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Guarded the hostages

The bank robbers guarded the hostages. Can "guarded" be used in a context like this to mean "prevented the hostages from escaping" or can it only be used to mean "protected ...
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.Therefore or Then?

In a cloze test, I met with a gap-filling as following: On the other hand, putting your faith in the wrong place often carries a high price. [gap], why do we trust at all? Well, because it feels good....
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What does surrender preferred shares mean here?

Does it mean exchange preferred shares for common shares? He exercised all of them in August 2017, and covered the $5 billion cost of doing so by surrendering virtually all of Berkshire's preferred ...
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“the more” without the second comparative

Quotation from the press: Dr Christopher Hand, a lecturer in cyberpsychology, says the more details people disclose, the less sympathy we express when things go wrong. This could be due to a belief ...
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What does the phrase “wall-run around threats” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "wall-run around threats" in the following sentence from the description of the game Super Glitch Dash : There are some spots where you ...
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Meaning of a sentence from The Emperor's New Clothes

I read the story "The Emperor's New Clothes". One sentence I do not understand. Of course, they could see perfectly well that the crafty pair was only pretending to weave the cloth, and cut ...
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Do you have to exchange a person with questions you ask differently? [closed]

When you answer so many questions, is it hard, or is it super easy you wanna answer it right away?
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The meaning of the word “Right?” in response to a statement

I think I heard someone make a statement and then the other person responded with "Right?" For example, the person might have said its so hot today and the other person responded with Right?&...
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What does “abstraction” mean in this particular context?

"A theory aspires to some degree of generality and abstraction." The book where I found this sentence is a book in one of the disciplines of humanities. According to Merriam-Webster, "...
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What is the meaning of “don't do well with” in this context?

This is the context: Computers can do many wonderful things. However, there are many tasks that they cannot perform. Computers cannot determine whether a painting is beautiful; they do not “...
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“here’s your change” and “your change is”. What does “change” mean? [closed]

1- soup and shampoo, that comes to $27.90. So here’s your change, Two dollars and ten cents. and 2- soup and shampoo, So that comes to $7.50 and your change is $12.50. What does “change” mean in ...
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cracked across the ridge

What does "cracked" mean in the following example sentence? A shot cracked across the ridge. Does the "cracked" mean making a sudden explosive sound or doing so while moving?
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What is the underlying meaning of this sentence?

I came across the sentence below. I am confused about the meaning the author tries to express, especially about the nuiance attached to the bolded pronoun 'that'. This list is the possibilities that I ...
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What's the meaningful way when I mean that all are included? of first to fifth, of first up to fifth or from first to fifth?

He doesn't want to transfer students of first to fifth grades to remote learning. He doesn't want to transfer students from first to fifth grades to remote learning. He doesn't want to transfer ...
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Meet vs Meet with

I learned that 'meet' meant encountering a person for the first time and 'meet with' meant spending time with someone for discussion (business, politics, etc.) Recently I came across this post where ...
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What's the meaning of “chopped the bill off to fight”?

I'm reading "The Old Man and The Sea" a novel by Ernest Hemingway. There is small paragraph that I don't understand completely because of that statement "chopped the bill off to fight&...
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can the phrase “earn interest” be used in a normal conversation?

english isn’t my first language and I don’t really have anyone to speak english to so I’m not very good with idioms and specific expressions and their nuances. The other day I wanted to use the phrase ...
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How can a “stocking suspender” sharpen a razor?

In Mark Twain's short story "About Barbers" it says He finished lathering, and then began to rub in the suds with his hand. He now began to sharpen his razor on an old suspender, and was ...
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“Start left” meaning

Could anybody help me to understand what "start left" means here? We get it. You're here because you want to start left but maybe you don't know where to begin? And we want you to start ...
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What is Google Play Services' “location with low power consumption”?

According to TEKNOLOGYA, Google Play Services "offers features that allow you to manage access to Google services, the location with low power consumption, the management of privacy settings and ...
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Used to have or had?

What is the difference between: I didn't use to have a phone AND I didn't have a phone Maybe the first option is not correct at all? I will be grateful for explanation :).
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Meaning of “X is not worth the electrons it was transmitted with”

I was reading a question (Why is stigmata a plural of stigma?) and came across a phrase that I don't know what to do with or how to google it. I don't know its meaning. It was used in a comment under &...
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What is “To litter the foul center-table” in this sentence [closed]

Although i know meaning of each word one by one in this sentence in Mark Twain's short story "About Barbers" I cannot understand what is "to litter" and "foul center-table&...
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Can I get vs Can I borrow

I wanted to borrow a cable from someone and said: "Can I get your cable?" I wonder if 'get' can be said instead of 'borrow' or are they used in different contexts?
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Meaning of “it's easier to AAA than it is to say BBB”

I asked a question (Why is the L silent in “walk” but not in “bulk”?) and one of the commenters said to another: " It's easier to pronounce the "L" than it is to say "enunciate a ...
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What does “I'll give you the full …” mean in this context?

