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Meaning of “at least initially”

What does "at least initially" mean? I've heard this but don't understand this phrase.
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Difference between slump/stoop/slouch?

What’s the difference between these three words as far as postures are concerned?
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“trip on” vs. “trip over”

I am aware the meaning of "trip" to lose your balance after knocking your foot against something when you are walking or running I guess this is called "tripped over a cable" I see some people ...
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What does prove too much and end up mean in this context?

The heat proved too much for a few people who'd gone off too fast for their capabilities and ended up suffering from exhaustion. Does prove mean this to show a particular quality after a period of ...
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What's the usage of “only” here?

She's just like a guy I know. Only, he didn't get a small practice bike He bought a fucking Harley-Davidson, despite having never rode a bike. Is it actually like "Not only did he get a small ...
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meaning: may well V

In the following exchange, "you may well ask" is used after a question has been asked. ‘What’s all the noise?’ ‘You may well ask.’ But I'm wondering whether "may well V" is normally used after the ...
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what is the meaning of “retell” in this passage?

what is the meaning of "retell" in this passage? Over the years, The Lord of the Rings has met with widely varied critical reception. Tolkien intended his novel to act as a mythology for England, a ...
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What does it mean by “take something into the bargain” and the following sentence in this context?

The story of Rip Van Winkle may seem incredible to many, but nevertheless I give it my full belief, for I know the vicinity of our old Dutch settlements to have been very subject to marvellous events ...
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Is it correct to say “a continua”?

In this video, the phrase "a continua" is mentioned several times. Is that correct use of the indefinite article?
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what is the proper meaning of “frame of mind” in this context?

what is the proper meaning of "frame of mind" in this context? produced than the medium, who is the centre of them. One of the greatest physical mediums in the world told the author once that he ...
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What does it mean if mountains are “seen away to the west of the river”?

whoever has made a voyage up the Hudson must remember the Kaatskill mountains. They are a dismembered branch of the great Appalachian family, and are seen away to the west of the river, swelling up to ...
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“all the same” and “all different”, versus “the same” and “different”

What is the difference between these two sentences: 1- Our shirts are all the same size but they're all different colours. 2- Our shirts are the same size but different colours. * I cannot understand ...
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does “sensitive plate” refers to “Photographic plate” or not?

does "sensitive plate" refers to "Photographic plate" or not? The author is of opinion that the true explanation will be found by coupling all these happenings with the recent investigations of ...
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dashed hopes , dashed lines

Actually I was wondering about the literal meaning of the word "dashed" , somewhere along the way I learned that "dashed hopes" meant "shattered hopes" but a dashed line isn't really "shattered" since ...
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What is the function of “exhausts” in this context? Does “more than exhausts” refer to “the psychic knowledge”?

What is the function of "exhausts" in this context? Does "more than exhausts" refer to "the psychic knowledge"? Both Kate Fox Jencken and Margaret Fox-Kane died in the early 'nineties, and their ...
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Tricky ambiguous English

Aston Villa have released a statement condemning Jack Grealish's decision to ignore "the Government's guidance on staying at home during the Coronavirus crisis. The midfielder has been fined by ...
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Meaning of “the awesome sweep of the scenery”?

What's the meaning of this statement: "the awesome sweep of the scenery"? I know meaning of awesome, sweep, scenery but I can't understand this sentence at all! Is it an idiom?
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what is the meaning of “heating the tar” here? is it a proverb?

what is the meaning of "heating the tar" here? is it a proverb? Those humble folk who watched over the new birth—Capron, of Auburn, who first lectured upon it in public; Jervis, the gallant ...
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The “half” in “half-wittingly”

The trailer ends on two characters half-wittingly playacting scrolling through their Onion-y looking social media feeds and allegorically muttering: “They say it’s bad for you, you know. The way we’re ...
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The meaning of “Toss a card and keep on rolling”

Could anyone please make the meaning of the highlighted sentence in the following text clear to me? Each player gets only a few seconds to make a move, and a three-minute limit keeps matches quick ...
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please help me to choose correct meanining of “bank” in “I bank it in”

The text is: I covered for Ashley at dinner, even though I didn't know where she was. Later, when Sam and I were shooting baskets outside, I said, "You think Ashley and I can camp out over at the ...
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does “crudely” here means that it was written unskillfully or not?

does "crudely" here means that it was written "unskillfully" or not? There is one factor which has been scarcely touched upon in this examination. It is the character and career of Mrs. Fish, ...
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What does it mean when you ask someone ''Do you know what you're saying''?

Is it telling someone that he/she does not realize that what he/she is saying is wrong,bad,strange,etc and that they're asking them that to check on what they saying is wrong,bad,strange,etc?
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i wrote something..please review it!

