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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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Meaning of “All that I ever loved”

priest was staring hard at something, so Quasimodo followed his gaze. A ladder stood against the gallows. A girl dressed in white was being carried up the ladder. There was a noose around her ...
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How did you sleep today? - meaning

Usually the question "How did you sleep today?" is about the quality of the sleeping or about the position of the sleeping? In other words, if I read or hear “how did you sleep last night”, what ...
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“very well” in “I can't very well talk to you and concentrate on sanding this at the same time.”

What is the effect of "very well" in the phrase I can't very well talk to you and concentrate on sanding this at the same time.
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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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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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We're running away = Let's run away -> why so?

This could seem to be a stupid question to natives but I'll just try. Recently I found out that the most difficult kind of sentence in English are none other than the simple declarative sentences. (I ...
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Meaning of “at the last hour” in this context

Having already left the cathedral, Claude Frollo knew nothing of what had happened. Wanting to be alone, he had taken a boat across the Seine. There he walked in the hills, lost in his dark ...
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What do these phrases in the game of cricket mean?

I like watching cricket. I hear phrases like: He played a great innings and brought his team home. He remained there till the end to ensure he sees his team home. And: He is in the form of ...
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What's the meaning of “toss this line”? [on hold]

This sentence : So is it wrong to toss this line? Is a part of Not About Angles song by Birdy. What does toss this line mean? Does it as the same as throw a line? I found this definition on ...
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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 '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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What does the “seven to four” imply or what does the speaker mean by saying “seven to four”?

I have trouble in understanding the meaning or the implication of "seven to four" in this sentence. I could not get any related explanation in the dictionary. My guess is: I would volunteer to work ...
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I don't think VS I don't suppose

Could you please tell me whether the phrase "I don't suppose [something]" is idiomatic? If it is then what is the difference between: I don't think [something] I don't suppose [something]
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Does “job nature” mean “job circumstances and surroundings”?

I don't know if there is such a phrase exists, but I translated it literally from my native language to English. So, I would like to know if it is correct and means "job circumstances and surroundings"...
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It's permissible VS It's permitted

Do the phrases It's permissible It's permitted mean exactly the same? It is permissible to edit the source code It is permitted to edit the source code Do the two phrases above ...
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What does “have a shifty at” mean?

‘Well, Molly, I'm pretty sure this is a boggart,’ said Sirius, peering through the keyhole, ‘but perhaps we ought to let Mad-Eye have a shifty at it before we let it out — knowing my mother, it could ...
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Which is correct , on first dates or on first date?

In the sentence in block quote below, is it correct to say "on first dates" ? Or is the correct form "on first date?" Is it supposed to be "on first few dates?" During job interviews , ON FIRST ...
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What does “go down on the price” mean?

See this conversation: B: This t.v is $2500. A: You can't be serious. B: That's how much this t.v costs. A: That's too expensive for me. B: This television is of very high ...
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Meaning of “He could always use a bit of extra money” in the context below

Phoebus started walking toward the bridge where he planned to meet Esmeralda. Soon he noticed a dark figure creeping behind him in the shadows. “Who’s there?” he called. Claude Frollo, his ...
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itself vs very [difference]

Below are two variants of a conversation about e.g. some rule: Initial statement: His understanding of the rule is wrong. Reply 1: Not just his understanding, but the rule itself is wrong. ...
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meaning of “the scale still hunched and human” and 3 other phrases

I am reading the book "Aloft" By ChangeRae Lee, and I have the questions of the following 3 phrases. be exactly in your own skin the scale still hunched and human putting on a serious buzz in a rope ...
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What does the speaker imply in “piecrust collar” and “smell of horse”?

I could not understand the implication in this sentence, especially the "piecrust collars and smell of horse". I am totally lost! Could anyone help please? The context is : Will (a quadriplegic in ...
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What's the meaning of keep up-to-date in context?

The point is that debt payments — interest and repayments of the original loan — are easier to keep up-to-date for borrowers with a rising income. Source: BBC My problem is with the phrase "keep ...
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What is the meaning of “co-opted” in this sentence? [closed]

I am reading Anthology for Music in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, and on page 173 I get stuck in understanding this sentence: In some cases national and political connotations were an ...
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Is “I grant you” more condescending than “I give you”?

I wonder if, for American native English speakers, it is more condescending to use "I grant you" than "I give you"? (I raised my question this way just to make it specific; I do not have a ...
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How to understand “you've had it bad” in this context?

