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there is a big difference between providing care to a degree and being subserivent

I don't understand this sentence: There is a big difference between providing care to a degree and being subserivent. I have severe learning disability, severe ADHD (Attention Deficit ...
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What is the meaning of expression “embrace aggressively”?

I've been reading a book "Java Persistence with Hibernate", 2nd edition and have stumbled upon this phrase: "The Java Persistence and Bean Validation standards embrace annotations aggressively." To ...
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Meaning of this Samuel Johnson quote

"The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality and instead of thinking how things may be to see them as they are." - Samuel Johnson
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using of word “manifest” [on hold]

Can I use the "manifest" word as fallowing: Stigma is manifested through the assertion of the activated self identity of people without disabilities?
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What is the origin of the phrase “triple threat”?

"Triple threat" means things in different contexts. For performers, it refers to someone who excels at acting, singing, and dancing. In basketball, it refers to a person who has the option to pass, ...
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Meaning of this Ben Jonson quote

Many men believe not themselves what they would persuade others; and less do the things which they would impose on others, but least of all know what they themselves most confidently boast.
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Meaning of `put defeat behind`

Often I encounter with the following constraction in some articles Someone put defeat behind him Don't undestand the meaning of this whole phrase. Does it mean that someone succeed or failed?
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The word “example” as noun modifier [on hold]

Is the use of "example" as a noun modifier generally acceptable, e.g. "see the example diagram" ?
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Meaning of “False Positive” [on hold]

My question title itself is self explanatory. Can any explain what "false positive" means? I got this word usage from one of my clients in bug report. Can anyone explain with usage in layman's ...
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What does “Of such” mean in this context?

I do not know what "of such" means in the following quotation: “Of such great powers or beings there may be conceivably a survival . . . a survival of a hugely remote period when . . . ...
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Use of “well” in “Britain’s Labour Party is in thrall to a man well to the left of Mr Sanders”

I have a question about a sentence from an article of The Economist Magazine: Britain’s Labour Party is in thrall to a man well to the left of Mr Sanders. Does the word "well" in this sentence ...
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what does “sharpen profile against something/someone” mean?

Here is the sentence: "each definition of biopolitics must sharpen its analytical and critical profile against the blind spots and weak points of competing suggestions."
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grasping the meaning of the phrase

In your opinion, is the following sentence (the first part of it) grammatically correct? "It boggled him Truman manned the Oval Office while they spent the last of their meager savings on two ...
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What does this phrase mean: «smth isn't exists»? [closed]

there are many examples over internet where this exactly form is used: «This page isn't exists» or «The file isn't exists» does it mean the same as «smth doesn't exist»?
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Is “Do your worst” understood to be a cheeky double entendre?

Can be said (good-natured or not) to an opponent before a match in defiance of their abilities. “Bring it on” is a similar phrase. I just realized it can be a backhanded slight. “[I hope you] do ...
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Difference in meaning of ' Old habits die hard.' Vs 'Old habits hardly die.' [closed]

What is the difference in the meaning of these two sentences Old habits die hard. Old habits hardly die. Are they both grammatically correct? According to me, the first statement says that it is ...
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Great God in boots!

In a letter of Bertrand Russell there is this sentence: I threw the tin in the air and exclaimed out loud 'Great God in boots, the ontological argument is sound.' What's the meaning of 'Great ...
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Is the word “repeat” really used as a synonym of “vomit”?

I came across an online English language course where the teacher claimed that if one used the expression "Could you please repeat?" instead of "Could you please repeat that?" over the phone it would ...
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What is a “terrorist jacket”?

In Connie Willis' Doomsday Book, American archaeologist Lupe Montoya is described as wearing a "terrorist jacket" in several places: Kivrin’s tutor Latimer, looking older and even more infirm than ...
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A question in a sentence of the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird”

I have a question in another sentence of the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird". The sentence is in the paragraph below. Being Southerners, it was a source of shame to some members of the family that ...
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What does the phrase “a monk's game” mean?

I heard this in a podcast from The Economist magazine. I can find a few usages online, but no definitions. Maybe I am spelling it wrong. Is it monk, or is it another word that sounds like monk? The ...
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What is the meaning, form and pronunciation for the items listed in bold? [closed]

Tide laundry detergent is meant to be used for household cleaning purposes, but thieves are turning it into something dirty. Authorities are reporting a spike in thefts of Tide, and in some cities ...
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What does “occurred in the sound” means?

The below paragraph is from a website I came across recently. Could anyone explain to me what the author means by "occurred in the sound' in the below paragraph? Because the birds apparently died ...
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Something “is to” become something

"An atom 'is to' become a positive ion when it has more protons than electrons." Is it proper for "is to" to be in that sentence? If it is, would someone please tell me what does "is to" mean in that ...
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What is meaning of the phrase “should be the way to go”?

What is the meaning of the phrase "should be the way to go"? I haven't been able to figure anything out from searching online. The wording originally appeared in a block of text like this: ...
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What does the phrase “this the new vivy and millennium wavy” mean? Is it a slang?

