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This tag is for questions about the meaning of a word, which a dictionary cannot answer. If the question is about the meaning of a word that can't be understood outside its phrase or sentence, the "meaning-in-context" tag should be also used; for the meaning of a phrase, use the "phrase-meaning" tag instead. Your question should normally include the dictionary definition of the word, and explain how the dictionary does not answer your question.

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What is the meaning of "Your horse isn't much of a shot."?

What is the meaning of "Your horse isn't much of a shot."? It is from the movie "Out of Africa". The script is in here She(the lion) wanted to see if you'd run. That's how they ...
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What is the difference between exactly the same and the same?

I want them to have different meanings because two cakes are the same if both are chocolate cake and two cakes are exactly the same if not only both are chocolate cake but also the frostings are the ...
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making otoscopic examination?

I came across a cause and effect sentence like this. Some children have been reported to have narrow external ear canals, making otoscopic examination difficult and perhaps predisposing to stenosis. ...
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What does "Yes" mean as a reply to a statement? Do we still use it?

From Pride and Prejudice: D: Are you staying at Lambton? E: Yes. At the Rose and Crown. D: Yes. From the same scene: E: I'm very fond of walking. D: Yes. What does it mean? It's English from 200 ...
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can anyone explain about what "up" means in these sentences?

Please don't mind the excerpts being too long. “Poor lame Jennie sat at her window, looking out upon the dismal, narrow street, with a look of pain and weariness on her face.“Oh, dear,”she said with ...
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What's the meaning of the "snub face" in this senttence?

In this extract from Fat City by By Leonard Gardner, he is a boxer, so does "snub face" mean he has a harsh look or something like that? Short, trim, his snub face thrust forward now with a ...
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Saying Bee-bee-cue verbally

How common is it for someone to verbally say “bee-bee-cue” instead of “barbecue” in English-speaking countries (for example: Australia and United States)? In all my life, when living in both countries,...
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wasn't there when it was claimed he was

a. Jeff hadn't been in London when it was claimed he had participated in a chess competition there. b. Jeff wasn't in London when it was claimed he had participated in a chess competition there. c. ...
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What is the meaning of this phrase "plodded right on past"?

"Gagging on a dry throat, he chose some object as his finish line and, plodding up to it on weighted legs, plodded right on past. His head back and his heaving chest shot with pains, he strained ...
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Being taller can/could make him more attractive - Which is appropriate?

Example 1 ‎ Being tallercan/could make him more attractive to women. But that's impossibility for him because he's an adult. It is impossible for him to grow taller at this point so I wonder whether ...
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money/wherewithal

Lars now had the money and wherewithal to begin a serious art collection: a passion, like music, inherited from his father. As he told me in 2009, ‘For many years it became really the only area where ...
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What is the meaning of "I am digging this groove"

In the movie "Irish Wish", there is a line "I am digging this groove" Good morning, everyone. [all] Good morning. [Heather] I’m digging this groove. Uh, darling? Oh. Allow me. ...
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what does the word of seven book- length means

What does the term "seven book-length story" mean. It is planned that seven book-length stories by well-known writers shall follow the present book [etc.]
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I can't understand the meaning of the name of the ship ''Coastal Eagle point''

I came across the following text in my textbook: Four tugboats work together to free the oil tanker ''Coastal Eagle Point'' that ran aground while attempting to navigate a channel in Tampa Bay. I ...
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Why is 'spendthrift' not thrifty? Any other words like this?

The composition of 'spendthrift' lures ones to think it means being thrifty about spending money, but it actually means the opposite. Why does this happen? Are there other words like this? By 'this', ...
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What does "barren bowl" mean?

Here is quote in book The Rights of Nature "In the Netherlands, it is now illegal to keep a goldfish alone in a barren bowl. Countries such as Costa Rica have pledged to phase out zoos, circuses, ...
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What does "it" in "it‘s lettin‘ up" refer to?

While camping in a tent and maintaining a fire in Oppenheimer (2023), Frank shares with Lawrence and Oppenheimer his plans to get married. Lawrence offers his congratulations. When Oppenheimer ...
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what do reinforcing and ridicule mean here?

The danger often facing authors of satirical works is that if the audience is not discerning enough to get the joke, the piece may end up (i)____ the behavior it was trying to (ii)____ Blank(i) ...
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What does "Not that half" mean?

In Oppenheimer (2023), Frank is going to marry waitress Jackie: Frank: We join the Party and you can't hide your disapproval. Why? Is that because that's supposed to be your thing? Robert: I haven't ...
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Is the word "He" omitted before "Say"?

In Oppenheimer (2023), Strauss claims that Oppenheimer, the key physicist in the Manhattan Project, had no regrets about Hiroshima and desired control over the atomic bomb to gain historical ...
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Why does "craft" typically designate a small boat if it designates a boat but not a small aircraft/spacecraft if it designates an aircraft/spacecraft?

I read on https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/craft: (plural usually) a: a boat especially of small size b :aircraft c :spacecraft Why does "craft" typically designate a small boat ...
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How to understand 'Up here'—Up here, this chemical changed the composition of pre-existing gases

Over the following hundreds of millions of years, more microorganisms began producing this toxic gas, first saturating Earth's oceans and eventually its atmosphere. Up here, this chemical changed the ...
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Meaning of crazy of aspect in Joseph Conrad's The Secret Sharer

From the opening of Joseph Conrad's The Secret Sharer: "On my right hand there were lines of fishing stakes resembling a mysterious system of half- submerged bamboo fences, incomprehensible in ...
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Can someone please help or give advice?

