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What does the sentences mean?

No human eye can isolate the unhappy coincidence of line and place which suggests evil in the face of a house, and yet somehow a maniac juxtaposition, a badly turned angle, some chance meeting of roof ...
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Differences between “Neither…nor” and “None of…” and “subject + do not, will not…etc”?

What are the differences between Neither...nor and None of... and subject + do not, will not...etc? I feel these two structures mean the same and that the latter is more straightforward. In other ...
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What does the word 'cliffhangers' mean here?

What does the word "cliffhangers" mean in the following sentence: You can unlock mentors who’ll show you how to pull off cliffhangers, whips and more. The sentence is from the description of ...
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What does “school closure policy” mean? [closed]

I saw a sentence as below With the cross-country context, Cronert (2020) investigated 167 countries worldwide on their reactions to the Covid-19 pandemic, focusing on the political determinant of ...
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What does “caravan a house” mean?

I've come across the phrase in the second episode of Modern Family. Here is the context; I'm a real-estate mogul. What?! No, I am a real-estate agent. Um, we caravanned that house. Great, uh, deck.
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What does “doublets and triplets are juvenile when overused” mean?

From reading this document, page 212, I am wondering what does "doublets and triplets are juvenile when overused" mean?
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What is the meaning of Argh?

What does it mean to use argh in response to a question like this: Do you want to play? (All said) Argh. This is a part of 'peppa pig' animation when it is Danny dog's birthday. All Danny dog's ...
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Validity of “I saw someone scream” [closed]

I don’t understand “I saw someone scream.” Is it right to say “I heard someone scream” or “I saw someone who was screaming”?
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Meaning of “lit from behind through a cloud of metallic steam” and “strain a person’s sense … ” [closed]

They stopped on a rising note. Dexter was standing in the bathroom doorway, holding Billy by the hand, lit from behind through a cloud of metallic steam. ‘Some things, Morty,’ he said, ‘strain a ...
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“To be survived by someone of some years”

I saw the definition of the verb survive in a dictionanry with this example: Santos is survived by his wife of 49 years. I understand that his wife is still alive when Santos passed away, but what ...
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When vs If for causality

What's the difference between these two sentences When the user runs the program or file, the malicious payload of the Trojan is injected into the system If the user runs the program or file, the ...
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What does “Any time now” mean?

In Black Widow (2021), Yelena and Natasha are escaping from Black Widows, so Yelena steal a guy's car Natasha: You can't just steal a guy's car. Yelena: So you want me to chase him down and un-steal ...
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Differences between “and” and “or” when using them to give examples or to make a list

I don't know the differences between and and or when I use them to give examples or to make a list. In the examples below, what are the differences between using and and using or? Example 1: A: What ...
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What is the meaning of “I'm about”?

I often come across this phrase and don't fully understand its meaning. I will be glad to find out at last. Here is the example https://youtu.be/aELb5Smu14U?t=219 3:39 I'm doing all the stuff they ...
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What does “empty nest” mean in this context?

In Black Widow (2021), Black Widow is on the ship. Inside the building, a soldier finds ladies washroom empty and returns back to Ross: Soldier: Got an empty nest, Secretary Ross. Her tracker, sir. ...
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Can we say, “the evil” to mean “all the people who are morally bad”?

I know we can say "the good" to mean "all the people that are morally good" as you can see here, while "good" without the definite article means, "that which is ...
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Can't catch the meaning of the sentence

It's from stand-up performance of Josh Blue. "I'm guessing to talk with your manager", this sentence has perplexed me. He thinks that he is talking to the manager right now or he thinks to ...
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What's the meaning of “torn” or “torn from sleep”?

It's in the book 'The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher' It happened after the character Geralt fights a fast and strong creature. He falls bleeding and wakes up, his neck injury attended by someone. ...
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The meaning of “when disaster seemed positive” in Fahrenheit 451

The full paragraph: He hung up his black-beetle-coloured helmet and shined it, he hung his flameproof jacket neatly; he showered luxuriously, and then, whistling, hands in pockets, walked across the ...
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Meaning of “But you are faking it” and “Rule number one of modern life”

Vicki said, ‘Don’t you care about Philip and Athena?’ said Vicki. Elizabeth said, ‘Course I care. I always care. But there’s no point in making a song and dance about it, like that night he stayed ...
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What is the difference between “Go over” and “Go”…? [duplicate]

I find the meaning of "Go over" is that "to move or travel towards someone or something"; so, what is the difference between "go over" and "go"?
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Meaning of “with a tilt of 97.77 degrees - possibly the result of collision”?

