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What does "Hamlet stool" mean?

I have read this in Maugham's "Theatre": She wrote her letters at a satinwood desk, seated on a gilt Hamlet stool.    [Source (PDF)] What does it mean? I have googled it and found tens of ...
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Meaning of the expression, "gracefully touched" here

When I was ten I was suddenly confronted with the anguish of moving from the old [only?] home I had ever known. My whole life, brief as it was, had been spent in that big old house, gracefully touched ...
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What word describes whether a number is cardinal, ordinal, or nominal?

Cardinal numbers are those which represent a quantity and generally have some unit of measurement. Ordinal numbers represent order, such as rank on a leaderboard. Nominal numbers are those used to ...
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Am I interpreting the sentence correctly?

I'm having trouble understanding the bolded sentence in the following paragraph. The use of enslaved laborers was affirmed — and its continual growth was promoted — through the creation of a Virginia ...
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Corpus vs. corpse

I found this definition on Wikidiff: "The difference between corpus and corpse is that corpus is the body while corpse is a dead body" While in Collins and Merriam Webster I found this ...
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The idiomatic way of saying stealing time

What is the idiomatic way of saying 'stealing time', if someone is so busy and he wants to work on something by sneaking to it?
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What is the meaning of 'national' as in eg 'Australian national'? [closed]

From here: https://academia.stackexchange.com/questions/115930/career-prospects-for-a-math-phd-student-in-pure-math I am an Australian national and want to live in Australia long term. what exactly ...
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Meaning of "get a word in edgeways" [closed]

This is Wikipedia text about the Norwegian writer Knut Hamsun: "Hamsun was eventually invited to meet with Hitler; during the meeting, he complained about the German civilian administrator in ...
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What is the meaning of this word “function”? [closed]

I saw this text in a picture on social media, but I don’t know what the meaning of “function” is here, I’ve tried some dictionaries but couldn’t find what I was looking for. You get to invite 1 ...
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Do 'verity' and 'verily' derive from 'very'?

The Oxford English Dictionary (subscription required or a library card number in the UK) has the following entry for 'very' used as an adjective or an adverb : Forms: α. Middle English (1500s ...
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is diving into numbers a formal expression

Is diving into numbers a formal expression that means further explaining with numbers & stats ? Thanks for the clarification
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What does "Avon" mean? Avon Lady [closed]

In his book Perfect English Grammar, Grant Barrett, writes in the preface: "I grew up in Missouri. My father was a cop. My mother was an Avon lady." I know the adjective A1 that describes ...
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What is the meaning of a shell of its former self?

What is the meaning of a shell of its former self ? Refer to the article https://www.infoworld.com/article/3632142/how-docker-broke-in-half.html, to quote The game changing container company is a ...
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Is the word trackable used correctly here?

I want to phrase a sentence to say that: one could find easily the initial source location of an object. Could we say that that object is easily trackable, in the sense of its original location?
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What is the meaning of "qualities" in this sentence?

I am having a bit of trouble understanding the bolded portion of this quote from The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro: I had got no further by the time I came to have my first business meeting ...
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Reason, Discourse and Language

Reason (as in the cognitive skill, human property, logic latu sensu, thought) is translated in Greek as Λόγος. But Λογος is also the ability and the skill of persons to speak, write and word their ...
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What's the meaning of the second part of this sentence? [closed]

Namespaced functions, unless declared "friend," have no access to the class' internals, whereas static methods have. What's the meaning of the second part of this sentence, which is seen at ...
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What's the meaning of "ten-count'em-ten"?

That word is seen at http://www.gotw.ca/gotw/084.htm. I really can't find it in the dictionary. Next, replace(): Truth be told, the ten-count'em-ten replace() members are less interesting than they ...
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Confusion with “would” meaning on sentence

I am wondering about the meaning of “would be” in the below sentence, is this “would be= past tense of will” or it is “would be = guessing like ‘could be’”? “Do you ever think it would be a good idea ...
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What is the difference between "Make" and "Get" when they come with an adjective?

I see that people use both of them, but are there any differences between them? what do they mean exactly? For instance: I got him upset. I made him upset.
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Does the question "How funny is John?" imply that John is funny? [closed]

I have recently read that questions of the type "How x is y?" might imply different things depending on the adjective used. For example, by asking the question in (1), we have the idea that ...
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What is literary reputation? [closed]

I came across the sentence.." Historians exhumed the literary reputation of novelist Jack London" Could anyone explain what literary reputation means? I get the idea, but want to know the ...
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Does "first day/time-slot" refer to Monday and not Friday?

I've had my professor's text, as follows: Select which you would like to come to: the first (= Class A) or second (= Class B) day/time-slot available on your weekly schedule. Here is the question. I ...
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How does the word "today" make sense?

