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Questions tagged [meaning]

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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What does “punch the physical clock” mean?

Here is the piece: Each workout is performed for the purpose of producing a stress that satisfies the immediate needs of the exerciser: burning some calories, getting hot, sweaty, and out of breath,...
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Meaning of “Working to a brief”

What does the following sentence mean: "I like not working to a brief"?
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This is where her heartfulness come into picture. come to the picture ! what does it mean?

i don't know the meaning of come into the picture. for example : This is where her experience come into picture.
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What's the meaning of “toss this line”?

This sentence : So is it wrong to toss this line? Is a part of Not About Angles song by Birdy. What does toss this line mean? Does it as the same as throw a line? I found this definition on ...
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The meaning of “Yards divided by minutes,”

So far I have not told the story of the things of Llantrisant, but rather the story of how I stumbled upon them and among them, perplexed and wholly astray, seeking, but yet not knowing at all ...
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concept of “end up putting weight back on”

What is the meaning of the following sentences? What are the structures of them? Most slimmers end up putting weight back on. But this decision ended up costing us a lot of money.
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“If you are to survive, you must believe"

I have read this phrase in a Book(American Gods): “If you are to survive, you must believe" And it sounds very strange to me. I actually didn't get the actual meaning of the phrase. This sentence: "...
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Meaning of holy cow and holy $h!t

What do the words holy cow and holy shit mean? I have read them in dramas and online articles. Are they offensive? Is it normal for a person to use it?
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What is the meaning of “There is nothing so bad that it couldn't be worse”?

What is the meaning of "There is nothing so bad that it couldn't be worse" ? Does it mean "The situation is not so bad. therefore, the situation couldn't be worse" or "The situation is so bad. ...
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Meaning of a sentence from Not About Angles

We know full well there's just time. I can't understand the meaning of this sentence. Does it mean there's only one time or there just remains a little time? and Does this phrase common? Another ...
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meaning of 'deed of love'?

Does 'deed of love' mean deed caused by love or it mean something else? Example: Life and hope for the world are to be found only in the deeds of love.
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“fluff and foof” What does it mean?

EDIT: I emailed the site and got the answer to my question. Apparently it means "she likes to make things pretty and fun". I was asked about this phrase by a coworker and I have no clue what it's ...
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Meaning of the word “as”

As we usually think of dreams, they go on in the minds of people who are actually lying in a real bed in a real house, even if in the dream they are running away from a homicidal lawnmower through the ...
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What does 'admit bearer' mean?

I imagine what means whole phrase, but 'admit bearer' requires more explanation for me. Please admit bearer any show free of charge.
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Can you paraphrase “ruling ideas of their time” in this passage?

Hesse’s grandfather Hermann Gundert (1814-1893) had been a Protestant missionary in India, where he also became an accomplished linguist in Dravidian languages. With a sceptical, questing attitude to ...
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What's the meaning of “as nature intended”?

In a discussion, a funny dog video was posted. In response to the video, person A said, non crated dogs ftl. Person B disagrees and said what Person C replies Person B, It's what non-dog ...
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The meaning of 'Yeah, Right."

What are some tips to figure out the correct meaning of a sentence? Example: A: "1+1=3." B: "Yeah, right". If I don't know what 1+1 equals to, I don't know if B means: "That is correct."(...
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What is the meaning of “we must have missed you”?

I was missed from agenda list of minutes of meeting, hence I requested for including my name in the list. But the chairperson of the meeting replied saying "we must have missed you". I am confused? ...
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What does it mean when the wife in the picture says “I wear the brains in the family.”?

I saw this picture on the internet, and I can't really understand the meaning of "I wear the brains in the family" used by the wife in the picture. I know the husband said "I wear the pants in the ...
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Consider progress against

Do the following sentences grammatically correctly express satisfaction with the candidates performance: We considered your progress against the Ph.D. degree timeline, work habits, publication and ...
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What does 'fandom community with a veracious output of fanfiction' mean?

Could you please help me understand what does this part (bold type) of the sentence mean? Would you please make this sentence more clear? And do I correctly understand the word 'inspired' in this case ...
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Care for a lift

What does that mean? I've come across it in one movie: One guy is being chased by some other which are trying to kill him. And suddenly another man came on the car to help the chased guy out. He said:...
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What is the difference between just, almost and quite? [on hold]

I have a problem understanding the use of these adjectives: just, almost and quite. What is the difference between them? What is the fine line that separate uses of these adjectives?
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Fancy asking me that!

