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This tag is for questions which a dictionary cannot answer about what a word means. If the question is about the meaning of a word that can't be understood outside its phrase or sentence, the "meaning-in-context" tag should be also used; for the meaning of a phrase, use the "phrase-meaning" tag instead.

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Anything other than

What the phrase "can be anything other than" in the given sentence means i.e. how can it be interpreted in any sentence or how it affects on any sentence or what is the overal meaning of the sentence? ...
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What does “moonbeam” mean in this sentence?

Since the outset of last season, Curry has cut down on his circus shots, in part to ingratiate Durant. But the Warriors and their fans feed off those 30-foot moonbeams, low percentage for anybody but ...
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What does “project onto” mean here?

I would like to know the meaning of the word project onto, as far as I see from the context here that the word "protect onto" means that you redeem other people to have the same feeling you have. ...
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as I played the guitar

a. As I played the guitar, he played the piano. b. Just as I played the guitar, he played the piano. c. He played the piano as I played the guitar. d. He played the piano just as I ...
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Understanding of a sentence

The latest UPS “Pain in the (Supply) Chain” survey shows that an environment of increasing risks, complex regulations and continuing cost pressures are the three key issues faced by the healthcare ...
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What is the meaning of “away from this inclement air” in the following sentence?

What is the meaning of "away from this inclement air" in the following sentence, The state of her health is such that a return to her parents' house seems prudent, away from this inclement air. ...
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Back to a student VS back to become a student?

I want to know which one is correct way to describe, I hadn't been studying for a long time. But i am back to school and try to take some course. How do I explain that? Thank to Jason reminded, I ...
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What is the meaning of “all the news that's fit to print”?

The heroic image of journalist selflessly gathering "all the news that's fit to print" and publishing it "without fear or favour" is itself a heavy idealisation. I know it is a newspaper motto, ...
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The meaning of “one-off” in this sentence

To the extent that contemporary worries about "fake news" are genuine and identify a novel phenomenon, they cannot simply be about sloppy reporting, one-off falsehoods, or even maliciously planted ...
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What does 'dimmed the stars for a great arc' mean?

What does 'dimmed the stars for a great arc' mean. The moon was halfway up and dimmed the stars for a great arc. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
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'make of someone', 'demanded of someone' cause difficulties

Could you explain logical conjectures for preposition 'of' in highlighted words. Why not 'make with Calvin' and 'demanded her mother'? I would like to here not just translations, but explanations to ...
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What does 'turn to' mean in the end of the sentence?

What does 'turn to' mean in the end of sentence? She had lost the protection of Calvin's hand. Charles was nowhere, either to save or to turn to. She was alone in afragment of nothingness. A ...
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While I do or while I'm doing (future meaning)

Please which of the following sentences is correct? "While I study there, I'll look for a job" or "While I'm studying there, I'll look for a job" Thank you
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How are 'explanatory'and 'explanative, ' increase' and 'increasing' different

'Explanative' and 'explanatory' are both adjectives, and 'increase' and 'increasing' are both nouns. Are the meanings of the words in each pair the same? If the meanings aren't the same, and the words ...
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What does “in one form or another” refer to in this sentence?

In Italy bells stand for power and control. And bells, in one form or another, accompanied him throughout his life. The article is talking about the prime minister of Italy. I am confused about the ...
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What does “doing X on the go” mean?

What does "doing X on the go" mean? Example: Use your phone camera to turn anything into a PDF on the go. What I have read so far: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/on_the_go lists 2 meanings for "...
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consider somebody/something + adj. | consider somebody/something (to be) something

Is there a difference between these two forms ? 1- A dog is considered old if it lives seven years. 2- A dog is considered to be old if it lives seven years.
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What are the differences between “at war with” and “at war against”

Can both "at war with" and "at war against" mean the same thing. In my opinion, both can mean the same thing, but can also mean the opposite, would you agree with this, and why? For example: They ...
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What does “fit” mean in this sentence?

The swimsuit top featured a knotted front design while the bottoms were designed with a high-waisted fit. (source) I thought it meant "a matching piece" but can't be sure because it appears to have ...
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The word 'lavra'

Where can I find a dictionary which contains an article on the word lavra? What does the word mean and is it really used?
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are “clothes of a particular type” & “a particular type of clothes” the same?

Now, are "to wear clothes of a particular type**" & "to wear a particular type of clothes**" the same? When is it appropriate to wear clothes of a particular type? and When is it ...
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What does “get through their brains” mean?

I can't seem to get through their thick brains. Get through someone means: to succeed in talking to someone on the phone, but what does "get through their brain" means? Is it an idiom derived from ...
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What does “swept off their feet” mean?

