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Questions tagged [meaning-in-context]

This tag is for questions about the meaning of a longer passage of English. A SPECIFIC CONCERN must be emphasized.

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What does “read chapter 18 onwards” mean?

What does "read chapter 18 onwards" mean? Read until chapter 18 or from 18 to end of the book? This is confusing.
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What does my boss mean

When I had my 1:1 with my boss today, I told him at the end of the meeting that I would start my vacation after today. He said "Try to be relax and enjoy your vacation". I replied "Sure I will". Then ...
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meaning of the phrase “we almost had a moment there”

in the first episode of "True detective" series there's a scene (38:30) when two officers interrogate another retired officer about one of his past case and in the middle of conversation he asks one ...
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“pure earth and pure water”? [on hold]

After a visit to the latrine, we must wash our hands with pure earth and pure water and wipe them with a clean napkin. Gandhiji's Ashram observances in action What is meant by the phrase "pure ...
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what does “adoptable material” refer to in this sentence?

Can anyone help me understand the meaning of this passage: Helen’s bravado and laughing-it-off techniques of allaying anxiety were so well developed that they were carried right up to parturition ...
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What does it mean by “clean up its act by pleading poverty”? [migrated]

"In the past India has explained its failure to clean up its act by pleading poverty, noting that richer countries were once just as dirty and that its output of filth per person still lags far behind ...
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What does it mean by “a hotspot for anti-microbial resistance”?

"Widespread dumping of antibiotics in rivers has made the country a hotspot for anti-microbial resistance. " What does it mean by "a hotspot for anti-microbial resistance"?
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what is the meaning of perforation here? [on hold]

"After the test is over , at the perforation point , tear the OMR answer sheet , hand over the original OMR answer sheet to the invigilator and retain the carbonless copy for your record." I can ...
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What does “work on your hair” mean in this context?

At the very end of this clip from the sitcom "Full House" Jesse, one of the main characters, says, "Work on your hair!" But it's not clear why he says it to the guys (or one of the guys) leaving. ...
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What does the second's less than a minute phrase mean? [on hold]

A has finished doing stuff B: "8 minutes and 32 seconds" A: "Eight? The second's less than a minute" As the title said. I don't get it. It might be a phrase. I looked on a dictionary and no luck. ...
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Do both phrases “Did jumping 10 times daily since I was 12” and “Did jumping 10 times daily at 12” have the same meaning? [on hold]

For the phrases: "Did jumping 10 times daily since I was 12" "Did jumping 10 times daily at 12" Do they have the same meaning? I would like to know if there are any similarities or differences ...
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Meaning of nominal sentence

I have some trouble with the last sentence of this paragraph from Huxley's "The Struggle for Existence in Human Society" (1888) (https://archive.org/details/a588314000huxluoft/page/n223): The ...
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Answers to Clues [on hold]

I live in a small town called Clayton New Mexico in each year there is a hunt for a golden key Worth $500 to the person who can find where it is located here in town. - clues are * the long and short ...
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Does “ostensibly ” make sense in this sentence?

Does ostensibly make sense in this sentence? An ostensibly perfect world destroys itself What I'm trying to convey is A so-called perfect world destroyed itself But so-called is not very ...
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Which is proper “attached herewith is copy or attached herewith are copies” [on hold]

Im making a letter then I will declare my attachments My attachments are single photocopy of certificate and original contract. Which is better to use!? Attached herewith are copies of certificate ...
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Topic In some countries, Government encourage citizens to marry and have families. What are causes and results? [on hold]

In spite of divergent decisions of each individual, the government still encourages marriage and having families in some countries. According to me, this stimulation exists in light of some potential ...
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What does “but she felt it all the way down” mean?

A paragraph from Redemption Road: A Novel, by John Hart: People filed out. The big patrolman waited until the end and brushed Elizabeth with a shoulder as he passed. The contact was swift, but she ...
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Precise meaning of “swamp” in this context?

The value of knowledge has always been a central topic within epistemology. Going all the way back to Plato’s Meno, philosophers have asked, why is knowledge more valuable than mere true belief? ...
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Conveying a message in a club advertisement

There has been a dispute between my colleague and I between the use of a phrase in our club advertisement. We are a chemistry interest group and sometimes, I feel that new students may feel that the ...
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What does 'measure' mean here?

John McCormack included a popular balance in his repertoire, and was by every measure a superstar in his own right. In the sentence above: - What does "every measure a superstar" mean? - What is ...
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Am I understanding this correctly?

This is from a GRE test. "Modern agricultural practices have been extremely successful in increasing the productivity of major food crops, yet despite heavy use of pesticides, considerable losses to ...
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What does it means? [on hold]

A: "Books don't grow on trees." B: "Oh, well, technically, yes, they do." B:" They're made of paper. " A: "Sarcasm, Owen is that really the weapon you're reaching for?" A: As deputy library ...
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Please correct my essay [closed]

The growing number of overweight people is putting a strain on the health care system. One way to deal with this problem is to introduce more physical education lessons in the school curriculum. To ...
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What are the connotations behind partridges?

I was reading F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Bernice Bobs her Hair" and noticed this line. But, after all, this critical circle is not close enough to the stage to see the actors' faces and catch the ...
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What does it mean by “made a national champion of”?

