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Meaning of the sentance [on hold]

What does the following line convey " The old man was just as generous with his confidences as with his porridge and tobacco."
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What is the meaning of the phrase “this side of x”? And how do I use it?

Since I don't understand it in the first place, I better just give you an example: Cracked.com example, says otherwise known as "the pettiest hobo crime this side of aggressive panhandling." ...
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Is there any merit to “Angry 'on' you” [closed]

Currently where I live there are almost ZERO English native speakers. I love that though. Not because I seek the attention of being the only native speaker around but because it gives me the perfect ...
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What's a “political landscape”? [closed]

What were some of the distinguishing features of the Congresses and political landscapes in the 1965, 1981, 1993, and 2009 time periods? In what context is the phrase "Political landscapes" used ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “for my sins”?

I have a sentence: No, Sir, for my sins, I am not a regular church-goer. What does "for my sins" mean in this case? The phrase is from a book but not published yet and I am translating it to ...
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What does “Tingling toes” mean?

I was listening to a song Top of the world by Bridgit Mendler. She sung some words I'm weak in the knees when... You're holding me close.. got tingling toes tonight What does tingling toes mean ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “cut five sides in [something]”?

I was browsing the Elvis Presley page on Wikipedia when I read a strange sentence: During a two-week leave in early June, Presley cut five sides in Nashville. I've never heard this phrase ...
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Clothing Nomenclature between US and UK [closed]

Are a waist coat and a dinner jacket the same article of clothing? Are they worn both in the US and UK?
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what's a close synonym for “ sorted for Es and whiz”?

what's a close synonym for "sorted for Es and whiz"? and what does it mean in general? When And how can we use in conversation? is it polite or impolite or impolite?
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What does “biased in your favour” mean in this sentence?

I checked several dictionaries and googled and checked previous biased-related questions here including Is it "biased towards" or "biased against"?, Word for being biased ...
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The first live processing date is December 29, 2014 for the pay period of December 22, 2014 to December 28, 2014 [duplicate]

The question I have is the use of the word "to" in the phrase "to December 28". Does the "to" definitely include December 28th, or is it (as I think it is) ambiguous? The way it reads, I feel it is ...
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What is the meaning of ''until the shine wears off''?

I love the songs Lost! and Lost? (well, it's the same song but in different versions) by Coldplay. In these songs, we can hear: I just got lost Every river that I tried to cross Every ...
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What does “child of reflection” mean?

From Venus in Furs of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (full text): And yet a restless, always unsatisfied craving for the nudity of paganism," she interrupted, "but that love, which is the highest ...
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What does “trouble at pit” mean?

I saw this in an article about which British accents sound more intelligent, apparently Yorkshire was once deemed as a place with "trouble at pit". It probably has an origin related to auto racing, ...
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Difference between “attended to by” and “attended by”

In following, what are the differences between these two sentences? I was attended to by a specialist doctor. I was attended by a specialist doctor.
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Meaning of “quantify” in a dating context

Someone said: "You can always quantify things", as in "* Internet and all that stuff is just that. People are people and you can always quantify things." I'm Dutch/American, but am having a really ...
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“so” or “therefore”

I usually double check my English using Google Translate. I paste my phrase in English (translated by myself) and I see how it translates it back to Italian. If the meaning is the one I had in mind ...
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“like many others” indicates/points to which part of the sentence?

In the following sentence- As I love to read, like many others, a desire for writing grew inside me. the part "like many others" indicates/points to which part of the sentence? i.e. to "As I ...
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Which is the best way to say that I have substituted for someone in his work tasks?

I am struggling to understand the best way to say that I have done for a couple of days the work tasks of the Company owner. So far I have find these solutions: I have covered for the Company ...
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The meaning of “They have emerged with accounts of something”

I can't figure out what "They have emerged with accounts of something" means! No dictionary contained this phrase. Thanks.
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What's the meaning of “what gets put where”? [closed]

I came across the following sentence: What gets put where determines the particular type of the architecture. What's the meaning of the phrase in bold?
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Is it a phrase?

I just came across these couple of lines and I am trying to understand their meaning. I am confused as I am not able to confidently point at one of the two narrowed down meanings which I could come up ...
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What exactly does “up to 3 months before” mean?

When it says: You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK. Source: gov.uk Does it mean the latest I can apply for a visa is 3 months before the travel ...
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Are all Congressmen idiots? [closed]

Really couldn't resist the question title :-) This question asks about the famous quote by Mark Twain: Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. ...
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What do you mean by the phrase David vs. Goliath? [closed]

While watching the hit TV series Suits I noticed a headline "David vs. Goliath" published in the newspaper when the show's protagonist gets in an altercation with a common cab driver What does it ...
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'to be smart' or 'to get smart'?

