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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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It is supposed that

Could someone say if I understand the phrase "it is supposed that" right? For example: It is supposed that tigers don't like swimming in water. I understand this sentence like there's some random ...
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Is there a special term for a person who unwittingly creates problems for every one around

Which english (american, british, any other flavour; noun or adjective, no matter) term would you use to describe a person who despite of being full of good intentions somehow always manages to make ...
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A lot has been happened this year. Is this grammatically correct? [closed]

If incorrect, then what's the correct statement?
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I know what “look about” means but in this sentence, I failed to figure them out

"she looked about her expecting the owner would not be far off; but she could see nobody." Look about means to look around to find someone, so in this sentence, I think it should be "looked about the ...
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Hello, what it means “the abrupt surge of the hill”?

what it means "the abrupt surge of the hill"? I think it's about the steepness of the hill. But when "abrupt" and "surge" joined together it doesn't make any sense.
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What does ‘The giving ground’ mean in the song ‘The Sisterhood - Giving Ground’? [closed]

I've found a song ‘The Sisterhood - Giving Ground’. And there is a line, which is hard for me to understand: Everything is lost in the giving ground. I would be very grateful, if someone helped me ...
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What kind of emotion does a phrase “lotsa luck” convey?

In Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction movie the phrase conveys rather sarcastic emotion: I'm here to help. If my help's not appreciated, lotsa luck, gentlemen. Can I use lotsa luck to convey ...
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What is the meaning of “squirm out of it”? [closed]

I am reading Diary of Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Book 1). But when I read to this page. I get stuck about like that I told Mom there was no way we were taking Manny with us, because we were ...
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What does informed consensus mean? [closed]

I came across the phrase informed consensus while watching Peaky blinders TV series and wondering what does that mean? Here's a short dialog: - He researches his enemies that's why he's been chosen ...
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What is the most suitable “Want” or “Need”

When I send an email to a seller, I can express, 1. I want to buy .... 2. I need to buy .... What is the most suitable one? What are the differences between "Want" and "Need" ?
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“Were someone someone, … would …” structure

I have been practicing my English reading skill for a while. I try to read news article from various sources. Lately, I found this article (link: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/10/...
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What's the meaning of McSombody

I wanted to read the book: Milkman. Here is the first sentence of this book: "The day Somebody McSomebody put a gun to my breast and called me a cat and threatened to shoot me was the same day the ...
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Can “ap­pre­ci­ate” be used in this way?

(I am not a na­tive speaker.) I just got an email re­gard­ing a failed or­der that used the fol­low­ing sen­tence: I ap­pre­ci­ate that this will not be what you wanted to hear and for that I apol­...
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Can we use design and make in this sentence [closed]

I know that we usually say: We make/produce films. But my teacher said we can also say: We design films. Is it correct to say designing films?
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What does “mansplaining” mean?

I am trying to prepare myself to going into the international social space. In doing so, I saw the video: Feminist "Mansplaining" Video Goes Wrong and I do not understand something: What is ...
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Does “I would not recommend to my worst enemy” make sense?

Does "I would not recommend this place to my worst enemy" make sense? Shouldn't it be either "I would recommend this place to my worst enemy" or "I would not even recommend this place to my worst ...
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If your employer tells you “we will push your rate up to $40 an hour” does it mean they will push it to exactly $40/hr?

I am confused if that sentence means exactly $40/hr or just up to $40/hr in which case the rate could become $35/hr for example.
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One word for call for a quick unplanned meeting [closed]

I am trying to finding one word that describes as "asking to meet for a quick & short meeting in a short notice"( where meeting is unplanned)" The word should be polite as I want to use among ...
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I saw no one / I didn’t see anyone

I saw no one / I didn’t see anyone. We can’t use double negatives, but is there any difference between these sentences?
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“If it is to happen” meaning [closed]

If it is to happen then we should be ready for that Here I am confused about the meaning of the sentence. Does it mean "If it will happen" or something else?
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How to address today and the following 9 days

Would you think "the next 10 days" includes today? If not, would there be a clearer way to put it, to refer to today and the following 9 days?
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What does “by all constitutional means” mean in this context?

This is an extract from a speech Churchill made in 1947. Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or ...
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Meaning of “finesse away”

I've run into the following sentence: [...] that we are building utopias in our virtualities that will finesse away the imperfections of human character. I could not find in any place the meaning ...
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Can we use “whisky” to describe a squirrel going up a tree?

I am confused that the term "whisky" is used in the poem The Squirrel to describe a squirrel going up a tree (though 'whisky' denotes a drink). According to the Cambridge Dictionary, "whisky" denotes: ...
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What does a question mark inside parentheses (?) mean?

If a sentence/word has (?) at the end, does it mean the sentence is not a fact and the author is not sure about it? As in the example: I am the tallest(?) in our class. Which means I am not sure ...
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Believing someone vs believing in someone

I believe you. I believe in you. Can 1 and 2 both be used to mean I believe that what you said is true. I have seen 1 used to mean 3, but is that usage idiomatic. Also, I know that 2 ...
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Use of probably

I know that I will probably go back to my house soon anyway so I don't want to fully decorate. Does it mean... I know that I will probably go back to my house soon anyway so probably I don't want ...
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Difference between supplemental NP and absolute clause?

