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To have a game in hand

I have come across the expression game in hand in an article on England Premier League, as follows: Third-place City has a game in hand but the surprise result against Sunderland, coupled with ...
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What does “as good as any out there” mean?

I don't how to interpret the following sentence: "Her research seems about as good as any out there." What does that mean? Is 'her research' just average, better than average or the best ever ...
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Jargon meaning: Cover

I am not too sure about the meaning of the third step in this list: web 1 "Whenever you sign in to Google you'll enter your username and password as usual. " 2 "Then, you'll be asked for a ...
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Spendthrift vs Thrifty - origins

I have always been curious to understand the origin of these two seemingly similar words. Looking at them for the first time, I thought they were synonyms, but ever since I learnt their meanings, ...
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meaning of the expression “wet flannel”

I would like to know what is the meaning of the expression "wet flannel" referred to a person or personality trait. I have seen it mentioned here: ...
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Difference between “robot”, “machine”, and “automaton”

What is the difference in meaning between a robot, a machine, and an automaton? I was inspired to ask this because I really can’t understand the subtle (or not so subtle) difference in meaning here. ...
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What is the difference between a proverb, an adage and an aphorism?

Dictionary definitions of all three are very similar, typically something like: a pithy observation which contains a general truth But the wikipedia entries for each are quite different. Are ...
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“Graduation must be” vs “Graduation is must” [on hold]

What is the exact meaning of those sentences. "Graduation must be" "Graduation is must" I am a little bit confused. Do those have same answer? I am confused when must is used in end of a ...
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find something gone or find something has gone

Are both of them right? Next morning when you wake up, you find your kidney has gone. Next morning when you wake up, you find your kidney gone. If they are all right, what's the difference?
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Is there any difference between “student” or “pupil”?

I am a little bit confused, when somebody told me that a student is a pupil. would it be correct? if i say, He is a pupil of MBA. Which sentence is More correct to conversion. He is a student of MBA ...
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Still Be Covered [on hold]

I am confused about the meaning of the third step in this: link 1 "Whenever you sign in to Google you'll enter your username and password as usual. " 2 "Then, you'll be asked for a code that ...
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Difference between “pardon me” and “I beg your pardon”

What is the difference in meaning between "pardon me" and "I beg your pardon"?
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Does “walk back” have a meaning of ‘deny’ or 'keep distance from sb. / stg.' as an idiom?

I came across the phrase “a State Department spokesperson had walked back his (John Kerry’s) comments in the Time magazine’s (August 2) article titled, “Oops: John Kerry gaffes, Washington ...
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What does Chris Christie is “350 pounds of toast” mean?

Maureen Dowd quoted Bill Maher’s description of Chris Christie as “350 pounds of toast,” in her article titled, “Christie puts the gloves on” in New York Times (February 22): “I tend to agree with ...
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What is the word to describe something that has hidden meaning?

I'm writing an essay (yay) on I'm the King of the Castle, by Susan Hill. I am trying to explain how the description of the atmosphere may have hidden meanings (e.g. the fact that Warings is a ...
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How many of the “Top 10 favorite British words” are understood by Americans?

Merriam-Webster Dictionary online shows “Top 10 Favorite British Words”. I’m interested in knowing how many of the listed words are understood or accepted by Americans as English, whichever British ...
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Check out of, check into - meaning

When you are editing a stored program, check it out of the source control system and load the checked-out copy into the MySQL Query Browser or other tool. When you are satisfied with your ...
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What is the difference between “anyone” and “everyone” in this context

What is the difference between "anyone" and "everyone" in the following context? For example, Anyone is welcome to do such and such. and Everyone is welcome to do such and such. mean ...
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Did I get wrong what she said with ' If you could be my everything.. '? [on hold]

After I asked my girlfriend that why she doubts to start again to this relationship, she answered: "Because if you could be my everything, i would not let him come close to me, in the first place". ...
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“I could not” vs “I would not be able to”

Does I could not do X have the same meaning as I would not be able to do X? It seems to me that the first can mean the second, but it mainly means: I tried and I was not able to do X. Is that so?
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Is the definition of browser generally poor?

In regards to this question on meta Stackoverflow I had a look at what definitions one find for "browser". My definition of to browse is in short looking for information or things of interest. In ...
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The meaning of “…Identity between”

There is this sentence which I can't work out the meaning. "They have a unique identity between language and thought that means they cannot conceptualize a lie. This also means that deception, ...
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What is the etymology and meaning of “fill your boots”?

