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What is the meaning of the word “cop-flat”?

From the novel Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts), 2015: To discourage any more questions, Eve turned away. She and Peabody had sealed up on entering the apartment. She’d turned on her ...
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What is the usage of “of” in this sentence?

What is the usage of the 2nd "of" in this sentence? the duration of the x-ray pulse can be of picosecond duration Why is it not be this? the duration of the x-ray pulse can be picosecond Is ...
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Usage of the 'abstract' in this sentence?

he loved her only in the abstract--not in person Source definition - A concept or idea not associated with any specific instance My question is how can he love her not in person? How is that ...
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Is the phrase ‘serve you heart and soul’ grammatical?

Is the phrase ‘serve you heart and soul’ grammatical? And what does it mean? If the phrase becomes ‘serve your heart and soul’ or ‘serve you with heart and soul’, does it still make sense and what ...
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I wonder if there will be peace

I am big and round, I wonder if there will be peace, I hear sound of the people who are being killed, I see the people crying for life, I want to help the poor people. It is a ...
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What is the meaning of ''everglow''?

Coldplay use this word in their new song Everglow. Some people on the internet do too. However, I can't find the meaning of this word in the dictionary. Does this word actually exist? If so, what is ...
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Social leper versus social leopard

Someone explained to me that social leopard refers to someone who is social, but I think it actually means "social leper". Who is right? Thank you!
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“I never was” vs. “I was never”

What is the difference between "I never was" and "I was never"? It seems that there is a subtle difference, but I can't quite grasp it. Is one of them informal? For example: I never was a good ...
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Difference between leave and leave of absence

What is the difference between “ take a leave” and “ take a leave of absence”?
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What is “recessional nonlocality” [on hold]

I was talking to someone who mentioned they prefer recessional nonlocality. What does it mean?
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Is the “The Pirate King” another structure of “The King of Pirates”, interchangeably or “Pirate” is like an adj., meaning “The King that is a pirate”?

I have ambiguity with the meaning of some compound nouns, especially in the form noun+noun like: "The Pirate King", "The Lion King", "The Pirate Bay" and so on. EDITED: to put it in context: ...
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API Queries/Requests/Calls in SaaS - What is the correct label/text?

I have an English-language related question about how to properly label "API requests" in SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) products. I see that various websites label them sometimes as API queries or API ...
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Meaning of be wired to do

Are women “wired” to be more emotional? Not exactly — but new research provides more evidence that the male and female brain may have very different ways of processing emotion. How Men And Women ...
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Does having a temper make you angry or calm? [migrated]

Are we using the word "temper" correctly? Usually when someone is said to "have a temper", we interpret that to mean they are quick to anger or are prone to outbursts of anger. However I'm wondering ...
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To cold pig something

The expression "to cold pig" something was used by my grandmother to mean throw something away as no longer of use. Has anyone else come across this expression
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Origin of the figurative sense of “smear”

One meaning and usage of smear as a noun, from M-W, is: usually unsubstantiated charge or accusation against a person or organization — often used attributively. a smear campaign a smear ...
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Can “beamer” mean “projector”?

I've lived under the impression that the word beamer is an American slang word for a BMW vehicle and a false friend to German speakers: beamer does not mean projector. Recently though, I heard an ...
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Signing someone’s cast [on hold]

Is signing someone’s cast superstitious? A patients wife asked me that..her husband obviously is in a cast..I honestly never heard of it being superstitious to do so - of course if the person is asked ...
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Synonym for “A Feminist Woman” [on hold]

What is the synonym for "A Feminist Woman" in one word?
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the unknown and the blind [on hold]

I can't get the meaning and structure of this sentence at all: So, are we left with the unknown and the blind groping in front of us? I have problem with any part of this. for example, the unknown ...
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Why are Centennials called that?

People of Generation Y have the nickname millennials, because many of them graduated around the year 2000, the millenium. People of Generation Z are sometimes called centennials. "Centennial" means "...
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“Contemporary” (as a synonym of “modern”) in the context of art and history

According to dictionaries, contemporary (adj.) has a second meaning of modern; current; of the present age. Yet in the context of art and history, is usually means something from the mid-twentieth ...
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Pioneers Often Die with Arrows in their Backs

What's the meaning of Pioneers Often Die with Arrows in their Backs I mean i can roughly gauge it to be the first to move dies, but why arrows in the backs ?
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What does the phrase “with your bad self” mean?

A user, on Reddit, responded to a question, about what will become obsolete in the the next decade, with 'magazines.' Then another user responded with 'True and awful. What if the tablet dies and I ...
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Can rules rule (as in govern)?

I've seen people say things like "the rules that rule Japan", but I don't think it is grammatically correct since rules can't really enforce themselves and the verb 'rule' can only really be used for ...
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Are all article combinations valid patterns for “the” ɴᴏᴜɴ of “the” ɴᴏᴜɴ? [migrated]

Please consider: We should pay attention to the quality of the presentation. We should pay attention to the quality of presentation. We should pay attention to quality of presentation. We should pay ...
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What does 'fast friends' mean?

