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What do the days of the week mean?

Sun, Mon, Tues, Wednes, Thurs, Fri, Satur are the days of the week sans the day suffix. Do these snippets have any significance?
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Meaning of “by my behalf”

I encountered a curious phrase in a copyright waiver form: I grant [...] a [...] license to my [...] performance in any [...] recordings [...] taken of me by or on my behalf. I do not understand what ...
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meaning of “a game of tease”

what does it mean when someone compares something or some act to "a game of tease"? I think it means like indulging in a game of seek and hide or something like that. Am I right? it is like a game ...
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What does “the bully pulpit has splintered” mean?

The article of New York Times (April 29) written by a former White House speechwriter, David Litt under the headline,” What it’s like to write jokes for President Obama” wraps up with the following ...
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Meaning of “go to!” as an (old) exclamation

I'm reading (well listening to an audio book really) Ivanhoe (19th century) and there are some old expressions and words that have rather fallen out of modern use. Most of them I can google, but the ...
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Name of ideology where 'thinking of something wrong is actually wrong'

I am thinking of the name of some kind of ideology where in a world where by the mere fact of thinking of doing something that is wrong causes you to actually be in the wrong. e.g. In a ...
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What is the meaning of “to dance jam bone”

In the book, Inside War: The Guerilla Conflict in Missouri during the American Civil War, the author, Michael Fellman, presents at page 40 evidence of civilian testimony and depositions. One such ...
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Meaning of a phrase

Please what is the meaning of this phrase:"Besides what you can do to me". What is the difference between saying to me or for me?
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Why our children called as **ward** in the school?

As i checked several email from my daughter school mail communication and i found a strange salute for my child. Your ward has successfully moved one more step ahead. You ward is now in Grade 2 ...
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Cast to vs Cast as

What is the difference between 'cast to' and 'cast as'. For eg. It can be cast to/as an optimization problem as follows. I think that 'cast as' is the correct form, but it sounds odd because of ...
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What is a “checkout solution”?

I heard this phrase: checkout solution. What does that mean exactly? Here is an example. Bongo Checkout is an integrated and secure international checkout solution that enables your business to ...
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What does it mean to “feel Humpty”?

I was reading a book written in the UK and a character stated that speaking to her sister made her "feel Humpty". I am not sure what she was feeling, as the rest of the dialogue gave no clue. Can ...
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What does “paper study” mean?

In this statement: When writing your paper, always start by asking yourself this simple question: What am I really trying to accomplish, or is this just another "paper study"? what does "paper ...
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What's the difference between “He dumped her” and “He walked out on her”?

What's the difference between "He dumped her" and "He walked out on her"? Are there any different shades of meaning in these two phrases? Are they completely different?
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Meaning of quote? [closed]

I don't think I truly comprehend this quote. George S. Patton once said, "If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking." Why can't everybody be thinking the same idea? Isn't there ...
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what does “considers most” mean here?

The United States signed but has not yet ratified the Convention; however, the United States considers most of the Vienna Convention’s rules as representing customary international law. does it ...
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what does “preceding warfare” means? [closed]

Peace treaties concluded after cessation of hostilities were usually considered to be valid because of preceding warfare. preceding means "come before (something) in time" warfare means ...
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The phrase “be opposed to something” has the same meaning of “oppose something”. How can it be possible?

The phrase oppose something means "to disagree with something and try to prevent it from happening", which makes me think X is opposed means X is what someone disagrees with and tries to prevent from ...
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whats does “requires consideration of encounters and power” mean? [migrated]

as Nanda maintains, ‘Deconstructing central structural concepts in American society such as race, gender, religion, and ethnicity is an essential component of teaching cultural anthropology as ...
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what does “truce alliance” mean?

The Oxford English Dictionary defines ‘treaty’ variously: in a narrow sense, as a ‘contract between two or more states, relating to peace, truce alliance, commerce or other international relations’, ...
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does “open to charges of” equal to “doing propaganda” here? [closed]

Always open to charges of propaganda and interference in the internal affairs of other nations, public diplomacy challenged both the spirit and letter of the Havana Convention. Book | ...
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What does “then” mean in this context?

In the book Diplomacy: A Very Short Introduction by By Joseph M. Siracusa, we find the following passage: Prior to World War II, then, diplomacy was essentially a government-to-government ...
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What is the origin of the phrase “inconvenient knowledge” [closed]

Richard McCombs 2013 book, The Paradoxical Rationality of Søren Kierkegaard, contains this passage: "...the suspicion arises that the purpose of this investigation may well be to forget one's ...
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WHAT IS DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “STORY” AND “TALE” IN THIS CONTEXT? [duplicate]

For all their efforts, the diplomats at Versailles achieved the precise opposite of what they had set out to do, inexorably, tragically laying the groundwork for the next, more horrible world war. In ...
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Who are these people in context?

