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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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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 ...
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the short hitch

In a short story by Edward Page Mitchel called The Last Cruise of the Judas Iscariot, which goes on in Maine, he tells the story of a schooner with three masts, which never goes to sail without ending ...
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Words in a song: “How every mouth sings of what it's without so we all sing of love”

It is from Iron and Wine song "Innocent bones". As a non native English speaker, I struggle to understand the exact meaning. It is thoroughly a grammatical question. Does it mean that, because ...
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correct interpretation/understanding of this sentence

I have the following 2 sentences: 1- I did not see any other classmates, except/but Michael. 2- I did not see any classmates, except/but Michael For the first sentence can we understand that the ...
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Does “tradition” here mean beliefs or customs?

"But well-established tradition, and difference of physiognomy, prove conclusively that not all the present inhabitants of the mountains are the original inhabitants of that region" Does tradition ...
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What does “fortune” mean in this sentence? [closed]

Can someone help me understand the meaning of this Lorenzo Ghiberti's quote: “Only he who has learned everything, can fearlessly despise the changes of fortune.” I have some doubts about the ...
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What does “light” mean here?

What does light mean here? "The conduct of Saint John shows him too, to have been, according to the light that was in him, of a mild and praiseworthy character"
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Can I use “common thing” this way?

Can I say: "The art is not a common thing" meaning "not for everyone", "not everyone can truly understand it"? CLARIFICATION: Not everyone can understand what message some painting or installation is ...
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What does “I would know” mean in the following passage?

The following is an excerpt from the Op-ed in the New York Times of Sept. 5. What does the author mean by "I would know." towards the end of the quote? "President Trump is facing a test to his ...
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Can the word forlorn be used in a positive sense? [closed]

I came across the sentence below in the novel The Sound and the Fury. What does the word forlorn mean in this sentence? Can it mean the lone scent of the blossoms? 'It was in bloom and the ...
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Meaning of “beneath the dignity of the office”? [closed]

Last year CNN issued a statement saying Trump was "beneath the dignity of the office" because he was attacking a CNN anchor in a spoof video. What exactly does "beneath the dignity of the office" ...
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“… just sounded…” What does the phrase mean in this context?

It is difficult to understand what it means. Many of the themes just sounded have been confirmed and amplified in more recent work. I suspected it could be replaced by "just mentioned" but I ...
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What does this quote from “The adventures of Sherlock Holmes” mean? [closed]

A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the rest he can put away in the lumber-room of his library, where he can get it if he wants it. ...
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What does “through their youthful games an entire index of their future lives may be obtained.” mean in the context?

But animal children grow up and stop playing to a certain extent as age advances, precisely as human children do. Each settles down into a more practical condition of life. They dislike to have thier ...
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Daring forays into artful subervsion [closed]

I found some lines in an article. I have failed to understand them fully. Can I get some help? The novels of the Nigerian author Amos Tutola have on one side been extolled as daring forays into an ...
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The right use of 'manifest'

I'm not sure whether I'm using the word manifest correctly. For example, today at work my work mate said he only sees me when it's getting busy and I said jokingly: I just manifest when you need ...
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Meaning of “inner skater bros”

I am confused about the meaning of the phrase "inner skater bro" in the following sentence: They are expressing their "inner skater bros" through this excellent game. The text is a description ...
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“ruled off into squares” — What does that mean?

I don't know what the phrase means in the following context: A procedure that is guaranteed to lead to the desired output in a finite sequence of steps is called an "algorithm" or "effective ...
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What does “…, with similar emphases arrived at partially independently.” mean? [closed]

Can someone help me understand the meaning of the bolded part of the following passage from The Meaning of Anxiety by Rollo May: Behind statements like these lies Adler’s whole positive evaluation ...
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Word for one who does not see flaw/fault in oneself?

I have been digging for a word that English seems to have a hard time representing. If I were to describe the spirit of what I'm trying to convey, it would be one who does not look inward for fault ...
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What's the connotation of saying “You are absorbed in things”?

I was talking to a girl, and her mother is in the hospital. I asked her how her mom is doing, her and her family. No reply for a week. Then I sent her another message saying I guess you are ...
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What's the difference between have/has been and was? [duplicate]

English is my second language and I have always been confused with 'have been/has been' and the idea that it could be replaced with 'was' in some contexts. For instance, this is a part of an urgent ...
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What does “…because they had made up their minds, not to die,…” mean? [closed]

Can someone help me understand the meaning of this sentence? "I have seen Kru-men and others die in spite of every effort that was made to save them, simply because they had made up their minds, ...
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What does the phrase 'Putting the Spring in Springfield' mean?

I am reading the book about the Simpsons and I don't understand this line: 'Putting the Spring in Springfield.' The line is the title of chapter from the book. I suppose the line 'put the spring' ...
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Inappropriate meaning of “inappropriate”, depending on context

The meaning of the word "inappropriate" somewhat changes depending on context. In the sentence In an email reply to my professor, I misunderstood what he told me and wrote something ...
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What does Conan Doyle’s “at the Sydenham end of the road of that name” mean?