Fresh from the Oscar-winning 1917, the actor is taking on his most challenging role yet. "There’ll be no more of this shit,” snarls George MacKay, eyes bulging like a young Iggy Pop. “I’ll give ...
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Meaning of “making collection rounds”

And so, having put fear in the hearts of his Brighton Beach supplicants, Evsei Agron adopted the life of a Mafia don, holding court in local restaurants, making collection rounds in his chauffeured ...
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What does “a reflection upon” here mean? [closed]

What does "a reflection upon" here mean? My literary career is a reflection upon personal evolution. it would be a reflection upon the justice and mercy of God.
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Meaning of “go around” in context

I've come across it in the 13th episode of the 8th season of the Walking Dead. Here is the context: Simon: Hello again, Widow Rhee, and allow me to offer my condolences. For what's happened and what'...
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What is “d---d” in “I’m d—d if I don’t fill you”

There is "I’m d—d if I don’t fill you" in Jim Baker's Blue-Jay Yarn by Mark Twain. Does "d---d" used for "doomed" or what could the author meant here? ‘Well, you’re a ...
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What does “foster” mean here?

Does it mean encourage or nurture? https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/foster_1?q=foster “There is never enough time — for work, for family and friends — and it takes work to ...
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What is the word for Compliance using -tion or city [closed]

I want to know the family of word Compliance. This work I am using show something success. I have list with product's state, list items are Compliance, Pending, failed. Now I need label for list. As ...
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What does the phrase “pitch is in flight to line up your swing perfectly” mean?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "pitch is in flight to line up your swing perfectly" in the following text from the description of the game "Ballistic Baseball":...
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What is the properly way to say “I made a mistake due to carelessness”, meaning that I did it accidentally and without intent?

What is the properly way to say "I made a mistake due to carelessness", meaning that I did it accidentally and without intent, and I'm very sorry about that? Something close in meaning to ...
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What does “The culture is lit and I had a ball” mean in a Lana Del Rey song?

I'm listening to Lana Del Rey's song, the greatest, and she says: The culture is lit and I had a ball. What does she mean?
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Who/what “drooping down” refers to in this sentence?

"X looked at Y's pale, delicate neck, exposed above the open collars, drooping gently down like thin mist, and couldn't help but suggest, "Then[...]". In this case is A) X the one ...
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Settlement context-meaning help [closed]

Settlement refers to a country house What does coastal settlement mean in this context? I understand it as a place newly settled, could you confirm my understanding is right? It's in line fifteen ...
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What does “stage of your Broadway blockbuster” mean in the following context?

I couldn't make heads or tails of the following expression in bold. EXPECTING THE UNEXPECTED What’s really going on here? It’s simple. You, like everybody else, are weighed down by expectation. I’m ...
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When talking about the weather, what does 'There isn't much' mean?

It's often very cold here, but there isn't much now. What is the last half talking about? I mean I think it's implied that it's talking about the temperature. I thought this much of implication was ...
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“..subtle in erudite perversities” - how can this be understood?

I have a trouble deciphering the meaning of the following sentence, from a C.A. Smith story (the description is of people living in an ancient world): The people were steeped in the crepuscular gloom ...
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one minute wide-flung - meaning in the context?

Reading another great story from Clark Ashton Smith, I would like to clarify the following (for the context, Melchior is an amateur astronomer). In especial, Melchior was drawn by one minute wide-...
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On behalf of the government & the people of . .

Is there anything wrong with the following Tweet? It's understood that the person who offered her good wishes is the leader of a country. I'm wondering whether there's a contradiction involved, since ...
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girth's meaning in context

He was lean, his ropey muscles giving his spare frame girth. What does this girth mean in this context? A small figure? Merriam Webster said: a measure around a body. So I think it's a small figure, ...
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When to use says and said

I have just watched a movie and inside the movie a character(A) is telling the other character about a conversation between him and his rich friend. Character(A) said “ “ I’m asking him(the rich ...
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How should we understand this conversation about the use of the phrase “you do you”?

Person: "Dude, I just dropped, like, 20 bucks on a scooter. Person: "Cool, you do you." While I tried to google the usage of the phrase "you do you", I bumped into the ...
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Settled context-meaning

Attitude - a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person's behavior. Settle here means: a) adopt a more steady style of life b) accept to ...
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How should we understand “boasted an amenity” in this sentence

Rasputin, the gaudy restaurant/nightclub on Coney Island Avenue, boasted an amenity that was certain to raise questions about security with even the most hardened Manhattan restaurant patron -- toilet ...
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Meaning of “not all horses are Trojan horses”

In this standup comedy(around 10:39 in the link): He said: "Not all horses are Trojan horses". What does it mean here? I know what Trojan horse is literally but doesn't see why horse is ...
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to and from in this sentence

Instead of saying "how long does it take to go from our house to the hospital and then from the hospital to our house"(all together) can I say "to and from" or are there other ways ...
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What does “dick” mean in this context?

I'm a bit confused about the meaning of "dick" in the following context. Girl comes to pub and wants to participate in a pool tournament. She is told, that "it's men only". ...

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