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The meaning of phrases.

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‘then/now we’re talking’

I chance upon the hearing of a certain phrase which is concluded by the words ‘now were talking’ or ‘then we’re talking’ but I am confused by what they are referring to because weren’t we talking the ...
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What does the phrase “die for the sins of someone” mean? [on hold]

I found this phrase in a book ( Sapiens, A brief history of humankind ) : " Would Jesus have died for the sins of the Denisovans" What does it mean to die for the sins of someone ?
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meaning of the phrase “we almost had a moment there”

in the first episode of "True detective" series there's a scene (38:30) when two officers interrogate another retired officer about one of his past case and in the middle of conversation he asks one ...
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What does it mean by “clean up its act by pleading poverty”? [migrated]

"In the past India has explained its failure to clean up its act by pleading poverty, noting that richer countries were once just as dirty and that its output of filth per person still lags far behind ...
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What does it mean by “a hotspot for anti-microbial resistance”?

"Widespread dumping of antibiotics in rivers has made the country a hotspot for anti-microbial resistance. " What does it mean by "a hotspot for anti-microbial resistance"?
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What does the second's less than a minute phrase mean? [on hold]

A has finished doing stuff B: "8 minutes and 32 seconds" A: "Eight? The second's less than a minute" As the title said. I don't get it. It might be a phrase. I looked on a dictionary and no luck. ...
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“to become the wall off which”

What does the highlighted part of the sentence mean? It doesn't parse for me: This "primal You" becomes the wall off which the ball can bounce, the subject to which paired qualities can stick, ...
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Conveying a message in a club advertisement

There has been a dispute between my colleague and I between the use of a phrase in our club advertisement. We are a chemistry interest group and sometimes, I feel that new students may feel that the ...
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What does it mean by “made a national champion of”?

"Although the chip battle may have pre-dated Mr Trump, his presidency has intensified it. He has made a national champion of Qualcomm, blocking a bid for it from a Singaporean firm for fear of Chinese ...
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Correct usage/distinction in these examples [on hold]

The score has a real unique sound with interesting vocals; the score is also well produced and professional. Our law firm is one of the Internet's most prolific copyright experts: firms that catch ...
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Could have done: “It is therefore implausible that they could have carried out the attack”

Have read a lot of discussion about 'could have done' vs 'could do', but, despite it helped me a lot with general understanding, I can't understand what level of possibility is discussed in this ...
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Is this a saying? “I am here to [show/tell/…] you …”

I am not a native English speaker, but I translate English texts into my native language, Danish. I sometimes come across phrases like "Many believe that (x) but I am here to show you that (y)." I ...
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What is “discount for validation”

I just read this comic in which one person says: "And no discount for validation" I understand each single word in that sentence, but the meaning itself is unclear. A discount is a reduction in ...
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MEANING OF A SENTENCE IN A E-MAIL [closed]

I want to know meaning of a sentence.the sentence meaning which I want to know is "there is no action from your side".
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What is the meaning of the last phrase in this sentence?

I found the following sentence in a students' book for learning business English: "Their shares will yield a decent dividend, given past form". The sentence is NOT in a context, it is just an example ...
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Meaning of “For Brokes”

I want to know if the use of "For Brokes" mean what I think because I'm not a native person. If I want to sell things to people withouth money (broke person), the things that I sell are really cheap ...
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What does 'six-month filing' mean in this video?

The inspector in this YouTube video says (03:59) "...the city will offer a six month filing...". What does 'six month filing' mean? What significance does it have to the defendant, if any?
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“You are legend” or “You are a legend” Which one is correct or are they both correct? [closed]

     Which of the above is correct or are they both correct? You are LEGEND my friend. You are 'a' LEGEND my friend. He is legend. He is 'a' legend.
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how to understand this sentence 'Delightful though it is to gloat'?

Does it mean the thing is good enough and the person who said it can be gloating. although the thing is good and delightful, it shouldn't be gloated.
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What does “risk divides too wide for any bridge” mean?

I read a sentence "China should re-learn Deng’s self-knowledge, or risk divides too wide for any bridge." Can you help explain the meaning of "risk divides too wide for any bridge" and show where the ...
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What does “scrap it out ” mean in this context?

I could not find the meaning of "scrap out" in online dictionaries. I found the above-mentioned phrase in the following sentence: In this golf game, you are dropped into the course with six other ...
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find vs find out

I know "find" is commonly used with something, and "find out" with information. However, I did see this sentence before: "I found that....", like, "I found that it costs more than I thought." My ...
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Mine’s a gin and tonic

I encountered a sentence that's full of British culture: I have found a pair of my father’s old tan driving gloves, the sort that say ‘Mine’s a gin and tonic’ and that my mother would have ...
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Meaning of “This may be the case.” [duplicate]

I heard "This may be the case" in the seminar many times. But I still don't know what that means. Could someone explain the meaning of this sentence? And it would be really appreciated if you give ...
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What is the meaning of “jobs problem”?

