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What does "technocratic discretion" mean?

When reading the paper of (Binder 2021), I saw that: Central banks thus face pressure to use their technocratic discretion to do more to serve the people, and to be directly accountability to the ...
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Not a moment’s worry

Above all, you’ll be free of fear and desire. And how long your body will contain the soul that inhabits it will cause you not a moment’s worry. (Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, translated by Gregory ...
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Is "in resistance" like phrases "in trouble, in danger, in surprise, in grief"?

An incomplete sentence that I read in a dictionary: ...serving in resistance and partisan activities. Entry 2 of Partisan Does it mean: ...serving in resistance activivies and serving in partisan ...
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meaning of get in got much less wear

I am not sure of the meaning of: Rugs in the bedrooms got much less wear. A sentence I read from a dictionary Entry 5 According to the sentence above, could we say we can clean rugs in the bedrooms ...
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A long sentence to analyse

I have read a long sentence today in the article "The Universality of Science and International Cooperation" by Carlo Rubbia (The Universality of Science and International Cooperation): It ...
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rich or poor vs. whether you are rich or poor

Are the following sentences interchangeable? a. Whether you are rich or poor, I still love you. b. Rich or poor, I still love you.
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deaths given definition

The "surplus" region of the Soviet Union was to be detached, its grain and other agricultural produce gathered and diverted to Germany. As discussed at the previous meeting in Berlin, the ...
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What does "data trail for transactions" mean?

Today when reading a working paper of Auer 2021 about CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currency), I found a sentence: Conversely, central banks in jurisdictions with a large informal (“shadow”) economy may ...
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Meaning of "former Fellow" in context

Ryan McNamara is a current undergraduate student at Duke University, studying Economics, Environmental Science, and Chinese. He is a former Fellow with the Economic Policy Team at Friends of the Earth ...
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What does "to make determinations on something" mean in the following?

I have grabbed the following text from a book learning Programming Languages: OK, so what approach should you take within your application to make determinations on configuration based on the ...
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Is 'most often' synonymous with 'usually'?

I referred to a number of dictionaries to no avail. What does most often exactly mean? While efforts to prevent student violence are most often promoted following high-profile school shootings, they ...
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maintaining their positions

Russian forces continued to prepare for an assault on Severodonetsk and intensified operations around Lyman. Russian forces continued to prioritize holding positions around the Russian border to ...
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meaning of 'bit'

This is from a webpage. Like many of us at home, Will Packer thought the confrontation between Will Smith and Chris Rock at Sunday’s 2022 Academy Awards was a bit. I wonder what 'bit' means here. ...
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What does this "be failing" mean?

This is from TOEFL speaking TPO3: In my first year in high school, I was addicted to video games. I played them all the time, and I wasn't studying enough. I was failing chemistry. That was my hardest ...
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What does "which" mean in this sentence (math)?

For the positive integers a, b, c, and d, a is half of b, which is one-third of c. The value of d is three times the value of c. Does this mean that a=b/2, and a=c/3, or does this mean that a=b/2, ...
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Does a lack of something mean an absence or not enough?

The dictionary says that a lack of something means an absence or not enough of that thing. If that is the case then what should I assume in this type of contexts: a lack of recreational facilities a ...
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Use of the verb "edge"

How clear are these sentences? Fighters are often edged to injuries. She is prone to edge herself to threat. She has started to edge herself to feel the wind. In slang, the verb to edge has the ...
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Latest available time for an appointment

Someone ask for the latest time available for an appointment. Is it earliest or last available time of the day?
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Meaning of "about" in context

It is very hard to define the meaning of the words as and if. About the best that I can do is to give you yet another example: Why should I act as if I cared? = Why should I pretend that I care? I do ...
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what "bear out" mean in this context?

This is a part of an online article titled "Why do gamers like RGB Lights?" (RGB lights are the lights installed in gaming keyboards that illuminate the keys and make them visible in ...
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That is/was great. - which one should I use?

Question 1 A: I won the lottery last week. B: That is/was great. Which one should I use? What are the differences? Question 2 A: I climbed the highest mountain last month. B: That sounds/sounded ...
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Does using "there" a second time matter?

I'm going to the hospital tomorrow. Usually, there are more people waiting to see the doctor than you can count, so I'll be late. I'm going to the hospital tomorrow. Usually, there are more people ...
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What does "handle" mean in this context?

The context comes from the movie "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas" It's a scene in which the main character describes the 1960s THERE WAS MADNESS IN ANY DIRECTION, AT ANY HOUR....
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An English proverb for we should always use sweet words

Aisi vaani boliye, man ka apa khoye Auran ka shital kare, aphaun shital hoye English translation: Speak such words, sans ego’s ploy Body remains composed, giving the listener joy Written by Kabir Das ...
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What does "hump" mean in this context?

The context is from the movie "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas" The following text is the main character's narration of things and people he sees while walking around a casino in Las Vegas. ...
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... the guns of war exploded. Does it mean that the war started, or did the guns really explode?

