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Help me understand this part from the book "Long Way Down" [closed]

What does "So I explained them to her so she wouldn’t think less of me for following them like was just another block boy on one looking to off one." in the following free verse poem mean? ...
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Please help me with this line from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows [closed]

From Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Gringotts, chapter twenty-six: It was now packed inside the beaded bag, which, Harry was impressed to learn, Hermione had protected from the Snatchers by ...
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On Liberty by John Stuart Mill- please explain the meaning of following sentence [closed]

If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be ...
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What does it mean to have a rare ring to something? [closed]

I was reading a book and came across the following (emphasis was mine) Those words have a rare ring to them, don’t they? What is the meaning of the expression in bold?
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Grammar Explanation

How to differentiate between the use of Much as adverb and pronoun when it is used after verb?? Is there any easy tricks? It costs much. (Much=pronoun) Has he changed much.(much=adverb)
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Term for intentional inaccuracies that better convey meaning?

Is there a term or concept that describes instances where an author/speaker intentionally or knowingly uses wrong spelling/pronunciation/grammar because it better conveys the intended meaning, and is ...
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Artifact or artifacts reduction [duplicate]

I need to explain to someone why it's grammatically incorrect to use "artifacts reduction" as opposed to "artifact reduction." Can anyone help with an explanation?
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What is the meaning of 'Rajasthan shades off into the fertile land of Gujarat'

What is the meaning of the phrase 'shade off into'? Is 'off' a preposition here? Here, Rajasthan and Gujarat are States of India.
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not sure if "as" in the sentence's context i have written can be approved

I was wondering if someone could lend me a hand with the following- The customer service gave me your number as the driver making deliveries. In the above sentence, what is 'as ...' referring to? ...
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Must have gone vs had to go

In this sentence which one is better; had to go or must have gone? Last week Tina broke her arm and ..... to the hospital I think must have gone is better but on the other hand the second one is ...
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Not more than one [closed]

What does “no more than one” mean in “no more than one of photophobia, phonophobia or mild nausea”? Does that mean only one out of those three or nothing at all? Thank you very much
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What does " pulp" mean in this context? [closed]

the pulp for the marriage made by the empress dowager has made me a fool to the whole world
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Is my analysis of this paragraph correct based on the punctuation used?

Your services may be terminated by giving 01 (one) weeks’ notice or payment of pro-rata salary in lieu thereof during probation, and by 01 (one) months’ notice or payment of one month’s salary in lieu ...
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What does 'it' refer to in "come you more nearer than your particular demands will touch it"?

Apologies for the long title; I was led to understand it is better to be as specific as possible in titles, even if it makes them a little long. I'll edit it if people agree otherwise. In Shakespeare'...
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Why "Now is the time" 50 years after "Donald in Mathmagic Land"? [closed]

Reading about leet speak on Wikipedia in Spanish I stumbled upon this "Now is the time" text among several other examples of it. Why this one caught my attention? I clearly recalled having read it in ...
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In what contexts is the phrase "a recent point" used? [closed]

There are many kinds of point, but is there a recent point? I can imagine this sort of phrase occurring in a discussion or lecture regarding subject matter that was referenced somehow not too long ...
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What does "Ship complete" mean to you?

I'm looking for a better way than "Ship Complete" to say "Do not ship products individually." "Ship Complete" is an option found in an order entry process. The order process goes as follows: A ...
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What does the word "Stone" mean in this context [closed]

A book by Salman Rushdie ("Shame"), Hindu–Islamic tensed relations are described. So there are several words starting/containing the word Stone Stonewasher Stone-gang Stone-godly 'The one-godly ...
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"User interaction" in the context of the USK [closed]

I was looking at the USK recommendation for a game that my children want to have. The game is Roblox. It has the rating USK12 due to violence digital purchases user interaction I don't understand ...
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What is difference between timetable and schedule?

I'm building an application, that shows schedule/timetable for university students. I'm confusing, what is the correct word for it: schedule or timetable? How should I name it? Here is the result of ...
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What is the meaning of the sentence [closed]

Taking in with a wave of his hand the rich, black earth spreading all the way to the horizon, he exclaimed: “My God, what couldn’t we do with such wonderful land.” Then he added as an afterthought: “...
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What do these words and sentences mean?

I'm translating an episode of a TV series called "Sons of Anarchy". In a scene (where business partners have a meeting): A: "Quinn showed us some Red Woody rough cuts. Business is good." B: ...
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What does the author want to say in these lines?

