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The meaning of phrases.

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both grammatically and meaning

I scheduled this appointment because it’s been a while since we touched base. Please give some light on this question. What's the meaning of this sentence? And could you paraphrase it in a simple ...
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I am sure vs I feel sure

Is I am sure and I feel sure having absolutely the same meaning? Thanks!
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Function of a line in this Reading Comprehension

While chocolate was highly esteemed in Mesoamerica, where it originated, its adoption in Europe was initially slow. There is a common belief that Europeans needed to "transform" chocolate to make ...
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Are both versions correct?

source: AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND | GEORGE MACDONALD But for a four-wheeler as takes families and their luggages, he's the very horse. I was searching for the usage of luggages and found ...
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What does Scandinavian Home mean? Late XIX, early XX century. Great Britain

Joseph Conrad, "The Nigger Of The "Narcissus": A Tale Of The Forecastle": the two young Norwegians looked tidy, meek, and altogether of a promising material for the kind ladies who patronise the ...
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What does this phrase “hover around” mean?

"Until the late 1800s, diamonds were incredibly scarce with the total world production hovering around a few pounds per year" What does the phrase "hover around" mean in that sentence?
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What is “keep handy” in this context?

Joseph Conrad, "The Nigger Of The "Narcissus": A Tale Of The Forecastle": The men, knitted together aft into a ready group by the first sharp order of an officer coming to take charge of the deck ...
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The difference between two words

I need to know the difference between "to hear" and "to listen". Could you explain it to me, please? I'm not a native English speaker.
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The difference between two phrases [duplicate]

I need to know the difference between two phrases "learn by heart" and "learn by rote". I would be grateful if you could explain it to me. I'm not a native English speaker.
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When did “by way of” start meaning “originally from”

Some years ago, after returning to New York from some years living abroad, I began to notice New Yorkers of a certain generation (in their 20s and early 30s) describing themselves or others as "from [...
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How does “Your grace” mean what it means?

I know the meaning of this expression, but I want to know how it got what it means. When we say "My lord", it's really obvious what we're talking about: somebody is my lord. I couldn't come up with a ...
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Where does the saying get a rope originate? [closed]

Is it truly a racial comment to lynching or is it a reference to wild west judgement with no jury?
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Does the phrase “engage with” imply anything about power differences?

I was under the impression that there was no implied power difference in the usage of the phrase. But I came across an answer here that mentioned that engaging with someone is taken to mean ...
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What's “watering place” in this case?

I'd like to ask about the sentence from The Adventure of the Dancing Men by Conan Doyle. But we have several small watering-places not very far away. And the farmers take in lodgers. The sentence ...
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What's the meaning of “there's no stinkin' way” in this paragraph?

When I started explaining the project’s work scope to people in the school, I learned quickly that most believed the technology classes would be my biggest challenge. One special education teacher’s ...
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The meaning of “the luxury end of the market”?

Can you explain to me what the phrase "the luxury end of the market" in this sentence means? This week I'm going to discuss the luxury end of the market.
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What does it mean ((feeling flatter than a fritter))?

Please tell me the meaning of ((feeling flatter than a fritter)) in this paragraph: It is different every day. My whole day’s plans might go out the window because a teacher’s lesson plans change. ...
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“wore at” vs “wore out”

Is the use of "wore at" vs "wore out" the same? Few Google examples: "She was tired of apologizing for the intractability of the land, its people, for the distances that wore at him, the endless ...
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What does “tired of her ass” mean? [closed]

Does it mean tired of her or tired of having sex with her?
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Could you please tell me which of the following two sentences is correct?

Having had the same best friend for more than 10 years who I'm so mentally connected to is very precious. or Having the same best friend for more than 10 years who I'm so mentally connected to is ...
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One or two-way mirror?

I am looking for a correct and common definition of the glass that you can see through from only one side, like those you see in detective TV series. I could find the definition: one-way mirror ...
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What does the phrase “Tubular Journey” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "tubular journey" that is used as a title of a running game's description. I know the lexical meaning of the word "tubular", but it doesn't seem to ...
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What is being toasted by “Here's looking at you”?

Some time ago, a question has been asked here about the meaning of the famous toast from the movie Casablanca: ‘Here's looking at you, kid’. Several answers have been posted to it, including a very ...
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what is the meaning of “it was to be”?

If you are writing in the past tense, does "it was to be" have a different meaning than "it was"? e.g. "It was to be the first of many sleepless nights." vs "It was the first of many sleepless nights....
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Meaning of “They say! What say they? Let them say.”

I've heard this quote in the past, but have never really found any reference to the meaning of it. "They say! What say they? Let them say." was the personal motto of reclusive millionaire Edward F. ...
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Does the term “reduce” necessarily require the object being reduced to already exist?

