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What is the meaning of "dog-food" here?

I was watching a programming course "Kotlin". The instructor of the training course was saying: "We focused on the use cases we knew about from our everyday work and from what other ...
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What does "get us by" mean in this sentence?

The sentence goes as follow: Being rationally uncommitted does not do away with all the other sources of motivation that get us by — habit, desire, fear of the law and so on. I googled the phrase ...
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common meanings of "I've got it"

What are the possible meanings of "I've got it"? As far as I know, it may mean possession like here: – Jack you also need to have a backpack if you want to go with us. – Well, I've got it. ...
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What does "the day has turned over" mean?

p1: What time is it? p2: The day has turned over. It is monday 02:50am, You've been unconcious for nearly 5 hours. p1: Otta got me didn't he? p2: He struck you over the head with a wok. What does &...
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"the best of the X" (might it mean several persons?)

Might it be that a phrase "the best of the singers" means several persons? They were the best of the singers who sang yesterday. Might it be if they were from one band/choir, or might it ...
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The meaning of "have left" in the context

What is the meaning of "have left" in this passage : "A baby robot designed to 'invoke an emotional connection' has been unveiled in Japan, where plummeting birth rates have left many couples without ...
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what does "as the next big thing" mean in the sentence?

Many college superstar athlete are hailed as the next big thing, but then flop at the professional level. I could not understand the meaning of "as the next big thing". What does it mean?
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What type of speech is: "Have you completed the task"? What type of questions are "have you" [closed]

I would like to know what type of questions are questions that start with the first two words "have you". What part of speech is each individual parts of the phrase: "Have you" and ...
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"So I am a younger brother to 3 siblings..." Does this mean there are 4 siblings or 3 siblings in total?

"I am a younger brother to 3 siblings." I thought the sentence means "I am the youngest of 3 siblings." But then I got confused because maybe the sentence means "There are 4 ...
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throughout / during / over / in the course of

Some dictionaries say "the course of" can be used with "over," "in," "during," and "throughout." I'm wondering if there's any difference among these options. For example, if event A happened ...
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What is the difference between "My sole is tickling" and "My sole is ticklish"?

According to my research, "My sole is tickling" refers to "uncomfortable feeling" or a very little pain like an ant bites you or so, while "My sole is ticklish" refers to ...
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The meaning of "point like an infant"

‘And I shall be left alone with George! But suppose it isn’t cured,’ said Miss Henschil of a sudden. ‘Suppose it comes back again. What can I do? I can’t send for him in this way when I’m a married ...
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Syntax.Analysis of the sentence

She didn’t want to hear that this was the platform he usually sat on to wait for the cheaper train, she didn’t want to become part of his ri-diculous pattern of commuting from this new home to get ...
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Are "ascend 3000 meters" and "climb to 3000 meters" synonymous?

Are "ascend 3000 meters" and "climb to 3000 meters" synonymous? In this press release on Rolls-Royce's website, it says: ...and broke the fastest time to climb to 3000 metres by ...
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cash register 'out of balance'

What does it mean when a cash register is out of balance? I cannot seem to find "out of balance" in dictionaries. Could it be a technical jargon?
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Helping with understanding comics dialogue

Can you help me understand their last dialogue? there is no prior information other than that man in yellow - Jason Blood Indian - Randu, Indian delegate to the UN third guy - Harry Matthews - ...
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What does the phrase "the outer circle" mean in this context?

Context: At 06:10 yesterday, on the outer circle of the capital city highway in Minato District Tokyo a traffic collision occurred, involving five cars and at least one truck." What does "...
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What does the phrase "a real sense" mean in this context?

In an era of unprecedented poverty and unemployment, FDR confronted an audience that looked to him for hope and the promise of assistance, and gradually his stump speech came to embody those hopes. At ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase "the capital city highway"?

Context: "At 06:10 yesterday, on the outer circle of the capital city highway in Minato District Tokyo a traffic collision uccurred, involving five cars and at least one truck." What does ...
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Why can we say "in a day/in a week/in a month", but not "in a night" and instead "overnight"?

You can't learn English overnight. You can't learn English in one night. I know that "in one night" may not sound idiomatic, so I should say "overnight" to sound natural. I often ...
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a contrast between lived reality and the construct held in the mind (idiomatic?)

a contrast between lived reality and the construct held in the mind In the example sentence above, the 'lived' reality is idiomatic? If so, how do you pronounce it?
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in Christmas spirit

She's been working very hard to get him in Christmas spirit. Is "in Christmas spirit" the grammatical and natural way to say it? Also, could someone explain to me what it means to be in ...
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What does it mean if a person says that he saw a 'Monster' eat his friends? [closed]

He didn't say 'Animal'. He specifically said that his friends were devoured by a 'Monster'. He submitted his story to Fate Magazine, which is about encounters with the paranormal. He was active on ...
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under cover in the sentence

under cover means that 1 : in an envelope or wrapper 2 : under concealment : in secret according to https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cover. How to parse the under cover Form 20-F in the ...
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The meaning of the word "stretched" in the sentences in bold is ambiguous to me