I was reading a blog post, titled "7 Ways to Get Smart", and it just come to my mind, If it can be titled also "7 Ways to be Smart". I really feel lost, when I try to distinguish between 'to be smart' ...
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What does “Prepare to have your pleasure glands carpet-bombed” mean?

Check it out inside, man. It's bigger than your house. (describing a van ) Prepare to have your pleasure glands carpet-bombed. Watch out for the floors,'cause they're marble. From the movie judgement ...
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What does “on the couch” mean? [closed]

What does this mean ? I'm on the couch tonight for sure From the movie Judgment Night (1993).
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What does “stick a bulls-eye on your back” mean? [closed]

What does this mean? It's too bright up there, you might as well stick a bulls-eye on your back. From the movie Judgment Night (1993).
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Meaning of Down to the?

What is the meaning of down to the? E.g. in this statement: In order to use this feature, the statements must be exactly the same - down to the number of spaces, tabs, capital/small letters. ...
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“Have to split” in the film “The Running Man”

In the film The Running Man (1987), Arnold Schwarzenegger cut a man into two halves. His name was Buzz Saw. Then another man said: "Where did Buzz Saw go?" And Arnold Schwarzenegger said: "He had to ...
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What does “those are the breaks” mean?

I remarked to a friend, "It's too bad I have to wake up early," and he responded "those are the breaks." What does this mean? Isn't it a bad thing to wake up late, which would be the opposite of a ...
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What does “Clearasil-scented grammatical sloth” in casual American speech mean?

John McWhorter, associate professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University comments on the growing sophistication (or devolution) of English language among Americans in the ...
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Meaning of “black on black” in Nickelback's “Animals”

The song "Animals" by Nickelback starts with the following lines: I, I'm driving black on black Just got my license back I got this feeling in my veins This train is coming off the ...
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A word to the wise?

I don't get the phrase "a word to the wise". Shouldn't it be "a word from the wise"? Isn't the person with the word the one with the wisdom? Isn't the person receiving the word the one in need of ...
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A jilt whose ear was never whispered close (From “On Fame” by John Keats)

I've met an ambiguous line in Keat's "On Fame": FAME, like a wayward girl, will still be coy       To those who woo her with too slavish knees, But makes ...
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What does “head the bill” mean?

What does this phrase in the song Wow - Kate Bush mean? We're all alone on the stage tonight. We've been told we're not afraid of you. We know all our lines so well, uh-huh. We've said them ...
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What does “the contender to late-night-punch line” mean?

Today's New York Times carries an article titled, “Mark Sanford’s path of Most Renaissance” followed by the lead-copy on its home page: “The South Carolina governor went from potential ...
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Is something 'best possible' or 'the best possible?'

Which one is correct at the end of the sentence, best possible or the best possible? In a science paper (not in a title), should one write This constant is best possible or This ...
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Why the “give” in “I don't give a flying f***”?

I’m not a native speaker. I know that I don't give a flying fuck means "I don’t care", but how did it come to mean that? Specifically, why does the verb give mean "don’t care" here?
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Meaning of “kick out the last jam of the set”

I can't clearly get this phrase. Is it related to the "kick out the jams"? Or "jam" means the song/jazz improvisation, so what does "kick out" mean in that case? The context is "they are kicking out ...
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What's the meaning of “pushing at the boundaries of”?

Following is a passage from this article: Heterosexual men flirted with me, and I never bothered to correct them. In my mind, it wasn’t a lie unless my words actively misled. I was pushing at the ...
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What is the word pronounced at 0:48 in this video? [closed]

In this video, there is a word that I try manage to guess (I'm french), but in vain. At 0:47, he says: "there is this X that all software developers are the same." What is X? I understand that the ...
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What is the meaning of “on or after the 1st of January in the previous calendar year”? [closed]

There is one view that, if applied today, the sentence means from 1st January 2013 to 31st December 2013. There is another view that, if applied today, the sentence means any time after 1st January ...
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He is a giant [(of a) man]

He is a giant of a man. He is a giant. He is a giant man. What's the difference in meaning between the three sentences written above?
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Meaning of “binge”? [closed]

What does it really mean? And what do binge-watching; binge-reading; binge-eating mean?
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“Such being…”

I read in Ivanhoe by Walter Scott the following: Such being our chief scene, the date of our story refers to a period towards the end of the reign of Richard I.,... I'm curious about the ...
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“The Moving Finger writes even in Heaven.”

Following is an extract from a Rabindranath Tagore story called, "A Wrong Man in Workers' Paradise". I need help in understanding the contextual meaning of a line in it. The story is about a man who ...
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What is the meaning of “on steroids”? [closed]

I see this phrase coming after animal names: "A badger is basically a weasel on steroids—you wouldn’t want to upset one". So what is its meaning?
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'Edge of time' meaning of phrase

What is the meaning of at the edge of time in the following sentence? At times they spent hours chatting in the office, while the house seemed suspended at the edge of time.