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“push back” vs “push back on”

I saw one expression from my email: "What asks are we willing to push back on?" Usually, "push back" is what I use. but here, what meaning does this "on" add?
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english equivalent for “rattraper le temps perdu ” [closed]

I wonder what is the english equivalent for this expression, maybe something like "to compensate the loss of time" ? Thank you so very much,
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“new songs with the authority that their old songs had…”

Q. On that tour, you performed a number of excellent songs you've still never released. I'm thinking of titles like Traces, Love-Art Blues and Pushed It Over The End. What happened to those songs? A. ...
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present, past, past participle form of 'spit'

I saw this sentence on the internet. i know being spit on is probably not what you need right now In this sentence, spit is past participle form of verb, spit. I know past form of spit is spit, ...
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What does it mean to have a sixer on the jukebox?

I've come across it in the 22nd episode of the 7th episode of The Office. Here is the context: Deangelo: Listen. I’ve got a sixer. “Automatic for the People” on the jukebox. Let’s hit the park after ...
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what does 'I would have killed with this crowd' means?

I saw that in modern family S1. and I've never heard about 'kill with'. kill crowd? kill with crowd? are they different?
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Can 'for' additionally mean 'so that' in some contexts?

I stumbled upon a phrase along the lines of: the results are general enough for all participants will be able to reason about them Is the phrase correct? I'm pretty sure it should be correct (...
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Meaning of less than a something than

What is the meaning of the following sentence? Vaccinating the nation, however, is less a race than a slow and steady process. Does it mean vaccinating a nation is less than a race but more than a ...
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New problem for Where are you from? [closed]

What is the right answer for this simple question: where are you from? A. I'm Mexican b. I'm in Russia
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“Why aren’t films true ? Why aren’t songs true?”

There’s always this inherent kind of limit to the self,” he says. “You know, there is a limit to how far one can connect with the world because of the self, and I think that’s what I’ve been talking ...
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Meaning of “To meet a beautiful woman is one thing, but to meet your best friend in the most beautiful of women is something entirely apart.”

To meet a beautiful woman is one thing, but to meet your best friend in the most beautiful of women is something entirely apart. I don't really get why this is considered so romantic. I feel like I ...
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doubts about a meaning of *proper*

I'm very confused about the use of proper in this paragraph: "In the Introduction, we saw how a number of Neolithic cultures interacted to produce a set of characteristics—“Longshan culture”—that ...
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What does “fudge on something” mean? [closed]

I've come across in the 13th episode of the 7th season of The Office. Here is the context: Pam: But that’s okay. Because it’s not about being perfect, it’s about trying. In fact, why don’t we go ...
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Difference between “impact” and “influence” [closed]

What is the difference between these two sentences: She has had a lasting impact on the lives of many of her students. She has had a lasting influence on the lives of many of her students.
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What is the difference between “whimsy” and “whimsical”? [closed]

Please, feel free to provide with examples.
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What does “dramatic” mean in this context? [closed]

"Name one moment in time that has had a positive effect on you. Preferably, choose a moment in which you took action in some way. This moment doesn’t have to be dramatic, simply any moment that ...
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What does “I Know This Much Is True” mean?

There is a novel titled "I Know This Much Is True", and I find the title puzzling. I know this much is true. At first, I parsed it as I know this much it's true. where this much shows ...
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The neighbor buildings/The neighboring buildings

Context: A man is trapped on top of an apartment building. He started waving his hands in the air, desperately trying to signal the neighbor buildings/neighboring buildings. "Neighboring" ...
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Could possibility or hypothetical

Please let me know if could in the following sentences shows a hypothetical situation or possibility. He couldn’t lift that. It’s too heavy. He could lift that. It is not too heavy.
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which level of students or persons falls under grade 6-12 [closed]

I want to participates for a contest and the requirements says below. Any person from grades 6-12 can participate my question is what does grade 6-12 means. 1.) what age of a person falls under grade ...
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“The few Northern counties” v/s “A few Northern counties”

a. The result of the election will be determined by a few Northern counties of the state. b. The result of the election will be determined by the few Northern counties of the state. What is the ...
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What does “that's a coped” mean?

"Technically every time you go back into the bottle, that's a coped." This is from a video of a nail artist. She is applying nail polish and says this. I think 'the bottle' is a manicure ...
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What does the expression “go to the vet's” mean?

I possess the Cobuild Advanced Learner's Dictionary and I came across this weird expression for a non-native speaker which is "To take the dog to the vet's". I do infer they are talking ...
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Differences between identify and detect

I am always confused about these words. for example let's consider these sentences: Doctors can now detect very small amounts of dangerous chemicals in the body. The professor asked us to identify ...
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exert influence vs influence

What are the differences between them? influence exert influence The latter is more emotional and stronger, isn't it? (The translation of these two words into my language are absolutely the same.)
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The meaning of “usage”

Fill in the blank The way people actually speak and write a language ....... a) linguist b) statement c) subject d) usage I have been eliminate other choices that can be the answer. So it should be &...
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Meaning of “who's who”

I was doing an English exercise and I read the following sentence: Ask Walter, he knows who's who. Here, what is the meaning of "who's who"?
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What does “beast at (something)” mean?

