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What does 'wintry-wise' mean?

In the Financial Times article titled 'Now it can be told' (old, therefore not behind a paywall), the author and celebrated historian Simon Schama writes: J H Plumb, who had been my professor at ...
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“stretch something to its limit” meaning

I have encountered this sentence: Science can explain how gravity works between two objects, but why should it be based on the exact equations we find rather than others? In fact, why should ...
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tested vs be tested

Why do we say "Ten people tested positive today"? Shouldn’t it be "Ten people were tested positive today" as the lab technicians are testing the samples?
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Meaning of moon tides?

Towns turn into motels, people in nomadic surges from place to place, following the moon tides, living tonight in the room where you slept this noon and I the night before. (Fahrenheit 451 by Ray ...
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what is the meaning of “should never” and “should not” in this context?

what is the meaning of "should never" and "should not" in this context? There are one or two points about the case which would bear discussion. One is that a man with so remarkable a name as ...
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What does this mean by saying “public–facing bite”?

She stood out by writing the way a woman’s internal monologue might actually sound, oscillating between public-facing bite and what are usually privately-held insecurities. I read this in the Rolling ...
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Why does Bill Gates say “reduce global health equity” in his TED talk?

In Bill Gates' TED talk in 2010, 7:50 of The next outbreak? We're not ready, he says that "The primary healthcare, the R&D, those things would reduce global health equity and make the world ...
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What does mean “as” here?

Financial markets spend most of their time expanding as more economic value is produced. I found the meaning of Financial markets and economic value but the structure of the sentence get me all ...
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What is the function of “of” in “of her immortal sisters” and “that of Roy Bhaskar”?

There are two long sentences here, I quoted from different books. If you paint the same face, and set a winged rose or a rose of gold somewhere about her, one's thoughts are of her immortal sisters,...
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Is this translation of the original text correct

I was reading a translated copy in modern English of The Tempest. And one of the sentence of the original text which was All things in common nature should produce without sweat or endeavour. Was ...
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“ten minutes out”

There is a scene in the movie Drinking Buddies where Gene and Luke are talking in a bar. Gene: I've been ten minutes out since I got here. I had one of these, and then I said, "I'm gonna have one ...
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usage of ‘hope’: uncountable or countable plural?

Here are some examples from dictionaries where hope is used in the plural people have hopes of increasing trade between the two regions (Collins Cobuild) she has hopes of studying to be a ...
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“Have at” or “have done at” ?

The source: SIMON & Schuster Handbook for writers When I was reading this book, I came across this sentence. We live in an age when people do more writing than they have at any other time ...
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“billing music to fashion” meaning

Hockney I've heard this sentence in a movie, actually a documentary, and the person says: "In fact, his shows were quite unique,and he'd bill the music to the fashion models, to the whole catwalk ...
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Why is “if” used in this sentence?

Someone said "Losing a child is a horrific thing if you are a parent." Does that mean that he isn't a parent? Is "if" always used in a questioning context? Should he have used "when" instead if ...
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What does this paragraph in Media Politics mean?

Mass media in democratic societies serve three important functions providing an electoral forum for candidates and political parties to debate their qualifications for office before a national ...
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Can anybody explain the structure “to be for somebody to do something” in this context, please?

Does it mean "The next test for the economy is whether businesses will offer significant pay hikes, and households will keep spending as consumer prices rise."? "The next test for the economy is for ...
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Help me understand “You become a …creature who slips into a sort of mediocrity where…”

You become a cold, calculating creature who slips into a sort of mediocrity where you realize there is difference between your desired self and your actual self In the above sentence, there are ...
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Breathed deep vs. breathing deeply

He looked at the stone figures all around them, breathed deep in the chill of silence of the crypt. (A Game of Thrones) I think he should have put breathing deeply instead of breathed deep, for two ...
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Difference between “that“ and ”the fact that"

Is there any diffrence between sentences below? 1) It turned out that he lied all along. 2) The fact that he lied all along turned out. Also: 3) It doesn’t interest me that he came late. ...
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Shall you vs Will you

I learned "will you~?" but I have never heard about "shall you~?" I thought that "shall" has similar meanings as "will". Is it unnatural to use "shall you~?" instead of "will you~?"
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What does 'in one's sum' mean exactly?

everyone! I have been reading a long essay on psychology and, at some point, the authors use the phrase "in one's sum", whose meaning I could not catch. I looked it up at some dictionaries, ...
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An interpretation of “be to + infinitive” in Bertrand Russell's “The Conquest of Happiness”

I'm having trouble interpreting the following sentence from Bertrand Russell's "The Conquest of Happiness" (Chapter 1): To prevent the perpetuation of poverty is necessary if the benefits ...
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Past perfect vs past simple confusion

Should I say : 1-My hair was uneven for years. 2-My hair had been uneven for years. For sure I'm talking about a past time.
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What does the use of 'bank' as a verb mean in this context which has nothing to do with actual banks (financial institutions)?