I find on Wikipedia that "labour problem" is defined as"the problem of improving the conditions of employment of the wage-earning classes." Does the "jobs problem" in the context like "xxx(some ...
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manged in customized in-house training

BMW’s active management development process involves three components: corporate development programs (for example on culture, e-commerce), professional development programs (for example skills such ...
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question about meaning of `off-service`

There is a sentence in an article which says : "Workers are hard-pressed to finish work during a tight off-service window". Can anyone explain my questions : 1. does *tight off-service* mean *tight ...
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What does “liberal's idea of a model” mean?

What does "no Ameican liberal's idea of a model" mean in the sentence "South Carolina, no American liberal’s idea of a model, has pursued a notably enlightened reform to the sentencing of non-violent ...
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What does “the dog who caught the car” mean?

There's a back-and-forth email correspondence between Sam Harris and Noam Chomsky discussing ethics here. In one of the emails Sam says to Noam: I trust that certain of your acolytes would love to ...
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What `cut through' what? [closed]

Because deer feed at the edges of forests, these deer will be attracted to the spaces alongside the new roads being cut through Pataska Forest to serve the new residential areas. In this sentence, ...
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Most obvious meaning of the phrase “Hit me baby one more time” [closed]

Long, long time ago there was a song of Britney Spears "Baby one more time" with phrase "Hit me baby one more time". Since that time I wondering, what is primary meaning of 'hit me' in this context? I ...
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What does “say mass” mean? [closed]

I cannot understand "saying mass" means in the sentence "Pope Francis conferred sainthood on Óscar Romero, an archbishop who was murdered in 1980 while saying mass by an army-backed death squad in El ...
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“Public relationship”

What does the author of this sentence (from a GRE practice test) mean by "public relationship"? : The governor has long been obsessed with excising the media from the politician public relationship....
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What do you call someone who is ungrateful, only sees things negatively and never acknowledges you

I am a team player and like to contribute. When asked to take on a task. I always say yes and I never get a thank you. He never provides all the details to what he wants and then asks why I didn’t ...
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What is the meaning of phrase “death to the”?

Recently read an article which contains, Death to the macho is not a metaphor... What is the meaning of death to the here? Is it same as to the death?
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What is the meaning of “migration” in “Oracle (database) migration”? [closed]

Does the term migration typically imply to or from? For instance, if I refer to a specific database migration project, where the database is Oracle, would "Oracle migration" refer to: migrating ...
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Phrase meaning - Fate is my mistress

Fate is my mistress I heard the phrase by Cesare Borgia in the TV series Borgia - Faith and Fear. I think it means that the speaker is in control of his destiny or that he needn't fear any outcomes ...
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What exactly is the meaning of the phrase “county courted”?

I come across this phrase very rarely, most recently in a Wodehouse story. It seems to mean something like "brought as defendant before a county court", e.g., sued. Is there a more precise meaning? In ...
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Is “blow wise to” a dialectal/archaic phrase? What is its etymology?

But blow wise to this, buddy, blow wise to this: Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom’s. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own. Never let ...
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What does “baselet” mean?

FONOPs [Freedom of Navigation Operations] have grown “more regular and strident” under the Trump administration, says Alessio Patalano of King’s College London. America’s European and regional ...
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Robert Frost's epitaph [closed]

What does Robert Frost's epitaph- "I had a lover's quarrel with the world " mean ? It is written just above his wife's epitaph -"Together wing to wing and oar to oar ". What do these symbolise?
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How do I be good?

In the ad wherein Steve Martin promotes his master class I note that, at some point, he asks this: How do I be good? Is that usage standard in the English-speaking world? Or is it just some kind ...
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All vs There Exist

If one is asked a question such as "choose all forms of data that apply?", and in the options there exists possible anwsers that denote large groups of data sets, but only a subset of that large group ...
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What does “bring a vote to the floor” mean?

I once read in a newspaper the sentence like " some leadership pressed to bring a vote to the floor on the confirmation of something." So what does the phrase mean here? Any slang used? Where can I ...
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The use of 'otherwise' in a sentence

For some reason I cannot understand the following sentence "Unless we mutually agree otherwise in writing, you will..." Is this mean that agreement must be in writing or that it does not have to be ...
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The night of stark awakening [closed]

The night of stark awakening is this a phrase or any kind of common saying? I want know the meaning of- stark awakening I found some meaning of the word Stark - Empty Simple Obvious Completely ...
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What does the phrase 'move the will' mean?

What does 'move the will' mean E.g. Francis Bacin says "The duty of rhetoric is to apply reason to imagination for the better moving of the will.”  According to the dictionary 'will' means resolve, ...
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Meaning of “Feminism is BAY”

In S05E04 of BoJack Horseman TV-series BoJack appeared in a "Feminism is BAY" t-shirt, emphasizing his pro-feminist attitude. I don't know for sure whether it's the creators of the show who came up ...
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Wild vs Overactive imagination

In a typical scenario, where someone finds out their best friend started dating, they start fantasizing (in quite vivid and colorful details, sometimes outloud) how their friend will do bunch of ...
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Is it ok to use pervasive in a positive context?

I read this paper and something that I am not sure about is: Inspired by Pattern Theory [41], we attempt to model three important and pervasive patterns in natural signals: sparse discreteness, low ...