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Those of meaning

What does "those of" mean in this sentence? What is the difference beetwen two sentences? She met those of a large carpetillar She met a large carpetillar. She stretched herself up on ...
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Meaning of the preposition 'in' the sentence: "Her house lies in that direction."

What is the meaning of the preposition 'in' this below sentence? What relationship does it serve to indicate? Her house lies in that direction. Is it idiomatic?
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Meaning of "are they worth it? It was a secret showing of badges, of scars" [closed]

This passage is from The Children's Bach by Helen Garner They sat in the high seats at the back of the bus, and Poppy sank into her book. Up at the front sat a European woman in her forties, dressed ...
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What does "crank it" mean?

In F9: The Fast Saga (2021), Dom and Mia are trying to stop am armored truck using an electromagnet: Dom: Crank it. If we can't break through, we stop it. Then they make surrounding cars attracted ...
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meaning of "greasy": greasy floor

If the floor is greasy, is it necessarily due to grease or oil? Could it be due to detergent or water, for example?
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What is the difference between "He is planning to build a rockery" and "He is planning building a rockery."

-He is planning to build a rockery. -He is planning building a rockery. What's the difference between the two sentences? What do the two sentences mean?
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"How is it what ....?" versus "Is it how what .........?"

I'm confused about the emphasized parts of the following( #1,#2). I wonder if #1 means "If they had really renovated their mills, why are there 103 sick mills now under the Government's control?&...
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What does "yet tacky jacket to the dry cleaner's" mean?

Ramsey and his team are tring to track Jaob using biometrics. Ramsey speaks to Tej, who believes that a good old-fashioned tracking chip would've put them within like six feet of Jakob: Ramsey: Yeah, ...
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What does "15%" refer to?

Dom meets Queenie at jewellery shop: Queenie: You do the driving, I'll cut you in for 15%. Dom: My thieving days are over. Queenie: Mine ain't. What does "15%" refer to?
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What does "in the ground" mean?

In F9 (2021), Buddy says to Dom about Jakob: Buddy: You've got people who love you, count on you, care for you. He ain't got no one. You get in his way, this ain't gonna end until one of you guys are ...
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what's the difference between to and and?

a hidden wall panel moved aside to reveal what could best be described as an ancient alien library a hidden wall panel moved aside and revealed what could best be described as an ancient alien ...
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what you know 'bout rockin' a wolf on your noggin?

I've decided to watch some rap music that I used to listen to back in times when I was teenager, and the last night while listening thrift shop by macklemore, I encountered to this quite bizarre idiom ...
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Meaning of the word "their" in the context

Racists don’t usually take the interests of members of the group they oppress as relevant to their actions. They are typically content to cause suffering to some racial groups because they believe ...
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What does "competition" refer to?

In F9 (2021), caged in a box, Cipher meets Jakob: Cipher: I should've just hired you instead of coercing your brother a couple of years back. Jakob: I don't work for the competition. Cipher: That's ...
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What does "going into turn two" mean?

In F9 (2021), Racer stops in middle of the car racing track: Racer: Tell me what you see, Dom. Dom: Got an oil spill going into turn two. Bell's driving safe. Corbin's got a sponsor in the stands, so ...
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at the lowest possible price?

However, in reality, large-scale farming frequently fails to guarantee animal welfare. In some countries so-called ‘factory farming’ is tolerated, when animals such as pigs, calves, hens, cattle – all ...
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My friends would think that I "am/would be" one of the least cautious people on this issue

I read the news today and found that sometimes in the subordinate clause, am and would are both used. So I came up with two examples. What are the differences? Example 1: My friends would think that ...
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bring the millennium in our lifetime

What does the part "bring the millennium in our lifetime" mean? Our pastor said that we can bring the millennium in our lifetime if we treat each other with a spirit of generosity and ...
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Explain "You People" please

I heard this phrase in Tropic Thunder. This isn't the first time I've seen a character in a movie/TV show use you people and be accused of racism for it. If I remember correctly, this also appears in ...
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Are there compound words whose meanings would be changed once there is a change in stress?

I have one true-or-false question. The different stress used in a compound do not usually affect the meaning of the compound. The example used in my book to illustrate why this statement is false is ...
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What does "get back on my feet" mean?

I'm watching a very short YouTube video. In the 53 second of the video, the man says And if I ever get back on my feet again sir, I'll bring it back. What does "get back on my feet" mean? ...
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The meaning of "E.C. 5837"

SEEING how many unstable ex-soldiers came to the Lodge of Instruction (attached to Faith and Works E.C. 5837) in the years after the war, the wonder is there was not more trouble from Brethren whom ...
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Does 'sit with something' mean 'to accept something' in the context?

I've looked up sit with in the dictionaries, but I couldn't find any definition that fits with the context. Research, published in 2011 by Mike Morrison and Neal J. Roese, yielded similar findings. ...
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Workout meaning in this sentence?

