Questions tagged [meaning-in-context]

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what does “in a real note” means?

I think is something like "in real life" "in person". The phrase was "in a real note tho i can never fight"
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“Petrol aggregate”?

Can anybody help me with the following passage? Eigner and his deputy, Mustafa Riza Tadjadod, were to come down out of the hills to the railway and plant time fuses at irregular intervals along ...
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Denotation of the phrase, “Choose and lose”

"choose and lose" Contextually, I have seen it used to chastise someone who has chosen a life of drugs and drifting instead of providing for his children. However, a word-by-word analysis implies ...
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Grateful and kindly

Approximately when did the adjectives, kindly and grateful (gratefully), begin to be used to describe inanimate objects and when did the use fade out of practice? These terms were used to refer to the ...
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Meaning of *trope*

From Lexico (noun)1 Trope: a figurative or metaphorical use of a word or expression. ex. "...both clothes and illness became tropes for new attitudes toward the self." Could someone explain ...
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Is the semantics of this sentence correct?

The speaker tries to say that I could have explained what I mean more accurately which would increase the chances of him solving my problem. He says the following: "Your attempt at explaining ...
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What is a “flight wheel”?

At Planetary.org I read this: Below is a photo of a flight wheel -- that is, one of the six that's sitting on Mars today. Never heard flight wheel before and couldn't find anything when I searched ...
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What does “traversed” mean here?

I looked "beat" up in Merriam-Webster dictionary. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beat Entry 2 Sense 7 b: one of the reaches (see REACH entry 2 sense 1) in the zigzag course so ...
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What does the “weather clew” mean? [closed]

I searched for "tack" in dictionary. sense 5: a rope for securing the weather clew of a course. the weather clew of a course, or the lower forward corner of a fore-and-aft sail. I don't know ...
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What does the sentence “ We call people things” mean?

I am to translate an extract from John M. Ford's novel. It begins with this passage: "Her name is Norma Jean?" "Around here," the small man said,"names are something that ...
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As family name unambiguous defines surname versus last name what name should be used for social friendly name [closed]

In many parts of the world the sequence of first name and surname is not always the same and can cause misunderstanding what should be given. As family name unambiguous defines surname or last name ...
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Odd-sounding usage of “whose”

Aside from the normal uses of whose, i.e. for people, animals, or inanimate objects, can it also be used in regard to a motive, reasoning, or any other intangible attribute/characteristic of an action ...
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What does the idiom “Yellow streak” mean? [closed]

My question is and I would like to know that at one time frequently used the idiom "YELLOW STREAK" now rarely used. The Idiom is used regarding, CHINESE PEOPLE".What does the Idiom mean?...
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What does spite mean in “spite of despondence” in the poem Endymion by John Keats?

The poem Endymion by John Keats reads: A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness; but still will keep A bower quiet for us, and a ...
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How to write correctly on or in? [closed]

How should I write this correctly, on or in? I met my love on this site or in this site?
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“run through one's mind” [migrated]

Something that “run through sb's head/mind” means in Cambridge dictionary as follows: "If something is running through your head/mind, you cannot stop thinking about it or singing it silently: I'...
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What is the meaning of the phrase 'to the extent to which'

The following is an excerpt from the newspaper 'The Hindu'. The Supreme Court on Friday gave the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) “a last oppotortunity” to withdraw a November 2016 Disclosure Policy ...
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“Can” vs “Could” - emphasis

Which seems more grammatically sound and emphatic? I could swear there was a motel room here. or I can swear there was a motel room here. 'Can' seems to me to talk about an ability to do something....
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What is the exact meaning of the following sentence?

What is the exact meaning of the sentence below? We can't try to get away with something in an academic paper that we would abhor in a political debate (or worse yet, in a political advertisement). ...
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What is the difference between these responses? [duplicate]

Suppose I tell you that you can't understand what this means "fdhfshdgfjdsghskdrhgyc". You could reply "Yes, I can" or "No, I can". For the first phrase, it means that ...
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How to understand the meaning of “in which” and “on which” when seeing them standing at the beginning of questions?

I'm doing an IELTS listening sample test and finding confused when seeing two questions below: In which two ways are the lines distinguished from each other? On which forms of transport can a one-day ...
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Does “gay” still include the meaning “merry”?

Dictionary.com lists eight meanings of gay, with “merry, lively” as the first entry. Microsoft banned an Xbox user for listing Fort Gay (a real place) as his hometown: Xbox Live considered the term ...
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What's the 'alternative forms of sexuality'?

The Beat Generation is a group of American post-WWII writers who came to prominence in the 1950s, as well as the cultural phenomena that they both documented and inspired. Central elements of "Beat" ...
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Specific meaning of term “nail-biters” in context of mid-1970s America

The phrase in question revolves around a rather odious quote, so I beseech all reading to please suppress your political leanings and focus instead on the meanings of the phrases employed. In around ...
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What is the meaning of this expression “in measure to”?