Potential hazards of hurricanes: Storm surges Possibility of persons being swept off their feet Drowning (https://www.sagaftra.org/files/safety_bulletins_amptp_part_3_9_3.pdf) There is a ...
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“Where are you” vs “Where have you been”?

a. Where are you? I am here in the room. b. Where have you been? I have been here in the room. My question is below: What is the difference in meaning between the two sentences above? Could you ...
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meaning of “partially includes”

What does X partially includes Y. mean? X includes parts of Y, but not all of it. X includes all of Y, and even more. Depending on the context, either could be possible.
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How does a “parent” generate a “sister”?

Forgive my ignorance, but I am still a newbie on these matters. A parent site is a website, and it is synonymous with a main site, correct? Whereas a sister site is a site closely related to a ...
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The handicapped VS Disabled!

Would it be offensive to say "The Ormerod School educates handicapped children from South"? Should I use "Disabled children" instead?
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Foremost fighting fell

What is the meaning of the following sentence----- He rushed into the field, and foremost fighting fell. Does the bold part follow any grammar rule?
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What does “as specified” mean?

It may be unlawful for any driver to operate a vehicle without wearing the proper seat belt while it is being operated on a public highway or road as specified in the applicable vehicle Code. ...
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Could anybody explain the sentence in simple words?

When these proposals are considered out of context both interpretations are tenable and find parallels in Indo-Parthian coinage. - Mitchiner, Michael. Indo-greek and indo-scythian coinage (vol ...
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Can “that he is” be omitted?

James knows is betrayed In the example above, it seems "that he is" is omitted. Does this sentence mean "James knows that he is betrayed"?
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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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I took all the water in my mouth; is this ambiguous?

I took all the water in my mouth. Which thing below does this sentence mean? "I filled and kept the water in my mouth." "I swallowed the water down." It can be either depends on the context.
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make way for your betters — what does that mean? — from the movie Pompeii (2014)

A line from the movie Pompeii (2014): Make way! Make way! Off! Off the road! Make way for your betters! Move it, scum! Clear the way there! Move! What does for your betters exactly mean? I know of ...
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What is the meaning of “with easy to understand graphs” in the following sentence?

What is the meaning of "with easy to understand graphs" in the following sentence, The Performance tab provides great information on how your computer's hardware is performing with easy to ...
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What does “Self-indulging” mean?

In the Dictionary, Self-indulging = characterized by doing or tending to do exactly what one wants, especially when this involves pleasure or idleness. I can't understand the term by just reading its ...
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I don't understand this pun about chickens and math

[math teacher] your homework looks like chicken scratch, but you got them all correct [later at home] I think she's on to us, mathmachicken I didn't get the above chicken pun.
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Meaning of for in the following context

It is highly creditable for him to have risen to eminence from poverty and obscurity. What is the meaning of for in this context. Is the sentence idiomatic?
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Available In/As

I have a question about the preposition to use when talking about different versions/varieties of a products: NY Times: Coke's biggest brand in Japan is no longer Coke Classic. It's a brand ...
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Regarding a word “Eyeballs” in a news

I found an article in my country about Youtube's inappropriate method to make money, and the narrator "seems to be" saying ( Excuse me if I heard incorrectly and in case if you can not listen to ( due ...
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Verb Endings. When to add 's' to a verb

Why in this word the ending s is not used? This sentence is from J.Cole's song January 28th. Cole is the hypnotist, control the game whenever he snap(s) That's every track
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“What is the probability both houses will be completed after 7 weeks?” meaning

When the question asks if the houses will be completed "after 7 weeks", someone says; it isn't asking if it will take greater than 7 weeks to complete the houses. "After 7 weeks" means "as soon as ...
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Does “in and out of places” idiomatically mean mental institution?

From the movie Behind the Candelabra: Liberace: So, Scott, do you have any family left? Scott: Oh, no, not really. My mom's been in and out of places, you know, for my whole life. ...
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all that “pull out” could mean

But it seems that only the more eccentric or popular artists are viewed as true artists when working with items normally discarded in the trash pile. Why can’t average people be considered artists ...
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What does “threshold” means in context?

From old "Treasure Island". Captain in grog-shop, just got cup of rum and says: "Oh, I see what you’re at — there"; and he threw down three or four gold pieces on the threshold. 1) What does "I ...
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What the difference between on/at a hill

It seems to me that on a hill has subtle difference in connotation from at a hill. In my opinion, I would think on a hill implies on the surface and at a hill express a specific location. I am not ...
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Difference between in and among

I feel that sometimes what you say is so vague and imprecise that "in" and "among" may not make any difference, but is it always the case? Would you argue that it's the same in philosophical ...
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What's the meaning of “ding on the head”?

I'm an English learner and I read this news below: Concussion? Oh, got a little ding on the head, no, no you can't play for the rest of the season. Our people are tough! Trump said. What's the ...
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What is the different between “what” and “which”?

What is the difference between what and which? For example, what is the difference between the following sentences? What is correct? Which is correct?
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think I can do anything

a. I don't think I can do anything you want. Can't this sentence mean two things? a1. I think I can't do anything you want. a2. I don't think I can't do just anything you want. b. You're mistaken ...