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What is the meaning of phrase 'Let there be light, let there be life' [closed]

What is the meaning of given phrase, I have listen this in one movie. I am not able to make out. Can anybody tell me Let there be light, let there be life
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What does “My layers are thick” mean in this context?

In the song "Fuel my Fire" by L7 it says: Yeah, my layers are thick And I got a bad attitude What does "My layers are thick" mean in this context? Is it another way to say "I've got a thick ...
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What does “clean cut whimsy” mean?

Could you please explain me what does "clean cut whimsy" mean? I truly have no idea. I'm trying to understand this figure of speech word by word, but it doesn't work. The Cosby Show was wildly ...
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“make a visit”, what does this mean?

It seems that "make a visit" is not a common phrase, and I am not sure what is the difference between "make a visit to a friend" and "visit a friend". The following sentence is copied from The ...
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What does it mean by “my days-of-the-week underwear only go to Thursday” in this context?

Emily: Lorelai? I'm going shopping this afternoon. I thought I'd pick up a few things for Rory. Lor: I already took care of all that, mom. I got her two skirts and a bunch of tops. Emily: ...
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What's the meaning of “bundle of sticks up your butt” in this context?

It's from Gilmore Girls, and Lane has to go to a teenage hay ride though she thinks it's silly. Rory says, "I'm still fuzzy on what's fun about sitting in the cold for two hours - with a bundle of ...
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What does the phrase “get me bloody please” mean?

What does the phrase get me bloody please mean? Here is some context from a song : Get me, get me bloody, please get me bloody You can get down on your knees if you're naughty It sounds for ...
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What does “Cracked the door a sliver” mean?

How should I understand the phrase marked in bold in the following sentence? Then, feeling light-headed and forlorn, I trudged to her bedroom and - unable to resist - cracked the door a sliver. ...
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What does “racking my sack” mean?

Here is a dialogue from the movie Dumb And Dumber: 1: I wonder what's in this sucker. 2: That thing is worth a fortune! Be careful! 3: It would be nice to know what's in it, though. ...
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Use of “out of” with any words [closed]

I have seen few words with word out of like Out of curiosity, Out of Loyalty What does it mean? what are some other words we can make with this phrase.
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Why, speaking of a colonoscopy, does it say “they put it up your bottom” and not “they put it up through your bottom”?

This is a piece of dialogue about a colonoscopy from the series "Outnumbered" s03e03: — Yes, but how does it get inside your insides? — Well, they put it up your bottom. Why not "they put it ...
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“gone there” vs “been there”

What's the difference between "I've gone there three times today" and "I've been there three times today" ?
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Would it make any difference if “while” is omitted: “… injured his back [while] lifting boxes …”?

Are the following sentences similar? Dad injured his back lifting heavy boxes. Dad injured his back while lifting heavy boxes. Which of these two would a native speaker prefer?
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What does “boys rule, girls drool” mean?

What does "Boys rule, girls drool," mean? I googled it but did not get a straightforward answer. It is a dialogue of Dumb And Dumber (2014) film.
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Same words, arranged differently - is there a difference in meaning?

I refer specifically to 'Nothing is Impossible' as frequently used vs 'Impossible is Nothing' a quote by Muhammed Ali - therefore no doubt a boast! But is there any difference in meaning?
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What does “squint and read” mean?

The lecturer is saying I am going to say that I'm gonna do like a lot of simplifications for the sake of the fact that this is a 30-minute talk. and if you can squint and read C you ...
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Meaning of 'Get a punch above your weight mug'

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 the internet that punch above your weight ...
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Do phrasal verbs depend on understanding English?

I was wondering if phrasal verbs depend on understanding English. Do native speakers just memorize phrasal verbs they've been hearing over their lives, or they can create new phrasal verbs while ...
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open call for artist [closed]

I often see phrases such as "open call for artist", "artist open call", and "artistic open call". I can't figure out what they mean when used colloquially. Some other phrases connected with 'call' ...
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What's the meaning of “tender fancy” in Alice Munro's short story, “An Ounce of Cure”?

I came upon this sentence when I was reading a short story called An Ounce of Cure, written by Alice Munro. Here is the entire sentence: "It was not only that he at once said, publicly, that he had ...
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Meaning of the phrase “Beating on your craft”!

I was translating a document in another language, then I saw this famous quotation from Will Smith that is provided here. The separation of talent and skill is one of the greatest misunderstood ...
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Can the preposition “toward” follow the verb “ask”?

I searched for the phrase "ask toward" but found nothing. The thing is it is a translated term, and I want to know if it is used or at least accepted in English. And ask stars and winds, also ask ...
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“Remind about” vs “Remind of”

I would like to know which phrasal verb is the correct one to be used when talking about an appointment. I have heard some say remind about is the correct one because it talks about something in the ...
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Meaning of “Your eyes are veiled wit far too many veils…”? [closed]

Full context : Your eyes are veiled wit far too many veils. Each thing you look upon is but a veil. Can you explain what it ideologically means , emphasize on first sentence.
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Meaning of “drones save on productivity for our maintenance personnel”

From an article: “Drones save us downtime, save cost, save on productivity for our maintenance personnel,” Bardin said. “They eliminate having to put a person in that potentially hazardous ...
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“Words are always getting in my way”, what does that mean?

