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What does “having a confirm for someone” mean?

The context: "Thanks for your message. Sorry for that you haven't received the item yet. I understand you truly, but please don't worry; we will fix the problem for you smoothly. Could you please give ...
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I don't understand the whole second paragraph

This is excerpted from the novel Hard boiled wonderland and the end of the world by Haruki Murakami.
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meaning of expression “on the facts”

On the facts, all of Dharma's claims failed On the facts, there was no evidence that it had assumed a position of advisor. I cam across the expression "on the facts" a few times, but stil do ...
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What does “convey” mean in this sentence?

I was reading a wikipedia page and stumbled upon this sentence. A layman or straw man is a figure not intended to have a genuine beneficial interest in a property, to whom such property is ...
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Is there a name for words like “hearsay”

This is obviously a combination word, more so than a contraction, of two verbs, and the definition is almost on point for when you put the definitions of the component verbs together. Almost. One ...
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what is the difference between “vapour” and “watery vapour”?

what is the difference between "vapour" and "watery vapour"? is there any difference between these two at all? are they synonyms? ""a kind of vapour steaming from the pores of my body. It was a ...
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Please Explain me below term?

Scenario : Below lines are mention in my offer letter. So from these lines my understanding is that Whenever I will be leaving my job then I have two options either I will have to survive 2 month ...
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meaning of “it cannot sensibly be said”

It cannot sensibly be said that the agent has a duty to disclose to each of its other principals information which it is bound, by its fiduciary duties to another principal, to keep confidential. ...
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Meaning of “Find such a deal”

The agreement was that, if the agent could find X, the agent would be entitled to a commission equal to Y. The agent found such a deal. Could you kindly let me know what "find such a deal" means in ...
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what does 'I'm not for pretending' mean? [migrated]

and I wonder 'I don't get used to it' is right sentence?
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Does “Any of” mean “one of” or “all of”?

"Please use any of the five methods to solve the problem." "Please use any of the methods to solve the problem." Is there a difference between sentence 1 and 2? I would think both sentences mean I ...
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the meaning of the phrase “Halloween came at what was considered the end of summer”

i have difficulty understanding the following sentence "Halloween came at what was considered the end of summer and the harvest season, when snows and cold weather would shortly arrive" (the source ...
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How to interpret this Cambridge, Blackheath here?

I’d like to ask about the following sentence from The Missing Three Quarter by Conan Doyle. I didn’t think there was a soul in England who didn’t know Godfrey Staunton, the crack three-quarter, ...
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meaning of the phrase “issue of quantum of”

I often find the phrase "issue of quantum of" in the rulings made by the U.S courts like the below. The substance of the argument is that the court deciding the issue of quantum of damages would ...
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'Cannis' - Term used in seventeenth-century clothes manufacture

My local history group is transcribing a series of account books kept by the overseers of the poor in Woodchurch, a village in the English county of Kent. One of the transcribers has come across these ...
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What does “That stick through they man through the BS with” mean?

I'm concerned with the second line of the first verse of "By a Stranger" by Black Rob: We came to give love to our die hearted real bitches That stick through they man through the bullshit with ...
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kitchen language

Although I can't find an example, I once heard a person refer to "kitchen language" in the sense that his language facility, in this case a foreign language, was limited and basic. Has anyone heard ...
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What to call the shade, and the echo generally?

What to call the shade,shadow and the echo generally? Effect? Metaphor? Derivatives? For example. I want to say I am having headache.And all I hear, and all I see are illusion like shade, shadow,...
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Strange usage of “reverently” — can it be defended?

In the blog post "We are rewarding the Question Askers", the following phrase appears: For those of you that are getting new privileges: we ask you to take the responsibility reverently. ...
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Meaning of “Do not expect troubles as they have a tendency not to disappoint”

In Think and Grow Rich Chapter 16, the author said, Do not expect troubles as they have a tendency not to disappoint. Why do troubles "have a tendency not to disappoint"? Don't they "have a ...
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things were screw-eyed between them

What does screw-eyed mean? I found the following text in a book: "Irene, who sat next to Gilbert at dinner, listened to his confidences that ‘things were screw-eyed between him and Ina [...
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“to advocate” vs “to advocate for”

At first I wanted to ask this question in "ell.stackexchange.com", but then I came across the next article and understood that using "for" with "to advocate" can cause disagreements even for the ...
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usage of the term 'proof' as a noun

This claim for damages would result in a fruitless proof in the liquidation of the company. Can someone please tell me what 'proof' means in the sentence I quoted as above? The dictionary meaning ...
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Difference between “estimation” and “evaluation”?

I know they have different meanings, as I can find both in some texts, where they are not considered as synonyms. I give an example, but my question is not limited to this example. We then contrast ...
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What does 'thingy' in the context of 'Happy Thingy Birthday' refer to?

Currently staying in Bali, had a birthday, staff decorated with ballons saying "Happy Thingy Birthday". Is this common in (Asian) English? What does thingy mean in this context?
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Does Blurt out mean to say unintentionally or to say suddenly?

