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Somebody makes a minion using eggs, eyeballs and paints.

They then say, "Then glue on one or two eyeballs".

What is this saying? Is there a difference between "Glue on one or two eyeballs" and "Glue one or two eyeballs"?

Does "Glue on" mean "Put glue on"?

http://ko.englishcentral.com/video/25798

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  • "Glue on" means to utilize glue to attach the components together.
    – Hot Licks
    Feb 24, 2016 at 3:28
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    "Glue on" means "glue [the object that is to be attached] on [to the surface of the receiving object]."
    – Sven Yargs
    Feb 24, 2016 at 3:28
  • To glue sth on /on sth means to use glue so that sth sticks on a surface.
    – rogermue
    Feb 24, 2016 at 7:35

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"Glue A on B" means "Attach A to B via glue".

When somebody says "Glue A on" or "Glue on A", they mean "Attach A onto some other implied object via glue".

Typically you won't just hear "Glue A" (I interpret it as "apply glue to A", but to be technical, no dictionaries that I've checked seem to have a definition for such a usage).

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/glue http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/learner/glue

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/grammar/british-grammar/verb-patterns-with-and-without-objects (this third link has nothing about the word "glue" specifically, but will help if confusion about how it (and verbs like it) work).

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  • I would also interpret "glue A" as "put some glue on A", but that's a weird thing to do, since glue is for attaching two different things. I guess maybe one could say "Glue A, then attach A."
    – DCShannon
    Feb 24, 2016 at 4:48

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