What meaning of workout in this sentence: I wear jeans with commitment and obsession. I really give them a workout.
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Is using this sentence correct? [closed]

As a matter of fact, young people are easily influenced by anything; therefore, they could be influenced by such cigarette adverts, then, they will lead unhealthy lives. Can I say "They will ...
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Meaning of "to do with"

Since ancient times philosophers have asked questions about how human beings differ from other animals. Vegetarianism on moral grounds is not a new phenomenon: some Ancient Greeks refused to eat meat. ...
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Difference between 'have lunch' and 'have a lunch'? [duplicate]

Let's go have a lunch. Let's go have lunch. Is there a difference between these two sentences in terms of what they imply? Can "have lunch" and "have a lunch" be used ...
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What does "capital of Dénué" mean?

Anchor: We're live today in the Democratic Republic of Niberia. As we go on air, we're getting reports that thousands of troops...loyal to General Charles Motomba's Revolutionary Freedom Front... are ...
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What does "got him turned" mean?

In The International (2009), after he interrogates Wexler for working in an illegal company IBBC, interpol detective Salinger meets Eleanor Whitman outside: Whitman: You've already got him turned. ...
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How to say that I need more money?

I want to buy something which costs 10 dollars. I have only 7 dollars. Now my question is, Which are the other ways to say that I need 3$ more? Are the sentences below ok? 3$ needed more 3$ more I ...
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Is the sentence "Indian guy cooks so well that Gordon Ramsay calls his mother to judge the food" ambiguous?

I came across a YouTube video with the title "Indian guy cooks so well that Gordon Ramsay calls his mother to judge the food." I thought Gordon Ramsay called his own mother, not the ...
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What does "thick veil of shells" mean?

In The International (2009), IBBC bank trying to make a deal with Sunay for VOLCON guidance systems for their weapons: Sunay: We would start retrofitting the worms within a day of their arrival. So ...
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Meaning of within 72 hours before

What does this exactly mean: You must fill in this form within 72 hours before you arrive into Germany. Does that mean I have to fill the from 3 day before entrance? Or, I can fill it out any day I ...
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Help me with this sentence from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first of September was crisp and golden as an apple, and as the little family bobbed across the rumbling road toward the great sooty ...
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Meaning of "something fancy and successful about her"

Doctor Fox looked at Elizabeth as he chewed, and nodded and smiled. She must be nearly forty now, like Dex. Thank God they were never foolish enough to marry, though no doubt Dexter had poked her when ...
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What is the meaning of "sleep arousal" and "unchanted" at this comic page?

"Also, you have a level of sleep arousal that, at this point in our relationship, does nothing for me." "You need to be alert. We're entering The Unchanted Forest".
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You got me mad now => what's the role of "now" here?

Just what kind of secret grammar rule does "now" have to make "You got me mad" ungrammatical when "You got me mad now" is grammatical? PS: I saw many other people online ...
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Meaning of "self-conscience"

‘I might go out,’ said Vicki. ‘People’s parents never like me.’ ‘My parents do,’ said Arthur. ‘Older parents, I meant,’ said Vicki. ‘They might wonder exactly what you’re doing here,’ said Arthur. ‘In ...
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What does "get to" in the context mean?

One criticism of emotivism is that if it were true then all moral argument would be impossible. The closest we would be able to get to moral argument would be two people expressing their emotions to ...
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The meaning of "as a gift on which the fingers were, once, expected to close"

I ceased to tap the leather—was, indeed, calculating the cost of the shed—when I felt my relaxed hand taken and turned softly between the soft hands of a child. So at last I had triumphed. In a moment ...
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What is the meaning of the expression " pull it yourself"? [closed]

I have come across this sentence in a book, but I didn't and don’t quite understand its meaning. I have two suggestions. In the first case, it literally means dragging, and in the other, dealing with ...
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To what degree do you think we will be providing a better service?

To what degree do you think we will be providing a better service? https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/degree Does “to what degree” modify “better”?
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Have something ready VS. Prepare somthing

What's the difference? Have your vaccination card ready. Prepare your vaccination card.
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Does "by construction" mean "from the ground up"?

I'm reading a book about Rust programming and below is an excerpt from it. The immiscibility of shared and mutable references really demonstrates its value when writing concurrent code. A data race ...
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What is the difference between "for some way" and "in some way"?

What is meant by "for some way" in this sentence? Could it be a mistake? Should it be "in some way"? But when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and ...
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What type of earth material is the author talking about?

"He (the giant king) would have liked to tame the very fire at the heart of the earth if he could in order to make the pillars for his throne room." And what does "tame...the heart of ...
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What does this sentence below mean? 2

I have another question. "Poor Clara, who appeared to Higgins and his mother as a disagreeable and ridiculous person, and to her own mother as in some inexplicable way a social failure, had never ...
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Two different ways to interpret "The problem is not that you have an ugly face."

A: Nobody wants to date me. It is all because I have an ugly face. B: The problem is not that you have an ugly face. The problem is that you are too straightforward. To me, there are two different ...
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Meaning of "He was in its moral universe"

He sat at the ravaged table and watched the girl dry herself with efficient strokes, sawing between her toes and twisting her shoulders to reach the backs of her thighs. This was modern life, then, ...
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The technical name of the opening theme that played at the start of a film

What is the technical term of the opening theme that played before the part in a film in which the name of actors and actresses are displaying?