What is the meaning of "with a tilt of 97.77 degrees - possibly the result of collision" ? (Source : https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/uranus/in-depth/ ) Uranus is the only planet whose ...
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The one…, the other

The verb regard commonly appears in two combinations. The one phrase, "highly regarded", is a vague expression of praise; the other, "widely regarded as", usually... What Part of ...
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Is the sentence correct and proper? [closed]

At the end of the statement you just heard in the recording, did you spot/discern/tell the last word “busy” spoken with an upward or downward inflection?”
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Questions about 'smoothly'

Is there a difference between 'speak fluently' and 'speak smoothly' in meaning? Is it correct to use 'smoothly' to describe 'speak English' such as 'He speaks English smoothly' and 'He speaks ...
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The used of “to be trusted”

The pandemic, Africa’s worst if official statistics are to be trusted, has killed at least 65,000 people and plunged many more into destitution. What does this to be trusted mean here? Does it mean &...
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What does "yanis' mean

It's again from one of my favourite YouTube show "Screen Rant". I am confused about the word "yanis". What it means, has it a synonum? https://youtu.be/Zk_YKmtOYyI?t=318 5:18
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“Moving in a circle” [closed]

Even though there’s no distinguishable circle, how does “moving in a circle” make sense? circle: to move in a circle, especially in the air
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Don't know what “I am tight” means

It's from Youtube show Screen Rant where movie producer has just heard about his cameo in a film and has got so excited. In response for that he says "I am tight". I don't have a clue what ...
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What does “Little heart” mean? [closed]

Two bikers, Billy and Wyatt picks up a stranger on highway. Next, they rest by the campfire: Billy: We're going to Mardi Gras. Stranger: Little heart is set on that, huh? Wyatt: We got a week. That's ...
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won't be back for six months

a. He won't be back for six months. b. He won't be back in six months. Are both sentences grammatically correct? Is there any difference in their meanings? Does (a) imply that he will back shortly ...
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Incorrect usage of “projecting guilt”

Trump projected his guilt onto Hillary Clinton because he knew he committed a crime. John projected his guilt and accused Janet of having committed the crime he committed. You can't project guilt ...
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What is the bold sentence meaning?

Savannas pose a bit of a problem for ecologists. There is an axiom in ecology that ‘complete competitors cannot coexist’:in other words, where two populations of organisms use exactly the same ...
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“Person with red clothes” or “red person”

I noticed that we don’t call a person in red clothes “red person,” but we call a face with a red cream “red face,” eyes with red-colored lens “red eyes” or lips applied with a red lipstick “red lips.” ...
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What exactly is Jubilee Year and Jubilee Day in England (a snippet from an old story)

I am reading a short story by R. Middleton and I failed to find out what the Jubilee phrases refer to (the story takes place in 1897, and was written around this year as well): Ninety-seven was ...
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The meaning of “plate of the four lower ones in the blue tooth-glass”

She roved further afield as she wriggled her toes luxuriously on the hot-water bottle. If it pleased our dear God to take her to Himself, and she was not so young as she had been—there was that plate ...
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What does “jaded person had to blink” mean?

What is the meaning of the expression in bold? "Even the most jaded observer of American corporate culture had to blink when, earlier this month, Home Depot’s board of directors handed the ...
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Meaning of the below phrase [closed]

After completing a job, my client said, "Wow! what a great job" and left a review telling "He is at the customer's expense". What's the meaning of "He is at the customer's ...
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Something turned something meaning [closed]

the pop star Turned politician meaning. The whole sentence is like this: The pop star turned politician was arrested.
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What does “getting a little distance” mean?

Two bikers, Billy and Wyatt sit by the campfire: Wyatt: What's the matter? You zonked? You really zoaned? Billy: No, I'm just kinda tired, man. Wyatt: Oh, man, you're pulling inside. You're getting a ...
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What does “pulling inside” mean?

Two bikers, Billy and Wyatt sit by the campfire: Wyatt: What's the matter? You zonked? You really zoaned? Billy: No, I'm just kinda tired, man. Wyatt: Oh, man, you're pulling inside. You're getting a ...
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“Pseudo Passive” [duplicate]

I just read a piece of news about the use of fireworks to celebrate Easter in Greece, and found a sentence as follows: "A sixty-eight year old dealer had his warehouse raided this week and the ...
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if you want to do it

a. You can do the work properly if you want to do it. I think in (a) 'it' would be taken to mean 'the work'. But could 'it' also mean a1. You can do the work properly if you want. in other words You ...
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All not equal to zero - meaning?

I have the following sentence in a scientific paper. “Here r, r1, and r2 are all not equal to zero.” Does this mean that if one of them is zero, then the condition is not met? Or does it mean that at ...
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meaning of having been anticipated in the design

What is the meaning of " having been anticipated in the design". He had been prevented from finishing a translation of his " Theory of Morals"' into French, only by the knowledge ...
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Meaning of 'unstructured' in “I reckon you should spend unstructured time with your kids”

I reckon you should spend unstructured time with your kids. It wouldn't kill you to be a little maternalistic.
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“Tonight is a work night”

"Tonight is a work night" Source: https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Work%20night&defid=9800761#9800761 "Work night" means The night before a work day. so, "...
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The morning rain clouds up my window

In the song Thank You, Dido sings: My tea's gone cold I'm wondering why I got out of bed at all. The morning rain clouds up my window, and I can't see at all. And even if I could, it would all be ...
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What is called XXX and What XXX is called

What is the difference beetwen two sentences?1) sometimes they are only fiction, or what is called the black art.”2)sometimes they are only fiction, or what the black art is called.” But where was ...
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What does “don't kiss the dog” mean?

I'm watching a TV show. And there's a situation that someone tried to steal someone's wallet but failed. Then other person said to that thief this. If you want to lift someone's wallet, don't kiss ...

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