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Her face, a revolving door, swings open and shut, open and shut [closed]

First her ears hear; they open. Then her eyes can see; they open. Her face, a revolving door, swings open and shut, open and shut. She no longer sleeps at night; it’s too hard to breathe after four ...
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What is the meaning of "music streets" here?

While watching the 2021 AMAs, I heard Billy Porter as a presenter saying, "It always feels good to be recognized by your peers whether in my hometown, your hometown, or up in these music streets. ...
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How much paid time off does the employee get? [closed]

Any Employee who attends the funeral of a member of his immediate family will be paid on the basis of straight time pay only for scheduled time lost up to three (3) days from date of decease through ...
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What's the meaning of "the dream with its horn and man follows that path"?

It’s hard to believe, but I was born in a neighborhood called Los Empalados: The Impaled. The name glows like the moon. The name opens a way through the dream with its horn, and man follows that path. ...
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He turned up one night stone broke in Medellín [closed]

My father was a renegade priest. I don’t know if he was Colombian or came from some other country. But he was Latin American. He turned up one night stone broke in Medellín, preaching sermons in bars ...
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Is "I would request you to" totally wrong in both American and British English when I want to want to request something from someone? [closed]

I wrote an email to someone like- Thanks! I would request you to [do this] so that I can [do that]. They replied making fun of English by saying "okay I will thank you for that" so I thought ...
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Is it irony? Can you read it as rudeness? [migrated]

I'm not native English as you will notice ;) that's why my below question. The sentence: "With regards to the xyz issues, I am asking what problem you have now?" i feel it's as not most ...
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as much as my place is worth

Quote: “Bless you, sir, if any one is about he will be, for he is always the first stirring. But here he is, sir, to answer your questions for himself. No, sir, no; it is as much as my place is worth ...
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They were all sitting there primly dressed in their spring Sunday best

Quote: They were all sitting there primly dressed in their spring Sunday best. The story happened in the start of the fall semester. Why did they dress in their spring Sunday best? Is it one of the ...
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What does "in hearing" mean in this sentence? [migrated]

In hearing so many people relate the fascinating experiences with which this volume deals, I have come to feel almost as though I have lived through them myself. What does "In hearing" mean?...
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How to interpret the sentence "Rahul Dravid appointed head coach of Indian cricket team"? [duplicate]

Above mentioned sentence is a News headline. If i had to write it, I write it as Rahul Dravid is appointed as head coach of Indian cricket team. Where it should be 'is appointed'. How do I ...
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What is the relationship between these two clauses?

I came across this sentence: Even as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan morph into shapeless struggles, they have given birth to an extraordinary outpouring of writing that tries to make sense of it ...
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What does " Any award recognition is just gravy " mean? [closed]

The interviewer asked the actor "What would an Oscar nomination mean for you?", and he answered, "Any award recognition is just gravy". Can anybody please clarify the actor's ...
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What is the meaning of "be places"?

Recently I saw the sentence "Sometimes I just am places". What does it mean? Actually, it was used when one of the characters in the movie asked his friend "why are you here?", and ...
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A Question About the Use of "who is believed to"

I have a question regarding the grammatical use of "who is believed to". (a) The old banker, who is believed to be funding the syndicate. (b) The old banker, who is believed to fund the ...
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What does "It's later than you think" mean

I have just recently listened to a song Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think). Here is a snippet of the lyrics Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think Enjoy yourself, while you're still in the ...
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"lose the hide and hair on him", what does this mean?

I was reading Roland's Song and I encountered this part: stand everything, the great heat, the great cold, lose the hide and hair on him for his good lord. Do you know what "lose the hide and ...
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Meaning of 'Nothing herein shall require the Owner to disclose any of its information' in an agreement document?

What is the meaning of the sentence from an agreement document? Nothing herein shall require the Owner to disclose any of its information. The sentence previous to this sentence has some types of ...
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Meaning of "unthinkable fold"

The enemy seeing the unthinkable fold in front of them, fled What is the meaning of unthinkable fold? I tried to google it but to in vain. Source of this info is here: https://youtu.be/dK08CT_3LjU?t=...
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The meaning of "you can give in, you can give out but you don't give up"

I have taken a look at the definitions of all the three phrasal verbs but still not sure what the following sentence means: You can give in, you can give out but you don't give up. A bit more ...
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What is it called when you build up a statement as something positive, and then make into something negative? [duplicate]

Is there a specific word for when the beginning of a statement is positive, and then you you turn it into a mockery or ridicule? Examples: "I really do love Rick, he is my favorite comedian, ...
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What does "Espresso yourself! Ad gets latte love" mean?

I know Starbucks UK launched a new campaign to promote acceptance of sex change in young teens by encouraging them to give baristas their “new” name when they purchase coffee so it can be “called out” ...
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Function of genitive

What is the function of the genitive case in the sentence below? More precisely, what type of relationship between the two nouns does it imply? The man’s tale was interesting.
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Does, "... gas, electricity, and any other costs associated with the internet," mistakenly imply gas and electricity as a cost for internet?

