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What does the phrase "buff up" mean here?

What does the phrase "buff up" mean in the following sentence from the description of the game "Subway Surfers"? In the game, every power-up is on an independent timer. If you go ...
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What does the phrase "splat anything and everything" mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "splat anything and everything" from the description of the game "Subway Surfers": In order to keep a combo going while you ...
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community-based teams

Source: Evidence of UK’s child mental health crisis is stark and compelling (=The Guardian) The NHS is increasingly characterised by care gaps – the mismatch between needs and its ability to meet ...
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"You can't take us points out for no reason"

I was talking to my teaching assistant and I told him: You can't take us points out for no reason with that I meant that my teaching assistant shouldn't lower us the vote of an assignment or ...
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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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If some sentence has truth, could it be called sarcasm

Never lie to someone who trusts you; never trust someone who lies to you Could this be called a sarcastic remark? Especially if I send this quote to someone who lies a lot? If I send this to someone ...
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"probable mental disorders" vs "mental disorders"

Rates of probable mental disorders among six- to 16-year-olds increased from 11.6%, or one in nine, in 2017 to 17.4%, or one in six. Can you please tell me what is the difference between mental ...
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What does the phrase "tag up arenas" mean here?

I am finding it difficult to figure out the meaning of the phrase "tag up arenas" in the following sentence from the description of the game "Subway Surfers": Grind, skate, and tag ...
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What are some words that mean "Something is off"?

Are there any singular words that mean that something feels off? Not about a person, but about something in general. E.g. The abandoned building made me feel _____.
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Preposition in "as there was no bus to travel BY/ON so I decided to ..."

As there was no bus to travel by/on so I decided to book a cab Here bus refers to a means of transport if I am thinking right. But the answer given is "on"
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Did I use "for" and "in terms of" well

"Books are getting less important FOR knowledge, and they are also less relevant IN TERMS OF recreation" 1.) Were 'for' and 'in terms of' used grammatically here? 2.) I feel this statement ...
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What is the meaning of "wherein" in this context?

This is a piece of text from the internet about the significance of the use of a Mickey Mouse theme in the movie "Full Metal Jacket": The singing of the Mickey Mouse theme song at the end. ...
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"On the open down"?

I fail to comprehend the part in bold. The Invisible Man, Wells: He vanished behind a laburnum, and appeared again clambering a fence that abutted on the open down.
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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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Why 'for one to several generations,' not 'for more than two generations'?

Why 'for one to several generations,' not 'for more than two generations'? I mean, why did the author include 'one generation'? The proportions of the demographic classes affect the fitness of the ...
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Can "fascination" convey its right meaning in this sentence?

I wrote this sentence as follows. I learned that my utter fascination lies in computer science. I want to use this sentence to express my love and passion in computer science. But I know that “...
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Does a lack of something mean an absence or not enough?

The dictionary says that a lack of something means an absence or not enough of that thing. If that is the case then what should I assume in this type of contexts: a lack of recreational facilities a ...
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what does the phrase "gotten to it" mean in this context?

I'm playing a visual novel video game in which you are a detective and I investigate an amusement park where a crime was committed. One of the options is to investigate a roof of a merry-go-round that ...
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What does 'reality base' mean?

What does 'reality base' mean? Can it be replaced by just 'reality'? The more meaning we can construct from transactions with the environment, the broader our reality base. Article - 'Meaning ...
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The problem is/was due to something

Do normal native English speakers say The problem is/was due to the increased amount of traffic.? In general, I would like to know if is/was due to is a common expression or there's a more natural ...
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Can "central" be an adjective for 'country' or not?

In the passage below, is "central" an adjective for 'country', or not? There was discovered a peddler's tin box as well as the bones, and this box is now preserved at Lilydale, the central ...
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What does this vocabulary mean? [closed]

Talking heads debate with zeal. Stock pickers scream their hot picks of the day while sound effects smash, crash, and “kaching!” through our living room speakers. Reporters film “live on the scene” ...
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Meaning of "or so some people say"

A quote from a book I'm reading: Parents have something in common with snowflakes. Both melt when the heat is on. No, wait, there's another similarity: No two are alike (or so some people say). I ...
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the usage of 'as' : as they consider different things they can pretend to do

Pretending to be someone else, with all the gestures, actions, and language that involves, gives children practice thinking divergently as they consider different things they can pretend to do. What'...
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add to and change the environment in their own ways

Dramatic play provides a risk-free stage where children can explore and experiment with ideas, test and evaluate their skills, and add to and change the environment in their own ways. What's the ...
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What does “this time around” mean?