Under this Youtube video there is a comment. When you returned to a game you haven't played in years and discover you're still beast at it. What does beast at it mean? I looked it up in the ...
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“bubble” 's possible new meaning in English

What is the meaning of the following sentence: And I shall carry on with the 40 hour week working with people who are in more bubbles than a bloody aero !! This is a top up-voted comment from the ...
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What does “an inch or two off in the back” mean at a hair salon?

Context : Mom and her daughter went together to the hair salon. and Mom is telling hair dresser her requirements about daughter's haircut. Mom : I would like to see some layers around her face to ...
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Usage of a word [duplicate]

What is the right variant? there were 3.5 millions of people or there was 3.5 million of people
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What is the differences between using “was” or “is” or even others like “will be” in these conversations?

I found that in discourse, "that" or other pronouns can refer to many things. Sometimes it is an idea or it can involve specific elements in the discourse. But because I am not a native ...
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“explanation of” and “explanation for”?

The same problem seems to arise if God and His purposes are offered as the ultimate explanation of the value and meaning of our lives. The idea that our lives fulfil God's purpose is supposed to give ...
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i got a strange sentence watching a movie

boy : Wait, but half the guys in this school are shorter than you are. girl : Hence my conundrum. boy : Oh, ho, ho. I would love nothing more than to hence your conundrum. All I'm saying is let your ...
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beautiful, if quaint, painting

a. That is a beautiful, if quaint, dress. Would you say that sentence corresponds to: That is a beautiful, although quaint, dress. or to a. That is a beautiful, although maybe quaint, dress. Does (...
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What's the deal with someone or something?

Supergirl Leslie Willis : So what's the deal with that beautiful girl? I mean, does everyone in the future look like that? What's the exactly question of "what't the deal with ... "? What ...
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What is the meaning of “laid out” in the sentence- “I laid out your option”?

I am watching the movie Chain of Commander with Steve Austin and Michael Jay White - in the part of the movie when Michael needs to tell where the money is, the hitman Hammond is telling him to tell ...
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Meaning of “cylinder not firing”

In the following dialogue, what does Homer mean which makes Lisa upset? (from The Simpsons) MARGE: I'll just clean the dishes... ADIL (a guest): No, Mrs. Simpson, you have been oppressed enough today....
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The afternoon had been utterly still and airless, with a sultry brooding in its silence. --“sultry brooding”?

I have been reading a story by C.A. Smith, and I am not sure how the following can be understood: The afternoon had been utterly still and airless, with a sultry brooding in its silence. For the ...
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What’s the meaning of the verb ”does” in this sentence?

I came across the following sentence ”My family does think I’m a little bit addicted to fast food.” What’s the meaning of the verb ”does” in that sentence? Does it have the same meaning as the ...
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Meaning of 'cost'

The following sentence is the headline of the Washington Post. The same nuclear fears Pelosi has about Trump cost an Air Force major his job in 1973 I know the usual meanings of cost as a noun and a ...
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I wanna know the meaning of 'lonely me'

In the lyrics of the song by Big Bang. The great k pop boy band. "loser, lonely me, faking tough, and cowardly." I wanna know the meaning of lonely me and faking tough. please tell me. I ...
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How should I describe this?

This is definitely described as '2 triangles.' I don't know how to describe this. Should I describe it as '1 square with a slash'? I think 'two triangles' is inappropriate.
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What is the difference between “bad” and “evil” reputation? [closed]

Does "evil" imply more malice? Feel free to provide examples.
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What's the difference between “consist” and “comprise”?

I have often used "consist" and "comprise" in the same sense because meaning of them seem similar. Can you explain the difference between the two words? Example sentence; From ...
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What does the expression “from downtown” mean in the basketball?

I really like to watch NBA and sometimes a commentator says "~from downtown" or "~from way downtown". Is it an expression used in NBA, or the basketball? Or is it one of the ...
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What does 'border rat' mean?

I've heard it in a documentary. So, a guy "works" for a drug cartel and he doesn't have a good position yet. He's a border rat. What does it mean? That he's a courier who transports drugs ...
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What does spaghetti-history mean?

From here, I saw this sentance But this way a new dummy commit is added. If you want to avoid spaghetti-history you can rebase: Google spaghetti-history only shows the history of spaghetti. I think ...
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Which should I use: 'near of the place' or 'near the place'?

Which should I use: 'near of' or 'near'? Can I use both? For example: "I live near of the river." "I live near the river." Are they grammatically correct? Is there any difference ...

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