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Meaning of “they shed” in sentence

This is from Michael Lewis's book, Liar's Poker: I’m not sure any of them had what you’d call genuine ethnic identity. But they were an oppressed minority. And they shed rather than acquired airs. ...
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Understanding a billing's message [closed]

It's important and I want to make sure I understand it correctly before replying or reacting in any way. Hello, John here from billing. Thank you for your patience while we reviewed your ...
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What did Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great essayist, mean in this quote from a lecture in 1871?

What does the quote, "If a man can write a better book or preach a better sermon or make a better mousetrap than his neighbor, even if he builds his house in the woods, the world will make a ...
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What does “To her fair works did Nature link” mean?

I found this in "The Water Babies" fairy tale. It is part of the poem Lines Written in Early Spring by Wordsworth: To her fair works did Nature link The human soul that through me ran; And much ...
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Meaning of “it is only a small percentage of whom this would be true at present.”

In the extract It will be said that men will not work well if the fear of dismissal does not spur them on. I think it is only a small percentage of whom this would be true at present. could the ...
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The meaning of “diversify” [closed]

I have this sentence: Many wheat farmers have begun to diversify into other forms of agriculture. And I struggle to understand the meaning of "diversify" here. Does this sentence mean that they ...
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I need to further understand how to use “stringent” in a sentence

I have heard of the word stringent, which to me I understand it as “a person who can't seem to let loose” or “a person who is not flexible at all”. For example: There is an upcoming trip where ...
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Meaning of a sentence in “Aurora Leigh”

I cannot understand the meaning of one sentence in Aurora Leigh: "Now may God Deliver me from this strait! This gift of yours Was tendered . . when? accepted . . when?' I asked. 'A month . . ...
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“It was broken” vs. “It got broken” [duplicate]

When we say "The glass was broken" it means when we looked at it, it had been broken before, that is, it shows a state that could be spread over a period of time. But when we say "it got broken" it ...
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A more appropriate sentence for “I hope you are the right person to ask.” [closed]

I feel “I hope you are the right person.” doesn’t sound suitable for emailing professors. To me, it sounds a little rude, or cheesy, I don’t know... Any suggestions for alternatives???
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Trend VS. Blend

Is it correct to use the world "trends" in the following sentence? or is it better to use "blends" instead of "trends"? "In recent years, we face the emergence of new trends of location-based ...
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Am I interpreting these correctly?

Right now I am reading a chapter in Walden. There are two instances where I seem to be missing the mark because the summaries I read online (ie Sparknotes) do not corroborate the interpretation I'm ...
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What does “John I believe Sally said Bill believed Sue saw” mean?

What does the sentence: "John I believe Sally said Bill believed Sue saw." mean? It is cited in a textbook as an example of a grammatical but uncommon sentence. Source: Manning, Christopher D., ...
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What does drenched book mean?

The first printed page in the scanned online version of Analytical Solid Geometry by Shanti Narayan says, "the book was drenched". I'm positive it doesn't have anything to do with wetness. So what ...
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“I have to face” or “I have been facing” and what is the difference? [closed]

I have to face the real face of life. Is this sentence correct? Or should I say: I have been facing the real face of life. What I am trying to say is that I have been forced to do this.
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Connection between “But the consequences of […]” and “someone cannot do […]”

The text is quoted from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to James Madison in 1785. (source) I am conscious that an equal division of property is impractable. But the consequences of this ...
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Meaning of excel

In this article there is a sentence as follows Wenger fell instantly for a sport associated with the working classes and kids in school that failed to excel What does that mean by failed to excel ...
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Please untangle the logic of this for me

Could someone please rephrase this for me, because every time I read it I get tangled up: According to the Second Circuit, there is no principle of administrative law which, absent a disagreement ...
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God seldom opens one door that he doesn't close another [closed]

I'm reading An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness. I don't understand this part: I couldn't help thinking, with more than a trace of bitterness, that God seldom opens one door that he ...
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Meaning of the sentence from Rudyard Kipling's “The Man Who Was”

Dirkovitch, who had devoted himself steadily to the brandy—the terrible brandy aforementioned—did not understand, nor did the expurgated translations offered to him at all convey the point. Decidedly ...
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Meaning of lonely in a particular context

My friend is_____ child. It must be boring not having brothers and sisters. a. a lonely b. an only To me, both are correct. 🙈🙈🙈 The context support both lonely and an only. My friend is a ...
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What is the meaning of “previous 12 months ” in the clause below?

for two years after separation of your employment, you shall not solicit, entice away, offer employment, or employ directly or indirectly (as employees, contractors, consultants), any employee, ...
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Linkage between reality and perception

I am trying to make sense of this statement: So in common parlance reality still means reality, but includes the assumption that perception is an accurate indicator of reality, a known ...
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What is the meaning of this sentence? “It hardly spares Mr Trump to call him “deluded” rather than a liar.”

Does this sentence mean that rather than calling him a liar, it is more effective for journalists to call him deluded or deceived by someone? Journalists should be tough when powerful people say ...
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Is it correct to say “some rain”?

It is the onset of rainy season in this part of the world. It happened I reported in a Whatsapp page that "Some rain in ABC place." Is the usage of the "some" + "rain" correct in English?
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What is meant by “obfuscate by pretending”?

I came accross the following sentence: "Politicians obfuscate by pretending that the world would be the same if it weren't for the Cold War." What is the meaning of obfuscate by pretending and how ...
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with atleast 60% marks in either of the degree examination- [closed]

a candidate must possess the minimum qualification of a Graduate/Post Graduate in any discipline from a recognized University with at least 60% marks in either of the degree examination: Does it refer ...
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What does it mean for a statement to be “dichotomous”?

It is merely a dichotomous statement that is meant to have a specified probability of being true, in the long-run. I understand that dichotomous means "dividing into two sharply distinguished parts"...
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What does 'colt' stand for in this text? [closed]

The small locomotive engine, Number 4, came clanking, stumbling down from Selston — with seven full waggons. It appeared round the corner with loud threats of speed, but the colt that it startled from ...

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