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What is the exact meaning of manifestation? [closed]

I am unsure why my professor is using the word manifestations for example here Biochemical manifestations of apoptosis. Activation of caspase family, DNA and protein breakdown, and Membrane ...
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Can “did not” be used instead of “should not”?

I'm trying to read "Harry Potter and Methods of Rationality" (Chapter 25), and I'm puzzled with the following phrase: And furthermore, Harry said, his voice emphatic and his right hand thumping ...
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difference between firm and organization?

Recently during a conversation I was corrected by one of the clients when I used the word 'firm' to refer to his...firm/organization/company which is basically an international bank. The sentence was ...
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Can an 'essay' be a fictional, creative piece of writing?

A contributor to this site has talked about an 'essay' they are writing. My supposition was that it was a non-fictional piece, perhaps of criticism, history or something. But it transpires that it is ...
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What does mean “pot commited”?

I cann't understand the meaning of "pot commited" in this phrase: Law grads who lost their scholarships feel "pot committed," to use a poker term, Any idea?
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What does this quote by Johnny Quid mean?

What does this quote mean: Oh, beauty is a beguiling call to death and I'm addicted to the sweet pitch of its siren." The quote is attributed to Johnny Quid in the movie RocknRolla.
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What does 'arra' mean?

I read it in a book but can't remember what topic now. Google just brings up a list of place names, but I'm sure it's not that. It's not in my Oxford dictionary either and I'm fairly sure it's not an ...
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what's the meaning of “Fpfit. ” [closed]

what's the meaning of “Fpfit. ” in following pic
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what does it mean: “Lowess smooth”

what does it mean: "Lowess smooth" in following picture
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Can this statement be called a paradox?

The sentence is: She needs her glasses to find her glasses. The inference that she doesn't have her glasses and she needs her glasses to find her glasses somehow sounds paradoxical, but is it ...
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What does “have a pastrami on wry” mean?

I was drawn to the expression, “I wish I could have pastrami on wry“in the beginning sentence of Maureen Dowd’s article, titled “Still mad as hell” in New York Times (February 8): "I often wonder ...
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What does “to score 180” mean?

Here's some context: The lift’s taking an eternity. A smidgeon of Mr Staffa’s exceedingly pure cocaine would score 180 right now – my tea-time Red Bull’s worn off – but a glug of Kilmagoon ...
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Is it really wrong to say “I'm hearing”?

Many grammar books claim that ‘see’, ‘hear’, ‘taste’, ‘smell’, ‘feel’ are verbs that aren’t used in continuous forms, and yet, we do hear and see it quite often used by native speakers. For instance, ...
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What does “…and books seem to outnumber rolls as such.” mean?

"In England we call them rolls of arms: in Spain they are known as armoriales — armorials — or libros de armeria — books of arms, and books seem to outnumber rolls as such. Of nearly 30 Spanish ...
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What does mean “authority” in the sentence?

"These honourable Accessories [supporters] of the Heraldic Shield are said to have been introduced, (like Quartering) by Edward III, but they are of uncertain authority until the reign of Henry VI." ...
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Proper use of retrospective

I am writing a narrative essay and I am currently working on the final touches. Right now I am focusing my attention on the title. The essay is a look back on a couple days, several years ago that a ...
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Back flap of an envelope

I am wiring a letter for a company and it said it should be signed at the back flap. Can anyone tell me what the back flap of an envelope is?
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What does “sex sells” mean? (and its origin)

The meaning might look obvious but I'm asking in a broader sense. Is it only pertaining to sex in advertising and is it only related to selling products? What is the origin of this phrase? When did ...
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Ignition - Does it connect to emotions? [closed]

Just wanted to ask if in your opinion the word "ignition" can connect to emotions in some way (like boosting emotions), or if it's too far...
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What is the difference between “property” and “attribute”? [duplicate]

This question has been asked before, but I am not satisfied with the answer. In the course of researching this I developed a theory and now I am unable to verify whether this might be true or against ...
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What is the difference between the words concede, admit and accept?

In which situations is the word concede used, in which situations is the word admit used, and in which situations is the word accept used?
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Consumer goods question

What is a better definition, the consumer business industry or the consumer goods industry?? And also, is there an acronym?? I am in between those two, would really appreciate your help
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Is there a word that conveys this concept?

The concept being: Lethargy or apathy caused by a continuous cycle of dissatisfaction caused by disinterest from exposure. The best way I can think to elaborate is to describe it as a state where you ...
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Phrasal verbs with “go”

I'm doing the Cambridge Upper-intermediate English course and there is a lection on "go xxx" phrasal verbs. Go ahead - to start to do something Go on - to start operating / to continue or ...
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What are the differences between, and the connotations of, “flag”, “banner”, and “standard”?

