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What do 'spile' and 'bung' mean in this sentence written by Thoreau?

In A Plea for Captain John Brown, Thoreau writes: What though he did not belong to your clique! Though you may not approve of his method or his principles, recognize his magnanimity. Would you not ...
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Meaning of a sentence in the passage discussing the word "run"

30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary_Dan Strutzel / Funk & Lewis contains The simple three-letter word “run”, up to this moment of writing has more than ninety dictionary definitions. There are ...
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What does the verb bound mean in this sentence of Thoreau's? [closed]

In A Plea for Captain John Brown, Thoreau writes: When he was here, some years ago, he showed to a few a little manuscript book,—his “orderly book” I think he called it,—containing the names of his ...
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Excerpts from a poem: need help understanding poetic English

This is John Keats’s classic Petrarchan sonnet “To the Nile”, which was written two hundred years ago in a style more ancient still: Son of the old Moon-mountains African! Chief of the Pyramid and ...
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Meaning of "I was never meant to be..."

I don't clearly understand the meaning of "was never meant to be" in sentences like this: "I was never meant to be your friend." Can someone explain it to me? For the example in ...
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Technical Error message when given value is other than expected

A computer program expects an input to be a certain value (lets say Value_A). Instead a different value is given (lets say Wrong_Value_B). My company is considering this sentence in such a situation: ...
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Getting a deeper understanding of the similarities & differences between the words "offhand/offhanded" , "facile" & "glib" [closed]

(reference: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/offhand ) offhand not friendly, and showing little interest in other people in a way that seems slightly rude: (reference: https://...
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What's the meaning of "legit" in this sentence?

I've playing a game called GTA san andreas and at the beginning there's a specific part of the first scene that the police ask to character if he's doing something wrong basically the police says: So ...
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What does "get on" mean in this sentence from Walden?

In the first chapter of Walden, Thoreau writes: I cannot but perceive that this so-called rich and refined life is a thing jumped at, and I do not get on in the enjoyment of the fine arts which adorn ...
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Unsure of the meaning of ‘secure’ and ‘return’ in: ‘its object was…to secure her from any return of Mr Collins’s addresses…’

The full quote from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is as follows: This was very amiable, but Charlotte's kindness extended farther than Elizabeth had any conception of;— its object was nothing ...
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What does "he was a child who couldn't keep his fingers out of the cookie jar" mean when talking of someone's sexual scandal?

This sentence is quoted from a director's memoir, where he mentions that a famous movie star was sent to the police station because of his affair. (Thank all of you for your considerate answers. To ...
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Not sure what this quote means: ‘May I hope, for your interest with…Elizabeth, when I solicit for the honour of a private audience with her…’

I was reading Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice when I came across this quote said by Mr Collins to Mrs. Bennett: May I hope, Madam, for your interest with your fair daughter Elizabeth, when I ...
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"She feels some ghastly fright come up and stop to look at her" v. "She feels some ghastly fright coming up and stopping to look at her"

The Soul has Bandaged moments — When too appalled to stir — She feels some ghastly Fright come up And stop to look at her — What is the difference in meaning between the phrase contained in the last ...
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Why are these two verbs in infinitive in this poem of Emily Dickinson?

The Soul has Bandaged moments — When too appalled to stir — She feels some ghastly Fright come up And stop to look at her — I can't help rewriting in my head the last two lines of this stanza, like so:...
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Is "samuraily" correct?

Pahlavāni, knighthood, and samuraily may be different in forms of cultural output, but all three are inherently from the same historical essence. Pahlavāni (پهلوانی) is a Persian word. In its ...
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What do 'flat-chested' and 'unromantic' mean when speaking of a house?

I am quoting from the Return of Sherlock Holmes, The Six Napoleons, by Arthur Conan Doyle: In half an hour we had reached Pitt Street, a quiet little backwater just beside one of the briskest ...
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What is the meaning of "to have" in old cartoons?

In old cartoons, particularly "Little Red Riding Rabbit" of Looney Tunes, characters say "to have" with a meaning that seems different to the modern sense. For example, in the said ...
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Is "turn comments" or "turning comments" an idiomatic way of responding to feedback?

I have a coworker who consistently says they are "turning comments" to mean "responding to feedback." In particular, it comes up in code review. Someone makes a comment, and the ...
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What is "prescriptive infirmity"? [closed]

Woman’s prescriptive infirmity had stalked into the sunlight, which had clothed it in the freshness of an originality. What does woman's prescriptive infirmity mean in the above passage from Thomas ...
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What does 'picket fence' mean here? [closed]

Today I was listening to a song from Fall Out boy called Miss missing you. At one point in the song, they sing the line: "Baby you were my picket fence". I know what a picket fence is, but I ...
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What's the meaning of "jutul" ? Is it somehow related to "jotun" or giant? [closed]

When I saw the series Ragnarok, I saw that the word "Jutul" was used as the name for a fake family lineage which was actually "jotuns". But intuitively, just picking the word "...
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What does "endorse" mean in banking?

According to Oxford Languages, sign (a check or bill of exchange) on the back to make it payable to someone other than the stated payee or to accept responsibility for paying it. I'm having trouble ...
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What does saying "without the service" mean when paying the bill at a restaurant?

I just heard an actor in a movie say "without the service" when paying the bill at a restaurant. (The movie was The Strays, from 2023 - navigate to 08:19 mins from start). I assume it's ...
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What is the meaning of kindled and sensitized in the following paragraph?

