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How common is “you lot” for a group of exactly two persons and under what circumstances can it be used as such if any?

The expression “you lot” is commonly used in British English to refer to a group of people informally. It’s similar to “you guys” or “you all” and can be used for groups of any size, including two ...
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What is "with the larger group being the first to flee" called?

The phrase means that when the Pinkertons descended on the camp, the larger group was the first to flee. It is a depictive adjunct made up of head preposition with and an absolute construction ...
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"Need be" vs. "Needs to be"

...the balance need be swayed only slightly... “Need” is subjunctive: “Defeat is not certain: The balance need be swayed only slightly and we are victorious.” Compare “Were/Be the balance swayed only ...
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What does "I like 'em firm and well covered," meaning?

My wild guess on the sentence of "I like 'em firm and well covered," is: 'firm' is insinuating 'firm figure' or 'stout' body, while 'well covered' aims at 'fleshy girl' instead of skinny ...
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What does "I like 'em firm and well covered," meaning?

The reference of the pronoun is ambiguous, and likely meant to be. Modernist writers such as Katherine Mansfield are not known for the clarity of their writing and often leave their true meaning ...
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". . . , but thinks by Easter he'll have grown into it"?

I think the meaning of the phrasal verb here is this: to become more confident in a new job, etc. and learn to do it better She's still growing into her new role as a mother. [Oxford Learner's ...
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". . . , but thinks by Easter he'll have grown into it"?

Grow into to become large enough for (a certain size of clothing) Ben will grow into Billy's shoes in a year or two. (M-W) Also If children grow into clothes, they gradually become big enough to ...
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"call out" vs "call in"

From North NJ. We “call out”. “Calling in“ was something I heard on TikTok
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