See also: Difference between "banner" and "flag". I would like to know about standard, too. What would you say are the differences between the three words?
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What does “swift spirit-bolsterer from the Traveller’s Repose” mean?

I'm reading a short story "Earth calling Taylor" by David Mitchell right now and I have a problem with understanding this part: Problem is, I pre-announced my promotion to the big league on ...
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What do “rallying troops” and “battlefield morale” mean? [closed]

"Though heraldry was not exclusively military, it was important for identifying combatants, for rallying troops, and for maintaining battlefield morale." In the above sentence What do "rallying ...
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Noun for the desire to sleep?

I have had this thought on many sleepless nights: is there a word specifically for the desire to go to sleep? Not in the sense of being sleepy or tired, but actively wanting to become asleep. If a ...
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What's the meaning of “to render/give plausibility to the myth”

What's the meaning of: "to render plausibility to the myth" The mere possibility that we can choose and replace our rulers appears sufficient to render plausibility to the myth that we are ruling ...
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Would you use the term “looker” to describe a man?

Both Merriam Webster and Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary define looker as a word used to describe an attractive person, usually a woman. ...
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How do definitions of words imbue meaning? [closed]

How do definitions of words imbue meaning? To give you a gist of what I try to discover, I'll define a collection of sets of words and show that their intersection contains all 'circular defined' ...
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What is the meaning of this complicated sentence?

So, the sentence is: We are an exercise in cognitive dissonance. The context is that of someone who holds two or more contradictory beliefs at the same time. My question is what does it mean to be ...
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what's the meaning of “country- years”

What's the meaning of "country- years"? Democratic legislatures approved only 76 percent of bills proposed by the executive branch during 783 country- years Democracy and the Limits of ...
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“his or her head in the clouds” meaning [closed]

Horoscope: You'll make a risqué comment to a boss who lately has had his or her head in the clouds… From the above sentence I can understand that a person is going to make an indecent comment to ...
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Sunday as a Week Marker

When someone uses the phrase "the week of the [Sunday's date]" does that usually refer to the week preceding that Sunday or after it?
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Verbs that change meaning depending on object position

I was writing a text and I stumbled upon the differences between: Lily slipped and threw up her keys Lily slipped and threw her keys up [in the air] For a moment I was finding phrase 1 more ...
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meaning of action flag

What is the meaning of "an action flag" in the sentence below? ...your name has an action flag on it, which is directing me to transfer you immediately to the consul general's chief ...
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Meaning of “The personification, of the natural is exactly the tendency I wish to suppress in myself, to eliminate for good.”

I'm reading Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey and there is this sentence in there that confuses me: The personification, of the natural is exactly the tendency I wish to suppress in myself, to ...
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What does 'serval days away from' mean in this sentence? [closed]

Her cart was nearly overflowing in preparation for several days away from her family, and she still had packing to do at home.
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What is the “so” in “I love you so”?

I love you so. What does this so mean here?
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What is the difference between providing that and provided that? [closed]

Please tell me about this question and give me an example for each one. Is it conjunction or not? Thanks
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verb + infinitive vs -ing form: change in meaning? [duplicate]

What is the difference? To try doing something Try to do something I found that try + infinitive means: make an effort to achieve something while try + -ing means: do something as an ...
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Adjective association

Is there a rule that states what word adjectives in a sentence will link to? If I say I have a big cookie jar it's still a correct sentence. The word "cookie" isn't an adjective, but "cookie ...
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“…but this assumption, however it is motivated, is only realistic”

I don't understand the meaning of the second part of this sentence. It seems paradoxical. To understand what will happen in such cases, we need to assume that parties cannot move freely across ...
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Why is it “From Dublin to Los Angeles” in the Western world, that has left the church moribund in 20 century culture wars?

In connection with my previous question about the meaning of “the Church’s existential problem”, there was the following sentence in the same article of Time Magazine (December 11, 2013) — “Pope ...
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What is the meaning of the expression “Get all you can, can all you get, sit on the can”?

What does "Get all you can, can all you get, sit on the can." mean? It seems that Google can't help me with this one. Could you also explain its origin and how it is related to the meaning?
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What does “never trust your tongue when your heart is bitter” quote mean? [closed]

What does the following quote mean? Never trust your tongue when your heart is bitter.
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What is meant by 'overlap in your experience'?

Recently I had a conversation with an employer. I am in IT field. After seeing my works he said 'I'm seeing a lot of overlap in experience'. I am not sure what does he meant by this. Can anyone ...
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Along/down the street

What is the difference between: He was walking along the street, and He was walking down the street ?
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“Questions” have “answers”. What do “problems” have?

If questions have answers, then problems have ____? I know it sounds simple but I am not sure what the best word is.