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Questions tagged [meaning]

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

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What are the differences between “what is with”, “what is up with” and “what is wrong with”?

I am watching the drama called Friends at the moment and many times actors used to say one of them. I think it seems like that those expressions are little bit similar to each other. Please, tell me ...
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What does 'walk-through' mean in this sentence?

Jane : Hi Mateo, Brian Jaffers just called to cancel tomorrow's walk-through at 721 Union Street. Mateo : That's too bad. That apartment is just right for him. Did you reschedule? I nearly ...
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What we call tests that we can work from home?

For designer's and writer's jobs, candidates get tasks that they can work from home and later they submit it. Can we call that type of tests 'an aptitude test?'
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What does “overcome” mean in this sentence?

I'm trying to understand the following bolded sentences. These have been copied from a legal document regarding the outcome of a patent application linked here. DECISION The sole outstanding ...
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Is whooping ass and taking names a profession, pastime or a phrase indicating “that one has done well” in any type off generic undertaking?

A commendation delivered to an individual who has done well can come in many forms. One of the fancy descriptions of excellence is included in the subject line of this question. However, in the quest ...
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What does a native speaker imagine when hearing “lunatic cat”?

Is "lunatic cat" like "crazy cat" or "it's nonsense, they don't say so", or something else? According to https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/lunatic there is a connection to the moon (see "...
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Does “, which” Correspond to the Noun just before the Comma or to the Whole Sentence before the Comma?

Harvey drinks from a bottle, which looks funny. Is it enforced that "which" corresponds here to the bottle and not to the way in which Harvey drinks? Can ", which" be used to correspond to the full ...
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What does 'Half-Offeus' mean?

Recently I happened to watch Married With Children Ep 507. In that episode, the dad (Al Bundy) was explaining why he took a header by a granite statue in the wishing pond: ...when I slipped on some ...
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I'm getting a job (meaning)

I'm trying to understand the meaning of I'm getting a job but I can't. I know that it doesn't mean I'm looking for a job nor I got a job. I want to understand the meaning of it because I saw a few ...
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What does “I feel about you makes my heart lone to be free” mean?

I've got a key chain with lots of objects, one of them is a little sign saying exactly "I feel about you makes my heart lone to be free", but I can't understand exactly what it means. It looks like ...
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What is the difference between a ravine, gorge and canyon?

I recently went for a hike up a gorge and then down a ravine. What is the difference between a gorge and a ravine? And how does canyon fit in? My impression was that there was an implied scale, where ...
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What do the bold numerals in parentheses mean in Merriam Webster Dictionary? [closed]

Here is the specific word I am referring to: The bold numerals in parentheses are under the 2nd definition. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/just Are those sub-sub senses? Or are they ...
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“He is said to have known peo­ple” vs “He is said to know peo­ple”? [closed]

I came aross a ques­tion like this: As a pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer, he is said ________ some very in­flu­en­tial peo­ple. to know to have known There are two avail­able an­swers ...
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Is there a word that can mean “education” and “formation” depending on context? [closed]

There is a Russian word образование that can mean education and formation depending on context. It will be great if there a word in English that also can have two of those meanings. Not necessarily ...
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Within the next 6 months vs at least 6 months before?

The instructions say, "If you are a permanent resident whose 10-year green card has expired or will expire within the next 6 months, you may begin the renewal process" "Additionally, if you applied ...
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What does “mean” mean in this sentence? [closed]

In California, wildfires are raging again and strong winds and dry forests mean that the flames spread over 177 kilometres and destroy thousands of buildings. I don't understand why 'mean' is put ...
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Why is there not a secondary definition for “bolt hole” that includes holes for bolts?

When I look up the definition for "bolt hole" on Google or in most dictionaries, I am surprised to find that the definition does not include something similar to "a hole for bolts". The current given ...
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Meaning of 'very fine' when expressing a relationship

Example: He is very fine to work with. From the Cambridge dictionary I get two (relevant) meanings: SATISFACTORY (adjective) EXCELLENT (adjective) To me these two meanings seem very different. ...
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What does “it wasn't an unusual route” mean in this sentence?

I came across this sentence in the story Around the World in 80 Days, but I can't figure out what it means. Does it mean that it was an unusual route or not?
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Configuration of something VS Something configuration

In a to-do list, i would write that i have to configure a operating system. What's the difference in this case (if any) between "operating system configuration" and "configuration of operating system"?...
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“The decision of the Competent Authority of the Board shall be final and binding on the candidate.” what is the meaning of binding here? [closed]

"The decision of the Competent Authority of the Board shall be final and binding on the candidate." Can anyone make me understand what is the meaning of the statement especially the bold part? I am ...
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Can anyone make me understand what is the meaning of “stipulated” here?

"Those who have already applied under RTI Act 2005 or otherwise may apply afresh for the same along with required fee of Rs. 500/- before stipulated date. " Can anyone make me understand ...
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Meaning of “collective ass”

I would like to know more about the purpose of word "collective" in following sentence: We're about to get our collective ass kicked. Did the speaker used the word "collective" here just as a ...
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What is the actual meaning of Soundproofing?

