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What's the meaning of the "snub face" in this senttence?

Short, trim, his snub face thrust forward now with a look of intense concentration, the remnants of his black, oiled hair combed back from the temples, he rocked on his toes, jingling change in his ...
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What is the intended or interpreted usage of 'to infinitive' in a sentence?

The built­-in capacity for smiling is proven by the remarkable observation that babies who are congenitally both deaf and blind, who have never seen a human face, also start to smile at around 2 ...
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What is the meaning of this phrase "plodded right on past"?

"Gagging on a dry throat, he chose some object as his finish line and, plodding up to it on weighted legs, plodded right on past. His head back and his heaving chest shot with pains, he strained ...
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When during the trip, we have to stay in a city for a night stop and continue the route tomorrow, what do we call that city? Stop or station?

In the past, travelers traveling to distant cities for business had to spend the night at rest stops along the way. Sometimes these resorts were a special building like a caravanserai, in which case ...
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What word should I use when I want to refer to the different roads that are drawn from one city to other cities and connect them?

I am writing an article about ways to connect an ancient city with cities of the same time. But because these roads were paved or made of dirt, maybe a special word should be used for it.Which of ...
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what does the word of seven book- length means

What does the term "seven book-length story" mean. It is planned that seven book-length stories by well-known writers shall follow the present book [etc.]
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What's the meaning of the expression "give or take a page or two" in this text?

I found the text below on the internet and I'm confused about what the expression "give or take a page or two" means in context. I assume that the first part of the sentence, i.e. "at ...
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What does "barren bowl" mean?

Here is quote in book The Rights of Nature "In the Netherlands, it is now illegal to keep a goldfish alone in a barren bowl. Countries such as Costa Rica have pledged to phase out zoos, circuses, ...
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What is the meaning of the 'ride out the clock'?

What is the meaning of the 'ride out the clock'? Sol: Some things there’s no good way to do. How do I tell the woman I’ve loved for forty years that I can’t be with her if I want to be happy? ...
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What does "it" in "it‘s lettin‘ up" refer to?

While camping in a tent and maintaining a fire in Oppenheimer (2023), Frank shares with Lawrence and Oppenheimer his plans to get married. Lawrence offers his congratulations. When Oppenheimer ...
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What does "Not that half" mean?

In Oppenheimer (2023), Frank is going to marry waitress Jackie: Frank: We join the Party and you can't hide your disapproval. Why? Is that because that's supposed to be your thing? Robert: I haven't ...
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What does "however" mean in this sentence? Does it mean ''still'' or "moreover"?

I came across this sentence in my mechanics book: We can resolve the force F into a vertical component Fy and a horizontal component Fh However, we can also resolve Fh into two rectangular components ...
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"Last year, they didn't take to the stage until 11.30"

(From A Terrible Kindness by Jo Browning Wroe, Part II Cambridge Choir, chapter 25) Martin Mussey and him = William are Cambridge choristers The highlight of the first bleak day back in Cambridge ...
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How to understand “help students find jobs” in this case

Article B (184 words): Are you a Harry Potter fan? Would you like to go to Hogwarts to study magic? Here comes the good news! You could study magic at the University of Exeter. Starting in September ...
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I went to my second job

I have been wondering if in certain contexts it is possible to say that we "go to the job". Normally "job" is reserved for meanings closer to "position" and "post&...
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What does "exclusive of other beings" mean?

from Commentaries on the Law of England by William Blackstone “The Earth, and all things herein, are the general property of mankind, exclusive of other beings, from the immediate gift of the creator&...
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Do "if," "when," and "whenever" all result in the same meaning here? [duplicate]

Example 1 I was a generous kid. I shared my toys with my friends if/when/whenever I bought new ones. Do all three of if, when, and whenever result in the same meaning: that it was a past reoccurring ...
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How can I know it's left from reception and not left along the corridor?

I only know "left" is actually with "from reception" when I looked at the answer key that the answer is "I". It should be read as "left from reception" instead ...
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What does 'what they have intimated was a "beat-up"' mean here?

I was reading this article but couldn't grasp the meaning of this sentence. "Both Quinn and The Age have come in for criticism from contributors Tom Ryan and David Stratton on this blog over what ...
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What does "a bit" mean in this context?

In a Twitter discussion on Neuralink's challenge to create a lossless compression algorithm, someone posted a controversial post claiming their algorithm not only "converts back losslessly" ...
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"He nods for William to continue" [duplicate]

(From A Terrible Kindness by Jo Browning Wroe, Part II Cambridge Choir, chapter 20) William, the chorister, is telling the story and background of Allegri's 'Miserere' 'In the old days, the '...
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meaning of "in the spoils of the colony" from The Artful Dodger TV series

Some context: They are on an island near Australia (a colony of Britain) in the 19th century. Lady Fanny Fox wants to marry Dr. Sneed but hopes she isn't being too overt and says: No man wants to ...
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Where is the corridor?

The question asks us to find where the coffee room is. Do you think it is clear that the red corridor is the corridor that the speaker is talking about? The speaker doesn't say where we're facing so I ...
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What does 'gloated over' mean in this Tom Sawyer quote?

What does 'gloated' mean in the following quote from Tom Sawyer: It was talked about, gloated over, glorified, until the reason of many of the citizens tottered under the strain of the unhealthy ...
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"I'll not be held accountable for what I do with them!"

