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What's the meaning of "for a while now"?

Dan Salvato who was going to college at that time, had been working on his first novel project for a while now. I actually came across this sentence and I don't understand what "for a while now&...
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Can 'to go ahead' imply 'to pave the way'?

One meaning of English phrasal verb 'to go ahead' is 'to travel in front of other people in your group and arrive before them'. Starting from that meaning, it can potentially also be used in a ...
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These stereocilia become progressively longer on the side of the hair cell away from the modiolus [closed]

Can someone paraphrase this for me? Does it mean the largest cilia is the nearest to the modiolus or it means the largest cilia is the farthest from the modiolus?
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What does “lady wife mistress of a household” mean?

I can’t tell if this is the lady of a house or a mistress, as in someone having an affair. Phrase comes from https://www.ancestry.co.uk/name-origin?surname=tiplady
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What does "I swear " mean when used as an answer to an unexpected or astonishing event?

Consider the following excerpt from the novel Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry: “Well, it ain’t a holiday,” Call said. “Work to do. Me and Deets will go see if we can help them boys.” “That Newt ...
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meaning of "make proper change"

Does "make proper change" mean both to give proper change to customers and to receive proper change from store workers? In the following quote,it seems to mean "to receive proper change&...
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What is the full form of the word " Special Ops" ? I am asking this question in military context [closed]

I have googled this question. But I just wanted to get a human answer to it. What is the full form of the word "Special Ops" ? I looked this in dictionary. But the dictionary did not ...
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more of an all-at-once glance [duplicate]

SEO tools are incredibly useful, but you must understand how to use them to get the most out of them. There are even a few toolsets that can help you in more than the areas we just mentioned, giving ...
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Word for a path that already exists made by others of an archtype?

I'm looking for a word here; the word for what the user made path is... Let me tell you a story...a story about users... When I was in college; there was a well trampled bit of grass next to the ...
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Why is it called a "commandment" instead of a "command"?

What does the -ment add to the word command that command doesn't already have? A command is something that is being obliged to be done or something like that, something that you follow. Likewise, a ...
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What does before mean in this sentence? [closed]

You showered before brushing your teeth? Does it mean the person showered prior to brushing their teeth and does it imply that they brushed their teeth after they showered?
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S is not A but B = S is B but not A

Does the sentences "The point is not urgency but importance" and "The point is importance but not urgency" have same meaning? Normally, we use the construction of the first ...
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Does anyone know why beef has a meaning of "complaint" or "argument"?

I heard my friend saying "what's the beef" when she was curious about what is going on in a drama. I was confused at that time, but later found out that she was asking about the situation. ...
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Adjective about eyes

I'm trying to understand a passage from White Light Nights by O. O. McIntyre : Here an old woman, with chrome-colored face and the enduring eyes of the beaten. What does 'enduring eyes' really mean? ...
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Can I use "prone" in (1), if can't, why? [closed]

I'm wondering if I could use the word "prone" in this sentence. If not, is there any reasoning to back it up?
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"Do" in a 1932 text: acronym, or what?

Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night, XII, p. 285: March 7 – abusive letter by post to Miss de Vine,' `March 11, do, to Miss Hillyard and Miss Layton (…) Any idea about that “do” in the second entry? No ...
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When someone tells you, "you're a trip"

When I was having a conversation with someone and they looked at me and said "Man, You're a trip" was it referring to when I tripped over a word? Or didn't use the word right?
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"But Aberfan has scooped out the core of him, stretched it thin and catapulted it into the wild blue yonder."

(From A Terrible Kindness by Jo Browning Wroe, Part I, Aberfan, chapter 11) And then, at the dinner dance, with that kiss, he dared to believe they had a future. But Aberfan has scooped out the core ...
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What does this use of 'median' mean? [closed]

I was reading Paul Graham's latest essay https://www.paulgraham.com/google.html: If you're not sure what technology to get good at, get good at programming. That has been the source of the median ...
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What does "he passed whole nights in new modelling his work" mean?

In a 1789 English translation of Frederick II 's eulogy on Voltaire it is written: He passed whole nights in new modelling his work What does the "in new" part mean? (Also, if anyone has ...
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Does 'puggled' mean tired or drunk?

I received an email from Scotland with the word 'puggled' in it and had to look the word up, despite having been brought up in Scotland until the age of eighteen. The OED states the meaning as 'tired' ...
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What is the word for something being called something incorrectly, based on its appearance?

My example is a plate of food that looks like cookies, but are actually savory and tomato-basil flavored. Supposing that it's agreed that calling them "cookies" is incorrect (maybe debatable ...
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Cursed VS accursed

What is the difference between the term cursed and accursed? I have read that accursed sounds more archaic, but I wonder if there is any slight difference in meaning. I was surprised to learn of the ...
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What did Donne mean when he referred to “Counsell Tables“?

John Donne, Sermon XIV: The University is a Paradise, Rivers of Knowledge are there, Arts and Sciences flow from thence. Counsell Tables are Horti conclusi, (as it is said in the Canticles) Gardens ...
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What "On your approach" means in this context? [closed]

I've playing a game called gta san andreas and I've ran into this phrase Hey carl you gotta stay nice and low on your approach or you pop up on the radar And two questions crossed my mind that is: ...
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Why were US businessmen in the late 19th cent. known >in print< by first & middle initial + last name, such as R.N. Smith?