‘Personally, I'd have welcomed a dementor attack. A deadly struggle for my soul would have broken the monotony nicely. You think you've had it bad, at least you've been able to get out and about, ...
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Meaning of “ Welcome to it” in this context

But then he smiled and stood up. “Wait! I forgot about our custom! We never hang a man until the women have been given a chance to marry him. This way, ladies! A husband for free! Who wants ...
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Where are you flying vs flying to

Can someone help me understand the correct grammar please? Where are you flying or where are you flying to?
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The symbol is a weak symbol that has not been specifically tagged as a weak object symbol

What does the sentence The symbol is a weak symbol that has not been specifically tagged as a weak object symbol. mean? What is the purpose of "specifically" here? This is from nm's ...
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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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Meaning of “Out for revenge”

Claude Frollo had always stayed away from women. But now he seemed to hate them— especially gypsy women. He had asked the bishop to forbid gypsies from dancing in the square. He was outraged ...
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Meaning of the sentence in bold

Claude threw himself into caring for little Jehan. He was more than a brother to the baby—he was the child’s mother and father! He had been taking care of Jehan for about a year when he heard ...
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Meaning of phrase “the day it is due”

You should probably start writing your essay on "To Kill a Mockingbird" sometime before the bus ride to school the day it is due. I can't understand the last part of sentence "the day it is due" ...
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“Love for rent” does this phrase have two meanings?

"Love for rent" could mean two things: That love is available for rent. The love for renting things. Am I right with my interpretation? Which interpretation is more likely to be chosen?
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What does “by some margin” mean?

I found this. China is North Korea’s biggest trading partner by some margin. That means the trading amount is nearly 0?
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Meaning of screaming bundle

Indeed, it was not a newborn baby. It was a twitching mass of humanity in a canvas bag. The head peeping out was very disfigured! There was a forest of red hair, one eye, a mouth, and a few ...
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I want to know the meaning of “Anyone who chose to could take them away”

Some 16 years before Esmeralda married Gringoire, a child had been left at Notre Dame Cathedral. To the left of the great church’s front door was a wooden bed sealed in the pavement. It was ...
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Best X and Y vs. Best X and Best Y

Came across a place with the name Best Bagel and Coffee. This naturally brought up a debate on the following, does "Best X and Y" mean: We have the best X AND best Y We have the best X, and also we ...
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How to understand “got a good bit of use out of them”

‘Fred and George have invented Extendable Ears, see,’ said Ron. ‘They're really useful.’ ‘Extendable—?’ ‘Ears, yeah. Only we've had to stop using them lately because Mum found out and went ...
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meaning of “all got in on the fun”

At last the play began again, but the audience had lost interest. One man shouted, “People of Paris! This play is not amusing. Nothing happens! I thought we were going to select the Pope of ...
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What does “white and pink” mean?

What does “white and pink” mean here? Is it like “black and white” as in “I have a cat. Its color is black and white” or are they actually two colors?
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“First page” or “Page one” for SEO ranking?

SEO is Search Engine Optimization. I want to ask a simple question from this domain. My website is "First Page" on Google. Or My website is "Page One" on Google. Which one of these is right?
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What does “stand up to” mean in this sentence?

I don't quite understand the meaning of "stand up to" in this passage: Still others, Horn says, insist the saying is a melding of "spirit and image," as in "he's the very spirit and image of his ...
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How to parse “As for the philosophical content explicitly picks over in the film’s dialogue”?

I can't parse the first clause of this sentence. As for the philosophical content explicitly picks over in the film’s dialogue, it’s something for the viewer to digest, but it all seems a little ...
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What does the two “have had it”s mean respectively in this context?

‘You heard me—OUT!’ Uncle Vernon bellowed, and even Aunt Petunia and Dudley jumped. ‘OUT! OUT! I should've done this years ago! Owls treating the place like a rest home, puddings exploding, half the ...
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What's the difference between “keeping hope” and “keeping good hope”?

What's the difference between "keeping hope" and "keeping good hope"? I heard both, but unlike in case of the difference between "faith" and "good faith", the latter of which doesn't even imply faith, ...
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Is the phrase “to do a surgery on” feasible?

I would like to ask if saying (figuratively) something like "We can do a surgery on this object so that ...". My question is about the phrase "to do a surgery on"; does that make sense to American ...
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Meaning of “… those who call the time to them or other things connected therewith?” [closed]

We will not [says Socrates] then allow our charges, whom we expect to prove good men, being men, to play the parts of women and imitate a woman young or old wrangling with her husband, defying heaven, ...
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Meaning of “for while knowledge”

We will not [says Socrates] then allow our charges, whom we expect to prove good men, being men, to play the parts of women and imitate a woman young or old wrangling with her husband, defying ...
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Meaning of the sentence in bold is unclear to me

We will not [says Socrates] then allow our charges, whom we expect to prove good men, being men, to play the parts of women and imitate a woman young or old wrangling with her husband, defying ...