Questions tagged [phrase-meaning]

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I was walking out to my car when this guy tried to mug me

Why here is used "walk out"? Usually "walk out" means leave (something or somebody), or stop working. It is obvious "walk out" has another meaning here. Could you explain ...
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We stand at an inflection point in history [closed]

Joe Biden tweeted: United States government official We stand at an inflection point in history. The United States intends to work with partners and allies to answer these questions and help lead the ...
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The origin of a phrase "deep sea diver" [closed]

Why is a banknote of 5 Pounds sometimes called "a deep sea diver"? I delved into the Internet but found nothing.
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Change the language of a website to/into English

Let's say I am looking at a website with a friend. The website is shown in a language other than English. Can I say these two sentences interchangeably to my friend if I want him to select "...
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Can't understand an English ellipsis

My issue is Rex Stout’s “Might as well be Dead” (1956) The dialog from the novella: "I said shut up. Is it too late to get an advertisement into tomorrow's papers?" "The Gazette, no. ...
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“Half-cooked meat” ambiguity [closed]

Can “half-cooked meat” mean that half the meat is cooked and the rest is raw or does it mean that the meat is not cooked enough? Source: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/ribeye-steak-beef-on-...
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Epistemic injustice in academic global health

Epistemic injustice in academic global health This Viewpoint calls attention to the pervasive wrongs related to knowledge production, use, and circulation in global health, many of which are taken ...
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What is the difference between "She is always obsessed with long hair" and "She is always obsessing about long hair"? [closed]

According to my research "She is always obsessed with long hair" means she is thinking about long hair too much, maybe she wants to have long hair badly. "She is always obsessing about ...
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Meaning of the phrase "a reckoning for..."

The headline of an article in "The Week" about Biden's plan on taxes increase is: "Democratic tax plan is a reckoning for the left". On the face of the article it may seem that ...
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There was little traffic. / There was a little traffic. / There was heavy traffic

As I understand it (from the picture), the meaning of these sentences is opposite. Right? Then, what's the difference between "a little traffic" and "heavy traffic jams"? Is it a ...
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manufactured conflicts – avocado-obsessed, narcissistic millennials

TOO often discussion of generations descends into stereotypes and manufactured conflicts – avocado-obsessed, narcissistic millennials against selfish, wasteful baby boomers. Instead of serious ...
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Precise meaning of "have had experience"

I'm trying to figure out what exactly the sentence below means. In the past several years, I have had experience in video editing and cooking. I want to communicate that I had lots of practice in ...
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The meaning of " intellectual desert" [closed]

I have seen the phrase "intellectual desert" in the Cambridge Dictionary but I still don't understand its meaning. Can you explain what this phrase means?
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What's the correct definition for the word "proceed" in this setence?

So I encountered this definition for an idiom "go on" but I've got troubles deciphering which is the correct meaning for the word in the definition. This is a TFD def for "go on" 5....
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Why don't you... ---> Why don't we

It's known that a phrase "Why don't you...?" is used to make a suggestion. Is it possible to say the following with the same meaning: I’m afraid, I have no time now. Why don’t we meet later?...
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What is the meaning of something that is out of the way?

I've read 3 definitions from Oxford Dictionary about the definition of out of the way. I.e.: no longer stopping somebody from moving or doing something finished; dealt with used in negative sentences ...
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It will take a while for the drug to work out of your system. (sementic)

It will take a while for the drug to work out of your system. What exactly or literally 'work out of your system' means ?
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What is the meaning of "needs his space..." on this comic page?

"Marshall needs his space to move freely." Could you explain what the bar keeper implies? One of the comic readers said, that this phrase implies a gunfight, which marshall Sykes should be ...
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What's the meaning of the phrase "set up for" in this context ? (Warning !!! Spoilers for Crime And Punishment by Dostoevsky)

This is an English translation of "Crime And Punishment" by Dostoevsky It's an exchange between the main protagonist, Raskolnikov and his friend Razumihin, whom he asked whether he can get ...
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Does "I am renting a house" mean I am negotiating with the landlord or I has signed the contract and am living in the house now? [closed]

When we say "I am wearing a Tshirt" (might last a day), we mean "I have that Tshirt on my body" When we don't say "I am wearing a Tshirt" to mean "I am putting on a ...
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I am unable to make sense of this sentence:

I am unable to make sense of the highlighted sentence in the attached picture, especially the phrase, "leading note" if it's really used as a phrase. Unfortunately, the context doesn't help ...
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Is it correct to use to begin with to begin a speech?

Perhaps, I've been misunderstood about the concept of to begin with. I've been enlightened by the book I've been learning that the phrase I've mentioned above is used to introduce a sequence. Since ...
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What does the phrase "if that" mean?

What does the phrase "if that" mean? Chandler said that in Friends on 13 episode of 8 season. Here's a dialog: Joey: You know what. This is a bad idea. Forget all about it. And listen, do ...
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to raise cain: Does this exist and what does it mean? [closed]

I remember reading the phrase "to raise cain" in the English edition of "Skulduggery Pleasant". Are my memory and Derek Landy (the author) correct in this use of the English ...
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What does the phrase "in plan" mean in this Wikipedia page? (is this a typo?)

