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are “displayed upfront” and “hidden covertly” the same? I guess not and I need a double check

This post says overlays of a symbol or text that may be hidden covertly or displayed upfront to protect an image from being used without owner’s approval. to illustrate above, the post gives ...
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“move up the school” meaning

"As he moved up the school, he gathered about him a group of dedicated friends; I call them that, for want of a better term, although as I have already indicated, Riddle undoubtedly felt no affection ...
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What does the phrase “brains to spare” mean here?

I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase "brains to spare" in the following sentence: Factor in a smattering of stylus minigames - including a terrific dash to piece together a cantankerous ...
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Meaning of “Reverse my Polarity”

In Talking Tom and Friends, Season 1 Episode 5, "Magnetic Ben", when Ben became a magnet and got stuck to the garage door, he said to Angela: "I need you to reverse my polarity!" Immediately, Angela ...
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What does “air so close” means?

This is the quote from a Choose of Games game I'm currently playing. Four days out of Puerta Ballena -- four humid, still days, with air so close you could cut it with your cutlass if Tinima ...
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“That of being”

He then spends the rest of his life trying to expiate his dual sin: That of being furious at his mother for not satisfying him; that of being such a greedy child who really deserves nothing better. (...
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Usage of “to do with”

Can I use "to do with" in the same meaning as "about/concerning a particular subject" ? For example: 1- All applications to do with this role go through my secretary first. 2- Most of the ...
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Help to understand “if nothing else”

HALO: The Fall of Reach If nothing else, Cortana liked a challenge. Does it mean Maybe, challenge was Cartana's only hobby. ?
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proper definition of “perfectly natural”

I am wondering about the meaning of "perfectly natural." If a sentence is clunky, can it still be considered perfectly natural? For example, consider "The reason I'm writing this e-mail is to inform ...
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“Being such” or “Being as such”

Looking for an descrpition of a phrase, I came across these definitions: Definitions for Natural: 1- Being such from birth or by nature. 2- Being such by blood and not by adoption or ...
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Meaning of “this project” in this context

In 1482, Quasimodo was about 20 years old. Claude Frollo had turned 36. The priest was still involved in the education of his younger brother, Jehan. But this project had caused him bitterness....
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Meaning of “I take up my pen in the year of grace 17”

SQUIRE TRELAWNEY, Dr. Livesey, and the rest of these gentlemen having asked me to write down the whole particulars about Treasure Island, from the beginning to the end, keeping nothing back but ...
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Worth of meaning

A: Bag belongs to one of his suppliers. And it contains a football's worth of cocaine. (A is showing a football's size by his hand while speaking. The size of the cocaine pile is similiar to a ...
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“Get someone going”

A: We have to reduced energy usage by %15. That means no more laminating Santiago. B: Oh, that's fine. It is not the thing that gives me the most pleasure in life. Interacting other people, ...
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Meaning of “period around now” in a description of the present continuous tense

I am learning from a book called English Grammar in use The book says that we use the present continuous tense when we talk about changes happening around now and I am confused with the meaning of ...
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What does the phrase “lose a life” mean here?

I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase "lose a life" in the following sentence? So sink carefully, but watch out, with each miss or scratch you lose a life — run out before you finish the ...
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How to politely tell your senior that what they told is wrong?

How to politely tell someone whatever they told is not correct according to me? Is it okay to say "let me know if I am wrong?" after explaining them about that concept?
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What does the phrase “baize to secure early lead” mean here?

I cannot figure out the meaning of the phrase "battle of the baize" in the following heading of a news item: Varsity 2017: Warwick win battle of the baize to secure early lead I am not sure if the ...
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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 the phrase “just under” mean here? [closed]

Here is a sentence from a racing game: You can choose a challenge with a car that’s just under, or make things easy for yourself by choosing fully-specced vehicle. I am not sure about the ...
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What does “As in” mean here?

“Didn’t you hear me? A bride, Cinder. As in, a princess.” “As in, not going to happen. He’s only, what? Nineteen?” Source I looked it up, and it seems to mean "for example" or "such as"; but ...
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Tautology or not?

I’d be grateful for your help for what, on first glance may appear to be a legal question, but I believe that its essence is an English question. I was recently involved in a court case where a ...
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Until - ambiguity

Hello I have big ambiguity in using this word: UNTIL. Does it include the thing after word UNTIL or it means that thing is not included? Here are two examples: A. The TV Show was good until 3rd ...
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What does “ducked into an arched doorway heading for the subway - and got lost…” mean in this passage?

I turned into Grand Central from Vanderbilt Avenue, and went down the steps to the first level, where you take trains like the Twentieth Century. Then I walked down another flight to the second level, ...
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What does the phrase “slide two fingers across the screen” mean here?

