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What “both ways” is Narrator referring to?

In Fight Club (1999), Narrator looks down the barrel of a gun that's been stuck in his mouth. The gun is held by a man named Tyler: Narrator: For a second, I forget about Tyler's controlled ...
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meaning of “Opening Day slate”

From a post There are 14 games on Friday's Opening Day slate I know what Opening Day is and understand the items of "slate" on American Heritage Dictionary A fine-grained metamorphic rock ...
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what does “allow something to be explored” mean?

I am leaning this post The factors which consistently affect accuracy are those which directly or indirectly (as in the handling of continuous attributes) allow a greater number and variety of ...
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What is an entry in a dictionary?

I see the marketing on selling dictionaries "350,000 entries and meanings", I searched in the dictionary and I get An entry is: The description is too general, what is an item in a ...
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“A silver dollar, find a handkerchief marked … ” - what is the “find a”?

I am readíing some tales from C.A. Smith, and found the following sentence: A silver dollar, find a handkerchief marked with Buckingham's initials, were also round not far from the note-book. I do ...
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What does “it lucky” mean?

Walking into his office with my news was not exactly easy, but I thought it lucky to be delivering it to him. I search the meaning of lucky but I still don't understand the meaning of the sentence. ...
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What does “screw things up for you” mean?

In The Kissing Booth 2 (2020), Elle is not impressed with her dance partner, Marco: Elle: Oh, my God! The big deal is that the competition is literally in four weeks -and the routine is a complete ...
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what is the meaning of “to perfect infinitive(to have extricated)” in this text?

Yet candor requires us to acknowledge that of all the men collected in the Roman camp he was the fittest to have extricated the army from its embarrassments, and have conducted it, without serious ...
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What does “sign on” here mean?

What does "sign on" here mean? Americans were quick to sign on, registering more than seven million phone numbers on the first day.
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What's the joke in Lee's words?

In The Kissing Booth 2 (2020), Elle and Lee asks Marco to be kisser at the kissing booth: Elle: It's the most popular booth! And it's for charity. Don't you believe in charity? Marco: I'm standing ...
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What's the meaning of independent “as if”?

In The Kissing Booth 2 (2020), Rachel ready to go to school with Elle: Elle: What's up, foxy lady? Rachel: Yeah, right. As if. What's the meaning of independent "as if"? My question is ...
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What are the speaker trying to say in this part of the speech? [closed]

Recently I watched a Youtube article, but I didn't figure out what the speaker said, especially the following part. Here is a rough transcript. ~ so the intersectionality theorist came along to plug ...
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Shall you vs Will you

I learned "will you~?" but I have never heard about "shall you~?" I thought that "shall" has similar meanings as "will". Is it unnatural to use "shall you~?" instead of "will you~?"
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What is the meaning of “complacent acceptance”?

From what I understand by "complacent acceptance", is that, someone accepts something without a doubt or without any cross questioning. Is my understanding correct or is there more to it?
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have the natural colours typical of Cham Pa culture or have the typical natural colours of Cham Pa culture? [closed]

have the natural colours typical of Cham Pa culture or have the typical natural colours of Cham Pa culture ??
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Interpretation of “company's turnover”

Consider the expression: a company's turnover Would you say that it can be interpreted in 2 ways: 1) the value of the goods and services that a company sells and 2) the rate at which people leave a ...
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have just as a right

When, in ordinary life, we speak of the colour of the table, we only mean the sort of colour which it will seem to have to a normal spectator from an ordinary point of view under usual conditions ...
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What does “hit a natural” mean?

In Schindler's List (1993), with Goeth, Oskar Schindler gambles with a deck of cards in a game of Twenty-One for his maid - he proposes to put Helen's name in the last line left on the final page: ...
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Whats the meaning of “”to combat labor exploitation"?

In the following sentence, I'm curious whether "to combat labor exploitation" only relates to "require documentation" as single or "limit hours, impose age limitations, or ...
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What does “Well, the staff, please” mean? [closed]

In Schindler's List (1993), in front of Nazi officials, a Jewess approaches and haltingly wishes Oskar, bringing along an even younger girl carrying a homemade cake: Jewess: On behalf of the workers, ...
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What does “that in ”that goes by" refer to?

In Schindler's List (1993), Oskar confronts Goeth, who is killing his factory workers: Oskar: I go to work the other day. Nobody's there. Nobody tells me about this. I have to find out. I have to go ...
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What does “It's got nothing to do with reality” mean?

In Schindler's List (1993), Czurda ordered Oskar's workers to shovel snow: CZURDA: You shouldn't think of them as yours, Oskar. You need to understand that some of the officers here don't give a damn ...
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Are these sentences same in meaning?

1. Don't do it until instructed by me. 2. Don't do it until you are instructed by me. 3. Don't do it until being instructed by me. Are the above sentences same in meaning? I think 1. is the shortened ...
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Is there any joke exist in Man's words?

Oskar: Trade goods, that's the only currency that'll be worth anything in the ghetto. Things have changed, my friend. Did I call this meeting? You told Mr. Stern you wanted to speak to me. I'm here. I'...
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Who is good at both Calculus and English? Limit Inferior of x vs. Pareto-inferior to x

I want to translate one chapter of a book from English. Who can explain to me what is "Pareto-inferior to x" at the end of third page? I think it is a mathematical term. I got some ideas about what it ...
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Meaning of “scale”

I read the sentence: "to globalize we need to scale our leadership" during a presentation of a big company. Then they talked about how leaders have to be accountable and deliver on their commitments. ...
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What does “upstanding field” mean?