The sentence goes: "But in 1973, King Zahir Shah was overthrown and five years later the guns of war exploded". Google translator says that it was the weapon which went off, but it doesn't ...
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What does the phrase "lock into" mean in this context?

The context is from the movie "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas" One of the characters at the begging of the movie describes the drugs they bought for the trip to Las Vegas. DUKE: ...
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Need clarification on meaning of sentence

I saw the description of poker in wikipedia, in the first line it says: Poker is a family of comparing card games in which players wager over which hand is best according to that specific game's ...
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What does "unwinding assets" mean here?

Can anybody explain this to me, please? The Fed in March raised interest rates for the first time since 2018, boosting by 25 basis points. Earlier this month, the central bank raised rates by another ...
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In this use of 'far-ranging theorist', does 'far-ranging' mean 'of great influence', 'of a theory of broad scope', or both?

Searching through the definitions given by dictionaries, I was not able to decide between the meanings. The complete sentence is "The most original and far-ranging theorist of his generation, ...
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What is the difference between the prepositions 'up' and 'onto', both indicating 'motion'?

We are all familiar with the the rhyme: Jack and Jill went up the hill. The preposition 'up' describes motion from a lower level to a higher level. But the preposition 'onto' also describes 'motion'....
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What does "it" in "it go" refer to?

In Batman (2022), Riddle says to Batman: Riddle: Do you know what being an orphan is? It's 30 kids to a room. Twelve years old and already a drophead, numbing the pain. You wake up screaming with ...
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What does "that" in "that again" refer to?

In Batman (2022), Bruce Wayne speaks to Alfred: Bruce Wayne: I never thought I'd feel fear like that again. I thought I'd mastered all that.I mean, I'm not afraid to die. I realize now there's ...
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What does "basic upstanding citizen types" mean?

In Batman (2022), Batman asks Selina about club: Batman: Is that where you work? Selina: No, I just work the bar upstairs. But I see 'em come in. Batman: Who? Selina: A lot of guys that shouldn't be ...
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What does "These nights all roll together in a rush behind the mask" mean?

Batman: The city's eating itself. Maybe it's beyond saving. But I have to try. Push myself. These nights all roll together in a rush behind the mask. Sometimes in the morning, I have to force myself ...
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Meaning of "purchase" in context

Scientists have no special purchase on moral or ethical decisions; a climate scientist is no more qualified to comment on health care reform than a physicist is to judge the causes of bee colony ...
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When to use 'out of' and 'of'? [duplicate]

I am asking this in the context of a sentence: "Why to pick this packet on the shelves of many?" Should it be 'on the shelves of many' or 'on the shelves out of many'? The second option is ...
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Meaning of "the most significant of which" in the following sentence

I'm reading a book on critical thinking. This is where I'm stuck: So far, then, we have seen that when you argue a case, you: frame or reframe your title as a question that you may need to refine; ...
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the poster child for Covid-19 handling [closed]

Is "poster child" an approving term in the following? Does it mean more or less the same as "role model" here? ‘How quarantine keeps families apart’. New Zealand is the poster ...
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I can't interpret if "blood feud" in this context is literal

In the NY Times article titled: "Trump Figures Into a Political Blood Feud in West Virginia" I read all through and found no signs of family ties among the candidates and thought the "...
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If your curtains have elaborate box pleats [closed]

What is the meaning of "box" in "If your curtains have elaborate box pleats or embroidered raised stitching, you may consider hand-washing or dry cleaning to protect the intricacy."...
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What does "Trying to get the most beads" mean?

The daughter has very low grades at university and her father reprimands her, the conversation goes like this: What are you doing down there in Louisiana anyway? Trying to get the most beads? Gross. ...
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Which meaning of "crucial" fits in this context?

What does ''crucial'' mean in this text? does it mean ''important''?
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What's the meaning of "touch" in this context?

This is a piece of a conversation from the movie "The Batman" Gordon: I go after him. Lean on him to give up the rat. Batman: It’s too dangerous. They made a secret deal with this guy. Who ...
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Meaning of "you should have to..."

This is an extract from an online book: Now that you have Git on your system, you’ll want to do a few things to customize your Git environment. You should have to do these things only once on any ...
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"be considered" and "be referred to as"

Do native speakers think there is a contradiction in the following? He is considered the best doctor in town, but is never referred to as such.
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What does "elements (of)" mean in this paragraph?

When the teaching and testing implications of No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 finally reached the classroom, there was a flurry of student resistance. Fifty-eight students at Danvers High School in ...
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What does "well" mean in this context?

This is a Merriam Webster definition for "up": d: relatively high // "the river is up" // "was well up in her class" "Well" (source:thefreeditionary.com): To ...
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What does "up" mean in this context?

In the movie "The Batman" there is a scene in which the Batman speaks about the state of the Gotham City. "Murder, robberies, assault. Two years later, they're all up." Merriam ...
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What is meant by the term "program" which appears in the sentence of stage production

We plan to use photographs of our performers in full costume for the posters and programs. This quote is from sentences of the certain stage production. What "program" does it be meant? I ...
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