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I can't understand this sentence. It's from a video game Baldur's Gate

I don't speak English well. Please understand my bad grammar. I'm not a native English speaker. Recently I am playing a video game Baldur's Gate in English. And I found this from the game. ...
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About the usage of “had” in this sentence?

Epistemologically speaking, it is facts about the relationship had with the trusted that determines the justification of trust, it is not the mere absence of defeating reasons. (Source) It seems to ...
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Meaning of “to live one's own bit”

Speaking of Richard Henry Dana, at the end of his study, D. H. Lawrence states: Dana lived his bit in two years, and drummed out the rest. Could we say that "lived his bit" is akin to "sow (one's) ...
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“I’ll believe it when I see it” for things that aren’t supposed to be referred to visually? [closed]

I’m looking for an equivalent idiom that refers to actions that aren’t supposed to be referred to visually. Example: Person A owes person B money and day after day says he will pay person B back. ...
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difficult nautical dialect

In the short story "The Last Cruise of the Judas Iscariot", by Edward Page Mitchel, Captain Cram, a sailor of Main, who builds a schooner with three masts to be frowned upon by the people of the town ...
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responsible as to her keel

In the short story, The Last Cruise of the Judas Iscariot by Edward Page Mitchel, which tells the story of Captain Cram, a sailor in Main, who builds a schooner with three masts, which was considered ...
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knocked clean out

In a short story entitled The Last Cruise of the Judas Iscariot by Edward Page Mitchel, Captain Cram, a sailor in Main, builds a schooner with three masts, which is considred by the town's people as a ...
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privilege comes with responsibility

This CNN article titled "With UN vote, Trump gets what he deserves" has this passage: There was nothing principled or realistic about what Trump and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley tried to do this ...
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“Tip of the iceberg” negative or positive

Does this idiom indicate the negative side or positive side? Example: what you have seen about his character is just the tip of the iceberg... Does this example show whether he has so much good ...
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What does “lend an added dimension” mean?

I encountered this expression in an article about sailing. The complete sentence is as below: The floor of the vessel is so comfortable to walk in barefoot, lending an added dimension to the ...
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Meaning of “the field in which I grow my [expletive]”

Lately, I read the following sentence: Behold! The Field In Which I Grow My Fucks On the first I understood it as if it meant: Behold! The Field In Which I make my own business The reason why ...
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What does “I've flipped through the brochure” mean in this sentence?

I've watched a Louis CK stand up comedy, and am wondering what he meant by "I've flipped through the brochure"? “I like life. You know how much I do? I have never killed myself, that’s how much I ...
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What does “churned it up like a mud puddle” mean here?

From Paul Graham's talk for high school students: But as so often happens, the closer you get to the truth, the messier your sentence gets. We've taken a nice, neat (but wrong) slogan, and churned ...
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What does “Buckle up” mean when “Trump and allies go on war footing”?

There was the following sentence led by the headline, “Buckle up: As Mueller probe enters second year, Trump and allies go on war footing.” It follows: “The investigation has already delivered ...
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What does “brooding behind dark bangs” mean in this sentence? [closed]

I am studying the novel A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, and the following sentence apears in page two of it: Prewallet, Sasha had been in the grip of a dire evening: lame date (yet ...
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What does it mean by “You look like a horse when you laugh down your nose like that”?

What does it mean by ""You look like a horse when you laugh down your nose?"? I'm studying English watching Skins 7 but I don't understand the context. Could someone please explain? Thank you in ...
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What does the sentence “Please don't drop this from your radar” mean? [closed]

What does the sentence "Please don't drop this from your radar" mean. I searched for this in Google I found some idiom named drop off the radar but still I need some clarity on this. I want to learn ...
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What does it mean if someone says “this man I think u are up to something”? [closed]

this man I think u are up to something One of my friends asked me this question because he got this text from his girlfriend. So, can anyone help me out to understand this phrase?
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What does it mean to “crash up the gears”?

What does the phrase in capital letters means in this context? Stress is a survival mechanism. When danger appears, it can get you out of trouble quickly. Your body CRASHES UP THE GEARS and ...
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The prhase “ I would like a dragon to heat my pool”

I was watching an american drama, and one of characters in it said "I would like a dragon to heat my pool" I just want to know the exact meaning of it. The context of this sentence is as below. (...
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Is there an idiom or saying for an act that on the surface appears extending the olive branch but in reality it means to abscond responsibility

A couple of us have been trying figure this out. Two parties have a conflict in a form of a proven betrayal that has come to an impasse so both remained conflicted. Then one party extends what ...
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What does it mean to “give somebody a pass”?

In The Wolf of Wall Street there is a comical scene with Donnie Azoff and Brad Bodnick, where Donnie gets into a public brawl with Brad. Their talk: Brad: I’m gonna give you a pass. Just give me ...
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“*the last thing we need*” means something you not want or avoid, however, occasionally it means oppositely the thing finally necessary.

“the last thing we need” means something you not want or avoid, however, occasionally it means oppositely the thing finally necessary. Example: In an article of the Independent (Independent, Jan 4,...
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What does “Not a dream will i have left” mean?

