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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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Usage of 'quick' as adverb

I heard the following dialog in a British English movie: Words go round quick. All the little tongues go clack, clack, clack. What does this mean, and why was the word "quick" used instead of "...
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Meaning of the phrase “little too”?

Does the phrase 'little too' mean same as 'very', or is it mild form of very ? For instance, I am little too comfortable talking to you. Does it mean same as 'I am very comfortable talking to you' ?
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'I have decided to purchase a jet for getting to NYC and back more quickly.'

Are the following sentences grammatical or not? If not, does substituting a to-infinite make them grammatical? (Optional: designate if the sentence expresses purpose, reason, aim, or function) 1 I ...
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How to dissect/parse 'no sooner X than Y'?

I ask not about the meaning, but about its derivation: no sooner F than S {phrases} = [Please check my additions of F and S 1. Used to convey that the second event S mentioned happens ...
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The meaning of the phrase “to have Helen all to herself”

Annie wanted to have Helen all to herself so that she could do anything with her. Note: In this context, Annie (full name, Annie Sullivan) is the teacher of Helen (full name, Helen Keller). What is ...
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Last two days/ In the last two days / For the last two days [duplicate]

can anybody explain me the difference in usage of these three? For example, is it correct to ask: How many cars did you buy last two days or How many cars did you buy in the last two days? is there ...
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I bought something two days ago - quick question

I have this question that my brain cannot understand because for me it seems to be very illogical. Please, try to explain this to me. It is both english problem but also my native language problem. ...
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What does “at 19.45 hours” mean?

I was reading a book and this sentence seemed a little odd to me: At approximately 19.45 hours the two men rose, stretched and yawned. They picked up their gear and stood at the door, ... What ...
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What does 'just so you know' mean?

“just so you know” (Urban Dictionary) What does this mean? And what grammatical role does “so” have?
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The expressions “This Monday” and “Next Monday”

Suppose it is Wednesday: Does the expression "This Monday" mean: The Monday of the same week. The Monday of the following week. Does the expression "Next Monday" mean: The Monday of the following ...
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What does “be to” mean?

Harry swallowed and looked around him. He realized he must be in the hospital wing. He was lying in a bed with white linen sheets, and next to him was a table piled high with what looked like half ...
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What do “have”, “get” and “got” mean?

In my language have has exactly two different meanings. First is possess. In the following sentences I can replace have with posses, I have a pen = I possess a pen I have a car = I possess a car I ...
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Why “on television”, but “on the radio?”

Why do we say on television but say on the radio? I saw these two mentioned in Cambridge dictionary entry. We often hear and use it both in private and in public settings and in films, on ...
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“Happen to know” meaning

"Do you happen to know is if she has a boyfriend?" What does the above sentence means . I heard those line in the movie 'the social network' and I would like to know when do we use this phrase "...
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What does it mean? “being into someone”

I was reading a book and there was a sentence in it : Are you into me? It was like a romantic dialog but i don't know the exact meaning. So i have 2 questions: 1. What does it mean? 2. I ...
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a year on: what does it mean?

PLease, dear native English speakers, help me to understand the meaning of the expression "a year on" within the context "The reality is that, a year on, a true 4K standard is still very much a work ...
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What does “Lose Yourself” mean?

The question is very small, what does the sentence "Lose yourself" mean? I searched on internet and got many different meanings. Two of which are quite contrary to each other. One is, "...
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What's the meaning of “check out”?

This is a comment made by a poster on an article about texting: It seems to me that by texting during class or at meetings, you are in no position to assess whether the topic under discussion is ...
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Phrase meaning: every now and then vs every once in a while

I would like to know whether there is a difference in meaning of the following phrases: 1. Every now and then; 2. Every once in a while. I know that they both mean occasionally, but is that all? There ...
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The meaning of “a sick set of wheels!”

"That's a sick set of wheels!" I've heard it from someone and I'm wondering what the exact meaning is. I googled the phrase and all I found was a twitter status. I know that one of the meanings of "...
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The Times is a highly (respected or respectable) journal?

What is the correct usage? The Times is a highly (respected or respectable) journal. And if we changed the sentence to this, would you change your choice? The Times is a highly (respected or ...
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Meaning of “long past the point”

We are long past the point where the story of Donald Trump became stranger and more lurid than a Hollywood movie. What does "long past the point" mean? (This quote came from a translated Chinese ...
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What does “What's up?” mean? [duplicate]

I usually hear people ask others "What's up?" when they first meet each other. But what does this sentence mean? Does it mean "How are you?" or "What are you doing?' And if asked with such phrase,...
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After how many? Usage of AFTER

For example: If there are 5 houses in the village and I passed 4 houses and now at 5th house I finally arrived to the destination. It took me how many houses to get there or after how many houses I ...
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“I think we're going to have to be chessmen” - what does “be going to” mean here?

