Questions tagged [meaning-in-context]

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What's the meaning of “make much of the ways” in context?

I'm reading the book "Rethinking International Relations" by Irishman Fred Halliday. Right in the first paragraphs of the introduction, he complains that in the previous decades (writing in ...
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Is it grammatically correct to ask a service provider “What is your charge rate ?” [closed]

Is it grammatically correct to ask a service provider "What is your charge rate ?" or "Please let me know your charge rate?"
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What does “old man's milk” mean in this quote?

I find friendship to be like wine, raw when new, ripened with age, the true old man's milk and restorative cordial.— Thomas Jefferson What does he mean by "old man's milk"?
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Does “trap” make sense in this context? [migrated]

The non native speaker does not want to fall into the trap of using a foreign strange word. Does the word trap in the above sentence make sense in context?
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What is ridin in “We're ridin' with Biden”? [closed]

What is ridin in "We're ridin' with Biden"? Source: [Dantri.com]
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How can I figure out this grammatical mistake?

I am not an english speaker and I need some help with a grammar mistake that has up to now costed -4 reputation to me (I am this user posted this question as guest by mistake and cannot actually find ...
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Need help deciphering the meaning behind a phrase spoken in 1893

While trying to find a word that describes someone as having a fondness/interest in microbes, I stumbled across this Nature news article in 1893 that utilized the word, "bacillophil" seen ...
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‘Gen’ as a synonym for Atty?

The Words With Friends dictionary tells me that ‘Gen’ means attorney, Is this a general term for lawyers? Does it have any special connotations? Is it office slang? How is it pronounced; like gin?
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How can I interpret “typical both of a particular class”?

We were, I think, typical both of a particular class of pre-war Germans and, by contrast, of the post-war country at large. On both sides our family was old, well established and, notwithstanding the ...
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What does “vital” in 'vital wheat gluten' mean? [closed]

I am wondering why it is called vital wheat gluten. How is it vital? I first heard it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gysghjYejHw And then I tried to look it up, but nowhere did I find any ...
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Underpants on the outside

A news article today says The force’s rural crime team lambasted the owners of more than 200 cars who drove to the top of Snake Pass, a trans-Pennine road between Sheffield and Manchester on Saturday,...
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“Cutting” meaning?

What does "cutting" mean in the following context? From the day that Michael Codron became interested in producing the show, I felt the cutting take root.
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What is the correct usage “Last time/The last time”

Can you please clarify the meaning of the following sentences and the correct way to use them. We have been to a shop many times in the past and the last time I went with my brother. Would "Last ...
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What does “spare” mean in the context below? [closed]

Yes, thank you," she said. "Swinburne fails, when all is said, because he is, well, indelicate. There are many of his poems that should never be read. Every line of the really great poets is ...
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Does the Word “laden” Carry a Negative Connotation?

So normally one could use the word "laden" to say, The trees are laden with ripe fruit. ; This sentence doesn't have any negative emotion linked to it. But when used with other sentences, ...
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What does “otherwise than” mean in this context

“The library, which I had never seen otherwise than wide open, was tight shut.”
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Abnormal usage of “whose”

Aside from the normal uses of whose, i.e. for people, animals, or inanimate objects, can it also be used in regard to a motive, reasoning, or any other intangible attribute/characteristic of an action ...
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Meaning of “Thank you for entertaining my application”?

I found this line at the end of an application. What does it mean actually? When to use it? Thank you for entertaining my application.
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What is the meaning of “work behinds off”? [closed]

The following sentence is an excerpt from a video uploaded by the magazine TIME on YouTube, whose title is “TIME Person Of The Year: Joe Biden And Kamala Harris.” The sentence mentioned below focuses ...
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How do English speaker know if a sentence is ideal? [migrated]

For example, "Because the parents didn't have spend money on a lot of children, the parents could spend more on fewer children." I think the ideal sentence should be "Since the parents ...
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What does “rigor of Silver’s hand-tuned models” mean in this extract?

As Election Day loomed in 2012, traffic at the New York Times website spiked, as is normal during moments of national importance. But this time, something was different. A wildly disproportionate ...
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using the prefix “Self” [migrated]

I came up with the following structure , trying to say that everyone should take their own precautionary measures. The structure: Every one should take a self-precautionary measures. My question: is ...
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What does “the sources of instruction on the manly character” mean in this text?

I don't fully understand the part in italics. What does "being a source of instruction on something" mean? I'd appreciate an explanation on this. Mid-Victorian doctrines of manliness ...
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What does “practiced just as radical a form of sublimation” mean in this text?

