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What does "high" mean?

I often hear the commentator use "high" as in Rashford steals the ball high on the left and drives to the byline. I don't understand what it means, could you explain?
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The meaning of "zip tip"

what is the meaning of "zip tip" in "strong Zip Tip does not sheer off when self-drilling"? Is it some type of zip fastener that is part of an anchor, so to speak? Thank you!
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Explanation of the clause

"Here," I said, "deposit it." The tone of the words seemed to mean, "Let us do this painful thing while the fit is on us." (Reference: MY FINANCIAL CAREER by Stephen ...
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What does the clause ''this is done'' mean?

In this following context, what does the clause ''this is done'' mean? Does the verb ''done'' stand in for the above verb ''speak''? Please simplify this to me... The context: 'Thus, when the ...
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What does the phrase ''found useful'' mean?

In this following context, what does the phrase ''found useful '' mean? Is it ''practical''? Does the phrase ''found useful'' modify the word ''terms''? Should I take this sentence as: ''...are merely ...
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what does 'see a way back" mean?

What does "sew a way back" mean in this sentence? HALF-TIME Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham A standing ovation from the home fans. It's hard to see a way back for Spurs after that 45 minute showing. ...
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What does the phrase ''as such'' mean?

In this following context, what does the phrase ''as such'' mean? Does it mean ''therefore''or ''in itself''? Or does it refer something which is an antecedent? Please, explain this to me... Context ...
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What does "your authors" mean?

In a book Engineering Software as a Service: An Agile Approach Using Cloud Computing, "your authors" is repeatedly used, for example: But while pair programming emerged as a practice used ...
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God doesn't give with both hands

Does "God doesn't give with both hands" mean that one can't have everything in life?
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What does the expression ''keep track so'' in the sentence: ''kep track so you're doing it every day'' mean?

I was watching a video on YouTube about English tips and the YouTuber said a sentence that I didn't understand. Keep track so you're doing this every day. I looked at the YouTube translation, but it ...
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Meaning of 'against a society perceived as hostile"

It [Love Bombing] has also been described as psychological manipulation in order to create a feeling of unity within a group against a society perceived as hostile. Source:https://en.m.wikipedia.org/...
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Paraphrase the the sentence, or just tell me the meaning

Think of those fleeting moments when you look out of an aeroplane window and realize that, regardless of the indignities of commercial air travel, you are flying, higher than a bird, an Icarus safe ...
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Meaning of the word 'wurst'

"I'm real sorry to 'ear that, sir. There's two or three o' my pals, anyhow, who remember 'er clear as anything, though we did only see 'er that wurst. Yes, we remember 'her all right." ...
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What does the phrase ''but rather'' mean?

In this following context, what does the phrase ''but rather'' mean? Is it ''whowever'' or ''in fact''? Should I take as: Hence the body is not a persisting something, but the body is rather a ...
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How to interpret shimmy in the next sentence: "I shimmied onto the Spray Park Trail"

How to interpret shimmy in the next sentence: "Donning my pack and trekking poles, I shimmied onto the Spray Park Trail, a six-mile singletrack that promised a waterfall and majestic views." ...
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Musical star or music star?

Which of these expressions is/are correct? Music star Musical star As in: He is a bright music star. He is a bright musical star.
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Expressions from News headlines

I'm trying to know which of these expressions is/are correct: Kidnapped victims Abducted victims kidnap victims Note: I have noticed that most news blogs and websites for some weird reasons, prefer ...
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What does the preposition "upon" mean in this context?

This context comes from the video game "Divinity Original Sin II" It's a fragment of a letter I found in the game: "BY REQUEST OF THE DIVINE ORDER Certain Sourcerers known as 'Godwoken'...
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What does "this" in "let this" refer to?

In Ocean's Eight (2018), an insurance investigator John Frazier meets con artist Debbie at a resturant: John Frazier: He frames you, you frame him, scores are settled. I'm just the courier. All is ...
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Can anyone explain this part from an interview to me? [closed]

I’d like to know what this part from an interview with a musician means. On being woke… Don’t mistake my progressivism for being totally woke all the time, because it is a bit self-serving, I’m an ...
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The use of the singular form of the verb, "set"

I'm trying to learn the correct use of the singular form of the verb "set" which is obviously "sets". Pls note, I need it for the practical application of constructing news ...
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What's the meaning of 'with' in the sentence? [closed]

She can run with the best of them. What's meaning of 'with' in the above context?
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What does "the folds" mean in this context?

This context comes form the video game "Divinity Original Sin II" The skeleton reaches into the folds of his robes and pulls out a small black mass What does the folds mean? It appeared in ...
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"Until they start to singe", what does it mean?

Toast the dried chillies in a hot pan until they start to singe. What does it mean? Until they start to turn black? Or suppose they discussed toasting bread, would it mean turning orangish-brownish ...
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what does the phrase ''in the noblest sense of the word'' mean?

In this following context, what does the phrase ''in the noblest sense of the word'' mean? Is it mere emphasis phrase? or should I take ''literally'' as its synonym? It is the inward condition of a ...
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What does the verb ''have' mean here?

