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What does 'drew her back into' mean in context?

What does 'drew her back into' mean in context? Can 'drew' be replaced with 'pulled'? He drew her back into himself again; again she was confronted with the single eye, was pulled through the ...
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What does the word “only” mean in this context?

This is a part of a dialogue between two characters that I was reading in my book: Mr Lamb: You could tell me your name. If you chose. And not, if you didn't. Derry: Derry. Only it's Derek.....
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What does buffer mean here?

Does it mean "protection"? https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/buffer?q=buffer+ “Some of them raise money, come out to market proactively before they actually need (it), when they ...
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Is the phrase “going on” grammatical?

'She looked 16 going on 25'. 'Going on' means almost. The phrase 'going on' what does this mean grammatically? Can somebody says that 'going' is the present participle of the verb 'be' and 'on' is a ...
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Should I buy this? vs Will I buy this?

So I was shopping with my friends and found a nice shirt that I wanted to buy then asked my friend sayin “Will I buy this?” So, my question is, is ‘Will’ able to be used in this kind of context? Or ...
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What does “taste” mean in “The air is thick enough to taste”?

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/health-environment/article/3001741/china-blame-south-koreas-air-pollution-really (A woman looks at a view of Seoul shrouded by fine dust.) To the untrained eye, ...
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“laboring under Something” meaning

In this context we want more of everything, including love, money, recognition, and power. Someone who denies being interested in at least one of these is laboring under self- delusion. What's the ...
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What does the phrase “slide two fingers across the screen” mean here?

I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase "slide two fingers across the screen" in the following sentence: In N.O.V.A. you can slide three fingers over a door to open it, slide two fingers ...
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'Pronouns in English alone or 'Pronouns alone in English'?

I read a sentence in Word by Word by Kory Stamper which was: There are roughly a dozen different types of pronouns in English alone. I think that the author should have used 'alone' after '...
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I can't understand the sentence. What does “undreamt of subtleties” mean? What does it relate to?

Here's a sentence from Joseph Conrad's "The Nigger of the 'Narcissus'": Jimmy's hateful accomplice seemed to have blown with his impure breath undreamt of subtleties into our hearts. I understand ...
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What does the expression “go get your play on” mean here?

I came across the expression "go get your play on" in the description of the new games that are worth playing. The expression is the last sentence of the games that are chosen by editors. I got the ...
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what does mean by “getting kicked in the head”?

the context as blow: Since my mom taught there, I would no longer have to ride the bus with a bunch of rowdy boys and worry about stuff like getting kicked in the head. No kidding ----they actually ...
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What is the meaning of 'scrummed with' in this sentence?

I read a sentence in Word by Word by Kory Stamper which was: Ask any lexicographer who has been at this gig for a while what word had them hunched over their cubicle at 6:00 p.m. on a Friday, ...
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Meaning of “put someone’s heads on backwards”

I’ve run into the following sentences today and don’t understand their meanings. Could you explain? I am almost too embarrassed to post this on here, but I put my heads on backwards. discombobulated ...
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Spare meaning in this sentence

As far as I know, spare means extra or more than you need. With that being said, what would be the meaning of "spare diet" in the following sentence? To content myself with a spare diet I can't ...
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What does the phrase “She looked sixteen going on twenty-five.” mean? [duplicate]

She looked sixteen going on twenty-five. Does this sentence mean that she is twenty-five but when somebody has a look at her believes that she is sixteen? What is the meaning of the phrase 'going on'...
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What is a vertical story?

https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/vertical_1?q=vertical+ "What ties our vast history of interest in space exploration with the current trends in education? The idea of ...
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What's the difference between these answers in this example?

___________, the meeting began. A. All of us seated B. All of us had taken the seats C. All of us have been seated D. All of us having seated The answer according to the book is A but I still don't ...
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Placing “through” after a subject

I wrote this sentence and my teacher underlined it as a mistake because I didn’t add a verb before the preposition “through” Children through getting exposure to media and listening to daily ...
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What does “it kind of works out” mean?

So, it kind of works out in a really sick and fucked-up way. I've come across with the sentence above, and I didn't understand the meaning. I know the meaning of work out(to think carefully about how ...
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“towards” (vs.“toward”) her family

In this sentence, why need to use "towards" and not "toward"? As "responsibilities" is a plural noun already. A girl with big dreams but with even bigger responsibilities towards her family.
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What does “note” mean in “~ said in a note”?

https://www.apnews.com/0e6900537abf41348a48fc64c69085ae Brazil’s health ministry says deaths from dengue fever in the last six months have risen 163% from the same period last year. The ...
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“Cast a cold eye on something” meaning

This quote is from Ridley Scott: A Critical Filmography: While it can be argued that The Duellists is a complete film—and it certainly is—the dozen-year interval between it and Alien must be ...
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What's the meaning of the bold sentence?

Quoted from "The Federalist Papers" NO.1 General Introduction The plan offered to our deliberations affects too many particular interests, innovates upon too many local institutions, not to involve ...
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meaning of the word “guess” in contex

It is from this video. It is at 14 minutes and 13 seconds. You better guess the folks at that Galaudet College went out and celebrate the rest of the day when somebody came up with that one. I ...
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“I would argue” - what does it mean in following context?

