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Rephrase the phrase

What does it mean? Can anyone rephrase this phrase? I did this because this song was love at first listen to me. Does it mean or don't?: I did it because this song was love for me when I first ...
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What does “cranked out with abandon” mean?

I'm trying to understand this line –– cranked out with abandon. Does it mean that Fox produced lots of bad and cheap merchandise without any shame? Or it means something else? Season 8, which ran ...
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What would this line mean?

I'm currently reading this article, and a paragraph says, Johnson tweeted that the two sides had struck a “great new deal” and urged U.K. lawmakers to ratify it in a special session being held ...
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What does “studies need to be taken with more than the usual grain of salt” mean?

I found this quote in a psychology paper entitled If We Are So Rich, Why Aren't We Happy by M. Csikszentmihalyi: “Thus, the results of culturally and methodologically circumscribed studies need to ...
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What's the meaning of i.e.? [on hold]

So, I've noticed that when people write in English, they often use the notation 'i.e.' to give examples of something. But I don't know what does 'i.e.' stand for. Is it just to make examples and/or to ...
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Meaning of the phrase “at least initially”

What does the phrase "at least initially", as used in these examples, mean? The attention, at least initially, surprised them. At least initially, few donors seemed to agree. But the real ...
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“As for” meaning in this context

An extract from an article: For global climate change, as for hunger, the countries that experience the worst problems have the fewest resources to address them. What does as for mean here? ...
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What “standing on the moon” means?

What "She was standing on the moon" means in the passage: “So,” Clee said loudly. I stopped. “I don’t really know a lot about health and stuff? But I figure you probably know what I should be eating. ...
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What is a habitual sentence and in what does it differ other legal sentences?

Here are some examples: He was facing five years on each count and you are also facing a habitual sentence, she told him, and you can actually get double. Prosecutors counter that it is more ...
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Meaning of “intellectual farce”

Overview Aristophanes was the greatest writer of Old Comedy in Athens in the fifth century BCE and the only playwright from that era with any complete plays surviving. Old Comedy was a form ...
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Difference b/w “What I am” and “who I am” [on hold]

What is the difference between "What I am" and "who I am"? Can "What I am" mean M
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Can the start be “the other end”?

The sentence is " There is the letter T in the end of the word and the letter C in the other end". Can you call the start of the word the other end?
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Meaning of “consistency of time, place, or character”

Overview Aristophanes was the greatest writer of Old Comedy in Athens in the fifth century BCE and the only playwright from that era with any complete plays surviving. Old Comedy was a form ...
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“to fink meself lucky”

"I was selling in Diagon Alley an' she come up to me an' asks if I've got a licence for trading in magical artefacts. Bleedin' snoop. She was gonna fine me, but she took a fancy to the locket an' told ...
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Their/Its-Another/Those [closed]

I really can’t get it, what does it say in the second sentence?
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What does pay-off mean?

Recommender Systems: Noisy data, commercial pay-off (e.g., Amazon, Netflix). -- source I look up the longman dictionary. Seems none of the explanation makes sense.
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Phrase: the sun is out

Why do we say the sun is out? We don’t say the candle is out or the light bulb is out. Why don’t we say the sun is visible?
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phrase meaning: “crash-bang wallop”

Have you ever heard of crash-bang wallop? What does it mean? Found this in my homework text and looks like it's not a translatable one... I've tried finding it but that's just a hopeless try...
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What does “he was equally game to slip into bit parts” mean?

I was trying to understand this line – he was equally game to slip into bit parts, but couldn't. My best guess is that it's meaning something about universality and flexibility in acting. Could ...
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What does “in its absolute stakes” mean in this context?

Below is an excerpt from The Economist. But climate change is an increasingly dangerous context for all their worlds. To understand that context, it is important to understand all the things ...
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About the usage of “about the same” in this context

Jim, Jack, Raul, Kim, Beti are the members of this group. Jim spent 100 euros, but Jack spent 10 euros. About the same difference is between Jim and each of the other members. The last sentence ...
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Does the phrase “fix a schedule” sound natural, if does, then what is its exact meaning?

When I want choose a date for, say, a party, does it sound natural to say the following? Let's fix a schedule for the party. If that sounds ok, then could I change fix for set?
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What is the meaning of “many walks of life”?

I know that the meaning of walks of life is a person's occupation or position within society. But in some cases, I don't get it. for example, someone has been saying something about how should we ...
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What does 'get ahold of' means?

I searched the meaning of the word get ahold of something which showed: If you get ahold of someone or something you manage to contact, find, or get them. But in the below paragraph the meaning ...
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“a pretty good snuff on the nose” meaning

The NBA is adamant about one thing: It respects Morey having an opinion and hasn’t suspended or disciplined him or anything like that. It’s a fair point, although having the league itself apologize ...
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I would've been late not if my mom woke me up on time

I have this sentence: I would've been late not if my mom woke me up on time Does this sentence make sense? if not, how should I correct it? And how should I correctly use "not if"? Could anyone ...
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Is “shut up” a noun phrase in “James is getting a bit frustrated shut up here”?