What is the meaning of this expression "in measure to" in such a sentence as: "These acts of censorship were done in measure to government regulations."
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Meaning of “Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.”

Leo Tolstoy said, Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. Would love to know the exact implication that is indicated through the ...
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“ Can you explain and give some examples of it's usage ” [closed]

Can you help me with learning this phrase
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What does “big dough shall be divisible with union dues for all” mean? [closed]

In George Carlin's book Last Words, he mentioned that his father had produced the following message during World War II. I pledge allegiance to the people of the United States of America and all the ...
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take somebody out to a big restaurant

I have always assumed that the adjective "big" meant "large in size/width/height" when used with physical things and had related figurative meanings (eg of major importance/relevance, outstanding, ...
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Is the word “finicky” appropriate to describe fine, important, details, that may escape the inattentive eye?

In the sentence: In case you learned the language, you may be interested in these finicky details, as they often go unnoticed by the untrained or inattentive eye. Consider we're talking about fine-...
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Draw my attention (from something) to something

"A beautiful woman always draws my attention". "While I was chatting at Laura's party, a beautiful guy suddenly drew my attention". «Now I wish to draw your attention to what has attracted my ...
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Learning new words via etymology [duplicate]

if I learned the “true meaning” of a word via etymology, would it help to get all its possible meaning in any context?
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What is the meaning of “otherwise” in this text? [closed]

The head on the obverse is archaic in type, and very much resembles that of Sapor I. The crown has attached to it, in many cases, that "cheek-piece" which is otherwise confined to the first ...
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What do “open rope” and “open handle” mean here?

In this jump-rope tutorial video, the man says, Hand PlacementAll right, ladies and gentlemen: hand placement of the jump rope. Look, first: when I'm holding the rope, my hands are out, and my palms ...
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meaning of ''pass'' in context

in the following picture: ''pass'' means admission or allowance?
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I can not understand a sentence with “zoo of the new” [closed]

I am a statistics student. The following is extracted from my textbook: The study of probability and expectation shows one way of coping with randomness and this book will build on probabilistic ...
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Meaning of this piece of dialogue in The Call of the Wild?

Here is an excerpt from Chapter 1 of The Call of the Wild by Jack London: Yet his time came, in the end, in the form of a little weazened man who spat broken English and many strange and uncouth ...
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I want to know what does “with” in this passage means [migrated]

I took a practice exam for the entrance exam for Tokyo University, made by one company. I had to translate a sentence I am going to talk about into Japanese. But because of the word "with", ...
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what's the meaning of context?

I was watching CNN 10 on December 18, and there is one context which I don't really get. At the end of the video, Forget the "halls" ya'll. It's time to "deck the cars". Where ...
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Can one call an object 'dirty' if it was stained by blood? [closed]

So suppose a mosquito has sucked your blood, but you manage to hit and smash it against, say, your own shirt, or maybe your wall. There remains a small blood stain. Would it be inappropriate to say ...
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How is the verb “plot” used in this context?

To make things simple for the audience, the result of this is: kanji is taken for the meaning value only, as usual, and two parallel sets of rules were developed for the pronunciation: the on'yomi ...
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Please paraphrase the bold sentence [closed]

The MacDonald’s franchise offers just one prominent case of a corporation fighting to guide its brand through these difficult situations.
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What does “it being pushed to its limits” mean in this extract?

I've read an article on BBC News, and this sentence confuses me. And in this cool little video Aston has just released, you can see it very much being pushed to its limits by a real driver. I know ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “with his loved ones”? [migrated]

What's the meaning of "with his loved ones"? 'Ones' refers to the existence or people? The sentence is from IELTS 15 T1P3. The full example sentence: Explorer and travel writer Peter ...
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Usage of Distribution and alternatives/synonyms

I want to use the word Distribution as it is used normally in the English language in a text where Distribution refers (also?) to the technical (Statistical) term. How can I do so while also marking ...
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What does this sentence mean? “making his eyelashes flutter of his cheeks as his hoods lowered over his eyes”?

"making his eyelashes flutter of his cheeks as his hoods lowered over his eyes" I absolutely don't understand anything in this sentence.
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meaning of “riding out on sorties in quest of adventure”

I read in a (originally) German novel that: "They are continually riding out on sorties in quest of adventure" What are they exactly doing?! Living on booty? If so then how could it be in ...
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What does it mean for bones to be bleaching?

What does it exactly mean to say bones are bleaching? Specifically, does it mean their color is getting whiter or they are moldering A context: Since then I have lived to see state after ...
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Is “disputable exceptions” apt in this sentence?

With some disputable exceptions, he did not understand that .... Could I use "disputable exceptions" in this context? This extract is from an academic text I am editing. The phrase feels ...

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