What is the difference between a supplemental noun phrase and a absolute clause? In these examples and in general. Is it just the non-finite nature of the second example? Are they not serving a ...
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Is there a word or name to call someone that gets called a name, yet uses the same name to call others? [closed]

Example, Jim calls Bob a alcoholic, because he is one, Bob drinks alcohol every day and excessively. Bob then starts calling Jim a alcoholic too, even though Jim has never touched a drink in his life. ...
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Meaning of “well-capitalized litigation”

In the following sentence: Smart contracts will automatically execute the terms of any deal, without getting bogged down by human fickleness or well-capitalized litigation. I understand the fickle ...
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What does 'sun bar' mean in the noun phrase 'Aztec sun bar bracelet'?

What does 'sun bar' mean in the noun phrase 'Aztec sun bar bracelet'? Does it have anything to do with Sun?
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What does “Step up the two of us” mean? [closed]

Can anyone explain to me, what does "step up" mean in the song Imagine by Ariana Grande, which she says at the beginning: "Step up the two of us, nobody knows us get in the car like skrrt"
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What do you call someone who you show a game to and then they binge plays the game until they are better than you? [closed]

My so called "friend " likes to play video games a lot. We like to play Roblox (We aren't 5 yr olds). So one day I found this awesome game called RoBeats and I loved to play it. One day I got so good ...
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What does 'out of shit' mean?

Ok, I see this definition https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=out%20of%20shit: back to reality. Never give up, I'ma make elixir out of shit Then this line means he will make a good ...
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Used Postal Stamps and a Process of Stamping Them

Below is a postal stamp with the... postal stamp on it. It might sound weird, but a postal stamp on a postal stamp are the only terms coming to my mind when I refer to a used (redeemed?) postal stamp....
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What is the meaning of “well-a-well”?

I've had a question from an English language student who is reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He has a problem understanding what 'well-a-well' means in the following quote. I've searched and ...
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Why is it “Universal Time Coordinated”?

The UTC is a measure for coordinating activities in multiple regions of the earth in timing. It means "Universal Time Coordinated". What does that mean grammatically? Can you unravel this message with ...
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Can you begin a sentence with “but”? [closed]

Is it grammatically possible to begin a sentence with "but" ?
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meaning of bleak greyness

Here's the quote written by Lucy Hawking, daughter of Stephen Hawking, about her father's funeral. "On the bleak greyness of a Cambridge spring day, we set off in a cortège of black cars towards Great ...
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''What of her''

While watching an episode of Tidelands I paid attention to ''What of her?'' . Can anyone explain me the difference between ''what about her'' and ''what of her''? is it gramatically correct? In what ...
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What does camping on foods mean in American English?

I saw two guys joking around, the first one had had a Cheetos bag. Here is the conversation that took place between them: First guy: Do you wanna little snack? Second guy: Yeh, actually, it's ...
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What does it mean by “in their thousands”?

"SpaceX and OneWeb, a communications firm, plan to launch satellites in their thousands, not hundreds." What does it mean by "in their thousands"?
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“in a mood” or “in the mood”?

Could someone explain to me the difference between these two phrases (if there’s any at all) According to Cambridge Online Dictionary to be in the mood means to feel like doing something I am ...
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The meaning of 'wake' in this sentence [closed]

A storm of hail hammered down on the carport, leaving chunks of ice in its wake. What is the meaning of 'wake' in that sentence? I don't really understand, since English isn't my first language. ...
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How to interpret Nancy Pelosi's statement?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/reading-between-the-lines-of-trumps-oval-office-tussle/2018/12/11/7c7099f4-fda1-11e8-a17e-162b712e8fc2_story.html?utm_term=.809469483529 TRUMP: I also know ...
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What is the meaning of “doctor jail”?

What is the meaning of that and why is said that way? I read it on a title that says: Becky Lynch's journey from "doctor jail" to WWE TLC I'm sure that people that is not from the U.S. can't ...
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This quick note is to

Which one would you consider correct: This quick note is to just inform you that... Or This is a quick note to just inform you that... Obviously, the second one is widely used, but I don't know ...
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What does psychogrammatic mean?

In a recent interview, that Mark Levin had with Victor Davis Hanson, Hanson uses the word psycho-grammatic in reference to how Donald Trump ran his campaign. My Oxford dictionary does not recognise ...
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What does “read chapter 18 onwards” mean? [closed]

What does "read chapter 18 onwards" mean? Read until chapter 18 or from 18 to end of the book? This is confusing.
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What is dedjatch?

Reading Rimbaud's letters and biography, I've stumbled upon this sentence: "I will feel that the Dedjatch has robbed me to the tune of 866" I fail to find the meaning of the word in the dictionaries,...