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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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Difference: Will vs Would?

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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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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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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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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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 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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Is the sentence “I didn't even get done with the assignment” correct? [closed]

Could someone sort it out for me, whether it's grammatical correct or not, thank you.
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What does “look for an angle” mean? [closed]

I've come across it in the 12th episode of the 5th season of the Walking Dead. Here is the context: Rick: You shoul keep your gates close. Woman: Why? Rick: Because it's all about survival now. At ...
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What does the slang “cool shit brewing” mean? [closed]

I can't wait to hear their new album. I heard they got some cool shit brewing.
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What does the phrase “run roughshod over gems” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "run roughshod over gems" in the following sentence from the description of the game Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells: Bathroom trolls ...
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Only means. Why is “means” plural?

Isn't "only" supposed to be in front of a singular noun? I think means in this sentence means the way of doing something. Wouldn't putting only in front of it make the sentence into ...
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Meaning of the sentence we tend to approach problems at the product level rather than the thought that conceived it [closed]

Would someone please explain the meaning of the sentence "we tend to approach problems at the product level rather than the thought that conceived it"
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Meaning of “the progression imbalance takes in our lives” [closed]

Would someone please tell the sentence "you need to consider the progression imbalance takes in our lives" is closer in meaning to "you need to consider the progression of imbalance in ...
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What does “circle right back around to” mean?

Can you please help me with the meaning of the bolded sentence in this text: One of them was how every book seemed to talk about the woman in the story. It was weird, if you thought about it: they ...
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Grammar: as vs like

I'm an English learer. I have a little question. Is it correct to say that sometimes the words "as" and "like" have the same meaning in the colloquial English? Instead of saying &...
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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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What does it mean to “release sth into sth”?

I read this sentence "release your desired outcome to the wisdom of Reiki" in a presentation about Reiki energy. I would appreciate it if you tell me what the meaning of "release" ...
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What does scrap mean here?

https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/scrap_2 Carriers face the potential of taking drastic action — including permanent cuts in capacity and increased scrapping — if there is ...
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What does it mean to make note on sth? [closed]

What does it mean to make note on sth? For example "to make note on my feelings" Doese it mean to notice it or to make note of it? I read this sentence in a presentation about Reiki Energy. ...
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What does “score points” mean here?

It was roast beef for supper that evening and de Riviere had said, "A glass of red wine wouldn't go amiss," and scored some points for the laughter that followed." I searched online ...
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Which word would you use for something 'internal' or 'in-house'?

There is a word 'kitchen' in my language, like: It is their internal kitchen - in this case, 'kitchen' means something we don't care or we should not be aware of, since it is their business and we ...
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What does “get by someone” mean?

I've come across it in the first episode of the fifth season of the Walking Dead. The cotext is Rick and his friends try to get to his other friends locked in a car train in place overrun by zombies. ...
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What does “go red ring” mean?

I've come across it in the first episode of the fifth season of the Walking Dead. Here is the context: Scientist: Even if I told you all, even if I provided step-by-step instructions complete with ...
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What does move forward with frameworks mean here?

https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/framework?q=framework “To enable further digitalization, establishing single standards is a prerequisite, so this is a good initiative,” ...
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What does “frame up something” mean?

It's from this video. It's at 8 minutes and 40 seconds. Here it is: So I turned on the camera and framed up the shot with a nice big smile.
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What's the meaning of this long TOEFL sentence?

There's a text from one of the TOEFL exams: Wildman and Niles observed that systematic reflection on teaching required a sound ability to understand classroom events in an objective manner. They ...
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Meaning of “Teach her to screw with me” (from Modern Family)

This line is from a tv show Modern Family, and the context is that the girl in the picture above(Alex) is the daughter of the woman in the car(Claire). Alex in this episode hurts her mom's feeling by ...
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Meaning of a phrase in the text

THE PLAINS OF south-west Kansas are so flat that, looking towards the horizon, it sometimes seems possible to detect the curvature of the Earth. This is a place of mile-long freight trains, cathedral-...
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Difference between “the meeting is planned…” and “the meeting has planned..”

Are these sentences correct? The meeting is planned to be held in the coming days. The meeting has planned to be held in the coming days. What are the differences between them?

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