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To be clear, from doesn’t mean some, but you could make two different sentences that mean roughly the same thing: I’ve chosen some of the best. . . . or I’ve chosen from among the best. . .  …
answered Mar 24 '11 by Robusto
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. Another way to state the meaning would be If you like space in the attic, you are not going to be happy [leaving boxes of comic books around up there]. Stating it as Lisa did softens the presumption of deciding what will or won't make the listener happy, yet maintains the vitality of the premise. …
answered Mar 15 '15 by Robusto
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To "get a run" here simply means to have a number of similar events happen in sequence. In this case, the bartender has a run of ten men ordering Manhattans. run 26. A trend or tendency:
answered Jan 8 '13 by Robusto
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"Fair enough" is an even-handed acknowledgment that the person on the other side of an argument has made a valid point. It is a concession of sorts, and sometimes may mean that the person saying it wa …
answered Oct 5 '15 by Robusto
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The nature of a comment, when the meaning as "a remark expressing anopinion or reaction," is to be brief. That's why Stackexchange sites, for example, allow you a mere 600 characters to write one … . A commentary can be longer, even the length of a bible. Comment can carry the meaning of commentary, but that is an archaic usage. …
answered Dec 2 '10 by Robusto
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In the context of the video, which appears to be an English lesson (美语 = "Beautiful Words"?) aimed at a Chinese audience, "I can't wait to get out there" simply indicates that the speaker is so happy …
answered Jan 28 '12 by Robusto
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The word "parochial" comes from "pertaining to a parish" — which is the local domain of a particular church. It means that some enterprise or view is narrow or restricted. In your case, parochial int …
answered Nov 23 '16 by Robusto
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In this case it simply means "someone from outer space". But it also has the added flavor of "no country of origin" because technically the American baby would not be born on American soil.
answered Feb 17 '11 by Robusto
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It means an expression of contempt that is not at all concealed.
answered Apr 11 '11 by Robusto
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It means "represented them as": MichelsonMorley experiments weren't the failure MIT [represented them as] ... To "make something out to be" something else is to portray it in a certain light. If …
answered Mar 7 '11 by Robusto
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It means in this case sheer - complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifier More here.
answered Mar 25 '11 by Robusto
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Straps are usually made of leather or a synthetic fiber material. Bracelets are usually made of metal. Often the word band will be used to represent either, though.
answered Jan 7 '13 by Robusto
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There is another meaning of the word. assert verb [ trans. ] cause others to recognize (one's authority or a right) by confident and forceful behavior : the good librarian is able to assert authority when required. [NOAD] This is the sense in which assert is used in your example. …
answered Apr 17 '11 by Robusto
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This is an example of understatement. It is said when what one really means is "it's a lot more than that," but wants to add more emphasis by using that rhetorical device. About the best way to demon …
answered Aug 19 '15 by Robusto
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Affect in this sense means to "use, wear, or assume (something) pretentiously or so as to make an impression oin others: an American who had affected a British accent " [Webster's] In your sentence i …
answered Jan 23 '11 by Robusto

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