What does "fancy asking me that!" mean? I reckon it's something like "how dare you ask me something like this" in a sarcastic way. Is it?
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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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very soft and sweet

a. The fruit I tasted was very soft and sweet. It seems to me that (a) is ambiguous. It could mean The fruit I ate was very soft and very sweet. or The fruit I tasted was very soft and it was also ...
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What is the meaning of “May as well as” [on hold]

You may as well go out and find your son as stay game worried What's the belowing sentence meaning?
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What's the meaning of “Pats bet”

It's a quote from the TV drama Wayne Here are the lines: -Check it out. Someone got lucky on a Pats bet and made rent. Hey, two lucky sons of bitches, huh? The speaker is Wayne's father who was ...
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What does this sentence mean? Can you suggest me how to convert a hard sentence to a simple understandable sentence online? [on hold]

I had this vision of me keeling over at my desk one day, half way through a story, my editors snatching the copy even as the medics carried my body away.
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The usage of murkiness

I would like to know if the word "murkiness" in the sentence below is syntactically correct. then nothing will remain from him except as a worm creeps in murkiness. His life begins and ends with ...
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“Well said” synonym

I was wondering, if instead of "well said" I can say "I love how you put it into words" or "I love the way you said it"? I get the feeling that "put into words" is mostly used as an expression of ...
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What does “go down on the price” mean?

See this conversation: B: This t.v is $2500. A: You can't be serious. B: That's how much this t.v costs. A: That's too expensive for me. B: This television is of very high ...
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What does “bone on bone” mean? [on hold]

Here it is: Power cleans are not like squats or deadlifts, movements that can be ground out to a bone-on-bone finish through perseverance and hard work.
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Weird Flex But Ok

What does "Weird Flex But Ok" mean? I looked up on the Internet but I couldn't get any more!
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What does “per protocol” mean in this context?

It's a quote from the TV drama Manifest. Here are the lines: -Per protocol, climbing to penetration altitude. -Per protocol, adjusting flight path to storm center. The drama is about a bunch of ...
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Forge: Make or Fake

When used as a verb, Make means produce something. Fake has a similar, but negative, meaning as counterfeit something. In addition, Forge can mean either, depending on the context. My question is ...
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Confused about the usage of “have been” in the sentence

A 50-year-old former air-force captain, entrepreneur and chemistry teacher with Teach for America, Mrs Houlahan appears, crucially, to have been none of those impressive things for political effect. ...
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The meaning of “to make it on their own so young” [on hold]

What is the meaning of the bolded expression in the following sentences? Professor: Now when they emerge in the spring from hibernation, the mating process begins. For them, well, they come ...
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Two sentences from Boston Legal that confuse me

You've had five marriages dissolve Grammatically, should this sentence be "You've had five marriages dissolved?" Just like the structure "I got my hair done" Well, here's a flash for you. We're ...
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Meaning of “virtually” in the following sentence?

The list of things I believe,though I have no evidence for the truth of them, is, if not infinite, virtually endless. I found two main relevant senses: virtually: 1 : almost entirely : NEARLY ...
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What are the differences between “a plate of gold” & “a plate in gold”?

Ok, in cambridge dictionary of: preposition (MADE OF): made or consisting of; having: dresses of lace and silk plates of gold and silver a land of ice and snow a woman of great ...
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What does 'reality base' mean?

What does 'reality base' mean? Can it be replaced by just 'reality'? The more meaning we can construct from transactions with the environment, the broader our reality base. Article - 'Meaning ...
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What does the preposition “in” in “I’m looking for a sweater in a size medium” mean?

We can say: The dress is a size 12. The dress is in a size 12. The dress comes in a size 12. We have this dress in a size 12. My question is: What does the preposition "in" in "I’m ...
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“The hundred years” or “the one hundred years”?

The hundred years after Euler represented a period in which functions not satisfying his "official" constraints were frequently smuggled into mathematics through fudgy considerations involving ...
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Can you give me the meaning of these two sentences

*He's been the death of many, a poor man "Who's gonna kiss your rosy red cheek It's gonna be that steel drivin' man" what does these two mean? Both come from a gun club song "John Hardy" from the ...
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How to interpret “and” and “over”

Include title cards and additional graphics over cards and picture It's about video production. Does it mean: Include (title cards) and (additional graphics over cards and picture). Or Include (...
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Noun Clauses vs Relative clauses

Is there a difference between noun clauses and relative clauses? If yes, what is it? I found pretty much the same description of both so I wonder if the definitions are interchangeable.
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Evaluate meaning in Math [closed]

In Hebrew I don't know the translation of evaluate: What is correct (and why?): (1) evaluate equation (2) evaluate expression (3) evaluate formula Can you give more example when we use the verb ...
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Does the article change the meaning of the expression “Student with [a?] physics background”?

I have heard natives say both student with physics background and student with a physics background so I assume both expressions are grammatical. Is there any difference in meaning?
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What does “stretch up” mean?

Here is the context: If you have to stretch up to get the belt’s prong in that last hole, you will be less able to exert pressure with your own abdominal musculature, since it must be contracted to ...