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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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Let the backlash begin

I found some articles with the title “Let the Backlash Begin!” and I cannot understand the meaning of the phrase. Could someone explain it?
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Is there any difference in meaning in "Among people, there is understanding & 2.There is understanding among them?

Among people, there is understanding. There is understanding among them. Are they two correct sentences? Is there any difference in meaning? 3.Whether there is understanding among them would ...
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“being” usage as relative clause

I'm dwelled on usage(s) of being in the following sentence. Even with the model of memory being just physical memory, several options are possible. Can it be written alternatively as the ...
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Is there any difference in meaning in "a way that highlights their relationship; a way highlighting their relationship?

Charts present numerical data in a way that highlights their relationship. Charts present numerical data in a way highlighting their relationship. In the two sentences above, Is there any difference ...
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Using adverbs or adjectives before “present participle adjectives”

I am not sure about the difference between using "ly-formed adverbs" and using "sole adjectives" before "present participle adjectives". I think in the first sentence "relentless" qualify "beating ...
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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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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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What does the phrase “wistful settings” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a game's description: "This game’s wistful settings connected to the innovative idea of using real-world scale models." The game uses both 3D technique and handmade photos. ...
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“of that” vs “that”

I can assure you of that. I can assure you that. Are these two interchangeable? Do they have different meanings?
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telephone introducing myself (not name)

Good morning, when we do a call, usually we introduce ourselves or answer using "this is Name" or "it's Name". But if I should say that I am the father/friend/colleuge/mother etc of the person who the ...
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“Brought by” usage

Our tiny company has a blog, in which under the blog name, the company logo appears as: [Blog Name] brought by [Company Name] Are we using brought by properly to convey that this publication is ...
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some other reason vs some reason, is the meaning the same?

I would like to know whether the following sentences convey the very same meaning ("strong some"): There must be some reason/way. There must be some other reason/way. I mean, the first one is ...
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How to consider the example of a word's usage 'repeating' its own meaning?

I was to put this question months back but was not getting a proper example. Now, I have one in my hand! I had observed it many times that dictionaries give examples of words' usages. But at times, ...
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hormone treatment (hence the well-built structure of today’s pre-teens) additives?

The italicized part evades me. What is the connection between hormone treatment additives and the well-built structure of today's pre-teens? I mean, why is that a cause-effect relationship? Has the ...
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“…that event would change everything” vs “…that event was to change everything”

Could you please if these two sentences are semantically the same? A: But however I chose to remember it, that event would change everything. B: But however I chose to remember it, that event ...
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The fear of death is very puzzling, in a way that regret about the end of life is not

The fear of death is very puzzling, in a way that regret about the end of life is not. It's easy to understand that we might want to have more life, more of the things it contains, so that we see ...
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What does the following sentences mean?

What does the following sentences mean? 1) I find it amazing that they’ve never stopped arguing about football. 2) I find it surprising to see so many people here. Does 1)sentence mean "I ...
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Difference in meaning between “I think it fair giving~” and “I think it fair to give~”?

What is the difference in meaning between 1)I think it fair giving him another chance. 2)I think it fair to give him another chance. Does "1)sentence" mean " We already gave him another ...
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The meaning of “yell” in gambling

From movie Kingpin: (At a casino table, a customer to the dealer) You are going to give me $100,000 on the line and a $50,000 yell, okay? Does on the line mean the money wagered? Then what does ...
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What's the meaning of “a back-arching scream”?

I checked the phrase in some dictionaries but I didn't find it. Could you please explain the phrase to me? The full text is here: The burn was the injury, I reasoned. It made sense to treat it ...
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What do these 'they' refer to respectively?

The passage is from 2016 Miami Herald interview with Donald Trump. Here are what I think (A), (B), (C), (D) refer to. Please, tell me if they're right or wrong. (A) : Obama administration, (B) : US ...
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Short on vs Short of in examples - difference in meaning?

I know that "short of" expresses basically "less than/ lack of" and "short on" I often saw explained as "less than expected". One example I was taught was: He was short on words (he could have ...
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“a computer hack with a compulsion”, what does this mean?

we gotta have a secure system. One that can’t be broken into by a computer hack with a compulsion for industrial espionage. I looked up compulsion, I understand it alone. But I can't understand it ...
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Can “clean off/out/up” sometimes be used interchangeably?

I know that clean off, clean out, and clean up are different, but I think sometimes they can be used interchangeably because they share the meaning of clean.
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Difference between 'appears to be' and 'proves to be' or 'turns out to be'

Is there a difference between 'appears to be' and 'proves to be'? Can I say, when describing the result of a long calculation, that the result appears/proves to be zero? I am certain that the result ...
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But he can count you off Saxon and Norman shrines till daylight,

'"Ay," said De Aquila, all in a muse. "That man broke Harold of Norway at Stamford Bridge, and came near to breaking us at Santlache--all within one month." '"But how did he come alive from ...
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We'd as well be 10 minutes back in time?