It's from the 4th episode of the 3rd season of Breaking Bad. The context is that Walt's house was bugged unbeknownst to him and he is mad about it. So he is having the guy take it out. Walt: Just ...
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What does “call into work” mean?

Could tell me what call into work mean? For example: First things first, I have to call into work. Does it mean briefly visit one's place of work?
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What is meant by “as between”?

This is a quote from Bertrand Russell: It is not only colours and sounds and so on that are absent from the scientific world of matter, but also space as we get it through sight or touch. It is ...
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Connotation meant by “B of A” and “A's B”. What would be the differences?

Do you agree with the interpretation of the following three example sentences? I don't want to be involved in the problems of my boss.The boss probably deals with some problems. e.g. slow sales, ...
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Would usage in this particular sentence

Learning an instrument is not as easy as one would wish. What is the use of "would" here and what is the meaning of these sentence?
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The position of the adverb “shockingly” changes the meaning

a. He shockingly used brilliant colors in these paintings. b. He used brilliant colors in these paintings shockingly. c. Brilliant colors were shockingly used. d. Brilliant colors were used shockingly....
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What is the opposite to laudatory when describing an adjective?

For instance, when I say that the word "great" is a laudatory adjective. What would the opposite to that be in the case of a word such as "evil"? Thank you.
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Sand caked in his eyes

I can't understand this sentence "My pet had some sand caked in his eyes." I know this is a bad situation in his eyes, but not exactly understood. Could you tell me what the "sand caked" is? It it ...
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Meaning of “literal” in the sentence

In the following sentence: Johnson never scrupled to ignore the standards of decent conduct mandated by company policy if literal compliance with instructions from his superiors enabled him to do so, ...
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is “to relegate” generally construed as a “neutral” or a “condescending” verb for the meaning of “to assign”

Merriam-Webster provides the following definitions for the verb "relegate" 2 : ASSIGN: a : to assign to a place of insignificance or of oblivion : b : to assign to an appropriate place ...
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What does this sentence mean: “We've gotten too good at pushing our own buttons.”

A neuroscientist who specializes in eating behavior and obesity say: "We've gotten too good at pushing our own buttons". This structure is very strange to me: have gotten + adjective + at + gerund ...
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What does “everything is going through me like crap through a tinhorn” mean?

It's from the 8th episode of the 2nd season of Breaking Bad. Here is the context: Walt: So, how are you doing? Hank: You know, lousy. Montezuma's revenge big time. Everything is going through me like ...
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How much possibility does 'may' mean?

'Young patients may learn which diseases they could get when they are older.' In the above sentence, How much possibility does 'may' mean?
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What does “make spoons” mean?

In Pulp Fiction (1994), Butch just reached home after boxing match: Fabienne: Can you make spoons? Butch: You know what? I was thinkin' about takin' a shower. I'm stinkin' like a dog over here. ...
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Use of more and as many as in diffrent place

I wrote four sentence with “more” and “as much as” used in diffrent places in sentences. Is there a diffrence among sentences in meaning ? It realy confuse me 1) There are ten times more bacterial ...
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“in order to **better** solve a problem” sounds uncommon, is something wrong?

This video (https://youtu.be/9B2NFe3g6N4?list=PLuyk1nLMhRm5aDbWooRndCrV5BMK6woxe&t=33) is saying in order to better visualize the cost function J, I'm going to ... with the same structure, ...
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What does “of the other” mean?

In Pulp Fiction (1994), Captain Koons says to Kid: Captain Koons: See, I was a good friend of your dad's. We were in that Hanoi pit of hell together...over five years. Hopefully...you'll never have ...
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What does “us or them” mean?

In Pulp Fiction (1994), Pumpkin says to Honey Bunny about difficulties in robbing liquor stores which owned by foreigners: Pumpkin: We keep on, one of these g**k fuckers gonna make us kill him. Honey ...
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What does “could be to get offended” mean?

Mia: This sounds like you actually have somethin' to say. Vincent: Well, well, I do. I do. But you have to promise not to be offended. Mia: No, no. You can't promise somethin' like that. I have no ...
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What does "an old-timers' day mean?

In Pulp Fiction (1994), Wallace says to Butch: Wallace: How many fights you think you got in you anyway? Two? Boxers don't have an old-timers' day. You came close, but you never made it. And if you ...
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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 does “breaks down” mean? [closed]

Vincent: You just can't walk into a restaurant, roll a joint and start puffin' away. I mean, they want you to smoke in your home or certain designated places. Jules: Those are hash bars? Vincent: ...
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What does “Cleans the place out” in bank robbery context?

In Pulp Fiction (1994), Pumpkin says to Honey Bunny: Pumpkin: Heard about this one bloke, he walks into a bank with a portable phone. He gives the phone to a teller. The bloke on the other end says, &...
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I can't understand the meaning of the phrase in a book

So I am very interested what this means: "Resin streaks outline his light switch, and...", because to me it really seems like a bunch of random words. As I don't understand this piece, I can'...