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Questions tagged [phrase-meaning]

Use this tag for questions about the meaning and usage of a particular phrase, for which a dictionary cannot answer.

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What does MO'MAGA BLUES mean?

I see it in an article on the site The Daily Beast.It's the title.I only know the meaning of MAGA. MO’ MAGA BLUES You Think It’s Bad Now? Wait for Next Year’s Show Trials I have found ...
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Meaning of “docketed for requisition”

From A History of Warfare by John Keegan, page 22: The regimental depots bulged with spare weapons and uniforms to kit the reservists out; even the horses in the farmers' fields were docketed for ...
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What the part of speech of some phrases of the sentence

What the part of speech of the word "open" in the next sentence: He had only time to back away before the thick wooden doors swung open, hinges protesting loudly. What the meaning of the second ...
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What is the meaning of “what has come” in the given context?

I have listened to the song "Goodbye" by Avril Lavigne, where I noticed the phrase what has come. Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye my love I can't hide, can't hide, can't hide what has come What is ...
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Meaning of “He didn't take me in”

One evening when he was being particularly obnoxious, chattering away well above my head, I let him have it. "Mummy," I said, "do you know what I’m going to do when I grow up?" "No, dear," she ...
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Difference between “at this point”, “at this stage” and “in this point”?

I think that "at this point" and "at this stage" are pretty much interchangeable, however I perceive that there might be a slight difference. I have been looking into the internet and have not found ...
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Why is it “a six on two consecutive rolls” rather than “two sixes”?

I got stuck by this sentence: What is the probability of rolling a six on two consecutive rolls of a fair six-sided die? I thought it would just be a binomial random variable problem, where ...
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Difference between warm wishes and wishes?

When should I use Thanks! for your warm wishes or Thanks! for your wishes? As I understand it, thanks! for your warm wishes means that your wishes are taken heartily. Also, I can use thanks! for your ...
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What does it mean “to have a crush on somebody”

I've heard in many movies that one character says "I have a crush on him/her". I'm not sure what it means. Somewhere, i read that it means that person A likes person B but A cannot tell B. ...
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be a point taker?

What does "point taker" mean in the following? Is it natural English? Doing X is a point taker on most standardized tests. I'd appreciate your help.
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What is the meaning of “the shot told”?

I can give examples of the use of this expression. Even if I can guess what it means, I don't have any adequate ideas. The phrase has been used in this book[1] 1) The shot told; the Irrepressible ...
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“Score on points”

A sentence from this NYT article sounds a bit stilted. Why is the preposition on used here rather than simply "scored points"? My understanding: A person/thing scores (intransitive, active) on a ...
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What does “ebb away” here mean?

Looked up the dictionary. It says flow back. Does it mean "come back" here? It is an agony that people here are beginning to get used to as time drags on and optimism and hope ebb away. (source)
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What does “come up through the system” mean?

This is a scene from the movie Southpaw: Judge: The child has no other family, is that right? Attorney: Uh, no, Your Honor. Uh, both my client and his wife came up through the system. ...
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Immediate family vs Extended family

I am little bit confuse with the definition of extended family and immediate family. I have been living with my husband for three years in a apartment. Now in respect to this statement which one is my ...
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what do you mean by “draw chalk lines around the topic”?

In a presentation's speaker note, I found a phrase; "Before we discuss the points (presented on the previous slide), let's draw some chalk lines around the topic and talk about challenges we see ...
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Word choice for “Educationally Enriched”

Is there any word which replace the phrase "Educationally enriched"? I was trying to write an essay where I defined a state where every people are educated. To define that I was taking help of phrase ...
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Usage of the word 'TOGGLE'

The word 'toggle' itslef means switching between two states. But is it proper to use explicitly like 'toggle ON' or 'toggle OFF' ? How the usage for that word should happen?
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What does the phrase “right into the corner” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a football game app: If you bend the ball right into the corner you’ll get triple the points. I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase right into the corner. Does it ...
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We have vs We do have

What is the difference between We have and We do have? Has it same meaning or different meanings?
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What do ‘Slide Away’ and ‘Slide In’ mean?

These are famous lines from a song called Slide Away by Oasis ‘Slide away and give it all you've got’ ‘Slide in baby together we’ll fly’ and I have no clue what they mean. I'm always confused when ...
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Structure of “as in”

When I ask question by using examples, they often use "as in your example X" If they confirm my examples . Is it some kind of reduced phrase? or "as in" means "for example" ? For instance: Me: Can I ...
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“As is + noun or adjective”

I think I understand the meaning of this structure with noun "as is + noun" but I don't really understand when it used with adjective "as is + adjective". 1- But she’s also finding that the acting ...
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What does it mean: “The dance and the simple video are everything”?

Here is the full phrase "But honestly the dance and the simple video are everything", and i took it from comments (on youtube) to this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=au8QGTiPhEw Could someone ...
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What's the meaning of “to ask the indulgence of someone”?