I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase "slide two fingers across the screen" in the following sentence: In N.O.V.A. you can slide three fingers over a door to open it, slide two fingers ...
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What is the meaning of “Put a bullet in something”?

I have seen this sentence in a chat between people and I guess when they said "put a bullet" they have used it idiomatically. I am not sure about the meaning though. A : The process is over timing B:...
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what does mean by “getting kicked in the head”?

the context as blow: Since my mom taught there, I would no longer have to ride the bus with a bunch of rowdy boys and worry about stuff like getting kicked in the head. No kidding ----they actually ...
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What does the expression “go get your play on” mean here?

I came across the expression "go get your play on" in the description of the new games that are worth playing. The expression is the last sentence of the games that are chosen by editors. I got the ...
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What's the meaning and usage of “Speak with your feet”?

Is speak with your feet similar to vote with your feet? And should it be used in positive context? For example: Let's vote/speak with your feet by joining the fundraising activity.
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Grammar of “Way up high” [closed]

General meaning of "way up high" is clear, but hard to understand the phrase from a grammatical angle.
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What does “at its + adjective” mean?

there are phrases on paper saying things like at its most radical at its + superlative and there is no way of understanding the meaning of this phrase because I can't find it on dictionary. ...
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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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Idiomatic usage of “well worth the ride” to refer to a journey (on foot)

The idiom "well worth the ride" is usually used for a journey made on horseback, bike, motorcycle, or vehicle. But what I mean in the following example is "ride" as a journey on foot (e.g. mountain ...
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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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Come the typhoon

Nevertheless, the crucial factor in the fleet’s demise was the Japanese attacks which had forced the Mongol commanders to have their large and unwieldy ships lashed together using chains. It was this ...
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What does the phrase “dangling-armed trolls” mean here?

Here is a sentence from an adventure game: If you are not careful, you might be grabbed by the dangling-armed trolls that reach from afar. The player fights against many creatures, monsters, etc....
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What does the phrase “head down the rat's hole” mean here?

Here is a heading of a game app's description: "Head down the rat's hole" The game lets you live the life of a rat that lives in a beautiful village. The player interacts with the rat's friends and ...
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“Rounding endorsement”

That sounds like a rounding endorsement. Thank you Peter. (from a BBC show) I can't find a definition in major dictionaries related to this usage. "Rounding" seems to mean "resounding", "emphatic", ...
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“Saying that” meaning

It is hard for me to understand the meaning of the expression "saying that". If it is at the beginning of the sentence, how is it right to explain? Where is it appropriate to use and what construction ...
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What does the phrase “nods to the lore” mean here?

What does the phrase "nods to the lore" mean in the following sentence: Seems very well thought out & has lots of cool nods to the lore of starwars [sic]. This text is from a response to a ...
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What does “less so” mean?

I was reading an answer on a forum and didn't understand what "less so" means. Here's the context "Yeah, that combo is my work daily driver right now, in an MF108 case. It's the most tactile thing ...
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“ten minutes out”

There is a scene in the movie Drinking Buddies where Gene and Luke are talking in a bar. Gene: I've been ten minutes out since I got here. I had one of these, and then I said, "I'm gonna have one ...
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meaning: at three

What does "at three" mean in the following? Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at ...
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As for / as to with people and new subjects

As far as I understand from my research on internet, there is no clear consensus on their usage. I found one speaker saying: "When you introduce a subject related to what you have just been ...
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What does “Applies to something in principle” mean?

Could someone please explain this phrase to me: "applies to something in principle". Thank you.
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“She's fucked of with some nextman” meaning [closed]

"I can't believe it. My girl's left me. She's fucked of with some nextman." I saw the sentence from Urban Dictionary. I'm not sure what the phrase "fucked of" means. I looked it up, but I haven't ...
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be better to do/ be better doing/

1- l'll get engaged like all the others. Get married. Maybe it's better doing things the way everyone does. (original) 2- l'll get engaged like all the others. Get married. Maybe it's better ...
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Meaning of “As she'd be the first to admit”

Just recently, by air mail, I received an invitation to a wedding that will take place in England on April 18th. It happens to be a wedding I'd give a lot to be able to get to, and when the invitation ...
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“Solid knowledge” is it correct expression or not

Is it correct to use the word "Solid" with "Knowledge" and if it is, can we use it in our formal communication or is it better to find something else?
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What does it mean by “pinch a hole in one thing or another”?

https://youtu.be/9C20XmtHkQM?t=583 (9:45) “I’m not pinching a hole in one thing or another” At least that’s what I hear, but I have no idea what it means. I know what “pinch” and “hole” is but can’...