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Questions tagged [meaning-in-context]

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What does “second” mean here and why did Jamie used it here?

This is from Jamie Dimon interview in Stanford: Character is a sine qua non and by character I also mean that they tell the whole truth, nothing but the truth. They do not shape the truth and they ...
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What is modified by 'only' in this sentence?

“I didn't put my name in that goblet!” said Harry, starting to feel angry. “Yeah, okay,” said Ron, in exactly the same sceptical tone as Cedric. “Only you said this morning you'd have done it ...
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How to understand “for all the notice anyone took” in this context?

…Everyone wanted to know how he had done it, how he had tricked Dumbledore's Age Line and managed to get his name into the goblet.… “I didn't,” he said, over and over again, “I don't know how it ...
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what does “bank” mean here?

Jamie Dimon said in interview at Stanford “ We bank 50 million people on out households and soon we are going to have online investing and robo investing” I am nkt sure if we bank 50 million ...
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left or forgotten?

I'd like to know whether left or forgotten is correct in the following: The librarian always goes all around the library before closing time in case someone has left / forgotten something. I'd ...
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What does “spinning” mean here?

Jamie Diamon in his interview in Stanford said “ if I allow spinning to the public, you are going to spin to me” I found spin meaning as confused and several other meanings but I am not sure what does ...
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WHY to say “a secret prayer” to zip the dress and what does it mean in this sentence?

I am not sure if I get this right : "a secret prayer" means "she is a little fat so that she prays the zip could go up"?? (a little fat is a fact based in the novel). And I neither get the meaning of "...
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What does “this time around” mean?

What is the meaning of “this time around” why not just this time . The full sentence is This time around, she wants to get it right! This time around means that it happened before and it will ...
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The meaning of “send round my kit”

He was silent for a few moments evidently thinking of what he could do for Srebnitz. Then he said "Tell your mother and father to change their minds while there is still time. Now I will go and ...
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word meaning : Large ( in terms of money)

I came across this in The Mentalist-S03E04. The guy says "I was looking for my money. He owes me 22 large, plus nine years interest." What does large mean here?
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WHY “double French ” and what does it mean?

This is so frustrating while reading, knowing very word but not the meaning. Why double French ? My guess is "they once had French course" based on a fact from the novel. But why double it??? Does it ...
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WHY there is “more fat on a kirby grip" and what does it mean?

This is very, very struggling for me to imagine: why " there is fat on a hairpin"??? I could get that the dress is too small and tight, and maybe the person is a little fat(depends on how you see it,...
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were anchored from?

I'm translating an English article to Persian (my mother tongue). I didn't understand the meaning of this phrase or anything!: "The employee relations aspect of sustainable HRM reflects an ...
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what does “tendencies to the dramatic” mean in this sentence?

What does "the dramatic" mean in this sentence? I could get that the house in under a sad mood, my guess is that the sisters "tended to make dramas or mistakes, or getting attention in the family"? ...
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What does it mean by “clean up its act by pleading poverty”?

"In the past India has explained its failure to clean up its act by pleading poverty, noting that richer countries were once just as dirty and that its output of filth per person still lags far behind ...
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How to understand “wincing as they felt their raw pink faces” in this context?

Harry noticed too that the castle seemed to be undergoing an extra-thorough cleaning. Several grimy portraits had been scrubbed, much to the displeasure of their subjects, who sat huddled in their ...
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what does the words “a different shade” mean?

my guess of the sentence : "I" want to dye or change the color of our blue badges so as to getting into the balcony, but since we are easy to be noticed so I gave up the idea. if my guess is right (...
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what does “look hard” and “a suit of armour” mean in this sentence?

I am so confusing why one has to "look very hard to see" here. why to see "a suit of amor" in them? and why "any" of them? my own guess is "one has to be careful with these guys" ?? here is the ...
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Meaning of “take by mouth” in context

It’s recommended that you take zinc by mouth. It is from this article. What I think the author means by that is taking zink orally, but Although I am not a native, the use of by mouth feels akward ...
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lead up to - use [on hold]

"The selected pCO2 concentrations represent future ocean acidification scenarios leading up to the year by 2100." Please explain the expression "leading up to" in this context. Its use is OK here? ...
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What does “golden thread” mean in this sentence?

Our golden thread is always to streamline our processes and to continuously raise the bar for ourselves in everything we do. I cannot find an appropriate explanation for "golden thread" in the ...
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What does “make something a hit” mean?

Does "make something a hit" mean "make something a success" or "make something canceled" here? (I used this link https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/make+a+hit) Transparent, an Emmy winner, was ...
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What does “bent in upon its body” mean?

At once, the spider's leg bent in upon its body; it rolled over and began to twitch horribly, rocking from side to side. I don't understand the phrase "bent in upon". I can't picture what it would ...
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What do the words “wind” and “stick” mean in the sentence?

This sentence is really confusing for me. I've checked Collins, Oxford, Cambridge, urban… dictionaries, no such collocations. my guess is "the wind changed" means she senses something bad might ...
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Something be to try to do something

China Move to Cut Duties on U.S. Imports Lifts Auto Stocks “Last week, events seemed to conspire to throw the truce into disarray, but the underlying incentives of both sides at the moment are to try ...
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Can't understand passage from a management book [on hold]

Toyota became #1—the most consistent and achieving global automaker—because more company employees than not have believed and practiced what has been preached, from humility to going to ...
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What does “a weighing room” mean in this sentence?

