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Please explain to me the meaning of these phrases [on hold]

I have highlighted the words that I couldn't understand. Please explain to me what they mean. 1 Put returns between paragraphs. 2 Butler can be an explosive player, but as a batman struggles under ...
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Meaning of “to campaign towards”

What does "to campaign towards" mean? "to campaign against" "to campaign in support of" "to campaign regarding something (either against or in support of)"
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What's a “summer-funeral hit”?

In a YouTube comment commenting on Jamala's song 1944, someone says You guys enjoy your summer-funeral hit! I have nothing else to add. after saying Ukraine should't have won! What a ...
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Would “development of” suggest exclusive performance?

In a CV, "development of a ... software" is an appealing, short expression. But does it suggest that the author has accomplished the development on their own? Please advise, I may have to fall back ...
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what does the prhrase “suddenly his superpowers left him” mean? [on hold]

The whole paragraph is as follows: And Tom, he is such a good boy, but all of a sudden, he was raving about the games his classmates have on their phones. It’s always about having supernatural ...
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What does “Lizard in a ruin” mean in this Paragraph?

Paragraph (Taken from here): You can watch Piaf performing ‘La Foule’ on YouTube, in a recording of a concert in the Netherlands in December 1962. It is completely mesmerising. A journalist who ...
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how could I announce my confirmation of compliance with something! [on hold]

I'm a member of upwork.com , recently they ask me to reply their ticket with "my confirmation of compliance with their User Agreement and policies in general". I cannot understand what they need and ...
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What does "Megyn Kelly promoted and teased the interview 'within an inch of its life'” mean?

Vanity Fair (May 19) carried an article reporting the most watched TV show held on May 17 on Fox broadcast under the title, “Megyn Kelly slams media “Bias against Trump” for criticism of her ...
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Meaning of the phrase “Death by a thousand paper cuts”

Context: Talking about a product or a project. During a meeting someone used the expression "Death by a thousand paper cuts". I understand the concept of the original version Death by a thousand cuts ...
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What does 'chicken littling' mean when used as a verb?

Example - this tweet: ...especially given the reliance of these pundits on phony drama, false equivalence, trolling and chicken littling, and horse race gossip. I've skimmed the wikipedia page ...
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“ that was a classic money handshake”

I'm reading the play "Dumb Show" by Joe Penhall. (See on Google Books) almost in the begining of the play one of the characters uses this phrase" classic money handshake". What does it mean? " ...
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What does “in the rearview mirror” mean in this context?

In "Finders Keepers" by Stephen King, there is a character named Andy Halliday and he says his lovelife has been in the rearview mirror for over 15 years. What does “in the rearview mirror” mean in ...
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What does “pee my pants” mean in this context? [closed]

In the movie Die Hard 3, a bomb was found in an elementary school and the kids had to be evacuated. However, the police were uncertain whether to do it, as the bad guy mentioned if he sees a kid ...
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What do I reply to “Elementary, my dear Watson”? [closed]

I was exchanging email with a colleague of mine and she gave me some clues to figure out something. I used those clues and reached to a result and I told her the possible two answers. She then replied ...
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What does “racking in cash” mean? [on hold]

What does it mean to "rack in some serious cash"? Does it mean to make money quickly and making loads of cash?
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Please, explain the joke about a walkie talkie

Q. What do you get when you cross a parrot and a caterpillar? A. A walkie talkie. What feature of caterpillars was chosen to create this joke? As far as I know a walkie talkie is a device ...
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“Nice shoes …” What does that phrase actually mean? [closed]

As from the title. I've been receiving this from a security guard, when attending a developer conference, well, a bit overdressed (wearing a suit where all the other nerds just appeared in t-shirt, ...
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Meaning of “off to its fastest start”

On CNBC, there is this article titled: "Gold demand is off to its fastest start ever in 2016" I am not sure what "off to its fastest start" is supposed to mean. Does it mean that demand is ...
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Etymology of “Devil-may-care”

I want to know about the origin of the compound adjective devil-may-care: Cheerful and reckless: light-hearted, devil-may-care young pilots All OED has is The exclamation devil may care! ...
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Is the phrase “doing something led by an interest (in)” correct?

Is it semantically correct to say that someone is doing something led by an interest of some kind? For example: I am calling you led by an interest in your declaration. PS I've definitely heard ...
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meaning of “easier on the nerves”

What does it mean when we say "something is easier on the nerves"? Does it mean "it is easier to withstand"?
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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 [on hold]

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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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."