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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 it mean by “asleep at the watch”?

What does it mean by "asleep at the watch"? The childish awe that accompanied the president stands in unfortunate contrast to the indifference greeting the next state visit to Israel. Unlike the ...
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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 ...
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What's the difference between “over this year”, “during this year” and “in this year”?

What's the difference between "over this year", "during this year" and "in this year"? For example, Over this year, he's been able to provide a lot of correct answers in class. During ...
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What does “let’s get rocks” mean?

I saw this on a t-shirt one of my friends is about to make for a sports event. Let’s get rock (or "rocks", I am not sure). And there is a dirt bike on it too. The event is dirt bike racing, my ...
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The man of double deed

There is this beautiful poem I heard on "The Fall" (british tv show). There was a man of double deed, Who sowed his garden full of seed; When the seed began to grow, 'Twas like a garden full ...
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Permanent carapace of conscience

Source: http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/kashmir-situation-india-pakistan-indo-pak-war-bangladesh-un-the-bilateral-bind-3035013/ What is meant by the emboldened part The pictures ...
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What does “suggests after the event…” mean?

Just as the development of a society sometimes suggests after the event a pattern not in the minds of its creators, the transition from the old convict system to the new did not always follow the ...
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“to set a man framing titillating hypotheses”. What does it mean?

I am reading a book right now. I saw a phrase and I couldn't understand what it means. What does "to set a man framing titillating hypotheses" mean? (Emphasis below is mine) I can only see her ...
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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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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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“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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My two younger sisters

Hello everyone: Let’s say I have two younger sisters named Mary and Stacy, aged 28 and 25 respectively. In a conversation with a friend of mine, I want to talk about Mary, who is younger than me ...
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“At my end” and “On my part” and similar expressions

I would like to know the difference in meaning between "At my end" and "On my part". On the internet, I think it's something to do with responsibility but I need more clarification about the ...
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What does “the fit was beyond my holding” mean?

'I never heard his feet behind me--he always walked like a cat--but his arm slid round my neck, pulling me back where I sat, till my head lay on his chest, and his left hand held the knife plumb ...
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What does ' relate back to' mean?

When do you use the phrase relate back to? Does it mean remind? I would be very thankful if someone could provide an example.
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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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“that's the case”, “that's the fact” and 'that's the truth".

A: I am sure we didn't make a mistake at all ,dealing with the complaining customer. B: Well, if that's the case and why are we being warned about this? Q: In the above sentence, What' the ...
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I don't understand the meaning of the sentence in bold clearly?

The reunion had lasted a week. As they packed for home, his father, in a far too offhand way, had suggested they visit Chig’s grandmother. “We might as well drop in on her and my brother’s.” So, ...
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“a massive line’s worth of fans disappointed” meaning?

James also hinted last week at a possible appearance at a Blaze Pizza in Culver City with a tweet on Monday. But James never showed up, leaving a massive line’s worth of fans disappointed. The mural ...
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what does 'tore up' mean in this context?

James Hetfield looks pretty tore up in those pics. I saw this sentence here from a comment. I searched on the web and it seems that it has many meanings. So, I am not sure which one is correct. My ...
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Move away/ stand back

Let's say there is a person on a beach that was just pulled out from the water, and then you have to give CPR because she's not breathing. A crowd is surrounding her, so you say: move away/stand ...
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what does the sentence in bold mean?

(Context below is from "The Soldier's Home", by E. Hemingway) Krebs found that to be listened to at all he had to lie, and after he had done this twice he, too, had a reaction against the war and ...
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In reliance on it(phrase meaning)

Let's say you are the addressee, and the sender sent you a disclamer note 5 days ago. And the sender wrote: If you are not the intended recipient(s) (or authorised by an addressee who received this ...
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“between now and then” meaning

A teacher is saying to her students: Between now and then, observe yourself. Bring in information. Be committed, constant and fair to each other. Does it mean "in this time period"? or it means "...
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Meaning of “enduring fevers”

From a research paper: How can such a diverse group of pathogens confer similar risks of psychotic disorder? Common to the implicated pathogens is the maternal immune response. In support of this ...
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Brave out or brave through a night

Let's say you are storytelling a haunted mansion's ghost stories. In the middle of your story you say: Many had tried to brave out a night in the mansion, but nobody lasted before midnight.(my ...
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Help to understand “…mid fifty for a high”

I heard this in a weather broadcast. The part I am not sure is the usage for a high. Does it mean mid fifty will be one of the highest temperatures in a day, supposing there are few high temperatures ...
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Do “bore down” and “bear down” mean the same thing?

