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Significance of the term “London town”?

I have heard multiple instances of "London town" in Gwen Stefani's song Rich Girl, and in a commercial for the second Garfield movie (just a TV spot, not a trailer). I want to know what it means and ...
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Is it grammatically incorrect to use “It was double the pleasure…”?

English is my second language and somebody told me that the second sentence I created is grammatically incorrect: It was a great pleasure to meet you. And it was double the pleasure to share a ...
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Is “pleased to annouce” effective? [on hold]

Is the expression "I am pleased to announce" conducive to empathy with the reader or is it alienating self-congratulatory bragging?
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Laid down the gauntlet meaning [on hold]

In a book I'm reading there is a sentence like this Einstein laid down the gauntlet by considering as valid only two ways of understanding time. I guess that laid down the gauntlet means ...
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What does the phrase “empty dreams” mean? [closed]

Also, does it have any other synonymous phrases?
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What is “Your response is uncalled for”? [closed]

I had a heated email conversation with one of the vendors, I gave him nicely when he unnecessarily mentioned something. He responded likewise. Your response was uncalled for. Can you please explain ...
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What does a phrase verb “fluff off” mean? [closed]

According to a book "Speak by Laurie Halse Andrade", what does the phrase verb "fluff off" mean in the following context: She reaches right past me and takes a pen topped with a Merryweather ...
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What is the meaning of “They are more often a lump than a sum”?

So I was watching a TV show called Hannibal. I was on the last episode of season three, called "The Wrath of the Lamb". So Will Graham (a character from the show) was having a talk with psychiatrist ...
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Flaying Foxes and Vomiting People

The phrase to flay a fox occurs many times in English translations of Rabelais. According to many sources, it means to vomit. For example, A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue by ...
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About the phrase “if not for reason” and some other versions

For example let's say we have a statement: X is Y. How does the meaning change when we put "if not for reason" at the end? X is Y, if not for reason. X is Y, if not for other reasons. X is ...
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“There is no place like” has two meanings

I've recently bought a shirt with motto There is no place like 127.0.0.1. I am usually asked (by people who don't understand english or ip address or both) what that phrase means. Sometimes, I put a ...
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Conquest narrows the peaceful fields [closed]

I can't figure out the phrase «conquest narrows the peaceful fields» from the poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay. What does it means?
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I am no stranger to/ I am not stranger to [closed]

I am no stranger to smth. I am not stranger to smth. Which one is correct? Or do they have different meanings depending on the context?
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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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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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What does it mean: “to write in large box letters”? [closed]

in this sentence: ask everyone to write in large box letters.
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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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Things have been crazy busy meaning? [closed]

What is the meaning for this sentence "Things have been crazy busy" ?
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According to vs. pursuant to

What's the difference between a) Pursuant to your last email, I'd kindly like to ask you ... b) According to your last email, I'd kindly like to ask you ... I found that 'pursuant' is ...
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What does “ we've as much” mean?

"So what we did, we got in touch with a nature reserve out in the country, and asked them what you could see there. And that's when we realised that we've as much, if not more wildlife than they do." ...
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What's it called when someone gets a job because they “bought” it? [closed]

What is it called when someone gets a job because they "bought" it?
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How ‘HOW’ change the meaning of the Twinkle song?

I'm a Spanish speaker so this makes me confused. In the song, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star I would understand I wonder what you are! ==> Me pregunto que eres (seras)! But they add HOW before....
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What is the meaning of “Agrift”? [closed]

I saw this word here today. A Party Agrift by Paul Krugman What does "Agrift" here refer to? I tried on Webster. I could find the meaning for "grift", which means "to acquire money or property ...
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Why have I not heard “radical muslim terrorism” on TV?

In the United States, on TV I have heard much about "radical islamic terrorism" during the republican debates and also in mainstream media. Nearly all these cases involve a male aggressor, or a ...
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Simple meaning of phrase “Who to my knowledge has never told a joke”

I am watching / reading a Visual novel and I am having a little difficulty understanding this phrase. Is this some kind of idiom? Here is the full sentence: ..I'm watching someone I know very ...
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What do you call a person who tells you to do something but they can't do it [closed]

For example if you are in a relationship. The man tells you to update him or tell him everytime you leave the house and go home. Yet he doesn't do it. He doesn't update. He expects you to do the ...
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“This assignment is for the full term of the assigned rights” - meaning

I try to understand what does "This assignment is for the full term of the assigned rights" mean in the following paragraph: The Consultant hereby assigns to the Client all of its ...
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What does wizardhood mean? [closed]

What does wizardhood mean and what is the common uses of this word, tks in advance.
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Meaning: “All spelling errors are property of the finder”