My name is Ana and Spanish is my 1st language. I was 2yrs old when I came to USA. I put so much effort to learn English but as you can see I struggle putting sentences together. It’s extremely ...
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What does 'a tidy step' mean

I'm reading Agatha Christie's novel: The Secret Adversary, and there's a sentense that I could not understand. The character in the novel asks a porter in station for a way to the house, below is the ...
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What does "exclusive of other beings" mean?

from Commentaries on the Law of England by William Blackstone “The Earth, and all things herein, are the general property of mankind, exclusive of other beings, from the immediate gift of the creator&...
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Is holiday only a Commonwealth synonym for vacation, or does it also replace words like "trip" and "break" as well?

I am pretty sure holiday just means what Americans call a vacation as well as a long trip meant only for relaxation or even an extended period of time off from work or school. I dont think people are ...
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When do you use "ponder" and when do you use "mull over"?

In the following sample sentences from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, it seems to me that the two words are interchangeable in all instances without even the smallest change of nuance / ...
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How does "On the ground!" really fits here?

With weapons in her hand, Nebula speaks to Adam Warlock, who is trying to catch Rocket: Nebula: On the ground! According to the dictionary, "On the ground!" means "among the general ...
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Do "if," "when," and "whenever" all result in the same meaning here? [duplicate]

Example 1 I was a generous kid. I shared my toys with my friends if/when/whenever I bought new ones. Do all three of if, when, and whenever result in the same meaning: that it was a past reoccurring ...
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Meaning of "Call (God) holy"

Oxford English Online Dictionary defines the word "bless" in one sense as follows: (especially in Christian church services) call (God) holy; praise (God). I've got difficulty interpreting ...
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Should I create my own word, for example "questionworthy", when I write in English?

I know newsworthy is used to describe an event that deserves reporting (or to be reported?), therefore I wonder if I can describe a question worth asking in this forum questionworthy. That's ...
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"To the extent that" means "if" or "when"?

Here's the explanation of to the extent of in Cambridge Dictionary: to a particular degree or stage, often causing particular results This meaning makes perfect sense in the following example ...
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leaving and causing referring?

In tinea capitis the fungus invades the hair shafts, causing the hairs to become brittle and to break off at the level of the scalp, leaving an area of stubby, black dotted alopecia. Hello, is the “...
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How to understand the usage of 'turn' in the clause: no sensible writer delib­erately avoids turning a graceful phrase?

From [Joseph M. Williams. (1990). Style: Toward Clarity and Grace. p.preface] At some level, of course, all writ­ers express feelings, all writers imagine, no sensible writer delib­erately avoids ...
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Is it an Invention or Discovery

Since years ago, I was asking myself if someone made a good software program should we say that: He invented a software program or He discovered a software program It's strongly related to the ...
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Can a doula be a male? If not, what is the male equivalent of it?

I read some conflicting definitions of doula. https://www.google.com/search?q=doula+meaning: a woman, typically without formal obstetric training, who is employed to provide guidance and support to a ...
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had been working for us before... /part 2

a. He had been working for us before he started working for you. I can see three possibilities: He started working for you right after he stopped working for us. There was a time lapse between the ...
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Why is it written in an 'it is that' structure?

“It is that you come home from India on what is called the leave—what we can call en permission?” (Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie) Why is it written in an 'it is that' structure? It'...
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before he started working for you

a. He had worked for us before he started working for you. I can see three possibilities: He started working for you right after he stopped working for us. There was a time lapse between the time he ...
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as having over / for having over – are both correct? Do the sentences mean the same?

The AI detector flagged the article as having over 50% AI-generated content. The AI detector flagged the article for having over 50% AI-generated content. Are both these sentences grammatically ...
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"I rarely purchase concessions at the theater", with "concessions" in the sense of "products we buy at the concessions"

Today I came across this sentence: Moviegoing isn't my thing, so I rarely purchase concessions at the theater. I looked up "concession" and it has the meaning of "the right to sell ...
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How to understand 'Worst Best' in 'The Worst Best Economy Ever'?

From The Atlantic The Worst Best Economy Ever. Why Biden is getting no credit for the boom. The journalist seems to say 'the worst economy ever', but what does 'best' mean?
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Zero article means in general or all?

I learned from the article Definite and Indefinite Articles (a, an, the) - TIP Sheets - Butte College. We could use no article with plural count nouns or any noncount nouns used to mean all or in ...
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a man tall and strong

I talked to a tall and strong man like you. I talked to a man tall and strong like you. I talked to a tall and strong man, like you. I talked to a man tall and strong, like you. What is the ...
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What does this sentence mean "Noah himself couldn't get something to go down a storm with that lot."

This dialog comes from the movie "Living" (2022) a subordinate accidentally meets her boss on the street wearing a new hat Oh! Oh, it is you.I was quite thrown there for a minute. I mean by ...
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What is "real men"?

Here is the quote from "A more beautiful question" by Warren Berger The genesis of many great start-ups is the simple question "Wouldn’t it be cool if?" W. helps you understand ...
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What does "off the bench" mean?

https://nypost.com/2024/05/12/sports/pacers-t-j-mcconnell-continues-to-be-a-pest-for-knicks/ Pacers' pest T. J. McConnell played another effective game off the bench with 15 points and 22 assists in ...
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Can we usually use the word still in a negative sentence?

I happened to see a blog of a Japanese English teacher in a cram school and sentences below are on the blog as usages of a word still. She is still not here. She is not still here. . In this blog he ...
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Usage of "still" and "not yet." Are those two the same in meaning?

I am still getting used to the new system you have introduced. I am not yet used to the new system you have introduced. Do those sentences have the same meaning?
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