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What does "Orrin B. Evans" refer to in this context?

This is the context I'm talking about: "Alex Korb's The Upward Spiral is a masterful account of the neuroscience behind depression, as well as of concrete steps that will lead to an 'upward ...
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What does "poorer prospects" mean here? [closed]

More evidence that bordom has detrimental effects comes from studies of people who are more or less prone to boredom. It seems those who bore easily face poorer prospects in education, their career ...
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Harry Vandiver's comment on the infinitude of Wilson primes

Wilson primes are prime numbers that meet a specific criterion. Only three such numbers are known: 5, 13, and 563. In Paulo Ribenboim's book "My Numbers, My Friends: Popular Lectures on Number ...
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Who are they? and why used past tense, “were + ing”? [migrated]

An interviewer asked as below. “Hindsight is always 20/20 it is said, but looking back, what would you say that the CDC or the FDA or the White House should have done differently? Is there anything ...
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new possibilities generated by these activities coupled with selection

Development of the human body from a single cell provides many examples of the structural richness that is possible when the repeated production of random variation is combined with nonrandom ...
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What does "snubbed out" mean? [duplicate]

I am confused by the meaning of the term "snubbed out." I will list some examples that I came across. I applied for the position of supervisor, but was quickly snubbed out when the HR ...
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I would like to submit an opinion letter arguing that my sentence should also be considered correct [migrated]

I am a high school student from a country where English is not the native language. In my recent English exam, the following two sentences were involved: The official correct sentence: "Hence, ...
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Meaning of joined in marriage [closed]

“I joined in marriage Ben and Nicole”… when the officiant write it in the marriage certificate can it have a double meanings? The first meaning is- I united in marriage Ben and Nicole- meaning I ...
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Is "parse out" actually a phrasal verb, and in what context do you use "parse"

I came across this text example about phrasal verbs: There's no better investment than the most comfortable sneakers Maybe your last beloved pair is kinda falling apart and desperately needs to be ...
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say a quarter over

The following excerpt is from Charles Dickens's David Copperfield. In search of the principle on which joints ought to be roasted, to be roasted enough, and not too much, I myself referred to the ...
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How to say this

I received an email from this company, in which they proposed a job to me. I sent them an email saying that I would like to work with them. After 3 months I haven’t yet received any email from them. ...
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What is the meaning of 'with a pair of boots clean dropping off him'?

It's from 'The Murder of Roger Ackroyd' by Agatha Christie, as below. As I was returning from my round the following morning, I was hailed by Inspector Raglan. I pulled up, and the inspector mounted ...
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Interstellar mice rates?

The following passage is from Terry Pratchett's Discworld: Light Fantastic: 'Endlessly roaming through the universe,' mused Twoflower. 'That's right. Mind you, there is a saving on the rates.' 'Rates?...
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Meaning of phrase "We meet you where you are"? [duplicate]

A local homeless shelter has the following paragraph on their website: ... We accept people unconditionally, and we meet them where they are. People get a chance to really see Christ here, instead of ...
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Usage and meaning of “may have” in this context

The man may have died a week ago in a car accident, but his legacy will long change the world for the better. When we know for sure that the man actually died a week ago in a car accident, can we ...
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Please help, Trying to understand what this statement is saying

Our company's staff retention report says the following: Once a person is identified as affected, their home department and Client Service Manager work with the employee to identify potential ...
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"unlimited" in store names and "limited" in vehicle models

I see a lot of stores with the word unlimited at the end of the name. "Things Unlimited" (thrift store), "Taste Unlimited", "Eyewear Unlimited". Is this meant as a ...
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"Wish in one hand, tacky in the other. See which fills up first". What's the meaning of "tacky" here?

I am reading a contemporary American novel. In a dialogue, one of the characters quotes a proverb her mother used to say: "Wish in one hand, tacky in the other. See which fills up first". I ...
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"foresee" vs. "predict" [closed]

My question concerns the exact meaning of the verb 'foresaw' in the following context: Marx pointed out that capitalist undertakings tend to grow larger and larger. He foresaw the substitution of ...
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These stereocilia become progressively longer on the side of the hair cell away from the modiolus [closed]

Can someone paraphrase this for me? Does it mean the largest cilia is the nearest to the modiolus or it means the largest cilia is the farthest from the modiolus?
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"A good thing about still living in the house we grew up in"

(From A Terrible Kindness by Jo Browning Wroe, Part II Cambridge Choir, chapter 16) (A letter from Uncle Robert) . . . We might pop up to Cambridge for evensong every now and then, though I'm not ...
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What does "I swear " mean when used as an answer to an unexpected or astonishing event?

Consider the following excerpt from the novel Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry: “Well, it ain’t a holiday,” Call said. “Work to do. Me and Deets will go see if we can help them boys.” “That Newt ...
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Creation in a Biblical sense of producing material out of nothing

Is there a word, phrase or idiom that means creation, in a Biblical sense of producing material, out of nothing? Example; In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Is there no concise ...
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"Do" in a 1932 text: acronym, or what?

Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night, XII, p. 285: March 7 – abusive letter by post to Miss de Vine,' `March 11, do, to Miss Hillyard and Miss Layton (…) Any idea about that “do” in the second entry? No ...
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When someone tells you, "you're a trip"

When I was having a conversation with someone and they looked at me and said "Man, You're a trip" was it referring to when I tripped over a word? Or didn't use the word right?
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What does this use of 'median' mean? [closed]

I was reading Paul Graham's latest essay https://www.paulgraham.com/google.html: If you're not sure what technology to get good at, get good at programming. That has been the source of the median ...
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What does "he passed whole nights in new modelling his work" mean?

