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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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If someone say“I'm hanging out in the woods trying to find you a gig”,what does he mean? [closed]

-What are you, the lost Gabor sister? -You should be walking around with a boa and a Pomeranian. Someone's crabby. - I'm not crabby. -I'm hanging out in the woods trying to find you a gig.
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What is the meaning of “smart padded”?

What is the meaning of "smart padded" in the following sentence? a woman in a smart padded coat along the stands,... Would anyone give me simple explanation?
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What's the meaning of “somebody gave up something to somebody”?

It's a line from "The Marvelous Ms. Maisel" a comedy-drama in the 1950s. The phrase I confused is a line from a comedy stand-up, here are the full story: I do not charge for sex. I mean, that's ...
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What does “run to the left” mean exactly in the context of politics?

I was reading a Wikipedia page when I ran into this passage: Wu and Teachout ran against Andrew Cuomo, the incumbent governor, and Kathy Hochul, an upstate Democrat and former Representative in the ...
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What's the meaning of “dry up and blow away”?

The following is from Salem's Lot: It is not the first town in American history to just dry up and blow away, and will probably not be the last, but it is one of the strangest. What's the meaning ...
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Which one is gone in this sentence?

The appetizing plate of cookies was gone in half an hour. In this sentence, which one is gone, the cookies or the plate? Thanks for your help in advance.
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What's the meaning of “eyes started”?

Her husband was deathly pale. His eyes started and bulged from their sockets. The car key was in one hand. What's the meaning of eyes started in this context? Could anyone please elaborate?
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What does 'snapping away' mean here?

What does 'snapping away' mean here? Alan, through his website artbusiness.com, attends almost every art opening that goes down in San Francisco. Like 10 in one night, he's zipping across town ...
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What does “there's must be” mean?

I've seen it written this way a couple of times, e.g. in oxford entry for dame: 'There's must be a wealthy society dame (preferably played by Margaret Dumont) who is entirely smitten with Groucho, ...
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What's the meaning of “ported” in this sentence?

I found the word "ported" in a sentence describing a motorcycle, but I don't understand what it means: A beautiful machine, it was ported and polished, with high-compression pistons and rings, a ...
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when we can use freak out?

I am not sure about the usage of freak out - it means wildly irrational behaviour? Can we say for example that when someone is not doing something like expected is freaking out? I will give you an ...
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What's the meaning of “get hyped”?

I've come across with the sentence below: People often think it’s weird to get hyped about reading one page or meditating for one minute or making one sales call. Could you please tell me what ...
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Any difference between “That would be mine” and “It would be mine”?

In a movie scene, a lady is with 3 others and are chatting. Suddenly, the lady finds a piece of hair on the ground. She picks it up and holds it in her hand and asks 3 others. - "Hmmm, whose hair is ...
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Is it right to say I was child or I was a child

Is there a difference in meaning or is there a grammatical mistake
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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's the meaning of these phrases?

Basically is a compliment for a speech, here are the phrases: That was a tight one minute, Brian. You're ready for Jack Paar. I know who Jack Paar is but what's "you are ready for"? I also don't ...
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The meaning of “to have the rudders down directly”

The wind was taking off in gusts, and the rain was putting down the swells. I made out a patch of beach that looked less like death than the rest of the arena, and I decided to drive in on a gust ...
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The meaning of “as though we were boarding”

The wind was taking off in gusts, and the rain was putting down the swells. I made out a patch of beach that looked less like death than the rest of the arena, and I decided to drive in on a gust ...
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Does “versus” also mean “including”? [closed]

Write down during the interview as the person is speaking versus at the end of the interview In the example above, what does "versus" mean? Does it mean "write down not only during the person is ...
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“[A] voice that bored a thousand ships into sinking themselves”

Still a line from "The Marvelous Ms. Maisel" The character said: And Stan... who has a voice that bored a thousand ships into sinking themselves. I was totally lost about this phrase.
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What's the meaning of “ angry Ukrainian super”?

It's the line from "The Marvelous Maisel" Season 2 episode 2. It's a drama happened in 1958. Here are the character's lines who's on a comedic gig: I don't want my own apartment. I-I don't ...
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What does “privacy and security of information” mean?

The privacy and security of your personal information is important to us. It always confuses me if there is more than 1 noun before "of". Does it mean "the privacy of your personal information ...
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what does “steering meeting” means?

I saw my international manager to be in status steering meeting. what does this mean.I checked and seems to me like an advisory meeting perhaps. Could you advise?
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What does “pullout” mean in this context?

I don't understand the meaning of the word pullout in this sentence: There was a pullout on the road leading up to the vehicle parking lot where buses had to turn around because the rest of the ...
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What do the author means by “the prescribed tourist manner”?

The coaches at the Uluru Sunset Viewing Area were parked three deep. From the bowels of their vehicles, guides were pulling out trestles and tablecloths. Ten minutes to go. Are we ready? The guides ...
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What's the meaning of “hellfire” here?

