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The man of double deed

There is this beautiful poem I heard on "The Fall" (british tv show). There was a man of double deed, Who sowed his garden full of seed; When the seed began to grow, 'Twas like a garden full ...
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Meaning of “in the way” and “as” [duplicate]

1) I don't know if he will do it in the way we agreed before. This sentence means that don't know if he will treat according to things that we agree on . For example I agree with my partner on ...
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What does the phrase “roll over baby” mean in a song here?

Well, I love this song. From the first, the singer, Trine Rein, sings, "Roll over baby". I am sorry I don't get the meaning even considering the context following it. I have my paid dictionary but ...
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what does “cast the approval” mean?

I don't understand the meaning of the word "cast". Specifically, for example, in this phrase: "Cast the approval" I've never seen this phrase before.
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what does “the of” mean in this sentence?

Cultural background affects the of individuals. I found this sentence on Nature Human Behavior. But I couldn't find any meaning or usage of "the of". I assuming that there would be some kind of ...
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This restaurant has become popular in recent years. (event or process?)

Does the sentence This restaurant has become popular in recent years. imply an ongoing, continuous process (becoming popular) that has been happening during the recent years? Or does it mean that ...
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Shape in “give sth shape”

In wikipedia's gratitude letter, it reads Thank you for giving Wikipedia shape, and purpose, and momentum. Thank you for fitting us into your life. with immese gratitude. Reference to "give sth ...
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Different phrase for “cash on delivery

Can say different phrase instead of cash on delivery as is the case with sentence below. I am asking if it is correct or not grammatically. As I am not a native speaker sometimes I couldn’t find ...
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What is difference between “don't remember” and “not that remember”

Recently, I came across this use of the phrase: not that I remember. I have not encountered such use before. I have always come across the classic use of the phrase: I don't remember. Is there any ...
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Going to or I will

I’m puzzled with going to vs I will in these sentences. I’m going to always love you. I will always love you. What sounds better? But I do believe that “going to” implies I haven’t yet loved you but ...
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Unifying in a common bond versus rectifying inequalities

Passage: I conceive the education of our youth in this country to be peculiarly necessary in Pennsylvania, while our citizens are composed of the natives of so many different kingdoms in Europe. ...
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What does “make oneself heard above the chatter” mean?

Example sentences: Many people are glad to have someone who can make themselves heard above the chatter. How can you make yourself heard above the chatter? I know the meaning of every single ...
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The meaning of “to get under someone/something's guard”

I'm translating a book by Victoria Schwab and I'm not sure about the meaning of a sentence here. The scene describes a character fighting a monster, and here's the sentence that has confused me: "...
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What does “throw one's hat in the ring for” mean?

I read the following sentence: Wikipedia has a great list of ORMs that exist for just about any language. That list is missing JavaScript, which is my language of choice, so I will throw my hat in ...
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The meaning of “look someone off”

I heard this in a movie: he looked me off getting cheated at an old dealer's game at the old rancher. "Looked me off" doesn't make much sense here. My understanding of the phrasal verb "look off" ...
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Meaning of the phrase “To compound the puzzle” [closed]

I just came across a phrase To compound the puzzle and could not understand the meaning of it. What is the meaning, examples and contexts in which this can be used?
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What's “a three-one decision”?

I heard the phrase on a American radio. What does "a three-one decision" truly mean? I figure there might be three people to make one decision. But i'm not quite sure.
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“Get got” or “Get Gotten” which is correct?

I've heard both usages in the meaning "to get caught", however, I'm not sure that both of them are correct. From my research, though, both should be fine, however, "got" is both Br.E and Am.E, while "...
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The meaning of 'pipe of the key'

There came a shrill and a whistling sound, Above, beneath, beside, and around, Yet leaf ne’er moved on tree! So that some people thought old Beelzebub must Have been lock’d out of ...
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What does the phrase “You have a mice nest in your mouth” mean

I was chatting with a colleague and she just said that I have a mice nest in my mouth, what does it mean?
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I'm late vs I'm going to be late

I'm late. vs I'm going to be late. What is the difference between their meanings?
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“The last I saw someone” phrase

Is it correct to say “she was in the lab the last I saw a her”? I just want to convey that she was in the lab the last time I saw her. But is the grammar correct? Also does it imply that we will not ...
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How to understand “Much the best way” in this context?

"The original?" enquired Xenophilius sharply, and when she nodded, he said, "Well then, why don't you read it aloud? Much the best way to make sure we all understand." Harry Potter and the ...
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Present Progressive Tense

Would you please clarify, if I can use 'I am not driving the car' instead of 'I am not going to drive the car'?
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“to set a man framing titillating hypotheses”. What does it mean?

I am reading a book right now. I saw a phrase and I couldn't understand what it means. What does "to set a man framing titillating hypotheses" mean? (Emphasis below is mine) I can only see her ...
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Is 'no more' used to mean 'dead' in English?

