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Why does “to keep someone posted” mean “to keep someone updated”?

What's the logic behind the meaning of the above phrase?
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Phrase/word for situation of too many theorists/teachers but too few skilled workers in the economy

Word/phrase expressing the situation where there is an abundance of teachers/theorists but not enough skilled workers?
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1984: Ignorance is? [closed]

In Orwell's 1984, that I actually read circa 1984, is back among the best sellers on Amazon. Central to the story is the iconic three lines: “War is peace.” “Freedom is slavery.” “Ignorance is ...
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Question that is a no-brainer

I need a phrase which has a meaning of a question that is very easy to answer and requires very little thought. I think it might have something to do with word no-brainer. I don't know if a no-...
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“Do You Dreams Come True”: A clever pun or just bad English?

There's a Japanese band called "Dreams Come True", and on March 21st (2009) they released an album entitled: "Do You Dreams Come True". The title of the album has troubled me ...
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“Has given a martyr to Christ”

The following was taken from a book. ...and it may be that on the list of martyrs will yet shine the name of some faithful little reader of this story of St. Dorothea, on whose feast-day ...
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what's the phrase for “I don't want to be reliant on someone else”

I remember that there is a phrase with the word whims that goes about like this: "I don't want to be reliant on someone else" Does anyone know what that phrase is?
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How long is a 'wink'?

If I'm off to catch forty winks, how long will I be asleep? I'm interested to know if there is a specific amount of time associated with a 'wink', or if there's no actual amount of time behind it?