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Meaning of “run its course”in this sentence

The American War of Independence was first viewed by the British as a minor rebellion that would soon run its course.I don't know how to paraphrase 'run its course' in this sentence.
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Meaning of each with a single eye in the middle of his forehead [on hold]

How does it look like each whit a single eye in the middle of his forehead,Cyclops?
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My manager tells me to use lateral thinking

What does this unconventional approach to thinking really means? Is it sort of reading between the lines trying to understand the unsaid part of a question or an issue, or does it imply that you ...
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Meaning of “just as much” and “just as”?

Could someone please tell me their meanings? I know these two have different meanings. And I have been trying to Google them, but they are no help. Can we replace much in the first phrase with any ...
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What does “the once and future” mean?

I've encountered the phrase “the once and future X” and I'm confused by it. It seems to be closely related to Arthurian legends: the book The Once and Future King (referring to Arthur) or the episode ...
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How has the meaning of “politically correct” changed?

According to Etymology Online, politically correct means ...the political movement and phenomenon, which began in the USA, with the aim to enforce a set of ideologies and views on gender, race and ...
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What does “feeling a little precious” mean? [duplicate]

I ran across this phrase in a video made by an Australian walking the Camino de Santiago. He describes a horrible sleep-deprived night and suffering from food poisoning, and states that he's feeling a ...
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Meaning of 'All doubtless nourish the soul, but not all fatten the wallet'

I was going through an article on The Economist about returns of higher education and comparison of returns of various fields of study when I encoutered aforementioned phrase. It was quoted in the ...
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What does “head first” mean?

There are a serial programming books whose names begin with head first such as Head First Design Patterns, Head First Java, etc. I'm not a native English speaker. What does head first mean here?
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Does “one of the only” actually mean anything?

I'm a little confused by the phrase "one of the only" - as far as I can tell, it just means the same as "one of the" with the vague implication that the number of things in the set is relatively ...
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“What do we do?” usage

If one means next, as if waiting for orders or instructions, is it possible to use the expression what do we do? Or should we say what are we going to do? Is there a reason to prefer one over the ...
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What does the phrase “They would clash with my drapes” mean?

I have come across this phrase in the sitcom, Hot in Cleveland wherein a gay man is asked if he had kids to which he responds with this phrase :"They would clash with my drapes." I tried looking it up ...
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What does “this is a reach” mean?

In an answer on ELL it reads: Here - and this is a reach - but it could technically be understood to mean that my mother thinks this girl is the prettiest I can find, though there are prettier ...
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What does this quote by Anaïs Nin mean I think I know but I'm not sure

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
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The meaning of nailed in the conversation

From the below conversation what is the meaning of nailed: Summer: Tristan, stop. Tristan: You are making me chase around the party. Summer: Just trying to have fun. Tristan: You ...
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What does “Chintzy Voice” mean?

I've come across the phrase, used in the sentence below, while I was reading a novel written by Raymond Chandler. "I'm Miss Vermilea, Mr. Umney's secretary," She said in a rather chintzy voice. I ...
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What does 'with all that' mean in this sentence?

The sentence goes as: Surely, through most of the history of history writing, the dominant mode of recalling that past has been narrative, with all that this implies about literary crafting and ...
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What does 'educated risk' mean? [closed]

Can anybody help to explain what 'educated risk' means? I recently met this phrase and need to translate it into another language. The sentence I met is 'Encouraging educated risk'. Thanks...
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What does “in charge look” in this sentence mean?

A guy sent me this: I love your in charge look lol guys should bow to you. I really don't get what he means especially that "in charge look " part, as English isn't my native language. Thanks in ...
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What does “blow a story” mean?

Ben Horowitz tweets, "These annotations have completely convinced me that Newsweek blew the story." Does this mean that Newsweek was correct, and was the first to the scoop? Or does this mean that ...
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Meaning of the phrase 'On a later note'? [closed]

I just want to know what the phrase 'On a later note' means or if it's proper phrase to be used. I've searched a lot to find out the meaning. But, couldn't. Can anyone please tell me its real ...
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What's the difference between “authentication” and “authorization”?

I have noticed "Authentication" is used in some mobile apps when I attempt to log in or check my account. Normally I use "Authorization" in my writing. Is there a difference between the two? Also, ...
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What is the origin/formal definitions of the phrase “pros and cons”?

The phrase "pros and cons" is often used to weigh the positive and negative effects that would result from taking a particular course of action. When trying to explain to someone else why only actions ...
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Meaning of “if the shoe fits wear it” doesn't fit

Just now I read the phrase's meaning and was surprised. I always thought that the meaning goes like this: if something is in a really bad or unacceptable condition, but it's serving the purpose, then ...
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Can “did not” be used instead of “should not”?

