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Meaning of Euripides quote

The quote would be "Every man is like the company he is wont to keep." What is the meaning of "he is wont to keep" in this quote? Merriam-Webster translates wont as accustomed, used or inclined, ...
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Does “involved” mean “at work”?

The processes involved in that method is fruitful. I want to say that the process that is in work in or is part of that method is fruitful. Does "involved" mean what I intend?
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What does “baselet” mean?

FONOPs [Freedom of Navigation Operations] have grown “more regular and strident” under the Trump administration, says Alessio Patalano of King’s College London. America’s European and regional ...
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Don't (verb) - (like) or (unlike) I did

Say my intention is to say "I did this bad things to her, but you shouldn't do it". -Don't do that mean thing to her like how I did. -Don't do that mean thing to her like unlike how I did. This is ...
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Does “pass” mean OK or not OK? [on hold]

Today, I received a folder of Recruiting candidate CVs from one of our HR. In this folder, there is a sub-folder named "pass". Question is does this "pass" mean the CVs inside are OK or not OK? If I ...
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What does “beacon of European sophistication” mean in this context? [on hold]

Please help me to find the meaning of this context: Argentina, which for many years portrayed itself as a beacon of European sophistication in a continent of New World backwardness,now is a poor ...
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Usage of “wouldn't work” vs “didn't work” when talking about past experience / observation

Today at the airport someone said, "You can do that by pressing this button". The other person replied, "I tried that, but it wouldn't work". It seems that they meant "it didn't work".  Is "it wouldn'...
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What does “There is a glitch in the system” means? [on hold]

I came across this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyqfYJX23lg&t=42s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyqfYJX23lg&t=42s . It´s apperently a video lesson for employees in hotels learning ...
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What is the correct? [migrated]

What is the right choice “I started playing piano when i was six “ Or “I was starting playing piano when i was six “ , and why?
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Can object be omitted in participial construction?

"Hyperfocus requires willpower and mental energy to activate, drawing from the limited supply we have to make it through the day." In this sentence, I think the things that are drawn from the limited ...
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The use of the word “faculty”

I am confused by how "faculty" is used in terms of conference/congress organization. For example, on this website you see the international and US faculty of an educational meeting. I understand that ...
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All vs There Exist

If one is asked a question such as "choose all forms of data that apply?", and in the options there exists possible anwsers that denote large groups of data sets, but only a subset of that large group ...
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How to understand “vanquished peoples”?

Can anyone decompose the following complex sentence into simpler ones? "The narratives that vanquished peoples have created of their defeat have, according to Schivelbusch, fallen into several ...
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What does “If you are playing the Yankees, you don’t want the umpires to show up wearing pinstripes” mean? [closed]

The sentence goes: A good judge, like a good umpire, cannot act as a partisan... If you are playing the Yankees, you don’t want the umpires to show up wearing pinstripes. I cannot understand the ...
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What does “shreds dirt” mean in this context?

I came across the expression "shreds dirt" in the following sentence in a story: Rocky is a rock star who shreds dirt with his guitar. I found the following meaning of "shred" on "The Free ...
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What does “bring a vote to the floor” mean?

I once read in a newspaper the sentence like " some leadership pressed to bring a vote to the floor on the confirmation of something." So what does the phrase mean here? Any slang used? Where can I ...
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The use of 'otherwise' in a sentence

For some reason I cannot understand the following sentence "Unless we mutually agree otherwise in writing, you will..." Is this mean that agreement must be in writing or that it does not have to be ...
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What does “allow” mean in this sentence? [on hold]

They can't be allowed to lose hope. Many of them are lining up to catch a boat or a plane to parts of their island country that are still intact. What does allow mean in this context? Here they ...
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What does the phrase “hang it up” mean in this context? [closed]

In an app's description, I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase "hang it up". This app gives many options to create and share photo galleries. I found the following meaning of the phrase above,...
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Why is she using “for” instead of “to” after the verb “lose” in this sentence?

I'm watching the famous TV show, “Desperate Housewives”.  I have learned a plethora of words and grammar things from it, but now something caught my ears and I'm a bit stuck.  There's this sentence in ...
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Can anyone tell me what “a card scandal” in this sentence means?

I have a question about a sentence from Sherlock Holmes's series "The Adventure of the Three Students". Here it goes. He was nearly expelled over a card scandal in his first year. Can anyone be ...
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usage of ‘indefinite article + proper name’?

