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Hot, spicy and seasoned

I am really confused about the "hot", "spicy", and "seasoned" usage when we talk about food. "The food is too hot" - It sounds like the food is too warm, ...
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What does 'save any winter wardrobe' mean here?

In this paragraph talking about black tights, it says: Black tights are best worn in the transitional months like fall and early spring, and of course, they save any winter wardrobe. What does 'save ...
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"I have been in a six-year-long relationship." I want to know whether the usage of "have been in" correct here, if the relationship ended recently?

Doesn't the above quoted sentence imply that the person is describing that he/she belongs to the category of people who have been in a relationship atleast once in their lifetime?(irrespective of ...
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Is the phrase "it shows" incomplete?

The headline from NY Times is: Liz Cheney Is Prepared to Lose Power, and It Shows What does it shows? I read through it and it seemed to me the "it shows" phrase means the fact Liz Cheney ...
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I am going to the dentist at 5.30. (phrase meaning)

I am going to the dentist at 5.30. I made the appointment two weeks ago. Does it mean that he has the appointment at 5.30 or he is going out from his work or home at 5.30? I suppose he is going out ...
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I don’t finish until next week. (about "until next week") [closed]

I don’t finish until next week. Does it mean he will be free next Monday? So, if today is August, 8, he will be free from August, 15. Right? Can "next week" mean in any day during next week ...
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She lived until she was over a hundred

She lived until she was over a hundred. I have the mentioned sentence in my grammar book and I'm trying to understand its meaning. If I understand correctly: She lived until she was a hundred. <--...
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What does “hit the same beats as it did” mean?

Mick Jagger is sitting on a sofa wearing a pale grey fleece and talking about Charlie Watts. The drummer first played with the Rolling Stones in early 1963, after they had tried six months with a ...
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What's the difference between "come back" and "come on back"

In a video game I'm playing I've heard the phrase "come on back to the base" What is the difference between "come back" vs "come on back" "come on" 3. verb To ...
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Pronouns referring and antecedents structure confusing

Someone moved paper from a space meant for the storage of shared materials and intended to store them in a room they are solely using. I’m not sure how to fix the combination of the content for the ...
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Couple of questions regarding using "of" vs "in"

1-( shrinkage in supplies/ lack of supplies ) Why not using the same preposition since both phrases mean the same thing ?? 2-the country is at the cutting edge of/in this major. Which preposition to ...
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Can "for themselves" mean "for their own benefit" in this context?

South-western Finland had begun its economic integration with central Sweden in the Viking era, which was a contributory factor in the spread of Christian customs and beliefs to Finland, since for ...
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a big decision to take / big decision to make

It’s a big decision to take. It’s a big decision to make. Is there a difference in the meaning between the mentioned sentences or do they have absolutely the same meaning? The first one I have in my ...
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What does "play me close" mean?

From Maroon 5's “Girls Like You”: Roll that Backwood, babe, and play me close. Slang websites show the phrase means “trick” or “deceive” but I'm not sure this is what the singer means.
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What does "I put it on myself" mean in this context?

The following context is from the movie "The Wolf Of Wallstreet" by Martin Scorsese JORDAN My job, you know, it's tough. I mean I'm not complaining, it's just the stress. All these people ...
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What is the meaning of "as acute as" in this term?

Is the meaning of the following term different when "as acute as" is deleted? I suffered a dislocation as acute as when I arrived in this country. ( I have seen "as acute", but I ...
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none has come up with

I want to know the meaning of the bold portion, please. Also the meaning of the "come up with" and what is subject for the bold portion. She has seen six doctors so far but none has come up with ...
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Next to something in size (phrase meaning) in the sentence

The two cities which are next to Kuala lampur in size are Tretes and Seleta. Please explain 'next to something in size' meaning to me.
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What does "to be born to run" mean?

I heard the phrase in a couple of songs, e.g. Miley Cyrus's Midnight Sky: I was born to run, I don't belong to anyone. Imagine Dragons' Whatever It Takes: I was born to run, I was born for this. ...
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Asking about things done during the day [closed]

Let me know what are the standard answers to the following questions (I want to feel the difference): What have you been up to today? What were you up to today? What are you up to today? What have ...
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what does the proverb "A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke" mean?

I am studying English proverbs. One of them is: "A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke". I cannot understand the meaning of that. I searched internet but I could not find ...
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Does as of mean "right now" or "starting now?"

As of the time of writing, he was jobless. Does this sentence mean that he was jobless at the time of writing — meaning he could have lost the job prior to the time of writing — or does it mean that ...
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the meaning of "go as so far to"?

Though he did come to see Garp as family, he did not approve of his violent behavior towards Luffy. At one point he warned him to stop abusing Luffy going as so far to call him an "old piece of ...
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Is "Gamble more for less" a common expression?