Do the English or the Americans use no more to mean 'dead'? For example, do they say "He is no more" to mean "He is dead"?
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“Cast a cold eye on something” meaning

This quote is from Ridley Scott: A Critical Filmography: While it can be argued that The Duellists is a complete film—and it certainly is—the dozen-year interval between it and Alien must be ...
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In the wake of someone's passing

What does this phrase mean? In the wake of my great great grandmother's passing. Does passing mean death also? If so, then why didn't they just use death so non native English speakers can ...
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Thanks for reaching out!

I've noticed this is a typical reply on social media platforms. I always thought this is a standard polite response until I encountered this entry on Urban Dictionary: thanks for reaching out The ...
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Can I say “guess what” to acknowledge new information?

I can't remember where I got this from, but it feels deeply correct to me. However it caused a misunderstanding in a chat, and after googling the usage and not finding anything I'm suspecting I might ...
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What does “leg breaking” mean?

Could you please help me understand what this phrase "leg breaking" means? Does it relate to violence? Kind of threatening to break the borrower's legs? Some of these changes were gradual. Moe had ...
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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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Slang question, what does mean by “horse”?

I've been just happened to have been listening Britney Spears's Oops! I did it again, and what does the mars lander says "Oh there horse" at 0:20? From the start The navigator : First, the Mars ...
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“hit my head in short”

I heard of the phrase "hit my head in short" on an American radio. I figure it probably means put/make/explain it in short. But I'm really not sure. I searched it on the web, and I haven't found it ...
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“His voice cracked with the strain”

His voice cracked with the strain, and they stood looking at each other in the whiteness and the emptiness, and Harry felt they were as insignificant as insects beneath that wide sky. Harry ...
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What does the phrase 'a punch above your weight' in the sentence ''Get a punch above your weight mug for your mother-in-law Helena''mean?

What does the phrase 'a punch above your weight' in the sentence ''Get a punch above your weight mug for your mother-in-law Helena''mean? I have found in Urban Dictionary the following: to ...
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colors with compound adjectives

could you please help me with this>> I've read that if two colors hyphenated for singular type that means it is combination colors,if not then it has part colors like: A1- A blue-green shirt **is ...
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Meaning of “northernmost reach of buddhism”

This phrase...I can't understand anything about it. It just doesn't make any sense Here's the phrase: an archaelogical site at the northernmost reach of buddhism. What does it mean by "...
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Proper way for asking to leave

I am about to take an assesment for responsible service of alcohol licence. There is a video question and I need to tell someone to leave in that video. Once I saw a scene in The Simpsons and there ...
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Meaning of “I know it's over 'cause my feet have hit the cold floor”

We listened to the song "Made to love" by Toby Mac in my classroom. Unfortunately, we could not understand the phrase: I know it's over 'cause my feet have hit the cold floor Check my reflection, ...
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“You surprised me” and “You took me by surprise”

What's the difference in meaning between "You surprised me" and "You took me by surprise"?
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What does “cued to your preferred 5 minutes” mean?

The phrase appeared in the context of an art portfolio requirement. Still Images. Images should be sized at 1024 x 768 @ 72 DPI. Limit the total number of still images to 20. Audio & ...
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What does this phrase by Benjamin Graham mean?

A stock is not just a ticker symbol or an electronic blip; it is an ownership interest in an actual business, with an underlying value that does not depend on its share price.
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What is mean “cover grammar”

I met this phrase when I read the specification of a computer language. And I would like to know what this phrase means. For example: The input stream is syntactically in error if the tokens in ...
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Is there a real difference between “to mull something over” and “to think something over”?

I've done this exercise focusing on phrasal verbs. There was a sentence, something like this: I need to ...... it over before I make my decision. The particle "over" gave me only two choices - mull ...
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Birthplace vs living place

If someone asks me where my hometown is, what should I say? I live in a country which is not my birth country. I was born in different country. So which one should I consider as my hometown? The ...
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meaning of the phrase [duplicate]

Can this phrase be used this way?: to mock at someone who said some kind of nonsense or the way what he did or the way how he looks. Or is it possible? For example: I can't with/from your stupid ...
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Someone said to me, “We basically literally did.” What were they trying to express to me?

Someone said to me, "We basically literally did." What were they trying to express to me? Also, can basically and literally be used in the same sentence? My points to my language partner: ...
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Usage of being?

I don't understand the usage of "being" in these sentences . Is this some kind of special way to use it ? . I think , this is the usage called reduced adjective clause but as far as in that rule we ...
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The different nuance between “I think~”/“I don't think~”

Is the sentence 2. sounds more..rude-ish?? They convey the same point but the way how the speaker delivers it could change the nuance and I wonder if that is applied to these two sentances~! I don'...