On Friday, My father took me library and I returned the book. I'll be able to send request for leave of absence to my professor. I ate a spaghetti for lunch, it tates okay but that's all. Now, I'm ...
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What does the word “next” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the word "next" in the following text (not available online): Along the way, you’ll see different space phenomena. You are required to gather pieces of ...
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What does the word “stage” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "swirling vortex at the stage’s end" in the following text (not available online): As you move peacefully along, stars of different colours will ...
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Possession in English

Which is the subject and the verb in the following sentence? This Beach's beauty is startling. I'm reading a book of English grammar and I need to underline the subject and verb.
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What does “one” mean in context with surname? [duplicate]

What does "one" mean in following context: "Maine. Hometown of one John Smith." How does that differ from "Hometown of John Smith"?
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what is the meaning of “lecture-agent” here? do author wants to say that the failure of her lecture is because of funds?

what is the meaning of "lecture-agent" here? do author wants to say that the failure of her lecture is because of funds? To give greater authenticity to the interview, at her suggestion the ...
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What is the difference between “Chargé d'affaires” and “minister resident”?

what is the difference between "Chargé d'affaires" and "minister resident"? are they the same ? i need clarification. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charg%C3%A9_d%27affaires https://en.wikipedia.org/...
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Help me understanding the sentence

Social distancing doesn't apply to Muslims. Does the sentence mean Muslim don't do social distancing?
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What is the meaning of “Herrmans” here?

What is the meaning of "Herrmans" here? I checked various editions of book but this word was repeated in all of them, although i think it is not correct and it must be "humans". What do you think? ...
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Is it reasonable to measure the willingness in money, “would love” vs. “would like”?

Consider these examples. A: I would like to go to watch the baseball game. B: I would love to go to watch the baseball game. I guess the willingness of the latter is stronger than the former....
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stunned vs. astounded

According to the Dictionary.com, stunned and astounded can be used interchangeably: Astound: to overwhelm with amazement; astonish greatly; shock with wonder or surprise. Stun: to make ...
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a curve running **through** space

A speaker describes this graph as this is a curve running through space. I understand "through" means from one end or side of something to the other source Cambridge Dictionary. So, does "...
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What does the phrase “plot your route” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "plot your route" in the following sentence (not available online): *In the game, you’ll plot your route by the stars, tapping to thrust towards ...
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what is the meaning of “the cause of” in this context? does “it” returns to “the cause of spiritualism” or not?

what is the meaning of "the cause of" in this context? does "it" returns to "the cause of spiritualism" or not? "Would to God," she said, in a voice that trembled with intense excitement, "that I ...
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What is your biggest problem as an English language learner?

I'm curious to know what people think are their biggest problems when learning English. Let's answer these questions. What is your biggest problem as an English language learner? How would it make a ...
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Consecutive Double Preposition “In” in “took the letters in in the morning”

In the story of “A Case of Identity” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, there is a line - I took the letters in in the morning, so there was no need for father to know. “Were you engaged to the ...
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What is the meaning of 'be over'?

I was watching a movie and coming across with this sentence: "I'll be over right away" someone said on phone and hanged up. I understand what is the overall meaning, but not be over part of the ...
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Can you use “plague” as a general term?

I thought "plague" was a generic word for a disease. I was corrected earlier when talking about COVID that it is a virus not a plague. I am aware it is a virus. But would it be wrong to say "We live ...
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What is the meaning of “more questions remain”?

This is the context: Researchers have gone on to look at many different aspects of the quantum world and examined it from the point of view of quantum logic. The positive side of quantum logic ...
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What does 'Maytey' mean in John Clare's poem?

What is the meaning of 'Maytey' in John Clare's poem titled 'To an April Daisy'? It starts with the line, which is "Welcome old Maytey peeping once again." Does it mean 'mate' in a familiar style?
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what is the true meaning of “banker” and “sad interest” here? does “i feel confidence” means “i am confident”?

what is the true meaning of "banker" and "sad interest" here? does "i feel confidence" means "i am confident"? It is evident that Mr. Hall was greatly impressed by what he had seen. He writes: "I ...
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does second “lights” refers to “candles” or to the first mentioned “light”? does “lit” means “ignited” or “being ignited”?

does second "lights" refers to "candles" or to the first mentioned "light"? does "lit" means "ignited" or "being ignited"? Many interesting and touching messages were conveyed to me by the usual ...
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“May” meaning in biblical/religious language

I have learned that in the biblical language, in religion or for prayer "may" is used to express a wishful benediction. As in the following examples: May God bless you. May your children ...
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Meaning of “the broader sth.”?

The neglect of this important work by the broader medical community is little short of unconscionable.
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does “contemporary” here means “modern” or not?

does "contemporary" here means "modern" or not? Mr. H. D. Jencken died in 1881, and his widow was left with two sons. These children showed wonderful mediumship at a very early age, particulars ...
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Economy of smallness?

He also missed the fact that there might be great economies of smallness in some industries, as Apple’s transformation of the computer industry in the 1980s and the dot.com transformation of retail ...
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What does the verb “consider” mean in this phrase?

It remains to be considered whether the case of an actual plaintiff, not a party to the record at law, is an exception.

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