It's the line from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. I couldn't figure out the meaning of this word: hellfire Here are the full lines: Mom: I thought you smoked. Daughter:Not pure hellfire, no. ...
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What does “check it out” means?

I am in a library and the librarian is asking me if I want to check this book out? The book is on my table. Is this some common expression check something out = investigate ?
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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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What does it mean “being deferred to by”? [closed]

What does it mean "being deferred to by" in the following sentence: An officer being deferred to by noncoms and enlisted men. This is from The Bone Tree, Chapter 44.
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What does this sentence “10% studying engineering got PhDs.”mean? [closed]

I encountered a problem asking: Which of the following is true about women studying in university? A: 10% studying engineering got PhDs. I am not sure what the option A means. Does it mean ...
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What does “here it comes”?

I was listening a popular youtube video Steve Jobs insult and when one of the audience said to Steve, you are a bright and influential man, Jobs said “here it comes” Why he is saying here it comes ? ...
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What does the phrase “is of the now” mean?

I found this phrase in a Vogue article: His style, with its healthy punch of dork factor, is of the now in a way that is similar to Post Malone’s very self-aware, disheveled, sleazy look. https://...
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In flattering ourselves on having found this

The workers must struggle against Capitalism and against Fascism and must extricate themselves from their grasp; they must have their own independent policy. In flattering ourselves on having found ...
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What's the meaning of this line “That's a bit rich coming from you”?

- Thale, I can't keep you safe if you don't tell me the truth. - That's a bit rich coming from you, innit, sweetheart? What does "that's a bit rich coming from you" mean?
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What is the meaning of “Take a good look because ”?

What is the meaning of "Take a good look because" in the following sentence(Source: Skateboard moves by MATT CHRISTOPHER), Charlie skated toward the exit gate. He did not see X until he slammed ...
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What is meaning of “in…day(s), month(s), year(s) and etc?

What is meaning of “in...day(s), month(s), year(s) and etc? If I make these sentences below, what would be the meaning of them. -In 100 years, people will travel to the Mars easily. -In 10 ...
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Meaning of 'You're mine' in this situation

I'm studying english using American comic. In above situation, this weird man says You're mine now!!! I don't understand this meaning. It's similar to Gotcha?
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meaning of “Japan is about as far as you could get from Roseburg, Oregon”

What is the meaning of the following sentence? Japan is about as far as you could get from Roseburg, Oregon, the farm town where she was born.
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grammar in a sentence

"If we Oregonians were famous for anything, it was an old, old trail we'd had to blaze to get here. Since then, things had been pretty tame." In this sentence, why did the write not use "have" instead ...
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What does “call to adventure” mean?

Does "call" mean "invitation" or something? I've looked it up in several dictionaries to no avail.
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What does mean “done” in the following sentence?

Is the "done" meaning "acceptable"? In reading done outside class, select a short passage of no more than 100 words. In the passage, locate pronouns/referring words and their noun referents. ...
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what's the meaning of “It goes something like this”

I've come across with the phrase below: I often have a craving that goes something like this: “I want to eat tacos.” I searched online dictionaries but I couldn't find any meaning for it. So ...
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What does “delete” mean in this context (learning languages)?

I encountered the following phrase at the beginning of Chapter 5 in Kato Lomb's book "Polyglot - How I learn languages": Chapter 5: How to Study Languages "HOW CAN I learn English, Russian, ...
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What is a spanking machine? [closed]

This is a conversation from the movie The Game (1997) (starting from about 11:00) starring Michael Douglas. Urban Dictionary suggests a spanking machine is when it is a child's birthday, that child ...
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what is mold situation in this sentence? [closed]

In the classroom, there is mold situation. what does that mean? I don't understand. Is it about the classroom who is boring? Or the students who are old?
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Question when we shift one tense back in reported speech

There is something makes me confused when I use reported speech. Please help me to understand this. For example, in a three people conversation. A said: I like ice-cream. When I reported this ...
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What's the meaning of “creep” (noun) in this sentence? [closed]

There's a sentence I don't understand. A girl is thinking about a man she likes: She would nestle herself against him for warmth, for comfort, and that small act would abate the creep of isolation ...
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'Suppress someone's voices and opinions' - Word Choices?

Today, my mom and brother argued about an opinion regarding the cultural problem in our country. When I monitored the conversation, I saw my brother using aggressive voice, tones, and his own opinions ...
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What do “bundle” and “shape” mean in this sentence?

I find two verbs in this sentence from a sports site elusive in meaning. But there was to be no fairytale, with Oliver blowing for a penalty after adjudging Mehdi Benatia to have bundled over Lucas ...
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What does “Foner's it in” mean?

If is from Crash Course US history. It is at 14 minute and 12 second. We will give our last words today to Eric Foner, who never Foner's it in.