-funeral hit”?

In a YouTube comment commenting on Jamala's song 1944, someone says You guys enjoy your summer-funeral hit! I have nothing else to add. after saying Ukraine should't have won! What a stupid,...