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“To the extent of” in this context

Often it is suggested that the differences amount only to personal preference. However, not all of the descriptions are equally able to describe all observations of the real world. To the extent ...
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Does the phrase “born and bred” usually connote a sense of pride and eminence in any way?

I recently had to update my profile for a job role and I used the phrase "born and bred in xxxx" to indicate that I was born and raised in a certain part of the world. I always thought born and bred ...
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What is the meaning of “We have outfoxed the fox, which makes us very bloody foxy.” in the TV series Misfits?

In the episode 5 of season 1 of the British television series Misfits the character Nathan Young says: We have outfoxed the fox, which makes us very bloody foxy. Transcript. What does it mean in ...
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“Studied at” vs. “Went to”

What is the difference between the two. I realize "went to" might be a bit less formal but both are correct, aren't they? For context, while in class I said to the teacher "I went to (name of school) ...
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What does “rings around the brain” mean?

I'm watching the movie "Mary Poppins Returns". At one point Marry Poppins sings: Too much glee leaves rings around the brain I'm not quite sure what "rings around the brain" means. From context I ...
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Meaning of Pudding of a young man

Could someone explain what the pudding means here. I'm a bit confused. From the stammering and awkward conversation, she had with Haroun that day Naveed discovered to her consternation that her ...
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What is the meaning of “numb content”?

I run into the phrase "numb content" while reading Asimov's The End of Eternity, Chapter 5 - Timer, "We're all busy," mumbled Harlan, fighting to keep off something that could only be described as ...
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What does 'there's nothing to say that…' mean?

I stumbled upon a sentence: There’s nothing to say that you have to process all the state transitions at the same time What does this phrase mean? Specifically as a 'clause' if I can call it that (...
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“Cried his father in transports”

What does "in transports" mean in the cherry tree story from The Life of George Washington by Mason Locke Weems: "Run to my arms, you dearest boy," cried his father in transports, "run to my arms; ...
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To burn something to the ground

According to Collins Dictionary to burn something to the ground means to completely destroy it by fire. I have two questions regarding this phrase: 1- What is the exact connotation of it: Does it ...
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what does the phrase “ on the same spectrum “ mean? [closed]

In the sentence : My disease is nowhere near as bad as hers but they are on the same spectrum
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Usage of 'Offset'

I was reading an article on Investopedia (https://www.investopedia.com/terms/s/speculation.asp) and encountered this: With speculation, the risk of loss is more than offset by the possibility of a ...
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“being able [noun] to [verb]” usage

I was reading a contract and I found this usage of "be able to" very unfamiliar. If during the execution of the Project any product from which intellectual and/or industrial property may arise, ...
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I've surely heard about 'talk to each other' but is 'talk with each other' the same thing?

To avoid using a same phrase more than once, can I use 'talk to ~' and 'talk with~' interchangeably? -( For example : "but now, come to think of it, we talk to each other much less than we do with ...
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Meaning of “I have often seen Essex cheese quick enough”

John Heywood (c. 1497–1580) once wrote: I never saw Banbury cheese thick enough But I have often seen Essex cheese quick enough. 1 2 The first line alludes to how a Banbury cheese was very ...
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X removed from Y

Does "X removed from Y" as a general rule mean "X minus (without) Y" i.e. does "What is femininity removed from motherhood" in the following text mean "What is femininity minus (without) motherhood"? ...
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“Politics stops at water’s edge” — meaning

I read the following phrase in the topic of foreign policies of a country, "It stops at water's edge." What does "politics stops at water’s edge" mean?
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What is the meaning of “a little shy of a year”?

When I read an article in The Washington Post yesterday, I met a sentence which confused me: "Valerie Schönian was born on Sept. 25, 1990, a little shy of a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall and ...
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Being confused about fractional odds ⇔ decimal odds

I’d like to ask about the following sentence from the Silver Blaze by Conan Doyle. “Five to four against Silver Blaze!” roared the ring. “Five to four against Silver Blaze! Five to fifteen ...
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what's meaning of “expressly found that”

The judge expressly found that the material risks (sovereign default, currency default and counterparty default), were all disclosed and known to AP. Could you kindly explain what "expressly ...
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Old time sign board at a race track, what's “h ft”?

I’d like to ask about the following sentence from the Silver Blaze by Conan Doyle. Wessex Plate. 50 sovs each h ft with 1000 sovs added for four and five year olds. Second, £300. Third, £200. This ...
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What is the exact meaning of “names of sensitives” and “spoke”?

What is the exact meaning of "names of sensitives" and "spoke"? does "spoke" refers to talking about something or not? Finally, above the monotonous horizon of human happenings there did actually ...
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what is the meaning of this sentence? “Oh, Lord, still the tumult of the people!”

what is the meaning of this sentence? "Oh, Lord, still the tumult of the people!" These were not long in coming, and they broke out in Irving's own church. It was in July, 1831, that it was rumoured ...
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Where does it comes from “pull the other leg, it's got bells on”?

