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The meaning of “…Identity between”

There is this sentence which I can't work out the meaning. "They have a unique identity between language and thought that means they cannot conceptualize a lie. This also means that deception, ...
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Can't come up with the correct sentence

I have some trouble coming up with the right sentence for a form input where I'm asking a user's first and last name. What I'm actually trying to say is that the name the user is filling in will be ...
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What does ‘great conk of a nose’ imply?

There was the following sentence in a pretty old (October 7, 2013) article of New York Times titled, “A Jew not quite English enough,” which comments on the life and lifestyle of Ralph Miliband, the ...
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What does ‘Rock a hat” mean?

There is the following sentence in Tina Fey’s “Bossypants": ”Don Fay dresses well. He has an artist’s eye for mixing colors and prints. He wears tweedy jackets over sweater vests in the winter ...
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Meaning of “appreciate the calm”

From a web development book: Instead of taking a moment to appreciate the calm, developers have taken advantage of the stabilizing front-end platform to pile on a whole new wave of front-end ...
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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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Trust him about as far as I can throw him?

Here is a quote from The Avengers, 2012 film. Coulson : But first, we need you to talk to the big guy. Natasha : Coulson, you know that Stark trusts me about as far as he can throw me. Coulson ...
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What does “it's all on you” mean?

I just wonder if "It is on you" can mean "It is because of you". This phrase is from Tony Stark in The Avengers, 2012 film. Common and natural saying in English-speaking countries?
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Thanks for having me [duplicate]

Is it common/correct to say "thanks for having me" after an interviewer says to you "thank you for coming to this interview"? Thanks :) Update: I'm referring to a job interview. (Thanks for pointing ...
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Breaking the set - meaning

Breaking the set What does this expression mean? I hear this expression often used in the context of alternative media reports and debates. Here's the link, right at the beginning the host uses that ...
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The phrase “that is” in the middle of the sentence [closed]

The mosquito drinks its fill, that is, it drinks all the blood it wants. The molecules of water, that is, the tiny pieces of water that include oxygen and hydrogen, are very small. What does ...
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Correct expression for “time of the day” greetings?

What is the correct description of good morning/good evening/good afternoon, etc? Are they called greetings of the day, or time of the day greetings? If not, what are they called?
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What does 'Lets himself be swept along like a log of wood by a current.' mean?

I read the following quote by Gandhi when he was describing the actions of a moral man: Source How can a man understand morality who does not use his own intelligence and power of thought, but ...
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What is the difference about two sentences below?

What is the difference about two sentences below? 1.Despite a very old medical therapy, acupuncture is called "new age" treatment. 2.Despite being a very old medical therapy, acupuncture is called ...
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If you say in English: wear the pants in a relationship, then can you also say wear the skirt in a relationship?

What I mean is: if the person wearing the pants assumes a masculine/dominant role, then can we say someone assumes a feminine/submissive role by saying they wear a skirt in a relationship? Especially ...
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When will you be in through? What is the meaning of this question? [closed]

I could not figure out the meaning of this question. Could someone explain me briefly? This statement was in "answering audience questions" which is a presentation guide line.
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“Brought Forward” and “Pushed back”

During a conversation with a colleague about the time I had received an automated email, I noted that it had arrived 20 minutes late. I then checked the email schedule software and said: The ...
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Please explain the meaning of the word “distance” in the sentence

Distance sometimes lets you know who's worth keeping and who's worth letting go Unless the distance is playing games with the vision and its all a mirage, a vagueness of a dream
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When someone says, “I do not feel that good”, what does that mean?

I have heard it many times in movies and shows. I think it means "I do not feel very good" or "I do not feel as good as you think", but why do we use "that" here, and is it correct?
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Does “allows to + verb” imply that the corresponding event occured?

Example: Yahoo vulnerability allows hacker to delete 1.5 million records from database. Does this imply that the hacker did delete those records or just that he was in the position to delete the ...
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When the waitress at a diner calls her male customer a ''good girl'' after getting tipped, is it meant to be offensive?

My friend got called that and since neither of us are American, it just sounded offensive to us.
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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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“Chief Cook and Bottle Washer” meaning and etymology

In my experience, referring to someone in an organization as "chief cook and bottle washer" has multiple possible meanings: person has a wide variety of duties in the organization person is very, ...
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“By some at least of the merchants” — what does this syntax mean?

