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In the following sentence , should locally owned have a hyphen? [duplicate]

In the following sentence , should locally owned have a hyphen? A fun, causal way to sample the sights, stories and flavors of a cross-section of locally owned restaurants.
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Does the phrase “not nearly as many as” imply some level of similarity?

If a sentence would say: X has nearly as many Ys as Z. I think it would be understood that it means that X has fewer Ys than Z has, but it is not that much fewer. I.e. X has almost as many as Z. ...
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Use of he, him and it in a conversation

I don't fully understand the relationship between the following conversations. Suppose, two men are fighting, and there are three commentators. At this point man 2 intends to attack man 1. ...
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Question about sentence structure in New York Times article

I'm reading a New York Times article, and I have a question about this paragraph: The point is that once you’ve made excuses for and come to the aid of a bad leader, it gets ever harder to say no ...
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Meaning of “community adolescents” in a research study [closed]

From "Early Variations in White Matter Microstructure and Depression Outcome in Adolescents With Subthreshold Depression": Neuroimaging and clinical data were obtained from a large sample of ...
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What does 'The Thick End Of' mean, and why?

I came across this phrase around 20 years ago, and have always understood it to mean 'most of'. I might complain about having to pay "the thick end of £4" for a coffee, when it cost somewhere between £...
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What is “roots and hacks”?

I was reading comments on this website, and I stumbled upon such an expression: Roots and hacks and whatnot just to get a custom screensaver. I tried to google it, but I found just a couple of ...
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What is a “stick-on dashboard bubble”?

In Stephen King's Salem's Lot, I read ...Parkin's Ford with a stick-on dashboard bubble... What is a stick-on dashboard bubble? Googling didn't yield any meaningful results (anything you could ...
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Which one is true: try to not repeat it or try not to repeat it? [closed]

Which one is true: try to not repeat it or try not to repeat it? English is my favorite lesson😁😁😁
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Why does Future Perfect Tense “sound” as though it didn't happen? [closed]

Consider these sentences: They will walk before breakfast. They will have walked before breakfast. The first sentence expresses an action that will end before another action occurs in the ...
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.. “bone-dry-bed of reality” lexical meaning

What does "bone-dry bed of reality" mean? Is that a set expression or there are even more than one embedded? In Urbandictionary.com I found that "bone-dry" is "mundane" but the rest remains unclear. ...
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Can an ambiguous word mean different things to multiple authors?

I'm writing a manuscript with a colleague and in the book they want to include a sentence mentioning that we feel blessed (without any further context whatsoever, so "God" wouldn't be mentioned). They ...
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What's the difference between “Chinese social media marketing” and “Social media marketing in China”?

Chinese social media marketing advice from local experts. Avoid common mistakes and dominate in Chinese social media. Powerful advice on social media marketing in China from local experts. Follow ...
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Position of manner adverbs within verb phrases

I have found the following sentence in a book: A firm's sensory marketing approach should be deliberately and strategically based on the five human senses. I have a feeling that the adverbial ...
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I am your friend. What about you?

I want to offer a friendship, where there is a cultural barrier that I need to respect; And there is a barrier in the other direction too - but less strong. I want to offer the friendship by stating ...
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Meaning of “but that most”

What does "but that most" mean in this sentence by Richard Hooker: "People imagine that anything would help them; but that most, which they least have tried"?
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In Charles Bukowski's “Some people” what is the meaning of phrase “It's Cherub, they say”?

I'm puzzled at a phrase in Charles Bukowski's poem "Some people". The second paragraph reads: it’s Cherub, they’ll say, and they pour wine down my throat rub my chest sprinkle me with oils. ...
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What is/are the difference(s) between “formation of contracts”and “construction of contracts”?

I encounter this on the context of: Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) (adopted in all 50 states in the US). This is the phrase: The UCC section that is most relevant to due diligence work is the one ...
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What is the meaning of “as classic as they come”?

These shoes are as classic as they come. I am not sure if it means that its style won't be affected whether the trend changes as time goes. Does it mean that this item is a timeless piece?
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“ I am at John ” Can this mean that I am very near to him? [closed]

What is The correct preposition for saying that I am very near to someone and can reach him easily and in the same place where he is ? Can I use at " I am at John ". Please note that I do not want ...
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Meaning of precisely in this paragraph

Consider this paragraph from 'The Elements of Programming': This uses the special form if, a restricted type of conditional that can be used when there are precisely two cases in the case ...
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How can I reword this?

I found this in the Congressional Record. How can I reword it simpler, while keeping the same meaning?: Indicative of the public’s difficulty in obtaining an answer to this and other questions, ...
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Meaning of “spin up” in a phrase

In a documentary, a scientist says about a theory: As an experimentalist, I am not spun up about it. What does spun up mean? I couldn't find a meaning that makes sense.
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What does the phrase 'put up' means?

In the following sentence, what does the phrase put up mean? I watched her put up peaches and tomatoes, placing jar after jar of jewel-colored fruits and vegetables on the basement shelves.
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meaning of “designing wickedness”?

A simple online search gave me the impression that the phrase "designing wickedness" may be more or less archaic. Today, I came across it in a text by Bertrand Russell: What constitutes a nation is ...
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It's good to work and it's good that you work . What is the difference?