I'm trying to read "Harry Potter and Methods of Rationality" (Chapter 25), and I'm puzzled with the following phrase: And furthermore, Harry said, his voice emphatic and his right hand thumping ...
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What do “rallying troops” and “battlefield morale” mean? [closed]

"Though heraldry was not exclusively military, it was important for identifying combatants, for rallying troops, and for maintaining battlefield morale." In the above sentence What do "rallying ...
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empty bags that authorities suspect [were] used to hold

The following is from the CNN news of today. I wonder if "were" is mistakenly omitted between "suspect" and "used." Am I in the wrong? A number of used syringes, prescription drugs and empty bags ...
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Phrase: 'cited after'

I don't understand what's the meaning of "cited after" in books, when they cite a source, e.g., (cited after Manin 1997: 3)
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What's meaning of “make (sth) of yourself”?

Could someone please explain the sentence for me? And any citation of such usage? You’ve heard about what you make of yourself when you assume things. This is from the book Hacking for Dummies, ...
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What does “length of the last” means refering to shoe size? [closed]

I think the title speak for itself, google translator was not very helpful since it understands the word last like "last place" This is the part of the text In France, Germany, and most other ...
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The exact sense and origin of “to stick it to someone”

From a blogpost at BBC, Did internet kill the radio star? David Lowery, lead singer for the bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, tells the BBC that illegal sharing of music files is ...
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What does “passion-tearing” mean?

What does "passion-tearing" mean in the following context? My parents were at the summer theater singing a first matinee performance of "You Can't Take It With You". In summer stock productions ...
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What does “There is nobody else I'd rather lie in bed and look at my phone next to” mean?

What does "there is nobody else I'd rather lie in bed and look at my phone next to" mean?
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What does a fist bump means? [closed]

I have seen a fist bump in some books & don't know what it means.What does it mean?
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what does “Save the hammer for the man” mean in this context?

This is part of the lyrics of the song "Save the hammer for the man", what does "Save the hammer for the man" mean in this context? I hurt the gentlest souls, I robbed my wife and son I turned ...
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Meaning of Goethe quote

While watching the latest episode of 'Poirot' series, I came across this Goethe quote in the beginning of the episode. Beginnings are always delightful; the threshold is the place to pause. ...
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What does 'turn things over his fingers' mean?

Below is the first paragraph of Salinger's "The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls". I wonder what to turn things over his fingers means in this context? I imagine the little boy juggling things, but I don't ...
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What's the meaning of bulk rate?

As per this joke, what's the meaning of bulk rate? I understand "bulk" is a bunch of elements, but does it mean in this context that you get a better price if you buy many?
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Difference between 'lie' and 'lie down'

What is difference between lie and lie down? Please explain with some examples.
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What's the meaning of “a class act”?

What does the term "class act" mean? For example, The club is lucky to have such a class act and he is lucky to have the club. What does "class" and "act" mean respectively in this set phrase or word ...
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Is “grown not made” correct English and can it have a totally opposite, to the intended, meaning?

Reading through the Heinz's ketchup bottle, I noticed that their tagline, Grown Not Made could mean something totally different and opposite to it's intended meaning i.e. Grown Not, Made and Grown, ...
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What does “screw up one eye” look like?

Here is a quote from Bertrand Russell's The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism. I have never met a personage so destitute of self-importance. He looks at his visitors very closely, and screws up ...
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What does “to the prejudice of discipline” mean?

I am reading a book and I came across a phrase I don't understand: A newspaper office seems to attract every conceivable sort of person, to the prejudice of discipline. I don't know what to make ...
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Going beyond something

Some years ago, I started to go beyond being a simple user. The meaning I want to give to the sentence is that after "some years ago" I'm not anymore a simple user but someone with a higher ...
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Meaning of “Taking a Glister”

I am reading Candide by Voltaire. Candide urges a sick man to find a cure for his illness, and the man responds with "Alas! how can I?" said Pangloss, "I have not a farthing, my friend, and all ...
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Is “iterate over” being used correctly in “we briefly iterate over related work”?

Is this a correct use of the phrase "iterate over'? In Section Three, we briefly iterate over related work.
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Is “A Moveable Feast” more than home catering?

I read Hemingway's A Moveable Feast before I knew the term describing moveable feast days on the calender. Comparing Hemingway's famous quote about Paris: "If you are lucky enough to have lived in ...
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What is the meaning of “April smile?”

I was reading Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, and I came across the phrase "April smile." I was unable to find a meaning of this phrase using Google, so I thought I'd ask here. Here is a quote where the ...
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Meaning of “A man has as many masters as he has vices.”

What does this saying mean? It was said by Augustine of Hippo, but I do not exactly understand it. Thanks. A man has as many masters as he has vices.
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The deeper meaning of “not enough coffee yet on my end” [closed]

What's the deeper meaning of this phrase? not enough coffee yet on my end