Text came from preface. I should also be remiss if I did not thank the anonymous Delegates for their thoughtful reports and constructive suggestions. Even those who did not much agree with me gave me ...
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What is meaning of “Apropos acknowledgements,” at start of a phrase? [closed]

Apropos acknowledgements, I should first of all like to express my gratitude to my friend and colleague ... This quotation came from a preface of a book. As far as I understand, from ...
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is “reads as” equal to “similar to” in this context?

For all their efforts, the diplomats at Versailles achieved the precise opposite of what they had set out to do, inexorably, tragically laying the groundwork for the next, more horrible world war. ...
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$12 psychological term

What does "$12 psychological term" mean? What does "$12" introduce into the phrase as a modifier to adjective? How should it be read? "Twelve dollar psychological", "twelve dollars...", "dozen ...
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referent of 'such a conviction'

The following is taken from the novel Frankenstein: At that age I became acquainted with the celebrated poets of our own country; but it was only when it had ceased to be in my power to derive its ...
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Dogma eat dogma

What does the phrase "dogma eat dogma" mean? What does "eat" mean literally? What part of speech does "eat" belong to? Is it a verb? What synonyms can it be substituted for, according to its literal ...
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What does “life is a unicorn pooping rainbows of candy” means? [duplicate]

What does "life is a unicorn shitting rainbows of candy" means? Saw it on epidode 10 season 1 of the magicians.
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Please help me figure out the meaning of “corporate landscape” [closed]

May it mean the whole picture of an organization? I came across this phrase in an article headline of The Economist called "The creep of consolidation across the America's corporate landscape."
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What is a “foreign fighter”?

I was inspired to ask this question (on ELL) because of something in a CNN article that didn't sound right to me. Per capita, Belgium has the highest number of foreign fighters in Syria of any ...
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Meaning of “Running in a foray against time”? [closed]

What does this phrase mean? It says; Last year you took off running in a foray against time
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Meaning of phrase 'great love of life' [closed]

I met in text a phrase: A double or a triple line means a great love of life and adventure. and had a discussion about meaning of it. The first proposed meaning was: Biggest love (for a ...
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Meaning of “stub your toe” (apply too much cologne to oneself)?

I heard an older person say "Pheew! What did you do -- stub your toe?" The implied meaning was that when I put on cologne, I must have stubbed my toe. This caused me to pour an exorbitant amount on ...
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Meaning of “happy on your behalf”?

What does it mean to be happy on somebody's behalf? Let's say that somebody graduates and I say to this "congratulations, I'm very happy on your behalf", does this mean that I'm happy because this ...
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“have a certain kind of air about oneself” meaning [closed]

Taken from the book titled "W is for Wasted" by Sue Grafton: He had a courtly air about him. I unfortunately can't seem to find any good explanation anywhere on the web. I also don't think this ...
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'Year Obtained from education' on CV meaning

So I am filling out a CV and answering about my education, when it comes up 'year obtained' I have never come across this on a CV before and if I have it hasn't been worded this way. Could someone ...
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“put up” meaning

This is something in the context of making appointments, taken from the book titled "W is for Wasted" by Sue Grafton. I've looked up the meaning in Merriam-Webster dictionary but it all looks ...
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alternative meaning of “pickle”

I've been reading a book by Sue Grafton titled "W is for Wasted" and have encountered a phrase "to pickle the average adult" I have looked up the meaning of the verb and that's what the Oxford ...
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“I changed into my sweats” meaning [closed]

I've been reading "W is for Wasted" book by Sue Grafton and have found the phrase meaning of which I am unable to find anywhere on the web. I changed into my sweats and put together a deluxe hot ...
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Meaning and Usage of “if at all”

I am not able to understand the usage and meaning of "if at all", kindly explain it to me with some examples.
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What does “to squinch one's eyes closed” mean? [duplicate]

Please explain me the meaning of "to squinch one's eyes closed". Is it the act of closing eyes. Example: "Squinching her eyes closed, she stepped through the archway." Thank you!
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What is the nuance of the phrase “have never not liked”?

I was drawn to the phrase, “Anne Hathaway, who, for the record, I have never not liked, is extremely appealing” in the following paragraph in the review of movie, “The Intern,” of which source I ...
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what does “pace someone” mean? [closed]

What does "pace someone" mean after the consideration of an idea? Does it mean "respectfully in contrast with that person's idea"? New York is a so beautiful city (pace James).
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What does 'half blind' mean? [closed]

If I have a sentence like: ... was an old, ugly, half-blind ... Does it mean 50% vision in both eyes? Or does it mean complete blindness in any one eye? Or does it not really mean anything - just ...
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Are these rhetorical questions?

According to Google: A rhetorical question is a question that you ask without expecting an answer. The question might be one that does not have an answer. It might also be one that has an obvious ...
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What is the origin of the idiom “To Stand Someone Up”?

I was curious as to if anyone knew of the origins of the idiom "to stand someone up" in the sense of: My date stood me up. Do you think he'll stand us up again? She stood me up last night. ...
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What does “go on floors” really mean?

When reading movie magazines or news I come across lines like the below: Mr. A's new film goes on floors next month. The actors 2 movies are going on floors later this year. One can ...