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'just because some moistened bint lobbed a scimitar at me' meaning

The following quote is from Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) between Denis and King Arthur. Oh but if I went 'round sayin' I was Emperor, just because some moistened bint lobbed a scimitar at ...
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Does “has been nothing short of amazing” mean it is a short time interval?

From this book "Deep Learning and Convolutional Neural Networks for Medical Image Computing" While the use of deep learning by the medical image processing community trailed that of the computer ...
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What’s the meaning of “off” in “better off”?

According to Collins Dictionary If you say that someone would be better off doing something, you are advising them to do it or expressing the opinion that it would benefit them to do it, as in: ...
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Difference between “him” and “his” in these sentences?

What is the exact difference in meaning of following sentences: I understand his quitting. I understand him quitting.
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want/prefer/would like something (to be)

a1,a2,b1,b2,c1,c2 are the interpretations of A,B,C I guess. This question is really important for me to understand English and read and make English sentences correctly! I think A,B,C mean a1,b1,c1 ...
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What is the difference in meaning between “A majority of” and “The majority of”?

Does a difference in meaning between "A majority of" and "The majority of" exist? For instance, do the following sentences have the same meaning? A majority of the students are expected to vote ...
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Meaning of: if it is the injury he is expecting

We play a very, very emotional game,” Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner said. “I think sometimes you have to allow people to have their emotions. I don’t think nothing of it. I think he has a long road ...
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Is “I play soccer, but I’m not playing right now" grammatically correct? [on hold]

I play soccer, but I’m not playing right now. Does the sentence make sense?
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Meaning of “enforce from” here

Here is a quote from Daniel Goleman's book Emotional Intelligence: "Indeed, the first laws and proclamations of ethics—the Code of Hammurabi, the Ten Commandments of the Hebrews, the Edicts of ...
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What is “friggen”?

There is a line Though it may take all friggen day in a song "My World" by Avril Lavigne, and I can't find any translation/meaning for the word "friggen". Do you know anything about this word?
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Is there any difference in meaning between “how” and “what” when each is used to start a subordinate clause?

Is there any difference between how and what in the following sentence? Anny was just telling Wendy how she liked to eat the ice cream at the shop. Anny was just telling Wendy what she liked to eat ...
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pull/push on an oar

I am taught that “pull” means move things toward yourself and “push” means move things away from yourself. Then I came across this. I thought rowing would be a breeze. Then I took a seat in an ...
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“count of” and “the number of”

"I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve hit my thumb with a hammer." In this sentence, do "the number of" and "count of" not have the same meaning? why do we use it twice? Can we use it with ...
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What are the differences between “Do you think you could” and “Could you”?

What are the differences between “Do you think you could” and “Could you”? Is there a difference in the tone? What is the difference in their meanings?
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Meaning of the phrase “little too”?

Does the phrase 'little too' mean same as 'very', or is it mild form of very ? For instance, I am little too comfortable talking to you. Does it mean same as 'I am very comfortable talking to you' ?
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What does 'get emotionally taken away" mean?

What does 'get emotionally taken away" mean? I found this in a interview to some competition winner. He won the competition and said,'You can let yourself get emotionally taken away.' I understand '...
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Does “should not confine [something to something] alone” mean “should look around more”?

A Cambridge english Vocabulary says The list does not provide an exhaustive list of all words which appear on the Preliminary and Preliminary for Schools question papers and candidates should not ...
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meaning of texas poon tappa [on hold]

I wonder the meaning of texas poon tappa. I searched in Google and found this. the tappa is an individual that rolls into the great south and taps poons with reckless regard for safety. But I don'...
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Get through vs finish

Today my doubt is about the word “get through”. Basically the meaning is like “finish” something right? Well in this quote “when you get through the homework, I’ll give you more” can I use the word “...
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What does “fuller discussion” mean?

I am sorry for not being able to give you some context about this. I found this phrase from the "Pearson Academic Words List". I tried a few dictionaries even, but still not able to understand the ...
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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 ...
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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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What does `language use` mean, in the context of modern English?