I don't understand the part in italics. I'd appreciate an explanation. What does "practicing sublimation" refer to? Many of these heroes are extremely aggressive in bourgeois economic terms....
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On Passage, Objections to the Contrary Notwithstanding

What does the following mean? There seem to be a lot of double negatives in here, so I'd like to understand this better. On passage, objections of the president to the contrary notwithstanding This ...
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Is there a difference between “outdoor” and “open” spaces? [closed]

I am trying to describe public and private spaces in a city that encompass spaces such as balconies, courtyards, streets, and parks. Meaning, they are outside buildings' shells. Does "open" ...
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Usage of Distribution and alternatives/synonyms

I want to use the word Distribution as it is used normally in the English language in a text where Distribution refers (also?) to the technical (Statistical) term. How can I do so while also marking ...
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“I'd be in the House of Yes” - Meaning

I've been wondering about the meaning of the phrase I'd be in House of Yes. Help would be much appreciated. Here is the context. "I'm running a marathon on January 1st. You know, start a year ...
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Meaning of “Lift” in “International sanctions lifted” [duplicate]

I want to know is it correct that "Lift" sometimes means to be "stop" as Wendy Sherman claimed in 2016 about the usage of that word in "International sanctions lifted"? ...
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What's the meaning of “thin blood” in this context?

I don’t understand the meaning of this expression that I found in a novel I’m reading. A woman who lives in a hot country is speaking with a girl living in England. It’s summer, the girl is warm, the ...
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Why are both the zero and definite articles used with these phrases?

How can the same noun take/miss a "the" in the following sentences. (A) The Food and Drug Administration intends to authorize emergency use of the vaccine on Friday. (B) The country is ...
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What does “thereby effectively allowed to stand” mean in this extract? [migrated]

Please explain the meaning of the phrase "thereby effectively allowed to stand" as said in the below paragraph. “If these election irregularities are not fully investigated prior to ...
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What does the expression “the school first XI rugger team” mean? [closed]

I found this sentence in a novel set in Cornwall. The complete sentence is: Daddy is very proud that you have made the school first XI rugger team. The boy in the team il 16 y.o. and he lives in the ...
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Comparison of meaning: Should vs Need [closed]

I recently saw the following sentence in a recruitment ad: '9-to-5 employees' need not apply It's important to say that English is not my mother tongue, and maybe that's why something in the ...
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Are “Yet” and “However” synonymous?

It is quite common to use "yet" and "however" in contrastive constructions, but l am not certain if they have the same sense. John failed. Yet, he's tried his best. John failed. ...
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How to understand this teddy bear metaphor?

In this video How Long Do Koalas Really Sleep In A Day?, it states that Scientists have long believed that this [1] may be due to [koala's] position as nature's own teddy bear, but recent studies ...
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stands for an escape from the zero-sum game of Victorian social codes, at the price of such amenities of civilization [closed]

I don't understand the part in italics. I have no idea what message the writer is trying to convey. I'd appreciate an explanation on this. Another important metaphor for Maggie is the gypsy queen, a ...
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What does “Still, you weren't eleven every day” mean in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone? [closed]

The context: Monday. This reminded Harry of something. If it was Monday—and you could usually count on Dudley to know the days of the week, because of television—then tomorrow, Tuesday, was Harry’s ...
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What does “resignation” mean in this extract?

What does "resignation" mean in the text below? There were many others who were alarmed by the drive to self-fulfillment Jane exhibited; The Spectator in April 1860 deplored the "pale, ...
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What does “circle each other” mean?

I read this in an article Two people meet, retreat and then circle each other, all while talking and talking. What does "circle each other" mean?
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What does “subject” means in “subject (a place, text, etc.) to a thorough search in order to locate something.”

I read the sentence "subject (a place, text, etc.) to a thorough search in order to locate something." from the definition of "scour". I want to know the meaning of "subject&...
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convention of memory [closed]

What is the exact meaning of "convention of memory" in the following passage? In remembering the 1978–9 Revolution, there is a scholarly convention of memory capturing our imagination. A ...
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What could “touch the incongruous” mean? (from an old story)

Reading an old story by A. Blackwood, I stumbled upon the following sentence (for the context, the woman is said to have some kind of second sight): And the idea of this motherly, sedate, and ...
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“existing+ Noun” vs “Noun+ existing” [duplicate]

I'm confused what structure should I go with and why ??? 1- I think the existing rules in Africa should be changed. 2- I think the rules existing in Africa should be changed.
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Meaning of 'rut' in 'Rut he will not, nor will you.' [closed]

There is a piece from Maurice by E M Forster where I can not quite get the usage of 'rut'. What is it there for? "Rubbish?" He questioned Maurice, who, when he grasped the point, was ...
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Meaning of “skim” here [closed]

I was watching the movie "Kajillionaire" and heard this quote: Once your face is in the system, they got you. Fines, 401k, home equity. But maybe you want all of that, I don't know. Me? I ...
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Is there such expression as “Charlie someone out”?

There is the following exchange in Deadwood series season 1 episode 3 ... Johnny: Al? Al: Yeah. Johnny: That cherry New York dude is downstairs askin’ for ya. Al: No good. Charlie him the fuck out. (...
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What does “Tree someone's or their game” means?

As contextually hinted here in the sentence "1838 – "Instead of having treed their game....", the meaning of possibly rarely-known phrase "tree his/her/someone's/their game" ...

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