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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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Is this a run-on sentence? & What about the phrase “no matter…”

The following sentence comes from a Youtube video regarding idioms: "So, he finally decided that letting Annette go would be the lesser of the two evils as an angry staff is a less productive staff ...
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What is “animal nourishment”?

As there was no demand for the medicine, however, and no necessity for the messages, he usually occupied his unemployed hours—averaging fourteen a day—in abstracting peppermint drops, taking ...
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“Stand up to your work” in an essay by Hilaire Belloc

This is a passage from "The Mowing of a Field" by Hilaire Belloc. In the essay, he describes in detail the right way to make hay. So great an art can only be learnt by continual practice; but this ...
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Is the phrase “the long way of the oval” the object of the clause and should there be an “into” before it?

I encountered this sentence when reading "A Morbid Taste for Bones" by Ellis Peters: Cadfael turned towards the cry, thrusting through thorn-branches, and came out in a narrow oval of grass ...
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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 “fat and flat range” mean in this context?

Here is the context: Following that, a number of banks have cut their exposure to equities due to the volatile nature of stocks in the first half the year. Earlier this month, Goldman Sachs ...
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Meaning of “plug fill” or “fill plug” in pharmaceutical industry

From an FDA guideline: Bracketing can be applied to studies with multiple strengths of identical or closely related formulations. Examples include but are not limited to (1) capsules of different ...
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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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“back and forward” or “back and forth”

The quill whizzed across the parchment between them, back and forward as though it were skating. I've never seen "back and forward" before. I doubt if it means the same as "back and forth". Is there ...
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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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Meaning of “all the way from six to thirty”

In F. Scott Fitzgerald's story Afternoon of an Author there is a sentence about the group of pretty girls: But in general they were lovely, dressed in real colors all the way from six to thirty, no ...
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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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“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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Interchageable usage of which-clause and ing-clause?

I am in the two minds about the analogy of these two clauses in the following sentence extracted from an article: Last October, the company lowered the price by 200$, which boosted its sales Can ...
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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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A bit confusing with phrasing “harrowing near-loss”. Is there two opposite meaning for same phrase?

Spike managed to get the group on his side, and after a harrowing near-loss, they defeated the paladins and clerics. So, they barely win this fight or it was relatively easy win?
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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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Is “as can be” a correct phrase?

I used this in my poem about war and peace:"Why must we have war? When we could live peacefully or, Find a door, That leads to not a country that is war-tore, But one that has peace, And one that’s ...
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“To break someone's nose” meaning

I've seen this phrase - "to break someone's nose" - a lot, but I'm still unsure whether this means to literally break someone's nose bone, or if it means to cause somebody's nose to bleed. Can anyone ...
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shaking clothes after raising up the ground or what?

every one.there is scene when someone who gets beaten, on the ground then he raises up and tries to dust off his clothes with shaking them. what do you call his last action in English?
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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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Can 'be one with' mean 'unite' in the context below?

What does 'be one with' mean here? Does it mean 'unite'? Live the data preparation. Be one with the data preparation.
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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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Making sense of McInerny sentence, possible obstacle: meaning of 'to wish away'

I'm reading Brightness Falls by Jay McInerney. There is the following sentence: He thought of Isaac Babel, Victor Propp's putative forebear, shot by the Bolsheviks; wondered how as a young ...
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‘hope of any reconciliation’ vs ‘any hope of reconciliation’

I read the following example from a (reliable) dictionary: she had abandoned hope of any reconciliation I’m wondering whether ‘reconciliation’ is countable or noncountable in here whether ‘any’ ...
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Difference between “to do homage” and “to pay homage”?

Is there a difference between meaning and using "to do homage" and "to pay homage"?
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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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What does “watch the world walk with you” mean in the sentence “Or stroll up the Cowley Road and watch the world walk with you”

Below is a reading passage in my English exercise book: Oxford is most definitely prettier. It is located in the central England. It has a population of about 90,000, of which a large number ...
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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 “a long way back” mean?

It's a long way back for Villareal. They were still in the game at 2-1, but it is hard to see them recovering from a two goal deficit in the final 20 minutes here. Please tell me what the phrase "a ...
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Every two emails

my boss told me to send different email every two emails. How am I supposed to understand it? Does every 2 emails mean AFTER two emails? So I post 2 same emails and then the 3rd mail will be different?...
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Several questions about Treasure Island

“We’re a-changing of the powder, Jack,” answers one. “Why, by the powers,” cried Long John, “if we do, we’ll miss the morning tide!” The first question is how I can catch the uncommon form of a-...
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…man would fain succeed in letting one another alone

The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way. For government is ...
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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 ...