I have a colleague of whom this is a favorite phrase, used in the sense of "knock yourself out", "go for it", "have at it", "go to town", "help yourself". ("You want to add that feature to the ...
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Can't come up with the correct sentence

I have some trouble coming up with the right sentence for a form input where I'm asking a user's first and last name. What I'm actually trying to say is that the name the user is filling in will be ...
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what does the logical fallacy “shifting issues” mean?

what is the meaning of the logical fallacy "shifting issues"? I have tried a web search on many different forms of the question "what is the definition of the logical fallacy shifting issues. I have ...
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Is there any difference between “a few relatives” and “a few relations”?

In the following sentence I prefer saying relatives but I am unable to explain why. It's going to be a small wedding. Only a few friends and relatives have been invited On doing research I ...
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meaning of Republic [on hold]

I've been thinking what might be the real meaning of the word Republic? As far as I know the prefix re- gives the base word the meaning of again; as in renew, replace, reclaim. I am wondering what ...
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Meaning of the word 'function' in this context?

The concept of execution environment is an essential part of the definition of software reliability. Consider that a software system supports 10 different functions f1,...,f10, and there are two ...
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what's the meaning of “It is telling to note that”?

what's the meaning of "It is telling to note that"? "It is telling to note that the language of exclusive territoriality in disputes such as this one originates with local authorities"
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Which is longer: snooze, nap, kip, 40 winks or siesta?

How long is a snooze? My boyfriend will invariable take an afternoon snooze which might last anything up to two hours. A nap on the other hand, can be short, quick or even long, and sometimes they are ...
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What does it mean to speak with “mock deference”?

I can find many instances of this expression, especially in descriptions of characters' lines in written dialog, but I can't find any mention to the expression itself. I understand that deference ...
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What is meant by “if only…”?

Does it mean something like I wish? If only I had time to do this. If only I could do this.
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what's the meaning of “since” [on hold]

what's the meaning of "since" in this phrase: The territory in which these Albanian merchants traditionally traded was since divided
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Difference between “publicly” and “publically”

I know publically appears as an incorrect spelling in most dictionaries (in fact as I type this up on my Safari browser it keeps trying to correct the spelling to publicly). However I have seen the ...
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Meaning of “that friendship will not continue to the end which is begun for an end”

Can someone explain the meaning of this quotation? That friendship will not continue to the end which is begun for an end.
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Verb used with regret

Is there a difference between: She regrets telling him (that) she didn't like his mother. She regrets having told him (that) she didn't like his mother. To me, the first phrase sounds more ...
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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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Sun 'goes down' or 'comes down'?

A couple months ago I read a book with the statement When the sun goes down and today in a movie I saw the man said Let's wait for the sun to come down. I believe both are refering to the sunset. ...
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meaning of “yet” “as if”

I don't understand the second part of this sentence: The Berlin Congress of 1878 and the first set of frontiers drawn on maps ignored key components of local life, and yet they were drawn as ...
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“Life is short. Work somewhere awesome.” Is it ambiguous?

At a company some HR person put a label on the wall with a slogan: "Life is short Work somewhere awesome " /+ Name of the company The question is: May this label sound conversational? Like I ...
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Does it make sense to end this sentence with “manually”

This sentence: Verify that the table includes the configured values manually. Is it the same as saying: Manually verify that the table includes the configured values. or the same as: ...
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Does adverb placement affect meaning?

He swam slowly to the island. He slowly swam to the island. Some experts say that there is a “slight difference” in meaning. Would you please tell me that difference?
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Different meanings of blow [on hold]

As' blow' has many different meanings, I always forget which meaning in sentences, like: 'They blew into the charcoal until it glowed red. ' I think that the original meaning is not match, and I ...
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A question about “common stake”

What does common stake in the sentence below mean? Does it mean a common role? Such overgeneralized beliefs will also be resistant to change, because individuals develop a common stake in their ...
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What is the meaning of the term “herbert” in British slang?

In the song Get Out of My House by The Business, the chorus is: Out, out get out of my house, you'd better take your sheepskin too no son of mine's going round as a hippie or a scruffy little ...
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How to use “near” and “nearby”? [on hold]

Can you guys show me when I should use "near" or "nearby"? I absolutely get confused to use those... :<
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meaning of edge in this sentence

belligerent speeches by leaders of the Soviet Union and the United States throughout the Cold War were keeping the world on edge.
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how do i respond to this email? [on hold]

How do i respond in a way that is sincere but has a snide message to make the sender feel awkward for sending it. It is implying that I made them feel awkward for making them have to write it. ...
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“It was turning out the dining-room done it.”

“It was turning out the dining-room done it, if you ask me,” said Mrs. Sutton. “Now, don’t you overdo yourself, ma’am,” I says to her; but you know how she is, sir. She gets that restless, she ...
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Meaning of “additive form”

I'm writing a inferential visual analysis and I'm not sure if the phrase "Additive form" makes sense. The phrase is meant to represent a persons added form (for example clothing). I'm using it in the ...