In the utilities section of a rental agreement, a paragraph ends with the sentence, "Tenants shall be responsible for gas, electricity, and any other costs associated with the internet." In ...
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What does "May your death only ever be written" mean?

It was written by a mystery novel writer. She signed this on her book to show appreciation to the detective who solved a real crime and proved that the writer wasn't the murderer.
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partial global hegemony [closed]

"Global" and "partial" seem to be contradicting to one another. What does "partial" mean in this context? China's international leadership would bear little resemblance ...
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The meaning of the sentence in Eudora Welty's story "A visit of charity"

I can't understand what the sentence "You never came and you never went" is related to. Does it clarify the previous utterance or is it a new thought which says that the person has never ...
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What does this bit of Cockney mean?

In the 2nd episode of the 3rd season of Would I Lie To You?, a fragment is shown from a 1985 episode of London Weekend Television's The Six O'Clock Show, with someone purporting to be a former Teddy ...
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Please help me to read a long sentence

In other words consciousness is an illimitable power, and though at times it may seem to be all consciousness of misery, yet in the way it propagates itself from wave to wave, so that we never cease ...
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'laid out on three levels of elevation 20 feet in height' Help me understand this phrase

The following is the description of the camp. I cannot imagine what it is, because of the ambiguity of the underlined part. The wooden building is 20 feet high? Could anyone be kind enough to explain ...
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"Submit the assignment by February 10th." What does this statement mean? [duplicate]

Question "Submit the assignment by February 10th." What does this statement mean? Possibility 1 The assignment should be submitted by February 10th, 23:59. Possibility 2 The assignment ...
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What does Raw Defiance mean? [closed]

I looked up about the word "Raw" and found it has bunch of different meanings, one of them being 'A Natural, uncontrolled quality' And, the other day, I heard someone say, in a bit of an ...
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Meaning of these verses from a poem by Keats [closed]

What does these words mean : And in the midst of this wide quietness A rosy sanctuary will I dress With the wreath’d trellis of a working brain, I'm not a literature student, these verses were ...
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Does double ‘each’ make ambiguity?

Each person has each car If There are people A, B, C and car A, B, C: It means people have car A or B or C car or people have car A and B and C? Everyone works every day It means people works Mon., ...
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Meaning of "discriminatory disinterest" in this sentence

Whether motivated by outright prejudice or simple discriminatory disinterest, ... This sentence-piece is taken from a text written on the illegalization of cannabis, stating that Mexican immigration ...
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What does this sentence mean? How can I say it differently?

There the Ancients told of a prophecy.
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Implication of unstated contrasting cases

Apologies if this question is answered elsewhere. I didn't know how to refer to the following phenomenon and consequently I didn't know what to search for. I'm happy for more expert users to add/...
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A hard to understand paragraph [closed]

How can the bolded part of the following text be expressed in the simple language? While the principals are a cut above this level of qualification the incompetence of the American government to do ...
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"All the way back" vs "All the way in the back"

Are "All the way back" vs "All the way in the back" the same ? I found the explain for "All the way" phrase in here: https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/...
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Which expression is correct?

What I want to express is: background: When the CPU is processing data, multiple processes may use one CPU at the same time. In order to prevent the data of one process from being speculated by ...
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I'm in construction

I read from a book: What do you do?/ What is your job? I'm in construction. I'm in retail. Do the answers "I'm in construction." & "I'm in retail." mean "I work in the ...
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What does it mean: A utility hookup or work order dated within 60 days before registration? [duplicate]

Does it mean any day in a timeframe of 60 days max to the action, in other words: it could be 1 day or 59 days before?
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Fact or Opinion

The book contains techniques that some people may find useful. Can anyone give me some explanation on this sentence whether it's a fact or opinion. Seems like a very basic question, but it really ...
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What does "shown for scale of purchasing power" mean?

On this page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millionaire In the right part, there is a photo of a luxury house. The text underneath says: A large suburban home valued at roughly $1,000,000 (2006) in ...
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What is the meaning of “longer hours” [closed]

I was on the NJ transit and saw an advertisement outside our local baseball stadium for TD bank. The ad said: “Big fans of the patriots and longer hours” - TD bank. I can totally understand why a Bank ...
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What does "I have got a witness 'set up' down the road? "mean?

set up The context is a detective telling another detective about the case in an episode of Wandavision. I specifically want to know what does "set up" mean here?
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Is the semantics of this sentence correct?

The speaker tries to say that I could have explained what I mean more accurately which would increase the chances of him solving my problem. He says the following: "Your attempt at explaining ...
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" Can you explain and give some examples of it's usage " [closed]

Can you help me with learning this phrase
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What is the meaning of "otherwise" in this text? [closed]

The head on the obverse is archaic in type, and very much resembles that of Sapor I. The crown has attached to it, in many cases, that "cheek-piece" which is otherwise confined to the first ...
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What does "be it" mean in this context? [duplicate]

I googled about this "be it" thing and I found a little sth about it, I learned it's an old subjunctive inversion, but I can’t understand meaning of the sentence below: But such an “...

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