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What does the word ''affinity'' mean here?

In this following context, which one of below-mentioned two meanings is campatible with the word ''affinity'' ? Affinity a strong feeling that you understand somebody/something and like them or it a ...
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"Canned version"

Someone bought a product and it was defective. The person contacted customer service and was given a 'canned version' of what he did not do right. What does "canned version" mean in this ...
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A "squared-off" log or a large, oblong piece of timber, metal, or stone used especially as a horizontal support in construction

Does "squared-off" in a squared-off log or a large, oblong piece of timber, metal, or stone used especially as a horizontal support in construction ( Definition of "Beam" from the ...
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Would still like to think

Would you like to go sailing? [=do you want to go sailing?] Despite everything, I (would) still like to think that people are basically good. Source "Would" can be omitted. What's the ...
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Considered, expected in passive

Water is considered to be protected as scarcity of this is at peak. Considered is in correct here or not. Could there be two passive on one sentence.
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What's the meaning of "if only"? [closed]

Kantorovich kept pondering the question while he was on summer vacation with his new bride. He soon realized this was a generalizable problem: there could be many other managerial and engineering ...
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Usage of "requirement"

I've got the below question from one of my colleagues from the States. The question is for A's executives sitting on a board of a foreign subsidiary (B) of A, are there supervisory expectations or ...
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What does "get" in "gets the skin" mean?

This context comes from the movie "Midnight Run". It's a scene where one of the characters uncuffs the other. "Thanks, 'cause it's starting to cut into my wrists. Thank you. It gets the ...
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Usage of froze for computer

My computer is freezing My computer froze My computer has frozen which one of these is correct? The intention is to indicate that the computer is hung/immobile
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Meaning of "fried possum fingers" in the TV series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody

Below is a dialog in the TV series "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody" (season 1 episode 2) (Full video link, at 1:33: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3afclj?start=93s Full transcript ...
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Meaning of “2 days either side of the date”

Your ticket is valid for any Airtrain service on the selected dates as well as 2 days either side of your selected dates. — Airtrain FAQ Please help me with the meaning of “2 days either side of your ...
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The meaning of "box" in "box score"

Does "box" in "box score" mean featured printed matter enclosed by hairlines, a border, or white space and placed within or between text columns.? Thank you!
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Compare U.S. tramps slang scoffing "food, something to eat," 1907

What does "tramps" mean in "compare U.S. tramps slang scoffing 'food, something to eat,' 1907"? I don't think it means 1. To walk with a firm, heavy step; trudge or 2. a. To travel ...
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What does "it can refer to people" mean?

"I need more people in order to answer the question" seems to mean that I am going to answer the question. I don't see how it can refer to people. I need more people to answer the question.&...
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"I will never leave an enemy behind" What does this coach mean by that before the football game?

I happened to watch this inspiring speech I Am A Champion delivered by Coach Johnathan Flowers. At 01:23 did he say that "I will never leave an enemy behind" which has particular meaning for ...
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What does "to be on the lay for" mean?

This context comes from the movie "Gangs Of New York" The phrase occurs when one of the characters is describing the types of gangs and people living in New York. "Hellcat Maggie tried ...
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How do you say idiomatically that a clock on the wall is not showing the correct time?

A native Anglophone lady is showing around her house on TV. When they walk into a room, there is a big clock on the wall, and she points at the clock and says: "That is not the time." I ...
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Is memory in the sentence focus to remember or to remind?

She says, laughing at the memory. “The lab assistant just said, ‘Well, nobody’s ever done that before.’” Thank you and will welcome an expert voice.
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Is "Good luck " sarcastic in this context?

There was a car accident I was involved and my car was hitten by another car from behind. When leaving I said "Good luck" to the driver of the other car, I was trying to wish good luck to ...
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When a person is referred to as 'something', what does it mean?

A host of dictionaries define something when we refer to a person as a person or thing of consequence(M/W). But the word in the following passage is used in a rather different context. What does ...
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Would my answer starting with "Ok" be impolite in this context?

I'm not a native English speaker. I've been texting with a main contractor (myself being subcontractor to his business), and these were the closing sentences of that conversation: Him: Ok cool, I can ...
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Your wheels are not turned

What does "your wheels are not turned" mean in "If your brakes fail, and your wheels are not turned, carefully use your park brake to slow your vehicle"? Does it mean the wheels ...
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What does "moved" mean in these definitions?

These are definitions for the adjective "divided" which I looked up in the dictionary because I stumbled upon the phrase "divided loyalties" which I didn't understand. "...
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How I Met Your Father: Is 'my soulmate' actually not always synonymous to 'the love of my life' and actually not always romantic?

In HIMYF S01E01: Sophie previously decided to walk the Brooklyn Bridge 'with my soulmate'. Later Sophie walks the Brooklyn Bridge 'without the love of my life'. I remember reading before that ...
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What does "power coming up" mean?

