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Questions tagged [meaning-in-context]

This tag is for questions which a dictionary cannot answer about the meaning of a word, or a phrase, in a specific context. Be sure to give as much context as possible.

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What does “a life impervious to skincare routine” imply by the speaker?

I have some difficulty in understanding the metaphor or implication of "a life impervious to skincare routine". I could sense that the speaker is speaking about the old woman in an approving tone, but ...
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What does “gave of” mean?

I've come across with the sentence below: The appearance this gave of being able to conduct psychotherapy in a scientific manner,..., did much to ensure the popularity of Jung's associations ...
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"anything less than whole”

Hey can someone help me to explain what does "anything less than whole” in this poem by Rupi Kaur mean? i had to leave i was tired of allowing you to make me feel anything less than whole
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Forge: Make or Fake

When used as a verb, Make means produce something. Fake has a similar, but negative, meaning as counterfeit something. In addition, Forge can mean either, depending on the context. My question is ...
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What does “go down on the price” mean?

See this conversation: B: This t.v is $2500. A: You can't be serious. B: That's how much this t.v costs. A: That's too expensive for me. B: This television is of very high ...
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The meaning of “to make it on their own so young”

What is the meaning of the bolded expression in the following sentences? Professor: Now when they emerge in the spring from hibernation, the mating process begins. For them, well, they come ...
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Those girls are too kind to refuse

Those girls are too kind to refuse. What does it mean: 1) it's hard for me to refuse them something 2) it's hard for them to refuse me something (because they are kind)? 3) it can be both ...
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What does 'reality base' mean?

What does 'reality base' mean? Can it be replaced by just 'reality'? The more meaning we can construct from transactions with the environment, the broader our reality base. Article - 'Meaning ...
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What does “hats defied gravity” imply in this sentence?

I am so confused about the speaker saying that "hats that looked as if they defied gravity." What does she imply? Did she mean the the hats are weird? or light? Or if she was being sarcastic, but then ...
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concept of “There tends to be a lot of”

I cannot place any meaning of the "tend" from the dictionary in the following sentence for having an acceptable concept: There tends to be a lot of obsidian flakes and chips in the hearth ashes, ...
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What does one mean in this context

What does one mean here? We have travel brochures for ten different destinations Feel free to take one Does it mean: You can take one brochure You can take as many brochures as you want of ...
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What does “leaving” mean in this context?

We are thinking of using grey plaques to signify people who have done important work within the government and white plaques for those who have done good works in the community. Lastly, our green ...
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Meaning of union in this sentence

Billy Hunter, the union’s longtime director, was ousted when a widely publicized independent audit discovered evidence of mismanagement, abuse of funds and conflicts of interest. Source: New York ...
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Meaning of “virtually” in the following sentence?

The list of things I believe,though I have no evidence for the truth of them, is, if not infinite, virtually endless. I found two main relevant senses: virtually: 1 : almost entirely : NEARLY ...
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What does “stereo” mean in “ıf you ever see your 'stereo' again”? [on hold]

After all you don not really want to hear that you will be lucky ıf you ever see your 'stereo' again. "Stereo" was not clear when I checked it out by dictionary what it meant, the explanation was not ...
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What does the speaker imply in “piecrust collar” and “smell of horse”?

I could not understand the implication in this sentence, especially the "piecrust collars and smell of horse". I am totally lost! Could anyone help please? The context is : Will (a quadriplegic in ...
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Meaning of the phrase “in front” in context

Here it goes: Most often, when you miss a heavy press in front, you won’t know why: a position error of a couple of inches is hard to feel under a heavy weight. Does in front mean at the beginning ...
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What's the meaning of keep up-to-date in context?

The point is that debt payments — interest and repayments of the original loan — are easier to keep up-to-date for borrowers with a rising income. Source: BBC My problem is with the phrase "keep ...
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What is the meaning of “co-opted” in this sentence?

I am reading Anthology for Music in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, and on page 173 I get stuck in understanding this sentence: In some cases national and political connotations were an ...
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How to understand “you've had it bad” in this context?

‘Personally, I'd have welcomed a dementor attack. A deadly struggle for my soul would have broken the monotony nicely. You think you've had it bad, at least you've been able to get out and about, ...
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Structure of the “close by that”

What are the structure and meaning of the following bolded phrase? I have a problem with understanding of the two phrases meaning where are connected together, "fairly close by" and "flattened out ...
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Meaning of the phrasal verb “clamp down” in cotext

Here it goes: When you clamp down to hold your breath and tighten your trunk muscles, you create a pressure gradient between the inside and the outside.
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Relationship between art and advertising in the passage [on hold]

What is the meaningful relationship between art and advertising in the following excerpt? She attended art school but was told by one of her instructors that she was not good at illustration, ...
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“Water cooler” meaning here?

