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Meaning of "over" in a sentence [closed]

I am reading an academic article and there is a key sentence in the discussion that can change the whole idea. "The metric used is mean average precision, which calculates the mean of the ...
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What does "DMV" refer to? [closed]

Could you please tell me what does "DMV" refer to in the following text: For your billionaire friend, resources would hold out a tad longer. He or she would have a full-time job spending $50,...
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Meaning of 'if not fact' in this sentence [closed]

Would you please tell me what 'if not fact' means in this sentence? and also writing 1-2 examples of that would be great. Thanks. Fantasy or fiction (of which drama is one form) permits people to ...
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Meaning of 'in away' in this sentence?

What does the bold part (in away) mean in the following text? The total volume of water in the saturated sample must therefore be thought of as consisting of water that can, and water that cannot, in ...
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What does the line "they'll be sorry they bought come sun up" from Deadwood mean? [closed]

So I've always been bad at understanding dialogue from TV shows. Here's a line from S1E1 of Deadwood; (it is not a spoiler). The setting is American Western expansion in 1876. There's two characters, ...
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meaning of this passage from The Left Hand of Darkness?

Next come the lords and mayors and representatives, one person, or five, or forty-five, or four hundred, from each Domain and Co-Domain of Karhide, a vast ornate procession that moves to the music of ...
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''She had been a virgin only twice removed before''

I am trying to translate the story I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison and I just can't grasp the meaning of this sentence: that she had been a virgin only twice removed before AM ...
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Meaning of "All them creeps in that store to steal from, Arnie's got to pick out a lady bull to clip!"

Could you help me understand the last sentence of the following passage? "Hey," I say, "what happened with you guys when I saw you running out of Namn's Christmas Eve?" Arnie ...
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What is "gallows flesh?"

In the Grimm's Fairy Tale "The Golden Bird" a fox gives a prince advice that he Buy no gallows'-flesh, and do not sit on the edge of any well. Of course, he does sit on a well, and his ...
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What is a Residency Affidavit in the USA? [closed]

What is a Residency Affidavit in the USA and how does it differ from a Proof of Residency?
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intention vs objective

I'm trying to write a logical/philosophical essay about the topics of interests and actions, and more precisely, of logical fallacies that arise from equating interests and actions.[1] After 30 years, ...
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What does the word "attic" mean when referred to as a status?

In a report of a software issue (or bug) here, the status of the issue is described as: Status: attic ... Status: open --> attic What does the word "attic" mean here? I know attic ...
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The text of [a person's name]

when, with Griesbach [the Greek text of J. J. Griesbach] in my hand, I read over every verse in Chinese, and suggest my doubts relative to the force of particular characters, rejecting some, and ...
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Is this postulate about the past perfect and past perfect continuous valid?

If the second action of the two entails the ending of the first, then the past perfect simple emphasises completion, while the past perfect continuous emphasises duration. I had waited for three ...
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What is a one-word (probably verb) synonym for "thinking back to" with a sort of paying homage connotation?

I'm looking for a certain synonym for "thinking back to" or "reminiscing from the past". It is used in a sentence like "This building was built with historical aspects in mind,...
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Question regarding the usage of 'As in'

'The multi-storey pagoda came to Japan from China in the sixth century. As in China, they were first introduced with Buddhism and were attached to important temples.' I initially thought this meant ...
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What does it mean for something to be "so-called"? [closed]

What does it mean if someone says, This is the so-called [noun] or This is the so-called "[noun]" What is the purpose of the addition of so-called? Are these sentences neutral or has ...
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"From which" vs "of which" vs "by which"

I came across this sentence while reading an article: Four people were killed after a BMW from which they were traveling rammed into a truck. My questions are: Is "from which" correct in ...
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Use case and meaning of “lest” in sentences [duplicate]

What is the exact meaning of lest? Oxford Learner's defines it: "in order to prevent something from happening", and its Origin is "Old English thȳ lǣs the ‘whereby less that’, later the ...
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"Where" or "in which"?

I offer 2 and a half years of programming with Python where I’ve become familiarized with packages such as matplotlib and seaborn, among others. I included 'where' but I think that refers to a place. ...
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What is the etymology and exact meaning of "crockpot"?

I've been looking for a translation for Czech word Remoska (which means portable electric oven with a baking feature), and the best translation I could find was crockpot. Is it correct, if not, what ...
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"Under the glass" means "not in public"?

I heard a woman who is a native English speaker saying "someone will say something like that in public or under the glass." I've not heard of the idiom, "under the glass", but ...
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Is the usage of "mitigation" restricted to (human) actors?

In the context of positive and negative feedbacks in the earth system and climate change: I feel that mitigation is something that has to be actively done by someone, but since I am neither a linguist ...
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Order status — "Invoice Pending" vs. "Pending Invoice" — do they mean the same thing?

I am working on a software platform that keeps track of work orders. A work order can have a status associated with it. There is some debate going on about how we should name these statuses. For ...
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Is there a difference between "gift card" and "gift voucher"?

