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This tag is for questions related to definitions and nuances of meaning of a word or phrase.

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Please help me to find jargon or slangs [on hold]

Is there any slangs or jargons with same meaning with coincidence? It’s like Two thing hapyat same time. Thank you.
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“National Forward published”

I'd like to know the meaning of "National Forward published". I have seen it in codes and regulation context, such as those found by this search, and couldn't understand it.
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Is the word 'aggressive' when used to describe someone negative?

google define: 1. ready or likely to attack or confront; characterised by or resulting from aggression. 2. behaving or done in a determined and forceful way. Going off the above definitions I don't ...
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An appropriate sentence for expressing the following idea

Assume that there is a set of points like {A, B, C, D, E}, and there is a specific point like X. Each point has a fitness value. like F(x) x=A,...,E. I want to state the following idea: 1) y is a ...
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Get with adjectives

Is it correct when I say: I got frustrated or I got afraid, got confused? Can someone explain the literary meaning of using get with adj?
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Swim & Go swimming [on hold]

What is the difference between: Swim Go swimming Is there any difference in meaning?
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meaning of 'make somebody do something' in this context

As you know, the structure make somebody do something has, at least, these two meanings: to cause somebody to do something to force somebody to do something The latter is stronger. Now, I'm ...
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Example of 'noun + for + noun' [on hold]

I know that 'An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth' is a famous law of retaliation in Bible. Are there another examples of 'noun + for + noun'? in English? (I remember seeing 'sub for sub' (sub=...
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Stagnate stagnate stagnate [on hold]

Is the sentece below correct? "Is their decision to stagnate voting the right one?" I do not know how to use stagnate correctly in a sentence. Does it even make sence? Thank you!
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Origin of “Beating a dead horse”

The origin of beating a dead horse. Was this ever a common practice suitable for a specific purpose? Is it related to the desire to spur a horse into action?
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Looking for a word that means “handmade” that starts with and “S” or a “C” word that sounds like an s-beginning [on hold]

This word will be pertaining to all kinds of handmade crafts and will follow another "S" word in the business title. The other S words in the title are “Shack” and “stone’s throw”. This is for a ...
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Difference between “disgust”, “revulsion”, disgust towards to a person [on hold]

There is a plenty of words in English which are synonyms of "disgust", like: "revulsion", "squeamishness", "loathing" etc. What words do you use to describe a desire not to speak with a person, move ...
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What is neuro-context in semantics? [on hold]

Kindly explain the term neuro-context. Can we find a universal ground in semantics.
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Which of these two sentences is more correct? [on hold]

Strategy of selecting instrumental Or The strategy of selecting instrumental
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Difference between “debate” and “controversy” [on hold]

everyone. Could you tell me the difference between "debate" and "controversy"? Thanks.
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What does the word expression mean here? [on hold]

This is a question from OkCupid, a dating app: If you had to name your greatest motivation in life thus far, what would it be? There are 4 options: Love, Knowledge, Wealth, Expression. What ...
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What is a non-word syllable?

I was looking for a list of commonly used syllables and came across this one which mentions that some of its syllables are "non-word syllables." I have no idea what this might mean and can't find a ...
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meaning of 'narrow' in 'narrow possessiveness'

What does 'narrow' mean in the following sentence, which is from Political Ideals (1917) by Bertrand Russell? He will not desire for his country the passing triumphs of a narrow possessiveness, but ...
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a phrasal verb about turning around something

What should we say to show someone rounds the building and goes to the back door? I mean the verb showing to turn around the building.
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What's the difference between “seem” and “seem as if”?

What is the difference between following sentences: The children seemed tired The children seemed as if they were tired. Does the second sentence indicate an imaginary situation?
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What is the meaning of “we must have missed you”? [migrated]

I was missed from agenda list of minutes of meeting, hence i requested for including my name in the list. But the chairperson of the meeting replied saying "we must have missed you". I am confused? ...
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This guy's alright in my book, because he used the word “rapscallion”. Meaning

This guy's alright in my book, because he used the word "rapscallion". Source What it means by alright in my book?
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Use of 'female' and 'male' (in science fiction)

Often in science fiction when someone refers to a male or female member of some other species, they use terms like "the klingon female". This also happens between members of that species, so if a ...
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Can I use “into” instead of “to”?

He was quick to adapt himself to the new system. = He was quick to adapt himself (into) the new system. Can I use "into" instead of "to"?
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He was given certificate [on hold]

"He (boss) was given certificate"in this sentence whom do give certificate ,to boss or boss given to someone else.please give me suggestions
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What does the phrase “held in confidence” mean?

I recently came across this sentence: Thank them for their time and remind them that answers will be held in confidence. Simplifying things, if I said "Your answers will be held in confidence", ...
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What does “a cross between the Parthenon and the Reichstag” mean?

In Gerard Durrell's The Whispering Land I ran into the sentence below: At that precise moment we were heading towards the massive building that looked like a cross between the Parthenon and the ...
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What does 'walk-through' mean in this sentence?

