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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's the meaning of “exposure ” in this context?

From a reading test on IELTS PTE Online titled "Allergy Testing, A person does not become allergic to a particular substance until after the first exposure. However, in some cases, even trace ...
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Can I drop the “one” in this sentence?

“I think immigration is becoming a national issue and ONE that will need to be addressed by all parties in the fall.” If I drop the “ONE”,will it cause any difference of the meaning?
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What is “The Evil Organization”?

Recently I clicked on a "hot" topic from Information Security.SE titled... Buying a “Used” Router A number of times the term "Evil Organization" came up in the comments. As in... The Evil ...
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Is it right to say that a product has been “proofed” by its company?

I saw a company (in germany) advertise its product by saying that it is "Proofed by [company name]". Is that right? I was a little confused, i can imagine that it is "right", but it is common to say ...
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meaning of “a priori” [on hold]

I am reading an article, but a sentence confuses me. On one side, novels and films are opposed as “words” and “images,” agreed to be irreducible, untranslatable, a priori entities by most ...
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What does ''to'' mean in this context?

The Helpline was set up ten years ago by the Students Union and it aims to provide new students to the university with a service that they can use if they need information about practical areas of ...
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Does “exotic” have any connotations of sexiness?

Part of a (possibly offensive or at least cringe-worthy) ad says "We have to go out accompanied and what is better than dating a beautiful exotic Latina woman here in Colombia, right?" From a ...
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What is the meaning of ''as'' in this context?

The programme starts at 10 o'clock. Try not to be late as it's a very full day.
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Does selected mean “it's chosen” or “chosen from”?

I entered a contest on Gurushots, and was glad when I got the right level to win. That level is called an "All-star". Then I went back and re-read the rules of the contest, now I'm not sure about ...
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Can “removal” mean to move **to** a different place in contexts other than furniture, etc.?

The OLD includes the following meaning for the noun "removal" in British English: an act of taking furniture, etc. from one house to another Is the use of this noun with a similar meaning in ...
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What is a “Hobbesian trap”?

A recent Economist article (see The drug war hits Central America) uses something called a Hobbesian trap like this: Central America has fallen into a Hobbesian trap: the better-off make ...
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What does the phrase “Mind your business” mean or refer to?

I appreciate it if you respond to or comment on the meaning of "Mind your business", as used on the Fugio Cent in Colonial America. Thanks in advance for your time!
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“fill a prescription” - what does it really mean?

Not sure if this question is appropriate for this forum (English language & usage) or is better suited in the other forum (English Language learner), but below is my confusion - The expression of ...
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“A few shades off” meaning?

I was reading a New Yorker article regarding Donald Trump's inauguration (A Dark Inaugural By Benjamin Wallace-Wells) and I came across this sentence at the very end: Today, Melania Trump’s coat ...
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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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Meaning of “its own loom would have forsworn” in O Henry's “Furnished Room”

The paragraph is as follows; The young man followed her up the stairs. A faint light from no particular source mitigated the shadows of the halls. They trod noiselessly upon a stair carpet that its ...
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What is the meaning of “Hotstepper” in Ini Kamoze's song?

In the song Here comes the Hotstepper, sang by Ini Kamoze, is repeated the word "Hotstepper". I have been looking for the meaning of this specific word, but I don't seem to find the exact one in the ...
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What does the idiom “feel at home” mean in this context? [on hold]

Here is a sentence from an adventure game's description: In the game. the characters' uppercuts feel right at home. I know the lexical meaning of the said idiom. However, I am not sure if it fits ...
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What “I couldn't place it“ about an accent means?

Stephen Clarke wrote in A Year In the Merde, 2004 : "Not really, I'm 27. If I was a rock star I'd be dead." The bloke made apologetic gestures. "No, no. Ah'm not criti-sashing. Ah'm just... ...
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What does the word “suggestion” mean?

I was recently speaking about a design challenge. This person felt that a side table was required and while I felt no side table was required, I said a shelf could also be used. This person then said ...
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Translation or interpretation [closed]

"The man who assaulted her late daughter." How can we translate "late daughter"?
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Meaning of “That'll get steam on the table.”

I was watching a movie featuring a conversation between two men. This is an attempt at transcribing the conversation: Man #1: "I'm redistributing wealth. It's quite spiritual. Karma, boy." I'm ...
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The meaning of word earned [closed]

The meaning of word earned in this sentence: "Ashton lifted Gillian up and earned her to the kitchen"
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Meaning of “it would not be a crime to do sth.” in nonlegal context

I recently had a discussion with a colleague regarding the exact meaning of the phrase "it would not be a crime to do sth." in the context of accepting a paper for publication. Specifically, a ...
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“What would you with the king?” -From the book “Eats, Shoots and Leaves”

In the book Eats, Shoots and Leaves, in order to show how punctuation changes meaning and can be used for jokes, it says: Instead of “What would you with the king?” you can have someone say in ...
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What does “drop off the edge” mean here? [on hold]

In the British film 'About a boy' I saw the expression 'If only two people someone drops off the edge'. what does it mean? He said 'Suddenly I realized, two people isnt enough. You need to back ...
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Austen's usage of the word “condescension”