So I'm currently reading a book from the 1930s (Lost Horizon), where some language conventions are quite different than the language conventions I am used to today. One thing piqued my interest: The ...
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Can the word collective be used for a thing/content created by group of people [closed]

In a tweet, I want to refer a group as collective and the things they create together as a collective. Will that be right.
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"formed" in "This train is formed of four carriages"

Scotrail platform announcements use the phrase, "formed of four carriages". "formed", appears excessive compared to say, "this train has four carriages." Example audio: ...
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"Pretty positive" vs "very positive" [closed]

I'm overthinking here a bit after I heard back from my recruiter regarding my interview performance. One recruiter from one company said the feedback was "pretty positive" and another said &...
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What is the effect of using dashes between each word in a sentence?

In The Bluest Eye, there is a quote: Grown people frowned and fussed: 'You-don’t-know- how-to-take-care-of-nothing. I-never-had-a-baby-doll-in-my-whole-life-and-used-to-cry-my-eyes-out-for-them. Now-...
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Long explanation of the meaning of being preferred company [closed]

I am trying to grasp the essence and the meaning of being preferred is.
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What is it called when you build up a statement as something positive, and then make into something negative? [duplicate]

Is there a specific word for when the beginning of a statement is positive, and then you you turn it into a mockery or ridicule? Examples: "I really do love Rick, he is my favorite comedian, ...
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Using the phrase “strong use of the word…”

Conventionality, what quality is being measured as either weak or strong when this phrase is used? In other words, does one use a word strongly when she applies an adjective to herself or to ...
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The meaning of "act in capacity" [closed]

As a society, we need young people to follow good role models, and so celebrities need to understand that accepting money from advertising means that they are acting in this capacity. What does the ...
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What does "Espresso yourself! Ad gets latte love" mean?

I know Starbucks UK launched a new campaign to promote acceptance of sex change in young teens by encouraging them to give baristas their “new” name when they purchase coffee so it can be “called out” ...
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What does "67% above average engagement rate" mean?

I saw an advertisement for the new release of Xbox (The title is "The Birth of Gaming Tourism"). And there is a phrase that read "67% above average engagement rate" to explain how ...
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Name for gap in a line caused by everyone stopping, and then having the front of the line start moving again?

You know when cars stop in a line and then the first car starts moving, causing the rest of the cars to have a big gap at the end? What is that phenomenon called? A similar example is a line of kids ...
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How long does "half an hour" mean? [closed]

Consider the declaration A: I'll be gone for thirty minutes. as compared to I'll be gone for half an hour. Similarly, consider declaration B: I'll be back within 30 minutes. versus I'll be back ...
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Provisioned for the weekend

What does it mean exactly? A friend asked me if I was "provisioned for the weekend," and as someone who knows English as a second language, I was scratching my head trying to figure out what ...
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Someone who denies talking about something but then indirectly drops hints

For example, someone had said something to me, obviously meaning something but then right after said that they weren't talking about that but then preceded to indirectly reference it, hint at it or ...
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What is the meaning of "actors" and "player" according to political terms? [closed]

I am reading a book where I find some sentences like "... how international actors impact civil wars" "... being a 'player' in regional politics" "... further study of each ...
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What, if anything, does 'neoplanastic' mean?

I came across this word in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: one might hold that certain words simply have no semantic values, and so make no contribution to propositions. So-called ...
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What does "pick a lemon" mean? [duplicate]

I am struggling to figure out what the meaning of "lemon" or "pick a lemon" is in the following quote from P.G. Wodehouse: ...with each new book of mine I have, as I say, the ...
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Meaning of 'passage'

What does this sentence mean? He forced the passage of the bridge. Here is the extract I based this sentence on: He [Sauron] had these two additional objects: to capture or kill Gollum, or at least ...
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When a wife asks her husband, "is YOUR daughter home yet?", does this make you conclude that she isn't THEIR daughter but only his?

In my native language when I say to my husband "is your daughter home" it's just another way of saying "is my daughter home", no difference. Although sometimes it might mean that ...
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He went to the cinema if a good movie was "on". He went to the theater if a good play was "on" or "up"?

A good movie was "on", sounds alright. A good play was "on" doesn't sound right to me. Does "up" work like coming up/scheduled/soon to appear?
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Is there any difference between "to drive sales" and "to boost sales"?

I feel the former falls more into the idea of conducting the customers towards sales opportunities, while the latter relates more to multiplying sales. I wonder if this perception would make any sense ...
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Is 'request denial' a phrase?

So I and my mom are having a debate over whether 'request denial' is even a phrase in the English language. Is it used in the common language, and if so where is it used? My mother says that it could ...
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Is there a name for someone who thinks he's got very good taste but in reality lacks it?

Is there a name for someone who thinks he's got very good taste in general yet everyone else but him can easily see he is not? I don't know if such a word exist so any similar word will do.
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Get married: act vs ceremony

You can use marriage to refer to the act of getting married, Her family did not approve of her marriage to David. You don't usually use marriage to refer to the ceremony in which two people get ...
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"Will have heard by now" sounds like bad usage to me; what is your opinion? [closed]

I posted the question here https://ell.stackexchange.com/questions/295727/bad-usage-of-will-have but it was closed due to insufficient details or clarity. I'm trying here. The following sounds wrong ...
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Help me understand this part from the book "Long Way Down" [closed]

What does "So I explained them to her so she wouldn’t think less of me for following them like was just another block boy on one looking to off one." in the following free verse poem mean? ...