It's good to work and it's good that you work . What is the difference ? I feel that the first one is more general but the second one might mean that the person already works and we praise that .
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Can a bare infinitive verb as the first word of a sentence form a clause?

I’ve stumbled upon the following sentence reading a blogpost: Come C++11 (programming language) there are some extra options for our ownership policies. What does come mean here? It doesn’t look ...
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What is the meaning of “Fly pleasures, and they’ll follow you”?

On Page 287 of the 1758 version of Poor Richard's Almanac, we find this paragraph: Methinks I hear some of you say, Must a Man afford himself no Leisure? ---- I will tell thee, my Friend, what Poor ...
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What is the meaning of “with at least one of the words. without the words. where my words occur”? [closed]

Searching for google scholar in the search engine duck duck go gives this cryptic sounding help text. "with at least one of the words. without the words. where my words occur". What does it mean? ...
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The meaning of trade away and trade for [closed]

In this article there is a sentence like this The groundbreaking fact about channel capacity, though, was not simply that it could be traded for or traded away The whole circumstance is ...
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Origin of phrase “dollars to doughnuts” [closed]

What is the origin of the phrase "dollars to doughnuts", and what is the phrase trying to convey when most commonly used?
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What’s does “if the dog bites once mean?”

Someone has recently messaged me the phrase “if a dog bites once”, I do not understand what this phrase could mean and my friends do not understands it either. I’m getting a threatening feeling off it ...
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What is definition of “after a year’s worth of”? [closed]

There's a sentence: After a year’s worth of design wrangling, we got down to business. So the problem is I don't understand meaning of after a year’s worth of part. Some synonyms or definitions are ...
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Meaning of “pips” in a sentence

I've been reading The Honourable Schoolboy by John Le Carré and the following extract confused me: "Are you English?" she asked on the way. "Pips, core, the lot," Jerry snorted furiously, which ...
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Meaning of “chair of the panel” - equal to “chair of Committee” or just “discussion moderator” in this context?

From a news report: "Antipsychotics do not treat schizophrenia's negative symptoms, such as impaired cognition, restriction of emotions, and lack of ambition, symptoms that prevent people with the ...
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Difference between “on a global scale” and “at the global scale”

In the two sentences below, do "on a global scale" and "at the global scale" mean the same? Can the phrases be used interchangeably? (1) Our collaborative team is strategically positioned to ...
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Difficulty understanding some phrases in a paragraph

Can anyone help me explain the total meaning of this paragraph? Exercise 3.43: Suppose that the balances in three accounts start out as $10, $20, and $30, and that multiple processes run, ...
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Objects in mirror are losing meaning

What is the meaning of objects in mirror are losing phrase? Does it mean that the driver which is reading the phrase on the wing mirror will see all the cars behind him and if it were the speed race ...
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The meaning of '' short of quitting"?

Can anyone please tell me what " short of quitting" mean in the following sentence: The characteristics of bad managers run the gamut from micro managing, to bullying, to just plain ineffective. And, ...
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What does the phrase “with your bad self” mean?

A user, on Reddit, responded to a question, about what will become obsolete in the the next decade, with 'magazines.' Then another user responded with 'True and awful. What if the tablet dies and I ...
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Meaning of “It is not intelligent, though it is the work of genius — in the most nocturnal and Germanic sense of that bad word.”

The last sentence of Jorge Luis Borges’ review of “Citizen Kane” (in selected non-fictions) is: It is not intelligent, though it is the work of genius -- in the most nocturnal and Germanic sense of ...
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It's no more glaring than in the early hours of a developing story

The following is an excerpt from The Japan Times of June 22. What does "It's no more glaring than in the early hours of a developing story" mean? The spread of misinformation ‒ "fake news" if that'...
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Why does “jack” occur in so many different contexts?

The word "Jack" is not only a name, but "jack" is also a verb with versatile meanings depending on prepositions and context. to jack to jack sth. up to jack sth. in to jack through to jack up a price ...
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History of Clean-Slate phrase

What was the phrase clean-slate originally used for? Or did it always refer to restart in something?
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What does the phrase “To be much for” mean?

'There dosen't seem to be much for correlation between intelligence, and kindness.' ('Genocide Bingo' by Exurb1a on YouTube) What does 'there dosen't seem to be much for' mean? It's the 'for' that's ...
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What is the difference between “terrorist attack” and “terror attack”?

Are "terrorist attack" and "terror attack" two distinct terms? Or do they both refer to the same thing (an attack committed by terrorists)? The two seem to be used interchangeably. Any advice would be ...
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I've got my work cut out for me. Origin, meaning, negation by sarcasm?

The phrase "I've got my work cut out for me" I have until now mistaken to mean: "The work that I have to do is largely completed (due to efforts by others beforehand), and only need to do a little bit ...
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“You can bust a kid for possession, but -try making it stick-” [closed]

In a sentence from the novel 'Mr.Mercedes', the ex-cop Hodges said: " You can bust a ten-year-old for possession, but try making it stick" I don't understand what but try making it stick means. ...
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what does the phrase “Nothing you won't see in the hills” mean? [closed]

When asked about a place in a video game, the NPC gives this answer.
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What does the phrase “just a bagel” mean in Chicago (the musical)?

In the 1975 musical Chicago, the song Razzle Dazzle has the following lines: Throw 'em a fake and a finagle They'll never know you're just a bagel What does it mean to be "just a bagel" in ...