Questions tagged [meaning-in-context]

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Can I say "I live in the countryside" if I live in the urban area of a small, remote city?

Say I live in the urban area of a small city in "the middle of nowhere", so as to say that it is far any metropolis and has a small population (say, less than 50,000 inhabitants). Then, can ...
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What does "speak to" mean in this context?

In this context, a family of a late grandfather is outraged because the deceased man decided to bequeath all his inheritance to a person which wasn't even a part of the family. This conversation is ...
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What is this bold sentence's meaning?

How people behave often depends on what others do. If other car drivers or subway users leave for work at 8 a.m., it may be to my advantage to leave at 6 a.m., even if that is really too early from my ...
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What does the single quotation(') in 'bout mean?

more specifically, I want to know what is the single quotation(') in 'bout means. I know 'bout means about but does that mean we always can use a single quotation for words that start with a vowel? Or ...
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What's the difference between "last week's meeting" and "the last week's meeting"?

Is there any difference between "last week's meeting" and "the last week's meeting"? For example, do "I didn't attend last week's meeting" and "I didn't attend the ...
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What does it mean by "(to) have a strong suggestion of"?

I've faced with the sentence "the term 'hurry' often has a strong suggestion of agitated bustle or confusion", but I didn't understand what the sentence means. Also I like to know what the ...
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The meaning of a phrase "on me"

I came across this line in a movie which I understand but wouldn't be able to explain if someone asked me to. The phrase is used in many contexts but what does it mean here: "You're getting ...
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Is it correct to use "thus" in the following sentence?

I'm not sure If I can use "thus" in the following sentence. Does it mean "in this way" or "with this result"? She was lucky enough to learn from all those movies, thus ...
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Would "in an office" here refer to a set of rooms/offices and not one specific office where an individual works?

He works in an office on the seventh floor. Would "in an office" here refer to a set of rooms/offices and not just one specific office where one individual works?
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What does "get something expensed" mean?

I was watching one of those videos where a person is showing off their computer setup and the guy was listing everything that was in, like a monitor, a mouse, a keyboard, and then this sentence came ...
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What is the meaning of the word "abated" in the following context?

This is a context from an Anime that I'm watching. One of the characters is citing a passage from the Bible (I'm not sure if it is a verbatim citation). He talks about the story of Noah. The following ...
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What is the meaning of (a retroactive romance)? [closed]

I came across an unfamiliar phrase to me in the following text: The case of relationships is trickier. Lovers do not “trade up,” dropping one another when the prospect of a better relationship comes ...
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"Just happast an asshole" meaning in the context

Garraty looked at his watch, but it was stopped at 10:16. He had forgotten to wind it. " Anybody got the time?" he asked. "Lemme see. " Pearson squinted at his watch. "Just ...
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What does "for a million bucks" mean in "I wouldn't have gone inside for a million bucks"?

I am reading The Catcher in the Rye by Salinger, and I've found it difficult to interpret the phrase "for a million bucks" in the context below. Then a funny thing happened. When I got to ...
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Where does the word "to" refer to in the following sentence?

This is a paragraph from a programming language book: It's important to know that C# cannot exist alone; after all, it's a language that runs on variants of .NET. In theory, someone could write a ...
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What does "diverting their supply to the thermal power plants away from industries like steel, cement" mean?

Does it mean "domestic coal suppliers will not supply coal to industries like steel, cement etc"? “Given India’s massive dependence on thermal power, we might see domestic coal suppliers ...
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Could you explain the sentence "we are words that feint dart and wheel like birds"?

we are words that feint dart and wheel like birds (source) I couldn't make out exactly what the author means by that particular sentence. Can someone explain?
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How to know what a word refers to in a sentence "Firms can gain a better understanding of their purchased supplies and their journey."

I have difficulty understanding what a word in the end of a sentence refers to. Firms can gain a better understanding of their purchased supplies and their journey. Does 'their journey' in this ...
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the same high-performance hardware **as is the case** for single- and double-precision arithmetic.** meaning

Microprocessors in the x86 family historically implemented all floating-point operations with a special 80-bit (10-byte) floating-point format (see Problem 2.86). This format can be specified in C ...
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what does "humble" mean in this context? [closed]

After 74-year wait, Brentford return to top flight in style by humbling Arsenal
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What does "leap" mean in this context?

could you please tell what "leap" means in the context below? May it mean "guessing"? Story goes about a couple, lady and lord; they secretly kissed in the attic. Later that day, ...
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Use of em dash instead of period

'Ron, be quiet!' Hermione whispered urgently. 'Fudge'll be out here in a minute -' 1)'He - won't - stay - put - ' Scabbers was plainly terrified. He was writhing with all his might, trying to break ...
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first directive: a crude, first order estimate?

Here is an interesting sentence from Spectroscopy for Amateur Astronomers by Trypsteen and Walker (pg 30): Of course, other factors, such as the slit width, telescope parameters ... influence the ...
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what does the word "fronts" mean on this sentence: "shade of your tears fronts to your skin" [closed]

I heard it on some song. Don't remember which one exactly. There are some lines from this song: "shade of your tears fronts to your skin was like hard to time of mine"
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What does the phrase "to pass to" mean in this context?