They had come to fire the house, their visit expected because they hadbeen before. On that occasion they had come later, in the early morning,just after one. The sheepdogs had seen them off, but ...
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"to apologise to someone for something" or "to apologise to someone about something" or "to apologise to someone over something"

"Downing Street apologises to Queen over lockdown parties." The sentence is from the BBC. As far as I know, the structure should be "to apologise to someone about something" or &...
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What does it mean by saying "I slowed my car up"? [closed]

Look at the verb "slow" in the Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary 1 a [no object] : to begin to move at a lower speed The car slowed and gradually came to a stop. — often + down or up ...
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the repellant effect of religion

Does "the repellant effect of religion" mean "the effect produced by religion that (the effect) is impervious to reasons"? As it’s said, “success has many fathers,” and so it is ...
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What is the meaning of "[...]the uncomprehending New York Times article about him."?

I don't understand the meaning of "uncomprehending" here. Does it mean that Alexander was unable to understand the article"? Or does it mean the article or the author of the article ...
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sentence complete, but how?

' I haven't been skiing - it's never really appealed. ' I suppose the sentence above is complete since it is from a well-known dictionary, however I cannot understand the second part of it, after the ...
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You know I told you

You know I told you my car wouldn't start? Is the "you know I told you" part perfectly natural and commonly used? Would it mean exactly the same as "you remember I told you...?"
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Is "I will do yoga for good" ambiguous because of the phrase "for good"?

"For Good" here is a noun and means 1-[noncount] : for morally good forces or influences Teachers can be a strong force for good. But, it also means 2-forever She's gone for good When I ...
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What is suggested/implied by the phrase "I have to" by a person [closed]

What is suggested/implied by the phrase "I have to" by a person, what role the phrase "have to" have here? What role does the word "I" have and what role does the phrase ...
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Is there any difference between "She lives on a far-flung land" and "She lives on a far-off land"?

The Oxford dictionary says far-off adjective /ˈfɑːr ɒf/ /ˈfɑːr ɔːf/ [only before noun] ​a long distance away far-flung adjective /ˌfɑː ˈflʌŋ/ /ˌfɑːr ˈflʌŋ/ [usually before noun] (literary) ​a ...
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What does "expressions of opinion" mean?

What does "expressions of opinion" mean? Expressions of opinion should be supported by reference to the authority on which they are made and the verifiable facts which support them.
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"play a friend" Is this expression natural?

I recently knew expressions "play the victim", "play the fool", "play innocent". In this context, is "play a friend" natural, meaning "to fabricate a ...
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Ove Drilling the police-flashlight finger into the counter

What is the meaning of drills in this paragraph, The colleague looks very happy, as people do when they have not been working for a sufficient stretch of time as sales assistants. “Hi, how can I help ...
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Something of that kind/ that kind of something

Can I use these versions interchangeably? 1- I didn't say anything of that kind. 2- I didn't say that kind of anything. 3- It is a game of some kind. 4- It is some kind of a game. ...
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"accept dreams as being real" or "accept dreams as real"

"During sleep, you accept unrealistic dream events as being real." "The elderly sometimes recall dreamed events as being real." When I think about "...accept/recall something ...
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What's the meaning of the phrase "so as" on this context?

This is a context from an English translation of "Crime And Punishment" by Dostoevsky "I have considerable reason to believe that Marfa Petrovna, who was so unfortunate as to fall in ...
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takes twitter to at a tag

By "takes twitter to at a tag", does the author actually mean "takes twitter to put a tag"? Still, the meaning is not clear. I guess the author meant "put a tag (of DANGER! ...
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What does "scissor out" mean in this context?

Elissa stagger-crawls to the chair, rainbow colours swirling around her. It feels like she’s in a TV ad for Skittles, or some crazy cartoon. She places her chin on the seat, persuades her legs to ...
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"on each side" vs "on all the sides"

(1a) The box has a different pattern on each side. (1b) The box has a different pattern on all the sides. Do both sentences have the same meaning?
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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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What does "off my case" mean?

What does "off my case" mean? It is the title of a part in a book. I tried to google it and I find "get off my case", meaning "stop nagging me". The book is called "Case for Christ - for kids" and is ...
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Is there such an expression in the English Language: "In them days" [duplicate]

On a video on BBC web site, the speaker says this; In them days, that just did not happen. It struck me as soon as I heard it. And luckily there is the subtitles. It clearly says "In them days&...
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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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On the very material matrimonial point

Yes," said he, smiling. "You are better placed here; very fit for a wife, but not at all for a governess. But you were preparing yourself to be an excellent wife all the time you were at ...
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What is the difference between "New Year" and "new year" and articles in front of them?

We see both "New Year" (Upper case) and "new year" (lower case) in the dictionary When do we use upper case "New Year" and lower case "new year"? It seems that ...
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"all night last night" vs "all last night"

I have the following sentence in my grammar book: You studied all night last night, so tonight you ... As I know we can say just "all last night". What's the need to add "night" ...

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