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"Your Hitlers, your Stalins, all the greats."

I transcribed a podcast ad. I’m Robert Evans. I host a podcast called Behind the Bastards where we give in-depth histories about the worst people who ever lived. Your Hitlers, your Stalins, all the ...
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Have/has known vs familiar with

I wonder if there is any difference between: I have known about calculus. I'm familiar with calculus. To me, I assume those are equivalent, but I think there is something different between them that ...
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Why does the following sentence use "get to grips with" with "ing" added after "get"?

The following text is of DI (Dependency Injection) in programming languages which I grabbed from a book called The Complete ASP.NET Core 3 API Tutorial by Les Jackson: Dependency Injection Dependency ...
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What is the meaning of phrase "were on top of your paperwork"?

I was anxious to hear about Theodore Nott and -- thought I'd check whether you'd kept your promise and were on top of your paperwork. What is the meaning of phrase "were on top of your paperwork&...
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What does "coming right up on" mean in this context?

In "Batman Begins" by Christopher Nolan there is a chase scene in which police are chasing the batmobile. One of the Police officers is talking on the radio to the dispatch, while he is ...
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What does "live by practice" mean?

What does "live by practice" mean? It's from The Invisible Man He turned aside, walked out of the room, and went into his little consulting-room and lit the gas there. It was a little room, ...
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What does "take a drop" mean?

What does "take a drop" mean? It's from The Invisible Man Where'd you be, if he took a drop over and above, and had a fancy to go for you?
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What is "the blessed turning"?

What is "the blessed turning"? It's from The Invisible Man I didn't know the blessed turning, that was all! How the devil was I to know the blessed turning?
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the most common terms day-to-day here [duplicate]

"The States" is almost never used inside the United States. We just don't say that here. But Americans will say it overseas because they know people use it that way overseas and it's ...
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What is the meaning of "If his blood is cold enough maybe I will catch him"?

His apartment is on the third floor. All windows dark. If his blood is cold enough maybe I will catch him. Source: Batman (1940) Annual 19 What does the bold part mean? The way I get it is if the ...
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What does "Jewish nose" imply? [closed]

In the following link of the youtube video at 1:10, the bride says: "He is an Irishman with a Jewish nose." What does "Jewish nose" imply to make people laugh out loud in the video?...
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Is it necessary to use the word officially at end of the expression?

A new manager was employed in our school, some of the staff occasionally met with him for some reason but not officially. And the new manager did not call for an official meeting. So the staff thought ...
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Please explain the meaning of this phrase

Below sentences is confusingly structured. It is not uncommon for the person being sexually assaulted to have no physical injuries or signs of their assault. Is the meaning that it is common for ...
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Meaning in context of "define __"

I read this conversation in a book once, A: Can you get me a wrench? B: Define wrench. Is this "define wrench" a sarcastic tone, or is it something else?
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same meaning of "10 percent of gross sales" by putting gross sales in front?

Sometimes I'm in a situation where I have to give more detail such as a specific number only after I speak a thing. For example as written in the title, when I speak about a gross sales of a company, ...
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Is the term "beltway pansy" used in modern English?

I was watching this video, and one of the characters stated that they "weren't one of those beltway pansies". Previously, he'd said that he didn't go to an Ivy League school. Is this a ...
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The meaning of " sinthry-go has disconceited me,"

‘Whin I was Corp’ril—I was rejuced aftherwards—but, as I say, whin I was Corp’ril, I was the divil av a man.’ He was silent for nearly a minute, while his mind rummaged among old memories and his eye ...
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Is reaping off a correct word [closed]

This Company is reaping us off. Is that a correct sentence? I am not sure what that means But I feel that it means that the company is taking a lot of work and value out of the employees. Although it ...
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"in replacement of" vs "in place of"

What is the difference between "in replacement of" and "in place of"? I was using "in replacement of" in this sentence: Shah and his team managed to devise a system that ...
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bringing on the necessary support

What does "bring on" mean in the following? Food alone costs $2,000 per day, per person, in space. Getting provisions to and from the space station for a commercial crew is another $88,000 ...
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What does it mean by "to be agnostic from something" within the text given in following?

I was reading a book about Programming Language when I saw the following text: Model–View–Controller Put simply, the MVC pattern allows us to separate the concerns of different parts of our ...
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"may you ask" or "might you ask"

What is the explanation behind this answer, might/may you ask? Is this sentence grammatically correct, if so which should I use and why?
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What does "seeks to build upon" mean?

In Steven Pinker's Enlightenment Now there is a sentence S (below) Harder to find is a positive vision that sees the world's problems against a background of progress that it seeks to build upon by ...
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Meaning of "his eyes burned upon dead Nizam"?

