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Is it acceptable to use the noun “swing” for both a short round trip and an extensive circular tour in AmE?

I remember once coming across, while browsing some bilingual dictionary, the noun "swing" pointed up as an AmE equivalent for "circuit". But, sadly enough, what the bilingual dictionary didn't say ...
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Acoustic perfume

What is the exact meaning of "acoustic perfume" in the sentence: Let's get out of here - this acoustic perfume is too much for my ears.
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Words describing the traits of “a desert”? [closed]

In this sentence I have to fill in the correct word. Any idea what the correct word is? "The ghost town is in the middle of the desert, and the land around it looks ______ and uninviting." Choose ...
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Between 5 and 10 means: “5 and 10” or “6 and 9”? [closed]

Please enter between 5 and 10 characters.
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“To look down the road” [duplicate]

In this sentence He went outside. He looked down the road. What is meant by down? I don't think he's in higher place.
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What does “Are you sometimes swinging about the U.S?” mean?

In a conversation with a U.S colleague, he asked me if I'm sometimes swinging about the U.S (exact quote is in the title). What is the meaning of swinging in this context ?
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What does “occasional bowel movement” mean? [closed]

I am reading a new comics book about Geralt of Rivia and there is a phrase in the dialog about his horse: Some food, room to run and the occasional bowel movement, that's all she really needs. ...
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Is there a word or phrase (other than euphemism/innuendo) for using one word/phrase to mean another? [closed]

Recently, on an episode of a TV series I watch, one of the female characters asks a male character, "Do you want some bourbon?", when what she means is, "Do you want to have sex with me?". Is there ...
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took the 12.15 train OR caught the 12.15 train [duplicate]

Please help me to understand these complicated verbs 'to take' an 'to catch'. I know the difference from the related topics, google e.g. "If you want to go over to Sixth Ave., you'd better take the ...
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Does saying 'then' after 'sorry' imply reluctance?

A did something wrong but didn't realize it. B explained to A why what (s)he did was wrong. Then A said: "Sorry then". Is A really sorry? Literally, "sorry then" (in my head) means in light of the ...
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What does 'Lets himself be swept along like a log of wood by a current.' mean?

I read the following quote by Gandhi when he was describing the actions of a moral man: Source How can a man understand morality who does not use his own intelligence and power of thought, but ...
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“Latch onto [something/someone]” for “obtain, get (hold of) [something/someone]” in AE

I just rediscovered the colloquial expression "latch on to [something]" online and would like to know the story to its meaning of "obtain, get", which is presented by CD as AE and CE. ...
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How would you say someone was “disrespecting you” correctly? [closed]

Is there a grammatically correct synonym for the word "disrespect" in the form of a verb? As in: "Please stop disrespecting me, Bill."
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About catch the bus, train etc [duplicate]

I found the two meanings of the verb 'to catch the train, bus etc' in British English: 1) we are getting the stop/station, waiting and boarding 2) we are getting the stop/station, waiting and ...
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I want to know the difference between “you are false” and “you are wrong” [closed]

What is the difference between false and wrong? Is there any difference in meaning?
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Take the car (underground) and get the car (underground)

I know than we can say let's go by car OR let's take the car (because it is too far to walk - and I already have the car nearby.) But, can we say: Let's get the car And the same ...
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Looking for a word meaning “where or who it came from”

I'm trying to describe feedback from a software system. I believe if the application's emails seems like they are from a person rather than an automated message it will get a better response from the ...
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How similar or different are “recant”, “repudiate”, “renounce” [closed]

Recant, repudiate, renounce are synonyms of abjure. I'm unclear as to how these terms may be utilized in different sentences. I will be delighted to see them all in one sentence. I seek efficient ...
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Difference between “admit” and “accept”

Which of the options sounds correct? She has been accepted/admitted at York University.
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What is the difference between institution and department? [closed]

When I submitted manuscript to journal, I was asked to finish information on institution and/or department from, I'm a teacher of a college in an university, so, I filled the college in the ...
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Why place a hand on the Bible instead of the Judge's genitals when taking an oath?

Etymonline gives the etymology of testify as ...from testis "a witness".. + root of facere "to make"... Biblical sense of "openly profess one's faith and devotion" is attested from 1520s. Related: ...
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What is the difference about two sentences below?

What is the difference about two sentences below? 1.Despite a very old medical therapy, acupuncture is called "new age" treatment. 2.Despite being a very old medical therapy, acupuncture is called ...
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what the logical/physical pair means?

In English, we often use logical/physical pair to describe something, like in powerdesigner, there are two type of data models: logical data model and physical data model what's this words ...
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What is the difference between phonology and phonetics? [closed]

Could someone explain briefly, with some examples?
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The phrase “running into to you” [closed]

Is there any difference when one says running into to you and running into you? If yes, what is it?
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Difference between “college” and “university”

I have seen the words college and university sometimes mixed in the same article. But there are lots of sources where only one is used. I've looked up them in various dictionaries, but couldn't figure ...
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Founders vs Co-founders

What is the correct term to use, or what is the difference between the two? For instance, if you describe yourself as a founder in a resume it sounds like you founded something alone. In plural form ...
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What is a word that means “a person or thing which is small yet capable of defeating big giants”?

