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This tag is for questions related to definitions and nuances of meaning of a word or phrase.

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Usage with noun phrases

During the interview he promoted a new book, his brutally honest and funny memoir. So this is a noun phrase in apposition, but is that what defines it as a noun phrase in this example (being in ...
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What is the exact meaning of “otherness” in following sentence

The sentence in question is this one: "He wanted, of course, to imagine the dark, savage way of life, to get it all off pat in his head. He wanted to know as the Indians and savages know, darkly, ...
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What is “shameful crooked hands of a moneylender” referring to?

Vampire Weekend's song "Harmony Hall" contains the line: Beneath these velvet gloves I hide The shameful, crooked hands of a moneylender What is this lyric referring to? Why are a ...
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The contrasting meanings of the word “chill”

One meaning, the one that I've always known and thought about it when someone said the word "chill", was "very relaxed or easy going" with the example "in general, I am a pretty chill guy", as given ...
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Word to describe the moment when you ask the question, “How did I get here?”

Have you ever had that moment when you are in a current situation, usually a good one, but can be a bad situation, too, when you ask yourself the question, "How did I get here?" What is that moment, ...
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What is the meaning of “make all the lights”?

What is the meaning of "make all the lights" here? A: Do you think I will take more than 10 minutes going to the train station? B:Well, if you want to get there in ten, you will have to make all ...
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Which one is the most correct answer among these sentences?

The result starts with a very small one, and the very small one becomes the most important. <- is this correct answer? Or is this more correct version of this saying The result starts with a ...
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Perplexity of Whitman

In section 26 of "Song of Myself", Whitman wrote: I hear the train’d soprano (what work with hers is this?) The orchestra whirls me wider than Uranus flies, Who knows the meaning of the sentence ...
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Meaning of Loose Coins in English

If coins are inside a wallet, are they loose or not? For example, if someone sees a wallet with coins inside a coin bag, and they are asked if they saw some loose coins, would the person be wrong if ...
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How would you explain the shade of meaning added by the word “do” in the phrase “to have to do something”?

Consider the following two sentences: You really have to mow the lawn. You really do have to mow the lawn. These two sentences are not quite identical, although their meaning is indeed nearly ...
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A word for a professor teaching in multiple universities

I have this feeling that I've seen and then forgotten a word which specifically describes a professor / lecturer who teaches in multiple universities. (Not just a visiting professor) "I hear Mallory ...
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What does “Commander-in-Soy” versus “alpha” mean?

Today’s (January 26th) Washington Post reported President Trump’s decision to end the government shutdown under the headline, “Trump caves” or “Genius.” : Right wing splits after Trump ends shutdown ...
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Regarding the expression “Walking Warnings.”

THIS BOOK IS about living thoughtfully, and certainly not about dying, gracefully or otherwise. To age is to experience, to gain wisdom, to love and to lose, and to grow more comfortable in one’s own ...
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'instinct for conventionality' meaning sense of humor?

This is an extract from Political Ideals (1917) by Bertrand Russell: In combination with the instinct for conventionality,[1] which man shares with the other gregarious animals, those who profit ...
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Growing popular misuse or change in definition of the phrase “conspiracy theory”?

Has there been a subtle shift in the definition of the phrase "conspiracy theory" in recent years? I've noticed the phrase popping up occasionally in conversations or in online forums, YouTube, etc., ...
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Meaning of a sentence “including in”

Please, What is the meaning of this passage, especially the word "including in July"? "He has sent the Chinese navy on manoeuvres ever farther afield, including in July on NATO's doorstep in the ...
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“Let me tell you how the odds gonna stack up.” [closed]

There's a linkin park song that uses this expression, what is the meaninig?
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a term for “I'm a father to my son, but I'm also a son for my mother”

What's the word for the situation that a thing is X for A, but is Y for B? what property does it have in order to have this ability to shape-shift like that according to the perspective of the ...
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Less of a + noun [closed]

I would like to understand the meaning of the expression: less of a + noun. Here a some example sentences: 1. Getting there is less of a problem if you have a car. 2. It is less of a problem than ...
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Difference between declarative sentence and proposition statement?

Oxford dictionary defines declarative sentence as : "A statement in the form of a declaration." and Proposition as: "A statement or assertion that expresses a judgement or opinion". What is the ...
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Brave or bravely?

I am translating a text from English to my own language. This is the context, my question is about the sentence in bold. My question is about the interpretation of a word. If we did not find ...
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What is the meaning of “hip book” in the conversation? [closed]

"Hah, he only likes new books. Hip ones." "Jane Eyre is a hip book!" What is the meaning of "hip book" in the conversation?
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The meaning of “for” after the colon mark [duplicate]

What does "for" meaning in this sentence? I mean the word "for" after the colon mark. A second difference from Quine is also important: for the crux of the Legal Realist position (at least for ...
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No less a person than someone (meaning)

I have the following sentences: This was made crystal clear by President Franklin Roosevelt, the principal author of the "Four Freedoms" and the Atlantic Charter. This was made crystal clear by no ...
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“The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh would like to be remembered to you.” - what does that mean?