In Storm by Tim Minchin, after a heavy argument, Tim says; We'd as well be 10 minutes back in time, For all the chance you'll change your mind. Can you please explain that sentence to me from the ...
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Is there any semantic difference between “In the school there is a swimming pool” and “In the school is a swimming pool”?

In a major reference grammar book, I came across the following two constructions. Unfortunately, it did not mention the difference in meaning between them. I am wondering if there is any semantic ...
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“Social boundaries of the consensus” meaning in the following context

The Source It is not surprising that racist parties, even when overtly and daily engaging in discrimination or in incitement to racial hatred, are not prohibited as criminal organizations. They ...
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“you need to” vs. “you must”

Let's suppose I want someone to give me more money. Now I can say to that person: "You need to give me more money." or "You must give me more money." The request is meant to be somewhat harsh. ...
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Meaning of “Analyze yourself”

If I say "Analyze yourself" to someone, does it mean I am asking someone to analyze himself or asking him to analyze something by himself (without someone else's assistance?
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What does “to bite into life” mean here?

In this ads of a brand of toothpaste, it says "... so you can bite into life without hesitation." What does to bite into life mean here? Does it also have different meaning in different context? I ...
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Ambiguity in “Didn’t do it on purpose”

I was thinking, couldn’t “I didn’t do it on purpose” take on two meanings or be interpreted two ways? 1) The act was unintentional, I did not mean for it to happen. 2) I specifically chose not to do ...
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“Exclusions apply.”: What does it mean?

When I saw a receipt of an e-commerce, I found a sentence "Exclusions apply." "Apply your 20-character promote code to receive this discount. Exclusions apply. See details at xxxxxxxx.com. Expires ...
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interest of something?

We know the meaning of interest in something; But what does interest of life mean in the following context? Security alone might produce a smug and stationary society; it demands creativeness as ...
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Meaning of “The one that looks out over the pond” in the following sentence?

What is the meaning of "The one that looks out over the pond" in the following sentence: As her dad unlocked the front door, Sally bolted through it. She ran from room to room. "Which one's mine?"...
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the specific usage of the word “predicate”

As the Oxford Dictionary puts it, one of the meaning of "predicate" is to asser something about someone or something, but It gives an example I cannot get. Here goes: "Aggression is predicated of ...
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Please tell me what is wrong with saying “explain about”?

I recently had to translate an official interview for a respected magazine in my country, and I wrote the following: "John Smith, the founder and CEO of the project explains about the future ...
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Meaning of the phrase “with an edge”

What does "with an edge" mean? Here it is in context: "Jack is being facetious with an edge." I suppouse it means that Jack is being excessively facetious. Correct me if am wrong please.
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Stay on the safe side of the fence

From the movie "Devil's Doorway" (1950) During the movie, the Indian called Lance and his family and friends try to keep his land, but the homestead law gives other people right to his land, so they ...
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a host of acting talent

Iannucci’s film features a host of acting talent as the Russian dictator’s underlings, including Steve Buscemi, Jason Isaacs and Michael Palin. Source: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/aug/11/...
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referring to the sole of foot and other same positions

Which of the below sentences are correct and better to use in informal English language? A) Under my right foot is terribly itching. B) My right underfoot is terribly itching. C) The sole ...
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What does it mean by “wound” here?

Smoke from the engine drifted over the heads of the chattering crowd, while cats of every color wound here and there between their legs. It's from Harry potter and I definetely looked up the ...
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What does it mean by 'tongue between someone's teeth'?

"Gallopin' Gorgons, that reminds me," said Hagird, ....... he pulled an owl-a real, live, rather ruffled-looking owl-a long quill, and a roll of parchment. With his tongue between his teeth he ...
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Could you please clarify the meanings of “School”?

I am a bit confused about the meanings of "School". I included my thoughts in parentheses and in bold. Ok, in dictionary, School could be [countable] a place where children go to be educated....
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What does “to get in the clear” mean?

From the movie Sniper (1993) A sniper and his spotter need to take a bad guy out at his hacienda. The sniper explains the situation to the spotter: Most logical position would be to take our ...
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What the meaning of the phrase 'I winter well' in this video?

the passage: I'm a big guy, I winter well link to the video
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meaning of a sentence in simak's project mastodon chpt.1

I am wondering the meaning of the following sentence found at the end of chapter 1 in Simak's Project Mastodon!: Snide item in smug, smart-alecky gossip column: Saucers are passé at the Pentagon. ...
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Meaning of “He saved two people on two occasions”

a. He saved someone on four occasions. Does that mean he saved the same person four times? b. He saved two people twice. c. He saved two people on two occasions. In (b) and (c) did he save four ...
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impounded attachments — what exactly are those?

Source: The Illustrated Network—How TCP/IP Works in a Modern Network by Walter Goralski (2009) Example: The modern email explosion has produced on-line ads, do-not-contact lists, spam, spam ...