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What is the difference between “swept away by”, “swept up by/in” and “swept over”?

Is there any difference between "swept away by" vs "swept up by/in" vs "swept over"? For example, what is the best fit in the following sentences? Is there any difference if I were to replace one ...
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“It has been on the news” vs. “it was on the news”

I'm trying to gain the full understanding of perfect tenses. Are my explanations about the sentence and the difference between using the Present Perfect instead of the Simple Past correct? It has ...
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Different syntax, different meaning: “application field” & “field application”?

I was wondering about the difference between these two expressions is. application field (generic) field application (I think this is specialist jargon in engineering). Apparently they indicate the ...
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What does this 'for' mean?

Ducking under Peeves, they ran for their lives, right to the end of the corridor where they slammed into a door - and it was locked. "This is it!" Ron moaned, as they pushed helplessly at the door,...
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What is exactly the difference between “gaze” and “stare”?

According to dictionaries, they both mean "to look steadily at somebody / something".
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What do “tabs” look like?

This is the definition of flag on Dictionary.com: Flag n. 5.to mark (a page in a book, file card, etc.) for attention, as by attaching protruding tabs. I have an idea of what a tab is, but ...
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What does *bend the rule* mean?

Malfoy certainly did talk about flying a lot. He complained loudly about first years never getting on the house Quidditch teams . . . "He's just the build for a Seeker, too," said Wood, now ...
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Does exasperate mean “anger” or “irritate”?

exasperate - Irritate intensely; infuriate. I've seen many entries in dictionaries that have two set of definition like the above "irritate intensely" and "infuriate". What does this mean? If I use ...
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“As it could have been” versus “as it could be”

What is the difference in meaning between these two phrases? not as effective as it could have been not as effective as it could be
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Translation for “calificador” (from Spanish to English)

In Spanish, calificador means someone (or something) that examines some score or performance and gives you a grade or a score. Wich is the best and commonly used term? I've found this one: grader: a ...
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What's the difference between “dressing” and “seasoning” when it comes to the ingredients of cooking?

I'm often confused with the two words when expressing the ingredients that adjust flavor of dishes, such as garlic, vinegar, basil, curry... Which are dressings and which are seasonings? And how to ...
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For ever and forever

What is the difference between the meaning and usage of for ever and forever in British English? From what I could gather from my online research, forever means : (also for ever) for all ...
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You're the light in my “deepest” hour

This is one of the verses in the song How deep is your love by Bee Gees. I believe in you You know the door to my very soul You're the light in my deepest, darkest hour You're my savior when ...
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Is there an omitted relativizer?

From her [Joad’s mother] position as healer, her hands had grown sure and cool and quiet; from her position as arbiter she had become as remote and faultless in judgment as a goddess. She seemed to ...
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“corner caught against the coffee table”

This is a comment someone made about their dog during a discussion on dog tricks, Mines a lost cause, he had a cone on the other day because he was scratching his ear, and he tried walking over to ...
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What's the meaning of “as nature intended”?

In a discussion, a funny dog video was posted. In response to the video, person A said, non crated dogs ftl. Person B disagrees and said what Person C replies Person B, It's what non-dog ...
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“Misuse” vs. “Abuse”

What are the differences between misuse and abuse? This is what is listed for misuse in the dictionary: Verb: Use (something) in the wrong way or for the wrong purpose. Noun: The wrong or ...
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“Small change” vs “Loose change”

When we are talking about money, is there any difference between "small change" and "loose change"? It seems that both mean "coins of little value." These are examples from Oxford Dictionaries: I ...
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Could there be any difference between using “over” and “to” in the idiom “to cast one's mind back”?

Examples from Longman: 1 - Cast your mind back to your first day at school. 2 - He frowned, casting his mind back over the conversation.
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What do they want to know, when they ask 'what's she like'?

What’s she like? She’s shy, but she’s very kind. (From a Korean middle school English textbook.) ‘What is used to ask for particular information about somebody/something’ says Oxford. When they ask ...
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What's the meaning of “deep” here?

This is a passage from the song Hero by Enrique Iglesias: Would you swear, that you'll always be mine? Or would you lie? Would you run and hide? Am I in too deep? Have I lost my mind? ...
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Is there a standard dictionary to use for vocabulary?

I have come across many kinds of English dictionaries like Oxford, Cambridge, Collins and other similar ones which are commonly used. Suppose I wanted to look for a word, apparently each of them gives ...
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Is there any difference between “twice, three times, etc.” vs “twice over, three times over, etc.”?

Accordng to the dictionary, the expression with "over" can be used to "say how many times the same thing happens" or "say by how much an amount is multiplied". These are the given examples: 1 - ...
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What does 'thick trees' mean?

"C'mon, follow me -- any more firs' years? Mind yer step, now! Firs' years follow me!" Slipping and stumbling, they followed Hagrid down what seemed to be a steep, narrow path. It was so dark ...
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What does this mean: 'puts up a poster touting for relief milking work'?