The woman who said the following sentence is a waitress in a restaurant in a horserace course. Did she mean that the room is normally for kitchen use, like weighing and preparing for food, and the ...
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What does “scoop on” means?

I got an email telling me the following “ The Scoop on can’t-miss sessions at Reinvent event” I guess it means that I can not miss the reinvent event, however I am not sure why do they use scoop on ...
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“Here's the optic”

This is from a documentary film where the narrator talks about putting things in perspective. If you break that down to how many per day or how many per hour, basically what you are getting is the ...
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What does “ Victorian orphans” mean in the sentence?

Why did the man in following sentence refer his hair style as "Victorian orphans"? what does Victorian orphan look like? Is there any cultural gap I am missing, or is it a slang or something? ‘My ...
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What does 'supra-textual' mean?

Are there any synonyms of that word? Or a definition? The ‘Snapewives’ or ‘Snapists’ are women who channel Snape, are engaged in romantic relationships with him, and see him as a vital guide ...
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What does “he's had it” mean in this context?

"Arthur, you know Mad-Eye," said Mr. Diggory's head, rolling its eyes again. "Someone creeping into his yard in the dead of night? More likely there's a very shell-shocked cat wandering around ...
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What's the meaning of “somebody gave up something to somebody”?

It's a line from "The Marvelous Ms. Maisel" a comedy-drama in the 1950s. The phrase I confused is a line from a comedy stand-up, here are the full story: I do not charge for sex. I mean, that's ...
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Normality and postmodernism

I came across the phrase "do not ask for normality, as postmodernism often offends", in a book I am reading. If I am reading this correctly I think it is drawing some kind of equivalency between ...
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what is the meaning of this sentence “In our previous examples we took n to be the number for which a given function is to be computed”

In our previous examples we took n to be the number for which a given function is to be computed. I am not sure about the meaning of the above sentence because I'm confused about this part: "for ...
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Meaning of the phrasal verb “dial in” in context

The following excerpt is from this article. Training in this fashion will not only dial in and perfect technique, but you’ll be optimizing your training as well.
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What does 'back' mean in this context?

Half the Muggles killings back when You-Know-Who was in power were done for fun. I figure that the word 'back' here is used as an adverb meaning "in the past". The sentence can be rephrased as: In ...
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What does 'snapping away' mean here?

What does 'snapping away' mean here? Alan, through his website artbusiness.com, attends almost every art opening that goes down in San Francisco. Like 10 in one night, he's zipping across town ...
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What's the meaning of “ported” in this sentence?

I found the word "ported" in a sentence describing a motorcycle, but I don't understand what it means: A beautiful machine, it was ported and polished, with high-compression pistons and rings, a ...
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when we can use freak out?

I am not sure about the usage of freak out - it means wildly irrational behaviour? Can we say for example that when someone is not doing something like expected is freaking out? I will give you an ...
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what does “rage at nature” mean in the sentence?

What is the synonym of "nature" in the following sentence? Is it referring to "the nature", the natural environment, or "the world" in general?? I raged at God, at nature, at whatever fate had ...
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What does “raw” function in this sentence? [on hold]

"Where it's raw and it's the truth." I came across this sentence was being said in a conversation. I couldn't figure out what "raw" is functioning in this sentence. Is this a kind of phrase or ...
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Should old acquaintance be forgot,

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and should old lang syne be forgot? Does #1 mean #2? auld lang sine or old lang sine means "the old days" ...
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What does “Pull up a bit of grass” mean in this context?

... ... "Pull up a bit of grass, Barry," said Ludo brightly, patting the ground beside him. "No thank you, Ludo," said (Barry)Crouch, and there was a bite of impatience in his voice. "I've ...
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Two x-rays, 11 o'clock

In Call of Duty, Modern Warfare 2, Captain Price asks Yuri to shoot two men using his sniper rifle. He first draws Yuri's attention to their location by saying, "Two x-rays, 11 o'clock." And then ...
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What is the situation that this sentence says?

Several lines had been deleted from her speech. It is an example sentence of "delete" above. What situation would be this sentence referring to? Several lines had been deleted when she scanned ...
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How to understand “I had two try”

"You're not the first one who's had trouble with money," said Mr. Roberts, scrutinizing Mr. Weasley closely. "I had two try and pay me with great gold coins the size of hubcaps ten minutes ago." I ...
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what does “steering meeting” means?

I saw my international manager to be in status steering meeting. what does this mean.I checked and seems to me like an advisory meeting perhaps. Could you advise?
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What does 'to get nowhere fast' mean and why 'Unfortunately'?

What does 'to get nowhere fast' mean and why 'Unfortunately'? A quick course in how to get nowhere fast on social media. Unfortunately, I've seen them all: source: https://www.artbusiness.com/...
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What does “pullout” mean in this context?

I don't understand the meaning of the word pullout in this sentence: There was a pullout on the road leading up to the vehicle parking lot where buses had to turn around because the rest of the ...