"Although the chip battle may have pre-dated Mr Trump, his presidency has intensified it. He has made a national champion of Qualcomm, blocking a bid for it from a Singaporean firm for fear of Chinese ...
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What does the phrase “build into fighting powerhouses ” mean in this context? [on hold]

Here is the sentence: This fighting game allows you to collect some of the biggest names in action movies and build them into fighting powerhouses. Does the phrase mean "include in the fighters' ...
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A girl said to me i am loafer. what does the loafer mean? [closed]

I usually speak to a girl at work. a day she said. you are a loper. what does it mean ? please tell me.
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What does “fu” mean? [closed]

Bitch niggas always jackin' blood, but I know they fu What does "fu" mean in this context? I'm sure it isn't "fuck you".
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What is “discount for validation”

I just read this comic in which one person says: "And no discount for validation" I understand each single word in that sentence, but the meaning itself is unclear. A discount is a reduction in ...
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love vs like, His mother loves him vs His mother likes him?

What does a native English speaker understand from each one of these sentences : His mother loves him His mother likes him is like only a weak version of love or imply a different meaning ?
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David Copperfield by Charles Dickens [closed]

would you be able to explain me the following line from the end of the Chapter one? Especially the bold part. Thanks Guys. You are all genius :) No. I lay in my basket, and my mother lay in her bed;...
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What does the phrase “punctuate proceedings” mean in this context?

Here is the sentence: With this app, You can add audio effects, and you can also punctuate proceedings with the sound of a flying aeroplane or an air horn. The sentence is from a DJ app which ...
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How many words use the same meaning the word say in the English language?

For example, tweet, text, post, ect. could use the same meaning as the word say. So, how many words use the same meaning the word say in the English language?
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What to call a documentation, when it is written for detailed clarity on a subject?

I undertake few courses online (eg, udacity). In a course, there are multiple topics. Suppose there is a topic which I did not understand as sufficient material was not given, so I refer other related ...
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How could I categorize a group of literature work?

I am building a website where I store my documentation work and want to properly categorize them. I could not find a suitable word online. Below are the types of documents I expect to have there ...
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What does this person try to say?

This is written in someone’s dating profile: Nothing says romance like writing a biography about myself and hoping someone falls in love with me from afar. Just kidding. I'd rather get a ...
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The comparison using a single “not”

Today I'd like to present my question about the passablity of what I'll post below. Just as I talked with my american friends(I am Japanese) on discord, a certain person said to me; Are romantic ...
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Meaning of “in-house” in the mentioned sentence?

And populists the world over have learnt quickly that vilifying the mainstream media is an effective way of closing ranks - especially when combined with the creation of alternative information ...
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What does the phrase “cross your eyes” mean in this context? [closed]

Here is the sentence: "Just cross your eyes a little and it would be impossible for you to tell the difference between this and televised football." The sentence is from a game app's description. I ...
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The meaning of “cut off from the water” in this context

I was wondering what is meant by "cut off from the water" in the following context. On just such a sweltering day, the emperor's army trapped Hussein's little band within smelling distance of the ...
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The meaning of “bet you this morning”?

Newt Gingrich had the following exchange with CNN anchor Alisyn Camrota: Camerota: But violent crime across the country is down. Gingrich: The average American, I will bet you this morning, ...
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What is the writer trying to convey? [closed]

"Although I cannot claim any experience or substantial knowledge in the area of language pedagogy, I do recognize how essential it is." And "the applied, pedagogical side outstrips the theoretical ...
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What is a marquee purchase?

From a recent The New York Times article ``The Website That Shows How a Free Press Can Die'': Since the start of the cellphone era, Magyar Telekom had been Hungary’s leading telecommunications ...
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what dose “set” mean. is this sentence correct?

I set my watch for 6 o'clock, and I woke up easily at 6 o'clock. today, I have a date with my girlfriend.it was set last night on the phone. I will bring the set of musical instrument, and I'll play ...
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sportsman whose game has failed him

I'd like to ask about the sentence below, from Conan Doyle's Bruce Partington Plans. "The London criminal is certainly a dull fellow," said he in the querulous voice of the sportsman whose game has ...
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What does the phrase “blast your way” mean in this context?

Here is the sentence: Blast your way through 90's nostalgia and into the 21st century with Mr. X, who is the latest hero to join the list of our game's celebrities. None of the following ...
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“as if Jane had wound it round a row of pokers” meaning [closed]

I'm reading a novel called "Howl's Moving Castle" and reached this part were people are mocking a character called Jane for her hair and couldn't understand what "wound" means in this context? and why ...
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“without” without object?

Below is an encrypt from John Lock's "An Essay on Human Understanding". I am not able to understand the meaning of "without" in this context. The problem is that it's object is not mentioned. I ...
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What is the basic difference between Migrant and Immigrant [closed]

Can anyone tell me what is the difference between Migrant and Immigrant . This is a hot topic of today news. I hear and read those terms almost interchangeably. Searching in google and it give me ...
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What does the phrase “savour the months” mean in this context?

Here is the sentence: The clock is ticking towards a new year even though we’re still savoring the months that are now behind. I am not sure how the lexical meaning "enjoy or appreciate" would ...