What is the meaning of “this time around” why not just this time . The full sentence is This time around, she wants to get it right! This time around means that it happened before and it will ...
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I suggest that my answers are

I don't much like questions that ask if a form of words is "unnatural". I assume the question is about idiomatic usage. I suggest that my answers are best based on asking myself "is ...
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Meaning of "Most of modern Finland still lay beneath the sea, which means that the first settlers must have arrived from the south and the south-east"

I am translating a book into my own language, and I have encountered the sentence like this: Most of modern Finland still lay beneath the sea, which means that the first settlers must have arrived ...
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Understanding "holed up in the GPO" and "led the charge out of the GPO"

The text from The Ferryman, page 59. When the fighting started, Michael found himself with all the others holed up in the GPO with Patrick Pearce. On the Thursday, Michael and O'Rahilly led the ...
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"until next week" meaning

Does "Let's put X off until next week" mean dealing with X during next week or before next week starts? "The" shouldn't follow "until" in the sentence, should it?
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Is it rude to say you would not know what it is

Suppose someone asks me what questions you got in the interview. What could I reply if I didn't want to reveal the question? Is saying: The interviewer asked the question on the call. You wouldn't ...
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Can we say "leftover pizza" to refer to some pizza that is bigger than crumbs but much smaller than a slice?

When one says "put the leftover pizza in the fridge", I imagine that the leftover pizza might mean one or a few slices of pizza that are decent enough for a person to eat as a meal or a ...
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He mocked me for not speaking clearly - did "not speaking clearly" really happen ? or it is just a thought?

He mocked me for not speaking clearly. Does this mean I did not speak clearly? Or Does this mean he thought I did not speak clearly which does not tell whether in reality, I spoke clearly or not?
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What's the meaning of the phrase cite domain in this context?

I'm playing this RPG video game Vampire The Masquerade and there is this group of vampires living on a beach. I walked up to them and started a conversation. The gang leader ask me if I came to run ...
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What does "paralleled by" mean?

The following context is from a film analysis for "Clockwork Orange" titled "A CLOCKWORK ORANGE film analysis THE LUDOVICO LIE pt 2/2 by Rob Ager" The author describes the ...
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Meaning of "instead of a fallible extract for a book of miscellanies"

source: https://archive.org/stream/menbooksmountain00step/menbooksmountain00step_djvu.txt The really significant anecdote is often all that survives of a life; and such anecdotes must be made to tell ...
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What does "Goals" mean in this context?

Does it mean "Wow" here? “That’s Bea Mason,” she’d said, and when I’d just stared at her, she’d rolled her eyes and said, “She owns Southern Manors? It’s, like, huge? I got that gingham ...
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What does "statements of great density" mean?

The following context comes from the book "Black Rednecks And White Liberals" by Thomas Sowell: ""By contrast, religious services in colonial Massachusetts developed what has been ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase "plain style" in this context?

The following context comes from the book "Black Rednecks And White Liberals" by Thomas Sowell: By contrast, religious services in colonial Massachusetts developed what has been called the “...
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Having brothers established

A complete change of life became desirable. He quitted the militia and engaged in trade, having brothers already established in a good way in London, which afforded him a favourable opening. Emma ...
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What is the meaning of "stretch" in this context?

The following context comes from the book "White Redneck And White Liberals" by Thomas Sowell "Frederick Law Olmsted’s description of a typical preacher in the antebellum South noted ...
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What's the meaning of second sentence?

Hypothetically in the context of What's your favorite restuarant to eat food? If they have food, I'll eat it.". Does the second sentence mean they would eat food at a single resturant or ...
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Taylor offered him 500 dollars to do the work

Taylor offered him 500 dollars to do the work. Who does the work? Taylor or him?
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What does “It’s presumptions of you” mean?

Boys at school invited a new girl that just came to this school to go to a Halloween party with them and the girl said: It’s presumptions of you What does it mean?
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What's the purpose of modal verb "would" before "seen"?

Kat: Worst thing Andrei ever did to me was that offer he made me. Let me go if I agreed never to see my son again. I shouted and... swore. But he'd seen it on my face, just for an instant. I ...
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which of "the pizza wasn't quite up there with the rest" or "the pizza left something to be desired" more natural to say? [closed]

The chicken and pasta were delicious. They were excellent. However, the ______________. (a) the pizza wasn't quite up there with the rest (b) the pizza wasn't quite on par with the rest (c) the pizza ...
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the fits of political violence

I’m trying to understand why committee members are not gripped by these realities. After more than a century of relative democratic stability maybe it’s hard for some people to imagine precisely how ...
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"Once you have days that are 118, 99 feels amazing."

This is from a podcast conversation. Aubrey and Lindsay seem to talk about the weather: Aubrey: It might start cooling off eventually and I cannot wait. Lindsay: "Cooling off" said by ...
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What does “fell at recess” mean

I tried searching several sources and none of them provide meaningful sense to me. The story is the following: I watched Stranger Things and one of the kids was bullied. Later that day the mate who ...
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What does "golden thread" mean in this sentence?

Our golden thread is always to streamline our processes and to continuously raise the bar for ourselves in everything we do. I cannot find an appropriate explanation for "golden thread" in the ...

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