I am researching an area of interest in the late 19th century in the United States. I have encountered many men's names in print by first initial, middle initial and surname when being referred to in ...
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What does 'scope' mean here? [closed]

What does 'scope' mean in this context? Marx mentions the English Socialists with praise in "The Poverty of Philosophy" (1847). They, like him, tend to base their arguments upon a Ricardian ...
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Info on the word "compossess"?

I'm reading the Cambridge Medieval History collection (vol V, ch 5) and I've come across the word composses/s a few times now, but cannot find any information on or definition for this word. I'll give ...
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Why does the sequence of some types of adjectives differ?

I was reading a book, and a character calls another character "a gangly, little human". Now, if I were to use another adjective instead of little, say, tiny, I would have to say "a tiny,...
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Is the word "bridge" used to indicate measurement of something in this sentence?

I was reading a scientific article about historical archaeology and then suddenly I came across this part in the article; "Understanding the development of mass marketing and mass consumption as ...
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"Contents are undefined" vs "Content is undefined" [duplicate]

I'm writing documentation for a software library and I want to express that when a function fails, the bytes in the result buffer (which is always an array of bytes, this is a strongly typed language) ...
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Meaning of " you came when you did" [closed]

What does the sentence " you came when you did" mean ?especially the term " when you did".The meaning is not apparent.
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What if any differences exist between ‘exchanges between’ and ‘exchanges among’? [duplicate]

In the following phrase: The film offers a considerable number of long takes, making use of the technique to lace the film with comedy but also to quiet the need for more energetic forward movement ...
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What's the meaning difference between in person and in-person? [closed]

Is it feasible to interpret 'in person' as 'in flesh' and 'in-person' as 'offline'? Merriam Webster: In person means "in one's bodily presence" as in 'He met his boss in person a few weeks ...
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Not slap happy. Is it an emotion or action? [closed]

What is the term for when you smack someone because you're so happy?
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Etymology and meaning of the word "but" in the sentence

What the origin of but as it is used in following sentence? ...as if the waters had but newly retired from the face of the earth Is it meaning is close to yet or although or it has independent ...
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Reflex to mean a curved shape

Growing up I was taught two meanings of reflex: The unconscious reaction to stimulus (n) An angle greater than 180° but less than 360° (adj) However, I've also come across reflex used in the context ...
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Is this sentence considered a double negative? [duplicate]

"There is no way it doesn't work on your phone." Is this considered a double negative?
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What does the word "leggit" mean?

I've just finished Call of Duty Black Ops II, and there was one word whose meaning I couldn't find even on the Internet. This is leggit, and it's a verb. I have a link to a YouTube video with this ...
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Meaning of "swell not thy cheek"

The passage below is a translation of the Quran: And swell not thy cheek (for pride)at men,nor walk in insolence through the earth; for Allah loveth not any arrogant boaster. I want to know the ...
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When did "light (something) up" begin to mean shooting?

I was wondering if it would be period accurate if depicting someone like a soldier during World War I or II to say "light them up" to shoot the enemy and at what time the term came into use.
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What is the meaning of the sentence "The apocalypse of X"?

I am not really a native English speaker. And so reading somewhere I found a sentence/phrase something like this of which I am not sure how to interpret the meaning correctly, "The apocalypse of ...
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How to understand the text 'You don't mean it, do you? No, I do'

In the movie "The Devil Wears Prada", there is a dialog: Nate: ...And then we can stop pretending like we have anything in common anymore. Andy: You don't mean it, do you? Nate: No, I do ...
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What's the meaning of "as + adj + as st goes"?

I saw this from an email in my company. The structure seems so strange to me: As fundamental and important as (something) goes, we’re thrilled to announce... Having carried out a preliminary ...
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Interpreting sentences containing data [closed]

Is the construction correct? The daily actual irradiation was lower than the day-to-day target 48% of the time in the entire month. How do you interpret this sentence?
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What is the difference between fluency and thorough knowledge of a language?

A job advert states fluency in language A and a thorough knowledge of language B is required. What does thorough knowledge in this context mean? Is it so that my skills in language A need to be better ...
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Meaning of "four into a ten stretch"?

There's a Netflix series called "The Gentlemen". The following dialogue takes place in it. Man: "So I hear your dad's caught a nasty cold. How long's he got left?" Woman: "He'...
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What is the etymology of the sense of 'key' in 'key a surface', 'provides a key for the paint'

The sense of the word 'key' I'm referring to is illustrated in the following sentences taken from the internet: Would a thorough abrasion with a wire brush suffice to key the surface? [verb; spelling ...
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Familiar with the word "fadge"?

Anyone familiar with the word "fadge"? I have asked many people in the UK but none of them have ever heard of it. Most dictionaries do not list it. It is in the OED, Merriam-Webster, and ...
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Are there any differences in meaning between "uprising", "rebellion", and "revolt"?

I teach a history class to secondary students that is for a region of the world that experienced a lot of different take-overs. Each time a new group siezed power, there was usually some kind of ...
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