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the meaning of “hits primetime”

From a tutorial "February 9th, 1964. Beatlemania hits primetime in the United States." I understand every single word in the sentence. Beatlemania means a group of enthusiastic fans of Beatles. ...
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What does “spin-off” mean in this context?

Below is from "Dare to be Lazy" by Rolang Barthes I remember this image: When I was a child, Paris was different. It was before the war. It was hot in the summer, hotter than it is now; at least it ...
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“want to figure out” vs. “work on figuring out”

I am preparing for IELTS test, in which advanced words and expressions get higher score. consider this I have been wanting to figure out the meaning of that math term. Is the meaning of the ...
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“in my office” vs. “at my office”

consider the following sentences last night, I had a meeting in my office last night, I had a meeting at my office At the office or in the office clearly says both of them are correct. Do ...
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What does the phrase “space-warping portals” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "space-warping portals" in the following sentence from the description of the game "Levelhead": Play through hundreds of user-created challenges, ...
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meaning of “leave home” in different areas

From Cambridge Dictionary If you leave home, you stop living in your parents’ home. leave the house or leave home? verifies this usage. whereas, go to work at a specific time uses "leave home" ...
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how to use the noun “edit” correctly?

Merriam-Webster defines edit as an instance or result of editing Google the term "edit meaning" gives the following definition of edit a change or correction made as a result of editing ...
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meaning of “critical errands”

From cnet As coronavirus lockdown restrictions ease and cities reopen around the world, the way you'll go to restaurants, malls and hair salons will change, so it's a good idea to think about how ...
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meaning of “but one of”

From Collins Dictionary But is used to mean 'only' Orbit is but one of the sculptor's striking creations. The meaning of the whole sentence seems to be "not only" instead of "only". The ...
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What does “lock in” mean here?

Does it mean Prevent? https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/lock-in_1?q=lock+in+ “The biggest lesson we learned from the global financial crisis was to not abandon stocks ...
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What does “if we thought about it” mean?

"Ordinarily we believe that other human beings are conscious, and almost everyone believes that other mammals and birds are conscious too. But people differ over whether fish are conscious, or ...
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go to work at a specific time

This one comes from Do "periodically leave the house" and "periodically go out of the house" mean the same thing? I leave the house at 8 am every morning to reach work by 8:30 ...
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Do “periodically leave the house” and “periodically go out of the house” mean the same thing?

A post says As coronavirus lockdown restrictions ease and cities reopen around the world, the way you'll go to restaurants, malls and hair salons will change, so it's a good idea to think about how ...
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meaning of “argued to be”

"you already knew" vs. "you've already known" says That would be completely natural, and could probably be argued to be more correct - but in practice it's unnecessary here. ...
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Distinguishing between subject and object of sentence when the clause seems ambiguous

Looking past the literal meaning of the sentence; I'm struggling to identify which is the true subject and object in the following sentence. "The mother beats up her daughter because she was drunk." ...
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Meaning of 'grown indolent'

Indolent means lazy, slow or averse to activity. I was reading an article where I read this particular usage. The sentence is Bicol Express is another classic, pork grown indolent in coconut milk and ...
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Is “You rank 12 out of 50 participants” the way you should say and write that?

How do I correctly describe somebody’s position within a ranked list for a competition when their position is not yet final because the competition hasn’t finished yet and so I am showing only the ...
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What does the phrase “can't work something” mean?

I have come across in the TV show Friends. It's in the 14th episode of the 5th season. The context is Phoebe pretends that she wants to have sex with Chandler which she doesn't, so that she can make ...
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What is the meaning of “who, however, left some of their women behind them”? [closed]

Being considered untenable, it was deserted by the male inhabitants, who, however, left some of their women behind them. Quoted from [Title of book] by [author] https://www.gutenberg.org/files/16167/...
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the opposite of “Plain English”

Imagine that, Alice is writing a report for a news website ... With Femtosecond Laser, many kinds of ophthalmic diseases could be cured ... Michael suggests "Ophthalmic" sounds too professional ...
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“Jargon” vs. “Plain English”

A post says Bureaucratese is an informal term for obscure speech or writing that is typically characterized by verbosity, euphemisms, jargon, and buzzwords. Also known as officialese, corporate-...
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Meaning of run into

What is the meaning of run into in the following sentence Officials have spoken of soldiers being outnumbered when normal patrols with the strength of a few dozen each on the Indian side have run ...
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meaning of “curt”

A post says Gretchen McCulloch, an internet linguist and author of the upcoming book Because Internet, said OK is not inherently rude but the length of a reply matters. “Anything that’s ...
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Educate your children to be happy (meaning)

I would like to know the meaning of the sentence "Educate your children to be happy." I wonder if one of the following meanings is correct. Teach your children so that they can be happy. Teach ...
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He's bound to be suspicious

Why phrase 'He's bound to be suspicious' can be translated by two opposite meanings? He simply has to be suspicious. (look like a suspicious character) He will probably suspect something.
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Is 'painstaking' positive or negative?

