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What's the meaning of the following sentence/clause(when the fit was on him)?

When the fit was on him,he would shoe a horse better than anyone. Is the sentence grammatical? What is the meaning of the clause "when the fit was on him"? I am facing a lot of difficulties ...
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Explanation of the clause

"Here," I said, "deposit it." The tone of the words seemed to mean, "Let us do this painful thing while the fit is on us." (Reference: MY FINANCIAL CAREER by Stephen ...
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She gave me half of her money so that I could/was able to have my dance lessons - What is the difference in meaning?

Example 1 She gave me half of her money so that I could have my dance lessons. Example 2 She gave me half of her money so that I was able to have my dance lessons. What is the difference between &...
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What does 'at stake' mean in this sentence

At stake in these trends were a reaction against Romanticism and a reassertion of the primacy of an inherent logic of musical materials. Two programmes (DeepL and Cambridge's) translated this ...
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God doesn't give with both hands

Does "God doesn't give with both hands" mean that one can't have everything in life?
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What's the meaning of bolded text in the sentence?

One closes Berger's book newly conscious of the significance of smart questions - but also vaguely uncertain about how exactly to cultivate them in service to worthy change. Some questions are harder ...
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Meaning of the word 'wurst'

"I'm real sorry to 'ear that, sir. There's two or three o' my pals, anyhow, who remember 'er clear as anything, though we did only see 'er that wurst. Yes, we remember 'her all right." ...
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what is the meaning of the phrase hopping fences

What do the sentences mean? Don't ever stop hopping fences. I don't get the phrase hopping fences I have seen this phrase in a skate park recently. The context is the skate park.
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legacy code mean

What does this question mean? What do you do when you find legacy code in your team product? I haven't acknowledged the phrase legacy code before.
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Which one is correct here: "let alone feed her children" or "leave alone her children"?

The following sentence is from the BBC web site. It is about violence against women in India. "....There is no support system, few shelter homes and the compensation awarded to abandoned women ...
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What does "this" in "let this" refer to?

In Ocean's Eight (2018), an insurance investigator John Frazier meets con artist Debbie at a resturant: John Frazier: He frames you, you frame him, scores are settled. I'm just the courier. All is ...
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What the meaning of the bolded text in the following context?

One closes Berger's book newly conscious of the significance of smart questions - but also vaguely uncertain about how exactly to cultivate them in service to worthy change. Some questions are harder ...
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"was going to" to create a surprising effect - I was going to buy my mother a gift, and I bought it

I know that "was going to" is used to talk about plans we made in the past which did not happen. But what if I want to be humorous or funny or kind of make it sound surprising like my ...
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Can anyone explain this part from an interview to me? [closed]

I’d like to know what this part from an interview with a musician means. On being woke… Don’t mistake my progressivism for being totally woke all the time, because it is a bit self-serving, I’m an ...
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Can these two expressions be used interchangeably?

Is there any subtle difference in meaning between [1] and [2], or can they be used interchangeably? [1] "Something" lulls "someone" into a false sense of security [2] "...
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The Chrono Trigger scenario 1 sentence meaning

I will have been studying English for many years now. I have been playing computer games to study English. I have walked through the game to the scenario as in the picture below. It contains a ...
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Does 'invasion' imply the action is unjust?

Does 'invasion' imply the action is unjust? some people argue that the word 'invasion' implies the action is unpleasant, annoying and unwanted, as many dictionaries say, but not necessarily unjust. So,...
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What's the nuance between these two sentences?

In this blog, there are two sentences as follows: She had a deep, religious experience. She had a deep religious experience. However, the blog fails to clarify the nuance. I think that in the first ...
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What does "as straightforward" mean?

The task would be as straightforward if you used the Arabic numerals rather than the Roman numerals. Here, what does it mean by as straightforward? I think it should be replaced with very I mean ...
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What does this sentence from a translation of The Idiot by Dostoevsky grammatical mean?

That’s how you all are: keep company with dishonorable women, or with honorable women— there’s only one choice! Maybe is there a way to write it without all these(colon and dash)? I can gather that ...
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The meaning of "the dry yawn of water"

Again the big gong beat, and a second time there was the rushing of naked feet on earth and ringing iron; the clatter of tools ceased. In the silence, men heard the dry yawn of water crawling over ...
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miserable-looking

a. I saw a sick and miserable looking boy standing at the corner of the street. b. I saw a sick and miserable-looking boy standing at the corner of the street. The question is whether the boy was ...
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What does 'wishing bedbugs upon someone' mean?

Fury as ‘explosive’ files reveal largest oil companies contradicted public statements and wished bedbugs upon critical activists Is it an idiom or used here in the literary meaning? There isn't such ...
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Meaning of "Your suggestion is ally." from Ted Lasso S1E09

So the context is that after a series of mistakes on the pitch, pressure mounts to bench Roy, one of the key players in the football team but currently showing poor performance. The head coach, Ted ...
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What does 'a stage Southern accent' mean?

From Oxford Learner's Dictionaries: He had assumed a stage Southern accent. What does 'a stage Southern accent' mean, especially 'stage' in this case? Is it an adjective?
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What does 'define' mean in this sentence?