What is leg and bells mean in the phrase "pull the other one, it's got bells on"
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“(~), but in the interest of time.” What does it mean here exactly?

"We've never really had a call for it before you, but in the interest of time." I searched for the meaning of "in the interest of (something)" but I couldn't grasp the meaning of "but in the interest ...
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Can “life span” apply to substance

I'd like to know if life span can be used for substance such as "The life span of a thing is...". I ask this because life means being, not material.
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what is the meaning of these lines?

what is the meaning of these lines "when his prototypes were holding moorland meetings in Gallo way and avoiding, or possibly even attacking with the arms of the flesh, the dragoons of Claverhouse"? ...
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meaning of 'couldn't be less' in this context

Well, — in King James’s golden days, — For the days were golden then, — They could not be less, for good Queen Bess Had died aged threescore and ten, And her days, we know, ...
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does “heavy cloud” and “thunderstorm” are used in their real meaning or not? [closed]

does "heavy cloud" and "thunderstorm" are used in their real meaning or not? also i can not understand the true meaning of "judgment"?? is there anybody who can explain about this? Swedenborg claimed ...
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meaning of “out of the season” in this sentence

It's something said by a production manager: "I'm responsible for the refining process, and I organise the shift system...Out of the season, I supervise the overhaul of the plant." Does "out of the ...
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What is “since before” without anything between these two words?

Here's a sentence from the "Critical Introduction to Law and Literature" by Kieran Dolin: His decision denied that these indigenous peoples had proprietary rights to the lands in question, despite ...
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What is the meaning of “psychic grossness” and “want” in this paragraph?

What is the true meaning of "psychic grossness" and "want" at this paragraph? Swedenborg claimed that a heavy cloud was formed round the earth by the psychic grossness of humanity, and that from ...
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Difference and usage of “contains exclusively” vs “exclusively contains”

Since the late 1800s, the phrase "contains exclusively" has been consistently used more often than "exclusively contains". Ngram viewer: "contains exclusively" vs "exclusively contains". What is the ...
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What's the season of forgiveness?

I’d like to ask about the following sentence from The Blue Carbuncle by Conan Doyle. Besides, it is the season of forgiveness. I’d like to ask if the phrase “the season of forgiveness” rings a ...
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What does “a flight to quality” mean?

I was reading an article on the Economist about revolutionizing management education and came across an interesting expression. Geoffrey Garrett, dean of the Wharton School, at the University of ...
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What is the true meaning of “since his time” and “since his day”?

What is the true meaning of "since his time" and "since his day"? Here are examples of them in use: We have to face the fact that in the main the spiritual observations which he made have been ...
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What does “having a confirm for someone” mean?

The context: "Thanks for your message. Sorry for that you haven't received the item yet. I understand you truly, but please don't worry; we will fix the problem for you smoothly. Could you please give ...
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“The End of story” vs. “The End of a story” vs. “The End of the story”

I want to give a title of my artwork to symbolize death. Among the following phrases, what is more appropriate for this and I'd like to understand what the differences are? The End of Story The End ...
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Meaning and origin of the phrase “slips don't count”

I ran across this expression recently in some Popeye cartoon [EDIT: it was Never Sock a Baby, 1939], but it seems to have been a recognized slang expression with maybe even a bit of old-timey flavor ...
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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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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 is 'anxiety'?

English is my second language and I don't live in an english speaking country, so my exposure to native speakers is rather low. I often see the term 'sth. triggers my anxiety' (e.g. this workplace ...
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What does the formation of putting words an idea or feeling given here mean?

Here's the conversation I was having with a guy: So, in this context, f I drill down, from my perspective, they may not mean anything together. Can you please help me figure out what his expression ...
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Meaning of 'let's even the odds'

So recently I have stumbled upon a phrase : let's even the odds. I have googled it without any help. If anyone can explain it for me I will be grateful.
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Nobel prize in literature 2018 - what is “encyclopedic passion”?

The question is inspired by the today's announcement of the Nobel prize awards in Literature for 2018 and 2019. The short description for Olga Tokarczuk has been worded as follows: The Nobel Prize ...
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What the word “black” refers to in the case?

I'd like to ask about the sentence below from A Case of Identity by Conan Doyle. while the lady herself loomed behind his small black figure like a full-sailed merchant-man behind a tiny pilot ...
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How do I distinguish between several meanings of “as of”?

In a few answers here, people quote Cambridge dictionary and state that "as of" means "starting from a particular time". starting from a particular time or date: As of next month, all the ...
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throw the book at my head

I had not the vaguest idea what this meant and when I could not remember the words, my tutor threw the book at my head, which did not stimulate my intellect in any way. what does the writer (...
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“Given” versus “Given that”

I just received a proofread version of an academic manuscript from my copy editor. She essentially changed all of the instances in which I had written "given that" to "given." I've tried to read up on ...
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What does the expression “ranging from something to something” mean?

I am studying for a TOEFL exam and I have a question about this particular exercise. The exercise is about a short text which talks about what is aggression and the theories that study it. Edit: Here ...

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