This room is a soundproofing room. Which means, When you are in the inside room, you won't hear outside sounds. When you are in outside, you won't hear sounds generated by inside room Both
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Meaning of “could” in these sentences

Good day everyone. So I have Michael Swan's grammar book "Practical English Usage" and there's a couple of sections concerning to usage of "could". So in 82.3 it says that we use could to talk about ...
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Using capital Y in you when writing to many

Can you use capital Y in you when adressing to more than 1 person?
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meaning of 'glib' in 'glib uniformity'

The phrase 'glib uniformity' has been used in at least a few books. For example, in Political Ideals (1917), Bertrand Russell wrote The state is justified in insisting that children shall be ...
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“Jelly in a vise” meaning [closed]

Jelly in a vise is a proverb mentioned in "Asian Figure" by W.S Merwin. What does "Jelly" mean in this proverb? Does it mean gelatinous? Or the jelly that we eat? What kind of clamp is a "Vise"?
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Word for intuition but with reasoning?

Can one use the word intuition for the following scenario:- Tester: (Checks output file) I think A->1 (A is being mapped to 1), because I am seeing a pattern in the input and output files that was ...
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Meaning of “That response really put the 'luke' in lukewarm”?

I was watching a TV series when I came across this sentence. What does it mean? Where does this expression come from? The context was the following: A mother told her daughter that she got engaged, ...
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“I don't know how to work people.”

I am looking for a precise meaning of this expression "to work people". I feel like it is similar to "to be friendly to people", "to handle people with tact", "to be good at conversing with people", ...
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What do we call definitions we keep using for objects whose nature has changed?

Is there a name for "definitional drift," meaning a word we've used to define something in the past, but the object of definition has changed over time, yet we keep using the same word? For example, "...
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What does “like an elephant's eye” mean?

What does “like an elephant's eye” mean from "We seldom ever have an argument, but if it is, it's about something like an elephant's eye"? The sentence is from an interview, an old couple talks about ...
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Does the word “maven” have neg­a­tive con­no­ta­tions?

I’m in­ter­ested in us­ing the word maven to de­scribe some­one as be­ing an ex­pert, but don’t want to seem con­de­scend­ing. Does maven have any neg­a­tive con­no­ta­tions?
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A sentence from The Economist that I don't understand

Here is a sentence from the magazine The Economist that I don't understand. Fully 5.8m more Americans are in work than in December of that year, when the Federal Reserve began raising interest ...
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Does this sentence make sense? [closed]

I will not let people tattoo the inside of my skin .
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Word that means 'requiring a high degree of trust'

Something like the reciprocal of 'trustworthy'. 'You need to understand how [requiring a high degree of trust] it is to get to know the code to the safe. John has only told three people that ...
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Patience is a virtue best served cold [closed]

My college professor asked our class for any creative insight about the phrase, “Patience is a virtue best served cold.” My - and my other classmates’s - initial reaction was that our teacher may have ...
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Clarity on the definition of the word “predict” [closed]

When someone says "I look forward to your predictable path" and "please continue down your very tired and predictable path" and "your arguments are right out of a playbook", what's the meaning of '...
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Seven swans a-swimming [duplicate]

In the famous Christmas carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas", presents like "geese a-laying" and "swans a-swimming" are mentioned. What does the "a" refer to in this context?
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About the word 'finewirer' and researching obscure words

I can't seem to find anywhere where I can look up reliably the meaning and etymology of this word: finewirer. A quick search on Google gives you uses of this word in texts such as Terry Pratchett's ...
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A word which describes a statement or question that is vague or random [closed]

I'm looking for that word which people use to describe very random out of the blue *questions. You say the most (???) things?
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Ambiguous meaning of the sentence

There is the sentence: "Women have an ability to make men think they are in charge". I do not get who is in charge eventually? Women make men think that men in charge? or Women make men think that ...
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What does “stand submitted upon” mean in a law document? [closed]

I am reading a document issued by a court, but I fail to get the meaning of "stand submitted upon" in the following sentence, especially the word "stand". The Order will stand submitted upon the ...
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What is the difference between 'Corporate' and 'Corporation'?

I've done an extensive search but didn't find anything on that. Is 'Corporate' (as a noun) simply a shorter form of 'Corporation'? Also, if a condition dictates that 'a company name can't include ...
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Meaning of throwdown in the context

Saw this on Instagram. We've invited Google to WeWork Fulton Market for a hamburger throwdown. We're pretty confident. What does throwdown mean here?
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For the linguists among us: I like loud singing vs I like singing loudly

Can you explain why using "loud" as either an adjective or an adverb changes the meaning of the sentence. Is it just an English convention, or is there something deeper going on? I like loud singing =...
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Which phrase sounds better( more natural and common for native speaker).“ Victim of art”

I have doubts about the phrase "Victim of art". Should I change it to "Art victim" or it can be used as it is but may be I miss articles? Or, please, suggest your own version with the same sense. ...
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What does “going Ozymandias” mean?

There is a YouTube video with the following title WestWorld Delores Goes Ozymandias On Man in Black Season Finale 1x10 Who doesn't know the tv show and this particular scene, here is a little ...
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a staggerline of Trubies

In Nalo Hopkinson's short story "Ours is the Prettiest" (published in the collection Falling in Love with Hominids, 2015), I found the following sentence (emphasis mine): I swung aside the skeletal ...