I have scratching my head over something I heard in a movie description: Their jaws drop as a globe of churning green light bores down to the earth in front of them. I only know "bear down" as a ...
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Question about exact meaning of “a premium paid” in the given context.

A Text: Amazon parrots are native to the New World. Indeed, Christopher Columbus himself apparently gave the name “Amazon” to the green. Short winged parrots that he brought back to Europe after his ...
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What the first/second part of the day referring to?

I heard this phrase in a weather broadcast on a radio. It says something like: on the first part of the day, the temperature is ... and on the second part of the day, the temperature is ... My ...
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meaning of 'a theory of political human nature'

Which one is the meaning of 'a theory of political human nature'? a theory of the political nature of humans a theory of the nature of political humans I myself guess the first one is meant. The ...
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Does the phrase “to get something done” have different meanings?

https://www.tofluency.com/english-phrase-have-get-something-done/ To have / get something done means that someone does something for you. ... Here are more examples: “I need to get my hair cut soon.” ...
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Every “last” one of them

Heard this sentence in a movie: And every last one of them trying to achieve it all. What's the difference between the phrases: Every last one of them Every one of them Each one of them
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Should vs Got to vs Have to

I understand that when using have to in a sentence, the meaning is clear - something needs to be done and there is no choice about it. For example: You have to have car insurance to drive a car. ...
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What does “to bite into life” mean here?

In this ads of a brand of toothpaste, it says "... so you can bite into life without hesitation." What does to bite into life mean here? Does it also have different meaning in different context? I ...
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“Exclusions apply.”: What does it mean?

When I saw a receipt of an e-commerce, I found a sentence "Exclusions apply." "Apply your 20-character promote code to receive this discount. Exclusions apply. See details at xxxxxxxx.com. Expires ...
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“At the sight my shirt”?

walking disaster His stern expression melted into a smile at the sight my shirt, and then he dabbed my face with a towel. The strong text doesn't make sense unless we put the preposition "of" to ...
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Stay on the safe side of the fence

From the movie "Devil's Doorway" (1950) During the movie, the Indian called Lance and his family and friends try to keep his land, but the homestead law gives other people right to his land, so they ...
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Suggestion (with/in) regard to

What is the difference in the meaning/usage of these two phrases ? Suggestion in regard to Suggestion with regard to Googling yields results showing both phrases being used but I couldn't ...
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with the excited ears

"You mean Piglet. The little fellow with the excited ears. That's Piglet. I'll tell him." This is from Winnie-the-Pooh. What's the meaning "with the excited ears"?
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What does “to get in the clear” mean?

From the movie Sniper (1993) A sniper and his spotter need to take a bad guy out at his hacienda. The sniper explains the situation to the spotter: Most logical position would be to take our ...
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Meaning of X is as (adj) as he/she/it can be

A famous song by The Beatles has the following lines: He's as blind as he can be Just sees what he wants to see I have run across similar phrases more than once and now am determined to finally ...
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To have [noun] of [noun]: adjectival construction or meaninful phrase with specific connotations?

In the song Faith of the Heart, as in its title, you have two nouns connected with the preposition of. Please consider the following segment for instance: Cause I've got faith of the heart. I'm ...
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Attract tourists from “around the world” or “[all] around the world”?

Attract tourists from around the world and attract tourists from all around the world. Are they both correct? If they are, is the former used more commonly? Is there a difference between them?
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usage of had been in absence

His father had to pawn the earrings. The earrings were gone for a long time. If I change this sentence in such a way that it means exactly as "The earrings had been in absence." I wanted to know ...
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Why the phrase “of a” is required here?

Source A word to the wise: Whomever is even more of a vogue word than whom. Many use it indiscriminately to sound cultured, figuring that no one will know any better. What the of a has been placed ...
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be vain about (appearance, achievements)

what does "be vain about something" (appearance/achivement etc.) mean? I know who is vain person but I'm not quite sure when it comes to be vain about something.
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The meaning of 'bunched in ripples'

We found ourselves in a thick white metal cage that opened into the Medical Records room—an empty, warehouse-sized room with no staff, no patients, no chairs, no visitors, and no medical records. ...
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What is “bruised suavity”?

Excerpted from theatlantic.com: If one were to recast The Rockford Files, as Universal Pictures is intending to do, would the Frat Pack actor Vince Vaughn seem the wisest choice to play Jim ...
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Using “update” as noun

I wrote this sentence Updates to the context variables are shown below this panel. It is supposed to means something like Fields show the values specified to update the context variables Does ...