I looked up the definition of "condescension" both in Merriam-Webster and the Oxford dictionary, both of which imply a negative connotation to the meaning, where the act of emphasizing one's ...
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Was there another reason for Carson's usage of poetic language in her book “Silent Spring” other than explaining science to common people? [closed]

Rachel Carson begins her book "Silent Spring" with an allegory, explaining how a small American town with beautiful nature, one day is destroyed and all the birds stop singing. Obviously she tries to ...
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What does “run the place” mean here? [closed]

"Virginia's state government seemed unable to find anyone to run the place who has not either applied boot polish to his face while at college or been accused of sexual assault. " What do "run the ...
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You got a little butterfly there [closed]

Please help me to understand sentence "You got a little butterfly there when he did a little work on you" in the following dialog in movie "A violent man". Thanks a lot. BENJAMIN GREEN: Ty ...
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What does “90m-strong” mean here?

"Goumin, a pet-services portal, says China has 73.5m cat- or dog-owners, a group approaching the size of the 90m-strong Communist Party." What does "90m-strong" mean here? Thanks.
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Meaning of “And of all the successive shapes which society has taken, that most nearly approaches perfection…”

I have some trouble with the last sentence of this paragraph from Huxley's "The Struggle for Existence in Human Society"(1888): The history of civilization–that is, of society–on the other hand, is ...
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What is the meaning of “hollowing” in this sentence?

What is the meaning of hollowing in this sentence? Mr Haldane: “Jobs were effectively taken by machines of various types, there was a hollowing out of the jobs market, and that left a lot of ...
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'I didn't know I needed' meaning [closed]

I have seen this phrase in youtube comments: the *sth* I didn't know I needed Could you please explain what does it mean and in which cases should I use it?
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What does “that would be a mistake” mean here?

"The situation is a test of President Donald Trump and his foreign-policy team, including the hawkish national security adviser, John Bolton. This week Mr Bolton hinted at the use of American troops. ...
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what is the meaning of 'ruinously'?

What meaning does 'ruinously' convey in the given sentence: "A city so ruinously sad that it had forgotten its name." Does it mean that, it was so badly sad that it had forgotten its name or that ...
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What is the definition of dig? If someone begins to cut into a surface is it considered that they have dug something? if not, why not?

According to the following extract: Mrs. Baker wanted to go ice fishing. She read several books on the subject, and finally, after purchasing all the necessary equipment, she went onto the ice. ...
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What does “perceptive” mean in this context?

I became his first love and the mother of his first child and, as such, I have a unique perceptive to share on this man who has fascinated the world. It is taken from the NOTE TO THE READER ...
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Can someone please explain this pun?

There's a sentence that I keep reading over and over, and I can't quite grasp what's so funny about it. Perhaps, it isn't funny. Or perhaps, there's a meaning of a word in the sentence that I don't ...
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“can't it at least be over a real problem?”? [closed]

In the following text, what does it mean by "can't it at least be over a real problem?" Climate change. Most scientists — and nations — see it as the mother of all crises. Mr. Trump’s approach thus ...
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What is the difference between an echelon and a rank?

I am talking in terms of military ranks and structures. Throughout various sources, I see the two words being used interchangeably, but I cannot still see any clear distinction between the two. From ...
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Is “getting yourself being told to” a valid sentence?

Imagine constantly getting yourself being told to do something. Is the above a valid sentence? The question is particularly about the part "getting yourself being" in this context. This phrase ...
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Meaning of nuance in context?

What is the meaning of the word Nuance in the following context: The expression of subtle nuances of thought According to the definition, nuances are subtle differences in or shades of meaning, ...
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What does “all not” mean exactly in this context?

All DriveTest Centres do not provide car rentals to applicants. The sentence above is taken from here. In my understanding, it means some DriveTest Centres may provide car rentals while others may ...
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How do I tell someone I had a great time the last time I saw them

I went to lunch with a group of friends yesterday, and one of my friends brought two new people whom I did not know. Today I bump into one of the new ones, and I wanted to be polite and tell the ...
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“too stupid to insult” meaning

In the film, "The Hangover", there is a scene where one of the characters say to another: "You are literally too stupid to insult" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDbuhhRthqU By this, does he mean: ...
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Ambiguous meaning of the sentence

There is the sentence: "Women have an ability to make men think they are in charge". I do not get who is in charge eventually? Women make men think that men in charge? or Women make men think that ...
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the meaning of the word “shade” in this context?

There is this paragraph in the book called . Motivated reasoning is a state of mind in which we find ourselves willing (perhaps at an unconscious level) to shade our beliefs in light of our ...
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Is Wayne's World's (NOT) a modern invention?

Older users of this site may recall the 'Bill & Ted' 'Wayne's World' series of movies of the early 1990s. They were mindless but fairly amusing and their eponymous characters spoke in a unique ...
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When is “Mike mistook Mr. Daniels for Jack” appropriate, and when is “Mike mistook Mr. Daniels as Jack” appropriate?

in the following sentence: Mike mistook Mr. Daniels [as or for] Jack. which word am I supposed to use—"for" or "as"? In everyday spoken English, I hear both, which is quite confusing, so I am ...