What can I call a person or a thing that is very small yet capable of defeating big giants? I need different words that can be connected closely to this meaning. It can be related to success,war, or ...
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Referring to wild animals as “game”

I am reading stories by Jack London, and I have noticed that often wild animals are referred to as game. It sounds funny to my non-English-native speaker ear. Is there some reason why the word game is ...
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Meaning and Correctness of “to have masses said for someone's soul”

What is the meaning of "to have masses said for someone's soul"? I failed to find it in my dictionary. And grammatically, is it correct to say, "to have masses (which are) said for someone's soul"?
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How can I describe it when you want to “sell” your personal image?

How can I describe when you want "sell" your image, sell how good you are at your job, for example? What phrase or idiom can I use for that? Here in Brazil (Portuguese) we have a metaphor like: "He ...
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Word for special/fancy/unusual/awesome recipes

Hey i am searching for a word, which fits the meaning i want to spread. It is about recipes that are unusual and fancy.. So they are more sophisticated and more awesome than other recipes. I am from ...
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What does “U” mean in a “2U herd”?

In the song Old Chisholm Trail, a famous cowboy song there's the following line: I started up the trail October 23rd Started up the trail with a 2U herd (emphasis mine) For lyrics. I know 2U ...
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What does 'even' mean in the context of this sentence? [closed]

If you have the following sentence: if you got an even number of a's and b's What does even mean? The sentence can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feAikjPqOq8 last seconds of the ...
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on the/your way down

Everybody wonders who is on his way down or out within a company. Does on his way down and on his way out have the same meaning? The dictionary definition of on the/your way out is no longer being ...
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Has the meaning to the question “Do you mind” changed ?

When a person asks "Do you mind if I ..." The response now days seems to be "Yes ..sure go ahead" which to me means they DO mind.. I hear this constantly on TV and in the work place, it just seems ...
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Meaning of “Skull” as Insult [closed]

I am reading The Last of the Mohicans. A group gets lost on their way to Fort Edward. Then they meet Hawkeye the scout, who accuses their guide of misleading them. Hawkeye believes the guide's ...
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what's the meaning of “made his remarks … concrete”

what's the meaning of "made his remarks ... concrete" He never made his remarks on the relation between biopolitics and liberalism concrete. (source)
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What is the difference between translation and transliteration

It's always intrigued me what the difference is between these two terms. I can guess that translation is a contextual translation whereby the original foreign text is maintained with any language ...
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Where using “title” instead of “name” is justified?

Merriam-Webster and many other dictionaries defines Title as something that can be used instead of the Name of that thing. For example, based on what I understood, it seems logical to use these ...
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a hundred to one

I heard of the expression 'a hundred to one'. and I am perplexed. because I heard of that the expression has both positive and negative meaning at the same time. I can't understand it. And moreover, ...
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What does “Press the point” exactly mean?

The New York Times (March 14) Fashion & Style column reports under the headline, “Walking the Walk to Increase Diversity” that Bethann Hardison, the fashion industry gadfly is to receive the ...
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“So also in matters psychological” Is that English at all?

I'm reading a book, Gestalt Therapy Integrated, and I stumble on this sentence: So also in matters psychological. I'm thinking that one line is missing, but I'd like to make sure of that. The ...
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Why use “on-pass” / “onpass” instead of “pass on”?

Where I work some people use "on-pass" in sentences such as "We get data from the stock exchange and on-pass it to our customers" or "We need to on-pass that information to the other team". Does this ...
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What does “in the space for movement thus conquered” mean?

What's the meaning of this phrase of Michel Foucault: "in the space for movement thus conquered". The full sentence: In the space for movement thus conquered, and broadening and organizing that ...
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Usage of ostensible in this sentence [closed]

An obscure term ostensibly referring to a lung disease caused by silica dust. ostensible: stated or appearing to be true, but not necessarily so. Does ostensible in this sentence mean that there is ...
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“Buy the farm” meaning

In Alice Cooper’s song “Hey Stoopid” from his 1991 album, there is a verse that runs like this: Now I know you’ve been kicked around. You ain’t alone in this ugly town. You stick a needle ...
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What is discursive violence?

I have been looking for the meaning behind it but there is no clear definition online. If it helps, we are going over Native American culture in the United States. Books used: Vinland Sagas The ...
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This year I actually was interviewed as Sigmund Freud

This is a letter which I received. I keep coming back to Freud because I have always been interested in how people make sense of the past. This was Freud's great subject. I don't go to his work for ...
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Meaning of “ignores as plebeian various superstitions” [closed]

I'm not sure what the author means by the bold section of the following sentence: The Homeric poems, like the courtly romances of the later Middle Ages, represent the point of view of a civilized ...