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Can you "finish" something because you don't plan to do it?

Q: "Have you finished washing the car?" A: "I don't plan to wash the car, so yes, I am finished washing the car." Is this appropriate usage of the word "finish", or is it ...
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What does "national" mean in this paragraph?

John Baptist, staring at him with eyes opened to their utmost width, made a number of those national, backhanded shakes of the right forefinger in the air, as if he were resolved on negativing ...
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A question about outdated English grammar [closed]

So, basically I've been having this argument with my English teacher about this one grammar question. She wrote "I haven't any money" on the board and I told her that "I haven't any ...
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Meaning of "stay way in droves" [closed]

What does "stay way in droves" mean in the context of this passage? I cannot find a suitable definition from Oxford. GARY: I would welcome any comments either you or other participants have ...
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Is "thus forth" valid English, and if so, what does it mean?

Is "thus forth" valid English, and if so, what does it mean? Searching through Google, this can be found in place of therefore and thenceforth/henceforth, but I don't see any specific ...
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What is Dickens’ “fly-catcher”?

This is a passage from Dickens’ Little Dorrit, chapter 11. Emphasised words relate to the question below. ‘Ah Heaven, then,’ said she. ‘When the boat came up from Lyons, and brought the news that the ...
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What does the phrase "be matched by GitHub" mean? [closed]

You can also sponsor the work of LaTeX team members through the GitHub sponsor program at the moment for Frank, David and Joseph. Your contribution will be matched by GitHub in the first year and goes ...
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What does "a tall question" mean?

During a talk, I heard the expression "this is a tall question". May someone explain what does it mean?
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What's the word for someone who consistently replies to positive statements in a contrarian manner? [duplicate]

An example of this would be, "I like [x]." And, unprompted, the other party replies, "I don't like [x], I think [y] about it and that's what makes it bad." They persist to find ...
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What is the exact meaning of 'give me a pair of'? [closed]

Does a pair always means '2 of something' or can it be used more generically to indicate 'a few of something'? What is the exact amount indicated by 'a pair'? Is there a different meaning whether a ...
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What is the difference between Ghost and Apparition?

I'm stuck at getting the clear and sharp difference between these two words. WikiDiff says: As nouns the difference between apparition and ghost is that apparition is an act of becoming visible; ...
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the meaning of "yet" in the quote

Could you please explain "yet" at the end of the following quote?  "Perhaps the mystery is a little too plain," said Dupin."Oh, good heavens! who ever heard of such an idea?&...
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What does honey hustler means?

Hi I am not native english speaker. I just wanna know what does mean when girl says about herself she is honey hustler. Especialy when she is like postitute or former prn actress. Thank you for your ...
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Crenellated or Castellated

I read an article today. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-60767454 It used the word "crenellated". I thought I knew the word "castellated", but I'm getting more confused. ...
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What is the meaning of "We should complete it by this weekend"? [duplicate]

We assume that Saturday and Sunday are the weekend, so I am confused about the meaning of "by this weekend". If for example in a sentence: "We should still complete the paper by this ...
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What does "less than five years of their year of manufacture" mean? [closed]

I'm doing my research to import a vehicle to my country. Vehicle Manufacture Year/month is 2006/12 and Registration Year/month is 2007/2. The vehicle import regulation of my country states the ...
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Meaning of elevator stack?

So when the word spread that Lila Mae had been assigned the 18-deep elevator stack in the Fanny Briggs Memorial Building (18-deep!), a career-making case for any inspector, few were surprised and ...
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what exactly happened to the sorcerer? [closed]

I don't understand the meaning of 'broken into' in this sentence. what exactly happened to the sorcerer? The sentences from the end of the THE BRONZE RING story, and i think it talks about punishment ...
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What does "bring a human face" mean in this context? [duplicate]

The global financial crisis had brought a human face to structural wealth and income inequality in Anglo-American countries (as Thomas Piketty documented in his book Capital in the 21st Century), and ...
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Interpretation of sentence in introduction of “When we were very young” [closed]

I've been reading When We Were Very Young by A.A.Milne and stumbled upon this sentence in the Introduction, when the author raises the topic of who is “saying” the verses in the volume of poems: I ...
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Meaning of “but” in the context

I was reading an article and ran into this phrase. Why “there is impact” is doubled in the end? Is it kind of emphasis of the phrase? In Western nations, there is much talk presently about the need ...
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Does "multiple" have a special meaning within the context of industry?

I just came across this unusual usage of the word "multiple" in two separate articles about Daimler's name change and it got me wondering if it has some industry-specific meaning. Example 1 (...
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What's the meaning of "bring a human face to"?

The global financial crisis had brought a human face to structural wealth and income inequality in Anglo-American countries.
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A word for creepiness without reason? [duplicate]

What would be one word for a deep-rooted, unsettling fear at a creepy place without any particular reason, just an unfounded, instinctive and unnatural feeling that something is not right, something ...
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What is the proper meaning of this sentence? Please explain this briefly [closed]

In a Batman(2022) movie, in public memorial for mayor,there is a announcement that "As a reminder, the family asked that those wishing to honor the mayor's memory... consider a donation to the ...
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People who extract raw materials [closed]

People who extract raw materials from the ground are called what
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A word for a feeling of instinctive and unfounded fear to the observer has no foresight into? [duplicate]

What would be one word for a deep-rooted, unsettling fear at a creepy place without any particular reason, just an unfounded, instinctive and unnatural feeling that something is not right, something ...
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"deep run" - what does it mean?