In the book 'the little prince' by Antoine de Saint Exupéry, I found the expression 'I ask the indulgence of the children'. What's the meaning of that? I'm not sure if it means 'I ask the children ...
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meaning of “to go by six-forty-five”

But she doesn’t really believe these silent Saturday-morning appearances have anything to do with early-onset Alzheimer’s; on any given weekday morning Harvey Stevens is ready and raring to go by ...
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What does it mean to say “ i think it's safe to say ( that ) … ”?

What NAm/BrE Native speakers exactly mean when they say " i think it's safe to say ( that ) ... " ? I mean if it's used in only one possible correct way and therefore doesn't need any further or ...
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is being offered

My question is a part of an offical form that I’m trying to fill out. It goes: I further certify that the principal alien is being offered the following position: DOS Notification Date: What does ...
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What does Tete-a-Tete mean?

I am wondering if Tete-a-Tete has a similar meaning as mutual relation between two entities such as the following: Suicide rate and depression are Tete-a-Tete.
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What does keeping one's arms covered up mean?

I was reading Eurotrash by Irvine Welsh. Richard in the novel says "You know what I mean. You keep your arms covered up." and I don't know what it means.
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What is the meaning of levy a fine

I came across the following definition: To levy a fine - to commence and carry on a suit for assuring the title to land or tenements. But I've always thought it means something like is that you ...
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What does “got carried off the field” imply or mean in this sentence?

I couldn't get the implication or metaphor of the phrase in the following sentence; is it a slang? The context is : Bruce Banner, the Hulk, got under the mind control of Wanda, and he went rogue, ...
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Here in the context below I use past and future tense together in one sentence. Is it wrong?

Do watch this movie. It won't leave you disappointed and the closure of this film truly lived up to the expectation.
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What does “In past terms” mean?

I am learning this MIT course. The professor said: In past terms we compared a human genome to a rat genome, and discovered they were pretty similar. What does "In past terms" mean? I listened ...
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Can I say “class notes” instead of “lecture notes”?

Can I say class notes instead of lecture notes? Do these phrases have the same meaning?
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What does the phrase “soar off ramps” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a game app's description: In the game, you soar off ramps to beat competitors to the finish line. I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase soar off ramps here. How ...
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What does the phrase “ride every wall” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a drift race game's description: If you can control your car’s tune, that’s when you can think about throwing it in hard and start riding every wall you see. I am not ...
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more than a hint of beauty

Her expression is demure, but there’s more than a hint of beauty. What is it intended to convey? Is she beautiful, or not so beautiful? Any help would be appreciated.
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“coming out of the head”

A character in the movie The Kingdom says: They celebrated her graduation at the IHOP until some townie called Janet something. I don't know, something not very nice. So the townie didn't see Fran ...
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What does the phrase “surge of a boost” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a drift race game's description: If you want to feel the surge of a boost as you enter a corner, think of investing in a turbo. I am not sure about the meaning of the ...
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What does “suggests after the event…” mean?

Just as the development of a society sometimes suggests after the event a pattern not in the minds of its creators, the transition from the old convict system to the new did not always follow the ...
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throughout / during / over / in the course of

Some dictionaries say "the course of" can be used with "over," "in," "during," and "throughout." I'm wondering if there's any difference among these options. For example, if event A happened ...
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Where is the subject?

"Donald Trump’s desire to nominate Mr Cain had sparked a backlash, even among Republicans worried that the president was seeking to undermine the independence of the central bank by appointing his ...
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“the corner of his next speech” meaning in this context?

... "You're - you're not a hoax, then?" It had been his last, desperate hope. "No," said Fudge gently. "No, I'm afraid I'm not. Look." And he had turned the Prime Minister's teacup ...
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What does the expression “right on the tip of my tongue” mean?

After googling, I'm not really sure what exactly it means. I have two conclusions: It means that I don't remember an easy word or a name right now although I already know it and I was able to ...
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Meaning of “with a guilty air”

Next morning I woke at my usual hour, feeling like a bottle of champagne. I put out my feet and invented a long conversation in which Mrs. Right talked of the trouble she had with her own father till ...
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“I can SORT OF understand something”. How SORT OF is used here?

What Native Am.Eng Speakers exactly mean when they say "I can sort of understand it." I mean, how sort of here correctly used in this context? I mean, if it has only one possible correct ...
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Meaning/usage of “it's not that bad”

What do people mean when they say: "I don't think it was that bad." Does this phrase have only one possible correct meaning or use? Does it require further context to be provided in order to ...
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sense of purpose in life vs purpose in life

What is the difference between "sense of purpose in life" vs "purpose in life". A person with few responsibilities might lose his sense of purpose in life. I was told that omitting "sense of" is ...
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Is “stick your mouth to a hole” idiomatic?

I am not sure how idiomatic it is. When someone says "stick your mouth to a hole" does he mean literally as in put your mouth in contact with the hole or close to it? I thought it was an exaggeration, ...