James is getting a bit frustrated shut up here, he tries not to show it but I can tell - also, Dumbledore's still got his Invisibility Cloak, so no chance of little excursions. Harry Potter and ...
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What does “take a nap between the snoozing lion and lamb” means?

This phrase is from the below paragraph in the book Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert M. Sapolsky. The book has a number of personal roots. One is that, having had ...
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“Assisting delivery of construction program ” vs “Assisting with delivery of construction program”

I recently came across the phrase "assisting delivery of construction programs". Is this phrase grammatically correct? I would write: "Assisting with delivery of construction programs". Could ...
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What do share collaboration and share development mean?

In our lecture slide, I see the following: Why Community Cloud? Pool resources/skills with similar organizations Share data/infrastructure/collaboration and development Share ...
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What is the meaning of “Counter-productive at best”?

I cannot understand the last sentence of the following paragraph: Highly Emotional – While emotional expression is healthy and natural, with Campaigners even viewing it as a core part of their ...
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What do the Arapesh ancestors do when they “pluck back the bramble”?

I'm not sure about the meaning of the phrase "pluck back" in this passage of Margaret Mead's Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies. The ghosts themselves are residents of the lands, and ...
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What does it mean “Don't go …ing something”?

Could anybody help me to understand a line from "Lay All Your Love On Me" by ABBA? I wasn't jealous before we met Now every woman I see is a potential threat And I'm possessive, it isn't nice ...
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“Shake your head all you like” meaning

"Yes, Ariana might have made a desperate bid for freedom and killed Kendra in the struggle," said Auntie Muriel thoughtfully. "Shake your head all you like, Elphias! You were at Ariana's funeral, were ...
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What does “take my word on anything” mean?

I have stumbled upon it in this video. It is at 11 minutes and 22 seconds. I am not asking for your trust. I am not asking you to take my word on anything. In fact, I urge you not to take my word ...
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meaning of “the sentence had been pronounced by Journey”

In A Fine Mess, the pamphlet of the defeat that is so hard for us, one finds at the end a few heartfelt but precise pages on education and what can be done for children whose hearts are still not ...
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We are committed to rolling up the evil county lines drugs gangs

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the following on the issue of rising crime in the UK: "We are committed to rolling up the evil county lines drugs gangs. . . . which predate on young kids and ...
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Does “seemed” have the same meaning as “as though”

A. It seemed as though the war had ended. B. It seemed the war had ended. What is the difference between these two sentences?
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Can you finish a sentence with “for the now”?

Can you finish a sentence with "for the now"? "So we will resolve your case for the now?" This sounds old fansioned to me. However, is it correct?
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How to understand “All most suspicious” in this context?

"Ariana was delicate!" said Doge desperately. "Her health was always too poor to permit her -" "To permit her to leave the house?" cackled Muriel. "And yet she was never taken to St Mungo's and ...
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Understanding the meaning of “a beat”

I've come across some phrases with the word "beat" while reading a book. And though I looked it up in the dictionary, I failed to explain them by myself. I collected those "mysterious" phrases here: ...
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What does “spot shower” mean in weather forcasting?

I saw "spot shower" on a weather forecast here. It reads: Muggy with Spot Shower This Weekend What does "spot shower" truly mean?
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“Kept that sister of his quiet” meaning

Dumbledore kept that sister of his quiet for a long time. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I could not find it a phrase in dictionaries. Is it an common idiom? I only found "on the quiet" in ...
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How can I express “exclaim or say something not out loud, but in my heart, silently”

For example, upon my first arrival in a new city, I was shocked by the backwardness of this place, so I thought to myself, what a shitty place, why do I even come here. But of course, I wouldn't say ...
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What means her ride didn't show?

I just heard this in a video and the sentence goes like this: Her ride didn't show. What does that mean?
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What does "the law of average” mean?

Of course I may lose my bet, but according to the law of average, I will not. [Source: A Message to Garcia] What does " the law of average” mean? What is the meaning of the sentence? Some ...
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“curbing out cigarette smoking”

In this sentence "curbing out" reads strange. I can't find much on Google. It doesn't appear to have any meaning beyond "curbing", "inhibiting", and I am not sure the tag-along preposition "out" adds ...
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get in/into the habit of reading

1) Is there a difference in meaning between "get in a habit of reading" and "get into the habit of reading"? 2) I also want to make sure whether this is the idiomatic way to say this. 3) Is it ...
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missing the public's attention / out of the public's attention

How Do the following sentences differ in meaning? The billionaire lives his life missing the public's attention. The billionaire lives his life out of the public's attention. I'd appreciate ...
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what does “present company included” mean

There is failure to see the forest for the trees; the silver lining in the cloud, may cause small-minded men to reject women; present company excluded/included, because of their other than acceptable ...