Can anyone tell me about the sentence from (Sherlock Holmes series) Norwood Builder by Conan Dolye? Mr. Oldacre is a bachelor, fifty-two years of age, and lives in Deep Dene House, at the Sydenham ...
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“Mother of all” as used by Saddam [duplicate]

I gather that the expression mother of all predates Saddam's famous mother of all battles pronouncement, especially in Arabic. It seems that most pre-Saddam examples refer to an original thing from ...
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What does “we’ll see about that” mean in this context?

I am a nurse at a hospital, and I was cyber chatting with this girl who has just told me that her mother is being treated for a chronic illness at the same hospital. Our conversation went like this: ...
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What does “be in like manner” in this sentence mean?

Should the people of America divide themselves into 3 or 4 nations, would not the same thing happen? Would not similar jealousies arise, and be in like manner cherished? What does be in like manner ...
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Does using 'pen' as a verb unambiguously mean that what is written was written with a pen?

I am rewriting an employee handbook. I have a goal of making the handbook more understandable. In some cases this means I have to put more ideas than what the previous handbook has, because the ...
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Meaning of “Stir fecund”

I came across this phrase in literature, and I am not sure what it exactly means? Any help would be appreciated. Examples: D. H. Lawrence: That in the dark of the night ahead other days stir ...
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What does “crowd through or bust” from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain, mean?

In Chapter 35, we read this exchange between Tom and Huck: "All right, Huck, it's a whiz! Come along, old chap, and I'll ask the widow to let up on you a little, Huck." "Will you, Tom--now ...
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Is the expression “most number of participants” correct? [closed]

Which is correct—"most number of participants" or "highest number of participants"? In a conference, an award was given to a group that has the largest number of participants. The title of the award ...
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Use of he, him and it in a conversation

I don't fully understand the relationship between the following conversations. Suppose, two men are fighting, and there are three commentators. At this point man 2 intends to attack man 1. ...
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Using “into”: Tuesday into Thursday

What is the meaning of into in the following sentence: "Residents of southern Japan and South Korea are being put on alert for strengthening Typhoon Soulik to pose serious threats to lives and ...
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'within and without' [closed]

I was watching a speech on TV by someone who said the sentence "..and our country faces threats from within [long pause] and without." I thought this was wrong and jokingly posted about on social ...
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What is the meaning of phrase “He is worth a packet of potato-meal”?

I've stumbled upon it in Flann O`Brien's book "Third Policeman" and cannot figure out the meaning of the chip packet phrase. The context: I had never seen the old man but knew all about him. He had ...
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What does “First Look Companies” mean? [closed]

Montgomery Summit occurs each year at the start of March. This year, it was held March 8-9, offering participation from first look companies, emerging firms, and growth businesses.
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what does “out” in “fly back out to someplace” mean?

I just heard someone said this way. I can understand the meaning but I don't really understand what "out" means in the phrase?
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What is the exact meaning of this excerpt from Chapter 52 of “Pride and Prejudice ” by Jane Austen?

While elaborating on the arrangement between Mr. Darcy and Mr. Wickham in her letter to her niece Elizabeth Bennet, Mrs. Gardiner mentions the following: ...His debts are to be paid, amounting, I ...
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What is difference between Annotations, Marginalia, and Side notes?

I am bit confused about the usage of the proper word (Annotations, Marginalia, and Side notes) in given sentence. Example: The revised version of my notes includes many useful ______ . annotation: ...
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The meaning and usage of ‘stiffs’ in “Of Mice and Men”

I would really appreciate it if someone could confirm whether I have interpreted correctly the meaning of “stiffs” in the following excerpt “I had enough,” he said angrily. “You ain't wanted here. ...
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meaning of “bodies” [closed]

What does "bodies" mean in this sentence? O Sol,...whose approaching and receding makes the four seasons, necessary of the ripening of the harvest, and the temperature of the bodies. Does it mean ...
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A secondary, possibly incorrect usage of “offline”? [duplicate]

When someone means to say that they got something from online, is it proper usage to say “I got that offline”? For instance, someone pulled an article from a website once and told me that they got it ...
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Is it correct to use the phrase “With only”?

I want to describe an event, which is taking place after a few days, and I believe there is something wrong with the use of the word "With only". My sentence goes like this: With only two days ...
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Question about Study in Scarlet TWO [closed]

I'd like to ask about following sentences from Study in Scarlet by Conan Doyle. A higher Judge had taken the matter in hand, and Jefferson Hope had been summoned before a tribunal where strict ...
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Position of manner adverbs within verb phrases

I have found the following sentence in a book: A firm's sensory marketing approach should be deliberately and strategically based on the five human senses. I have a feeling that the adverbial ...
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I am your friend. What about you?

I want to offer a friendship, where there is a cultural barrier that I need to respect; And there is a barrier in the other direction too - but less strong. I want to offer the friendship by stating ...
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Meaning of “but that most”

What does "but that most" mean in this sentence by Richard Hooker: "People imagine that anything would help them; but that most, which they least have tried"?