Jane : Hi Mateo, Brian Jaffers just called to cancel tomorrow's walk-through at 721 Union Street. Mateo : That's too bad. That apartment is just right for him. Did you reschedule? I nearly ...
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What we call tests that we can work from home?

For designer's and writer's jobs, candidates get tasks that they can work from home and later they submit it. Can we call that type of tests 'an aptitude test?'
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What does “overcome” mean in this sentence?

I'm trying to understand the following bolded sentences. These have been copied from a legal document regarding the outcome of a patent application linked here. DECISION The sole outstanding ...
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Is whooping ass and taking names a profession, pastime or a phrase indicating “that one has done well” in any type off generic undertaking?

A commendation delivered to an individual who has done well can come in many forms. One of the fancy descriptions of excellence is included in the subject line of this question. However, in the quest ...
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What does a native speaker imagine when hearing “lunatic cat”?

Is "lunatic cat" like "crazy cat" or "it's nonsense, they don't say so", or something else? According to https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/lunatic there is a connection to the moon (see "...
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Using label printer for scholarships [closed]

Can I use labels on a scholarship form if it can't be filled in on computer?
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A person that studies whether something is possible or not [closed]

A person that studies whether something is possible or not and where can I speak to these people online as well
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Does “, which” Correspond to the Noun just before the Comma or to the Whole Sentence before the Comma?

Harvey drinks from a bottle, which looks funny. Is it enforced that "which" corresponds here to the bottle and not to the way in which Harvey drinks? Can ", which" be used to correspond to the full ...
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What does 'Half-Offeus' mean?

Recently I happened to watch Married With Children Ep 507. In that episode, the dad (Al Bundy) was explaining why he took a header by a granite statue in the wishing pond: ...when I slipped on some ...
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I'm getting a job (meaning)

I'm trying to understand the meaning of I'm getting a job but I can't. I know that it doesn't mean I'm looking for a job nor I got a job. I want to understand the meaning of it because I saw a few ...
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What does “I feel about you makes my heart lone to be free” mean?

I've got a key chain with lots of objects, one of them is a little sign saying exactly "I feel about you makes my heart lone to be free", but I can't understand exactly what it means. It looks like ...
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What is the difference between a ravine, gorge and canyon?

I recently went for a hike up a gorge and then down a ravine. What is the difference between a gorge and a ravine? And how does canyon fit in? My impression was that there was an implied scale, where ...
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What do the bold numerals in parentheses mean in Merriam Webster Dictionary? [closed]

Here is the specific word I am referring to: The bold numerals in parentheses are under the 2nd definition. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/just Are those sub-sub senses? Or are they ...
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What is a reasonable time lapse for the word 'soon'? [closed]

My friend asked me: "Want to meet soon?", to which I said "All right". Four hours later, I called him up and asked him: "I thought you wanted to meet soon", to which he replied: "Soon as in 'some day ...
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“He is said to have known peo­ple” vs “He is said to know peo­ple”? [closed]

I came aross a ques­tion like this: As a pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer, he is said ________ some very in­flu­en­tial peo­ple. to know to have known There are two avail­able an­swers ...
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Meaning of “virtually” in the following sentence? [migrated]

The list of things I believe,though I have no evidence for the truth of them, is, if not infinite, virtually endless. I found two main relevant senses: virtually: 1 : almost entirely : NEARLY ...
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Is there a word that can mean “education” and “formation” depending on context? [closed]

There is a Russian word образование that can mean education and formation depending on context. It will be great if there a word in English that also can have two of those meanings. Not necessarily ...
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Meaning of “Somebody Isn't Gonna Take Something” [closed]

What is the meaning of the expression of "someone isn't gonna take something"? I heard it in some lyrics. Oh, we're not gonna take it No, we ain't gonna take it Oh, we're not gonna take it, anymore ...
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Within the next 6 months vs at least 6 months before?

The instructions say, "If you are a permanent resident whose 10-year green card has expired or will expire within the next 6 months, you may begin the renewal process" "Additionally, if you applied ...
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What does “mean” mean in this sentence? [on hold]

In California, wildfires are raging again and strong winds and dry forests mean that the flames spread over 177 kilometres and destroy thousands of buildings. I don't understand why 'mean' is put ...
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Why is there not a secondary definition for “bolt hole” that includes holes for bolts?

When I look up the definition for "bolt hole" on Google or in most dictionaries, I am surprised to find that the definition does not include something similar to "a hole for bolts". The current given ...
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Meaning of 'very fine' when expressing a relationship

Example: He is very fine to work with. From the Cambridge dictionary I get two (relevant) meanings: SATISFACTORY (adjective) EXCELLENT (adjective) To me these two meanings seem very different. ...
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What does “it wasn't an unusual route” mean in this sentence?

I came across this sentence in the story Around the World in 80 Days, but I can't figure out what it means. Does it mean that it was an unusual route or not?