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I got your message just now

Let's say I just turned on my computer, opened email and there is an unread message from my friend there - he sent it to me a few hours ago. First of all, I want to tell him that I didn't answer ...
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What does the saying “Don’t feel pregnant” mean?

My dad sometimes says “Don’t feel pregnant” when I tell him how I’m feeling. For instance, I’ll tell him “I feel like all I do is work”, he’ll say “Don’t feel pregnant”. I think it may mean “ Don’t ...
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What is meaning “that's the whole day gone”?

In movies, I hear a lot of "that's the whole day gone." Now I want to know what is meaning exactly? Before this sentence, they talk about eat tea. I search in google and I don't find anything! I ...
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What does ''times'' mean here? [closed]

What does this sentence mean? ''I need us to maybe put times aside that I can count on.'' If ''times'' means ''the circumstances and ideas of the present age'' What can he count on?
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Example sentences with 'head their way' and 'heading their way'? [closed]

I need example sentences with these structures.
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“For many years now” and “For some years now” meaning

I want to know the meaning and the differences of these particular phrases: for many years now / for many times now for some years now / for some times now can anyone also provide an implementation ...
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“make more orders for pencils” vs “make an order for more pencils”

In practicing sentence writing, i want to write a sentence meaning what a shop will do when the demand for pencils rises, assuming the shop is eager to meet the increased demand. To my mind, following ...
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What does 'on the gimp' mean?

There weren't a lot of opportunities for retired car thieves on the gimp. (from the movie Gone in 60 Seconds) I'm at a loss as to what it means. The word 'gimp' has many interesting meanings but ...
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I am not sure how to convey this

The media affects the public opinion in order to change election results in favour of businessmen \ to the advantage of businessmen who in return, support the media financially. I want to say ...
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Sneak around with someone (meaning)

I came across this expression "sneak around with someone". What does it mean? Does it have to do with "date someone"? Here is an example: We all know that John has been sneaking around with ...
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what is the exact meaning of “doctrine of correspondences” in this context?

what is the exact meaning of "doctrine of correspondences" in this context? That very remarkable woman, Mrs. Hardinge Britten, has recorded in her "Modern American Spiritualism" how she came in close ...
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Someone commented this on my soccer video: “Trent all the way” I don't know what is that means [closed]

What is meant by "someone all the way" like Trent all the way! Salah on the way! Vandjk all the way!
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the explain of “had true teachers been” structure and meaning of “theta” [duplicate]

the explain of "had true teachers been" structure and meaning of "theta" Mr. Evans and his associates after the first disturbance, physical and mental, caused by this spirit irruption, settled down ...
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Payment methods

I buy something and will make payment later or 90 days after purchase .Can I say the phrases below to describe this situation? I can tell this with long sentences but sometimes I need to use short ...
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what is the true meaning of “the nature of an expiation and atonement” at this context?

what is the true meaning of "the nature of an expiation and atonement"? One may well ask why should these North American aborigines play so large a part not only in the inception, but in the ...
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What's the difference between “livid”, “full of wrath” and “enraged”? [closed]

What's the difference between "I am livid", "I am full of wrath" and "I am enraged"?
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what is the meaning of “whose photograph has not infrequently been obtained”?

what is the meaning of "has not infrequently been obtained"? does it have a positive meaning? One may well ask why should these North American aborigines play so large a part not only in the ...
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Which way is correct: “to shuffle cards” or “to muddle up the cards”?

What way is correct in English: "to shuffle cards" or "to muddle up the cards"?
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How to understand “Very suave, Robert” in this context? [closed]

Langdon sighed. Placing his palms flat on the polished parquet, he lay on his stomach and pulled himself forward. As he slid underneath, the nape of his Harris tweed snagged on the bottom of the grate,...
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Meaning of “to be named with”

After he completed "Red" (1994), the final film in his "Three Colors" trilogy,Krzysztof Kieslowski announced that he would retire. This was not a man weary of work. It was the retirement of a magician,...
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Should I use “build” insted of “got it made” for the following sentence-

King Ghadsi of Jaisalmer got the lake made 650 years ago with the help of the people(when will I use "got it made")
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What does “lose the power to shock” mean?

The killing of Qassem Suleimani by an American drone on January 3rd threatened to bring the United States and Iran closer to war than at any time since the hostage crisis in 1979. In a part of the ...
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What does “is gross of fees” mean?

I'm reading a fund portfolio and it says "Performance is gross of fees." So if performance = 10% and fees = 0.1% does that mean that the real performance is 10% or 9.9%?
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Meaninng of “deep pools”

He often deals with illness, loss and death, but deep pools of humor float beneath the surfaces of his films. There is a sequence in "White" (1994) where his hero, a Polish hairdresser, is so ...
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Meaning of “do not fit easily on the multiplex conveyor belt”

After he completed "Red" (1994), the final film in his "Three Colors" trilogy,Krzysztof Kieslowski announced that he would retire. This was not a man weary of work. It was the retirement of a magician,...
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What does 'beak trouble' mean?