In the Wikipedia Article "Lobbying" there is such a sentence: Governments often define and regulate organized group lobbying that has become influential. What does 'define' mean in this ...
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What does the bold sentence mean in the following excerpt?

In pennsylvania, a celebrity cardiologist who rages against the inflated price of crudités faces a tattooed lieutenant governor with heart trouble. In Georgia, the choice is between a pastor on one ...
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Can we separate the as ... as structure

I've learned that in the as ... as structure as shown in the following example: "I want to know if he is as handsome as I imagined." the first "as" is a degree adverb, the second &...
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What's the difference between "up that street" and "down that street"?

To walk down that Street (sense-Along) To walk up that street (Sense-Along) Are both the sentences the same in meaning?
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much out of repair

"Experience has shown you the difference of the results between mechanism which is neat, clean, well-arranged and always in a high state of repair, and that which is allowed to be dirty, in ...
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We will jump ropes a bit so that we "will" warm up - "with" or without "with" - what is the difference?

Scenario: My friend and I are on the way to the gym and we haven't arrived at the gym. Example 1 Me: We can jump ropes a bit so that we warm up. Example 2 Me: We will jump ropes a bit so that we ...
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What does "bleed a rock" mean?

In the film McFarland, USA (00:10:08) Principal Camillo says, "I'm supposed to bleed a rock with the budget." What does this mean?
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What does the phrase "do whatever I want" mean in this context?

From a NY Times interview with Matty Healy: Q: What are your commercial ambitions these days? Do you think it would be fun for the 1975 to have a No. 1 hit or a TikTok moment? A: It’s difficult to be ...
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What do "instrumental motivation" and "integrative motivation" exactly mean?

The following sentence came up to me in this page. Students with integrative or instrumental motivation (particularly integrative) were less likely to experience severe attrition. What do "...
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What is the meaning of 'for' in this sentence?

It was a mistake for us to come here tonight.
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What does "cross over into something" mean?

Link This is a part of an interview with Quentin Tarrantino. It's starts with a phrase "What do you think Get Out became...We knew it was gonna cross over into something" verb To become ...
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Use of 'could' in context

Steven is about to become a general. He has been away from his mistress for a while now, and she has received several offers from a variety of men to go out with them. His friend, Jerry, says the ...
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Difference between "to pieces" and "into pieces"?

He tore it to pieces. He tore it into pieces. I am a bit confused..
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Definition of "Level!" in military context

I'm reading a book and see this "Level!" command/order issued in the context of a fire team. Usually when they've just finished firing their weapons or are about to start shooting. So I ...
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Is a top sheet on a blanket or underneath a blanket? [closed]

In this blog, there is an explanation of top/flat sheets as shown below. Flat/top sheets are generally placed on top of the fitted sheets and tucked in on the bottom and sides, underneath the ...
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What does the meaning of the definition-In itself-in the context?

(In itself :in its true nature)OLD Example:-In itself, it's not a difficult problem to solve. Plz make it clear what does "in itself" mean in the context?
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The meaning of "seven’s sixteen and a half"

“That’s what Mother Gunga thinks, is it,” he said, reading. “Keep cool, young ’un. We’ve got all our work cut out for us. Let’s see. Muir wired half an hour ago: ‘Floods on the Ramgunga. Look out.’ ...
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Does "it" refer to the whole situation or the previous sentence?

What does it refer to? As a pronoun, does it refer to the whole situation or the previous sentence? The images are gut-wrenching. In one video, a man tries to revive a child, a boy perhaps three or ...
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What is so funny in this sentence of Theresa May that all MPs laughed so much?

This sentence is from the ITV web site in which it tells about how Theresa May paid tribute to the Queen. "Mrs May also recounted her weekly audiences with the monarch during her time as prime ...
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What is the meaning of "There’s definitely a ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ kind of thing, which is where, listen, we’ve never known what to do…"?

Recently, Ed Sheeran apparently asked The 1975 to open for him on tour. Matty Healy went ahead and turned down that offer, despite how massive it was financially. Now, he’s explained why. In a new New ...
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what does pre-signed-off opinion mean?

An interview with Matt Healy in The Guardian has the following paragraph: Another striking line on Being Funny in a Foreign Language comes on its opening track, titled – like every opening track on ...
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the usage of "will"

"We Don't Want To Kill Any Of You. But, Trust Me, We Will." this is a famous line from Dutch Van der Linder,one of the protagonist in Red dead:Redemption2 it took place when the gang had ...
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as she was opening her presents

a) As she was opening her presents, so was I. b) As she was opening her presents, so did I. I think (b) means something slightly different and implies that I started and finished while she was opening ...
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Can you use this causative structure even if you are the one who actually makes the bed: "It is always nice when you have your bed made."

This is from a native speaker who teaches English. here is the source: Youtube (minute:second 1:22-1:25) "The first thing I like to do after I get up is I like to make the bed. It is always nice ...
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what does check mean here?

The (UK) government said it would raise five hundred million pounds a year from treating overseas visitors on the NHS but it's falling well short so the pressure is on to get hospitals to do more ...

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