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The meaning of phrases.

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Is there a difference between 'on your account' and 'on account of you'?

Consider the following sentences: Get thee hence, lest we too die on your account! Get thee hence, lest we too die on account of you! My intuition is that the two are identical in meaning, ...
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“High and fine”: is it American slang?

I heard someone describing another as "a high and fine person". I couldn't find this phrase online. It is certainly not high and dry as it doesn't fit the context of their conversation. I wonder if it ...
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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 “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 does the phrase 'Throw your Cap on It' mean and where did it originate?

In watching a recent soccer match, the commentator stated that the goalkeeper should 'throw his cap on that'. This was immediately preceded by a relatively comfortable save by the goalkeeper from a ...
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Is it grammatically incorrect to use “It was double the pleasure…”?

English is my second language and somebody told me that the second sentence I created is grammatically incorrect: It was a great pleasure to meet you. And it was double the pleasure to share a ...
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“that was a classic money handshake”

I'm reading the play "Dumb Show" by Joe Penhall. (See on Google Books) Almost at the beginning of the play one of the characters uses this phrase: classic money handshake. What does it mean? (Barry ...
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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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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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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 does “shareholder” mean in the Guy Ritchie's movie “Revolver”?

I sure it doesn't mean "an owner of shares in a company". In translated movie in my native language this word was missed, and I don't understand what does in mean in this situation. One character asks ...
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Meaning of “they were become traditional”

From Byron's Don Juan: And if your quarrels should rip up old stories, And help them with a lie or two additional, I'm not to blame, as you well know—no more is Any one else—they ...
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Meaning of “as if so gentle that you could not see” in a poem by Keats

On a Picture of Leander, by Keats: Come hither, all sweet maidens soberly, Down-looking aye, and with a chasten'd light, Hid in the fringes of your eyelids white, And meekly let your fair ...
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Meaning of “haply of your fault”

From Aurora Leigh: Or worse, we'll say. For dogs, unjustly kicked, Yell, bite at need; but if your dramatist (Being wronged by some five hundred nobodies Because their grosser brains most ...
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Is “clean the chicken” an old expression?

In a letter written in 1897 my grandfather, who was hiking cross country, said he was only going to eat 2 meals a day and "clean the chicken". Was this an expression and what did it mean? Or am I ...
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“Build out” meaning

While reading "The Educated Imagination" I got confused with the meaning of the following sentence: So you soon realize that there's a difference between the world you are living in and the world ...
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Meaning of “She said we should both see other men”

The following sentence conflicts in my head: "She [girlfriend] said we should both see other men". The people in question are in a monogamous heterosexual relationship. Is this sentence correct? I'll ...
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Using and meaning of “social responsibilities”

Can I use a phrase "social responsibilities" talking about things I have to do with social meaning? e.g. " I have some social responsibilities today so I will be back late." Taking about a few ...
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How should “That's the worst of a [person]” be parsed in this context?

Having been listening to and reading Stalky and co. a bit and came across the following passage. The general context is that "Clewer" is being bullied horribly and Stalky and co. sort out the bullies ...
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Usage of the phrase fall back

I came across the usage of "falling back" in a poem (Ted Hughes' Crow and Mama), and googled for its meaning and its usages. Putting the poem aside, what I'd like to understand is when an english ...
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Concepts implied by the word 'realize'

When saying 'I realized something' does this imply that I became aware on my own? If someone had explained something to me and only after did I understand, can I still use 'I realized'? Or do I need ...
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“This assignment is for the full term of the assigned rights” - meaning

I try to understand what does "This assignment is for the full term of the assigned rights" mean in the following paragraph: The Consultant hereby assigns to the Client all of its Intellectual ...
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Accuse someone of having manners

I came across the following sentence in a book, and I'm not sure of its meaning. The quote is: “It would be rude to refuse a gift,” Blake said, eyes cast over her [Weiss'] head towards Cinder, “...
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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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What does the phrase “rival camps from which to compete for resources” mean

The following sentence is quoted from K. Ishiguro's Nobel Lecture. What does the phrase "rival camps from which to compete bitterly for resources or power" mean? What is the subject of the verb "...
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What is the symbolic meaning of “die without a sound”?

