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meaning of “the field of the fullers”

Accursed be the Sea-folk, and accursed be all they who traffic with them. And as for him who for love's sake forsook God, and so lieth here with his leman slain by God's judgment, take up his body and ...
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Meaning of “out of an interest”

In the following YouTube video, (4:35) entitled: Master Craftsman, Nathie Katzoff | HUMAN, I heard I didn't get into this out of an interest in capitalism. I got into it out of an interest in ...
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Is the expression “may or may not” semantically void?

I personally have a hard time accepting the use of "may or may not." To me, it seems as if "may" and "may not" effectively cancel each other out, so the semantics of the sentence in which it appears ...
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How can I use phrase “Running Amok” , can I use “My running amok”?

I want to use "running amok" like "my running amok". Is that right or not? I want to use this phrase literary. Like "my running amok" or "my amok run" or "my run amok" etc. Please correct me.
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How to describe this fact with an independent clause?

In fact, with more time being left to myself, I started to read books I had aspired to read when I was in high school. I mean I had more time for leisure, so I spent them on books. My usage "with ...
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what does “at best minimally successful” mean

I think it means "just barely meeting the targets and that's it! nothing more than that", or does it mean that somebody did such a great job that successful is too small to describe it? I'm a bit ...
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Can you help me find 2 inappropriate responses to this question? [on hold]

Q. You are in a bookstore and the bookseller says, "How are you doing?" Which two ways should you not respond? 1) I am great. 2) I'm terrible. 3) I'm not bad. 4) I'm fine, thank you. 5) I'...
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What's a word for someone being a tease or playful? [on hold]

Is there a "clean" (non-sexual) word for someone who acts all playful and provocative just so they can get your attention and your compliments? I guess coquettish comes close, but its meaning seems ...
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parasitical subversion

The following context is about sniffing CCTV's. What does "Video sniffing’s form of parasitical subversion" mean? And what is its difference from " tapping into live feeds"? Nicholas Whybrow, Art ...
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what's the difference between overrun and infest

( Our kitchen is overrun with cockroaches - The barn was infested with rat ) what's the difference between overrun and infest in those examples and if they mean the same which one is more used in ...
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What does it mean “they had going in to the project” in this sentence?

Mind mapping builds a common mind about current reality and thus decreases people's allegiance to the solutions they had going in to the project. Thanks
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Can a proposition be mistaken for a 'claim'? [on hold]

You confirm that this is true. In which case..... positive declaration (eg. 'x' exists). I would suggest that the above statement is an 'if, then' proposition. Anybody making this statement cannot ...
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Is it semantically correct to use the word 'ahead' when referring to moving in time?

EDIT: As in the questions title, is it semantically correct to use sentences such as "the concert was moved ahead in time as the stage was no longer available". To me, this makes sense, but is ...
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please let me know the meaning of “Madam Secretary” dialogues

Whenever I cannot understand some English expression, I am getting big help from this site. Very useful website and good people. Anyway. I am watching American Drama "Madam Secretary" season1, episode ...
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What does 'cover off' mean? 10067

10067 I have looked at 'cover off' threads but their answers don't fit my example. In James Titcombe's book about the Morecambe Bay baby scandal (where 30 babies died because of communication ...
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Is the word “bonsai” used both as a noun and a verb?

Is it common to use the word "bonsai" as a verb as in the following passage? And what does it mean? If you've ever crammed into the back of a Toyota with one or more males over the age of seven, ...
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What is the difference between “urgent” and “critical”?

When it comes to "the level of importance", what is the difference between "urgent" and "critical"? I have my own idea, but I recently came upon a scenario where the relative level of importance was ...
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How can a person chime? [on hold]

I'd be glad if anyone can explain to me the usage of "chime" in the context of a person saying something. How does that come out if chiming means the sound of a bell? For instance: 'Well' Lisa ...
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Absolute Integrity

An employee is habitually unauthorised absent. He was punished earlier also.Now again he is unauthorised absent.Whether a charge sheet can be issued that the employee failed to maintain "Absolute ...
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Weekend/Weekends [migrated]

I would be very happy if you help me to make clear some difficulties in using 'weekend'! What is the difference between a weekend, the weekend, weekends (can we say the weekends?)
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The difference between Related and Relating [on hold]

I would be very happy if you can explain me the difference between related and relating?
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“Relationship to” vs. “Relationship with”

I found two different terms regarding relationship: "Relationship with the applicant" while filling the invitation form "Relationship to the applicant" while filling the application form Whether ...
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“Queueing” or “Queuing”

Which spelling is better, queueing or queuing? Both words seem to mean the same (or am I wrong?), but there are two different spellings. My context is: Queueing Latency vs. Queuing Latency ...
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The Subject of a Participial Construction

The following passage is quoted from the article in Newsweek by Leah McGrath Goodman, titled "Thomas Piketty Says He Was Ambushed": [Financial Times’s economics editor Chris] Giles, in his critque,...
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Does 'to prove' necessitate truth?

