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does “low” is metaphorical here? like “inferior”?

does "low" is metaphorical here? like "inferior"? Mr. P. B. Randall, in his biography of the Davenports (Boston 1869, published anonymously), points out that their mission to England was "to meet on ...
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Is “You rank 12 out of 50 participants” the way you should say and write that?

How do I correctly describe somebody’s position within a ranked list for a competition when their position is not yet final because the competition hasn’t finished yet and so I am showing only the ...
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does “brief personal acquaintance” here refers to an incident berfore their arrival to london or not?

does "a brief personal acquaintance" here refers to an incident berfor their arrival to london or not? Dr. Nichols, their biographer, gives this first impression of them: The young men, with whom I ...
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What does “to spite something with something” mean?

It was no longer enough for us to spite death with a few extra hours or days of freedom. I searched the meaning of to spite as a verb, it means: to intentionally annoy, upset, or hurt someone ...
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what is the meaning of “firm-set”?

what is the meaning of "firm-set lips"? They looked remarkably like each other in almost every particular, both quite handsome with rather long, curly black hair, broad, but not high foreheads, dark ...
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What's meant here by "solid material'?

In "The Song of Flying Fish" by G. K. Chesterton, the author was describing a eccentric but expensive curio, saying: From the other end of the room it looked like a rather unusually large bowl ...
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How did “flavored” come to mean “distracted”?

There is a scene in the movie Beautiful Girls: Marty: Are you OK? Willie: Yeah. Yeah, I'm... Why? Marty: You seem a little flavored today. Willie: No! No, I'm cool. Marty: ...
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Explain the meaning

i saw this dialogue in a movie, please anyone tell me what is the meaning of this dialogue: "if it was going to have happened It would have happened by now"
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overall meaning

The question as to what constitutes art is hardly a contemporary one. Today, artists exist whose main goal seems only to subvert work that no longer warrants the trite tag "cutting edge". Once the ...
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What should we write in poster?(in English)

What should we write in poster?(in English) I'm a students from China. I do not know what I can write. Can you help me? Thanks]1
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What does the phrase “be faced” mean?

It's from the tenth episode of the sixth season of Friends. Here is the context and video. It's at 1 minute and 48 seconds. Hey, I know what’ll get us up on a platform! Monica: What? Ross:...
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Looking for synonyms for “confirmed by reality”

I would like say that something (like facts) is "confirmed by reality" but with a different word instead of "confirmed" I thought of the following but I expect they're not precisely accurate: ...
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Is it possible to infer the date of receiving from the date of sending

I received a message from bandcamp informing me that the record was sent on 30 th april Is my sentence correct ? Can we infer that the message was received around 30th april
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What is the meaning of “a circuit to” in the following sentences?

What is the meaning of "a circuit to" in the following sentences, Resistance is a measure of the opposition of a circuit to the flow of a steady current, while impedance takes into account not ...
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meaning of “in both varieties”

From Cambridge Dictionary grammar tutorial Most of the differences between the English of the UK (which we shall call BrE) and the English of North America (which we shall call AmE) are vocabulary ...
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What does “…this began the transformation of Kankakee’s general education track into the College and Career Academy…” mean?

What does the bolded part of the sentence mean? Does it mean they began transforming Kankakee's general education track into the College and Career Academy? Could you please explain it? Each grade ...
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meaning of “It's really owning it”

An American tutorial says Rhythm is the real deal. Its the feel of the language. It's really owning it once you start using American rhythm. I understand the tutor is emphasizing the importance ...
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I'm not sure the meaning of 'before her is' in this sentence

I'm like a mountain climber who didn't even bother looking up at how big the mountain before her is. it means the mountain in front of her?
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Is it ok to begin a sentence with “Currently being” in order to say something like “Siendo actualmente”?

I'm kind of translating my CV into English, but I got stuck in the following part: During the second year of my IT degree, three years ago, I started getting involved in several projects, working on ...
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I want to know meaning of only just now!

I heard that just know means single event and only now is gradual change. But i read this sentence. I bet all that's only just now sinking in for you. what is this means?
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What is meant by “as between”?

This is a quote from Bertrand Russell: It is not only colours and sounds and so on that are absent from the scientific world of matter, but also space as we get it through sight or touch. It is ...
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does “set up” here means “place it or build it somewhere”?

does "set up" here means "place it or build it somewhere"? Finally, the professors bought five hundred feet of new rope, bored with holes the cabinet set up in one of their rooms, and trussed the ...
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What does “You are starting” mean?

I'm studying English at BUSUU and there's a sentence below that's confusing me. You are starting your journey to improve your English in our B1 Intermediate course! What does "You are starting" ...
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any vs. just any

a. If your son starts a fight with any of his classmates, what would you do? b. If your son starts a fight with just any of his classmates, what would you ? What is the difference in the meanings of ...
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“As often as I can” vs. “As often as I can really”

Consider this conversation Question: "How do you often wear jeans?" Answer1: "As often as I can really." I guess the answer is grammatically correct. I don't really understand the meaning of "...
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What is the meaning of “behind” in “the engine behind 5G radio”?

