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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?
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difference between suggest and recommend in a restaurant

When you are not sure what to order in a restaurant, do you say to your server, "What do you suggest?" or "What do you recommend?" I have read somewhere that you should ask what the server recommends, ...
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Meaning of 'head screwed tightly to one's shoulders' [closed]

I came across a comment on The Economist article about hardships people working on lower wages or living off disability payments face. In one of the comments, one commentator narrates a story of a ...
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Phrases with mind [closed]

I could find, the phrases wouldn't mind doing something didn't mind doing something don't mind doing something won't mind doing something can have almost similar meaning. But, as far ...
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What is the difference between “until before recently” and “until recently” and how to use these phrases correctly? [closed]

I have seen usages of "until before recently" with different tenses like simple past, present perfect and past perfect. Can you give a number of correct usage examples for this phrase? And what is the ...
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What does “No choice, no problem” mean?

Recently, I watched an interview where the interviewee said "No choice, no problem". I tried googling but didn't come across anything useful. I suspect it means that if you have no choice then there ...
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The meaning of “own a room”

What does "can still own a room" mean in the following newspaper article? Ichiro Suzuki sipped green tea, elicited a few laughs and turned the tables on a media member with three questions of his ...
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What are the differences between “pass a message and ”forward a message"

Claudia (my former school teacher) is hired as a professor in Department X of a university. Claudia speaks English. I dialed her office number but again was redirected to the enquiry center of that ...
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We've so been there

What does "We've so been there" mean? We've so been there: On the other side of a table from someone chewing with their mouth open. Wide open.
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How does 'That it be' mean 'Yes it is'?

Am I right that http://english.stackexchange.com/a/96966/50720 is claiming thus (as regards the title of this question)? If so, how do you derive or explain this equality of clauses? I'm also ...
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“Here's looking at you, kid” meaning?

I'm sure many will know Rick's famous line from the film Casablanca: Here's looking at you, kid. While I can guess at it, I was never fully confident about the meaning of this phrase. I am not ...
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What does “track each other” mean in the following context?

Here is the full paragraph : You might ask, if gain controls the proportion of color at all IRE levels, why do I need to make a whole series of measurements, wouldn't just one do? The answer is ...
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What does it mean to be in an advanced stage [closed]

I sent an email to a professor expressing my wish to be his student. He replied me that the selection is now "in a very advanced stage". He saw my application but hasn't got updated yet. What does ...
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What does “Last yeer I kudn't spel Engineer. Now I are won.” mean

In the end of the slashdot.org(on 23rd jan 2015) website page there is quote Last yeer I kudn't spel Engineer. Now I are won what does it mean, especially the second part Now I are won.
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plural or singular in this sentence

The product and the scale have changed from a small prototype to many production units. The product along with the scale has changed from a small prototype to many production units. Can ...
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What does “datum (sed) non concessum” mean? [closed]

I've encountered the phrase datum (sed) non concessum in various English-language books and articles such as: The Beauty of God's House, quoted in Theologically Speaking, What Intelligent Design Is ...
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What does “beyond giddy” mean?

I recently came across the following sentence: Their bond was that of two best friends who were beyond giddy to be getting married. What does beyond giddy mean in this context?
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What does 'best wisdom' mean?

I recently came across the following excerpt: In other words, once an issue becomes political, people are no longer free to make their own choices based on their personal preference and their best ...
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“Quality comes naturally with integrity.”

Is the title a correct way to convey that, quality is a byproduct of integrity? Any suggestions on how to rephrase the title are welcome of course.
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Last Thanksgiving

Would "last Thanksgiving" at the end of 2014 refer to November 27, 2014 or November 27, 2013? Technically, the most recent Thanksgiving would be the former but the Thanksgiving in the last year would ...
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Newton's first law, unless + past participle

I was reading Newton's first law: An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced ...
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Can “very” (and its synonyms") mean less intense? [closed]

I recently found something mildly intriguing. Very should mean more than the following adjective. This room is dark Means that it is casually dark if you will. While This room is very dark ...
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what does it mean, when a girl tells a guy, “sounds like a catch”

After you mentioned the good qualities of another female, and desire to have a female like such.
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What does it mean by “bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of…” in Lincoln's 2nd inaugural adress?

I'm not sure who is the bondsman and why his wealth matters here. Here is the quote, from the paragraph of Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the ...
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What does “better angel” mean in Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address?

I'm reading the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. It mentioned that Lincoln replaced the phase "guardian angel" to "better angel". I don't understand what the phrase means. ...
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Can I say “time to hit it” meaning “time to go to sleep”?

I was in NYC today and I heard someone today something like "it's time to hit..." I didn`t quite understand what he means so I asked. He said he was going to sleep. Is there really such expression ...
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Could “The flesh of the god” be an ambiguous title? Why?

Is the phrase "Flesh of the god" grammatically and semantically acceptable, or should it be "Flesh of the gods"? I am writing an article and I'd like to use it for the title. I am from Finland, so I ...
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“old stiff” (army slang, 1940s, Br)

I am reading the diary of a Colonel in the British Army in the 1940s. He describes some of the recruits as "old stiffs". This seems to be largely a compliment, and seems to refer to older folk who ...
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What is the meaning behind “wag imagined”?

Today I read these sentences in The Economist "Lying, cheating bankers" “IF YOU can only be good at one thing, be good at lying…because if you’re good at lying, you’re good at everything.” ...
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time spent, places been

Is "time spent, places been," in the following sentence grammatically correct and if so, is that usage common? I take it to mean "time she had spent and places she had been to." Maynard is ...
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What does “to 1 part in 2x10^5 ” mean? [closed]

What does "to 1 part in 2x10^5" means in this sentence? A bridge circuit enable us to measure the change in capacitance to 1 part in 2x10^5, equivalent to a rotation angle of 8x10^(-8) rad, with ...
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Meaning of “You wouldn't be happier.”

I have trouble understanding the last sentence which reads "Are you sure you wouldn't be happier with a man who is making more money than you?" Could anyone paraphrase this sentence in plain English? ...
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Long sentence with 'warranty' - from 1871 UK

[Penult Para, J Blackburn's judgment:] But the second direction raises the difficulty. ♦ I think that, if from that direction the jury would understand that they were first to consider ✓ whether ...