I'm curious about the term "reduce" and whether it requires pre-existence. For example: If the government were to "reduce" arms sales, would that mean the government would decrease the amount of arms ...
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Meaning of expression: “After the powder, the jam”

In Agatha Christie's novel "Hickory Dickory Dock" there is a scene between "employer" and "employee", where the former one begins by criticising heavily the practices of the latter but ends on a very ...
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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 does a “course of instruction” mean?

Googles definition of class says "course of instruction". Would that mean a class could be something taught to a single person over a period of time?
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Meaning of 'quid pro quo': why does it diverge from its original Latin intention?

I am not a native English speaker; I am Italian. I am always puzzled when I hear the expression "quid pro quo" intended as "you scratch my back I scratch yours". In Italy we mean it as "...
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What does “work on my tan” mean?

Here is the context: He It's not gonna be easy She Well, I don't do easy. If I wanted that I'd move to Florida and work on my tan
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What do “as both” and “both as” mean?

Sometimes it's used as "as both" and sometimes as "both as", examples: His performance both as a captain and as a player was terrible. or I start with my own story, as both a means of explaining ...
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What does the phrase “level them up” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a combat game: If the player wins battles, she collects yellow slime which she can dump on her favourite characters to level them up. I am not sure about the meaning of ...
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“I'm bound where my feet take me, and heart where my wills”

In Sandman #38, there is a moment when two strangers meet on a road and the following dialogue happens: "Where are you bound, young peddler?" asks the man. "I'm bound where my feet take me, ...
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How did “pissed” come to mean “drunk” or “angry”?

How did "pissed" come to mean "drunk" or "angry" in expressions such as: "I'm pissed" OR "I'm pissed off"? All dictionaries I consulted just gave that definition. So, does it have anything to do - ...
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“Seeking for an answer” or “seeking an answer”

What is the difference between seeking an answer and seeking for an answer? I found an ngram which says that seeking an answer is used much more often compared to seeking for an answer but how about ...
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Can someone simplify the 2nd and 3rd point (from top) of the post given in image below?

I am confused about what the 2 paragraphs (specified in title) actually mean. So far my brief understanding of: Paragraph/point "2"→ Authors who refuse to write a story where they dont express their ...
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What does the phrase “fire a long line” mean here? [closed]

Here is a sentence from an action game: You need to grapple downward, then fire a long line through a gap. I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase fire a long line. The preceding sentence ...
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What does it mean by “bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of…” in Lincoln's 2nd inaugural adress?

I'm not sure who is the bondsman and why his wealth matters here. Here is the quote, from the paragraph of Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the ...
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Meaning of “And that’s probably likely always to be the case” [closed]

I have trouble understanding two lines in an article in NYTimes. Ever more so, it seems. The past few decades have seen “an amazing array of experimental tests of general relativity, all of them ...
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THIS DEPARTMENT HAS WORKED ____ DAYS WITHOUT A LOST TIME ACCIDENT [closed]

What does this sentence mean? Does it mean that no unfortunate event happened? What would that event mean? A fight?
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mocking someone ,mocking his social media [closed]

Help please with the right meaning of verb MOCK . In my sentence i have to write about bullying at school that a boy taking away cellphone from another boy and mocking his social media. But i'm afraid ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase 'all our'?

I read a sentence recently: 'May there be sweet-sour flavour in all our lives'. What is the meaning of the phrase 'all our'? Does it mean 'in the lives of all of us' or 'all through our lives'?
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Meaning of “beneath the dignity of the office”?

Last year CNN issued a statement saying Trump was "beneath the dignity of the office" because he was attacking a CNN anchor in a spoof video. What exactly does "beneath the dignity of the office" ...
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“To make a lie” meaning

I'm reading a book and I bumped into this sentence: He had aged well; his face was lined and wrinkled like every other resident of Hilltop, but there was a youthfulness about him, a certain ...
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Meaning of “ZTE, which competes with Huawei in telecom equipment, was determined to have sold American-origin goods to Iran” [closed]

What is the meaning of: ZTE, which competes with Huawei in telecom equipment, was determined to have sold American-origin goods to Iran. Only thing that causes confusion is the part "have sold"? ...
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Today, renewables work only with fossil-fuel backup or Today, renewables work only as fossil-fuel backup

I was reading an article from nytimes and had two doubts in this passage: Where will this gargantuan amount of carbon-free energy come from? The popular answer is renewables alone, but this is a ...
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What is the meaning of the term “town hottie”?

I know I heard this term several times before, but when I look it up, I can't find anything on it. Thanks in advance.