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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 mean “to get {somebody} {something}”

Could you say if I'm correct translating the following sentence: And I'd like to see about getting Harry some contacts. like And I'd like to see about providing Harry with some contacts. I'm ...
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What does “social tool” mean in this text? Is it an idiom?

William was tall and thin and shy and awkward in school. His best social tool was that he played the piano, and so was recruited for school musicals, which placed him at rehearsals and cast parties ...
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Charles Dickens bleak house interpretation

It's from Bleak-House. Chapter Down in Lincolnshire ( LXVI) Some of her old friends, principally to be found among the peachy-cheeked charmers with the skeleton throats, did once occasionally say, ...
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“taking their lead from him” in this context

He(Neville) had not once mentioned his meeting with Harry, Ron and Hermione on the closed ward in St Mungo's and, taking their lead from him, they had kept quiet about it too. Harry Potter and ...
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Meaning of “upon her” in this context

Esmeralda was a very light sleeper. She woke as soon as the key turned in the lock. Then, just before Frollo blew out the lantern, Esmeralda saw his face. “Oh, no!” she cried out faintly. “It’...
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Do “usually never” and “usually always” make sense?

When visiting the lunch buffet: "I usually never take the spicy dressing" When waiting for Tom: "Tom usually always comes on time" It seems like a bit of colloquial exaggeration - but is it ...
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“Kick your ass on the road” meaning

I heard "Kick your ass on the road" in a movie. The context is that there were two people in a truck. One guy said it to the driver. From the context, I guess it probably means he had asked the driver ...
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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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How to understand the phrase “the unwilling objects of a gruesome sort of reflected fame”

There were relatives of their victims among the Hogwarts students, who now found themselves the unwilling objects of a gruesome sort of reflected fame as they walked the corridors: Susan Bones, whose ...
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What does “reintegrate into the labour market” mean?

A: XYZ helps unemployed individuals prepare for, find, and maintain suitable employment. B: XYZ offers programs and services that help unemployed workers reintegrate into the labour market and ...
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What does “tippy top” mean here?

And except for those at the tippy top, shareholder value isn’t a meaningful goal that excites and engages them. I searched online dictionaries but I didn't find a good definition for"tippy top" ...
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How is “over-the-top” related to online streaming? [on hold]

I know OTT means online content business, but why is "over the top" linguistically used? Literally I don't see much connection.
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What does “at stake” mean in this emboldened sentence?

For the past two weeks Chinese and American negotiators have been locked in talks in Beijing and Washington to end their trade conflict before the deadline of March 1st......Don't be distracted by ...
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school lunch in American English

What does "school lunch" mean in American English? Is it ambiguous between a lunch provided by a school and a lunch prepared at home like a bag lunch?
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What is the difference between I will leave in 10 minutes and I’m leaving in 10 minutes?

What is the difference between the next sentences? I will leave in 10 minutes. I assume it means: I will leave within 10 min. I am leaving in 10 minutes. I assume it means: I ...
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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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Meaning of a sentence from Not About Angles

We know full well there's just time. I can't understand the meaning of this sentence. Does it mean there's only one time or there just remains a little time? Is this phrase common? Another ...
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Meaning of “start the fire”

I learned a new word from magazine, "dedicate", and shown me an example. Much of their time will be dedicated to finding the one who started the fire. what is this sentence meaning? and "started ...
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“clunked into place” meaning

She walked away. Harry stood staring after her, his brain working frantically. Then something clunked into place. "Cho! Hey - Cho!" He ran after her, catching her halfway up the marble ...
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What does “fat and flat range” mean in this context? [closed]

Here is the context: Following that, a number of banks have cut their exposure to equities due to the volatile nature of stocks in the first half the year. Earlier this month, Goldman Sachs ...
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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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What is the differance between “Out of Syllabus” and “Beyond Syllabus”?

Please let me know that "What is the difference between "Out of Syllabus" and "Beyond Syllabus"?" For example; This question is out of syllabus. Whether the Question is from the course curriculum or ...
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meaning of 'deed of love'?

Does 'deed of love' mean deed caused by love or it mean something else? Example: Life and hope for the world are to be found only in the deeds of love.
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Is it OK to use “slowly” after “to edge”?

I came across a sentence Why does a car have to edge forward slowly when turning from a side street into a main street? The use of slowly made me look up the definition of edge as a verb in a ...
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alive once alive forever?

doubt Is it correct to say alive once alive forever meaning one who feels alive once lives forever?
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Does the phrase “more obvious” mean “just barely noticeable among many” in certain contexts?

Let me add some context here: In Frank Herbert’s Dune, there is this sentence: “I know the Dark Things and the ways of the Great Mother,” Jessica said. She read the more obvious signs in Mapes’ ...
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What does the last phrase 'when a sphere' mean?

link to the book At the Mountains of Madness I encountered this sentence and can only guess what it means, but I want to know for sure They were normally shapeless entities composed of a viscous ...
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What does “but not say” mean?