They were standing on the edge of a huge chessboard, behind the black chessmen, which were all taller than they were and carved from what looked like black stone. Facing them, way across the chamber, ...
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“have you ever gone to” to ask past experience

is it correct to ask: Have you ever gone to Spain? if i want to know whether or not he had visited Spain in his life (experience)?
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1 hour ago though it is already about 110 minutes

I tried a small experiment. I posted a post on Facebook at exactly: 21:01 and waited to see how many hours ago it will say. When it was 22:50 it still said that my post was posted 1 hour ago. Though ...
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Would saying “who is this” in normal tone be rude in an occasion not on the phone?

I am not a native English speaker; I am not sure how to interpret such an event. For example, suppose I approach my friend to say hello; suppose he is together with someone I don't know; suppose this ...
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Difference between “As For” and “As To”

1a. an explanation as for what happened 1b. an explanation as to what happened 2a. As for funding, the committee might have a meeting to address that. 2b. As to funding, the committee might have ...
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“Product list” vs “Products list”

I have a page with list of products. What is the correct name for this page? Product list or Products list And What's difference?
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Can I say “I was born in a place but bred in another place” instead of using “born and bred” in pair?

I am wondering If I tell people that I was born in Melbourne but bred in Sydney, will the people think that I am married and have many children in Sydney? Because when someone "breeds" then it ...
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How would “Have a good one.” be understood in this context?

I was replying to somebody who said to be going to eat something and rest, and said "Have a good one." I was not understood, and asked what I meant by that. Isn't "have a good one" used instead of "...
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Is the following usage of past progressive correct?

What is the difference between the past continuous and the simple past usage of these sentences? They were fighting Nazis for three days. And They fought Nazis for three days. Can ...
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Meaning of “Give a man a fire and he's warm for the day. But set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life.”

What is the meaning of this quote by Terry Pratchett? Give a man a fire and he's warm for the day. But set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life. I think I understand the first ...
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Is any difference between “speak English” and “speak in English”?

Is any difference between "speak English" and "speak in English"?
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What does the phrase '2000-never' mean?

I came across this phrase today in a rather humorous column: The last time I did [something] ... was 2000-never. I've never seen this construct before. My guess is, that this means, the author did ...
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The meaning of “half woman, half girl”

"It was the same mirror I'd gazed into as a child, then as a girl, then as a youth, half woman, half girl." Educated by Tara Westover What does "half woman" mean? (For example: A ...
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What does “For next to nothing” mean?

I will start with the example I know to make it clear. In a TV show this conversation happened: Guy1: This car is crap. I'll buy it for next to nothing? Guy2: How next to? I guess the fans ...
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The meaning of “this heart of mine”

I was wondering about difference between "my" and "of mine" and have found some posts that say: "my" is definite form and "of mine" is indefinite one. So, "of mine" is the same as "one of my". ...
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To sleep your way to the top

He was insinuating that she slept her way to the top. Most memorably, Huffington urges the assembled luncheon group: “Sleep your way to the top. Four hours is not enough.” She is a big advocate ...
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“For the best part of a generation” - meaning

Could you help me in understanding the exact meaning of a phrase "for the best part of a generation". For example: For the best part of a generation--the welfare state generation of 1945-79--this ...
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Break Off, Break Up

According to this dictionary definition 2 of "break off" is: to stop or end suddenly or cause (something) to stop or end suddenly definition 1b of "break up" is: to end or cause (...
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What is the most formal, polite and expressive way of saying 'Thank You'?

Is there anything else other than 'thank you' to show gratitude in a polite, formal way to my professor at college?
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Do you count the current one?

For example, if I had 3 girlfriends before, and now I have 4th one that I am dating and somebody would ask: How many girlfriends did you have / have you gotten? Would it be correct to count in the ...
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Does “good to see you” end a conversation?

I talked to a native English speaker today, and after a while, she abruptly said "good to see you" or something like this and went away. Does "good to see you" mean, instead of "good to see me", that ...
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Difference between Coming up, Gone up and Come, Go

What is the difference between... "I see Dr.Phil coming up through the garden" and "I see Dr.Phil coming through the garden". "He has gone up to buy your outfit" and "He has gone to buy your ...
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Why is it called “under the sea” when it should be “in the sea?” [duplicate]

Why is the phrase "under the sea" constructed the way it is? Shouldn't it be "in the sea?" Does "sea" refer to the surface of the ocean in this case? Or is it just one of those quirks in English?
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What does “for one” mean in this context?

Penelope Maddy. Realism in Mathematics. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2003, p. 126. ISBN 0-19-824035-X The possibility remained that the axioms of ZFC would be enough to establish the continuum ...
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There she is, there he is, there you are, and there it is

In a movie when a lady entered the room a man exclaimed: there she is! I think this means something like drawing people’s attention, kind of introducing her to the rest of public. If we replace she ...
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Meaning of “Unlooked for joy in that I honor most” in a sonnet by Shakespeare

Shakespeare (sonnet 25): Let those who are in favor with their stars Of public honor and proud titles boast, Whilst I, whom fortune of such triumph bars, Unlooked for joy in that I honor ...