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Meaning of "to come out to sizzle"

I was wondering what "come out" may mean in the following context. The Oscar race is heating up and all the hot stars came out to sizzle.
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The meaning of "regular triplet"

Behind the mare was plainly audible the cadence of a swiftly trotting horse. “D’you hear anything?” said Guj. “No—nothing but the regular triplet,” said Hordene; and he lied when he answered. This is ...
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What do "tapped" and "checkered" mean in "...Brown was tapped to operate shelters in New York despite a checkered past..."? [closed]

The Headline is: Jack Brown was tapped to operate shelters in New York despite a checkered past, The New York Times found in a recent investigation. I can't figure out: "tapped" (although ...
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what does "fully realized" mean in this context [duplicate]

As of December 2019, the market capitalization of Samsung Electronics Ltd. was $229.5 bn (GuruFocus 2020), which is $5.9 bn more than the paper predicted. The estimated value of synergies shows ...
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By seconds vs in seconds

What is the difference in meaning of these two phrases: by seconds and in seconds I read the first sentence in a book. The plant was growing in seconds. As a language learner I am curious to ...
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What does "looking like a zygote" mean?

In this review of The Wheel of Time tv series, the reviewer, Lucy Mangan, writes: There is also Nynaeve (Zoë Robins) – a Wisdom who, despite looking like a zygote, seems to be a protective village ...
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What does the sentence "our holiday isn't for weeks yet" mean?

While learning the word "yet" in the Cambridge dictionary, I found the sentence: Our holiday isn't for weeks yet. I can't understand what the sentence means. What it means in general? Does ...
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What is the meaning of the word "dull" in this context?

"Your critical thinking abilities have been dulled." TFD def for the adjective "dull" 4. Intellectually weak or obtuse; stupid. TFD def for the verb "dull" To make or ...
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What is the meaning of the word "savory" in this context? How to know what someone means when using that word?

I've got a long-lasting problem with understanding the word "savory" and the meanings it conveys in different contexts especially when using it to describe the word "umami" meaning ...
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cheer up / buck up / perk up /. Which makes more sense in the given context?

Not only did I not get tired, I rather cheered up/perked up/bucked up. Not only did I not tire, rather I was/felt invigorated. Do any of these seem natural to you?
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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 is the meaning of "virtual" and "somehow" and "for whatever" in this phrase? [closed]

This is the context: There seems to be only two kinds of answers. Either, observation is needed to collapse or decohere the wave function from a probability smear to a single defined location, or ...
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"Mean looking" meaning?

What does it mean for "Mean looking" in this sentence? "Mean looking" means that as soon as you see it you think, "Jeez! I won't be able to finish that." It's for food, ...
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What does "headline print" mean?

I googled it but couldn't find any result. The two numbers were above the Dow Jones estimates of 1.5% for the headline print and 1% for the core sales gain. Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/16/...
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What is the meaning of "anonymous" in this sentence?

The face of cities in China may be anonymous, but the character of residents in these cities is different. I looked up anonymous in dictionaries. It says if you describe a place as anonymous, you ...
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What's the meaning of "what he saw in it of censure or rebuke"?

I'm reading Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, and found the phrase "what he saw in it of censure or rebuke" in the context below, difficult to understand. In particular, I don't know ...
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Meaning of "take sth in thesaurus"

I was reading a text but I was not able to comprehend the writers report. It says: Their approach takes each word in the thesaurus and finds all corresponding translations. It seems some how ...
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the meaning of "as it seemed to him at times"?

I'm reading Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, and found the phrase "as it seemed to him at times" in the context below, difficult to understand. I don't understand what it seemed ...
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What does the word labor mean in this context?

I was reading James C. Scott's Two Cheers for Anarchism (2012) and came across this curious use of the word "labor." Besides wondering whether utter penury lay ahead for them and what role ...
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"I intended him to come" meaning

I intended him to come. What is a meaning and context of using intend there? It may be known from dictionaries that intend means to have as a plan or purpose. Well let we make this substitute: I had ...
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Meaning of "unravel" in "threatens to further unravel Africa’s second-most populous country"

The text is: An ethnically motivated campaign largely targeting Tigrayans threatens to further unravel Africa’s second-most populous country a year into civil war. If the definition of "unravel&...
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What is the meaning of this sentence "laws to be introduced"?

There has been a stream of backlash that has caused regulation and laws to be introduced... In this video, the guy said "laws to be introduced". Does it mean it was introduced in the past ...
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what does "as much the rule as the exception" mean

"Noncentral forces, which are as much the rule as the exception but are more difficult to emulate, produce even greater anisotropy." In this sentece, what does "as much the rule as the ...
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What does "baby" mean as in "baby spinach"? [closed]

You’ve seen it in salads and as a popular addition to omelettes and smoothies. While many say they don’t like it, baby spinach is a nutrient-dense vegetable that provides some serious health benefits. ...
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put pen to paper

What does "They’ve put pen to paper" exactly refer to in the following news extract? Is it a paraphrase of the preceding "The early parts of the deal have been inked already'? They’ve ...
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Does the phrase "as long as" mean while in this context?