In the following paragraph, i don't get the meaning of the last part "I would argue, should you always feel you must." Any possible explanation will be appreciated. The truth is that the human ...
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Couldn't “A truck has parked in the driveway.” be correct because the truck could be self-driving these days?

Above is an screenshot of a suggestion made by Grammarly in the sentence. It says: The word has doesn’t seem to fit this context. Consider replacing it with a different one. For this sentence: ...
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What does the given sentence mean?

Here is a sentence from an adventure game: Although the game doesn't let you create your own character to play, you’ll like the ability to choose heroes, then mix and match their weapons and ...
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What does the phrase “dangling-armed trolls” mean here?

Here is a sentence from an adventure game: If you are not careful, you might be grabbed by the dangling-armed trolls that reach from afar. The player fights against many creatures, monsters, etc....
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What does “one” refer to and what does this sentence mean?

I wonder if the word "one" in the following sentence refers to "face"? “What did you just say?” Tony’s very angry face was in Peter’s very embarrassed one. “I take it back.” And if I were ...
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English poems and literary texts [on hold]

I have trouble understanding English poems (or literary texts?). Could anyone help me understand the sentences below? Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark. ...
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What does the phrase “nods to the lore” mean here?

What does the phrase "nods to the lore" mean in the following sentence: Seems very well thought out & has lots of cool nods to the lore of starwars [sic]. This text is from a response to a ...
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What does “soufflé in a windstorm” mean?

I read a sentence in Word by Word by Kory Stamper which was: Which leads to the third, and possibly most slippery, personality quirk required to do lexicography: the ability to quietly to the same ...
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What is “near the shrimp cocktail” supposed to mean?

I read a sentence in Word by Word by Kory Stamper which was: Traditionally, the editors ring the cafeteria in groups of twos and threes, clutching our wine and murmuring quietly among ourselves ...
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What is a “rates division”? [on hold]

Deutsche Bank is shuttering its equities sales and trading business, while trimming its rates division. It will also create a "bad bank" for €74 billion ($83 billion) in assets that eat up too much ...
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Come the typhoon

Nevertheless, the crucial factor in the fleet’s demise was the Japanese attacks which had forced the Mongol commanders to have their large and unwieldy ships lashed together using chains. It was this ...
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What does the phrase “head down the rat's hole” mean here?

Here is a heading of a game app's description: "Head down the rat's hole" The game lets you live the life of a rat that lives in a beautiful village. The player interacts with the rat's friends and ...
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What's 'all' referring to in this context?

Harry had deliberately left the trial of the Keepers until last, hoping for an emptier stadium and less pressure on all concerned. However, all the rejected players and a number of people who had come ...
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Usage of “unless”

A: He just said he could help B. But right now, he doesn't seem willing to help B. B: You just said you wanted to help me. Oh, unless you weren't being serious, which I would get. I have been ...
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If somebody tells me “you're pregnant”, does this mean i'm fat? Because I'm not pregnant? [closed]

can u answer the question for the title for me please? It's awkward I know, but I want to know... what's your opinion? LOL It's funny, i think but.. please tell me the i'm not fat. Maybe I'm pregnant?...
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What does “less so” mean?

I was reading an answer on a forum and didn't understand what "less so" means. Here's the context "Yeah, that combo is my work daily driver right now, in an MF108 case. It's the most tactile thing ...
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What is the meaning of “stark” in this context?

"This meeting between these two peoples (Thule and Dorset) would have been a very stark meeting," Fitzhugh said, "between people with very conservative, beautiful stone technology and beautiful ...
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What is the meaning of “literally spruced up” in this sentence?

I read this in Word by Word by Kory Stamper: Nowhere else is our institutional introversion borne out than at the Merriam- Webster holiday parties. The parties are usually held in the afternoon, in ...
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“discipline and creativity don't go together” [closed]

Can someone please explain what exactly do they mean by this statement? Discipline and creativity can't be simultaneously in a person I don't quite understand what they mean. Thank you.
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What is the meaning of cool metallic panic

I read this in Word by Word by Kory Stamper: It will be 3 p.m. on a Wednesday in April; you will glimpse preternaturally sunny weather through the silver of window near your desk; the shouts of ...
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“Generations of pure-bloods, wizards all - more than *you* can say, I don't doubt!” meaning in this context

"So!" said Gaunt triumphantly, as though he had just proved a complicated point beyond all possible dispute. "Don't you go talking to us as if we're dirt on your shoes! Generations of pure-bloods, ...
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What does the word “quips” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a video editor's description: The editor adds all your notes to your video clips, which enables you to search within the editor to easily find a particular video clip or ...
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“She's fucked of with some nextman” meaning [closed]

"I can't believe it. My girl's left me. She's fucked of with some nextman." I saw the sentence from Urban Dictionary. I'm not sure what the phrase "fucked of" means. I looked it up, but I haven't ...
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How should I interpret “it did not seem fantastic”?

I read a sentence in a story in my book which was: The little girl, (not so little anymore; the bumps her feet made under the covers, were half way down the bed, their big double bed that they let ...
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What does “I'm so sorry for you to hear that” mean?

"I'm so sorry for you to hear that" I guess this sentence could meam I'm so sorry that you heard that (it occurred just a while ago that you heard that) I'm so sorry that you have to hear that. ...