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Things have been crazy busy meaning? [on hold]

What is the meaning for this sentence "Things have been crazy busy" ?
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According to vs. pursuant to

What's the difference between a) Pursuant to your last email, I'd kindly like to ask you ... b) According to your last email, I'd kindly like to ask you ... I found that 'pursuant' is ...
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What does “ we've as much” mean?

"So what we did, we got in touch with a nature reserve out in the country, and asked them what you could see there. And that's when we realised that we've as much, if not more wildlife than they do." ...
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What's it called when someone gets a job because they “bought” it? [closed]

What is it called when someone gets a job because they "bought" it?
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How ‘HOW’ change the meaning of the Twinkle song?

I'm a Spanish speaker so this makes me confused. In the song, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star I would understand I wonder what you are! ==> Me pregunto que eres (seras)! But they add HOW before....
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Is 'no more' used to mean 'dead' in English? [migrated]

Do the English or the Americans use no more to mean 'dead'? For example, do they say He is no more to mean 'He is dead'?
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What is the meaning of “Agrift”? [closed]

I saw this word here today. A Party Agrift by Paul Krugman What does "Agrift" here refer to? I tried on Webster. I could find the meaning for "grift", which means "to acquire money or property ...
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Try it yourself or Try it for yourself [migrated]

Which one is correct- Try it yourself or Try it for yourself. If both are correct then please tell the scenario in which each should be used. I am actually testing a website which contains one of ...
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Why have I not heard “radical muslim terrorism” on TV?

In the United States, on TV I have heard much about "radical islamic terrorism" during the republican debates and also in mainstream media. Nearly all these cases involve a male aggressor, or a ...
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Simple meaning of phrase “Who to my knowledge has never told a joke”

I am watching / reading a Visual novel and I am having a little difficulty understanding this phrase. Is this some kind of idiom? Here is the full sentence: ..I'm watching someone I know very ...
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What do you call a person who tells you to do something but they can't do it [closed]

For example if you are in a relationship. The man tells you to update him or tell him everytime you leave the house and go home. Yet he doesn't do it. He doesn't update. He expects you to do the ...
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“This assignment is for the full term of the assigned rights” - meaning

I try to understand what does "This assignment is for the full term of the assigned rights" mean in the following paragraph: The Consultant hereby assigns to the Client all of its ...
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What does wizardhood mean? [closed]

What does wizardhood mean and what is the common uses of this word, tks in advance.
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Meaning: “All spelling errors are property of the finder”

Recently I found this phrase in a site by NOAA (http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/wesley/): All spelling errors are property of the finder. Is this a joke? I could not get the gist of it.
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What's is the meaning of “there's a lot of it about“ and “You can't get the wood, you know“

Hello everyone i have a doubt about the meaning of a couple of expressions I found them after typing my password in my computer and I wrote it wrong, but in the screen the next message appears ...
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What is the difference between attended POS and unattended POS [closed]

What is the difference between attended POS and unattended POS. I cannot get the sense role of the word attended and unattended. Are they different devices? Please, provide clear explanation if ...
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Shocking but not surprising [closed]

I came across this phrase on a news website: "It is shocking but not surprising," said the parliamentarian to.. and I wondered to myself if that is indeed a valid phrase in English. A google ...
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Application of this phrase [closed]

Where is this phrase generally used : "in arrears to" meaning indebted to . I am eager to know its usage . Is it just used in context with Banking or in common use also.please provide reference ...
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Meaning of “turned it on its head”? [closed]

I got the below mentioned line from the site 'erikalust.com/films/the-good-girl' Erika Lust’s indie debut burst onto the scene of adult cinema and turned it on its head. May one explain me what the ...
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Meaning of “straw beneath my feet” in this context

I was reading 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell, in which, there was a sentence "but I know, as surely as I see this straw beneath my feet, that sooner or later justice will be done." I dont ...
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Meaning of “keep up someone's lick”

I have come across this phrase recently. What does it mean? "she don't keep up her lick here...". From The Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain. "Why, this watch. I bought her out in Illinois--gave $...
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What is a “trigger reaction”

What kind of reaction is a "trigger reaction"? Is it a immediate and instant reaction? The context is added: The available space is too confined,rendering any such meeting of gazes ‘...
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Please explain to me the meaning of these phrases [closed]

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” [on hold]

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 stupid,...
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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 “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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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 prime-...
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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 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? [closed]

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 with ...
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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” [closed]

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 [closed]

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 ...