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What's the meaning of “appeal to” in this context?

Accountants may be the butt of popular jokes, but they are paid well and the work appeals to certain neat, analytical minds. how to understand the phrase "appeal to" in the sentence?
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What is the meaning and origin of the phrase “Steal your eyes”?

I've come across this phrase only in song lyrics: Just then, somebody stole my eyes again (2017) The loneliness of loving someone can steal your eyes (2015) You stole my eyes, so you I will take (2015)...
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“go on holiday” and “take (a) holiday” in British English

What's the difference between "go on holiday," "take a holiday," and "take a holiday" in British English?
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What does “mirror in my bathroom” mean?

What does "mirror in my bathroom" mean? A: ‘’Are you quieter and lonelier than me, Rachel?’’ B: ‘’Perhaps, Martin. Perhaps. I want to be good to myself. I have a mirror in my bathroom.’’ A: ...
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The Meaning of “call for sb to do sth”

I ran into an unfamiliar phrase in a news article They have also faced increased scrutiny over their power, including "calls for them to do" more to combat misinformation and abuse. I know ...
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featuring the Smith Brothers of cough drop fame

Does "cough drop fame" mean "fame that has the power of medicine that can stop your cough"? Steven Pinker tweeted: New Psych Science Lecture - Concepts and Reasoning, featuring ...
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Now, whether we were shown everything? You can never know

I don't understand the phrase "Now, whether we were shown everything? You can never know." Perhaps I've misunderstood the grammar, the logic of it seems to be inconsistent: Of course the ...
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What is the meaning of 'ornate court poetry' in following sentence?

The Gupta period is remarkable for the production of secular literature, which consisted of a fair degree of ornate court poetry.Bhasa was an important poet in the early phase of the Gupta period and ...
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What does it mean “the purpose being to”?

Hello distinguished friends, I've come across a word with which I am unfamiliar. Without further ado, I am putting the text: It is perhaps risky to begin a paper by suggesting a possible change of ...
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What does the phrase “hop across an icy chasm” mean here?

I came across the phrase "hop across an icy chasm" in the following sentence from the description (not available online) of an app: All you need to do is to tap to hop across an icy chasm. ...
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This might be the most un-self aware book cover of all time

Does "un-self" mean "objective/realistic"? Is the phrase "This might be the most un-self aware book cover of all time" a bit sarcastic? Sam Harris liked Shadi Hamid ...
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What does “Fatigue train” mean?

I got hit by the "Fatigue train" and was feeling tired
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“leave others with dying geese” meaning in the context

When people fail to respect the P/PC Balance in their use of physical assets in organizations, they decrease organizational effectiveness and often leave others with dying geese. This is from the ...
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What do romantic ascents mean?

My friend was talking to someone and giving compliments to her appearance. Then she laughed and said "Where did you get all this romantic ascents? You are going to make me loose concentration.&...
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What are the differences in the following sentences [closed]

I will go on on Monday too I will go on Monday as well Do they have same meaning ? If not what are the differences between them ?
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Is it correct to say “Gathering all together, I'd like to say …”

Let's say I wrote a lot of things that describes my point of view about something and now I want to summarize and I'd like to know if it's ok to say: Gathering all together, I'd like to say...
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What does 'I understand (that)' mean? [closed]

What does 'I understand (that)' mean? Is it "It is my opinion (that)" ("It is my personal view even though I realize I may be wrong") or "I realize (that)" ("It's ...
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You're never gonna take me there is it idiom or not [closed]

I was listening an English song. And I confused about that part of the song. You make me so upset sometimes I feel like I could lose my mind The conversation goes nowhere 'Cause you're never gonna ...
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“[NOUN] in veins” eg. “MUSICIAN in veins” meaning

Phrase: "Musician in veins" Is it correct? Can it be misinterpreted? Is it easily understandable for english speaking person? How do YOU understand it?
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What does “I am all stomach” mean?

What does I am all stomach mean? A: ‘’It’s my turn for a gift. I would like to take you to lunch. To my favorite spot.’’ B: ‘’I am all stomach, professor!’’ Lonely Man Full of Love
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How to understand “cupping backsides is taken as seriously as cooking books”?

An excerpt from The Economist: As such provisions have grown in popularity, two things have happened. First, the list of misdeeds covered has lengthened. What initially applied solely to criminal ...
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More than a million boys’ periodicals were sold a week

I don't quite understand the phrase "More than a million boys’ periodicals were sold a week" - it seems to mean "More than a million copies of the penny dreadfuls (periodicals) ...
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had a better books to guns ratio than

I understand the phrase "had a better books to guns ratio than" as a humorous expression of "was more civilized than." Am I on the right track? Sam Harris liked Khanoisseur ...
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have shifted higher and lower

Is the polishing used in the phrase "have shifted higher and lower" an oxymoron? I don't quite understand it. It perhaps means "(goals) have shifted higher and timelines have shifted ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “What it is to be”?

What is the meaning of the phrase "What it is to be"? in sentences like "What it is to be a man?" or "what it is to be a leader?" or in a sentence like this: It might ...
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What does here “backyard trail warrior” mean?