In this following definition does the verb ''have'' play in causative meaning? or what? Please, simplify it to me... for oneself (idiom): rather than have someone else (do or share something) She ...
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miserable-looking

a. I saw a sick and miserable looking boy standing at the corner of the street. b. I saw a sick and miserable-looking boy standing at the corner of the street. The question is whether the boy was ...
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What does "wrought upon" mean in this context?

This context comes from the video game "Divinity Original Sin II" the phrase I've difficulties with comes when I speak to a statue of a God trapped in some hellish realm because he was sent ...
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Meaning of "Your suggestion is ally." from Ted Lasso S1E09

So the context is that after a series of mistakes on the pitch, pressure mounts to bench Roy, one of the key players in the football team but currently showing poor performance. The head coach, Ted ...
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"Minstrel man", what does it mean? [duplicate]

What does "minstrel man" mean in this context? Fahrenheit 451 He knew that when he returned to the firehouse, he might wink at himself, a minstrel man, burnt-corked, in the mirror.
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Meaning of "positive" mane?

I'm reading "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne. In chapter 39: "Man Alive", I came across the following: His head, which was as big as a buffalo's was half hidden ...
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the use of subject-verb inversion

The following quote is from Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser: What Drouet said about the girl's grace, as she tripped out evenings accompanied by her mother, caused Carrie to perceive the nature and ...
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What does 'a stage Southern accent' mean?

From Oxford Learner's Dictionaries: He had assumed a stage Southern accent. What does 'a stage Southern accent' mean, especially 'stage' in this case? Is it an adjective?
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What does "There's nothing wrong with you that I can't fix…with my hands!" mean?

doomguy (protagonist of a video game) utters: There's nothing wrong with you that I can't fix…with my hands! To understand well with a context please check out this: Doom Comic, Volume 1, No. 1, ...
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Is "any" alone as a subject singular or plural?

When using "any" alone, is it singular or plural or does it depend on the meaning? For example do I say "any is fine/ok" or "any are fine/ok"? Does it depend on what &...
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Can I use the word ''as'' as (relative) pronoun like ''which'' or ''that''?

in the following context, the words 'such' and 'as' make me confused, and the verb 'is meant' between 'such' and 'as' more make confued. Should I take as: ''it is meant that such kind of mental ...
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What does the phrasal verb "get on" mean in this context?

This context comes from the movie "Get Out" by Jordan Peele The person speaking is saying this because there was an incident involving that person during this social gathering and now he ...
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What does "This let me in for a big surprise" mean?

One of the definitions for "let" on thefreedictionary.com is: let - cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition; "He got his squad on the ball"; "This let ...
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What does the phrase "do whatever I want" mean in this context?

From a NY Times interview with Matty Healy: Q: What are your commercial ambitions these days? Do you think it would be fun for the 1975 to have a No. 1 hit or a TikTok moment? A: It’s difficult to be ...
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to get a hired knife vs to get hired

I was reading the comic book Batman The Long Haloween and I came across a question involving the verb ''to get'' in the following excerpt: ''It seems like only yesterday when The Roman tried to get a ...
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What is the meaning of 'for' in this sentence?

It was a mistake for us to come here tonight.
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What does "cross over into something" mean?

Link This is a part of an interview with Quentin Tarrantino. It's starts with a phrase "What do you think Get Out became...We knew it was gonna cross over into something" verb To become ...
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"Pull the shirt over his head" [closed]

Did he put it on or did he take it off? All Quiet On The Western Front He pulls the shirt over his head and buttons up his tunic.
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What does "It settles into a slow metallic chug" mean?

I'm playing a video game called "Divinity Original Sin 2" and I encountered a broken oil pump and I'm trying to make it operable. This is the dialogue that pops up when I approach the ...
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What is the meaning of "nice" in this song?

The song "Her Majesty" by the Beatles starts with: «Her Majesty's a pretty nice girl». What is the meaning of the word «nice» in this sentence? Does it mean she is beautiful or friendly? ...
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can't understand the stucture

This piece is from New Yorker: Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley began writing “Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus” when she was eighteen years old, two years after she’d become pregnant with ...
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Difference between "to pieces" and "into pieces"?

He tore it to pieces. He tore it into pieces. I am a bit confused..
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What does the meaning of the definition-In itself-in the context?

(In itself :in its true nature)OLD Example:-In itself, it's not a difficult problem to solve. Plz make it clear what does "in itself" mean in the context?
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The meaning of "seven’s sixteen and a half"

“That’s what Mother Gunga thinks, is it,” he said, reading. “Keep cool, young ’un. We’ve got all our work cut out for us. Let’s see. Muir wired half an hour ago: ‘Floods on the Ramgunga. Look out.’ ...
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"Haul down one's colours"

What does it mean? I reckoned it was a set phrase of sort but couldn't find it. "Colours" must refer to a flag, right? It's hard to grasp the meaning still. All Quiet On The Western Front ...

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