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What's the meaning of 'For justice speaks thus to me'?

This excerpt is from Nietzsche's book, 'Thus Spoke Zrathustra': I do not want to be confused with these preachers of equality, nor taken for one of them. For justice speaks thus to me: 'Men are not ...
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What is the meaning of “floating through”?

I couldn't understand what is the meaning of floating through in this sentence. Please someone explain to me the meaning. Before it was the self-proclaimed largest bookstore on Earth or the Web’s ...
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Use of negative to emphasize rhetorical question

How many of you despised him unfairly? / How many of you didn’t despise him unfairly? How much money did you throw away last month? / How much money didn’t you throw away last month? Once all ...
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How do I understand (In Which) in the beginning of sentences?

In which it is proved that, notwithstanding their names’ ending in OS and IS, the heroes of the story which we are about to have the honor to relate to our readers have nothing mythological about them....
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What does 'the essential straight man for the Socratic sage' mean?

Well, the Socratic sage refers to Holmes while the essential straight man to inspector Gregory. But what does essential straight mean? And what about Socratic? Thanks in advance. The metaphor of ...
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Can someone explain this structure: no more … than? What does it mean here?

In the second place, if interpersonal relations, the life of the married couple and the family, love and friendship, may be thought of as belonging to the base of the personality, it must not be ...
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What's meant here by “feel it … to”?

In "The Quick One" by G. K. Chesterton, the author was describing a situation in which, Mr. Jukes, a magnificent big, beaming man, with an equally big and beaming tie-pin, make a funny of ...
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Hesitate to do hesitate about doing

Is there any difference in meaning between these two sentences? She hesitated to accept the job Or She hesitated about accepting the job. In Merriam Webster's Dictionary the word hesitate has two ...
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“house owner” vs. “householder”

From the Cambridge Dictionary householder: the person who owns or is in charge of a house Suppose Anthony just bought a house, I guess he is always the owner of the house in the following contexts. ...
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Difference between delighted with, about and at

This has been tricky for me to understand the difference in meaning between them, so which one is wrong or doesn't sound appropriate?
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Does having a temper make you angry or calm?

Are we using the word "temper" correctly? Usually when someone is said to "have a temper", we interpret that to mean they are quick to anger or are prone to outbursts of anger. However I'm wondering ...
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Could “fortunes” mean “population” for some situations?

From a tutorial Use this template to visualize the changing fortunes of people or groups in competition with each other, like political candidates, countries' populations or football teams. The ...
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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 “structured investment”?

Does it mean "arranged investment"? Another senior SoftBank executive told the FT that the deal was inspired by Warren Buffett, the so-called Oracle of Omaha. Buffett has a history of using ...
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meaning of “more of an equal”

She wanted proof in writing that when it came to financial opportunities and inheritance, Barron would be treated as more of an equal to Trump’s oldest [four] children. I understand the meaning of '...
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These two sentences have same meaning?

I wonder if 'to be' - to infinitive and 'being' are interchangeable in these sentences below. To be an engineer looked good. Being an engineer looked good. Do these sentences have the same meaning ...
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“off from work” vs. “off work”

From the Cambridge Dictionary day off: a day when you do not work I understand the meaning of it. This post is focused on the opposite of it. Consider the following conversation. Anthony: "...
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What does “take call for someone” mean?

It's from a Tweet: One person named Eugene Gu said: I'm an Asian-American doctor and today I #TakeTheKnee to fight white supremacy. And a man named Thomas Stratton replied: Dr. Gu, I'll ...
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What does “call turning into one's mother work” mean?

I have come across in the 11th episode of the 8th season of Friends. Here is the context: Doug: Bing! We’re all set for tonight, 8 o’clock. Chandler: Oh uh, as it turns out, we can’t do it. Monica ...
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Future perfect with 'for'

To talk about an action that is still ongoing at a point in the future, we use the future perfect progressive with 'for' to emphasize the duration of the action: By the end of September, I will have ...
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What does “save by unhappy chance” mean?

I have stumbled on this quote in Lord of the Rings, the Fellowship of the Ring. Here is the scene. It's around 1 minute and 44 seconds. Boromir: What chance do you think you have? They will find you. ...
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Is “in her pride she sat” grammatical and idiomatic?

Is "in her pride she sat" grammatical and idiomatic? In her pride, she sat quietly and observed the loudmouths around her. She stood there quietly in her pride. She isolated herself from ...
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Does “it argues ill” mean the same as “augurs ill”?

Does "commend" mean "praise"? Does "it argues ill" mean the same as "augurs ill" or not? Dr. (afterwards Professor) Balfour Stewart, in a communication to ...
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meaning of “Well I think in many cases less is more”

From the Oxford dictionary Well I think in many cases less is more. Is "well" here just a filler or part of a phrase? If latter, what does that mean? If "well" here is just a ...
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meaning of “exercise care”

From a tutorial “below” and “beneath” can refer to people or things that are unworthy in some way or of a lower social ranking. ... Some people think she married below her family. This meaning is ...
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What is the meaning of “sure if”?