I have trouble understanding blurt out does it have two meanings like to say something unintentionally or to say something suddenly?
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Not easily satisfied - high standards vs unimportant details [duplicate]

I may be missing something but I cannot directly find a word which describes someone who is hard to please but only (or at least mainly) because of this person paying attention on unimportant details ...
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various analytic crises [closed]

Despite being an introduction to both the differential and integral calculus, the simple and profound ideas of Newton and Leibniz will be discarded in favor of the more sophisticated function-based ...
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rains hard enough to cause all the damage

I have the text: She drove slowly on the narrow road. Her car dipped and rocked through washed-out sections, though I couldn't remember rains hard enough to cause all the damage. I can't ...
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What is the true meaning of “comes in the way of” at this paragraph?

What is the true meaning of "comes in the way of" at this paragraph? With such a mind it is natural enough that he should be struck by the evidence for extra-mundane powers which comes in the way ...
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What's the difference in meaning of this two sentences? [migrated]

They would often visit friends in Europe. They often visited friends in Europe.
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Meaning of “get in one's face”

Can someone explain me the meaning of "get in your face"? There is this guy (an amateur musical actor) talking about his acting style. He says that his acting style is in the moment and that he can "...
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Meaning of “as per available information their/her services are found satisfactory”

What does this statement mean? "as per available information their/her services are found satisfactory" 1) services of one female is satisfactory 2) services of more than one females are ...
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The use of “may only” and “may not” in standardized or mathematical language [closed]

I am utterly confused by the term "may only" and "may not" when it comes to standards and mathematics. For example: The resulting set may only have one element. Does this mean: It is only ...
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what's the meaning of this? (whitewash, pants dirty, pop them off, pop them in) [closed]

In the drama 'Miranda' season 2, episode 1, near 6:58, I see Miranda's mom as she comes downstairs saying (in the subtitles) 'Darling I'm doing a white wash, if your pants are dirty, pop them off, I'...
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Do “how to proceed” and “how to do” express the same meaning when giving instructions? [migrated]

Since "proceed" generally means to continue a course of action, how do you understand the sentence "how to proceed" when used before instructions? How to Proceed Step 01 Step 02 ...
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Meaning of “why should we take you over the next person” [migrated]

I'm Chinese, and I can not fully understand the meaning of this sentence. In the interview, does it mean "What is your advantage" or "Why we should accept you"?
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What does Ȝecyndbēc mean?

The only link on Google is to this Wikipedia page on a "Poetic Retelling of Genesis". I gather Lēoþ means "song", but there is no definition of the other word. Does is just say "In the beginning" or ...
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Does “stand” have the meaning of “be helpful for”?

"something stands somebody in good stead" is a common idiom, which means "something is helpful for somebody in the present and future". However, under the entry "stand" in the OXFORD dictionary, ...
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Why does the word “incident” have a negative connotation associated with it?

I'm trying to find why we consistently use the word "incident" with a negative connotation. All definitions of the word state something to the tune of: an individual occurrence or event. By this ...
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“philanthropy” as an uncountable noun

Philanthropy: unselfish concern for human beings, esp. as shown by voluntary service or donations:[uncountable] [countable] a philanthropic act or donation. [countable] a philanthropic institution. ...
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Why don't dictionaries list “burnout” as spinning tires?

None of many official and authoritative dictionaries I checked online describe "burnout" as does this Wikipedia article. What I'm talking about is this: I checked: Cambridge Dictionary American ...
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Meaning of “See who by grace see may”

I am reading an English text in an old book and it reads: See who by grace see may, for the feeling of this is endless bliss, and the contrary is endless pain. This is the original text: See, ...
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Per vs on basis of

I am unsure which sounds better for a native speaker (assuming both is grammatically correct): In each scenario, the harvest per farm is summed up to derive the total harvest per season. In each ...
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the meaning of with one's own

In fact it is the soul of mathematics to carry out such a dialogue with one's own proof. & We're talking about a perfectly innocent and delightful activity of the human mind-a dialogue with ...
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What is a word for 'historically' but only relating to my personal lifetime? Something similar to 'in my experience'

For example, I'd like to say: In my experience, I've come to understand that people tend to be misunderstood. But with a word more like 'historically.' Historically, I've come to understand ...
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sentence i couldn't really understand in “Watchmen” comic book

i was reading the "watchmen" comic book when i came across these sentences at the end of the issue: the man was talking-to his journals- about a joke then when he finishes the narrating of the joke he ...
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“infinity more of square roots” and “infinity of square roots”

I have two texts in one mathematical book: And its matrix counterpart I does indeed also have -I and I as square roots (we call a matrix S the square root of A if S^2=S*S=A). But I also has an ...
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Marking (that / it)

I am not sure about this sentence, specifically how to interpret the part where it says "marking". I'll give you some context first. The speaker is a musical actor and he is rehearsing a ...