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we know just enough about the twilight zone to recognize its importance in maintaining a healthy ocean

Yet the zone is poorly understood — physically, biogeochemically and ecologically. Even the number of organisms that live there remains a mystery, let alone their diversity and function. … ...
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What does it mean, “out of fresh water”?

Nimitz: That was Washington. They've intercepted several Japanese messages claiming that the target of their upcoming attack is out of fresh water. It sounds very identical to idiom called "fresh ...
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Meaning of a wry eyebrow

"He knows about Nick's interview tonight, so he leaves and returns with all my favorite foods: Manchego cheese and chocolate truffles and a bottle of cold Sancerre and, with a wry eyebrow, he even ...
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What does it mean, “Glory Hunting”?

Japanese Navy Admiral: Our fighter need to stop glory hunting. They are all flying too low. Those planes came from a carrier. We must initiate an attack. What does it mean, "Glory Hunting"? ...
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Usage of two idioms in parallel

When you give me any task, I’m going to "put my shoulder to the wheel". Indeed, I’m one of those men who can "turn their hand to anything". Did I get the meaning of these two idioms correctly and did ...
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What does it mean, “a new sighting report out of Midway”?

Layton got a message in the middle of the war: Layton: The Enterprise has launched its SBDs and their squadrons of marine dive bombers following a new sighting report out of Midway. Does it mean ...
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What does it mean, “They represent our best guess”?

Two Navy admirals and Intelligence officer talking about the positions of Japanese naval forces: Admiral Spruance: Layton, how reliable are these estimates of the Japanese positions? Layton:...
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What does it mean, “button it up”?

Halsey, who is scratching the neck, met by Nimitz. Later it was declared Halsey is suffering from shingles. Nimitz: Guess you don't like the chokers either. Halsey: I'd get grease on that ...
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What are the nuances in the meaning of the bolded sentence, if the word 'even' was moved?

I am translating the 2002 book, Phantom: Ein by Gen Urobuchi and co-written by the company REACTION from Japanese to English. I have already decided on which of the following two sentences I'm going ...
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meaning of “pass on” in my book

The text is as following. Ashley writes: He (Bruise) pulled out a pair of black sweats, a black shirt, and shoe polish: "I'll rub this on my face, and while I'm down there, you'll be here with the ...
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the meaning of “gird my fury against him”

"I want to write down every exaggeration, half truth, fib, and bald-facer he utters, so I can gird my fury against him" p.389 Gone Girl Could someone please explain the meaning of girding your fury ...
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what is the meaning of “touch the stars”?

what is the meaning of "touch the stars"? There was one claim, however, which he could go to some length in making good, and that was inspiration from a very true and high poetic afflatus, ...
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What does it mean, “fill someone with a terrible resolve”?

This famous Japanese war quote is: I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve. What does it mean, "fill someone with a terrible resolve"?
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What does it mean “he consults coffee grounds while doing the boogie-woogie”?

Layton: I have to warn you, sir, codebreakers are a rare breed. Rochefort's way of doing things is especially...particular. Nimitz: I don't care if he consults coffee grounds while doing the ...
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a bit of a hack meaning in this case

The second approach to skip lines while reading a text file is efficient, but still bit clunky and a bit of a hack. Hack as I googled, meaning cut roughly as verb. Sorry I should mention here a ...
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What does the phrase “woodsy home” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "woodsy home" in the following text: You can see that as with Sneaky Sasquatch woodsy home, how you experience the updated game is up to you. You ...
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Can someone help me understand this sentence (Itallian)?