(From A Terrible Kindness by Jo Browning Wroe, Part II Cambridge Choir, chapter 19) (Evelyn, William's mum, speaking) Then she pulled out of his embrace. 'I'll try harder, but I'll tell you this: if ...
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Climb down from a bus meaning

From The New York Trilogy, Paul Auster. An hour later, as he climbed from the number 4 bus at 70th Street and Fifth Avenue, he still had not answered the question. I don't get "climb from a bus&...
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"There is one of him sharing a private joke with his dad that he loves so much, . . . "

(From A Terrible Kindness by Jo Browning Wroe, Part II Cambridge Choir, chapter 19) (William, the chorister, musing about his dad's funeral) The best memories a vicar wouldn't know about, and anyway,...
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What does this "an approach to such a thing" mean here?

In A School Story, by M. R. James, the listener had asked the narrator here to tell a ghost story connected with a school, then the narrator told him a long story, concluding it in this way. “That is ...
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What is "real men"?

Here is the quote from "A more beautiful question" by Warren Berger The genesis of many great start-ups is the simple question "Wouldn’t it be cool if?" W. helps you understand ...
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What does "inside the check-in cutoff time" mean?

I read about a passenger who was refused boarding: So she had to wait in line for the kiosk, but the line was too long and by the time she made it to the front she was inside the check-in cutoff time....
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"A purple bander copy"

(From A Terrible Kindness by Jo Browning Wroe, Part II Cambridge Choir, chapter 19) (in the classroom; Mr Shrubs, the teacher; William and Martin, choristers at King's College, Cambridge) It took a ...
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The meanings of 'schemes' and 'borough' in context

In Peep Show S1E1 (at 9:54, to be specific) there is this piece of dialogue between the main character and some unpleasant kids: Kid: Look, it's Clean Shirt. Man: (thinks) 'Clean Shirt? Isn't that ...
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"A giant tap of Welsh nostalgia"

(From A Terrible Kindness by Jo Browning Wroe) (choir practice, Phillip, the choirmaster; William, a chorister) (Phillip speaking) 'There's disagreement over the words' origins, but it was probably ...
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"New pieces draw something different from Phillip"

(From A Terrible Kindness by Jo Browning Wroe, Part II Cambridge Choir, chapter 18) (In the rehearsal room) 'Morning gentlemen (the choristers),' Phillip (the choirmaster) says this morning, the ...
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meaning of "work itself out"

In the following sentence, what is meant by 'works itself out'? As the capitalist system works itself out and its nature becomes more clear, the opposition of bourgeoisie and proletariat becomes more ...
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Use of "the first to do something"

Einstein was the first to adequately describe relativity. what about Einstein was the first one to adequately describe relativity?
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". . . the smile splitting her face"

(From A Terrible Kindness by Jo Browning Wroe, Part II Cambridge Choir, chapter 17) (William's mother Evelyn is visiting her son, a chorister probationer, for the first time. They are having lunch in ...
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The meaning of "I don’t want to look, but let’s see"

A quote from a book Phillips awoke from anesthesia the next morning in a hospital. He recalls, “I did the proverbial ‘I don’t want to look, but let’s see’ ” and checked under his blanket to find “an ...
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Doing schoolwork

In the book The report card, it says the real reason I began being a cat at school was because I knew if I started doing schoolwork in kindergarten, it would be too easy. What does it mean by doing ...
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1) Can "solid" mean "considerable/substantial"?— "solid money/success/age"— 2) Can "solid" mean "imposing/important-looking"?— "solid appearance/man" [closed]

I looked up the word "solid" but I still have some questions about it. (all sentences below are mine) Can the word "solid" be used in the meaning of "considerable, ...
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What does "overtrimmed" mean here? [closed]

This line is from Emma (2020): Augusta: How do you like my gown? I do not know whether it is not overtrimmed. My teacher says it means that Augusta is unsure if the gown has been excessively ...
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What does "a receipt for the money" mean?

collinsdictionary.com: (1) I wrote her a receipt for the money. The preposition "for" confuses me. What does "for" mean here? What does "a receipt for the money" mean?
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"A backslash escapes the following character" meaning [closed]

Any character that appears in a pattern, other than the special pattern character described below, matches itself. The NUL character may not occur in a pattern. A backslash escapes the following ...
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"A pebble of disappointment plummets the length of him" [closed]

(From A Terrible Kindness by Jo Browning Wroe, Part II Cambridge Choir, chapter 14) 'Where are we going?' 'Song room,' says Martin 'Not the chapel?' 'Choristers go there for evening practice and then ...
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What is the difference between I do what I want,or I do what I want to do? [closed]

What's the difference between doin what you want&doing what you want to do?
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Can "because" have a meaning of "though", in a sentence of Harry Potter Philosopher's stone?

He hurried to his car and set off home, hoping he was imagining things, which he had never hoped before, because he didn’t approve of imagination. This is a sentence in Harry Potter and the ...
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Meaning of after or until after “a period of time”

I have studied Until after. I understand until after means until after the end of the time frame or a period of time. They didn’t reach until after night. The sun doesn’t rise until after night. He ...
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Does 'offset' in this sentence mean the opposite of 'onset'?

Nothing the dogs did could affect the onset, the offset, the duration, or the intensity of the shocks. In the dictionary definition for 'offset', the only meaning I found that relates to the sentence ...
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"I've got a good voice, awful attitude."

(From A Terrible Kindness by Jo Browning Wroe, Part II Cambridge Choir, chapter 13) 'I'm Martin Mussey.' He strides ahead on sturdy legs. 'I've got a good voice, awful attitude. I'll never be head ...
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What does "I do" mean in this context?

In the movie "Nightwish" there is a foolish man, when somebody asks something from him, he always says the same thing: "Wendall guards the property,, Wendall locks the gate,Wendall ...
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