"I suppose the sets and the studio lights needed the girls and boys to be made to look ugly in order to look presentable in the movie" (Please have a look at the image I have attached, which actually ...
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Get to doing something

I've heard this construction a few times. What does it mean exactly, and is it grammatically correct? For example: "it underwent a number of changes until it got to being exactly what I wanted ...
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The meaning of "diversify" [closed]

I have this sentence: Many wheat farmers have begun to diversify into other forms of agriculture. And I struggle to understand the meaning of "diversify" here. Does this sentence mean that they ...
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Can you explain the end of this long law sentence for me [closed]

This is the sentences. It's really long and complicated and I'm not native English speaker. The end is not clear for me and I don't understand the parts about foreign law and award and etc. Slade ...
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Analysis of the Phrase "if you have questions, then I'll be available after class [duplicate]

I am looking for an analysis or explanation of the phrase "if you have questions, then I'll be available after class." Although this is structured like a conditional, it's not actually a semantically ...
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What do we mean by "Mastering the elements" [closed]

In our company, there are several values to respect, all the employees must have these values and practice them, on the other hand the company too has its principles and qualities, one of these ...
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What does "Wine! Because you never got a pony" mean?

The term Wine! Because you never got a pony appeared in a meme on my social media. My first reaction was to question if there was a spelling mistake, i.e. Whine! Because you never got a pony would ...
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Explanation of "You can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs" [closed]

I was reading a novel when I happened to stumble upon a expression that a character had said: "You can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs." I thought real hard about but I can't seem to ...
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What does 'meta' mean? [duplicate]

I referred to the urban dictionary and it says meta means something used to characterize something that is characteristically self-referential. But I'm still confused. Cause I don't see any ...
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'white-sleeve badge? [closed]

Can somebody please explain this expression from a Mark Twain story: 'Sedgemoor trade-mark, white sleeve badge'? Here is the context: Among other things he said that my character was written in my ...
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The Richest Man in Babylon Explanation

I am reading "The Richest Man in Babylon" but could not get the meaning of the following sentences: Provide also that thy family may not want should the Gods call thee to their realms. For such ...
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What is a "Knee-jerk contradiction"? [closed]

In the discourse-guidelines there are multiple bullet points of what to avoid to improve conversation. One of these points is Knee-jerk contradiction. Now I know what a knee-jerk is and I know that (...
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Need help in understanding the question

I have a problem in understanding the sentence Alpha indicates the IoU (Intersection over Union) for neighbouring candidate boxes; step sizes of the sliding windows are determined such that one ...
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Hello, I am confused with days calculation, can someone clarify this for me? [closed]

for example If you had shower on Monday(2.1.2017 18:00), then you had no shower on Tuesday (3.1.2017 18:00) and then had shower again on Wednesday (4.1.2017 18:00) And it is still 4.1.2017 on-going ...
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“Everything you want (to do)” vs “All you want (to do)”

On a language-exchange app I use, a non-native speaker said (emphasis mine): When you are absolutely sick and tired of exams and everything you want is to listen to music One person corrected ...
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What does "To avoid IP issues" mean? [closed]

I'm following a discussion on a public forum and, one of the users replied the following: Hmmm....I honestly never dealt with large arrays like that. Can you post a screen grab of what you ...
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The meaning of "stalking dirt-floor stalls"

So much has been written about that night in the years since that fact and myth have become intertwined. Regular power-outs, a guest list of Beatles and Blow-Ups, acid casualties stalking dirt-...
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The meaning of "is right up there" [closed]

Bob Dylan’s first electric tour, the Velvets’ Exploding Plastic Inevitable, the Pistols and Buzzcocks in Manchester ’76. Some gigs continue to resonate for decades after the band leaves the stage. ...
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What does “small way” mean?

I want to ask the meaning of this passage: He was falling, landing heavily on the rocks of the creek bed. He lay there, gulping in the sweet air among the rocks. He must carry on down, even a small ...
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"My bad" versus "My mistake"

What is the difference between the expressions "my bad", which I believe is informal, and "my mistake"? Is register the only difference between these two expressions? I had never thought about it, ...
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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 is the ‘art’ mentioned in: “Art is long, and time is fleeting”? [closed]

What does art refer to in the poem: A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow? Art is long and time is fleeting My book says Art refers to the “art of living” but this doesn't convince me and ...
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The meaning of the 'enclosure' word

I can't understand the meaning of the word 'enclosure' in the context: "This client reads one or more RSS feeds, queues up the enclosures for download, and processes several downloads in parallel ...
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Please help me to understand the following definition of "Precautionary Principle"

for "precautionary princple", it gives the following definition. where there are threats or serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific cerntainty shall not be used as a reason for ...
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What is the meaning, form and pronunciation for the items listed in bold? [closed]

Tide laundry detergent is meant to be used for household cleaning purposes, but thieves are turning it into something dirty. Authorities are reporting a spike in thefts of Tide, and in some cities ...
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What does "Polite conversation is rarely either" mean?

What does the quote by Fran Lebowitz "Polite conversation is rarely either" mean? Does it mean "If it's polite it's likely not a conversation, if it's a conversation it's likely not polite?"
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Why are there two "to"s in "from ... to ... to ..."?

To denote that something applies to a wide range of items you can use the phrase "from ... to ... to ...", e.g. Animals can live anywhere, from forests to deserts to deepest pits of the oceans. ...
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What exactly does it mean for one to “…bleed on the page…”?

This question is spurred by some quotes I found connected to George Lucas and the creation/writing of Star Wars that I used in this answer on the “Movies & TV” Stack Exchange site. Specifically ...