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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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What we mean when we say "much up the creek" [closed]

What we mean when we say "much up the creek"
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Is "rewardist" a real word/profession?

There's a new TV show called Tracker about a man who goes around the country helping people find missing loved ones. Rather than describing himself as a private investigator, he says he's a "...
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Is 'bunch' meaning 'protuberance, swelling' used in British English?

Looking up 'bunch' with reference to a question on ELL, I noticed that Merriam-Webster's first definition is protuberance, swelling. I don't see a similar meaning given by other online dictionaries, ...
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What does "to line someone out" mean?

I occasionally hear this phrasal verb but never really understood what it means exactly. I fail to find a relevant definition anywhere. Oh yeah I'm familiar with the common usages of "line out&...
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What does "do windows" mean in this passage?

Yet, despite the rhetoric of “common humanity,” Auster already acknowledges sexual difference: “New York can be dangerous, so you must be careful. If you prefer, smile only at female strangers. (Men ...
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The meaning of "get away with a light sentence" [closed]

I have a question with the meaning of "get away with a light sentence". Does "get away with a light sentence" mean that "the person escaped a light sentence" or mean that ...
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Is the usage of the verb "intimate" correct in the following passage?

I've looked up the meanings of the verb intimate on a few dictionaries, but none of the meanings of the verb intimate were adequate to the passage from The Shards by Bret Easton Ellis: Debbie took ...
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Merriam-Webster definition of "Sheeps"

Sheep is a noun, and the plural of sheep is "sheep". However I recently came across the Merriam-Webster definition of SHEEPS which states it is "present tense third person singular of ...
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Meaning of 'To Marx are due X and Y' [duplicate]

This question is about the emphasized sentence in the following paragraph from Proposed Roads to Freedom by Bertrand Russell: Socialism as a power in Europe may be said to begin with Marx. It is true ...
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Is it possible to say: "He swung at something complicated"?

In my language, this phrase will mean that some person is trying to do some difficult thing, which at this moment is either at the limit of his capabilities or even higher. So, is it possible to say ...
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Word request: Sensory words

I'm trying to gather a list of appropriate words that relate in analogous ways for 5 classical senses. Right now I think I've got: Eye/sight:ocular:optic:visual Ear/hearing:otic:aural:auditory Nose/...
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Do auxiliary verbs have a meaning / an intrinsic meaning?

Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_auxiliary_verbs): English auxiliary verbs are a small set of English verbs, which include the English modal auxiliary verbs and a few others. Although ...
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Meaning of "booked by this history" in Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities"

The passenger booked by this history, was on the coach-step, getting in; the two other passengers were close behind him, and about to follow. The preceding passage is from Dickens' A Tale of Two ...
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Pull down to something

In a country song by Blake Shelton "Home sweet home", l came across this construction: Pull down to a cane bridge. I looked up most of the dictionaries, but none of them used the phrasal ...
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What's the exact meaning of 'Temprist'?

I look for a word that describes a person who loves music, food, jokes, metaphorically getting high. I mean a person whose MOOD or Temper is usually good and cheerful. And it's better to be a slangy/...
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Meaning of the expression "beating at an open door"

Please, can anyone help me in explaining the English expression "beating at an open door"? I tried to look on the internet and dictionary to see if I could find an entry that explains it. ...
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Is "I think" unnecessary? [closed]

Is there really any difference between saying "X isn't funny" and saying "I didn't find X funny" or "I think X isn't funny"? To address closing: When I say something isn'...
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Is "overnight tonight" redundant?

I use the term "overnight tonight" regularly but also understand how it can be perceived as redundant. For me, "overnight" means passing from one day to another. While "...
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What did the author mean by "before it became too late" in the following passage?

For context, the character Matt Kellner had been abducted by a serial killer. Matt Kellner did not know he had been targeted for abduction. "What kept weighing me down with fright was that I knew ...
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Can you actually "want a need"? [closed]

I know it's a mouthful, but can you, actually? I ran across this line in my recent reading: For example, in Little Caesar, Rico has power and every material need he could ever want but he has no ...
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Authoritative source for distinction between 'collaboration' vs. 'cooperation'? [duplicate]

The question of how collaborate and cooperate differ (if at all) seems not to have a straightforward answer. It was asked before on this site as What's the difference between "Collaborate" ...
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Do the commas between these phrases change the meaning?

