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In this context, when engage is used informally, sense 8 applies: “To enter into (an activity), to participate”. For example, a VC (venture capitalist) may engage in studying a company. When it is …
answered Mar 8 '13 by James Waldby - jwpat7
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At the end of chapter I in Book 3 of Tender is the Night, at his wife's prompting Dr. Gregorovius (Franz) concludes Dr. Diver (Dick) is not a serious person and begins looking for an excuse to break w …
answered Aug 4 '13 by James Waldby - jwpat7
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Regarding your question about correctness of «"the men" are strippers ... "the women" are clients who pay...», that is correct, although none of the words clients, customers, consumers would be quite …
answered Aug 2 '12 by James Waldby - jwpat7
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In my experience, and according to web searches, "can’t bake the cake" is not idiomatic and is not common except in its literal sense of not being able to cook a cake, for example because of an oven p …
answered Dec 15 '11 by James Waldby - jwpat7
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As Colin mentioned in his answer, and I in my comment, level evidently is a mistake or typo and should be leave. Regarding the term connection point: This refers to the point of contact between the …
answered Jul 8 '12 by James Waldby - jwpat7
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A question or issue “of a kind prescribed” refers to one that meets some previously stated criteria. To prescribe is, here, to specify a rule or guide (Wiktionary's sense 2). The quotation says tha …
answered Jul 11 '14 by James Waldby - jwpat7
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If you have quoted correctly from the book (which by the way is by Bruce Cumings, not Comings) then 'infallible' is not an appropriate word. In a January 1997 Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists articl …
answered Mar 27 '12 by James Waldby - jwpat7
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In the excerpt, only means but or except, and hard means impenetrable except by force. Like cast shadows, Flatland figures are surface phenomena; unlike shadows, which merge or overlap when they enco …
answered Mar 6 '12 by James Waldby - jwpat7
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As noted in previous answer, a speech being "soapbox-ready" means it's ready to deliver. While the Soapbox article in wikipedia refers several times to impromptu speeches, it also mentions a number o …
answered Mar 18 '12 by James Waldby - jwpat7
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... young researchers who use social media, to the chagrin of their administrators will cite this journal article. ... young researchers who use social media to the chagrin of their administrator …
answered Feb 22 '12 by James Waldby - jwpat7
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The notion here is that because so many days in Syria are gruesome, it is hard to remember the days distinctly. “The horror is so stark as to earn a special mark” means the action stands out especial …
answered Aug 31 '12 by James Waldby - jwpat7
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That perfectly natural American sentence is the beginning of Ambrose Bierce's short story Beyond the Wall. It means the narrator spent a week in San Francisco as a stopover while traveling from Hong …
answered Aug 18 '12 by James Waldby - jwpat7
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Your notion that the type of report doesn't matter probably is wrong; and most probably you need to ask the user to show you what report elements she wishes to have excluded. If the report covers s …
answered Sep 29 '11 by James Waldby - jwpat7
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Although sense 1.2 isn't applicable, either of the senses “1. Coming after all others in time or order; final” or “1.1. Met with or encountered after any others” applies, at least in part. Via sense …
answered Jul 5 '14 by James Waldby - jwpat7
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Compensating for contraction, ellipsis ("The omission of a grammatically required word or phrase that can be inferred"), and substituting equivalent terms, etc. gives us the following sequence: • …
answered Jul 22 '12 by James Waldby - jwpat7

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