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Quality meaning context

Spotty - (N. Amer.) of uneven quality; patchy uneven - not uniform or equal What is the meaning of quality in this context?
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She was to have married

She died quickly, shortly before she was to have married. In the above sentence, what does it mean by "she was to have married"? Does it mean "she was to get married"?
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Can anyone give some concrete examples about the difference between notion concept?

this post claims a ‘concept’ is an Epistemological construct and forms the foundation of human thought, communication and knowledge A ‘Notion’ is a very broad concept that may include ...
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Difference: Will vs Would? [closed]

What is difference between these two sentences : Sentence 1 : Since we found it together, we would always be in it together. Sentence 2 : Since we found it together, we will always be in it together.
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The progressive form

The Situation was, someone dated a girl and came back home and told someone else that I'm getting back now, because she lives in Poughkeepsie. in this sentence, what kind of meaning getting, a ...
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What does it mean, “Flood down something”?

TORPEDO ROOM CHIEF: Flood down tube one. Man: Flood down tube one, aye What does it mean, "Flood down something"? I find this line in Midway 2019
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cordeen or an ox tongue

I'm having a hard time with the slang in the movie Focus. I have just heard the following line: All eyes on me until I make the mark. And once I fan him, I tug my lapel. Two fingers mean it's a prat ...
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to throw a mean one

I have heard the following dialogue in the movie Focus: Jess: Nick told me about the thing with his father. Farhad: He told you that? I have heard it from other people, but he has never told me. You ...
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What does “on the clock” mean/imply here and why?

I have checked the dictionary, "on the clock" means : 1) Working or getting paid 2) Of a taxi (and by extension, its driver), currently engaged to carry a passenger and having an active meter. 3) ...
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What does “to flip a wallet on its feet” mean?

I have heard the following line in the movie Focus: I'm sure you can flip a leather on its feet. I'm aware that "to flip a leather" means "to steal a wallet without the victim ...
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Which phrase is more correct?

I have two sentences that are ambiguous to me. The first sentence is: I have got a woman at home. The second sentence is: I got a woman at home. The meaning I'm aiming for is the present moment. I ...
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If you believed that about yourself and other people

Even if determinism isn't true for everything that happens -- even if some things just happen without being determined by causes that were there in advance -- it would still be very significant if ...
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Do “this tension” and “this formula” refer to the same thing?

Do this tension and this formula refer to the same thing? Social connections are so essential for our survival and well-being that we not only cooperate with others to build relationships, we also ...
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What does “move something onto the likes of the couch” mean?

I have come across it in the third episode of the tenth season of Friends. Here is the scene. It's at around 14 seconds. Joey: Yeah. (Joey and Rachel start kissing) Joey: Hey what do you say, we move ...
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What is the meaning of “turns on” in this context?

This is the context: Again, the importance of fine-tuning turns on how narrow or how broad the tolerances around fundamental constants, while still being consistent with the formation of stars and ...
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How to use “would”?

I find it very confusing to use 'would' in sentences like: Sentence : That's why they give beginner employers introductory tasks that would not overwhelm them. Why is "would" used here?
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“I’ve just had a dumb rush of luck.” What does this sentence mean? And why is it present perfect tense?

Context: “Very close. All you need to do is roll a seven in any combination. Two and five. Three and four. Six and one. You see? The odds favor you, my sweet. It’s very easy. I’ve just had a dumb rush ...
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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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The meaning of the phrase “set-up” in context

I have looked up all the meaning of the phrase in various dictionaries, but still cannot get what it means in the second sentence . Here it goes: Religion is a social institution that involves a ...
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meaning of words question [closed]

I want to talk about my feeling so which words can I use : stressful,stressed out, joyful,watchful
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Meaning of “as when” in this context

What does "as when" mean here? I didn't get the meaning. ▪Luck played a role, as when cut-price DVD players debuted just in time for Christmas in 2001, months after the dotcom crash forced ...
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What's the meaning of “he minded another straw”?

Dennis's face showed even less disappointment, and indeed the only expression of it that he allowed to escape him was, when breaking the news to Mona and when Mona suddenly said, "Then I can ...
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“Outdoor socializing is in, business trips are out.”

It’s an article from NY Times predicting people’s life after the coronavirus. Below is a paragraph: Thousands of stores and companies that were vulnerable before the virus arrived have disappeared. ...
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What is the meaning of “highest good”?

What is the meaning of "highest good"? As I searched for it, I found the word "summum bonum" as a synonym for it, would someone please explain the meaning of the word "highest ...
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Meaning of the phrase “Matter of the very deepest moment”

Quoting from "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle" - “There will call upon you to-night, at a quarter to eight o’clock,” it said, “a gentleman who desires to consult ...
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Have arachnophobia or had arachnophobia?