This is a context from an English translation of "Crime And Punishment" by Dostoevsky It's a dated translation so I won't be surprised if this way of speaking is no longer in use but still ...
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What is the meaning of the phrases "killed stone dead" and "in for a see-saw"? [closed]

85 minutes The game has been killed stone dead by City. It looked like we were in for a see-saw finish after Liverpool's equaliser but those Alisson errors and Foden's brilliance have seen City race ...
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What does "march" mean in this context? [closed]

48min: The Saints are well and truly marching into the next round. They've got a fourth goal just minutes after the restart and it's Mohamed Elyounoussi with the strike. 49 min: The Magpies are on ...
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What does "draw" mean in this context?

48 min: A long Everton hoof. Calvert-Lewin is the only man up, and he does sensationally well to win an aerial duel with Lindelof, spin him, then run down the left and draw a foul from Wan-Bissaka. ...
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What does "I swore some" mean?

The entire paragraph is 'I told the man that valets me that I was feeling pretty bad, and I got myself up to look like death. That wasn't difficult, for I'm no slouch at disguises. Then I got a ...
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The meaning of "as they suppose" in this sentence?

I want to know the meaning of the phrase "as they suppose" in this context. I'm sorry for pasting the quite long excerpt, but I thought it was necessary for the context to be shared. I'd ...
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What does it mean by "up about" in the following sentence?

I was faced the sentence bellow that is written by a YouTuber: New Video up about my favorite productivity tools. So what does it mean by "up about" or "up" and what does this ...
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What is the definition of the word "taps" in "The dystopian Netflix hit taps South Korea’s worries..."?

I completely fail to understand the word "taps" in this text: The dystopian Netflix hit taps South Korea’s worries about costly housing and scarce jobs, concerns familiar to its U.S. and ...
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"There exist(s) ..."

I've been reading chinese book on acupuncture and there is the text I'm not completely sure in pure English (the authors and publisher are from Beijing). Since the yin-yang nature of a thing exists ...
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What does ‘seething labyrinth’ mean in this sentence from an H.P. Lovecraft novel?

I would like ask for the meaning of phrase ‘seething labyrinth’ in sentence. ...in which he discerns a seething labyrinth housed in the range’s uppermost slopes... It is from H.P. Lovecraft's novel ...
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This (multiple meaning fitting into a context)

One glance at it told me all I needed to know. I saw you running along this passageway and out of sight. Context - Snape is now at a secret place which he found out about when he was in the office ...
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Writhing imploringly

Black kicked out and Peter recoiled. 'There's enough filth on my robes without you touching them,' said Black. 'Remus!' Pettigrew squeaked, turning to Lupin instead, writhing imploringly in front of ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase "crowded out" in this context? [closed]

33 mins: Liverpool have been getting crowded out in the middle, so Salah is drifting out further to the right in the hope he can get one-on-one with a Chelsea defender, I suspect. He lifts in a cross ...
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Black kicked out and Pettigrew recoiled

Context - Pettigrew is grovelling on his knees. Black kicked out and Peter recoiled. My research : Now this could mean two things. Black literally kicked him and Peter got pushed away through the ...
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What does "get all wrong" mean in this context?

90+4: Pogba looks to spread the play for Sancho, but he gets his pass all wrong as the ball bounces away from the former Borussia Dortmund man and out for a goal kick.
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Is this an interrogative sentence or rhetorical question?

The text below is quite long, but in order to share the exact context, I'm pasting it. You can read the full text here on the Gutenberg Project page(https://gutenberg.ca/ebooks/huxleya-bravenewworld/...
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How can I understand this word "passively" in this paragragh?

One of the keys to insects’ successful survival in the open air lies in their outer covering — a hard waxy layer that helps prevent their tiny bodies from dehydrating. To take oxygen from the air, ...
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Can I write like " if I did writing wrong"? [closed]

I guess it means "Did I write something wrong on my script ?", is that right?
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What does "feast on your danglers" mean? [closed]

What does "feast on your danglers" mean? Phoebe said it in Friends: "a rabid dog would be feasting on your danglers right now"
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What does the phrase "sets your offense should run" mean here?

What does the phrase "sets your offense should run" mean in the following sentence from the description of a basketball simulation game: Every decision is under your control, which includes ...
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Formal you vs. informal you

Since there just one form for both cases and context is one way to get the idea which one is used, is there a way to understand it out of context?
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What does the phrase "flutter shut" mean in this context?

"His eyes flutter shut and he assumes his position of repose once more" TFD for "Flutter" 5. flutter - wink briefly; "bat one's eyelids" ... and one of the synonyms is &...
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What does "cough gas nightmare" mean?

Today I watched a video clip of ABC news Britney Spears father is no longer part of her conservatorship. At about the 47th second, the spokesman (or maybe he is the attorney) says the following: ...
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Meaning of 'well enough'

What does 'well enough' mean here? The OED says that it means 'to a reasonable degree' (and looking at the respective definitions of the two constituent words gives a similar meaning), but how can one ...
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What is the meaning of the word "work" in this sentence?

This is the sentence I've got problems with. It's a bit dated translation but I believe one of the suggestions I listed below is applicable here. "What was it had happened to work this revolution ...
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Our house is made of sugar [closed]

Can you explain to me please. What do you mean, when to talk "Our house is made of sugar."?

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