The thirteenth century also witnessed the adoption of armorial devices by some at least of the merchants. — (Goodall, John A.., Heraldry in Italy During the Middle Ages and Renaissance, ...
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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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What does “people of the concrete steppes” mean?

I read this on an economics blog (http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/02/in_the_1930s_it.html) and tried to google it, but the results seem to just be people using it, no one explaining it. ...
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What's the meaning of “should we be interested”?

I contacted someone and he replied: ... I've passed your information along and someone will get back to you should we be interested. After sending him another message he replied: ... ...
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Reserve or book tickets?

In an app I am writing the user can book/reserve tickets for riding a bus. Which of the following terms does fit this process best? 'Reserve Tickets' or 'Book Tickets' Also, in some cases the user ...
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What does “never trust your tongue when your heart is bitter” quote mean? [closed]

What does the following quote mean? Never trust your tongue when your heart is bitter.
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“Rome was not built in a day” [closed]

I always heard this phrase from school, but never understood the actual meaning of it or how this phrase originated. What does this actually mean, and why was it Rome and not any other city? ...
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Meaning of “run flat out”

What does "I can run flat out for a half mile before my hands start shaking" mean? It was said in The Bourne Identity. I am not a native English speaker. I know the meaning of the individual words, ...
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Is there any difference between “clear conscience” and “clean conscience”?

I want to have a clear conscience so that I know to judge clearly what is right or wrong. vs. I want to have a clean conscience, therefore I will not do such an ugly thing. The ...
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WHat would be a proper alternative word or phrase for “Social Network” but have the same impact or meaning as it? [closed]

What people normally first think in my opinion when they hear "social network". What else could you say apart from social network.
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Meaning of “ever so” phrase [closed]

I recently listend to an audio book and this sentence stuck in my head he put her on the cot gently and ever so gently mainly because I heard it a few more times (not the exact sentence, but the ...
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What is the meaning of this phrase or sentence

while reading the lesson Bromides and Sulphides I passed through this one sentence which was qouted. If you saw that sunset painted in a picture, you'd never believe it would be possible! What ...
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What does “Somebody is too much in one’s head” mean in contrast to “Somebody is in over one’s head”?

There was the article titled “Thunder Road” in New York Times’ (January 11) that began with the following sentence “I have learned two things covering politics. One, first impressions are often ...
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What does “You're as bad as the old Irish woman who took the two pills to be sure, to be sure…” mean?

What does "You're as bad as the old Irish woman who took the two pills to be sure, to be sure..." mean? And if you know what it means, can you also specify the origin of this phrase? To be more ...
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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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“At someone's place” vs. “at someone's house” vs. “at someone's”

Do the three phrases convey the same meaning when we're referring to the place where one lives?
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How offensive is the expression “I am sick of you”?

Question 1: What is the meaning of "I am sick of you" exactly? Question 2: Does the meaning of this expression change depending on the context? Question 3: How offensive is this expression in ...
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What does “brought low” mean in this sentence?

I'm reading Anna Katharine Green's A Strange Disappearance and found the following sentence: if the girl had a secret—as nearly all girls have, brought low as she has evidently been—it had ...
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what does “among the dead” mean?

I am reading a book that states the hero "knew himself to be among the dead". Does this means that he considered himself as good as dead, or that he understood that all the people around him were ...
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What does “disarm and waylay one's heart” mean?

In Salinger's "Paula" there is the following passage: "I so desperately want our baby born safely, darling. I’m afraid of falling. I’m afraid of a thousand things." Mrs. Hincher paused, suddenly ...
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What does 'let the idea go begging' mean?

What does 'let the idea go begging' mean? Does it mean someone hesitates when making a decision?
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Starting a sentence with “In the following, …”

My native language is German, where we have a phrase "Im Fol­gen­den" to start a sentence. In scientific writing (e.g., in a paper) can I start a sentence with In the following, we refer to three ...
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American English, meaning of a phrase [duplicate]

In Homeland S03E11 00:10:06,353 --> 00:10:07,987 - Carrie Mathison: Masud Sherazi? - Yes? - Carrie Mathison: I'm a friend of your niece. ----/--- 00:11:16,356 --> 00:11:18,824 - You're CIA, aren't ...
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“He started paying Carol to look after me”

Can anybody help me understand this sentence? He started paying Carol to look after me... Does it literally mean he started to give her money for looking after me or is there some other meaning ...
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“I dig my auntie” — what does this mean [closed]

My baby has a t-shirt with "I dig my auntie" on it. What does this mean?