Excerpted from THE RINGER of a news about Netflix: Why watch something live for the sake of a water cooler that doesn’t exist anymore when you know you can simply wait it out and take a show in on ...
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Grammatical role and meaning of “looking that”

What are the grammatical role and meaning of the "looking that" in the following sentences?: One other painting I really want you to look at is of a young woman surrounded by pumpkins. You will ...
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movement meaning in the context

The word "movement" has many definitions in the dictionary. Which of them is proper in the following sentence? So you've probably studied both of these movements separately, separate movements, ...
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“make it two weeks” meaning

A: So, when is the next meeting? B: I was hoping next week, but we can make it two weeks if that's better for everybody. This is from my meeting. Could you let me know what "we can make it ...
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If you’re going to ham it up, go the whole hog

Please help me to understand it If you’re going to ham it up, go the whole hog. — G. I. Gurdjieff Is the 'ham' a meat? What is a 'hog' here?
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Difference between ', or' and 'or' ('or with a comma' versus 'or without a comma')

Could anyone help me to clarify the difference between ', or' and 'or'? Sometimes I see articles are intentionally written this way rather than just reflex. I've made examples below, and explained by ...
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', and' to separate up to 3 adjectives and 1 verb in the case of one sentence

I'm just wondering how to separate 'to be + adjective(s)' and 1 verb without making a sentence confusing. I try to avoid confusion by adding a comma before 'and' (', and'). However, I'm not sure if ...
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Meaning of phrase “the day it is due”

You should probably start writing your essay on "To Kill a Mockingbird" sometime before the bus ride to school the day it is due. I can't understand the last part of sentence "the day it is due" ...
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What does “higher up” mean in the context?

I know the dictionary meaning of the "higher up": (informal) someone who has a high rank in an organization I want to know the meaning of it in the following passage: Immediately adjacent to ...
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I can't understand this expression and what composition has phrase “execution time binding”

Virtual address: logical address in execution time binding which is different from the respective physical address Is execution time binding an adjective clause? Or where should I put comma? for ...
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What does “tea ring”mean in this sentence and why “ring”?

I could not understand what is "tea ring" in this sentence, all I searched resulted in a "Swedish tea ring", as bread or cake, and I am pretty sure it is not. My guess is : it refers to some kind of ...
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i am confused about the meaning of “count for” in this context

Whereas in the past the tourist board put in the majority of funding, now public donations count for sixty-five percent of all total funds! What does "count for" mean in this context?
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The meaning of “fully realized” in the context

I know the meaning of "realized" but in the following sentence, I cannot establish any meaningful relationship between it and the text! A closely related theory sees theater as evolving out of ...
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What is the meaning of to be acted out? [closed]

What is the meaning of "to be acted out" in the following sentences? As a result, it may abandon or modify some rites. But the myths that have grown up around the rites may continue as part of ...
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2 Relative Clauses at once in a sentence

I want to ask about using Double Relative Clause in one sentence. To go straight to the question, I will show the sentence right away: 'Patients have to treated by people who have qualified ...
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Synonym for dissolve as the meaning of emotion? [closed]

What are the synonyms for "dissolve" verb when it is defined as the following? emotion - dissolve into/in laughter/tears etc - to start laughing or crying: She dissolved into fits of ...
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What does “current slow” mean?

What is the meaning of "current slow" in the following passage? The same thing happens to this day, though on a smaller scale, wherever a sediment-laden river or stream emerges from a mountain ...
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what's the meaning of “up” in this context

we have, at present, 130 plaques up in the city. Does it mean it could be more than 130 plaques?
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What is the meaning of “In case the talents will be ignored, a person may take one step back and thus get a Karmic Debt.”?

In the paragraph below, the meaning of boldfaced line isn't clear. Power brings responsibility and freedom to choose. In case of acting responsibly and using lofty powers, a powerful person will ...
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I am confused about the exact meaning of “running” in this context

I'm going to start by telling you about the Yellow Plaque scheme, which has been running in Sydney for over forty years. Does it mean "happening"?
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Meaning of 'of other'

I came across a paragraph in which, I'm not sure about the usage of 'other.' It was obvious that there was a vast unknown region all around us, and science, with its magnificent achievements, knew ...
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“I wouldn't have said anything”

In Desperate Housewives Season 1 Episode 1, Julie (the daughter) told Susan (the mother) to ask Mike out. Susan said she didn't know if she's ready to start dating. SUSAN: I don't wanna talk to you ...
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How to understand “I suppose it varies, just like with wizards?” in this context

‘Yeah, well, the more the better,’ said Moody darkly. ‘We're your guard, Potter.’ ‘We're just waiting for the signal to tell us it's safe to set off,’ said Lupin, glancing out of the kitchen ...
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What is best word to substitute “lonely wisdom” in this passage?

Hesse’s grandfather Hermann Gundert (1814-1893) had been a Protestant missionary in India, where he also became an accomplished linguist in Dravidian languages. With a sceptical, questing attitude to ...
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History is written by the wieners

I read the following joke The Hotdog-bun Boy came home from school one day. His mother looked at him and said, “You look so unhappy. Did something go wrong in school today?” “Yes,” he answered. “...
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“if you've got to” meaning in this context?

Hedwig's large, round, amber eyes gazed at him reproachfully over the dead frog clamped in her beak. ‘Come here,’ said Harry, picking up the three small rolls of parchment and a leather thong ...
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What does “stand up to” mean in this sentence?

I don't quite understand the meaning of "stand up to" in this passage: Still others, Horn says, insist the saying is a melding of "spirit and image," as in "he's the very spirit and image of his ...