This scene comes from the scene in the movie "The Aviator" in which Howard Hughes is making a first test flight of a mammoth plane Hercules(or The Spruce Goose) which was one of his biggest ...
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The meaning of "come on" in the sentence

What is the meaning of "come on" in this sentence? Come on, let’s call it a day and go home.
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"to see" meaning "to take someone / something for"

Can the expression "that you see" be used in place of "you take her for" in the sentence below? Does this make sense in English? I just don't think you should get married right ...
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Why there is a laugh in a TV series scene for this sentence: Apparently the pH balance in the pool is perfect

Below is a dialog between two girls - Maddie and London - talking about a man called Lance: London: So how did it go with the lifeguard? Maddie: Well... London: What's the matter? Didn't he love your ...
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The meaning of "ring in tax season with us"

What is the meaning of "ring in" in "ring in tax season with us"? Is it to accompany the arrival of tax season with bells? But it sounds a bit strange. Thank you!
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What does "take it to a point" mean?

This context comes from the movie "The Glass Onion" (Don't worry No-Spoilers) LIONEL Will you please then explain it all to us? Detective? BLANC No. I can peel back the layers, I can take it ...
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What does "real dull" refer to?

In Sweet Smell of Success (1957), Sidney speaks to Rita: Sidney: Don't tell me you've been playing around with Leo Bartha. Rita: No, that's what I mean. I'm bein' fired for what I didn't do. He came ...
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What does "pay" mean in this context?

Context comes from a scene in the movie "The Aviator" in which Howard Hughes was invited to Katherines Hepburn's family home for dinner. He sits with them at the dinner table and Kate's ...
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What does "minor key" mean?

In Sweet Smell of Success (1957), Susan speaks to guitarist Steve: Susan: I'll go home and go to bed early, and you go to work. Steve: Okay. Just don't leave me in a minor key? What does "minor ...
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What does "last hill" mean?

In Sweet Smell of Success (1957), J.J confronts Dallas, who is in love with J.J's sister Susan: Dallas: I'm here as an average Joe who happens to love your sister. J.J: Well, just be careful you don'...
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Does "This is so tight!" in this scene mean "This is so cool!"?

Below is a part of the dialogue between a little girl named Max and a woman named Carey in the TV series "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody" - season 1 episode 1: ... (It's the first time ...
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What does "and all" mean, and is it an idiom in this context?

This context comes from the movie "The Aviator" by Martin Scorsese. It's a scene in which Katharine Hepburn And Howard Hughes arrive on a plane to Howard's house, after a date. Katherine ...
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Should we be using "could" and "definitely" in the same sentence?

Example, "Hormonal imbalance could definitely affect a man's virility."
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What does "snug on that perch" mean?

In Top Gun Maverick (2022), Hangman speaks to pilot Goose: Hangman: Well, anyone who follows you is just gonna run out of fuel. But that's just you, ain't it, Rooster? You're snug on that perch, ...
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Is the usage of "willing" grammatically wrong?

This is a dialogue from Serenity (2005): Hoban: Yeah, but, remember the part where it's a trap? Malcolm: If that's the case, then Inara's already caught in it. She wouldn't set us up willing. Is the ...
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What does "you better" mean in this context of conversation?

The following is a excerpt from an interview script on Linux Journal: Guid: ... If you talk to people, they all think Windows stinks and UNIX is the one true operating system. Phil: I think that too!...
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What does "assault" mean in this context?

This context comes from the movie "The Aviator" by Martin Scorsese. "I've even managed to coax the luscious Miss De Havilland and her equally luscious sister to accompany me. Though I ...
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Difference between: "Sorry this happened to you" AND "Sorry this had to happen to you."

Someone says this to a person who had a terminal illness: "I’m ever so sorry sweetheart this had to happen to you." I can understand ".....this happened to you." (WITHOUT 'HAVE TO')...
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What does "as nice as that is." mean in this sentence?

This is from a native speaker cancer patient who is telling about how she has been coing with life after she was diagnosed with brain tumors. She says: Things are still working out and I plan to get a ...
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What does "tied up inside the body" mean?

This context comes from the movie "The Aviator" by Martin Scorsese. "Well, if you're deaf you must own up to it. Get a hearing aid. Or see my father. He's a urologist but it's all tied ...
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Is the word "thematically" correct in this context?

I have formulated a sentence for which I am not sure if the word "thematically" is correct. The sentence is the following: "The material was coded analytically (based on the data) and ...
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What does "to fix a book" mean?

This context comes from the movie "The Aviator" by Martin Scorsese. It's from a scene that goes after another one, in which Howard Hughes tells his employee, Noah (who he hired to run his ...
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Which definition of accommodate is the best in this context?

I printed out all definitions of "accommodate": Synset('suit.v.01') be agreeable or acceptable to Synset('adapt.v.01') make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose Synset('accommodate.v.03')...
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On the interpretation of distributiveness [duplicate]

The two of us ordered a hamburger. We ordered a hamburger. Do these and the like mean each of us ordered a hamburger or we together ordered a hamburger, or maybe both are possible depending on the ...
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What does "filial inroads"mean?

...the second, that the pension bestowed upon her by a grateful country (and a Barnacle) would be freed from any little filial inroads, when her Henry should be married to the darling only child of a ...
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Should it be "AN APPEREANCE" OR "ANY APPEREANCE"?

"It's the first time I'm doing any appearance as a person that stars in the Lion King." Should it be "first time doing an appearance" or "first time doing any apperance". ...
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