Is there a difference between a gift card and a gift voucher? I work for a company where we have our own gift card/voucher. I always called it the [company name] gift card, but I see on our sites we ...
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Why never enter a man’s room in months ending in ‘R’?

In the movie, An Affair to Remember, Deborah Kerr says: My mother told me never to enter a man’s room in months ending in ‘R’. What does it mean? Why must not she enter a man’s room in months ending ...
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Meaning of " go with the billet " [closed]

Here is the passage : Upstairs, ghosts have been seen flitting about the house. These I haven’t seen, but they’ve been reported for years, and apparently they go with the billet. Now, I wouldn’t ...
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Confused by the word ‘held-out’ in a sentence

I am trying to understand this sentence: The adaptivity gap Delta measures how much adapting the model to the held-out test set S biases the estimate of the population loss. Can someone rephrase it ...
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What is diversity quotas?

So I've been reading an article, and met the following statement: 66–76 percent of men support intellectually foundational texts above diversity quotas on reading lists; 44–66 percent of women ...
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Do native English speakers understand the word "onsen"

I live in Japan, and all native English speakers can understand the word "onsen". It means hot spring and comes from the Japanese language. I wonder if native English speakers living in US, ...
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What's meaning of "into" in the sentence?

He was shocked into a confession of guilt. What's the meaning of into in this sentence?
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What's the word for a sentence structured like "something is to something as something is to something else" [duplicate]

How can we describe it? Immensely is to hugely as steady is to regular.
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What's the meaning of the phrase"while the fit is on us"?

I went up to the accountant's wicket and poked the ball of money at him with a quick convulsive movement as if I were doing a conjuring trick. My face was ghastly pale. "Here," I said, "...
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Filter Something -> Keep something or remove something?

When you say for example filter odd numbers, does it mean you remove odd numbers or actually keep them and remove everything else? Context: when I want to name some functions which do filtering, I ...
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Adjective corresponding to "integrity" in a technology field

I've already found these two questions: What's a good adjective for "possessing integrity"? What is the adjectival form for the word "integrity?" but the corresponding answers don'...
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Why is "AT a restaurant" in the following sentence wrong? [closed]

So I'm using English for Everyone Practice Book Level 4 Advanced and on page 154, we are asked to Mark the sentence which is correct out of two options. The two options are: It was at a restaurant in ...
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what is the connotation of newsie?

I would like to use it in my blog. It is formal enough without any bad connotation? "nouninformal•US plural noun: newsies; noun: newsie a reporter. a person who sells or delivers newspapers.&...
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The meaning of "in the worst sense of the word"?

Mark Twain is said to have described a certain person as a good man in the worst sense of the word. It's idiomatic(i think), what's it's true meaning?
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What does “any longer” mean when it falls in the middle of the sentence instead of at the end?

The bold part of this sentence is extremely hard for me to understand: There is also a tendency to imply a crisis to which one goes and then in some way retreats from. Now I can’t see that crisis any ...
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One for the other

'It is not always appropriate to substitute one for the other.' Could you clear it(one for the other)meaning in the sentence?
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Could you please explain the meaning of this sentence?

For all my boss notices what I do in the office, I might as well not be there. I'm having problems translating this. It is from Youtube exercises to test my vocab. It is given like gap completion ...
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How we use "on a more negative note"?

In writing when you want to discuss a subject's advantages and disadvantages and sometimes based on these you should express your own opinion(your agreement or disagreement), I saw two uses of on a ...
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I want to put this long sentence in a short form by removing the repetition [closed]

The X robot can go to places that the Y robot cannot reach, and the Y robot can go to places that the X robot cannot reach.
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What does “nuance” mean as a verb?

I’ve already read the definition of nuance as a verb, but it doesn’t help much. It just says “give nuances to.” What does it mean in the following context: “new information that nuanced their ...
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What does the phrase "About one stone" in response to the question "How have you changed over the years" mean?

Googling it didn't seem to lend any results except the unrelated killing two birds, etc, stuff. Edit: In Berkshire Hathaway's 1995 annual meeting at 1:04:54 (or second occurence of the word "...
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What does "buzzard's uncle' mean?

I came across the phrase, "Well, I'm a buzzard's uncle!" in a paragraph of Holling C. Holling's book, "Tree in the trail". The person who said that was watching something that he ...
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Word that would mean "to make a narrative out of"

I have a question about a potential word that may or may not exist. I'm trying to find a word that would basically mean something like "to make a story out of" or turn into a narrative.... ...
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What Summer Does the “Summer of Xy Year” Refer To?

If someone says "the summer of senior year", are they referring to the summer before senior year, where the student was a rising senior, or are they referring to the summer after graduation, ...
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Can you please tell me what “a-thump” means?

Can you please tell me what a-thump means in the following sentence taken from Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca? Why is the hyphen used there? And Jasper, dear Jasper, with his soulful eyes and great, ...
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Better definition of 'Observatory' that includes modern usage

Commonly when we hear 'observatory' we probably think of an astronomical observatory. Merriam-Webster defines 'observatory' as: a building or place given over to or equipped for observation of ...

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