My native lanugage is Hindi, and I am not versed in English. I am reading a book and I came across the following paragraph: Maybe most serious of all is when the fight-or-flight response becomes “...
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Does anyone know what the word "Some" means here? [closed]

Just to context: I've playing a gang context game and after a funeral the rival gang drives by shooting and then the characters that were at the funeral have the car blown up and then they have to run ...
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Little Dorrit Book the second chapter 2

A stiff commissariat officer of sixty, famous as a martinet, had then become enamoured of the gravity with which she drove the proprieties four-in-hand through the cathedral town society, and had ...
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Does “at the borders of” mean “out of” in this text?

Does “at the borders of” means “out of” in this text? If not, what is its precise meaning? In such ways, theology became as yet marginalised, or even banned from the university as no longer deserving ...
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My hound "taking charge of my gun"

In Edgar Allan Poe's short story Landor's Cottage, published in 1849, the narrator, having started to feel lost during a "pedestrian tour" and anticipating having to spend the night outside, ...
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What does 'cosmic unfairness' mean? [closed]

What is the meaning of 'cosmic unfairness' in the passage below? The existential torment and cosmic unfairness of being interested in someone romantically who isn't romantically interested in you. I ...
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Meaning of “a dizzard”

I’m working on translation of an American novel, dating back to the late 19th - early 20th centuries, and the main character came from a local little Vermont town. The author describes him as “old ...
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Do you "follow" a process, or "use" a process? [closed]

I am writing instructions for a global company that is implementing a new management process. Should I tell employees to "use" the new process? Or is it correct to say "follow" the ...
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What does “fortune” mean in “seek one’s fortune”?

“Fortune” has 2 meanings (per Google): luck or chance, as in the wheel of fortune a large amount of money So what does the expression “seek one’s fortune” mean? Neither of the above make sense in ...
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What's the meaning of “a good downfall”?

I would like to know the meaning of “a good downfall” Is it a good, successful downfall/happy end or a properly deserved downfall-justice? So we like the stories about the King Shit who deserves a ...
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What is the meaning of “things will stay the course” and “That progress is a forward”?

Please, what does “things will stay the course” and “That progress is a forward” mean in this context? The source: Botticelli in the Fire, page 98; Nuh Uh, take it from me- It is not as easy to tell ...
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What is the function of "the world over"

A few weeks before I had been an unknown school-teacher in Dayton, a little town in the mountains of Tennessee. Now I was involved in a trial reported the world over. (The Trial That Rocked the World ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase "don't let the garden bugs bite"?

I've watching a TV show called My Wife and Kids and there's a scene in which Michael Kyle says I'm gonna get some sleep. Night-night. Don't let the garden bugs bite. I've searched Google for "...
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What does decimate mean here?

This is caption of a post from The New York Times: Tens of thousands of inmates have joined a mercenary group fighting with the Kremlin’s decimated forces in Ukraine. Some of them are returning to ...
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What does "but" mean in this context? [duplicate]

This context comes from the movie Gangs Of New York by Martin Scorese. Take him for a boat ride, John. Who knows, but he might save your life again. (The person speaking knows that John's life was ...
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What does "invalidate" mean in "this did not include these invalidated home"?

This context comes from the book "Black Rednecks And White Liberals" The heavy drain, physical and mental, in keeping squadrons on the East African coast was reflected in the loss of 282 ...
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What does "sweep on" mean in this context?

This context comes from the book "Black Rednecks And White Liberals" by Thomas Sowell. Eventually, such strong feeling were aroused among the British public that anti-slavery petitions with ...
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does anyone know what's the meaning of "busta straight busta"? [duplicate]

I've playing a game called gta san andreas and in the second mission the character of the game says this sentence busta straight busta according to the urban dictionary: A busta is somebody who ...
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What does "some" refer to in the context? [closed]

In this article from The Economist it says: As Britons took to holidaying in the actual Mediterranean, some began to decline; austerity and covid-19 finished them off. The short line " some ...
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What does ‘capture by employees’ mean in 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑬𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒐𝒎𝒊𝒔𝒕 in the context of being a ‘vice’ of speculative activity in investment banking?

What is ‘capture by employees’? In this past week’s January 26th issue of The Economist, the phrase capture by employees appears in a leading article* titled “The Humbling of Goldman Sachs” in this ...
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Meaning of a certain passage from Charles Dickens Little dorrit Chapter 35 [closed]

Good gracious, Arthur—Doyce and Clennam!’ cried that lady, ‘who would have ever thought of seeing such a sight as this and pray excuse a wrapper for upon my word I really never and a faded check too ...
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What is the meaning of this sentence about analytic papers? [closed]

The authors, Yale professors Richard Nelson and Sidney Winter, were best known for a series of intensely analytic papers exploring Schumpeterian theory that even most PhD candidates didn't pretend to ...
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Meaning of words "bake" and "painting" in context of cars

A sticker near the door inside a car said: Exposing a battery to intense heat may cause deterioration. Do not bake over 158F/30min or 176F/20 min in painting. I understand the first sentence, ...
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Contextual meaning of 'sought to legitimize the city's social strivings by evoking a history the city did not truly posses' [closed]

This sentence below was a GRE question and the two italics and bold words are the actual answers to the text completion. Still, I do not understand what the sentence is trying to say. My understanding ...
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Meaning of 'it does not deny ambiguity', 'truth may bear all lights', 'of divine ends'? [closed]

From the passage: Great comic art is never otherworldly, it does not seek to mystify us, and it does not deny ambiguity by branding as evil whatever differs from good. Great comic artists assume that ...
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Figurative meaning of the (verbal) phrase "(play at/run) kittly-benders"?

A kittly-bender is « an area of yielding or broken ice on a body of water; also fig; hence v phrr run kittly-benders, play at ~ to run or skate over such ice as a sport » (DARE): 1871 Hale How to Do ...
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Exclamation point at greeting [closed]

Question: What is the context of the structure "Hi name!" ? Some time ago, I saw this, and after some research, I found out that this is grammatically valid Exclamation point in a greeting. ...
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