Here is the whole paragraph: Through the years, I’ve trended off into the mountain riding scene and that’s where my heart lies. Today though, I’m going to share with you some tips that might help you ...
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Join this us tomorrow

Should "this" be removed from "Join this us tomorrow"? If not, what does the phrase mean? "Join this and join us tomorrow"? The BMJ (British Medical Journal) just ...
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'make any kind of go of sth' is this a fossil expression?

… as if the percentage of artists who made any kind of go of the lousy business was one to four.— F. Scott Fitzgerald, letter, Spring 1939 What is 'make any kind of go sth' meaning?
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What is the meaning of “ which must have followed shortly afterwards” in this text?

Of Sapor III., his brother and successor, two facts only are recorded - his conclusion of the treaty with the Romans in A.D. 384, and his war with the Arabs of the tribe of Yad, which must have ...
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His Hands Were Tied

Could you see whose hands are tied? Trump's or McConnell's? McConnell, Denouncing Trump After Voting to Acquit, Says His Hands Were Tied The top Senate Republican gave his most damning condemnation ...
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we didn't have much in terms of looking at that hypothesis

"We didn't have much in terms of looking at that hypothesis" - didn't have much what? Didn't have much time, energy or facts? It appears to be ambiguous to me. Yes, lab accidents do happen ...
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appeared to publicly push back against the team

I understand "appeared to publicly push back against the team" as "appeared to publicly refuse the team." That is, the director-general refuses to accept the team's conclusion of ...
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the uncomprehending New York Times article about him

I don't understand the meaning of "uncomprehending" here. Does it mean that Scott was unable to understand the article"? Or does it mean the article or the author of the article didn't ...
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they won’t get a Covid-19 vaccine

Does the phrase "won’t get a Covid-19 vaccine" mean "will not (want to) get a Covid-19 vaccine"? Why this thread? "Won't get" or "will not get" appears to have ...
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What is the meaning of “ accord but ill” in this text?

Tabari and Macoudi, who relate his deposition, are authors on whom much reliance cannot be placed; and the cruelties reported accord but ill with the epithets of "the Beneficent" and "...
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Is “go down a storm” similar to “go down well”?

Something goes down a storm with somebody. Something goes down well with somebody. Are they the same in the meaning? Or do they differ? such as one is formal and the other is informal? BBC English we ...
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Be pleased vs Please be

Do these two phrases mean the same? Be pleased to listen to me! Please listen to me! You can find the first one here http://lucianofsamosata.info/wiki/doku.php?id=antisthenes_of_athens:...
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by taking on fluid from the air

I understand "by taking on fluid from the air" as "by absorbing fluid from the air." Am I on the right track? "Take on" in dictionaries seem to mean "undertake" ...
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“Relationships went south” what does it mean? [duplicate]

"Relationships went south" what does it mean? In this sentence: Shane's wallpaper is blank since his latest relationships went south.
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contract tracing measures

Does "contract tracing measures" mean "contact tracing measures" here? Or was the author actually intended to write "contact tracing measures" yet miswrite it as "...
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The painting is not representative of his work of the period

The painting is not representative of his work of the period. Q. work of the period work about the period? or the period's work?
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withdrawn comments

Does "withdrawn comments" mean "comments that are shy and quiet"? New video, withdrawn comments: 6 impeachment trial takeaways Source: USAToday New video, withdrawn comments: 6 ...
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“ I thought I was the Glob of rap ” What is the meaning of “glob” in this time?

I saw this word in "Adventure Time" cartoon series. Another instance of using this word --> "oh my glob"
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I'll have you off for contempt of court

At a courtroom Judge: Now, you have destroyed the evidence. Man: What evidence? Judge: That brick, exhibit 'A'. You're accused of having thrown that brick through the store window. That brick was part ...
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rejecting argument trial is unconstitutional

The phrase "rejecting argument trial is unconstitutional", even in a headline, sounds a bit odd to me without "that" leading the clause "trial is unconstitutional." ...
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How do you plead

At the courtroom Judge: Silence in court now. How do you plead? Guilty or not guilty? Man: I plead not guilty. Judge: Accused pleaded not guilty. Now, that still has to be proved. Let's examine the ...
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the origins of COVID origin

Should the last "origin" be deleted from "the origins of COVID origin"? Or does the phrase have its special meaning? The phrase sounds as if to mean something deeper than the ...
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“And shadowed on a screen, I saw hooded forms…” - does “shadowed” belong to the “forms”?

Reading Nyarlathotep by H.P. Lovecraft, I would like to ask if my understanding is correct: And shadowed on a screen, I saw hooded forms amidst ruins, and yellow evil faces peering from behind fallen ...
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emerged relatively unscathed 1/ [closed]

What does "1/" stand for? The New York Times liked Amy Julia Harris tweeted NEW INVESTIGATION: Victor Rivera built an empire by housing homeless people in New York City. Despite a decade ...
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What does “Everything But Water” mean?

The swimsuit catalog is named 'Everything But Water". I'm a bit confused about the meaning of this phrase. Does it mean "All you need is water"?

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