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Offensive phrase: what does “**ck my brains out” mean?

Does this expression have to do with actual sex intercourse? Or it is mostly used to describe a situation of some conflicts over little petty meaningless things, for example, preparing a work report? ...
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six points clear of Jack in fifth place

a. In the most recent rankings, Don sits six points clear of Jack in fifth place. b. In the most recent rankings, Don sits six points clear of Jack, in fifth place. In the second sentence there is ...
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A futuristic Phobia in the scientific context (Related to Artificial Intelligence)

Is there any specific term to describe a phobia about future of relationship between humans and (intelligent) machines? One may think it could be Cyberphobia or Mechanophobia, however these options ...
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Is “languid” the right word?

I was listening to some gentle, slow, emotionally warm music by Aaron Copland, and I thought of the word "languid" to describe it. But I wasn't sure of what languid means, so I looked it up, and it ...
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China has been simmering with known for several years that …

The following passage is quoted from the comments that Prof. Paul Krugman made during the meeting with Japanese officials on March 22, 2016 in Tokyo. I am wondering what the italic part means. I ...
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Meaning of “all the shadows had crept under their proper trees”?

From Melisande, by E. Nesbit. (emphasis mine) They stayed talking in the garden till all the shadows had crept under their proper trees and the sun-dial said it was breakfast time. What's the ...
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What does the word “penty” mean? [on hold]

And the word pent ? Are they very used in the british/american english ? Thank you for your help :)
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Does “the flip side” refer only to the negative aspects of something?

I understand that the expression "the flip side" is generally used to refer to the "negative" aspect of someone or something. I think the expression comes from the meaning of the "flip side (of a ...
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What is difference between Objective and Personel Statement?

I prepared two summary for my resume I want to let know about the difference between objective and Personal Statement. Personal Statement As an experienced Senior Web Developer, my abilities ...
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What does “twist” mean in this context?

From the poem "The Free-Selector's Daughter" (emphasis mine) I broke my pipe and burnt my twist, And washed my mouth with water; I had a shave before I kissed The free-selector's daughter. ...
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What is the meaning of “may very well be”?

I have come across this phrase recently. What does it mean? A young man who has read the life story of every eminent athlete of the twentieth century, or a coed who has steeped herself in every ...
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What does “thought of being bounded” mean?

The record books say that the extent of my domain is 120 acres. But it is obvious that, at every dawn, I am the owner of all the acres I can walk over. It is not only boundaries that disappear, but ...
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What does it mean ? ..an alternative to..?

All, I was reading a document talk about a computer science framework(dcm4chee). https://dcm4che.atlassian.net/wiki/display/ee2/Compression+Service But I have problem to understand some sentence of ...
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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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Positive connotation of “fluke”?

Many sources (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, for a start) suggest the word "fluke" has mostly positive connotations when used in the sense of "accident." That is, "a fluke" properly describes a lucky accident, not ...
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Is this correct usage of the word irony?

Comment on Reddit Today I learned that TIL Mark David Chapman planned to kill David Bowie and had a front row seat (along with John & Yoko) for Bowie's Broadway show the day after killing John ...
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What do we call “A person who disowns during bad times and claims during good times”?

Is there any single word to describe a mentality of a person who disowns something during bad times and claims the same during good times?
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Is nationalism specifically secular?

Does the word nationalism specifically imply a feeling of kindred superiority in a secular sense? For instance, if country X opposes themselves to country Y based on religious practice or reasons, ...
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what is the meaning of this phrase?

I am not looking for a fact here, I know that this is highly debatable. My question is about the information mentioned here in the sentence: Many scientists believe that global warming and its ...
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What is a “trigger reaction”

What kind of reaction is "trigger reaction"? Is it a reaction that itself brings about a lot of next reactions?
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Too blessed to be stressed [on hold]

What is the meaning of the phrase "too blessed to be stressed" ?
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Grammar questions regarding an excerpt from The Giver

I've been reading Lois Lowry's The Giver recently, and have questions regarding a sentence from her book. I know that some sentences in literature, like The Giver, do not always follow strict grammar ...
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Springtime is when

I heard the saying below, and don't understand what it means. I heard it in a concert, but it is also recorded in an american book of proverbs linked below. (b) In spring a young man's fancy turns ...
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“Dear GOD, in heaven” [on hold]