Pip chats to Lilian at The Bull. Pip puts up a poster touting for relief milking work, but manages not to let slip about Bridge Farm. When Spencer rings Pip whilst she’s there, Pip tells him all ...
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Could there be any difference between “all in one” and “in one”?

I found these two expressions here Oxford Dictionary and I don't know why one is used and not the other one. 1 - She's a mother and company director in one. 2 - It's a public relations office,...
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Meaning of “boilerplate”

I came across the term boilerplate somewhere in a documentation (can't find the link/page right now). On coming back to my room and opening up my dictionary, I saw the following definitions: Noun: ...
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What does a “carton” here looks like?

I was looking for the definition of a six-pack and Google definition states it is: a carton containing six bottles or cans. From OALD, I noticed that a carton can have several kinds: a light ...
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Isn't this contradictory?

Mr. Gilmer asked him one more question. “About you writing with you left hand, are you ambidextrous, Mr. Ewell?” “I most positively am not, I can use one hand good as the other. One hand good as ...
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What does 'fit everything around someone' mean?

Paul wonders aloud why they must always fit everything around Matt. (thearchers.co.uk) What does the highlighted part mean?
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Word meaning: “arguably”

I am wondering about the meaning of word "arguably". I have of course read its definitions in dictionaries but they seem to differ. As I am from Poland, I checked English->Polish dictionaries in the ...
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What’s the meaning of ‘ever’ accompanying with perfect tense?

We move our chairs forward. This was the nearest I had ever been to her, and the thing I wanted most to do was move my chairs back again. (Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird) What’s the meaning of ‘...
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Why is “robes” used in this sentence?

The oldest boy came striding into sight. He had already changed into his billowing black Hogwarts robes, and Harry noticed a shiny silver badge on his chest with the letter P on it. (Harry Potter ...
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what is the difference between kind, type and sort

I see these sentences: Newton invented a new type of microscope. Newton invented a new kind of mathematics. Apple invented a new sort of cameras. What is the difference between kind, sort, and ...
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Is the sentence “I am already working on this project and it is almost code complete.” grammatically correct?

I am already working on this project and it is almost code complete. Is this a correct use of "code complete"? I know that it is a book but I am not sure if this is the right way to say it as a non-...
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“Dead and gone” vs “Dead and buried”

Is there any difference between these two expressions when we are talking about a person? It seems that they have the same meaning. According to The Free Dictionary "dead and gone" means "long dead" ...
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Does “ to put something in mothballs” mean the same as “to mothball something”?

If we take a look at the idiom "in mothballs" the meaning is "stored and not in use, often for a long time" and the meaning of "to mothball" is "to decide not to use or develop something, for a period ...
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express delivery service (overnight)

$18 for Express Delivery Service(overnight) Does the overnight here mean they will delivery the package on next business day? or It means the package will be delivered at night?
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What does “eventually” mean in this sentence?

Looking at a Wikipedia article describing a telefilm, I noted the following sentence that describes an event happened in Season 1: They eventually find and reunite with their father, who reveals ...
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“Wear mourning” vs “Go into mourning”

Are these expressions the same? As far as I can understand some texts I've been reading with these expressions, it seems that they have the same meaning.
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What does “between drink and dignity” mean?

I'm reading one book now (Black Arrow, by Robert Louis Stevenson), and I found one sentence (or, rather, part of a sentence) I can't understand. “What!” bawled one of the grumblers, “he carrieth ...
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Does the noun “stable” have meanings other than “place for animals”?

I came across a Japanese person noting that an English term for the Japanese word "heya" (部屋), the training area of Sumo wrestlers, is "sumo stable", and that "stable" is usually a word used for ...
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“evaluator” vs “valuator” vs “rater”

I'm looking for an English verb that describes an entity which gives a score/rating to something (a quality measure, for example). Would that be "evaluator", "valuator", "rater", or even something ...
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Differences between 'till now', 'as of now','yet', 'up till now'

I have seen phrases like the following: Till now Yet Up till now As of now Is there any difference between their usage and meaning, or do they have the same meaning?
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What is the difference between “quote” and “estimate”?

What is the difference betwen the words quote and estimate? Is the difference the same in British English and American English?
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Does “made his point to” in this sentence mean “made his way to”?

Example: Our fox made his point to Moorhill.
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Why is this sentence using “cognizance” instead of “awareness”?

I understand the meaning of cognizance is "knowledge, awareness or notice." However, for a given situation why should I use cognizance instead of knowledge or awareness or notice? Take the below ...
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“Make a point to” or “make a point of”?

Is there any difference between using these expressions? She made a point of taking a vacation in Italy. She made a point to take a vacation in Italy.
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What does “never mind” really mean?

What does "never mind" really mean? I am trying to find out the answer for it. I have been hearing that for years, but I don't use it myself because I do NOT know the true meaning.
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“It is with extremely mixed emotions..”

Whenever somebody resigns, or does something out of the ordinary, the president at our institution always sends out an email that begins It is with extremely mixed emotions that I announce the ...