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Are you the best it's ever gonna get for her? (meaning)

Are you the best it's ever gonna get for her? Can you break it down for me please?, the meaning and other possible usages. thanks
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What does "Somebody still hearts waterboarding" mean?

"Cheney still hearts waterboarding. 'Are you going to trade the lives of a number of people because you want to preserve your honor?' he asked, his voice dripping with contempt. 'I don't lie ...
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The meaning of a sentence: "He was complete even down to white kid gloves"

What does "He was complete even down to white kid gloves" infer in this context: *Sally was usually good company at all times, pleasant to be out with; that was why they had made the trip ...
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Why can the EU be called a project?

From an article in The Economist: Having buried the age of big government under Bill Clinton, Democrats are enthusiastically exhuming it, with even some Republicans cheering them on. Britain’s ruling ...
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The meaning of ‘move to a human beat’ in this context?

Does ‘move to human beat’ mean to act according to what humans want? For many people, wildness is what we experience when we go into the woods, ascend a mountain, or explore a desert. Wildness, from ...
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The meaning of ‘rush’ in this context?

Among different meanings of ‘rush’ — such as dash, run, draught, call, demand, surge — I cannot say which one is meant in this context. “For many people, wildness is what we experience when we go ...
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Helping with understanding comics dialogue

Can you help me understand their last dialogue? there is no prior information other than that man in yellow - Jason Blood Indian - Randu, Indian delegate to the UN third guy - Harry Matthews - ...
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What does the phrase "the outer circle" mean in this context?

Context: At 06:10 yesterday, on the outer circle of the capital city highway in Minato District Tokyo a traffic collision occurred, involving five cars and at least one truck." What does "...
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What does the phrase "on a conveyance" mean in this context?

This is a definition of the word "car" (from TFD) 3. A boxlike enclosure for people or cargo on a conveyance: an elevator car. What does "on a conveyance" mean? TFD Definitions for ...
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gushing tributes

source: Apple has had a successful decade. The next one looks tougher from Economist Given such achievements, Mr Cook could have retired amid gushing tributes around now(and with a spot in the ...
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Present perfect and the use of "Today"

I understand that present perfect can be used with "today" if "today" isn't finished. So if I say: "I've seen him today" it is still today and the fact that I've seen him ...
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The meaning of "lap tea all night to fettle up"

‘That’s North country.’ She laughed again. ‘Setting aside my good looks and yours, I’ve four thousand a year of my own, and the rents should make it six. That’s a match some old cats would lap tea all ...
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Can anyone tell me what timelines have slipped mean?

Apple reportedly has plans to release a vehicle that is both electric and self-driving in 2024. But it is also widely known that things have not been going well and timelines have slipped in the past. ...
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Can anyone tell me what climate-cuddling mean?

Source: Apple has had a successful decade. The next one looks tougher. (From The Economist) Today Lisa Jackson, a former head of America’s Environmental Protection Agency and now a vice-president ...
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Would "on the good side of" make sense in this context?

Have many girls has he dated this year? I would say on the good side of ten. Hi. Would on the good side of make sense here (to probably mean more than ten) or have you never heard it used this way? ...
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Meaning of “stratospheric trajectory” when referring to a company

Source: Apple has had a successful decade. The next one looks tougher. (From The Economist (paywalled)) Given such achievements, Mr Cook could have retired amid gushing tributes around now (and with ...
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Can you explain the sentence for me? It's from Silverview by Le Carre

"I’ve heard about bumble bees that fly as shouldn’t. I’ve not heard about dead ones as can." from Silverview by Le Carre: ‘They’ll do you in, and they’ll do me in,’ she predicted in her ...
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Meaning of "Top Bank of a channel"

I was reading an article about Design of elevated flumes (flume is a human-made channel for water). Here is a part of the article, 8.1 Data Requirement Elevations: Top Bank, TB Water Surface, WS ...
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what does "flat clutch of the season" mean in the following passage?

what does "flat clutch of the season" mean in the following passage? From that Dutch period they might draw a line across the breastbone, revealing only upper neck and shoulders as the ...
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What is meant by ‘whole tracts’ in this context? [closed]

What is meant by ‘whole tracts’ in this passage. I know that ‘tract’ means ‘area’, ‘portion’, etc. and of course I know what ‘whole’ means, but I don’t understand the meaning of them in the context. ...
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Does this "in" mean "inside" or "into" in this context?

It was just then that Mr. Jones woke up. The next moment he and his four men were in the store-shed with whips in their hands, lashing out in all directions. According to the meanings in dictionaries,...
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what does "post early returns" mean in the following passage? [closed]

What does "post early returns" mean in the following passage? Election officials were counting the ballots by hand after abandoning the electronic tabulation system that had posted early ...
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Are "ascend 3000 meters" and "climb to 3000 meters" synonymous?

Are "ascend 3000 meters" and "climb to 3000 meters" synonymous? In this press release on Rolls-Royce's website, it says: ...and broke the fastest time to climb to 3000 metres by ...
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Adverb clauses or phrases are essential or non-essential depending on the context or a comma?