I wrote this question: Why hadn’t you said to me that you have arachnophobia before we went there? Now I’m worried I should have used this version instead: Why hadn’t you said to me that you had ...
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Meaning of “on the other end of the spectrum”

I have come across this phrase a lot and upon searching it, I did not find any definition of it in any dictionary. Does it mean "on the other hand"? Example: On the other end of the ...
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What does “go pivot crazy” mean?

Here are three tips to create your marketing personas that use a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods of research: Download your sales data and go pivot crazy in Excel Your historic sales ...
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Could anyone tell me the meaning of “leaving his company as a shell in the rear view mirror”?

The whole sentence is "He drained the medallion company of all the cash he could and lit out for Israel, leaving his company as a shell in the rearview mirror." I've already searched and ...
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Meaning of The phrase in bold

Having therefore consulted with my Wife, and some of my Acquaintance, I determined to go again to Sea. I was Surgeon successively in two Ships, and made several Voyages, for six Years, to the East and ...
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Can “Your Majesty” and “His Majesty” be interchangeable?

From the TV Show Cursed, Merlin is talking to King Uther. Merlin: ...Father Carden and his paladins are dull vessels for these old hatreds, and nothing more. However, if His Majesty would allow it, ...
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Meaning of the sentence in bold is somewhat unclear to me

The surgeon had been sitting with his face turned towards the fire: giving the palms of his hands a warm and a rub alternately. As the young woman spoke, he rose, and advancing to the bed's head, said,...
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Is “at some point” more commonly used when talking about future while “at one time” for past?

I suppose the following expression is idiomatic I’m the kind of person who needs new challenges to stay focused. I might even start my own business, because that’s something I’ve always wanted to ...
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See him leave/leaving

I have a question about the difference between the following two sentences: He might be punished if he is seen leaving the campus. He might be punished if he is seen to leave the campus. Do ...
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Substance meaning

Substance: a particular kind of matter with uniform properties The New Oxford American Dictionary (Kindle Locations 528557-528558). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition. Uni (prefix) - one Uniform ...
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In this sentence, how can 'where' be interpreted?

You can have a virus where people feel well enough while they’re infectious that they get on a plane or they go to a market. I can't understand a structure of this sentence. What do 'where' and 'that'...
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Bit of rough in the sentence [closed]

I came across the following sentence: I am a bit of rough to another. I looked up for the phrase "bit of rough" in a dictionary, but still cannot understand the meaning of the sentence. I ...
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What does “9s 3d“ mean in this sentence?

I am reading a British story for ESL learners and I can't understand the abbreviations 9s, 3d in the sentence below. Example: These queues have large cards that say: Queue here for 4s 6d; Queue here ...
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What's “What's the day?”?

When you are asked "What's the day?", what does that mean? I tried but, I couldn't find the usage, anywhere. What day is it today? What's the date? What's the deal?
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What is the difference between to think of/about

I have seen many answers but they are not similar. What is the difference I always think of/about her. I think of/about being asleep at home when I am at school. I am thinking of/about buying a car. ...
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meaning of suffer with

My OB/GYN wanted to put me on artificial hormones and painkillers, which scared me at age twenty-one to twenty-two. I refused and just suffered with it. Source: Your Body in Balance. Neal Barnard, MD ...
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Meaning of “Killing someone dead”

I've heard this sentence recently in season 1 episode 1 of the TV show "13 Reasons Why" at about 18:05: If you don't improve your language, I will kill you dead. What does “Killing someone dead” ...
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What does “economy of discipline” mean? [closed]

What does "economy of discipline" mean in the following context? Michel Foucault has argued that the political power generated by sovereignty is, through the processes of bureaucratization, ...
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What does the word cap mean?

In this article: https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/australians-stuck-abroad-covid/index.html the word CAP is present, what does it mean? Example: Sunday marked two months since Prime Minister ...
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What is the correct preposition to use in/for this sentence?

What is the correct preposition to use in the following sentence? I found some information on the Internet and I used it in/for my project.
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Gryffindors have never gone so long without winning

Gryffindors have never gone so long without winning I don't know the meaning of that sentence. I searched "never do without doing". That means you should do something, but I can't get it.
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What does loosey-goosey mean here?

https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/loosey-goosey?q=+loosey-goosey I wonder if it means easy? It cannot be as loosey-goosey as just wanting to drive loyalty with all ...
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What does them refer to?

Jess Huang: This is a big, trending topic for companies. Predictive analytics can definitely help you refine and fine-tune the design of your loyalty program. It helps you better understand your ...
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“I told you this for you to make sure that I'm one of the good.” or “I told you this to make sure that I'm one of the good”

I'm a beginner learner and don't know which one is right. I mean, whether I should use "for" in the sentence or not. (also, one of myfriends told me that each of the sentences had a different meaning....
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“I wish I went” or “I wish I had gone”

In the following sentences, there is probably an aspectual error. Wouldn't that error rather be in: 'I wish I went to the party, which I had been invited to last week.' than 'I wish I had gone to ...

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