What is the meaning of "behind" in the following sentences? Xilinx is the engine behind 5G radio and mMIMO deployment. Only Xilinx provides adaptable 5G communication platforms, with highly ...
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grammar/ meaning “To look at him, you'd never think he was 80!”

Is the title sentence the short form of (If you were) To look at him, you'd never think he was 80! Likewise, In other part of the country again, to give the example of Minnesota, you would ...
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What does 'problematic institution' mean in the context of the paragraph?

This question has been asked on Stack Exchange Politics. However, I feel it has more to do with English than Political Theory. See the quoted lines below: The State has been considered as a ...
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“lead to” and “lead something/somebody to”

I am curious that the difference between lead to and lead something/somebody to. I know the verb lead can be used both intransitive and transitive way. What I want to know is that lead to, which ...
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What is a Baby Gap?

In "You've Got Mail", Kathleen reflecting on her closing store: "It's a lovely store, and in a week it will be something really depressing, like a Baby Gap." Is a Baby Gap some kind of character?
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What does “In line with this theme of competition comes the expression…” mean in this paragraph?

I have a paragraph as follows: Source All of us are very receptive to adopting beliefs when we are young, but the idea that “males have to earn females” is not something that is only hammered into ...
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dancing acrobatically

a. Dancing acrobatically is something I enjoy very much. b. I enjoy dancing acrobatically very much. I think (b) means that I like to dance acrobatically. I like to do that. (a) could have that ...
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Meaning of who as an adverb

Is the usage of who correct in the following sentence The account was confirmed by an administration official who also on condition of anonymity. Is it a contraction of who also spoke on condition ...
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Meaning of “broken shell of a man”

Rachel: So, got any advice? Y'know, as someone who's recently been- dumped? Ross: Well, you may wanna steer clear of the word 'dumped'. Chances are he's gonna be this, this broken shell of a man
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This case is too/fairly heavy, but I can still lift it. Which is better?

This case is too/fairly heavy, but I can still lift it. Which is better, ‘too’ or ‘fairly’ ?
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Anyone/anybody- someone/somebody

I have some difficulty to understand when to use the 4 words: anybody, somebody, anyone, someone. For example: “I would like to ask if someone can help me” is it right? And if I want to start the ...
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a sharp challenge to/for

While reading "the American Pageant" by Thomas A. Bailey, I came across the following text. A sharp challenge to Puritan orthodoxy came from Anne Hutchinson. She was an exceptionally intelligent, ...
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does “a less mercenary man” means “a man who is not mercenary”?

does "a less mercenary man" means "a man who is not mercenary"? She was absolutely determined that Home should have the money and be her heir. A less mercenary man never lived, and he begged her ...
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does “planned out” means “she thought that he behave differently or is not dutiful”?

does "planned out" means "she thought that he behave differently or is not dutiful"? From the time that he accepted the new situation he acted and wrote as a dutiful son, and it is not uncharitable ...
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What is the difference between “burned the lamp” and “burned of the lamp”?

What is the difference between "burned the lamp" and "burned of the lamp" ? Does "burned the lamp" mean "A fire burned the lamp, and the lamp burned out and disappeared" ? Does "burned of the lamp" ...
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What is meant by “one-quarter to half of the average income”?

For more than 21,000 adults, the sound means one thing: 2,250 Kenyan shillings appearing in their bank accounts. The cash equals one-quarter to half of the average income for a two-adult household ...
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'far cry' vs. 'long haul'

In the test below, Option 3 is the correct answer; The ---------- began at 5 A.M and they reached the peak of the mountain at noon. 1.second nature 2.far cry 3.long haul 4....
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What's meant here by “funked it” and “bolted off”?

In "The Man with Two Beards" by G. K. Chesterton, the author was describing a situation where Mr. Bankes family were assembling in their house while their son, John, returned in his car with his ...
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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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Is 'painstaking' positive or negative?

The word 'painstaking' has a such entry in merriam-webster. Does this word have a positive meaning or a negative one?
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Double negative and the meaning in the context

Reading this article,, sorry to say it's very disturbing, I met a line, Shortly after, CNN aired an audio report from correspondent Josh Campbell, who was a few blocks away, and said he had been ...
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does “entail” here means “cause”? does “a change of name” put him to trouble?

does "entail" here means "cause"? does "a change of name" put him to trouble? Had she merely asked for it back there is little doubt that Home's delicate feelings would have led him to return it, ...
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What does the phrase “laugh it up” mean?

I have come across it in the first episode of the sixth season of Friends. Here is the context: Rachel: Well, I guess we just find a divorce lawyer? (Looks at Ross.) Chandler: Well, I think, I ...
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meaning of “don’t finish work until”

from a tutorial We might be a bit late, because I don’t finish work until seven. This is an example of intonation which dose not focus on logic. However, things that are logical are easier to ...
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Meaning of “by fall”

What is the meaning of by fall in the following sentence The once-unthinkable toll appears to be just the beginning of untold misery in the months ahead as Las Vegas casinos and Walt Disney World ...

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