Where does the phrase "Dear GOD, in heaven" derive from ? Isnt "God" assumed to be in heaven already. Or is there a reference that a "GOD" from hell exist or another GOD exist somewhere ?
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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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what does “Emperor lives on” mean? [on hold]

Simply, I couldn't understand that sentence. I found that sentence on an image on twitter . could you help ?
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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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Meaning of “I'll have it nicely dried”

I can't understand the meaning of the phrase "I'll have it nicely dried". Does it mean the same as "I'll dry it very well"?
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GRE-sentence completion [on hold]

Although the warring parties had settled a number of disputes,past experience made them _______ to express optimism that the talks would be a success. A)rash B)ambivalent C)scornful D)intrepid ...
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The use of “Earnestly ask” [on hold]

I wonder if "earnestly ask" is proper to say when requesting someone to make comments for my proposal. The whole sentence goes, I do earnestly ask for your comments. Thanks!
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What does “liabilities” mean in this context?

From CNBC's article "Will AI spark a wave of job losses in banking? This what the experts think". (Emphasis mine) "There's a lot of liabilities," said panelist Matthew Blume, director for client ...
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What does it mean “double-digit lead” [on hold]

I see that on the presidential election news these days that "Trump holds double-digit lead in 2 national polls", I don't understand what it means.
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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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Can v. be able to (case)

Consider the following: My baby could walk without any help last night. My baby was able to walk without any help last last. Questions: Both seem correct to me, since we use could for for ...
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a single word that means, the manner in which he spoke [on hold]

A word that means To say to somebody,"its not your fault you lost the money, I don't blame you" but really you do think its there fault.
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What does the word transducionalify mean? [on hold]

I have been looking up uncommon words over the internet, and found the word transducionalify, which is reportedly occuring only once somewhere. In consequence, the word is not found in any known ...
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What does 'Fame Table' mean? [on hold]

In FINDERS KEEPERS by Stephen King, Rothstein, a reclusive writer, got angry when he was blamed for having left the Fame Table. Does anybody know what this 'Fame Table' is?
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Fairly deep phrase meaning

I'm having difficulty with understanding the below phrase: sorry, I've been in a fairly deep recently Is this statement cut off as not making greater sense to me? That was a response to my ...
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What's the difference between “tale” and “fiction”? [on hold]

I'm learning English and reading a 504 book. I arrive to fiction word, and I observed no difference between fiction and tale. Are they synonyms? The Longman Dictionary says for tale: a story ...
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morphosyntax meaning

I know that "Morphosyntax is the study of the interaction of morphology and syntax" but by this defination am not getting the meaning so please can anyone tell me what is morphosyntax with examples?
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Fear of hurting or betraying others

Adopted children often have a fear of hurting or betraying their adoptive parents. I think this is different than the fear of abandonment, which is also found in adopted children. Is there a better ...
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How to name process of illustrating definitions for words?

So lets imagine that I have many words. For each I would like to see how they are looking more or less. For this, I am planning to request google like: illustrating definition for word 'football' ...
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Diluted or not diluted?

So I need a little help confirming something. This sentence: [...] key components of urine (urea, creatinine and uric acid) were not diluted in the fluid. Does it mean that key components of ...
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What does “double-take for right” mean?

Could you help me understand what the exact meaning of the second sentence here is? I find the italic part the most bewildering: "That sentence would or should probably cause a double-take for right." ...
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What are good adjectives that mean “not yet connected”?

I'm working on a browser-based tool that allows users to interact with other users they are matched with. Relationships between users progress in a linear fashion along a series of states, initiated ...
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Is there any difference between ”control of/over“ and ”power over"

For example, what to choose here? "To compete for the control of/over a corporation" or "To compete for the power over a corporation" UPDATE If two workers compete for absolute control/power, what ...
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What does “running numbers ” mean?

I am not sure I understand the meaning of a sentence in The Given Day from Dennis Lehane Luther would soon have ample time to consider how he’d fallen into running numbers for the Deacon, and it ...
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What does “trail” mean in this sentence?

But market expectations have long trailed the Fed's, and still do. source: http://www.businessinsider.com/market-risks-repeating-1994-bond-sell-off-2016-5
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how could I announce my confirmation of compliance with something! [closed]

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 ...