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What does "How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb" mean?

There is nothing unusual in this title so far as its grammatical structure and the meanings of the words that appear in it are concerned. If an explanation of it is needed, that explanation has to be ...
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What does "How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb" mean?

The subtitle is probably a sarcastic allusion to Dale Carnegie's self-help book, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living (1948). A recent edition of the book asserts on the front cover, "OVER SIX ...
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Meaning of "The press of duties"

On first sight, your question might seem answerable by simple reference to a dictionary. But the number of definitions and examples for press offered by Cambridge, Merriam Webster and Collins is ...
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To catch the plate for a strike (baseball)

To get a strike in baseball, the pitcher must either throw the ball over the plate, or have the batter swing at a pitch. The speaker in your example is saying that they barely made it over just the ...
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What does "writing of a new patron" mean?

In those times, a man or woman could often only prosper and advance their station in life if they were supported, encouraged, paid and helped by a patron. Even today the meaning is still: Cambridge ...
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Meaning of 'glass that's with canary lined'?

I agree with Andrew's answer in that Canary refers to Canary Wine, but I don't think that the overall meaning of 'glass with canary lined' is suggesting the narrator would be driven to drink. Rather, ...
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Is ‘in its own turn’ used correctly in this sentence?

In one's turn is an idiomatic rhetorical expression. OED explains that in one's turn means in one's due order in the series. (Often in turn is also used rhetorically like in one's turn to indicate an ...
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Is ‘in its own turn’ used correctly in this sentence?

Yes, it is correct. (SOED) in turn(s) In due order of succession; successively, alternately. (SOED) in one's turn When one's turn or opportunity comes In one's own turn          I can't find a ...
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Meaning of 'glass that's with canary lined'?

Canary refers to Canary wine, A sweet fortified white wine produced in the Canary Islands; a variety of this (now historical). Later also more generally: any wine produced in the Canary Islands. — ...
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meaning of the word "Engagement"

Considering the four possibilities in lexico, it can be deduced that "1" is out of the question, and as well "4" does not correspond to the situation. "3" is then could ...
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Which of the meaning of ‘ghost’ is meant in the phrase ‘ghost authorship’?

I think the metaphor behind ghostwriter and related words is of a ghost as an entity that is unseen or at least difficult to see (despite potentially causing more perceptible effects). Likewise, the ...
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Which of the following is the most appropriate meaning of the word " a red-letter" day?

The origin of red-letter day is the custom of printing the names of festivals in red in prayer book calendars. The custom started with manuscript calendars, but it still happens with modern books. (...
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Which of the following is the most appropriate meaning of the word " a red-letter" day?

"A red-letter day" means c, an important day. It may be a memorable day because it is important, but the importance is primary. Merriam-Webster red-letter day informal : a very happy and ...
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