There may also be a poetic meaning, but is it purely context dependent; or is there a common connotation associated with this phrase? My Internet searches have come up blank. Would it be reasonable ...
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“Bogus in bogus” meaning

What does this phrase mean? The context is from the play No Exit by Jean-Paul: And, to tell the truth, I had quite a habit of living among furniture that I didn't relish, and in ...
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Can “without abandonment” mean “with abandon”?

An author I'm currently reading often uses language in a slightly irregular fashion. I've been trying to decide if it's playful and intentional, which would be intriguing. If it's not intentional, ...
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What does this piece in boldface mean given the context?

Italy's government tightened the laws on dealing with migrants, sharply increasing the fines that can be imposed on ngos that rescue people at sea and bring them to Italy without permission. The ...
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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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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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Can someone elaborate the following sentence for me, specially the bold part?

Reactions to German Idealism, especially those of the neo-Kantians, logical positivists and Bertrand Russell, were also instrumental in the founding of analytic philosophy, which today reveals and ...
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Meaning of specific passage of corporate text, “processes are managed 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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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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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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lead to vs relocate

I read "lead many companies to relocate in rural areas (1)" This is typo ? We can make a complete sentence " The government leads many companies to relocate in rural areas " I have a doubt that " ...
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Minimal coordination usage

The constitution provides a set of basic rules that allow for minimal coordination amongst members of a society. What does minimal coordination here mean? I infer that Constitution confers provisions ...
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Are there connotations of subtotals in the phrase “add up the total”?

Does the phrase "add up the total" typically have a connotation that, from the list of all the numbers being added, there are some particular subtotals that either have already been calculated or at ...
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The next of the week (the structure and meaning)

I have just received an e-mail where a friend of mine (unlike me, a native English speaker) used the phrase "till the next of the week". How common is this? I have been using English as the primary ...
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Can “hear out” also be used to mean “not really listening”

Can “hear out” also have a connotation of not really listening? I want to make a distinction between carefully listening to a person and acting accordingly vs. just hearing somebody out, while still ...
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What does 'bridging language barrier' mean?

What exactly does the phrase "Bridging language barrier" means? I feel that it makes the following sense: "To overcome the obstacles between languages or in a language". Does it any sense mean to "...
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to be in a special unit on one's own

What does "to be in a special unit on one's own" mean? Does it mean to be in a special condition? ( the text I am reading is about children suffering from disabilities) Context: The film makes use ...
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Conformation of a simile

निगाह-ए-गुल से बुलबुल यूँ गिरी है गिरे जिस तरह तिनका आशियां से Literal English translation The nightingale's fallen from the flower's view as a twig falls from nest I think it's a simile. ...
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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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What does reverence mean in this context?

Their two children were like all agreeable children, and Lucile and Bellard went through the reverence, anxiety, and joy of their upbringing. And whether the moment yielded a torn frock or a hurt knee,...
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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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The meaning of “popped harmlessly” in a baseball game

What does "harmlessly" mean in the following context? The unnatural silence was broken by the crack of Pujols’ bat, but the ball popped harmlessly into right field.
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What is the meaning of “head-poppingly”?

In a book I'm reading there is a sentence like this If you travel to a foreign country, you will make the charming discovery that there are many differences between the local way of life and your ...
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Who or what was a “dissenting minister” in the 19th century?

I was going through Ghostly Tales: An Audible Christmas Gift, and a story in there (written by Amelia B. Edwards, 'Was it an Illusion?') used a phrase which was unknown to me. The passage reads (...
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The precise meaning of “to have something more to do with somebody/something”?

There are other questions about the meaning of "to have something to do with somebody/something". My question here is about "to have something more to do with somebody/something". There is a sense of ...