I believe that the requirement is being exercised but not say, directly called in the test. What does "but not say" mean? Does it mean something like "though we can't say"?
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Grammar of “Way up high”

General meaning is clear but hard to understand the phrase from a grammatical angle. Appreciate the help.
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sitting position… knees open or what?

Image cropped from https://yurielkaim.com/7-fat-burning-leg-exercises/ I am making a sentence presenting the image in picture. I want to say that one shouldn't sit the way that the knees are wide ...
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Is the phrase “the long way of the oval” the object of the clause and should there be an “into” before it?

I encountered this sentence when reading "A Morbid Taste for Bones" by Ellis Peters: Cadfael turned towards the cry, thrusting through thorn-branches, and came out in a narrow oval of grass ...
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“Stand up to your work” in an essay by Hilaire Belloc

This is a passage from "The Mowing of a Field" by Hilaire Belloc. In the essay, he describes in detail the right way to make hay. So great an art can only be learnt by continual practice; but this ...
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We can scarcely admit that

I sometimes read sentences starting with "We can scarcely admit that..." Does it mean we cannot admit, or we can admit but not easily, or something else? What does it mean exactly? The dictionary ...
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What is the meaning of “notice to quit at once” and "Lotty points”

Lord Beamys led the way with Mrs. Gervase, Mrs. Dixon followed with Sir Vivian Ponsonby, and the multitudes that followed cried, saying, “What a dear old man!”—“Isn’t it kind of him to come all this ...
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How can “I don't know if you can tell or not, but…” be used in spoken English?

I've just come across that phrase I don't know if you can tell or not, but... Would you tell me what it means and how I can use it? Thanks for your help
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Match Made It in Heaven meaning

How to understand in other words the title of the text according to the story?: Match Made It in Heaven As I sat sipping a cup of tea at my sister Doris" house, my husband, Brian, caught my eye ...
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What is “to have a run of accidents”?

What is "to have a run of accidents"? Miss Lowe had a run of accidents before her birthday, spending a week in hospital after a fall at home and suffering whiplash in a car accident while being ...
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Does “legal poaching” exist?

I heard the illegal poaching being uttered so many times in a TV show, about animals, that my ear of a non-native speaker, made me questioning the validity of the term. I have made some Ngram ...
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problem about expression “period of facility”

Whatever the world to come, the Western peoples will play in it the part of the Graeculi in the Roman Empire. Sought out and despised by the new conqueror, they will have, in order to impress him, ...
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What is the meaning of “share our frustration with~” in the following sentence?

What is the meaning of "share our frustration with" in the following sentence, Many of our fellow shareholders share our frustration with Apple’s capital allocation policies. ? Does it mean "...
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Is this a run-on sentence? & What about the phrase “no matter…”

The following sentence comes from a Youtube video regarding idioms: "So, he finally decided that letting Annette go would be the lesser of the two evils as an angry staff is a less productive staff ...
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What does “as good as” mean?

http://lovefreenovels.com/Fiction/This_Is_Falling/page_44.html The girl wants to break up with here unconsious forever boyfriend and writes such a say-goodbye letter: The more I think about it, the ...
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What is the meaning of “his path beaten out in the turf”

Suddenly the darkness about him glowed; a furnace fire had shot up on the mountain, and for a moment the little world of the woodside and the steep hill shone in a pale light, and he thought he saw ...
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What does “pulling out one's fingernails” mean?

What is the meaning of "pulling out one's fingernails" Is the meaning of the expression similar to "pull teeth" or does it have a different nuance? Here is a sample sentence; It took ...
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What is the meaning of “pick up” in this sentence? [closed]

We had thought the turnout for these events would pick up, but it's really lagged behind our estimates. Does this sentence equal to: We had thought the turnout for these events would increase, ...
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Can I omit “of” in “faces an immediate fine (of) up to one million dollars”?

This is my question sentence. If a company owns a factory that introduces harmful chemicals into rivers or lakes, it faces an immediate fine of up to one million dollars. Here, can I just delete ...
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“For the/a Xth year running in…” meaning?

Years running means consecutive years. No problem with that. But I saw it is used in sentences like: That helps explain why Greece probably beat its primary budget target for a fourth year ...
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What message does “should you decide to accept” really convey?

In 'Mission Impossible' movies a recurring phrase is ... your mission, should you decide to accept it, is ... Which of the below alternatives best catches the true meaning of the sentence? ... ...
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Take this opportunity vs take up this opportunity

I have just watched a british youtube video. She said: "I really hope some of you take up this opportunity" My question is, what is the difference of that to "Take this opportunity" Is this ...
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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 ...