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Meaning of “call it” in The Avengers [migrated]

I have been studying English by reading The Avengers script. Here are two passages. The Avengers look up, watching as more Leviathans and hundreds of warriors fly through the portal. — Natasha: ...
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Insert or Enter? [migrated]

What is the difference between Insert and Enter? If I have a form to fill in, which legend is better? Insert your data or Enter your data Thanks, Nk
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'Mushed' meaning

I've been translating the song by Johnny Horton, North to Alaska and was stuck on the word mushed: He talked to his team of huskies as he mushed on through the snow Searching through the ...
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Is “use” a negative word in the following sentence?

I heard somebody say: I used my mother to find my socks. The moment I heard it, my first impression was that it meant something bad — a rather negative word choice. Then I looked up use ...
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Meaning of “bobbed” in “hair bobbed from a ray of sunlight” [closed]

From The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford: Ed Miller: I was with a girl once. Wasn't a squaw, but she was purty. She had yellow hair, like uh... oh, like something. Dick ...
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“Franchise” as a verb

I'd like to know what franchise meas as a verb in the following sentence: Catering in this school has been franchised to the company. The native speakers I consulted, both American, don't seem ...
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What does “get” really mean in “I get you want to help”?

I get you want to help. Does get in this context mean "know"? Or "understand"?
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Does ‘approximate' mean “approach” here?

Rousseau's strategy in both Emile and the Social Contract is to develop artificial environments which enable us to approximate our rational nature given our foreseeable human limitations. ...
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Meaning of “induce of” in letters by Thomas Jefferson

March 24th 1789 In Europe I doubt whether you can; because our government gives it’s offices on it’s own knowledge of persons, and not on the recommendations of others. They give their ...
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“I beg leave to assure you” — letter by John Marshall

Richmond May 1st [17]99 (Source of Letter) Dear Sir You may possibly have seen a paragraph in a late publication, stating that several important offices in the gift of the Executive, ...
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Meaning of “dogmatic” in “there was a dogmatic gathering in the neighborhood”

and whenever she heard a large word she said it over to herself many times, and so was able to keep it until there was a dogmatic gathering in the neighborhood, then she would get it off, and ...
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What is the meaning of the italicized “do” in this sentence?

A child meets this kind of discipline every time he tries to do something, which is why it is so important in school to give children more chances to do things, instead of just reading or ...
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Meaning of “would” in “the men of Gotham would have kept the Cuckoo so that she might sing all the year”

A fairy tale begins: Once upon a time the men of Gotham would have kept the Cuckoo so that she might sing all the year, and in the midst of their town they made a hedge round in compass and they ...
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Meaning of verb in infinitive phrases

I took my car to the garage to have them check the air-conditioner. To watch Uncle Billy tell this story is an eye-opening experience. What is the meaning of the verbs check and tell in ...
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What is the meaning of “store-testing”?

I would like to know what is the meaning of the term store-testing as seen in the commercial ad below. Is there a verb "to store-test"? What does it mean? It seems merriam-webster does not have ...
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Banking meaning of “held”

While filling in a UK form I just encountered the following question: How many credit cards held? This was followed by a free-form text field. So they are either asking ‘how many credit cards ...
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Is it possible to “defy the laws of physics”?

Assuming that it's impossible to circumvent the laws of physics, is it possible to defy them? That is, in order to defy something, do you necessarily have to have some success in resisting it, or ...
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'Remit' an antonym of itself?

Perhaps I don't fully understand the word, but it always confuses me. When talking about money: The money was remitted. Which means that the money was transmitted/transferred successfully. But ...
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“Implicate” vs. “incriminate”

I am exploring possible differences in the meanings of 'implicate/incriminate' from using different direct objects. Assume the context is police interrogation: He implicated/incriminated his ...
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What does “lit” mean, in The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat, by Dr Seuss contains the following: I do not like this said the fish as he lit. I do not like it, not one little bit. What on earth does lit mean in this context? A guess ...
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What is the meaning of “contribute” in the following context [closed]

What is the meaning of contribute here? Plug-ins can contribute actionSets extensions that define actions with an ID, a label, an icon, and a class that implements the interface IActionDelegate. ...
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whale as a verb

This post uses the expression: These days forcing everything in 3D is no particular advantage. Graphics card can whale on 2D problems just as efficiently as 3D ones. It's just a question of ...
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What does “plenaried” mean in this phrase?

A recently-asked question, since deleted by its author, prompts the following question. In a 12 March 2013 New York Times column called The Axis of Ennui, David Brooks concluded with: What are ...
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“Let him wait” or “Keep him waiting” or “Make him wait” [closed]

There is someone I do not want to see. What can I say to my assistant: Let him wait. Keep him waiting. Make him wait. What is the difference among these?
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Meaning of “threaten”

According to Merriam-Webster, threaten has the following four meanings: 1: to utter threats against 2a: to give signs or warning of 2b: to hang over dangerously 3: to announce as ...
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What is the meaning of “to tween”?

