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What's the meaning of “moar repoz”?

The phrase appears in this article: https://blog.jupyter.org/the-big-split-9d7b88a031a7
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“Value added time” meaning in this context

Someone says: ... due to coronavirus outbreak government has imposed lockdown across the country to battle against it. Now we are working from home via internet and having more time to spend with ...
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What does the phrase “plot your route” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "plot your route" in the following sentence (not available online): *In the game, you’ll plot your route by the stars, tapping to thrust towards ...
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Does “I took a swing at him” tell anything about whether I hit him or not?

1) I grabbed a bat and took a swing at him. Does this tell anything about whether I hit him or not? 2) Then I took another swing at him. If I have just taken one swing at him with a bat, could I ...
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Is 'closing on mortgage loan' not equal to 'paying off all debts'?

Is 'closing on mortgage loan' not equal to 'paying off all debts'? Here is a quote from this article: Russians find it odd that Americans call themselves "homeowners" from the day they close on ...
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What does “to be around for something” mean?

In this sentence : I wasn't around for all of that. Does "around" mean "aware" ?
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What is the meaning of 'be over'?

I was watching a movie and coming across with this sentence: "I'll be over right away" someone said on phone and hanged up. I understand what is the overall meaning, but not be over part of the ...
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How can I improve this message?

I'm making some video to spread awareness about coronavirus. In the end, I need to give people a message that along with washing hands, you should also clean your laptop, mouse, phone and similar ...
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What does “nod soberly” means?

The sentence is more or less like this: You notice the poor screenwriter with cheap clothes and bloodshot eyes, eating alone at the corner of the room. Your eyes meet. You nod at him with respect. ...
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What does this paragraph try to convey?

Anxiety may be compared with dizziness. He whose eye happens to look down into the yawning abyss becomes dizzy. But what is the reason for this? It is just as much in his own eyes as in the abyss . . ....
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Meaning of “ sitting by the hour”

Mrs. Pritchard was to accompany me on the train that would take me on the overnight trip from Nairobi to Mombasa, where I would board the ship. For three days I had resisted wearing Valerie’s ...
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does “full form” refers to “a whole body” in this context? does “chiefly” refers only to “raps” or not?

does "full form" refers to "a whole body" in this context? Her mediumship consisted chiefly of raps (often of great power), spirit lights, direct writing, and the appearance of materialized ...
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Meaning of a sentence 'I've got you under my skin'

I'm watching a series in which it is pronounced in English: I've got you under my skin. The translation to Spanish subtitles was: Te llevo bajo mi piel The most normal translation of get is '...
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what is the meaning of “a quiet enjoyment” and “affectation of mystery” here?

what is the meaning of "a quiet enjoyment" and "affectation of mystery" here? John Page Hopps describes her at this time as "a small, thin, very intelligent, but rather simpering little woman, with ...
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Meaning of “ whose charges had outgrown her”

I was introduced to Miss Limplinger, a governess whose charges had outgrown her, and who was returning to England. Mrs. Pritchard had made arrangements for Miss Limplinger to share my stateroom on ...
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Meaning of “Hadn’t Mrs. Pritchard almost said as much before she had caught herself”

I paid no attention to these stories until one afternoon she said, “I once saw your parents in Nairobi at a Government House garden party. I can’t be sure, but I do believe you were with them. One ...
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what is the meaning of “ go to a jury with” here?

what is the meaning of " go to a jury with" here? Many sensible readers, we fear, will think we owe them an apology for opening our columns to a controversy on such a subject as Spiritualism ...
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does “are often too important to be neglected by wiser portion of mankind” means that the wiser portion don't disregard them?

does "are often too important to be neglected by wiser portion of mankind" means that the wiser portion don't disregard them? Many sensible readers, we fear, will think we owe them an apology for ...
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what is the meaning of “leading type” here? does it means a leading article?

what is the meaning of "leading type" here? does it means a leading article? The new-comer began to hold sittings soon after her arrival. At one of the first of these, on November 24, 1871, a ...
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What does the sentence mean here?

Please help me figure out the meanings of the following sentence: But Apple tends to build in parameters on their devices so you’re watching with most of those variables dialled in. I am confused by ...
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What does the phrase “down in the mud” mean here?

It would be a great help if you could make the meaning of the phrase "down in the mud" clear to me in the following text: Right, he’s got a long way to go. He’s a bounty hunter, so he’s down there in ...
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What does the phrase “freakier side and geekier side” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "freakier side and less the geekier side" in the following text: I wanted the show to play into this post-revolutionary time, to lean a little bit ...
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does “she will not give séances as a professional medium” means that she is too professional for giving séances?

does "she will not give séances as a professional medium" means that she is too professional for giving séances? The perfection of the manifestations to be obtained through her depends upon her ...
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What does “She ran up the stairs two at a time.” mean?

at a time ​separately or in groups of two, three, etc. on each occasion We had to go and see the principal one at a time. She ran up the stairs two at a time. He surfs the internet ...
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What is the meaning of 'instituted estate'?