A friend quoted some lines from a lyric of a song. link to lyric It goes like this "But I haven't got a paragraph Words are always getting in my way" I wonder, if words are in my way, that means I ...
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What is the meaning of 'Almost perpendicular' when I asked about health

I have asked one of my Manager, how is your health(As he was sick). He replied almost perpendicular. So what he wanted to say actually I didn't get. Can anyone tell meaning of this phrase? Thank you....
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I don't understand this phrase “They came to his help”

They came to his help I found this sentence while I was studying English in my English grammar book. And my book said it meant: They came to help him But I don't understand what it means when I ...
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What is the word “Heavens” used for?

What does the highlighted words [outside of the physical universe] mean? Does it refer to 'the dimensionless space '?
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What does the phrase “be kept in check” mean in this sentence?

In case you will be confused about the context, I put it up as well. Here is the paragraph: The cooling increases the ice cover, which increases the surface albedo, so the climate gets even colder,...
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What does “get your hands wet” mean in the context of programming? How can I use this phrase properly?

A lot of programmers/software engineers tell new guys "get your hands wet". What does that mean? Does that mean "do it yourself"? This book says Before you get your hands wet trying your first ...
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What does libel schmibel means?

"Libel schmibel. The dead can't sue." What does Libel schmibel mean? Another word to say it? Thanks
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What are first/second/third cousins?

Once I was told that I am the second cousin of my uncle's son? Where the number before cousin doesn't depict the number of cousins, but rather it tells how close of a relation you are in with the ...
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That’s another story vs That’s a different story

That’s another story. That’s a different story. They seem the same to me. But I hear they have different meanings. What’s the difference?
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What is meant by “meaning systems” in this sentence?

I read a sentence in an article in The Hindu which was: Certainly some people identify strongly with their community, others identify weakly, and still others move on and adopt the meaning systems ...
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Can I use the following sentences?

Not sure if all-out can be used in this meaning I will give all-out of me. Such as I will try to do the best of me?
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What does “down to a few yards” mean? [closed]

I found this in a book that I'm reading. It says the following: the mist was so thick, however, that visibility was down to a few yards What does the phrase "down to a few yards" mean, taking ...
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What does “attribution is dusting for fingerprints” mean in this context?

Kathie Dello, a climate scientist said the study helps to pin the blame for the heat wave on climate change. “If searching for a culprit for the intensity of these recent European heat waves, ...
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Is “I play soccer, but I’m not playing right now" grammatically correct? [closed]

I play soccer, but I’m not playing right now. Does the sentence make sense?
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What does “for perspective” mean?

Rachel Whalen remembers feeling gutted in high school when a former friend would mock her online postings, threaten to unfollow or unfriend her on social media and post inside jokes about her to ...
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“illuminate the issues at stake” meaning

One of the examples used for the meaning of the word "illuminate" in Cambridge dictionary is: to explain and show more clearly something that is difficult to understand: an article which ...
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Does the phrase “in a way” makes such a difference in a statement?

Does the phrase "in a way" makes such a difference in a statement? In other words, is there a major difference by saying: "In a way, a part of you thinks they should have been together." and "...
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In the Hell / In Hell

What is the difference? How is the first used? What in the hell? What the hell? and How in the hell? How the hell? And what other examples are there?
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What does the phrase “tight level design” mean here?

I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase "tight level design" in the following sentence from a combat game's description: The tight level design and many opportunities for vertical gameplay ...
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what is the difference between I don't remember the name vs I can't remember the name?

I have got really confused by the following two sentences. I don't remember the name I can't remember the name As I understand, the second one means: You are not able to recall the name ...
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What does the phrase “slide into first” mean here?

I heard a phrase "slide into first" in an arcade racing game's description. This was used as the introductory sentence that was followed by speed boosting and drifting tips. I know the lexical ...
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“Better either of the other ways” (meaning)

In the movie the avenger:endgame, valyrie said to hulk as the "talking hulk" -a combination of bruce and the green hulk in one- seeing him again. Valkyrie said: "I think I like you better either ...
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What is meant by (I come from)?

What is meant by (I come from) in the following sentence: I come from Canada, but my parents are Chinese. Does it mean that the speaker (was born in Canada), or that (he has the Canadian nationality)...
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What does “experience on someone” mean?

I read a sentence in Word by Word by Kory Stamper which was: KMD was another editor with 30 years of experience on me, and when I would casually flip through an issue of Time that she had marked ...
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What does “we have a go plotting in” mean?

It sounds like the lecturer is saying going back to a more complex place. let's just talk through what we should expect before we have a go plotting in plotting is easy to understand, the ...