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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 “feet” mean here?

Context: Youtube Link: Time 3:02-3:10 and my feet are not coming more than at the most 2 inches off the groud for regular bounce, so somewhere in the range of 1 to 2 inches is all that. What does "...
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What does ”they were an insult to the fabric of space/time itself” mean?

The last part of following paragraph is they were an insult to the fabric of space/time itself. what the writer want to say? Elliot’s work performance suffered. Tasks that were once a breeze to ...
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Meaning of the phrase “you guys” in context

It is from Crash Course Film History. It is at 6 minute and 15 second. Ticket sales were falling, and studio executives were in an outright panic. Studio executives like money, you guys.
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What is the main meaning of “relieve you of your command”?

It's a line of The Big Bang Theroy Pursuant to starfleet general order 104 section a, You are deemed unfit and I hereby relieve you of your command. The main meaning is "relieve you" or "relieve ...
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“than he could help” meaning in this context?

I spun him a tale of deepest remorse when I joined his staff, fresh from my Death Eater days, and he embraced me with open arms - though, as I say, never allowing me nearer the Dark Arts than he could ...
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What does my elbow are “in” mean?

Youtube video: Time: 2:32 (my elbow are in) What does "elbows in" and "elbows out" mean? Elbows in vs. out Why I couldn't find in the dictionary? Is this a short form?
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What does negotiate mean here?

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/negotiate People in organizations spend much of their time engaged in such endeavors. To justify their toil, they want to believe that their ...
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“Will you be free” vs “Are you free”

I want to hang out with my friend on Sunday (or some other time), what is the correct way to ask him about his ability to do it? a)"Are you free on Sunday?" or b)"Will you be free on Sunday?" I can ...
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What is this sentence supposed to mean?

I read a sentence in "Word Power Made Easy" which was: Believe me the old saw that claims you cannot teach an old dog new tricks is a baseless, if popular, superstition. Does the "if popular" ...
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What does the word “scale” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a platform game app: In the game some of the jumps will take several re-runs to scale. The player has to jump and safely land without tumbling into pits. I know the ...
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How can something “simple” be “striking”?

I read a definition of the word "epiphany" in Merriam Webster Dictionaries which was: An intuitive grasp of reality through something (such as an event) usually simple and striking I wonder how ...
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What does the phrase “right into the corner” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a football game app: If you bend the ball right into the corner you’ll get triple the points. I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase right into the corner. Does it ...
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What is “a raw power trip”?

Can the political frame unravel the secret of the group’s phenomenal performance? Possibly group members were motivated more by power than by money:“There’s a big high in here somewhere for me that I ...
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A meaning of 'term' in this sentence

'In general, metropolitan is used to  refer to a large city with a high population and employment  opportunities which is linked with nearby areas in both social and  economic terms.'(https://www....
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What is the meaning of the expression “my likeness” in the phrase below?

"I sued American Apparel because they calculatingly took my name, my likeness and image and used them publicly to promote their business." I tried every translation for "likeness" in Portuguese I ...
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Meaning of “Dip the old wick in a vat of bad wax.”

I came across this phrase when I was reading a detective novel An Innocent Client by Scott Pratt. A policeman found the dead body of a priest with his penis cut off and said this to himself. "What'...
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what does “what is in the rest of the boxes” mean?

I am reading a book "Denying to the grave". In one paragraph, the author writes: Always ask "Compared to what?" and "What is in the rest of the boxes?" when someone makes a claim about the risk or ...
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meaning of “to go by six-forty-five”

But she doesn’t really believe these silent Saturday-morning appearances have anything to do with early-onset Alzheimer’s; on any given weekday morning Harvey Stevens is ready and raring to go by ...
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“Dark as her sister was fair” meaning in this context?

Snape gestured Narcissa to the sofa. She threw off her cloak, cast it aside and sat down, staring at her white and trembling hands clasped in her lap. Bellatrix lowered her hood more slowly. Dark as ...
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Which context has the verb “constitute” been used in here?

I read this sentence in a book named "Word Power Made Easy": It is only the few who are so constituted that lack of learning becomes a nuisance. I am not able to figure out which context the verb ...
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What is the meaning of sweep off

In the sentence what is the meaning of sweep off Plague swept off millions. kill better describes the sentence, but no dictionary have the word sweep off meaning to kill/be killed. In ...
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Meaning of draw

What is the meaning of draw used in the following sentence Who drew the first prize? Does it mean to pull, but this meaning is a bit awkward in this context.
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I would think ( that ) … vs I think …?