I’ve just come across this sentence. “Only an Albert Einstein could have the wisdom to reject an offer to become President of Israel because he argued that he did not have enough experience in ...
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I only read a book once

This exact sentence seems to me to imply that the speaker is trying to say that he already knows everything the first time he reads or hears it and cannot be deceived. But I am not sure about this. Or ...
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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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What does “thread something through a pipe” mean in this context? [closed]

I am clueless about the meaning of the words "thread it through a pipe" in the following sentence: You can bend a free kick round a wall of defenders, but can you thread it through a pipe so that ...
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Meaning of “overcomes his encounters”

In an app's description, I found the following sentence: The game is full of happy moments when the main character overcomes his encounters one by one. Is something missing here? The phrase "...
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What does “Given my reverence for, but ignorance of, the Bible, ….” mean? [migrated]

Can someone please explain the meaning of the passage below? "Bruce could quote the Bible at will, and did so to an amazing degree. Given my reverence for, but ignorance of, the Bible, it all ...
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Meaning of “scramble” in the given context

In an app's description, I found the following sentence: In this game you need to scramble" to alter the height of waves to ensure your smooth passage. I am not sure which of the following ...
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Meaning of “snowy detail”

In an app's description, I found the following sentence: The game has a frozen wasteland that is full of beautiful scenes. You will want to replay it many times to ensure that you don't miss a ...
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What does this passage mean? [closed]

'It was one of those dreams which, while retaining the characteristic dream scenery, are a continuation of one’s intellectual life, and in which one becomes aware of facts and ideas which still seem ...
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Is 'prudent vigour' an oxymoron?

I was reading the History of the Fall and Decline of the Roman Empire (Edward Gibbon, 1776) when I encountered the phrase 'prudent vigour'. Prudent means carefulness and showing forethought while ...
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What's the meaning of “run over” in this context?

Here is an excerpt from the book called Help Me! Wednesday night was coffee with a photographer who had just come back from Iraq. He sounded interesting. He thought so too. I spent two hours ...
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“All but” idiom or excluding “but” in this context?

I'm having a bit of trouble with this section of a biology paper: "LSU was amplified in these species using F63.2 and Mollusc28R2, which amplified all but ~400 bases at the 3' end of the gene." Does ...
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The meaning of “practice” in the mentioned text?

There is a special sense the word "practice" is used for that I have problem understanding. Following is the title of a book: Food Sovereignty in International Context: Discourse, politics and ...
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Difference between “ to live in some thing” and “to live something”?

One day he overheard her talking about him with a friend. Lucile was saying: "other men live in things and events and emotions and the future. but he seems to know that living is something else...." ...
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Referred vs is Referred

I had a question, which of the sentences is correct? If both please explain the usage of each. ’Attitude’ is referred to as how a person thinks or feels about someone or something ’Attitude’ ...
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What does reverence mean in this context?

Their two children were like all agreeable children, and Lucile and Bellard went through the reverence, anxiety, and joy of their upbringing. And whether the moment yielded a torn frock or a hurt knee,...
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Meaning of “tend within and between”

Not sure what the expression means here. I will appreciate help. Thanks! The second [technology] provides measures of hemodynamic or metabolic consequences of neural activity such as local ...
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Is there any difference between “Crowd” and “crowd”?

I'm having some troubles understanding the meaning of "Crowd" in this context. Is there a specific need to write it with capital letter? I guess that here "the Crowd" is the gang of college mates but ...
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What does “extend a finger” mean exactly? Is it a commonly spoken phrase?

I came across the phrase “They’ve extended a finger” in the article that came under the headline “Mazie Hirono’s blunt style makes her a favorite of liberal looking for fighter” in Washington Post ...
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Difference of work

actually I have a confusion of saying work in, work at and work for. Now I am working at Vodafone is it right? is it right to say I am working as a technical support at Vodafone or for Vodafone ...
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Ad and Coupon: #1 pharmacist/doctor recommended and verb tense

I see on many coupons and ads in the paper such phrases that say: "#1 pharmacist recommended brand of magnesium," or "dermatologist recommended for over 65 years." How do I understand their syntax ...
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What does “I cannot be more thankful” mean? [migrated]

What does "I cannot be more thankful" mean? I want to say that I am very thankful for having this opportunity. Can I say something like the following? ... and I cannot be more thankful for having ...
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Usage of 'out of' in this context [closed]

What is the meaning of out of in the sentence? Is there any problem if it is not used? They swindled local businesses out of thousands of pounds They swindled local businesses thousands of ...
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What does “I'm really burned out on 4 cups of coffee” mean? [closed]

Context: I'm getting a new coffee machine, and I am probably bad at figuring out the amount of instant Coffee needed for a cup. So im really burned out on 4 cups of coffee.
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Why is “bat down” not listed in any of major English dictionaries as an idiom, set phrase, collocation, no matter whatever it is?

I came across the following passage in September 17 “The Hill.” under the headline, “Trump says Kavanaugh may be delayed.”: “If it takes a little delay it’ll take a little delay.” Trump told ...
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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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“it doesn't - right?” sentence meaning

from podcast transcript WOOD: So one, when he has 45 minutes to get up on stage, I want people to pay close attention to the logical flow of his argument, to the evidence he's providing, to the ...