In a 1789 English translation of Frederick II 's eulogy on Voltaire it is written: He passed whole nights in new modelling his work What does the "in new" part mean? (Also, if anyone has ...
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What does "concerned" mean here? [closed]

From John Le Carré's Smiley's People, where Lacon was briefing Smiley: Three years ago, George—let us start there—soon after you left the Circus—your successor Saul Enderby—your worthy successor—...
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What does "cope with a nervous need" mean here?

In John le Carré's novel Smiley's people, I read: Mostyn, no sooner settled, had flitted from the room to cope with a nervous need. They heard the thunder of the flush, loud as a brass band, and the ...
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What is this grid with diagonal lines called besides a "rule", "grid", "squares with 4 lines of symmetry"? [closed]

What is this grid with diagonal lines called? And not just 'rule', 'grid', or 'squares with 4 lines of symmetry'.
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What "On your approach" means in this context? [closed]

I've playing a game called gta san andreas and I've ran into this phrase Hey carl you gotta stay nice and low on your approach or you pop up on the radar And two questions crossed my mind that is: ...
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Is "lack of apathy" a correct usage to express "lack of interest"? [closed]

From the online dictionary, apathy = lack of interest However I saw a poster in a news article where it was mentioned as -- "lack of apathy". Is that a correct usage in its context?
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What does 'scope' mean here? [closed]

What does 'scope' mean in this context? Marx mentions the English Socialists with praise in "The Poverty of Philosophy" (1847). They, like him, tend to base their arguments upon a Ricardian ...
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Lead vs Conduct

I would like to express some secondary professional activity in not so strong / embellishing style. Think, some knowledge/experience sharing inside the company, more informal rather than formal. If I ...
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How to understand the text 'You don't mean it, do you? No, I do'

In the movie "The Devil Wears Prada", there is a dialog: Nate: ...And then we can stop pretending like we have anything in common anymore. Andy: You don't mean it, do you? Nate: No, I do ...
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What's the meaning of "as + adj + as st goes"?

I saw this from an email in my company. The structure seems so strange to me: As fundamental and important as (something) goes, we’re thrilled to announce... Having carried out a preliminary ...
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Interpreting sentences containing data [closed]

Is the construction correct? The daily actual irradiation was lower than the day-to-day target 48% of the time in the entire month. How do you interpret this sentence?
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How do you call wooden extension above water found alongside rivers/ piers [closed]

Where's the difference between 'dock', 'pier' and only one wooden structure? or is this referred to as 'pier'
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"what an oyster is to a butter mushroom", meaning?

I don't know what an oyster is to a butter mushroom looking at your stall. Does it mean that I can't tell the difference between an oyster and a butter mushroom?
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What is the meaning of navigator in the song by The Pogues [closed]

The full text of the song can be found at: http://www.pogues.com/Releases/Lyrics/LPs/RumSodomy/Navigator.html
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‘Downton Abbey’ [closed]

The passage below is from The Book at War by Andrew Pettegree. The result was not the bitter-sweet semi-autographical war trilogy that cemented his literary reputation, Sword of Honour, published ...
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Is there a word for when the name of something describes or defines how it is made?

I am wondering if there is a word for this as described in the title. My example: I am writing about a SWANA ingredient/food product by the name of "Freekeh", which is based on the Arabic ...
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Drinking vs drinkable

Knowing that drinkable refers to safe to drink, why do we often say drinking water in stead of drinkable water? I find potable water (i.e.water fit/ safe to drink) synonymous with drinking water. So, ...
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Does "overwhelming" equate to "majority"? [closed]

I had a disagreement with somebody, and I am struggling to see how I could be wrong. Essentially, I referred to a representation of a certain group of people on a website as overwhelming; my exact ...
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When none exists in ways that are entirely relatable

I can't get the meaning of this sentence, from the book Same as Ever by Morgan Houseland. You'd find people seeking the secret to a happy life and trying to find certainty when none exists in ways ...
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What’s the meaning of “flex” in “no flex” and “I might pull up flexing…like aerobics”?

I watched a diet video on YouTube, ketogenic diet to be precise, and in the end the YouTuber just said as a conclusion: “No flex”. At 9:55 https://youtu.be/9PQW8QVxS-U?si=3X-ijbhEYoDO-XbP So I ...
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What does 'shyme' mean?

Reading Dracula, I found this sentence: It’s a shyme that people are allowed to top their walls with broken bottles In no dictionary was I able to find a definition; ChatGPT says that it is a ...
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The meaning of "not one without an axe"

In the TV series Growing Pains, season 1, episode 6, there's the following conversation: Mom: Mike, don't forget that your father and I are going out... with the Koosmans tonight and you have to baby-...
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Compare & Contrast to get deeper understanding of similarities and differences between Punchy vs Pithy

Reference : https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pithy Pithy adjective 1 : consisting of or abounding in pith 2 : having substance and point : tersely cogent Reference : https://www.merriam-...
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What is Patrick O'Brian trying to convey in this passage from Post Captain? ('Get over, you —,')

I was reading Patrick O'Brian's novel Post Captain and came across this passage: 'Get over, you —,' said the girl, in her pure clear young voice. Jack had never heard a girl say — before, and he ...
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