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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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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 the ...
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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? [closed]

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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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? [closed]

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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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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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? [closed]

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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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 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 ...
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What does this context mean? “the juxtaposition of someone as strong-willed as you being forced into dressing up like a chicken.”

Someone says: Don't take it personally, Clem, they're merely laughing at the juxtaposition of someone as strong-willed as you being forced into dressing up like a chicken. What does this ...
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Use the word “Works” to mean “Projects”

Suppose I have done some computer projects (i.e. built some programs). Now instead of the word "projects" I want to use "work". How can I use it to mean projects? Work or Works? Do they convey the ...
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Reaching out — Ballet West's Peter Christie helps fifth-graders learn to love dance

Reaching out — Ballet West's Peter Christie helps fifth-graders learn to love dance. Q: In this sentence I think "Reaching out" means stretching your arm or your hand in order to touch or get ...
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What does “risk divides too wide for any bridge” mean?

I read a sentence "China should re-learn Deng’s self-knowledge, or risk divides too wide for any bridge." Can you help explain the meaning of "risk divides too wide for any bridge" and show where the ...
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Meaning of “generating new actualities” in context

Jordan Peterson at Oxford Union: ... a society that's only composed of the left-leaning liberal types is very good at generating all sorts of new possibilities, but very bad at generating all ...
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Convey 2 meanings in one sentence correctly [closed]

The sentence is "Tom was the first ever student from Jacksonville University to qualify for the prestigious math competition, while only being in his sophomore year" What i what to emphasise is that ...
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What is “remedy against the lusts of the flesh”? [closed]

I am struggling to understand the following sentence. “I tell them that if they will occupy themselves with the study of mathematics they will find in it the best remedy against the lusts of the ...
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What does the words “strafe your shot” mean in this context? [closed]

In a game's description, I found the following sentence: "Even if you initially miss, you can keep the player moving to strafe your shot and still hit a few targets." I know the lexical meaning of ...
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Is “putative” something “good” or “bad”?

I've been trying to give some sense to the translation of a Hindi word but I'm conflicted because of the abundance of synonyms and the meaning in other languages. After translating, cross-referencing ...
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What does the phrase “get someone to move” mean in this context?

Here is the sentence: This year saw apps that got us to move, and games we were moved by. I am not sure about the meaning of the words "got us to move" here.
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Meaning of “impregnating” in this context? [closed]

A functionalist approach to the role of dance in society is summarised in Radcliffe-Brown's view that the basic conditions for an orderly social existence depend on the transmission and maintenance of ...
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“such as”, “as”, or … in this sentence?

Reliable processes have only two characteristic features, namely A and B. I Will examine them, considering their characteristic features such as A and B. I will examine them, considering ...
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question about meaning of `off-service`

There is a sentence in an article which says : "Workers are hard-pressed to finish work during a tight off-service window". Can anyone explain my questions : 1. does *tight off-service* mean *tight ...
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Difference between BUT and YET

We perceive a difference between "but" and "yet"; that is, they're not perfectly interchangeable. So how can the difference be defined, anyway? They're both conjunctions. I was trying to explain to ...
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What does “liberal's idea of a model” mean?

What does "no Ameican liberal's idea of a model" mean in the sentence "South Carolina, no American liberal’s idea of a model, has pursued a notably enlightened reform to the sentencing of non-violent ...
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What `cut through' what? [closed]

Because deer feed at the edges of forests, these deer will be attracted to the spaces alongside the new roads being cut through Pataska Forest to serve the new residential areas. In this sentence, ...
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Meaning of phrase “returning unit”

This is the sentence in which this phrase appears: The great Northern cycle of which he is the returning unit has almost completed its round, accomplished itself. ("Herman Melville's Typee and ...
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What does “I've never been to me” mean?

Charlene's song titled "I've never been to me" goes, in part, like, Ooh I've been to Georgia and California, oh, anywhere I could run Took the hand of a preacher man and we made love in the sun But I ...
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Meaning of “to live one's own bit”

Speaking of Richard Henry Dana, at the end of his study, D. H. Lawrence states: Dana lived his bit in two years, and drummed out the rest. Could we say that "lived his bit" is akin to "sow (one's) ...
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Most obvious meaning of the phrase “Hit me baby one more time” [closed]

Long, long time ago there was a song of Britney Spears "Baby one more time" with phrase "Hit me baby one more time". Since that time I wondering, what is primary meaning of 'hit me' in this context? I ...
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Meaning of “fast inside” (in context)

I am curious what the exact meaning of the phrase "fast inside" is, as used in this sentence by D. H. Lawrence: White savages, with motor-cars, telephones, incomes and ideals! Savages fast inside ...
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Meaning of " “fact-filled” in this context?

In North America and Europe, the rise of the “far-right” and “neonationalist” movements in the last two decades have triggered and relied on online belligerence of racialized joking, intimidation ...
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what's the usage of “then” in the sentence below?

the context: As the children walked home, they saw a pretty tree. A: "Oh, what a pretty tree!" B: "Then stay away from it!!!!" A: "No, you're not gonna start again! This time it does ...
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Meaning of 'shot havoc'

In D. H. Lawrence one can find a lot of unusual constructions. Here's the one (from his essay on Herman Melville's Moby Dick): He was a mystic who raved because the old ideal guns shot havoc. The ...
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Investigators unkowingly destroy evidence - coincidence or irony?

In my English class we're reading the book Lamb to the Slaughter. The class is required to make 5 annotations about events in the book; I want to label an event as ironic, but I'm stuck as to whether ...
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“Back your life it is”. What does it mean?

The following excerpt is from the story 'Adolf' by DH Lawrence, in which there is the expression 'Back your life it is'. What does it mean? I googled to find a definition and looked up in many ...
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What does “say mass” mean? [closed]

I cannot understand "saying mass" means in the sentence "Pope Francis conferred sainthood on Óscar Romero, an archbishop who was murdered in 1980 while saying mass by an army-backed death squad in El ...
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What does the word “health” mean in this context?

I am not sure about the meaning of the word "health" in the following sentence: "This supercar has an impressive amount of health." I found the following meanings of the word "health" on the ...