What NAm/BrE native speakers exactly mean when they say or reply with " i would think ( that ) ... " ? I mean if it's used in only one possible correct way and therefore doesn't need any further or ...
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is being offered

My question is a part of an offical form that I’m trying to fill out. It goes: I further certify that the principal alien is being offered the following position: DOS Notification Date: What does ...
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Will not wear out of the flesh

There is a phrase What is bred in the bone will not wear out of the flesh. What is the meaning of wear out in this context?
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meaning of cottage in the given sentence [on hold]

What is the meaning of the word cottage in the following sentence I met a little cottage girl. I looked up the meaning of the word cottage in dictionary but didn't find anything suitable in this ...
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What do we generally count as a “response”?

I was solving questions at the end of my chapter where I encounter the question below: How did the paharias respond to the coming of outsiders? By the reason of logic, I would expect myself to ...
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What does “doom loop” mean here?

Is it the same as "endless loop"? The Flywheel and the Doom Loop. Those who launch revolutions, dra- matic change programs, and wrenching restructurings will almost cer- tainly fail to make the ...
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What does “got carried off the field” imply or mean in this sentence?

I couldn't get the implication or metaphor of the phrase in the following sentence; is it a slang? The context is : Bruce Banner, the Hulk, got under the mind control of Wanda, and he went rogue, ...
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Is this a pun or a metaphor 'I had and wasn't a perambulator'?

This is excerpted from the author Max Beerbohm's essay Going Out for a Walk: It is a fact that not once in all my life have I gone out for a walk. I have been taken out for walks; but that is ...
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What is the meaning of the single word “saying”?

News Trump cast the strength of the US economy as leverage, saying,
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We are the called according to his purpose, and whom he calls, them he also justifies

What does the last sentence mean and the main sense of whole text? 'the called' causes difficulty and what means 'justifies' in context? ‘Are you fighting the Black Thing?’ Meg asked. ‘Oh, yes,’ ...
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A paragraph's meaning in Frankenstein

I read the Gothic horror Frankenstein. At Chapter7, Victor went back to his hometown, after his younger brother got killed. As below paragraph: I could hardly sustain the multitude of feelings that ...
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Here in the context below I use past and future tense together in one sentence. Is it wrong?

Do watch this movie. It won't leave you disappointed and the closure of this film truly lived up to the expectation.
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Who is frowning in the sentence “Daisy looked at Tom frowning”?

I read this sentence from The Great Gatsby: “Plenty of gas,” said Tom boisterously. He looked at the gauge. “And if it runs out I can stop at a drug-store. You can buy anything at a drug-store ...
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What does the word “popping” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a match-three game: In all levels, you've got tasks to complete – such as popping a certain number of blue dots. I am not sure about the meaning of the word popping here. ...
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“ I would say … ” vs “ I think that … ” , are there any differences in meaning or use between saying them

Are there any differences in meaning/usage between when NAmE Speakers saying or replying with " I would say ( that ) ... " vs " I think ( that ) ... " ?
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What does the phrase “soar off ramps” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a game app's description: In the game, you soar off ramps to beat competitors to the finish line. I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase soar off ramps here. How ...
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What does the phrase “ride every wall” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a drift race game's description: If you can control your car’s tune, that’s when you can think about throwing it in hard and start riding every wall you see. I am not ...
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Meaning of “legitimate” in Carl Jung's quote “Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering.”

Does legitimate in Carl's quote: Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering. mean due suffering ?
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Wait for the classroom to be “full”

I'm wondering about how to, in one phrase, say, 'Waiting for the classroom to be full'. I was talking with someone who was an international student just like me. So the full conversation was: ​ Me: ...
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Difference between Custom and Convention

What is the difference between Custom and Convention. For example: It is a custom in India to give money as a blessing on marriages. It is conventional in many societies that strangers ...
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What's the meaning of “He's trade through and through”

Here are the quotes from HBO's drama Gentleman Jack : A-He makes carpets, John Abbott. B-Wool, yes, probably. A-Either way, he's trade through and through. You're going to have to put the ...
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“coming out of the head”

A character in the movie The Kingdom says: They celebrated her graduation at the IHOP until some townie called Janet something. I don't know, something not very nice. So the townie didn't see Fran ...
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What does the phrase “surge of a boost” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a drift race game's description: If you want to feel the surge of a boost as you enter a corner, think of investing in a turbo. I am not sure about the meaning of the ...
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What does “to be last in someone's line” mean?

In a social media post, the following was written: Dude, where are you? At the hostel, studying dad Where are you? At the beer shop, I'm last in your line. Buy two beers for me too. 😲 ok dad I ...
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What does the phrase “throw it in hard” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a drift race game's description: After having controlled your car’s tune, you can start throwing it in hard and start riding every wall you see. I found the following ...
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Difference between Maverick and eccentric

I was reading GRE vocabulary when i came across these two words. There dictionary definition is very similar to each other. They both stand for unconventional behaviour. Two examples : He is a ...
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Why has “as it did” been used in this sentence?

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: Coming as it did just after the success of The Shape of Water at the Oscars, the book became an instant bestseller. I don't know what difference would ...