I recently stumbled upon the word tween but neither in the meaning as a contraction of between nor as little child. It seems to be similar to to tweak. I found it in the context of programming like ...
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“Roll” vs. “roll up” [closed]

Are these two verbs the same? According to Longman, they are the same. Here are some made up sentences: I rolled this (up) into a ball. Let's roll (up) our sleeves. (I made up these ...
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Is it a standard usage of ‘blue’ to be used as a verb to mean ‘being deflated / become pessimistic’?

I was interested in the usage of ‘blue’ as a verb in the headline of New Yorker’s article, “Bibi Netanyahu’s election blues,” followed by the following lead copy: “The center-left, which had ...
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Does “unfold with something” mean “unfold like something”?

Here's a sentence I don't completely understand. The story leaps back and forth in time with crisp juxtaposing of scenes set in disparate places. The production nevertheless unfolds with the ...
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What does “Alice started to her feet” mean?

In the book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, what does “Alice started to her feet” mean? ... But when the rabbit actually took a watch out of its waistcoat-pocket, and looked at it, and then ...
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Meaning of “stands there” in “[The word] stands there, easily repeated back”

I do not understand the "stands there" part related to the word: It is much harder to deny having said an angry word. It stands there, easily repeated back, hard to disavow totally. What ...
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Connotations of “anoint someone” as successor

I saw this headline on the BBC today: China anoints Xi as new leader There is one entry in the definition at Google's dictionary which exactly corresponds to the case in use: Nominate or ...
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“chance” as a verb in context [closed]

In the following text, is "chance" a verb or a noun? Very few did better than chance in spotting which was which. Could I replace it with "guess"?
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Slight difference in the meaning I cannot understand

I am working on a text regarding quality of computational systems. I am following an ISO standard where I found: Verification Process is to confirm that each software work product and/or service ...
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Meaning of “running off” in this context [closed]

I do not understand the use of "run off" in the following sentence. Neither was I able to find any explanation so I guess it is not a phrase? If your generator (software) was running off a ...
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What does “delineate” mean in this context?

I was reading a Scientific American story, “Controversial Spewed Iron Experiment Succeeds as Carbon Sink” by David Biello, when I came across this sentence: The problem for scientists is that ...
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What does “Watch the plain clothes” account for in terms of “Cheap liquor nationalism”?

International Herald Tribune (September 30) introduced a commentary of Japanese novelist, Haruki Murakami who is regarded as a favorite for this year’s Nobel Prize in literature on Japan’s dispute ...
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What does “back-slap” mean? [closed]

What does back-slap mean in this sentence? Back-slap someone in Korea and they will be offended.
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Is “amend XX” a commonly understood English term to express “add something to XX” or “modify XX”?

In our company, we've recently had a discussion about the usage of the verb amend in the context of a screen in our software user interface, where a button reads amend set (meaning add something to ...
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Meaning of “classes meet at their regular times”

Classes meet at their regular times, and we're able to attend as many (or as few) as we want. — Source Does classes in this sentence refer to groups of students or different lessons such as art ...
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What's the meaning of “gas” here?

Todays Alpha males are MMA/Jits fighters not meatheads who gas 15-30 seconds after raising their heart rate. This aint the 80/90s bro. Is this some kind of thing bodybuilders inhale? How does it ...
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Meaning of “put on” in “the accuser can be put on the defensive”

Reading a text about liars and their behaviour, I encountered the following sentences: It is hard to prove there was a harsh tone or angry expression. The accuser can be put on the defensive. ...
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Is this an example of extrapolation?

I saw a joke on facebook today where professor cat states: There are two types of people in this world: Those who can extrapolate from incomplete data My brother thinks that this really isn't ...
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What's the meaning of “root” in “you root for the favorite”? [closed]

What's the meaning of root in this context? You root for the favorite. You cry when they go away.
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“To go” in the meaning of “to poop”

Here is a quote from article: The largest animals ever to have lived on Earth, blue whales are colossal in every respect — including, it must be said, the scatological. When a blue whale goes, it ...
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When to use “ordain” over “order”?

In the book Dune Messiah, I read: "The Emperor has said I must die if I set foot on Dune," she said, making a last desperate effort. "You spoke of this yourself. You are condemning me if you take ...
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Isn’t it rare to use ‘rare’ as a verb as in “Congress is raring at the gate on tax cuts.”? [closed]

I found the word, ‘rare’ being used as a verb in the headline of today’s New York Times article – “An often procrastinating Congress is raring at the gate on tax cuts.” It is followed by this ...
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What's the use of 'with' here? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Usage of the verb “provide” Is the sentence “It provides people an easy way to communicate.” grammatically correct? Can you provide me a mouse pad? and ...
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Meaning of “scan” in “that doesn't scan in English”

In an answer to another question this sentence was proposed: Was it specifically mentioned as part of their teaching, or they just happened not to have killed anyone? In comment, another user ...
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Is “leaning” not a verb? [closed]

Please see the following sentence: Detaching itself from the main body of traffic, a lone auto-rickshaw drew up near Porus, the driver leaning out expectantly. Looking at http://tfd.com/leaning ...