If I prove something, does it have to be true? I can structure the question more convolutedly: Does successfully proving something depend on the credulity of the audience, or the truth of the ...
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What's the difference between “by night” and “at night”?

Oxford Dictionaries say by has the meaning of 6. indicating the period in which something happens: ‘this animal always hunts by night’ Then do we need to say, ‘Why does the sky glitter by night?...
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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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“Incremental” growth as growth by a minimum unit

I always thought that the literal meaning of "incremental growth" was growth by one, or by some minimum unit, that "to increment by one" would be redundant, and that other usages (for addition by ...
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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 proferred mean as to whether funding is proferred? [on hold]

I've seen it in an environment as to whether funding is proferred by the govt or not for certain requests.
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What is the real logical meaning of deny?

The definition from Google is Refuse to admit the truth or existence of (something) Refuse to give (something requested or desired) to (someone) Now my interest is on the first meaning....
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Why do _some_ -phile words have sexual context if phileo means friendship love? [on hold]

Lots of words ending with -phile have a sexual context, yet phileo is a friendship love which has nothing to do with sexual context. Why is that? Is there an innocent, pure, friendly suffix that can ...
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Help understanding a sentence from “The Screwtape Letters” by C. S. Lewis [migrated]

The trouble about argument is that it moves the whole struggle onto the Enemy's own ground. He can argue too; whereas in really practical propaganda of the kind I am suggesting He has been shown for ...
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Is 'verbiage' still considered to be insulting?

All the references I'm finding says that 'verbiage' is used when trying to insult a work or person for being too wordy. My experience with the word (by my own usage and the usage of others around me) ...
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What does “a fish in a never ending bowl” supposed to mean? [on hold]

What does "A fish in a never ending bowl" supposed to mean?
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What are the uses for 'quick'?

Is the word quick ever used in reference to candles eg the quick of the candle? I know about the quick of the nail and obviously about the wick of a candle but I have a memory of the quick too being ...
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What do sentences without adjectival complements refer to?

This event is very exciting. This event is very exciting to me. "To me" is an adjectival complement to "exciting," so the two sentences can't be the same. However, if that's the case, what ...
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“Occurs to me” or “Occurred to me”? [migrated]

The question is in the title. Which one is correct? And if they're both correct, how do they differ? Especially when you're teaching a concept and say: The first thing that "occurs to me" is... ...
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Did not get William Shakespeare's quote - “A fool thinks himself to be…”

A very well known quote by William Shakespeare A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. The first half is okay - a fool thinks himself to be wise (he's in ...
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A question about “but not” as coordinating conjunction

So I was reading an article or something, and there was a sentence that quite intrigued me. a. You can turn everybody against you, but never your boss. "But never" is used as a coordinating ...
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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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Things have been crazy busy meaning? [on hold]

What is the meaning for this sentence "Things have been crazy busy" ?
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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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Sleeping with one's eyes open [on hold]

I've once heard a person make a reference to another person as sleeping with their eyes open. I wonder if there is another way to take this expression other than literally. Thanks.
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“Decide on” vs. “decide for”

What's the difference between "decide on something" and "decide for something"? For example, which preposition would you use in the following passage? After more than a decade of disagreement, ...
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How to analysis the statement's structure?(Dynamic SQL can be downright painful to deal with.) [on hold]

The statement, as put on the answer title, was cited from the mybatis office website.It puzzles me very much. As understood as me, it express that "Dynamic SQL can be to deal with painful downright",...
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What is a word for something that you desperately want and/or craved for, but NEVER GOT?

Take this situation; Everyone was given ice cream at the birthday party, except for Todd. After Todd got home, he felt very disheartened that he never got the chance to taste the ice-cream there. He ...