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When does "actively mislead" entail an intent to deceive?

Mislead is a euphemism for lie. It always suggests an intent to deceive, but does not entail it logically, since human intention is not a logical conclusion (the way the truth of She killed him ...
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When does "actively mislead" entail an intent to deceive?

Actively mislead can certainly suggest intent; its range of meaning is visible in the definition of actively (Oxford English Dictionary, "actively, adv.," def. 1). By one's own action; ...
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What exactly are "beasts that perish"?

I'm fairly sure he is simply making a poetic contrast between humans (who have immortal souls) and beasts (who don't and therefore perish eternally). He may even be deliberately contrasting with the ...
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Does "that's fair" indicate disagreement in a conversation?

The phrase that's fair is ambiguous, when considered outside its context, because, the word fair has a number of rather different senses, at least two of which are relevant here. The context will, ...
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Does "that's fair" indicate disagreement in a conversation?

"That's fair" is typically utilized when you bring up a strong point to an argument or conversation. It usually does not mean disagreement. It's having a strong point to a situation where ...
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Present perfect vs past simple

One way of thinking of this distinction is in terms of truth conditions. If the two are identical, they they will be true (or false) or appropriate (or inappropriate) in all the same conditions. ...
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What is the exact meaning of "with" in this sentence

with has many meanings and I assume that you have not been able to decide which meaning applies to your text. The most appropriate is: Cambridge With: relating to or in the case of a person or thing: ...
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Origin of 'go (off) on a jag'

A possible origin of this is the Plough Jags or Plough Plays of Lincolnshire. It is thought that the word "Jags" is a corruption of "Jacks" but the term "Plough Jags" ...
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Origin of 'go (off) on a jag'

There looks to be two different sayings around the turn of the 20th century. To be on a jag or go on a jag meant an uncomfortable situation, perhaps related to jag meaning a sharp point. To have taken ...
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Origin of 'go (off) on a jag'

According to Green’s Dictionary of Slang, the origin is from rural slang related to train cargo. The figurative usage is from the late 19th century. Jag: dial. jag, as much liquor as one can hold, a ‘...
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Answering "I don't have a criminal background"

In conversational English, you might hear something like this: Q: Don't you have the textbook? A: No, I don't. -or- Yes, I do have the textbook. But a form is not a conversation. This should be ...
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Meaning of "couple o' pins" in this poem by Tolkien

When dressmaking pins were made by hand they were something of real but very small value. As the process of making them became more mechanised the value dropped and they began to be sold in numbers ...
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Meaning of "couple o' pins" in this poem by Tolkien

Being a cooper (barrel maker), I have always considered ‘pins’ to refer to a small barrel. Thus ‘for two pins’ (of rum or beer) I would have enough courage to do something that I shouldn’t.
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What is the connotation of “The Hitchhiker's Guide to XYZ”?

What is the connotation of “The Hitchhiker's Guide to XYZ”? The exact connotations that individual authors (or their publishers) wish to convey in naming their book “The Hitchhiker's Guide to XYZ” is ...
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What is the connotation of “The Hitchhiker's Guide to XYZ”?

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy* that we read, hear, or even watch is funny, and fun. "Don't Panic" is a key theme, certainly. But within what we see, the Guide is a book (an ...
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How should I interpret "it did not seem fantastic"?

According to my opinion the text means that it is not real that some magic would occur so that joanne would fall asleep fast like an infant
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What is the connotation of “The Hitchhiker's Guide to XYZ”?

Don't Panic This is inscribed on the actual (in-universe meaning) cover of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It means to take a relaxed attitude towards new and interesting situations, and learn ...
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What is the connotation of “The Hitchhiker's Guide to XYZ”?

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is itself a reference to a book title that was well-known at the time Douglas Adams wrote his original radio drama. "The Hitchhiker's Guide to Europe" by ...
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Slang: "To have a twenty on me"

The standard meaning of "to have a twenty on me" in U.S. idiomatic usage is "to have $20 in my possession"—technically in the form of a $20 bill, although more loosely in the sense ...
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What’s the meaning of “an entire art where the tester uses many means to discover the worth”?

Art, in this context, means the collective use of techniques, methods, sciences... I interpret this sentence "we have an entire art where the tester uses many means to discover the worth" to ...
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Answering "I don't have a criminal background"

Your understanding is correct. In Middle and early Modern English, there were the words "yea" and "nay". Yea = Your statement is correct Nay = Your statement is incorrect These ...
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Answering "I don't have a criminal background"

In such questions, "yes" refers to "correct" and "no" to "incorrect". So, it makes much more sense to pick yes in this question.
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What is the meaning of "differences of degree and not of kind"

All kinds of virtues (honesty, kindness, compassion, loyalty, morality) and vices (kama, krodha, lobha, moha, mad and matsara) are present in the humans, the difference lies in the extent or the ...
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Meaning of "where we should expect its heart" in this context?

Heart follows the sentence: "Remarkably, however, the university does not teach us anything about why the pursuit of intellectual goals (research, teaching, learning etc.) is indeed valuable.&...
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What is the meaning of "physical character of of the people"?

The chapter II "Occurrences and Observations in the Navigation of the Yellow Sea, and the Passage up the Pei-ho, or White River." may provide an answer Without, however, making any enquiry ...
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What is meant by 'with the drum and gush of water with the sweet crystal fall of showers and the concussion of storms ....... come over the islands"?

Ray Bradbury was a famous science fiction writer, but he also wrote poetry. His poetic instincts came into play in much of his prose writing. In this particular story, the main character is a girl who ...
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What is the meaning of interpolation technique as in "using an interpolation technique to deduce facts"?

Highly imaginative but dubious. Sold well, but seems to have used an interpolation technique to deduce 'facts'. These sentences are a brief review of Rice’s book. In this case interpolation is not a ...
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What is the meaning of interpolation technique as in "using an interpolation technique to deduce facts"?

Interpolation is a mathematical technique. A simple example is with a volume control on a sound system. If you know that one position is too loud and another position is too quiet, there is a position ...
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