Marriage was a divinely instituted estate that God intended for everyone who desired it, and only very few, they thought, could remain single and abstain from sexual relations. Source: Martin ...
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What does it mean when someone says “He's working on his computer”?

on (prep): 19 USING EQUIPMENT using a machine or piece of equipment He’s been on the computer all afternoon. Is Rachel still on the phone? work on somebody/something phrasal verb 1 ...
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What is the difference of “There is/are” in this context

Which one of the following sentences is correct? There are 6 million accidents per year in the US There is 6 million accidents per year in the US If both they are wrong, then what is the ...
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The meaning of “next over” in “In the next room over”

In the movie "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile" (2019) Florida Prosecutor Larry Simpson tells the jury the following: "In the next room over, another young woman was lying face down in her ...
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what is the meaning of “ had she been so inclined” in this context?

what is the meaning of " had she been so inclined" in this context? In these letters Kane continually reproaches Margaret with living in deceit and hypocrisy. We have very few of her letters, so ...
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can't lie around

In my book there is the text: I took one of the big trash bags from under the kitchen sink and trudged upstairs. Patches lay on my bed, her tail twitching, eyes blinking, lost in some daydream. ...
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what is the meaning of “in the affections of” in this context?

what is the meaning of "in the affections of" in this context? This strange, eccentric, and formidable man had his proper environment in the 17th century, when his prototypes were holding ...
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what is the meaning of “then…as now” in this context?

what is the meaning of "then...as now" in this context? During these years of public mediumship, when the girls were all the rage among those who had no conception of the religious significance ...
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what is the meaning of “no less poor” in this context?

what is the meaning of "no less poor" in this context? Some idea of the pressure upon the Fox girls at this time may be gathered from Mrs. Hardinge Britten's* description from her own ...
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what is the meaning of “moral character” in this context? [closed]

what is the meaning of "moral character" in this context? During these years of public mediumship, when the girls were all the rage among those who had no conception of the religious significance ...
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what is the meaning of “ manners and bearing ” and “a prepossession in their favour” here? [closed]

what is the meaning of " manners and bearing " and "a prepossession in their favour" here? After a return to Rochester, the Fox family made a tour of the Western States, and then paid a second ...
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use of to be as future

I would like to know the use of to be here in a below sentences For example, "work will start" can I write in this way "work to be started". Since, I'm going to put this sentence in a heading and I'm ...
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What does “baited anticipation” mean?

A song i was hearing has this line : You stare at me with baited anticipation what does this mean ?
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What does “sb can stomach doing sth” mean?

I've come across a YouTube video in which the Youtuber says : If I can stomach doing this publicly ,I might read to you the comments that I made in 2016 on Facebook , they are cringy and just ...
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Why “fruitcake?” Can anybody please paraphrase this sentence?

I was reading a column on "gift-giving science" from New York Times, and bumped into this sentence. Can anybody explain what the sentence means? Does that mean the "fruitcake" is a sentimental gift ...
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The difference in meaning between “Have someone do something” and “Get someone to do something”

I would like you to clarify if these causative forms mean the same. FORM 1: Have someone do something, MEANING: someone requests someone else to do something FORM 2: Get someone to do something, ...
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Does the expression 'such as' imply that it's not a definitive list?

I wonder, does 'such as' mean "for example" only or can it mean both "for example" and "comprising"? In other words, does it say anything at all regarding whether the following list is complete? ...
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what is the true meaning of “save from” in this context?

what is the true meaning of "save from" in this context? The many discreet, serious and religious circles were for a season almost obscured by swollen-headed ranters who imagined themselves to ...
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sentence complete, but how?

' I haven't been skiing - it's never really appealed. ' I suppose the sentence above is complete since it is from a well-known dictionary, however I cannot understand the second part of it, after the ...
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What does “make tough labor” means?

In the sentence "The American automaker is scheduled to make tough labor and production cuts." What does "make tough labor" mean?
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What does “hippety dressed” mean?

I heard in a movie description this line: Brushing hair out of her face, she movies deeper into the establishment, weaving past hippety dressed patrons. (source) I am not sure what "hippety ...
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What does “hindsight” mean?

I was wondering what:"No hindsight in 2020" means. Does that mean that somebody wants to forget the past to be able to look forward or what does that mean. It is a verse from the lyrics of the song ...
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What does (for the last day and a half) mean?

Lastly,I'd like to thank all of you for investing your time and your energy, and clearly your enthusiasm in this, participating in this workshop. For engaging in the dialogues that we've had for the ...
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Problem with past perfect tense

Here are two sentences. “I had intended to meet him, but there was an emergency then,” and “I intended to have met him, but there was an emergency then.” Are these two sentences expressing the same ...
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What does 'There's only so much I can do' mean?

Does the sentence 'There's only so much I can do' mean "I've done everything I could" or "There's still something I could do but my power is limited and it may not be enough"? In other words, is that "...
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What Does “Hanging a Magpie on a Hedge” Mean?

I recently heard Roger Waters say "it's a bit like hanging a magpie on a hedge" on the news, but I cannot seem to find any information as to what it means. You can check out the interview here.

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