What is the meaning of the word bank as a verb here? EDIT: "...Boris Johnson does not want talks to “[drag on]”, but [his] allies admit he is loath to make new concessions now when the EU side ...
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What does “expressions of opinion” mean?

What does "expressions of opinion" mean? Expressions of opinion should be supported by reference to the authority on which they are made and the verifiable facts which support them.
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Can not understand the meaning of the sentence

Plenty of students continue to be drawn to the intellectual thrill of linguistics field work. 1.is the sentence passive form? 2.does this indicate the future?
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Could you explain what this phrase means in the sentence?

Sentence is that. "He drank slowly, like a connoisseur, lingering on the taste and still looking about him at the cliffs and up at our signboard." I read this sentence couple of times. But I ...
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what means “undimmed by time, unbound by death”?

So the full line is If we have souls, They are made of love we share Undimmed by time, unbound by death I didn't quite understand what the write meant by undimmed by time.Is it means that the ...
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Mama, I’m through

I’m trying to figure out the meaning of “I’m through” in the context below. I’ve checked the meaning of “be through”, but I can’t understand it here: From TheNewYorker: In videos taken by ...
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the meaning of “one of which” in this context

I read the novel "What ever happened to Baby Jane?". There's a phrase I'm not quite sure. The untended oleander bushes, one of which stood beside the shallow porch of each unit, were scraggly and ...
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vague phrasing: characteristically

In Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, the adverb characteristically means "​in a way that is very typical of something or of somebody's character." In the following extract from Frankenstein, who ...
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Impact of disaster

Considering the consensus of the world's leading meteorologists that there will be a vastly greater number of natural calamities (such as hurricanes and floods) during the first several decades of the ...
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What does it mean when someone say “I prefer to use the old Saxon word wo-wo-word”?

Earlier today I asked a question on Stack Exchange Economics asking about the benefits of a certain scheme. A user replied as follows Instead of the word "benefit" I prefer to use the old Saxon ...
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Making illegal any activity

source: https://www.amazon.com/Barrons-GRE-Verbal-Workbook-2nd/dp/143800379X Making illegal any activity that is popular and not overtly harmful_______ a trade-off between the advantages gained and ...
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What does “charge my card up” mean in this song?

33 Days (feat. gnash & Anna Clendening) You stole my heart Then we grew apart You charged my card up You totaled my car
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“For” VS “in” usage

Which preposition is right and which is wrong ? 1- We haven't been harnessing a lot of resources for the medical field. 2-We haven't been harnessing a lot of resources in the medical field.
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On top vs on the top vs at the top

Which preposition to use to describe the following: 1-Countries which are weak will become on top . 2-Countries which are weak will become on the top. 3- Counntries which are weak will become at ...
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Context confusion (adjectives & tenses)

Are the following sentences grammatically right and applicable ?? 1- The country didn't take procedures as firm as it is in other countries. 2- The country didn't take procedures as firm as it has ...
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Using adjectives confusion

I just read the following number 1 sentence in newspaper, but I think that it should have been written either like number 2 or 3. Can any one please explain to me why they wrote it that way???? 1- ...
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Which sentences are ok to use?

Which of the following makes sense to use : 1- I feel fatigue. 2- I feel fatigued. 3- I perceive fatigue in your voice. 4- I sense fatigue in your voice.
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Using the past perfect in a context

Is the following make sense from the context side and the grammatical one. ?? She was the prime minister : 1- she had held this post and she had remained in it for 10 years. 2- she had been in ...
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What does the phrase “when the way you get around” mean here?

Please help me understand the meaning of the phrase "when the way you get around" in the following text from the description of the game "Bomb Chicken": It can double as a barrier to keep enemies ...
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Meaning of reverse newlyweds?

"The station doors open, and every officer in the building files down the stairs and forms a line on either side of me [Amy], holding the press back, creating an honor guard for me, and Rhonda and I ...
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What is “or was she?” meaning here

Explain to me what the question "Or was she?" means, please. The text is: I heard the back door and froze. If anyone came my way, they might see me, so I pressed back against the window well, ...
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Put in for it first

“Turns out some of those b****** didn’t like us getting Christmas week off. It doesn’t matter that we put in for it first. They got denied vacation after it filled up. Lisa warned me that it happens ...
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Meaning of a wry eyebrow

"He knows about Nick's interview tonight, so he leaves and returns with all my favorite foods: Manchego cheese and chocolate truffles and a bottle of cold Sancerre and, with a wry eyebrow, he even ...
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What is the meaning of “just so often” in this context?

What is the meaning of "just so often" in this context? Mr. Mompesson, in bed with his little daughter (about Kate's age) whom the sound seemed chiefly to follow, "observed that it would exactly ...
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sting = disadvantage?

Educated by Tara Westover For as long as I could remember, this image had been at the core of my idea of paradise: my husband, and his wives. There was a sting in this arithmetic: in knowing that ...
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Don't you think I haven't considered it?

While I was watching the British serials Merlin I heard this structure. As far as I have seen the negative forms of the questions are asked to emphasize I believe the otherwise and confirm this. As ...

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