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meaning of “linger in the shadows”

What does "linger in the shadows" mean in the interchange below? I heard it in a movie. I searched but I can't find it. A: Why do you linger in the shadows? B: I was coming to report to you.
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What does “strip away all the sound and fury” means?

I have seen this comment on Ed Miliband's current rhetoric: "Strip away all of the sound and fury and what people across England, Scotland and Wales, across every part of the UK, are saying is: ...
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Near-universally vs nearly universally

Concerning style, usage, and correctness: what is the difference in meaning (and therefore usage & correctness) between these two phrases? A quick search reveals both are in use. Also, what ...
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What does “let her down” mean? [on hold]

What does "let her down" mean in the song below: She knows, she knows That I never let her down before.
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What is “Navy Die”?

I saw a student allergy list, and it said "Sorbitol, Navy Die, Dust". Could someone tell me what is "Navy Die"? Thanks a lot!
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what does hard copy subscription mean?

I want to know what does "hard copy subscription" mean ? full sentence : where payment is primarily for physical goods or services (e.g., buying movie tickets, or buying a publication where the price ...
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usage of “here we go”

in many context the expression "here we go" is used, in a soccer match, in TV Shows by Show men , in some songs for example: Oh, here we go Feel it in my soul I'd like to know what does it ...
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What does “well you” after a comma mean? [on hold]

Your body size doesn't make you well, well you! What does “well you” mean in this sentence?
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What is the meaning of “I'm gonna place my bet on us”? [on hold]

What is the meaning of "I'm gonna place my bet on us" from the song "Up"? The whole expression is located below: I'm gonna place my bet on us I know this love is heading in the same direction ...
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What does “Get a run in” mean?

While watching Burn After Reading Harry Pfarrer uses the following phrase at times when he's leaving a place: Maybe I can get a run in What does it mean? I searched in google a bit, and I found ...
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Connotation of 'after which'

I would like to learn whether or not there is any connotation held by the phrase 'after which' when used to start a sentence. I recently read 'The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of The Window ...
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what is the meaning of “Make a dragon wanna retire man” [closed]

What is the meaning of "Make a dragon wanna retire man" from "uptown funk" song in below: I’m too hot (hot damn) Make a dragon wanna retire man
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Flourishing as a standard

Just read that "Flourishing as a standard" is not a meaningful expression. However, I've found several usages of the expression in published books. Any idea on acceptance or rejection of its ...
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Turn the world upside down

What does this expression really mean and where did it come from? I'm assuming that it means you are just hanging upside down. Maybe it means that your head is always hanging low and you are sad, ...
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Meaning of the sentence in Drugs Act, 1940 & Rules 1945, Schedule K, Item 5 [closed]

Drugs supplied by a registered medical practitioner to his own patient or any drug specified in Schedule C supplied by a registered medical practitioner at the request of another such practitioner if ...
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What is the difference between the two phrases to meet you and meeting you? [closed]

Why the below one is correct? I look forward to meeting you. And why this one is wrong? I look forward to meet you. I generally do these mistakes in letter writing.
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“on the back of” meaning and implications

A The Independent of London article, The rise and rise of Sudoku, reads: [...] sales of pencils in Britain are reported to have risen 700 per cent on the back of the Sudoku boom. Question: Does ...
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Logical meaning of “within 30 days” compared to “in 30 or fewer days” or “fewer than 30 days”

As I understand it, the phrase "within 30 days" is the same as "in 30 or fewer days" not "fewer than 30 days." Is this correct? (I've chosen fewer instead of less because days are a quantity that ...
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What is a “patchwork approach” to solving a problem?

Is it a disapproving concept? Does it mean a solution that seeks to fix interrelated problems one by one instead of addressing core causes? I ran a google search but couldn't tell much from the ...
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What is a “hot meal”?

The obvious answer is "a meal which is hot", but when I see this phrase it often seems as if there is a deeper meaning present, as if there is some major distinction between hot meals and other meals ...
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What's the meaning of “that's saying a lot.”?

I heard somebody say a couple of things and they concluded by saying "and that's saying a lot". What does it mean? Does it mean it's a bit of a big deal? or an achievement of sorts? Some example ...
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“Seeking for an answer” or “seeking an answer”

What is the difference between seeking an answer and seeking for an answer? I found an ngram which says that seeking an answer is used much more often compared to seeking for an answer but how about ...
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Sweat the small stuff - motivational quote - what does it mean?

sweat the small stuff - quote by Robin Sharma.
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What does “you don't want to” mean?

And then there's the vice chair of central, Stanley Fischer, who told Sara Eisen that he is watching the economy closely. (Begin video clip) STANLEY FISCHER, Federal Reserve vice-chairman: Where ...
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Are the two statements equivalent?

"I will refuse nothing to a soul that makes a request of me in virtue of my passion. In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for asking" - statement (i) I tried to ...
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What does “ILL OR NAH” mean

A t-shirt was given to me as a present by a friend of mine. There is a cherokee chief head image and a text on it which is written "ILL OR NAH". I am hesitating about wearing it because i do not know ...
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Accuse someone of having manners

I came across the following sentence in a book, and I'm not sure of its meaning. The quote is: “It would be rude to refuse a gift,” Blake said, eyes cast over her [Weiss'] head towards Cinder, ...
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What's a “retail pol”?

