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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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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 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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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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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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"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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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 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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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 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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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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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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"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 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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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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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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"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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What does "a rabbit in the bush" mean in this context?

He paused slightly longer. “And you know, my friends, there comes a time,” he cried, “when people get tired of being trampled over by the iron feet of oppression.” A flock of “Yeses” was coming back ...
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What does "kettle cooked" mean?

What does "kettle cooked" mean? "Kettle" is the thing with a spout you boil water in, as far as I know. You don't boil potatoes to get potato chips, do you, though?
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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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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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Does "The price is out of line" mean the price is more expensive or cheaper?

According to some dictionaries "out of line" is not right or appropriate. Does "The price is out of line" mean the price is more expensive or cheaper? Suppose I ordered some food ...
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What does "Bavarian Oom-pah tune" mean?

I was watching this video: https://youtu.be/7ji0ppAJjMg?t=435 Context: Samsung has filed a patent for a "Z-fold" phone that folds in two places, rather than just one. At 7:15 the host said: ...
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lay odds against someone

What does "lay odds against someone" mean? I've only heard of "lay odds against an event." Slight revisions have been made to DeLay's fantasy – Doggett moved across town and won ...
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miserable failure vs complete failure [closed]

What the difference between "miserable failure" and "complete failure"? Feel free to provide some examples, if it needs. Is "miserable failure" something like "...
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"knowledge economy or society"?

If "knowledge economy" is an economy in which knowledge and information, and businesses based on them, are very important, then does "knowledge society" mean a society based on ...
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Which one is correct? "I walk most places." or "I walk to most places."

Two people are talking: A: How do you get around? B: I cycle or walk most places. The B's answer sounded different to me, because I think there should be a "to" after "walk or cycle&...
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What does the title of this passage mean?

Head in the clouds of Titan Titan, Saturn’s biggest satellite – and the only satellite in the solar system with a dense atmosphere – has revealed its cloud cover. Its atmosphere is the site of a ...
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Meaning of “how does it stand with something?”?

How does it stand with being? The above is a question Martin Heidegger asks in his Introduction to Metaphysics. What does it mean? Does it mean ‘how does/has being start/started?’Or does it mean “how ...
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What does "individuals do not count" mean? [closed]

Do industrial researchers have souls? In his work The Scientific Life: a Moral History of a Late Modern Vocation, historian and sociologist of science Steven Shapin questions two widely accepted ...
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What does "for some time" mean here? [duplicate]

I'm reading a hard-to-read article and it has this sentence: GPT-formatted disks work closely with firmware interfaces that have been established for some time as a successor to BIOS. So as the ...
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Is "That is to say" used correctly in the following sentence?

In many situations, applicants are checked for criminal convictions to reduce the risks of potential hazards. That is to say, employers tend to hire someone without any criminal background. I need to ...
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much more (= not to mention)?

Is the following sentence okay? Some Asian materials have sentences such as: The guests were served caviar, truffles and foie gras, much more usual steak. Presumably, they consider "much more&...
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What phrase "follow along" stands for?

I am passing a course where the teacher was saying that: "So just follow along and we'll have plenty of time to go over all this things". What does "follow along" mean in this ...
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What does "make a sissy of somebody" mean?

In the movie "The power of the dog", a man talks to a boy that behaves like a sissy “Don’t let your mom make a sissy of you” (see the link about the movie here). What does "make a ...
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Meaning of 'capture the magic'

I read these two sentences in Collins dictionary. These highlights attempt to capture the magic. It's thriving and this new show captures the magic. What's the meaning of 'capture the magic'?
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The use of Cc'ed in an email

I am tying to say that I am Cc-ing my supervisor to keep her updated on an application process. I am sending this email internally but to different department. Does following sentence convey meaning? ...
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Help understanding a phrase

I was watching Pretty Little Liars, season 1 episode 18 (here is this scene on youtube) and there's a phrase I don't understand. Characters recently had an awkward moment, when Hanna had to get in the ...

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