The person in question is hypnotized. Two other people are talking about that person. One of them wants that man out of his apartment and he says to his friend: "Get him out as long as the trance ...
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Meaning of "get going that"?

From THE THREE-DAY BLOW by ERNEST HEMINGWAY: "I wonder if Cards will ever win a pennant?" "Not in our lifetime," Bill said. "Gee, they'd go crazy," Nick said. "Do ...
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what dose "two consistent strata" mean

The following sentence is cited from TOEFL reading material: While rock between two consistent strata might in one place be shale and in another sandstone, the fossils in that shale or sandstone were ...
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What does "in-horse" mean? [closed]

What does "in-horse" mean as in this sentence? To contact the fire and Rescue Department immediately, activate in-horse fire squad for fire fighting (while waiting for BOMBA) and safety ...
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Why is Joey's line "I'm surprised you didn't go home wearing it" funny in the context?

I'm watching this clip Friends: Someone Ate Ross' Sandwich (Season 5 Clip) | TBS. At 0:53, Ross hands over a food note to Chandler and Chandler starts to read it (transcript quoted from here): Ross: ....
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What does "exhausted" mean in this case?

Tang, 2004 said that Standard textbooks of Investment/Financial Management teach that although portfolio diversification can help reduce investment risk without sacrificing the expected rate of ...
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There's no just about it

Can someone help me understand this sentence? I found it in this book, where you can see the complete dialogue. She’d seen many injured animals when she had helped her dad, and this was bad. The pony’...
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I'm really confused about using 'SAYS' and 'SAID'

Renzo said that he'll show up the big event. He says that he can cook with casts on his arms. What's the difference between these two sentences?
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What is the meaning of the phrase "stem from" in this sentence. Does this sentence make sense?

So, I'm playing this video game and I came across this sentence that uses "stem from" in an alien way to me. "Their zeal is admirable, but their ideas impractical for a society that ...
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Need help to understand this sentence:

I was reading an article where there was a breakup story of a couple. Somebody commented with feedback and said in the middle of a long explanation that: It requires nuance based on your individual ...
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What someone means when says "I'm hiding under my bed" in a conversation? [closed]

What someone means when says "I'm hiding under my bed" in a conversation? I heard someone said this sentence in a political conversation, I did a little search but didn't find something that ...
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On/With- Which is the right preposition to use here?

A supervisor asks their employee "how are we doing with that news piece," here, it is obvious that the supervisor wants to know about the progress of the news piece. My question is if the ...
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What does "threw a women in film event" mean here?

Is there any mistake in the phrase? At the Venice Film Festival, Red Sea threw a women in film event that attracted stars like Demi Moore and Kate Hudson. Source: "Saudi Arabia Chases $64 ...
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What is the meaning of the word "treat" in this context?

In an RPG video game I'm playing I'm trying to gain access to a medical clinic but a receptionist that works there doesn't want to let me in. One of the dialog options to convince her is: "I'm ...
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Idioms: get short with (one) and see eye to eye

please help me to understand this dialogue: A: So what you're saying is he got a little short with you? B: You weren't quite seeing eye to eye? I know that get short with (one) means To speak or react ...
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Meaning of "better than + infinitive"

Recently, I have seen the sentence I should've known better than to get my hopes up. What does it mean? I couldn't find any explanation about the grammatical structure I've mentioned in the title. ...
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what does "keep it covered" mean when police uses it?

I'm watching the tv show "The Equalizer". In this show, there's a hostage situation at the bank. and police car arrived. Police got out of cars and looking at the bank. Then yelling. I have ...
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What's the meaning of "colour pretended"?

What's the meaning of "colour pretended" in the following passage? ... after the first formation of the universe, all the things are brought to pass by the settled laws of nature. For ...
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Meaning of come on down to

What does "come on down to someplace" mean? I know the meaning of "come down to someplace". It means traveling to the south to reach that specific place. Thanks in advance
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What does "whole site" mean in "X is a whole site meaner than Y"?

In Sling Blade (1996), Karl speaks about drunken Doyle: Karl: That feller's a whole site meaner than me. He'd just whup the tar out of me. What does "whole site" mean?
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I did get sick of having hot coffee and blood thrown at me - Help with its meaning

On the show Schitts'Creek, there is a sentence: "I did get sick of having hot coffee and blood thrown at me." I don't really get the meaning of "blood thrown at me". Please kindly ...
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Does the word "embarrassedly" exist?

My sister is an English learner. In her English exam I noticed this sentence: She just smiled ...... when her friends reminded of the day she slept in class. (EMBARRASS) The answer given is ...
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How to understand "we take a bite out of one of those damn russians"?

I can't understand the sentence we take a bite out of one of those damn russians I think it means that the Japanese are ready to attack and drive out the Russians. Others believe that the Japanese ...
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What is the meaning of "trails off" in this context?

In a video game I play, there's a diary I found, and at the end of a person who wrote it describes that her husband stands outside the door and wants to kill her. The diary ends with a sentence and a ...
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What does "hand-up" mean in this context? [closed]

I was interviewed for a job at a company X by the manager of team A. This was meant to be a final interview. However, this person wrote in an email, talking about me to the recruiter: The interview ...