A Cambridge english vocabulary says The Cambridge Learner Corpus is a collection of over 44 million words of English, based upon evidence of language use by learners from all over the world and ...
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Difference between “in time” and “over time”

When I was reading The American Pageant by Thomas A. Bailey, I came across this sentence: These common convictions deeply shaped the infant colony’s life. Soon after the colonists’ arrival, the ...
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Postgraduate education, or graduate education?

Wikipidia says that they two terms are the same. Google says that they are different: In the USA An undergraduate student is one who's working towards a bachelors degree; typically a graduate ...
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meaning of “deepen relationship” and “deep”

I have a question about the meaning of the verb "deepen" and by extension the adjective "deep" in this New York Times article: Israel has full confidence in our intelligence-sharing relationship ...
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“IN” or “WITH” for a clock resolution?

Which is better to use "in" or "with" if I mention a resolution of a clock? i.e. The clock is available with a resolution of milliseconds. or The clock is available in a resolution of ...
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Is there a phrase such as “Anxious of”?

I want by the following sentence to express that death causes anxiety for souls: And why do souls become anxious of it?.. It refers to death I have looked for the phrase, but it gets corrected ...
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Does “expected to” a polite way to say “need to”?

A Cambridge english vocabulary says The list covers vocabulary appropriate to the B1 level on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and includes receptive vocabulary (words that the ...
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Which is the meaning of push the slinky Sphinx? [on hold]

Which is the meaning of push the slinky Sphinx? I found it in a book about conceptual selling: I told you to move the Slinky Sphinx models, didn’t I?
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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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Is WHICH referring to A, B or something else in “A is … B … and from which”?

A Cambridge english vocabulary says The Cambridge Learner Corpus is a collection of over 44 million words of English, based upon evidence of language use by learners from all over the world and ...
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The confusion of “for”, “In” and “after”

The use of the prepositions "for",after and " in" while talking about time periods is rather confusing for me because some times they are interchangeable and some times not. Let us observe the ...
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“illuminate the issues at stake” meaning

One of the examples used for the meaning of the word "illuminate" in Cambridge dictionary is: to explain and show more clearly something that is difficult to understand: an article which ...
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What means “veteran bores”

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald "In consequence, I'm inclined to reserve all judgments, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of not a few veteran ...
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Cutting tree into thin strips

Is the following sentence semantically correct The man cut the tree into thin strips. How can a tree be cut into thin strips? Its stem can be cut into thin strips.
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The meaning of 'I'm blowing it' by Superman

I'm translating 'Superman' from English to Hungarian, and I don't get the meaning of the following sentence: "I'm blowing it" The context is that he realizes that the 'S' sign is a symbol in a ...
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Why “told me” and not, “said to me”? [duplicate]

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 1) Whenever you feel like criticizing any one," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had." ...
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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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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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Does the phrase “in a way” makes such a difference in a statement?

Does the phrase "in a way" makes such a difference in a statement? In other words, is there a major difference by saying: "In a way, a part of you thinks they should have been together." and "...
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What means: “Gatsby, who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn.”

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald This sentence: "Gatsby, who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn." I don't understand because of words: "unaffected scorn" because of ...
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Can anyone answer my question please . What means ( to be closed to ) Thanks in advance [closed]

Can anyone answer my question please . What means ( to be closed to ) Thanks in advance
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Usage of the word “particular”

Why did the writer use the word "particular" in this definition of government that has taken from the Oxford dictionary? "a particular system or method of controlling a country". Can we say "a ...
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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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Does `sour bunch` mean unusual in some cases?

This mathematical blog post says: Statisticians can be a sour bunch. Instead of considering their winnings, they only measure how much they have lost. In fact, they consider their wins as negative ...
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In the Hell / In Hell

What is the difference? How is the first used? What in the hell? What the hell? and How in the hell? How the hell? And what other examples are there?
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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 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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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 ...