Of course, I tried to look it up in a dictionary, but it didn't help. I assume it some kind of slang. "Hey, Lip. Everything okay?" "What, you got beak trouble, Charlie?" (from the 2018 movie ...
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What does it mean to “break rapport”?

As an example: Both teasing and bold types of flirting (whether it’s negging, false takeaways, or roleplaying) follow the same basic formula: they all involve breaking rapport in order to generate ...
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“followed by” equal “before”?

From collins dictionary: You use followed by to say what comes after something else in a list or ordered set of things. In the following sentence, the potatoes is in the 1st place of popularity?...
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What are “flip cards, the star, the lift, the train and fast forward” in following sentence?

I have a sentence which is about the tools that motivate and inspire people. "The tools include Flip Cards, The star, The train, lmage Diary and Fast Forward to name but a few." I don't understand the ...
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Does “within 24 hours of leaving” mean 24 hour after leaving?

Please help! If someone asks you to call them within 24 hours of leaving a place, does it mean 24 hours after leaving? For example, if you are still at home and call an hour before you leave home, ...
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What's the meaning of “ on to a major tool”?

What's the meaning of " on to a major tool" in following sentence? 'So, on to a major tool I would like to start by speaking.'
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Can I use a phrase 'financial relief' in an essay? Does this phrase make sense in english?

This option brings a financial relief particularly to the owners of uninsured pets.
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Meaning of the phrase get with up

In the movie Flight Plan (2005) , when the pilot was directing his crew to look for Jodie Foster's daughter , he said sth like , " get the lights up..." . I want to know the meaning of the phrase . ...
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What does “Pharaoh complex” mean?

"Mitterrand was a bold man," Langdon replied, splitting the difference. The late French president who had commissioned the pyramid was said to have suffered from a "Pharaoh complex." Singlehandedly ...
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What does ''What am I saying'' mean when you said something foolish,stupid,offensive,etc?

In a situation when someone says something foolish,bad,mean,stupid,etc
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What do these two sentences mean?

The first sentence is this: That was how it was with her. What does that mean "That was how it was..."? The second sentence is this: What did I even do?. What does that mean "I even do..."? I read ...
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What is the difference (if any) between 'try and do something' and 'try to do something'? [duplicate]

What is the difference (if any) between 'try and do something' and 'try to do something'? Do they mean the same thing? Are there any different connotations?
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What does “it’s something” mean in this context?

This is the context: think it’s very hard to define consciousness in terms of anything more basic than consciousness, just as it’s very hard to define time and space in terms of anything more ...
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What is the meaning of “you go”?

What are the meanings of the following phrases? In you go. Off you go. Here you go. There you go. Does you go mean the same in the above phrases?
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air of something

Fay assumed an air of innocence. (Source) He assumed an air of concern. (Source) What does "air of something" mean in these contexts? I suppose it is generally used with the verb "assume"
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what is the meaning of “buzzing with posibilities”?

I want to know the meaning of "buzzing with posibilities" for example in a sentence like this: The Richmond Coliseum was buzzing with pre-game possibilities Friday.
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what is the meaning of this phrase?: “and acted upon in the spirit and not according to the letter.”?

what is the meaning of these phrases?: "personal nobility of character" and "the actual philosophy"? If he may venture his individual opinion, it is that the perfect recipient of spiritual teaching ...
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Can 'make a/the/one's list' mean either “create a list” or “manage to get into the list”?

Let's say I made your list. Does it mean I managed to get into your list or I created a list for you? Do we have to rely on context to determine which meaning is intended? Is there any difference ...
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To have somebody down, without as

“but by then she would have them down and whatever they did, it didn’t matter.” Excerpt From (Census, Jesse Ball) "Have them down" means completely figured them out?
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what is the meaning of “if” in this paragraph?

what is the meaning of "if" in this paragraph? what is the description of "if flattish bosom"? Baxter has written a pamphlet with the portentous title, "Narrative of Facts, Characterising the ...
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Differ vs. Different

I have a technical document and one of its sections is entitled Hypervisors vs. emulators The next section is entitled How they differ from Docker and ScummVM Is it correct? Or maybe I should ...
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what is the meaning of “hereditary scheme of religion” and “the broad platform”?

what is the meaning of these phrases? "hereditary scheme of religion" and "the broad platform upon which his beliefs were constructed"? One of the chief mouthpieces of the spirit was a certain ...
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Use of some more

A: I ate all of pizza you gave me . B: There are some more slices If you want to eat. Does the person B mean the larger amount of pizza or continuation of pizza by “some more “? If the B says ...
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Could someone help me understand the phrase “not for (the) want of trying”?

So..I understand the meaning of the phrase "not for (the) lack of trying" and then I've learned that "not for (the) want of trying" has the same definition. But how?! Is there a way to understand how ...
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What is the difference between 'plot turn' and 'plot twist'?

Do I understand correctly that 'plot twist' is the same as 'plot turn' but even more surprising? Is there any distinct line between the two? Furthermore, does the word 'spoiler' apply only to ...