In various news articles, I've come across the phrase retail pol. What does it mean? Here are some examples from online: Matt Viser, Boston Globe, via tweet: What kind of retail pol will Jeb ...
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Is “crash into a bend” BrE and must there be a structure at the bend in order to use the phrase?

Includes 10 uses, showing it is far from a one-off phrase. Numbers 4 & 5 (bicycle) and 7, 8, 9, 10 ("everyday usage") are the uses I am most interested in. Question 1 If a vehicle ...
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Perceived pain vs observed pain?

What is the difference in meaning between perceived pain and observed pain? To observe indicates that we watch carefully the way something happens or the way someone does something, especially in ...
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“That strikes one for me”…what's it mean?

What's the "one" mean here? Is this taken from baseball? Can the idiom be grammatically used in other persons besides the first?
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The usage of “got out” and the indefinite article “a” in the sentence “if it got out that they were related to a pair of”

I'm a English learner and I found the following sentence which seemed strange to me when I was reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Chapter one, the American Edition): "if it got out that ...
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Looking for explanation of a phrase

Here's a phrase I've come across - ‘Philosophy is born of the merchant. Science is born of commerce. It's in relation to Europe's interaction with Americas in 1500s. I can't seem to figure out the ...
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“OHS supervision log” meaning

I got a document related to construction working and among various staff I got this term. There were some safety measures and health certificates stuff related. I've found that OHS stands for ...
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Origin of 'put your hand on your heart'

What does this phrase mean? How does putting a hand on your heart (at least on the region of chest where your heart is) do anything? Does the phrase have different meanings for men and women? ...
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What is the etymology of “run like a dog”?

I've used the phrase "runs like a dog" to mean that my car is on its last legs and can't, sometimes, run anywhere near as fast as a dog can. Can anyone shed light on where this meaning of the phrase ...
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What is the meaning of sarcastic? [closed]

I've searched this term on internet. It shows various meanings of sarcastic which means that this word is a slang. However i just want to know the meaning of sarcastic in this very particular line ...
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What's the meaning of “I+verb+not+object1+the less, but+object2+more”?

What's the meaning of: I verb not object 1 the less, but object 2 more. Example: I love not man the less, but Nature more.. I've searched Google about the meaning of it, but unfortunately ...
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Is there a word or phrase for helping someone when you are better equipped than them?

Is there a word or phrase for doing a favour or helping someone because you are in a better position than they are to get it done? For example, it would take me a lot longer to herd some cattle than ...
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meaning of phrase “what the Meno wrought”

I am trying to read The Mind's New Science: A History of the Cognitive Revolution by Howard Gardner. The title of chapter 1 is "Introduction: What the Meno Wrought". I don't understand what the ...
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Does “morning sickness” only relate to pregnancy? Did it always?

As far as I'm aware, "morning sickness" as a phrase relates specifically to pregnancy. So, even if you have a medical condition causing regular nausea/vomiting when you wake up and you typically wake ...
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What is the origin of the phrase “Never Put a Hat on a Bed”?

I came across the phrase "never put a hat on a bed" while playing Google Feud. It was the top result for "Never put a _______". I looked it up, and found out that there's a superstition that says that ...
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What's the meaning of 'fan his pantaloons' in this quote?

Consider... the university professor. What is his function? Simply to pass on to fresh generations of numskulls a body of so-called knowledge that is fragmentary, unimportant, and, in large part, ...
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“At this stage” in corporate speak

I've noticed "At this stage" preceding delivery of the negative to the reader. What's the reason for this? "At this stage, unfortunately (for you), we won't be proceeding further with your ...
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Interest ( someone ) in ( something )

This phrasal verb means to persuade someone when we try offering something. Examples : Can I interest you in coffee? Can I interest you in having a special relationship between us? Do native ...
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what else does hip mean?

Is there somebody, wo can help me by this meaning? Coffee is a lot more than just a drink; it’s something happening. Not as in hip, but like an event, a place to be, but not like a location, but ...
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What does “I chap easily” mean?

I remember hearing this line in an old American comedy TV program A guy starts kissing his boss's hand because he gave him a promotion, and the boss says "be careful (or was it, Stop it, I think, but ...
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Do you ever use the phrase 'good for you' with a completely positive connotation? [duplicate]

I feel the phrase 'good for you' shows a sense of detachment or lack of interest and sounds so rude while the phrase 'I feel happy for you' shows a sense of interest and friendship. I wonder why would ...
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“Don't even get me nests than the client admitted to”

I'm trying to understand this phrase. What does it mean? Is it even grammatically correct? Context: "How was the hunt though? Worth it?" the blond countered. "Don't even get me nests than ...
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When someone says, “I have no words,” what does it mean? [closed]

I contacted a former friend to tell her about a rough situation in my life, and she said to me, "I have no words." What did she mean?