Does anyone have an idea? Close friends? I usually see this term in stories where the friends were best friends and then they fight for some reason.
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what does “God's word for Today” mean?

I am going to share some words of God irregularly on my Facebook page. So I want to give a name for this series of posts. A friend gives me a title: God's Word for Today. Because I am not a native ...
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“all around the world” vs “around the world”. What's the difference? [on hold]

The context: "English is used all around the world. Since English is used in so many different countries, you'll probably use English to communicate in many travel situations."
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a word to describe a “discriminator” - someone who discriminates against everything [duplicate]

Looking to find a word to describe a "discriminator" - someone who discriminates against everything. My first thought is "bigot", but I need a word for someone who inflicts their bigotry on others. I ...
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Is “aggr-” a prefix and what does it mean?

I'm not sure if "aggr-" is a prefix but I can see some words starting with it. like: Aggregate Aggressive Aggravate Aggrieve Aggrandize I'm here to ask if it has some meanings or they are all ...
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Put on a pot of coffee [on hold]

James Mattis, Mr Trump’s defence secretary until last year, reassured outsiders that he would serve as a check, telling Strategic Command “not to put on a pot of coffee without letting him know”, ...
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“I’ve just arrived” vs. “I just arrived”: Are they both correct? Do they mean the same thing? [duplicate]

My grammar book suggests that when using words like just, that you should “always” use present perfect. So the correct form should be I've just arrived according to my book. Is this true? I ask ...
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Price “Plus Tax”

In the United States I always see products listed like "$100 plus tax". This might be a stupid question but does that mean with tax calculated in it comes out to $100, or are they trying to say that ...
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What does “growing from strength to strength” mean?

as the title asks What does growing from strength to strength mean ? A Google search yields meaning for the word strength and not the phrase. [It would be great if somebody can provide URL/search ...
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The meaning of “to be x years out from putting two and two together”

During a conversation someone said that he is x years out from putting two and two together with gadolinium poisoning. What is the meaning of "to be x years out from"? I know the meaning of "putting ...
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Is there a difference between must and may in limiting phrases?

I have a question about term of use in online contracts I see often the term " you may only have one account" is it as stronger as "you must only have one account"? is it possible consider " you ...
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what does spin up means in this sentence?

this sentence is about programming, but I don't know what the meaning of "spin up" as follows is. We're doing that by using a class from Microsoft.AspNetCore.Hosting, and that is the web host ...
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Spendthrift vs Thrifty - origins

I have always been curious to understand the origin of these two seemingly similar words. Looking at them for the first time, I thought they were synonyms, but ever since I learned of their existence, ...
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By the ease with which

As a result, we have a math curriculum with no historical perspective or thematic coherence, a fragmented collection of assorted topics and techniques, united only by the ease with which they can be ...
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What does“A conclusion puts too much weight on a statistic”mean? [closed]

What does the sentence "A conclusion puts too much weight on a statistic"mean?
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The meaning of “pretension” [on hold]

According to Cambridge dictionary, the word "pretension" means "the appearance of being more important or more serious than there is reason for", and it gives the following example: "Leonard’s ...
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Is there a difference between 'I thought to myself' and 'I thought.'?

Is there any need for the ending of 'to myself'? How is it different from the alternative? Can you always replace 'I thought to myself' with 'I thought'?
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Difference between “vague” and “not specific” [closed]

What is the difference between vague and "not specific"? Can someone provide examples of each? I am revising my original question (word choice and usage topic). When would someone use "vague" to ...
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“Schematic Claim”

I would like to know what does "schematic claim" in the following encrypt mean which is from an entry of Standford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: To consider some of the different strategies for ...
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Can “to seed” and “to sow” be used interchangeably? [closed]

I'd never heard about "to sow" until recently, and I was quite surprised that I couldn't find even a connotation about the difference in meaning from "to seed." The German word "säen" is translated ...
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Word for unquestioning belief/opinion… Doctrine? Ideology? [duplicate]

What is the word when someone considers any questioning of their view to be a moral failing or blindness of the questioner? I'm thinking of a bottom up, community driven acceptance of a view or ...
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Understanding a general statement

"Sexual inactivity or inexperience, whether voluntary or not, should not be exoticized, ridiculed, or necessarily considered a concern for everyone. More research is needed on reasons for sexual ...
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Same words, arranged differently - is there a difference in meaning?

I refer specifically to 'Nothing is Impossible' as frequently used vs 'Impossible is Nothing' a quote by Muhammed Ali - therefore no doubt a boast! But is there any difference in meaning?
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What is “ex-Government Official” meaning?

I read the Declaration of Compliance of my company and it has a parapharase below: The undersigned has made truthful declarations to [Company X] regarding: His/her current or prior role as ...