Can someone please tell me what is the meaning of "his eyes burned upon dead Nizam"? In context His worn face was without expression, as if all feeling and purpose had withdrawn from it, ...
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meaning of "cannot be but that"

I have a question about the following sentence. It cannot be but that some of the letters will give you pain....(Letters of John Keats to Fanny Brawne) Which does this sentence mean, (a) "some ...
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more than a dozen pages in

What does the bolded phrase mean? Specifically, what is the definition of "in" there? A dispatcher began looking through pages on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children ...
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meaning of 'with just one pass'

I am transcribing a podcast to improve my listening skill. I can't understand what 'with just one pass' means in this context: Josh: So, Chuck, we’re talking about NATO, and if you didn’t know, if ...
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What does "base of exploration" mean?

My father moved with all his kids to Beijing because he wanted to use it as a base of exploration. What does "base of exploration" mean?
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stress out: the meaning of 'out'

I was really stressed out before finals. I'd been working flat out and was stressed out. I've got too much to do and I'm completely stressed out. I wonder why we need 'out' here. What's the meaning ...
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What's the humor in this Neil DeGrasse Tyson joke? "What Flat-Earthers fear most is sphere itself"

The scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson posted this joke recently What Flat-Earthers fear most is sphere itself 🌎 Can someone explain that? This is beyond my understanding…
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How to count bath: Roman baths

I saw some sentences where both "Bath" and "the Roman Baths" are used to indicate Roman baths. See the left-upper section of this site: Stonehenge tickets and tours. How can I ...
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cinema production

If a movie has been shown in a cinema four times, does that mean four cinema productions have been shown, or one cinema production has been shown four times? The following use of "cinema ...
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meaning of 'price out something'

This is from a TIME article. “With fees being the way they are today,” Buterin says, “it really gets to the point where the financial derivatives and the gambley stuff start pricing out some of the ...
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What is the meaning of the word "posting" in this sentence?

One form, the OSHA no. 200 serves a dual purpose. it is used as the Log of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, on which the occurrence and extent of cases are recorded during the year and as the ...
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What does it mean by "to be doing API development going forward" in the following?

I grab the below paragraph from a book learning C# Programming language: Install Postman This is optional, and up to you if you want to install – but I highly recommend it. I’ll be using it at ...
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the meaning of "to be of scientific merit"

The cornerstone of the scientific method requires that your results, to be of scientific merit, must be reproducible. What's the meaning of "to be of scientific merit"? Is it having any ...
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What does "No less ...than" mean?

Today I read the paper of Blondheim (2002), they said: War is no less about mobilizing human minds and wills than about recruiting supplies, weapons, and manpower and deploying them in combat. I am ...
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north of $1.02 billion for a global haul of $1.77 billion

I understand "north of $1.02 billion" means "over $1.02 billion," but I don't understand what it means when followed by "for a global haul of $1.77 billion." Why not ...
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What does "Hate emanates from within, love without" mean? [closed]

Hate emanates from within, love without I read this on a website but couldn't quite understand what it meant, and so if possible, can someone tell me its meaning, it would be great.
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Is 'negotiate down' the same as 'bargain down'?

This is from a TIME article. “There were even times at the beginning where I was negotiating down the percentages of the Ether distribution that both myself and the other top-level founders would get,...
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What does "trail a plan" mean in the following sentence? [closed]

The Fed needs both wage and price growth to cool if it is to hit its 2% inflation target. It is expected to raise short-term interest rates, which started the year below 0.25%, to over 2.5% by ...
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meaning of 'call out that~' in this context

This is from the transcript of a podcast. KIM: Yeah, I think what I really had to do was leave that behind. I think the recipes in here are incredibly irreverent (laughter) to, like, traditional or, ...
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Meaning of "never cop a quart"

What does "never cop a quart" mean? It's from the movie Nightmare Alley. Clem : Folks know to come to me for it. Half a plug a quart. Never cop a quart. You gotta make the tin cling, same ...
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What does "go full suburban basics" mean in this context?

What can be meant by "go full suburban basics"? Jane lives with her fiance in a luxurious gated community. I don't understand if she wants to use the advantage of living in suburban ...
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Did I use all possible ways of talking about likeliness or unlikliness in English?

I've tried to explore various ways of saying the same thing in English. Do they seem correct to you? Is anything missing? 1.1. He may know her phone number. 1.2. He might know her phone number. 1.3. ...
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do all possible / do my best

I will do all possible to come to the meeting on time. I will do my best to come to the meeting on time. I suppose there's no difference in their meaning here. Right? I saw in Ngram "do all ...
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Two guys sit on a bench drinking a beer

Two guys sit on a bench drinking a beer. If what I mean is that they have a beer each, would 'a beer' be okay, or would it sound like they're sharing one?
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What does "communication enthusiast" mean?

As I screen profiles of candidates, I have come across the term "communication enthusiast" used by candidates to describe them. Something like this: "A communication enthusiast who is ...
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To accuse him of all people! [closed]

To accuse him of all people! I read the sentence above in an English book and can't understand the meaning of it. What does this sentence mean?
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Make it a person to person, please [closed]

Make it a person to person, please. What does this sentence mean? In what context, the sentence above could be used?
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