In "a deep run" seen in the sentences below, what does "run" mean? a chance at making a deep run in the tournament Panama did not appear poised for a deep run they were usually ...
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What is the difference between fixation and preservation?

I'm currently doing some translations and I found one phrase that is being specially difficult: "After being fixed with formalin, the specimens were preserved in ethyl alcohol." Even after ...
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Does "later" ever unambiguously refer to an unspecified time in the future?

I'm wondering about whether the meaning of "later" always can mean "later today" or if it may sometimes clearly have the meaning of an unspecified time in the future, such as a ...
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Is the condition '[a value] reduces to [number]' fulfilled when the value reduces to less than the number?

I am trying to deduce the nuances of the titular language for the purposes of a logic puzzle. To illustrate the specifics of the question, the following situation is provided. Item A has a price of 40....
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What is "sylthane" in the context of a "sylthane bag"?

Frederick Forsyth's novel Icon makes reference to a "sylthane bag" in the possession of a British character. The context suggests that this is a small plastic bag of some form, but sylthane ...
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What does "styled themselves of his connection" mean?

But when those of the inhabitants who styled themselves of his connection became acquainted with him. The Distracted Preacher, Thomas Hardy What does the term "styled themselves of his ...
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Interpretation of Lincoln's speech Second Inaugural Address "as was said three thousand years ago",

What does the phrase "as was said three thousand years ago" mean in Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address? Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bond-man's two ...
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Meaning of "whip’s gotta be full-on European luxury" [closed]

I would like to know the meaning of "whip’s gotta be full-on European luxury" in the context below. Is it something like: the car is going to be full of European luxury goods? The minute I ...
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Cambridge IELTS 13 General Training's answer looks incorrect [closed]

Hi guys, I am doing IELTS 13 - Test 3 - Reading. The question #2 says "An ability to read music is essential". My answer is "false". The correct answer given by the book is "...
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Unidentified word or construction [closed]

There is a puzzling sequence of words in the following text (bold type). We live in a society in which money is needed to survive. Unfortunately, many people work in no-end jobs just to have some ...
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What does "under me" mean in this passage?

Could you tell me what "under me" means in the following passage? "And does Mr. Rackstraw look after that [=occult stuff] too?" asked Colquhoun. "Well, some of it," the ...
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What is the difference between these four sentences (that he be/ that he would be/that he should be/that he is) [duplicate]

I just came across these four sentences on a worksheet my son is doing. We are in Japan - so this is from English class at his Japanese school. It’s surprising that he should be an actor. It’s ...
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The person who received a complaint from someone

I'm creating a policy and procedure in one of my subjects and am wondering is there another way of saying "a person that received a complaint". I know there's way for a person being ...
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What is the origin of the idiom of “to stick it to someone”? [duplicate]

My cursory review so far has only been able to uncover the fact that dictionaries can’t even have a consensus on the exact meaning of it, and they differ substantially in how they define it. Collins — ...
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What does “recover equanimity despite some perhaps truly significant losses” mean?

In the following quote The angry are also scared. They may seem bullishly confident in their rage, but they smash things up out of panic. They have no faith in their own capacity to survive ...
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Is it understandable to say "I'm listening to the 70's"?

Is it grammatically correct and understandable to say the following, where the word "music" is omitted.? I'm listening to the 70's"
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Can 'disposition' in the sense defined below relate to inanimate objects?

A disposition is defined as "a natural tendency to do something, or to have or develop something" [Cambridge Dictionary]. For example; A book has the ability to be opened. Is this ...
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Meaning of not-so-dumb

Style is the external expression of your most internal self. How’s that for some not-so-dumb blonde shit? I would like some help to understand the meaning of the question above: "How's that for ...
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Definition of sober: does it necessarily include drugs other than alcohol? Which ones? [closed]

When I say sober it means “not intoxicated.” And intoxicated would be under the influence of alcohol or any controlled or illegal substance. Is someone sober if they are alcohol free but, let’s say, “...
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What's the meaning of the following sentence by Isaac Newton?

What's the meaning of the following sentence by Isaac Newton? Is not the Sensory of Animals that place to which the sensitive Substance is present, and into which the sensible Species of Things are ...
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What does "they both can't be selected" mean? [duplicate]

The sentence "They both can't be selected", does that mean (1) None of them can be selected or (2) They both can't make it at the same time, only one of them can ? If I, for example, want to ...
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Meaning of "pull in" in this context?

I'm reading The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead and found this part is difficult to understand. The scene is like this. Lila Mae is an elevator inspector. While she was returning to Headquater she ...
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Is chremamorphism the literary technique for objectification? [closed]

So I was hoping if someone could support that chremamorphism is the literary technique term for objectification. Specifically, I am looking at the phrase "the pushing of your sadness". ...
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