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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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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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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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“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 ...
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Offered up in his support

There is nothing quite so vexing to the author of a scathing indictment as having the primary target of his venom offered up in his support. It is from the book "A Mathematician's Lament" which is a ...
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What does “object” mean in this sentence?

His friends were those of his own blood or those whom he had known the longest; his affections, like ivy, were the growth of time, they implied no aptness in the object. -- Strange Case of Dr. ...
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Meaning of 'Solution' [closed]

Meaning of solution Which one of the following does it mean? An attempt to solve a problem which may or may not be correct Correct attempt which 100% solves the problem Refer the following context: ...
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Is there a word for “weaponized political correctness”?

The term Political correctness is innocent enough. According to Wikipedia: Political correctness is a term used to describe language, policies, or measures that are intended to avoid offense or ...
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He must be running Carol

This phrase is said as part of the script of a film where a CIA agent who is romantically involved with this woman Carol is traveling with her and apparently going on some sort of official mission ...
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what did Mr. Tester mean by saying to Dennis Muilenberg that you are 'pivoting' in the Congressional testimony of 737 Max?

I was looking at a video of Congressional testimony about the Boeing 737 MAX airplane, and if you jump to 1 hour 47 minutes in the Q&A with Mr. Muilenberg (the CEO of Boeing), Senator Tester ...
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Offered up in his support?

There is nothing quite so vexing to the author of a scathing indictment as having the primary target of his venom offered up in his support. It is from the book "A Mathematician's Lament" which is a ...
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What is the meaning of boldfaced lines in the paragraph? [closed]

I am reading a speech delivered by Sara T. Smith at the Second Anti-Slavery Convention of American Women. I am confused what exactly the boldfaced lines in the paragraph below means. The context here ...
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Meaning of “lay preparing” [closed]

What is the meaning of lie preparing in following sentence? For him, the globe lay preparing quintillions of years without one animal or plant. and what he means by "without one animal or plant"?...
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This is everything about

This is everything about sinews. This is everything about armpits. What does this simple structure really means? In my quotations the teller is talking about a book. Does he mean that the book ...
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'See him told' versus 'See that he is told'

I'm curious if both of these mean the same thing: I always see him told to do the same thing. I always see that he is told to do the same thing. If not, can you please tell me what the ...
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I am sorry it happened to you vs I am sorry that happened to you

Which one is correct? Is there any difference in meaning? - I am sorry it happened to you - I am sorry that happened to you - I am sorry that it happened to you
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acknowledging two sides of an argument vs. presenting two sides of an argument

I think acknowledging an argument is a weaker concept than presenting an argument, in the sense of giving an argument. Is it correct? Liam, please search for and present (or at least acknowledge) ...
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What is the meaning of “on the edge”

What is the meaning of on the edge in following sentence: His openness and celebration of sexuality, and not just heterosexual sex, but sex on the edges-- masturbation, voyeurism, oral sex.
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Graduate Application - “Explain your purpose for graduate study including your current degree goals,”

I am currently applying for a doctorate program. While reading the guidelines for the statement of purpose, one school asked me to explain my purpose for graduate study including my "current degree ...
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Do you ever try to find something but the harder you search for it the farther you become from finding that thing

I'm in the process of writing an essay for my English class. Our teacher is referring it to as a 'That Thing' paper so were allowed to write about anything we choose. I chose to write about those ...
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Have some church

Can anyone explain to me the meaning of "Let's have some church"? The context: it's a musical about God ("Godspell"). I guess it could mean "music", as the characters start singing after that sentence,...
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What does “convey/possess a sense of immediacy” mean?

Such contemporary accounts often convey a sense of immediacy and impact... The opening pages still convey a sense of immediacy and excitement... The challenge of the environmental beat is to convey ...
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What does “arrange to dispatch” mean? Does it express multiple things of action?

Complete sentence: Pls find the attached New PO for Feb 2019 requirement for your reference, Kindly arrange to dispatch 5K for tomorrow and remaining by 10th of Feb 2019. PO = Purchase Order
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Looking for a word for an “outhouse” inside the house

I need a word for a restroom that does not have running water - where there is a pit toilet or a composting toilet instead of a flush toilet. If it were detached from a house, I am sure it would be ...
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What does the phrase “Please print your responses” mean/imply?

Looking at at an employment application, the application requires to be "completed personally by the applicant", with the request to "Please print your responses" Does "Please print your responses" ...
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Is there any difference between “spider-man” and “human spider”?

I am trying to write a review of a text. I am trying to understand the context of two phrases: "spider-man" and "human spider". Do they mean different things? Although these two words were used ...
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Hold the title to

Hold the title to -- What does this phrase mean? I read it in following context: I think as early as 1947 he held the title to the family home, even though his father would live until 1955.
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Meaning of the word remarkedly?

Was just wondering whether 'remarkedly' is a word or not. When I typed it in Office Word it doesn't come up as a spelling error but I can't seem to find anything about it online or a concrete ...
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“Tired” topic — help settle a dispute

In a group chat, I wrote this sentence: I'll be honest, this whole zoomer vs. boomer thing is getting pretty tired. I was accused of being wrong, and that I should have written "getting tiring". ...
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Who has a hurt expression in “He looked at her with a hurt expression”?

There is a sentence like below. He looked at her with a hurt expression. I don't know whether he has a hurt expression or she (her) has a hurt expression. Please, let me know!
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What are the roots of the different meanings of the prefix mis-?

The prefix "mis-" seems to have both multiple meanings and origins in English. The Online Etymology Dictionary talks about its Germanic and Latin origins, but Webster's mentions a Greek version of "...
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“I am not going to buy your threats” and “who's going to buy your lies” can someone explain these two sentences to me [closed]

"I am not going to buy your threats" and "who's going to buy your lies" can someone explain these two sentences to me
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Difference in connotation between “a statement” vs “a statement to make”

I feel there is a difference between the sentences That sounds like a bold statement. and That sounds like a bold statement to make. I think they differ in connotation, but I could not ...
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What does “fancy being” mean?

I think I know what the verb 'fancy' means (feel a desire or liking for). But does 'fancy being' here have a different meaning? One needs to be audacious to proceed where no-one has gone before – ...
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Does using 'affect' require clarification when used? Should 'affect' be reserved for feelings and emotions and 'have an effect on' be used otherwise?

I recently found myself correcting someone on affect and effect only to realise later I was actually wrong. They had said 'You can affect the stream by doing such such...'. I immediately thought that'...
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It's more than just propinquity

Is there a term for the mutual romantic affection for another person that develops as a result of continued or repeated proximity or encounters. I was hoping that "propinquity" would cover that effect,...
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how to underestand “of” in “starting times of half past eight for high-schoolers”?

Gavin Newsom, California’s governor, signed legislation which cuts 2.7m of the state’s schoolchildren some slack, setting a limit on starting times of half past eight for high-schoolers and eight o’...
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Can “less” means “else”? [closed]

I'm not an English native speaker, and I have this memory in my head that less could be used like else, like this: He doesn't want to overdo it, less it ends up backfiring. I looked up online, and ...