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non-condecending term that has the meaning that is usually associated to 'first world'

I've always thought of the 'first world' as countries with modern technology and science, proper education, viable economies, and freedom from other social issues which allows individuals to enjoy a ...
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What is the meaning of this “go in and out”?

What is the meaning of this "go in and out": (from Randall Jarrell’s The Bat-Poet) The chipmunk said in a pleased voice: "My day." He sat there and listened while the bat said: In and out the ...
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“when it's snowing and when it isn't” vs “when it's snowing and when it isn't snowing” [on hold]

Are either of the following sentences grammatically incorrect? Assuming they are both correct, is one preferred over the other? If so, in what situations is each preferred? I eat puppies when it's ...
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What does “bet-covering” mean in this context?

As always, I'm stuck in a Hitchens sentence from God Is Not Great. Here it is: If you believe in god and there is a god, you win. If you believe in him and you are wrong — so what? I once wrote a ...
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the switch went on (definition)

I heard this in a documentary. The speaker is some serial killer who claims he started his rampage after watching a video. He goes like this: "I put one of the videos in and what came on the ...
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'Head over heels' - why? [duplicate]

The phrase 'Head over heels' is quite often used when someone falls over: He fell head over heels But, in my mind it doesn't make much sense. If your head is over your heels (feet) then you're ...
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'I eat kittens before ponies' vs 'I eat kittens before I eat ponies'

Are either of the following sentences grammatically incorrect? Assuming they are both correct, is one preferred over the other? If so, in what situations is each preferred? I eat kittens before ...
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What “harbor deception” mean? [closed]

Everyone lies to their neighbor; they flatter with their lips but harbor deception in their hearts harbor means 'a place of refuge', and deception means 'the action of deceiving ...
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What does “snooze factor eleven" mean?

In the opening of “An open letter to the White Walker Army” in The New Yorker (June 12), Sarah Larson exclaims: Dear White Walkers and Your Thousands of Undead Wights: I get it—you’re scary and ...
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Meaning of “rendition” in the phrase “rendition camp”

In the movie series XIII the main character was imprisoned in something they called "a rendition camp in Romania". In the movie it looked just like a prison. He was put there on the order of NSA or ...
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Fell from great heights

I was having lunch with some German and American friends discussing about the state of an industry, when one of my friends said: ...... Industry has fell from great heights. My German friends ...
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What is a “sing song soldier”?

What is the meaning of the phrase "a sing song soldier"? A teacher was helping a student in crisis and another teacher referred to her as a sing song soldier. I have not been able to find any ...
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Can I say “murdering thoughts” or should it be “murderous thoughts” and what is difference between these? [closed]

Is the phrase "murdering thoughts" correct, or should it be "murderous thoughts"? Could I use "murdering thoughts" in any other context. Could I use sentence like "I am murdering thoughts" or use ...
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Is “It’s not unheard-of to do” not-an-unusual expression in day-to-day conversation?

There was the following passage in Maureen Dowd’s article titled, “Hooray for Hillarywood” in New York Times May 30 issue: “You hear plenty of complaints about the president’s mingy care and ...
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Be going to have to [closed]

I have encountered this phrase on a forum. It was an answer to an unclear question. What does it exactly mean? In particular, what is the function of be going to in this case? You're going to have ...
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meaning of “Operation Stork” [closed]

What are the meanings of "Operation Stork"? I know the common meanings of the word "Operation" and "Stork", but putting the meanings together doesn't make sense to me. PS:I saw this phase as the name ...
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meaning of “linger in the shadows” [closed]

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 quotation from 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? [closed]

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? [closed]

Your body size doesn't make you well, well you! What does “well you” mean in this sentence?
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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? ...