Recently I found this phrase in a site by NOAA (http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/wesley/): All spelling errors are property of the finder. Is this a joke? I could not get the gist of it.
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What's is the meaning of “there's a lot of it about“ and “You can't get the wood, you know“

Hello everyone i have a doubt about the meaning of a couple of expressions I found them after typing my password in my computer and I wrote it wrong, but in the screen the next message appears ...
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What is the difference between attended POS and unattended POS [closed]

What is the difference between attended POS and unattended POS. I cannot get the sense role of the word attended and unattended. Are they different devices? Please, provide clear explanation if ...
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Shocking but not surprising [closed]

I came across this phrase on a news website: "It is shocking but not surprising," said the parliamentarian to.. and I wondered to myself if that is indeed a valid phrase in English. A google ...
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Application of this phrase [closed]

Where is this phrase generally used : "in arrears to" meaning indebted to . I am eager to know its usage . Is it just used in context with Banking or in common use also.please provide reference ...
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Meaning of “turned it on its head”? [closed]

I got the below mentioned line from the site 'erikalust.com/films/the-good-girl' Erika Lust’s indie debut burst onto the scene of adult cinema and turned it on its head. May one explain me what the ...
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Meaning of “straw beneath my feet” in this context

I was reading 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell, in which, there was a sentence "but I know, as surely as I see this straw beneath my feet, that sooner or later justice will be done." I dont ...
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Meaning of “keep up someone's lick”

I have come across this phrase recently. What does it mean? "she don't keep up her lick here...". From The Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain. "Why, this watch. I bought her out in Illinois--gave $...
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What is a “trigger reaction”

What kind of reaction is a "trigger reaction"? Is it a immediate and instant reaction? The context is added: The available space is too confined,rendering any such meeting of gazes ‘...
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Please explain to me the meaning of these phrases [closed]

I have highlighted the words that I couldn't understand. Please explain to me what they mean. 1 Put returns between paragraphs. 2 Butler can be an explosive player, but as a batman struggles under ...
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What's a “summer-funeral hit”?

In a YouTube comment commenting on Jamala's song 1944, someone says You guys enjoy your summer-funeral hit! I have nothing else to add. after saying Ukraine should't have won! What a stupid,...
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Would “development of” suggest exclusive performance?

In a CV, "development of a ... software" is an appealing, short expression. But does it suggest that the author has accomplished the development on their own? Please advise, I may have to fall back ...
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What does “Lizard in a ruin” mean in this Paragraph?

Paragraph (Taken from here): You can watch Piaf performing ‘La Foule’ on YouTube, in a recording of a concert in the Netherlands in December 1962. It is completely mesmerising. A journalist who ...
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What does "Megyn Kelly promoted and teased the interview 'within an inch of its life'” mean?

Vanity Fair (May 19) carried an article reporting the most watched TV show held on May 17 on Fox broadcast under the title, “Megyn Kelly slams media “Bias against Trump” for criticism of her prime-...
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Meaning of the phrase “Death by a thousand paper cuts”

Context: Talking about a product or a project. During a meeting someone used the expression "Death by a thousand paper cuts". I understand the concept of the original version Death by a thousand cuts ...
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What does 'chicken littling' mean when used as a verb?

Example - this tweet: ...especially given the reliance of these pundits on phony drama, false equivalence, trolling and chicken littling, and horse race gossip. I've skimmed the wikipedia page ...
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“ that was a classic money handshake”

I'm reading the play "Dumb Show" by Joe Penhall. (See on Google Books) almost in the begining of the play one of the characters uses this phrase" classic money handshake". What does it mean? " (...
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What does “in the rearview mirror” mean in this context?

In "Finders Keepers" by Stephen King, there is a character named Andy Halliday and he says his lovelife has been in the rearview mirror for over 15 years. What does “in the rearview mirror” mean in ...
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What do I reply to “Elementary, my dear Watson”? [closed]

I was exchanging email with a colleague of mine and she gave me some clues to figure out something. I used those clues and reached to a result and I told her the possible two answers. She then replied ...
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What does “racking in cash” mean? [closed]

What does it mean to "rack in some serious cash"? Does it mean to make money quickly and making loads of cash?
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Please, explain the joke about a walkie talkie

Q. What do you get when you cross a parrot and a caterpillar? A. A walkie talkie. What feature of caterpillars was chosen to create this joke? As far as I know a walkie talkie is a device with ...
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“Nice shoes …” What does that phrase actually mean? [closed]

As from the title. I've been receiving this from a security guard, when attending a developer conference, well, a bit overdressed (wearing a suit where all the other nerds just appeared in t-shirt, ...