Do the commas (or lack of) change the meaning between these two sentences: In the beginning, when the house was sold, it didn’t bother me too much. In the beginning when the house was sold, it didn’t ...
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Difference between the two sentences '... like to swim' and '... like swimming'? [duplicate]

He likes to swim. He likes swimming. What is the nuance hiding behind these two?
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Let's assume X+into is a phrasal verb meaning A. X is also used with into again but with a different meaning (B) Can we count it as a phrasal verb?

Let's assume that we have 2 words: X and into. In dictionary the phrase X+into is accepted as a phrasal verb when it means A. We can also use X with the word into again, but then it literally means ...
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Is the word “organization”a synecdoche?

I’m interested in learning the proper term for an entity made up of people—members. Eg an organization is a concept, but is there another word for the whole being more than the sum of its parts?
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What do you call a monogram that consists of a single letter?

I am looking for a name for a single letter that is part of a bigger logo, but can also be used stand-alone. Part of my logo uses a standalone "M" (my initial) and I want to use the correct ...
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"Intra": can it be used just like "sub" or does it have extra nuance?

I'm editing a draft academic paper at the moment that distinguishes between the variety that exists between several groups, on one hand, and the varieties that exist within one of those groups, on the ...
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What's the meaning of "sing'lar"?

And a mighty sing'lar and pretty place it is, as ever I saw in all the days of my life!" said Captain Jorgan, looking up at it. The term is mentioned in the first line of Charles Dickens's A ...
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What is it called when you mess up or fumble on simple task in front of someone you are attracted to?

For example, most adults can drive well enough it's an unconscious know how to the do's and do nots of the laws of the road. Yet when they have their crush as the passenger they almost crash because ...
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What was Alexander Selkirk's "flip-can"?

Does anyone know what a "flip-can" is in this particular context? In the Wikipedia article for Alexander Selkirk (one of the sources of inspiration for the Robinson Crusoe story), it says: ...
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When is the phrase "Guest Recognition Expert" from?

I have noticed that some hotels now have jobs for guest recognition experts. Apart from the fact that I find it very hard to understand exactly what it means by just reading its constituent parts, I ...
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Doesn't kibbutz also mean to build consensus?

Merriam-Webster only defines kibbutz as a settlement. I'm familiar with a usage that means to meet with a smaller group as part of a consensus building process, similar to Japanese nemawashi Am I ...
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Is there a phrase "a carry-and-top"?

I've encountered a phrase that I can't find out in spite of my attempts to look up in several dictionaries and browsing online. I've tried Ludwig too, but still can't find satisfying answer. It's ...
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Can something be a premonition?

Would it be correct to say that something "serves as a premonition" or "is a premonition"? According to Webster's dictionary, a premonition is 1: previous notice or warning : ...
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What is the origin of the phrase "Into thin air"

The meaning of the phrase is well known and can be found in several online dictionaries including Cambridge and Merriam Webster. To disappear without a trace. It appears in Shakespeare's Othello and ...
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What could expender mean in the following context? [closed]

I recently encountered the following text in a web page specification sheet: Most tables have expenders in each line and There should be new tree named Item that is expended above type of Items ...
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"Remember of Majesty" - is this title correct?

There is a game, called "Remember of Majesty", but using a verb without any pronoun looks unfamiliar to me. Is this a correct construction? What's the meaning of the title? Is it like "...
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What is the difference between 'share to' and 'share with'?

Should I use 'share with' or 'share to' when I want to share a great page I've seen on a social networking site with a friend?
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What is the glass circle in a door called? [duplicate]

Some doors have a glass circle near eye level that you can look through to see what's outside. They have a fisheye effect when you look through them, with the image being most accurate in the center ...
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Are there any differences between ‘evolutionary’ and ‘evolutional’? [closed]

I heard the word evolutional quite recently and I’d like to know whether this word has the same meaning as evolutionary has. Do they have different connotations? My gut says that evolutionary is like ...
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In H. P. Lovecraft's work - how is "The Prolonged of Life" understood when it comes to meaning?

I'm translating one of the stories into my mother tongue and I'm struggling with the name of one of the elder gods - "The Prolonged of Life". I do not really understand how this is meant to ...
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Inure: are there degrees of inurement? [duplicate]

Is it correct to write that someone is MORE inured to something? The question is, are there degrees of inure - can you be more, or less inured?
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Does "breathe in the light" have any colloquial meaning?

I have noticed that the phrase "breathe in the light" is used in several seemingly unrelated pieces of music, for instance, it is the name of a "Stellardrone" track, and in the ...
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What is the word for the resentful feeling you experience when being accused of something you intentionally avoided doing?

For example, I always put conscious effort into only asking questions that I can't find the answer to for myself and not wasting people's time. In light of this, say I ask person a question, and the ...
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