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Let's first look at what Jeffery actually meant to say by looking at the context. "This is a really sensitive issue we don't want many people to know about, so "silence is golden" would be an understatement in this case." "silence is golden" means that being silent is a good and valuable thing. To underestimate the value of something is to think it's ...


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The earliest match I could find for "triple threat" is from "Cry of Calamity," in the Marietta [Ohio] Daily Leader (September 16, 1900): When we add to this his [William Jennings Bryan's] declaration of war against Europe on behalf of Aguinaldo, if he should himself be inaugurated so that he and Aguinaido could both be presidents at once there is a ...


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The earliest source I find for "triple threat" is The British Chess Magazine, Volume 23 (1907) describes (in the old notation) a possible move among several: 1 Q — Q 2 and 1 R — Kt 3 (the latter a triple threat) are also tempting,.... This is situational. (No board diagram is given, and I didn't check the text, but apparently the rook move to the ...


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The OED Online mentions only the sense with reference to a US football back, that is, a back who can run, pass and kick. The earliest quote given is from a 1939 publication by W. H. Baumer, Sports as taught & played at West Point. A search of "2,745,271 Newspapers — 2,779 Newspaper Titles" at Elephind suggests that the earliest uses in the popular ...


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Yes: "a man well to the left of Mr Sanders" pretty much means "a man who is to the left of Mr Sanders to a great degree or extent." "Well to the left" is a shorter way of saying this, and it sounds better. Using the adverb "well" here lets the writer avoid modifying one prepositional phrase with another; in this case, "to the left to a great extent" would ...


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I'm not an artist by profession, but from the paragraph you've quoted and by reading a little about Nicolas Bourriaud, it seems that the context is the movement (translocation) of the themes of art (from whatever was considered postmodern) to what Bourriaud terms aftermodern. An example is the huge 'sculpture' constructed out of pots and pans (see the first ...


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I think it refers to sting meaning: (Law) slang a trap set up by the police to entice a person to commit a crime and thereby produce evidence. Probably implying that she had 'framed' him. (The Free Dictionary)


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This is sometimes referred to as an overstretched or overblown analogy. As an example, Leslie Evans' critique of The Soul of the Marionette: A Short Inquiry into Human Freedom, by John Gray, has: Gray, in what I would regard as an overstretched analogy, regards as Gnostic modern scientific secularism's faith that ...


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The phrase is ambiguous in English. Consider re-wording: "The panel has offered several suggestions for adoption." "Several suggestions have been offered for the panel to adopt."


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“Eccentric.” There are no introverted connotations, and the person is typically extroverted and social and popular. However, you expect them to have unique tastes, for example in fashion and music.


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"Allows" used in this sense means "acknowledges" or "admits." See definition number 4 here: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/allow It's not a common usage nowadays. A more casual way to express this idea today might be, "as everyone knows," or, "as everyone would agree." The etymology note on the page linked above suggests two separate sources ...


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One of a kind - to be very ​unusual and ​special http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/be-one-of-a-kind


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The Latin expression "Reductio ad absurdum" seems to cover this. from Wikipedia: that a false, untenable, or absurd result follows from its acceptance reductiones ad absurdum), also known as argumentum ad absurdum (Latin: "argument to absurdity", pl.: argumenta ad absurdum), is a common form of argument which seeks to demonstrate that a statement is ...


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Silence is golden: One ounce of gold = one unit of silence But the above underestimates the value of gold. One ounce of gold > one unit of silence Literally he's saying that silence is less valuable than gold. This clearly is not what was intended, but it's not at all unusual for someone to get their conceptualizationizing all bolluxed up when ...


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"This is a really sensitive issue we don't want many people to know about, so "silence is golden" would be an understatement in this case." Silence is not so valuable as gold, it is even more valuable


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It means to have a second serving of food


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Pound as a verb can also mean to shut in, to trap, though the more common verb is impound. However neither meaning of the verb pound makes sense in this context. Looking at the first few results when I google "we are pound to", it is clear that the authors intended to write proud. As Rolf of Saxony says above, "perhaps there is some auto-text ...


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TL;DR: you're looking for something which isn't there. Art critics, like the Oracles of old, always sound like they're saying something, even something profound, but in reality, they never are². After my comments, I realized I could never put it as clearly, plainly, and well as Orwell did in 1946¹. So let me quote a part of Politics and the ...


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Outlier A peripheral person often with unique ideas as described by Malcolm Gladwell in his book 'The Outlier' The outlier is not an introvert though he could also be one, stays on the fringes of society, has contrary and often remarkable views, and is able to relate to society if he so chooses.


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Perhaps a lone wolf, a person who prefers to live, act, or work alone or independent of others.


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Freethinker.  a person who forms his or her own opinions about important subjects (such as religion and politics) instead of accepting what other people say. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/freethinker


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It really depends on context. The same sentence could be used to mean both "suggestions that the panel should adopt" or "suggestions the panel has made for adoption by someone else". It does read awkwardly for the second one which would look better as "Several suggestions have been made by the panel for adoption." Was there a particular context you ...



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