What does "would like to be remembered to you" mean in the statement: ""The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh would like to be remembered to you." ? This was later released by the Royal Household to a ...
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How does the apostrophe work (examples inside)? [closed]

Which of this is correct? Excels logo look like a book Excel's logo look like a book How does the apostrophe change the above sentences meaning?
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you're up on the board (can't make any sense)

I'm translating a tv show and I have no idea what they are saying in a scene. They are working out at gym, the woman finishes her set and this dialogue comes, here's the script: Man: That was five ...
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What's the meaning of “play on” in this sentence?

The statement linking technology negatively with free thinking plays on recent human experience over the past century. I tried to find the sense of this on macmillan dictionary. But I can't figure ...
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what does “shock” in game names like system shock, bio shock mean?

what does "shock" in video-game names like System Shock, BioShock mean?
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Is “network” perceived as a verb? [closed]

Network for passenger route development and connect! This is a slogan for conferences devoted to route development (airports and airlines). I feel that something is wrong with it. 1. "Network" - ...
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“Luke drove as if they were in a jeep, in high gear with hammer changes on the corners.”

This is a sentence from John le Carre's novel 'The Honourable Schoolboy'. Does anyone know what 'hammer changes' mean?
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by verb + ing or without by

Ball admitted that he was guilty of trying to steal, saying that he had no work and was looking for money. "saying" Is "saying" the same meaning with "by saying"? Can I use this structure (without ...
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What is an aerostatic globe?

Whenever I try to google it I get redirected to "Hot Air Balloon". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_air_balloon What's weirder is that there is not a single mention of "aerostatic globe" in the "hot ...
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What does “Dusted off the old rig” stand for?

What does "Dusted off the old rig" stand for? Man write this when we say about old mobile.
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What does it mean to patch cables or devices together?

In the below context: Finally had the time over the weekend to patch everything down and sort out the sockets. ... I managed to get my trusty router patched in with ...
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“National Forward published”

I'd like to know the meaning of "National Forward published". I have seen it in codes and regulation context, such as those found by this search, and couldn't understand it.
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Is the word 'aggressive' when used to describe someone negative?

google define: 1. ready or likely to attack or confront; characterised by or resulting from aggression. 2. behaving or done in a determined and forceful way. Going off the above definitions I don't ...
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Get with adjectives

Is it correct when I say: I got frustrated or I got afraid, got confused? Can someone explain the literary meaning of using get with adj?
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meaning of 'make somebody do something' in this context

As you know, the structure make somebody do something has, at least, these two meanings: to cause somebody to do something to force somebody to do something The latter is stronger. Now, I'm ...
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Origin of “Beating a dead horse”

The origin of beating a dead horse. Was this ever a common practice suitable for a specific purpose? Is it related to the desire to spur a horse into action?
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What is a non-word syllable?

I was looking for a list of commonly used syllables and came across this one which mentions that some of its syllables are "non-word syllables." I have no idea what this might mean and can't find a ...
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meaning of 'narrow' in 'narrow possessiveness'

What does 'narrow' mean in the following sentence, which is from Political Ideals (1917) by Bertrand Russell? He will not desire for his country the passing triumphs of a narrow possessiveness, but ...
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a phrasal verb about turning around something

What should we say to show someone rounds the building and goes to the back door? I mean the verb showing to turn around the building.
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What's the difference between “seem” and “seem as if”?

What is the difference between following sentences: The children seemed tired The children seemed as if they were tired. Does the second sentence indicate an imaginary situation?
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What is the meaning of “we must have missed you”? [migrated]

I was missed from agenda list of minutes of meeting, hence i requested for including my name in the list. But the chairperson of the meeting replied saying "we must have missed you". I am confused? ...
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This guy's alright in my book, because he used the word “rapscallion”. Meaning

This guy's alright in my book, because he used the word "rapscallion". Source What it means by alright in my book?
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Use of 'female' and 'male' (in science fiction)

Often in science fiction when someone refers to a male or female member of some other species, they use terms like "the klingon female". This also happens between members of that species, so if a ...
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Can I use “into” instead of “to”?

He was quick to adapt himself to the new system. = He was quick to adapt himself (into) the new system. Can I use "into" instead of "to"?
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What does the phrase “held in confidence” mean?

I recently came across this sentence: Thank them for their time and remind them that answers will be held in confidence. Simplifying things, if I said "Your answers will be held in confidence", ...
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What does “a cross between the Parthenon and the Reichstag” mean?

In Gerard Durrell's The Whispering Land I ran into the sentence below: At that precise moment we were heading towards the massive building that looked like a cross between the Parthenon and the ...