I couldn't find the definition of "sure if" in any dictionary. What is the meaning of "sure if" in this sentence? "Genuinely modest, but always sure if his ambitions and ...
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What is the meaning of “occupied a sort of island” in this text? [closed]

Perisapor (an ancient city) occupied a sort of island, while at the same time it was completely surrounded with a double wall.”
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“It would feel, or taste, a certain way to you to have that process going on in your brain”

The view that the brain is the seat of consciousness, but that its conscious states are not just physical states, is called dual aspect theory. It is called that because it means that when you bite ...
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Is “glass harmonicon” the same instrument as devised by Benjamin Franklin? [closed]

Is "glass harmonicon" the same instrument as devised by Benjamin Franklin? Moreover, actual contact is not always necessary. I have had these sounds proceeding from the floor, walls, etc., ...
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Are “stern” and “just” adjectives for “spirit”? Does “spirit” refer to a supernatural being?

Are "stern" and "just" adjectives for "spirit"? Does "spirit" refer to a supernatural being? The research into the phenomena of Spiritualism by Sir William ...
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What does “public acceptance” here mean?

What does "public acceptance" here mean? Does it allude to their confession to spiritual interpretation before the public? “We have had experience in these latter days of mediums giving ...
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“North-country” refers to where? [closed]

"North-country" refers to where? The author has come to the conclusion, as already stated, that up to a point they are under the control of the medium, and that beyond that point they are ...
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Does “law” here refer to a scientific law?

Does "law" here refer to a scientific law? The first outstanding incident was the mediumship of the Eddy brothers, which has probably never been excelled in the matter of materialization, ...
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What does “libel act” mean?

What does "LIBEL ACT" mean? Does "the state of things was even more in evidence means that the situation was worse than England or not? Even at the present day the air is charged with ...
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Does “ark of God” mean “Ark of the Covenant”? Does “I die with the Lord” mean “ I die for the Lord”?

Does the "ark of God" mean the "Ark of the Covenant"? Does "I die with the Lord" mean " I die for the Lord"? To the unfettered mind this sect or that seems a ...
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What does “The scale is always heavily weighted” mean?

What does "The scale is always heavily weighted" mean? Even at the present day the air is charged with prejudice. If any man of standing at the present instant were to enter a London ...
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you SHOULD stop vs HAVE TO stop

I've been learning grammar for quite a while now, but I still come across some "grey areas" where I don't quite get the difference in meaning. Let's say my friend wants to lose some weight I ...
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What does it mean by this sentence: He is confronted in his subzero lab by…?

Source He is confronted in his subzero lab by Roy and Leon, the latter of whom rips open Chew's thermal coat to make it easier for Roy to interrogate him. What does it mean by this highlighted ...
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What does the phrase “pull down on” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a task management app: The app allows you to add tasks in several ways and in one of them you can pull down on a list to put a task to the top. I am not sure about the ...
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Meaning of the following sentence…To the extent that it foresaw the effect

To the extent that it foresaw the effect the Internet would have on society, what makes the Frankfurt School--an early 20th century school of thought concerned with how rampant consumerism harms the ...
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What does “financial leases and receivables are deteriorating” mean in this context?

I am reading this article: https://seekingalpha.com/article/4355058-ibm-underwhelming-turnaround-persists-and-gets-worse I am reading the first points and when I get to "financial leases and ...
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What does “making those loans” mean?

Does the sentence in bold mean "The banks used the money deposited by American people to lend corporations including Boeing and Ford"? There are several reasons why the American megabanks — ...
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What does “facilitated the loans” mean here?

Can anybody paraphrase the sentence in bold for me, please? I feel confused. Thanks. Big banks also serviced a large chunk of customers in the Paycheck Protection Program, the government’s $660 ...
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“main” vs. “major”

From the Cambridge Dictionary main: larger, more important, or having more influence than others of the same type src major: more important, bigger, or more serious than others of the same type src ...
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faking my way through

Please explain to me the meaning of this sentence: I've been kind of faking my way through since childhood. I don't understand the meaning of "faking my way through".
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meaning of the word “have” in it is past form in context

It is from Crash Course US history. It is at 8 minute and 10 second. Here is the contex: Taney ruled that black people "had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior ...
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Does ''Blurt out'' mean to say something unintentional?

Like to say something bad,offensive,embarrassing,etc to somebody you didn't you mean to say
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What is the meaning of “include but not limited to”?

I have been following this trend for a while now , it seems to me it s very helpful to English learners like me . So far, I appreciate your contributions to questions. Below is my question for today: ...
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What is the meaning of highlighted part in the paragraph given down below?

“But there is another group of observable phenomena, more subtle, that you can't study in fact, you can't even tell they're there at all unless you suspend or bracket your skepticism and try every way ...
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Is “come off the programme” (meaning was removed from the programme) idiomatic English?

I am a health care staff and on our unit everything is computerised. So when doctors prescribe it goes up on the program. However, there was this prescription that suddenly stopped on the program. So ...