I was listening to the new Chris Brown's album, "Royalty" and the last track/song called "U Did It" which features the rapper Future has the following line that I didn't understand at all: I just ...
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Feed out the rope

I have question about this phrase (read in book "Gooldfinch" by Donna Tarrt): "... a scholarship student – all sorts of special allowances and delayed deadlines and second and third chances: feeding ...
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Meaning of this sentence? [duplicate]

What's the meaning of "I'mma hit it, I'mma beat it and latch on to it until tomorrow."?
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What's the meaning of “[…] steady tryna pick it up like a call.”? [closed]

I'm from Brazil and my native language is Portuguese. I study English listening to songs, watching TV, movies and series and, sometimes, it appears some difficulties. I'm not very familiar with slang, ...
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What is the meaning of “Spin that record, babe!” [closed]

I live in Brazil and my native language is Portuguese. I have studied English for a while, but sometimes have some doubts. I'd like to know what this phrase means: Spin that record, babe! It's a ...
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What does the slang “in my arrogant opinion” convey?

I have seen it on the Internet as follows (abbreviated as IMAO): Only the Muggles will find it offensive IMAO. I know it's contrasted with the common phrase "in my humble opinion," but I still ...
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What is the figurative meaning of “cold pizza”?

I've always thought that "cold pizza" was an expression used mainly to refer to a boring, uninteresting person or an unexciting event whose images call to mind that of an unappetising cold pizza. ...
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What does “have a catch” mean?

The context of this phrase is following: "I am happy to have a catch with you to discuss this in more detail."
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what do “for a time” and “backtrack” mean in this specific sentence

In a paper of Scientific American, there is a sentence as follows Einstein understood early on that they [the gravitational waves] were implied by his theory but for a time backtracked from his ...
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What does “a bit unfortunate” mean?

I'm translating dialog with "bit unfortunate" phrase: Sasha:"It's a bit unfortunate about Antony's final take." (final take corresponds to final record in sound-recording studio. He had a lot ...
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Does the phrase “… the both of us” change the meaning of the sentence if it was already plural to begin with?

Someone mentions they've found an old photograph with them and myself depicted on it, and says "We looked so different, the both of us". Does this mean: We looked different from each other, but now ...
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What does “lifted you sanction to your account” mean?

I got a message from a website: We already lifted you sanction to your account. What does it mean?
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Why is it “to take someone seriously” and not “to take someone serious”?

Obviously the difference between these two sentences is that one is using an adverb while the other one is using an adjective. The reason why I think that an adjective should be used, is that the ...
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“I have 4 people in my family” vs “I have 5 people in my family”

Recently, a colleague created a warm up question: How many people are in your family? And the model answer was: I have 4 people in my family; my mother, my father, and my 2 brothers. ...
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What does one mean by “Ethical norm”? [closed]

I have been given a topic for writing an essay on ""Ethical norms with regard to Fundamental Rights "". I can't understand the meaning of this topic, please help.
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A sentence from Nietzsche's essay “On truth and lies in a Non-moral Sense”

I have read and reread following lines many times but can't seem to make sense out of it. Any help is appreciated. "And just as every porter wants to have an admirer, so even the proudest of men, ...
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It was to him that [closed]

'It was to him' that Bronn turned with a cursory salute. This is from "A Game of Thrones". What does It was to him that... mean?
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What does “mass” signify in “Weapons of Mass Destruction”?

Since "mass" can mean either weight or large groups of people, I am suddenly confused with this phrase. Does "mass" in "weapons of mass destruction" imply: heavy (pertaining to mass), ...
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What is the meaning of “Pat came the reply”

I was reading following text from a blog post and I experienced difficulty understanding the phrase - "Pat came the reply". I've searched enough (limited to internet search engine) but I didn't find ...
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What does “base passions” mean? [closed]

What author means by "base passions" in following sentence: Philosophy titans such as David Hume thought that base passions powered moral decisions. Above sentence is from Book "Brain Rules for ...
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Meaning of “singer-turned-actor-turned-writer-turned-politician”

I am having a hard time deciphering the phrase, which I came across in a local magazine. Does it mean the person started out as a singer and switched careers one by one to finally become a ...
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What is the word for doing an act and not knowing you're doing it until its done?

Like standing in one area of a room and then the next thing you know you’re across the room stuck in a weird fighting stance position, Because you were taking something from someone and you didn't ...
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What does “Gurl” mean? [closed]

Katy Perry has a pop dance song titled California Gurls. What does Gurls mean in that context? For me, after readying the lyrics, it's about California Girls; is this spelling something Katy did ...
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What does it mean to be the 'voice of reason' in a group?

What role does the 'voice of reason' play in the group?
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Meaning of “tended, if anything, to undercook food”

I am reading the novel by Kate Atkinson, Life after Life, and I am unable to understand the following sentence. Could someone help me? Before Mrs. Glover's advent there had been a woman called ...