According to many guides online, non-essential adverb clauses or adverb phrases are by commas. However, I have found that no matter whether they are separated or not, adverb clauses and phrases seems ...
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I just want to know if two sentences below are using the word interesting correctly? [duplicate]

I am interesting to read the book. The book I am reading is interesting.
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Contextual meaning and literal meaning

“Put” has several meanings. To place in a specified location; set: She put the books on the table. To cause to be in a specified condition: His gracious manners put me at ease. To cause (one) to ...
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Is it suitable to use 'ulterior' in meaning of the.. consequence?

I'm, trying to give a name to a link kind, to describe such link as linking to something, 'which base (or cause) includes what was given here (where such link was placed)'. In variants I collected, ...
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What does "come on" mean here?

Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, volume 2 includes the following letter from Darwin to Hooker, written with regard to a paper which Darwin had sent to Linnean Society: "I have sent my paper ...
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marking the spire’s completion on Tuesday

In the following passage, does "marking the spire's completion" imply the spire has been completed and thus contradict the first sentence? Set to become the world’s second tallest building ...
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Meaning of "equal measures"

Could some explain the meaning of "equal measures"? I thought that "equal" here plays the role of adjective and "measures" plays a plural noun role (in the meaning of &...
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Construction of phrasal verbs

I was thinking about how phrasal verbs are constructed. You take a verb and add a preposition to it. Like, Put off, Break up, Make out e.t.c. As a learner of English I kind of have to memorize them if ...
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When used in a title, will "Development and present practice" be understood to mean past (historical) development or just the recent?

My thesis deals with treatment of melanoma and it should explain the development and progress of various methods as well as the current practice. I spent a lot of time on trying to figure out a proper ...
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Which sentence is better grammatically?

I would like to have fewer classes on Friday than on any other day. I would like to have fewer classes on Friday than any other day. Is it redundant to use "on" twice?
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Ove Drilling the police-flashlight finger into the counter

What is the meaning of drills in this paragraph, The colleague looks very happy, as people do when they have not been working for a sufficient stretch of time as sales assistants. “Hi, how can I help ...
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How to understand "So with me"

When you find a diamond that belongs to nobody, it is yours. When you discover an island that belongs to nobody, it is yours. When you get an idea before any one else, you take out a patent on it: it ...
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"defy the authorities to upset such a large number of people and such a huge volume of business by declaring it illegal"

I never served in the British Army. What does the emboldened phrase mean? Who is the "corps"? Which people is Goode referring? If "the rest of the corps" joined you, then which &...
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meaning of "secured"

Sviridov’s 2nd Guards Mechanized Corps, advanced south of Budapest from small bridgeheads over the Danube River, which the Soviets had seized in late November. From there, this second force secured ...
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What does "scissor out" mean in this context?

Elissa stagger-crawls to the chair, rainbow colours swirling around her. It feels like she’s in a TV ad for Skittles, or some crazy cartoon. She places her chin on the seat, persuades her legs to ...
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What does NOW mean in this context?

Now, as it turned out, the Rebellion was achieved much earlier and more easily than anyone had expected. It's from Animal Farm - Chapter 2. To my understanding, it seems not simply refer to the ...
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Meaning of “as”

Can someone explain the meaning and function of “as” here: Mediated by the hallucinatory hellscapes of Chicago drill as pioneered by Chief Keef, the UK version is essentially a South London chapter ...
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What does 'make of' mean in the sentence?

Does it mean 'to have or form an opinion about(Merriam-Webster)' or just literally 'create from'? Sean Covey, an American business executive and author, wrote, "You are free to choose what you ...
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What's the difference between "slicing" and "slice" in the sentence?

I mean, which is the best form in the context in the semantic term? Or, are both acceptable with little difference of meaning? (A) The marketing analytics companies perform machine learning procedures,...
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Meaning of "fiction of roundness"

About the people in this book, we will often be suddenly not so sure. A book about, among other things, families and “the rough sexual world that lies outside of families,” “The Children’s Bach” is an ...
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gratitude of her young vanity

Emma could not feel a doubt of having given Harriet's fancy a proper direction and raised the gratitude of her young vanity to a very good purpose, for she found her decidedly more sensible than ...
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what does "should it be" mean? [duplicate]

The hemagglutinin, which is also located in the viral coat, is the viral molecule recognised by the immune system. Upon contact with it, immune cells produce masses of antibodies, which will ...
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clearly discernable doubt? [closed]

Yet, the transition from alert phase  5 (imminent pandemic) to phase 6 (full-blown pandemic) was marked by clearly discernable doubt as to the severity of the situation. what does "clearly ...
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What does "a rabbit in the bush" mean in this context?

He paused slightly longer. “And you know, my friends, there comes a time,” he cried, “when people get tired of being trampled over by the iron feet of oppression.” A flock of “Yeses” was coming back ...
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What is the meaning of "would do" here?

The text is as follows: Wordiness: Why use five words when one would do? Excess verbiage doesn’t make you sound smart, it just makes your writing a slog to read. Why use five words when one would do?...
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What is the sentence "I've got something coming to me" intended to mean in Cornell Woolrich's "The Black Alibi"?

Clo-Clo shoveled her hands ingenuously toward him. “I couldn’t find the room again, when I tried to get back to you. There were so many halls and turns, I got lost. Was it my fault?” “You know what ...
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"identical twins means" vs. "identical twins mean"

I think the boldfaced sentence should be changed to "which mean they share the same genetic material with each other". I wondered whether what I understand is right. The other thing that's ...

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