Example, Odds are you're going to die screaming while injecting yourself Well, I've "gambled more for less"
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Correct phrase for "domesticated" opposition party

In Bangladesh, we use the word "গৃহপালিত" for an opposition party that was installed by a ruling regime through a rigged election. The main duty of this party is to give the vibe that the ...
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Step to it, to it

this question arose from a discussion with a friend of mine. So it all started with the following: "Look mate, if you want to get very strong you got to start lifting weights! That's the first ...
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"such that" or "so that"?

I saw the following definition, but I don't know why "such that" is used instead of "so that": To manipulate two or more people such that they dispute or conflict with one another ...
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Meaning of `To move through these moments`

To move through these moments I have heard this line on CNN USA. And the person was talking about a difficult time in a family and what needs to be done to move through these moments. I couldn't find ...
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What is the meaning of the term "whatawow"? [closed]

I read this phrase "This person is whattawwow", what does it actually means?
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Difference between "enquire whether" and "enquire about whether"?

This answer claims that enquire whether differs from enquire about whether. So what does the latter mean? Here are some indications that enquire about whether is correct usage of some sort. Source: ...
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What does "in legislation" mean in this sentence? [closed]

The following sentence is from a speech by Prince Charles. (minute:second: 11:40-11:48)Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p36MnxSUhJM Her majesty's government will establish the UK ...
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What does "whom you are." mean in this sentence? "Remember who you are and whom you are."

The following sentence is from a letter written to a mother who has cancer in order to give her hope, courage and strength. "Remember who you are and whom you are." Link I can understand &...
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What's the difference between "the cherry on the cake" and "the icing on the cake"? [closed]

Is there a situation where one would be better than the other? Or are the two phrases used interchangeably?
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What “nice one” (possibly an expression) really means?

I heard it in Diana the movie. Someone tells the surgeon “nice one” when they meet in the stairs. I am not sure if we need context here or if it is just an idiomatic expression in English (or ...
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What does the phrase "сhuck it down" from a song mean?

"сhuck it down" (you father mother) or someone else. This is from a song called "Bad Boys".
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What is the meaning of "so that" in this context?

This is a part of a book by Thomas Sowell called "Black Rednecks And White Liberals" In Illinois during this same era, legal restrictions on access to public accommodations for blacks were ...
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Trouble understanding 'in absolute terms'

While reading same book Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Ruined America, I find new term called 'in absolute terms'. This sentence I find: Though economic conditions of the Seventies ...
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What's the meaning of 'secure the door'? [closed]

I am always bit confused with the word, secure. To me, it means making something safe and stable. But I feel sometimes Americans use the word in the sense I never use the security in my country such ...
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"It seems to me somebody will be coming after you"

Could you help me understand the following dialog? (The maid and the attendant is talking about a crazy patient who eats flies) Maid: (Ironically) Wouldn't hurt a fly, would he? Attendant: Hurt a fly? ...
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What is the correct word to the song that kept telling me its okay or that keep telling is correct

Like something I've been listening for a year and want to express that the song was the one that keep me going and what should be the correct word for me to post with kept telling or keep telling what ...
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Meaning of "broken shell of a man"

Rachel: So, got any advice? Y'know, as someone who's recently been- dumped? Ross: Well, you may wanna steer clear of the word 'dumped'. Chances are he's gonna be this, this broken shell of a man
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what does "by order" here means?

Could you explain what "by order" means in the following passage? CURSE THREE AFTER CURSE THREE THE VICTIM DIES Given under my hand and written in my Blood BY ORDER THE AVENGER. L. P. ...
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If someone thanks me for sending him home, can I say "Don't worry, it's along the way"?

If someone thanks me for sending him home, can I say "Don't worry, it's along the way"? Is along the way used correctly here?
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Is it offensive and personal to say 'It seems your memory does not serve you right'? [closed]

Context: I was debating about a meeting detail with my colleague and I said 'It seems your memory does not serve you right. The details should be...and... rather than ...' My colleague freaked out and ...
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"Being left" vs "left"

Even if being is not used in this sentence, does it not give the same meaning? A prince becomes all powerful, but still his priests fear God more than they do him. There is only one being left for ...
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meaning of (has continued to do so until now)

He started writing his first novel last year and has continued to do so until now. Does the highlighted part mean that he is still working on his first novel?
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"I am a citizen of Britain" vs. "I am a subject of the British crown" vs. "I am a British national"

Which phrase is the most common for a person who was born in Britain of the parents who were also born in Britain to identify his nationality? "I am a citizen of Britain"? "I am a ...
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Is it ok to say "I picked my smartphone up" when I mean I press the blue receive-call button on the smartphone?

The dictionary says "pick the phone up" means "​to answer a phone". Is the usage of "pick the phone up" restricted to the table phone used in the past or can it be used ...
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Is a salary, by default, monthly or annual?

When they say, e.g. "a six-figure salary", do they mean a person earns that much per month or per year if no further details are included?
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What is the meaning of "...the most obvious being that..."?

There are clear ways that doing the subject shaped me; the most obvious being that my professional life involves being a secondary school English teacher and a writer. From My favourite A-level – and ...

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