The word 'painstaking' has a such entry in merriam-webster. Does this word have a positive meaning or a negative one?
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“Have you seen the movie” vs “Have you ever seen the movie”

Consider these Have you seen the movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone? Have you ever seen the movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone? Do they mean the same thing? A native ...
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What is the meaning of the last line of Daniel Borzutzky's “Managed Diversity"?

What’s the meaning of the last line of Daniel Borzutzky's “Managed Diversity”: [...] When the sleep medication wears off I am alone with the machines that watch me The global economy brightens ...
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What do these particles mean?

Could you tell me what the following sentences mean? (1) I outed fast. And you say he’s – what is he? (2) But one of the daughters was sleeping in with Mum at night – but she’s upped and offed. Is "...
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usage for the verb prowled

The owl prowled in the plain. It happened in the plain where the flying predator prowled. Are these sentences using the word prowled correctly? I thought you would use it for land predators, but ...
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Meaning of “What does it mean to”

What does the meaning of the sentence actually begin with "what does it mean to ..." I encounter sentences like: What does it mean to know the word? What does it mean to use a method? what does it ...
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Fall in/fall into/fall to

The crewmen fell into the sea as the ship was rocked by a sunken rock. The crewmen fell in the sea as the ship was rocked by a sunken rock. The crewmen fell to the sea as the ship was rocked by a ...
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What is the meaning of “Mc” in some words initiating with that?

As you all know some words start with the "Mc", namely McDonald's, McMaster, Mccorbin, etc. Now, I want to know what the meaning of "Mc" is?
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Does “demand” here mean “interrupt”? and does “equally enigmatically” mean “also grim”?

In "The Man with Two Beards" by G. K. Chesterton, the author was describing a situation where John & Devine were going to Carver with John's new car: "I say," burst in the irrepressible John, ...
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what is the meaning of “ was to be reached” in this sentence?

It was by this time well known to the Romans that there were two, and two only, convenient roads whereby Southern Mesopotamia was to be reached, one along ...
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Meaning of “being” in “being necessary to the security of a free state”

Amendmentⅱ A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. Is it participial construction? Was "...
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see or know some one for first time?

I have a problem with finding correct verb. for example when you read about a writer for first time, or when you watch a movie and see an actor for first time, which verb we should to use in this ...
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usage of “as good as it gets”

macmillan dictionary gives 2 contrary definitions of "as good as it gets" to be not very good and unlikely to improve to be extremely good, so that nothing is likely to be better How do I ...
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Meaning of these sentences please in context [closed]

Welcome everyone, can you please illustrate to me the meaning of these sentences, What do they mean, please explain them? 1-"I'd hate to break up the set out of character" 2-"You live in the gap ...
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what is the meaning of perceived difficulty?

I found it in Mini habits book by Stephen Guise : the five biggest factors found to cause ego depletion was the effort, the perceived difficulty, negative affect, subjective fatigue, and blood ...
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The meaning of “Four to one, bar one.”

A refrain that seemed to dominate all the air, uttering its message again ang again; and it said: "Four to one, bar one." From this Mona knew that the races were beginning. This is from "The ...
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Does “By country” mean “come from those countries”?

A wiki post uses "By country" when talking about "Syrian refugees" Does "By country" mean "come from those countries" there?
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Does “official” mean governor or officer in some situations?

A Financial Times post says China has asked officials to stop mentioning its premier programme to recruit the brightest tech talent from overseas, after growing suspicions over the scheme from the ...
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What is the difference between these two future conditionals?

If you lend me some money I will start a business. or, If you will lend me some money I will start a business. What is the difference between the meaning of these two future conditionals?
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What does this sentence mean “I am seriously considered resigning”? [closed]

Is this sentence correct? "I'm seriously considered resigning" What does considered resigning mean?
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What does “humbling enterprise” means?

So I've got this sentence while watching a video: "Astronomy is a humbling enterprise to pursue." What that means? https://youtu.be/9W3RsaWuCuE?t=3
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the difference between 'stretched off' and 'stretched out'

Could you explain what is the difference between 'stretched off' and 'stretched out'? stretched off Outside the train endless fields stretched off, broken by an occasional farm building. ...
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Why is the Past Perfect in this sentence? [closed]

"She will trust her mother's judgment in this as she had always trusted it in all things". This is from a book. Why is the Past Perfect used here? This is the reason why she will trust her mother, so ...
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I am nothing in front of you

I hear the expression" I am nothing in front of you or I am nothing before you". Are the above two acceptable in native English speaking countries in the meaning of " in no way I can compare with you"...
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Grammar and Meaning in Context

During the lock down period when students couldn't go to school, I watched a number of clips all recorded by EFL English teachers encouraging students to take part in online classes. The content of ...

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