This sentence is from "Sibilla Aleramo Una Donna": "Risuscitarla nel ricordo, farla riscintillare dinanzi alla mia coscienza, è un vano sforzo." What I am understanding, so far, is this sentence is ...
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“She picked up the male [puppet], examined the thick wooden handle with the finger grooves.” p.388 Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I have a short question, finger grooves? Can somebody explain or try to explain what the author meant? Thanks.
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does “whence he derived the ”Rev.“” means “from where he became ”Rev.“”?

does "whence he derived the "Rev."" means "from where he became "Rev.""? This man, Thomas Lake Harris, is certainly one of the most curious personalities of whom we have any record, and it is ...
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What does phrases “you fancy having” and “as a favor I expect returned” mean?

In the videogame Grand Theft Auto Vice City there is a moment, when Tommy Vercetty, main character, should drive some girl to meet with rockband, with intention of them "having fun". When he drives by ...
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I think he will need vs I think he needs

Please describe the right sentence or both are appropriates? Is it right that the first one is more about future, may be in a month. But the second sentence is more about now, already need. He is a ...
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other meaning of buying

I know the meaning of buying. Today I was reading the newspaper and I read this sentence But his fund is still buying gingerly because while the market may be cheaper, he said, it still isn’t cheap. ...
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What does clogging mean in this sentence?

I am buying a moisturizer cream for the pores on my face. I saw the below description for the product: Moisturizes, nourishes, removes wrinkles, renews and protects your face without clogging your ...
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What's the meaning of this “updog” joke?

From "The Office" S2E13 Jim: Is it me or does it smell like updog in here? Michael: What's updog? Jim: Nothing much. What's up with you? Where is the funny point?
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what is the meaning of “sacred lots and prophets” here?

what is the meaning of "sacred lots and prophets" here? In the Hebrew Bible, the Witch of Endor is a woman Saul consulted to summon the spirit of prophet Samuel in the 28th chapter of the First ...
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I don't understand the “…been one to…” expression in this sentence

I went to see the definition of the word "grudge" and came across this example from Google: I've never been one to hold a grudge. I rarely seen this "been one to" expression and would be much ...
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Oliver Twist: To whom does “the left hand” refer here?

I am reading a translated version of "Oliver Twist" and a paragraph was so vague there. So I referred to the English version: The surgeon leaned over the body, and raised the left hand. ‘The old ...
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what's the meaning of “all along the perimeter”?

In American TV show "The Office" S2E11 "Booze Cruise", the captain of a ship is introducing safety instructions. He says, "the life preservers are located underneath the seats all along the perimeter."...
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“Try to write as it is mentioned in the passage.”

I wrote "robustus" (a type of dinosaurs), and the examiner corrected me as "R. robustus" and commented:"Try to write as it is mentioned in the passage." does that mean "try to write robustus as same ...
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A quiet man with quiet ways

could you, please, help me to understand what kind of person is "a quiet man with quiet ways"? May it be, that this man is quiet and self-collected? Here is the context: "A quiet man with quiet ...
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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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what is the proper meaning of “frame of mind” in this context? [closed]

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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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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What is the difference between “trying” and “tried” in this context?

I want to say that in a near past I tried to run a computer program,but it didn't work. What is the difference between the following sentences: 1 I tried to run the computer program,but it didn't ...
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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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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 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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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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Can I use “I don't see it” to mean “I don't agree” here?

Guy 1: She don't think we should see each other anymore. Guy 2: Well, maybe it's for the best. Guy 1: I don't see it. Is "I don't see it." natural here to mean "I don't agree."?
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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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“The Act doesn't state the criteria for X; it has delegated [this] responsibility to …” ~ What does “this” mean here?

I wrote the following sentence: The Employment Insurance (EI) Act doesn’t state the criteria for establishing, delineating, and reviewing EI regional boundaries; it has delegated this ...
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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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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 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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What does “not the less so" mean in this very complicated sentence?

I am extremely puzzled by the use and meaning of "not the less so" in this sentence. Does "so" refer to "resigned"? Could anyone help me with it please? Many thanks! The context is that Collins' ...
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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 the true meaning of “banker” and “sad interest” here? does “i feel confidence” means “i am confident”? [closed]

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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