I have no idea. This is a part of classic song. Is "Not a dream will I have left" "Not a dream / will I have left" or "Not a dream will / I have left"? Is "will i have left" a form of future ...
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'Right off the bat' [closed]

I found that it means fast. But it is not clear in which specific cases it is possible to use it. How to use this expression correctly? Curiously, what is its etymology? Example: when I see her, I'...
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Is “speaking off” a popular idiom?

There was the following statement in Washington Post (July 29) article that came under the title, “John Kelly, Trump’s new chief of staff, ‘won’t suffer idiots and fools.’” “Officials there had ...
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What did President Trump mean by “crusty voice”?

Trump recently referred to John McCain as a "crusty voice in Washington." "I can tell you, we hope John McCain gets better very soon because we miss him. He's a crusty voice in Washington, plus we ...
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What does “get rolled” in “Eight ways Trump got rolled in his first budget negotiation” mean?

The Washington Post (May 1st) runs an article under the headline, “Eight ways Trump got rolled in his first budget negotiation,” which is followed by the following paragraph: “Democrats are surprised ...
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What does “pull” in “House Republican leaders pulled legislation to repeal Affordable Care from consideration” mean?

New York Times (March 24) carries an article under the headline, ”In spectacular defeat for Trump, push to repeal Health Law fails,” which is followed with the following paragraph: “House ...
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What does “Pitchforks change hands” and “Pitchforks have their uses” mean?

The New Yorker’s (March 6 issue) article that came under the title, “Trumpcare vs. Obamacare” begins with the following paragraph; The pitchforks are changing hands. In 2009, it was Democratic ...
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What does “not a place given to metaphors” mean?

Hayange is not a place given to metaphors, but memories. The relics of its shattered steel furnaces stand sentry to a new political age. Communists and socialists used to run this place together, but ...
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Is it correct to use “offing” to mean “deliberate avoidance/exclusion”?

I keep wanting to use “offing” in the sense of “conspicuous and deliberate avoidance/exclusion,” which I finally figured out I inferred from this usage in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: “...
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What does “to be dead to {something}” mean?

'She was still in love with her husband; frequently she glanced at him with furtive wistfulness. She was able to enjoy the summer weather. She was not quite dead to the common phenomena of the ...
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What's the meaning of “dangling a line” ? [closed]

In the song called It Sure Took A Long, Long Time by LoBo. I face this line: *I'm sure it might have grown old Like most young things usually do and dangling a line to try and find your mind For ...
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Ordering at a restaurant and giving notice

Can ordering a meal at a restaurant be considered an act of 'giving notice'? Some people (I am not sure whether it should be a majority) find the following sentence unacceptable: The waiter ...
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Denotation of the phrase, “Choose and lose”

"choose and lose" Contextually, I have seen it used to chastise someone who has chosen a life of drugs and drifting instead of providing for his children. However, a word-by-word analysis implies ...
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What does “the lowest common denominator” mean in the context other than math?

In the New Yorker’s (May 31) article under the title, “Stephen Hawking angers Trump supporters with baffling array of long words,” Andy Borowitz wrote; “Speaking to a television interviewer in ...
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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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Meaning meaning [closed]

Could someone please help me out of the misunderstanding problem below? Empowering the underprivileged lies in assuring them that education holds the real source of power
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Specific meaning of term “nail-biters” in context of mid-1970s America

The phrase in question revolves around a rather odious quote, so I beseech all reading to please suppress your political leanings and focus instead on the meanings of the phrases employed. In around ...
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What does “ticket puncher” mean in this sentence?

Mature ticket-punchers are more "adult" or specialized in their interests; Tend to do OK academically but socially they subsist outside the mainstream (they ask less and add less). This is part of a ...
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What is the meaning when someone say “it doesn't get much weird than Lynda?”

Lynda made a dance performance, it's very weird and many audiences couldn't understand it. Then a guy made a comment "It doesn't get much weird than Lynda?". What does he mean ? Is that "Lynda is ...
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What does “fall into history” mean in this context?

I couldn't figure this sentences out, because of the "falls into history" expression. It's an academic article, I thought maybe it doesn't me "to be forgotten" like in the song. Would someone please ...
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What does “she was deploying her famous pipes” mean?

I'm stuck with the precise meaning of the following phrase I read on the Web: "When she took the stage at the Grammy Awards this year, things were no different — except that she was deploying her ...
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Meaning of “Carrots aren't that great” in the sentence

I was reading "10 hurdles to Windows 10 adoption". In slide 12, there's this paragraph: I still think it’s smartest for Windows 7 customers to stand pat, unless they see something in Windows 10 ...
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Clarify an idiom in a political text

Please carefully read the text below: On 24 November, 1993, a meeting of Leftist intellectuals occurred in London under the auspices of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), which is ...
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Meaning of “Banksy’s your bag”

In the article about Dismaland there is a paragraph saying: Inside the walls of a derelict seaside swimming resort in Weston-super-Mare, UK, mysterious construction over the last month—...
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'Later' of 'See you later'

See you! See you later! Is there any nuance by adding later or not?
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I know what “so help me God” is used for, but what does it actually mean?

The phrase is of course very well known: Do you promise to say the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God? I used to interpret “so help me God” as: (a) God help me ...
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The meaning of ''give up''

If Molière had given himself up to his abyss, Pascal — with his — would look like a journalist. E. M. Cioran, All Gall is Divided What does ''give up'' means here? Does it mean that Molière decided ...