In architecture, a quadrangle (or colloquially, a quad) is a space or a courtyard, usually rectangular (square or oblong) in plan, the sides of which are entirely or mainly occupied by parts of a ...
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Is the sentence "our son was born in the last week" correct? (Using preposition and definite article with time units)

Our son was born last week does not sound weird to me. Actually Our son was born in the last week sounds a little bit unusual. But thinking about it, I find the latter one more correct grammatically. ...
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I feel very strongly about something meaning [closed]

I want to know what the phrase in bold means. I feel very strongly about military service. I think everyone should do it. Can you give me the substitute phrase that easy to understand? Is it like ...
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Meaning of "turn out to be so"

In the phrase: "when you read about it, but might not turn out to be so" I can not understand the meaning of "turn out to be so". I can guess it, but I have a problem with the ...
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What is the meaning of "at one end"?

I read about negative inversion grammar and I am faced with this sentence below which I don't know the meaning of "at on end": No sooner had the paint dried at one end than it needed ...
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What does "on a level flat" mean in this sentence? [closed]

This is the context from an English translation of Crime And Punishment by Dostoevsky "The little town stood on a level flat as bare as the hand, not even a willow near it" One of the ...
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So many people to hate, and almost nobody to love

Could you say please it's the idiom, or this expression doesn't exist in English? Does that expression mean they like to hate and don't like to love? If that phrase is awkward, could you say please ...
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What is the definition of "ban off" in this context

I saw that on NY Times today: "A “bans off our bodies” protest at the Texas State Capitol in Austin on wednesday." I'm confused about what “bans off our bodies” means. I googled about ban ...
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What is the meaning of (Arithmetic Promise)?

I've came across the phrase (arithmetic promise) and I was confused by the word (promise) here. What does it mean in the following context. Buddhism begins with the “Four Noble Truths,” but their ...
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Which have happened "last night"?

Does this sentence mean that we went to the restaurant last night, or that Jane recommended us the restaurant last night? This is a translating practice in my textbook, and this is the answer is ...
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What is "third parties reading habits"? [closed]

The headline is: Degrowth, third parties and my reading habits: your questions, answered Could third parties reading habits mean the habits of reading what someone else is reading, for example being ...
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What's the meaning of "the least" in these sentences? [closed]

I like her the least. It's the least expensive device available. As far as I know, the first sentence means that I dislike her. Is it right? The second sentence means it's the smallest expensive ...
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Take off immediately/ right away / in a hurry

I know 'take off' means 'to leave a place suddenly.' I was talking about the 'US / Afghanistan issue' with someone online. (Just so you know it was just a casual conversation, neither of us was an ...
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What does "even had the Archaic Greeks thought in such terms" means?

my friends, I have a question from a book. Here is the quote: The appeal to massive supernatural forces in order to account for large-scale physical events is explanation of a sort: but it appears ...
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how should I understand the sentence I am frustrated to do something

my confusion stems from the sentence structure I am happy to do something I am not sure but for now I consider this is the same structure as mentioned in the title and in such way I interpret it. ...
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Is the word "to me" omitted after "over"?

In F9 (2021), through Dom, Jakob finds key exist in Elle's DNA: Jakob: I've been looking for that key for a long time, Dom. And you just handed her over. Is the word "to me" omitted after &...
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What does the phrase "get you settled" mean here?

What does the phrase "get you settled" mean in the following text from the description of a base-building game: You are welcome, our new base manager. We’d love to get you settled but there ...
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Translate this sentence. Rewrite it in your own words. Why does Conroy reference all of these works of literature in this paragraph? [closed]

I have read like a man on fire my whole life because the genius of English teachers touched me with the dazzling beauty of language.-Pat Conroy This is from "A Letter to the Editor of the ...
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Those of meaning

What does "those of" mean in this sentence? What is the difference beetwen two sentences? She met those of a large carpetillar She met a large carpetillar. She stretched herself up on ...
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It’s a weekend. / It’s the weekend [closed]

As I see it, both versions are used [Ngram]. But I can't clearly understand the difference. Feel free to provide some examples. It’s a weekend. It’s the weekend. P.S. I read on the internet that the ...
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Can I say "Oh boy" to a girl?

I've known that "Oh boy" is similar to "Oh my goodness", but can I use it when speaking to a girl? Also, what are the popular alternatives?
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What does the phrase "courtesy of" mean here?

What does the phrase "courtesy of" mean in the following sentence from the description of a game: Here are five favorites, courtesy of the game studio's CEO and executive producer. Does ...
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buy the others / buy different ones

Do these sentences have the same meaning? Are they interchangeable? Don’t buy these headphones, buy the others. Don’t buy these headphones, buy different ones.
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buy another ones / buy the other ones [closed]

Which phrase is common in this case? I know that "another one" is additional/different one when there are some ones (more than two). So, I think the first version is more common. The second ...
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..., have you? / ..., and you? (at the end of the question)

Do these sentences have the same meaning, or is there a nuance? Is the second version more common? 'I have never played this game, have you?' 'I haven’t played this one either.' 'I have never played ...
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Which of them / Which one of them / Who among them

Do these sentences have absolutely the same meaning, or does the word "one" change something? Does it just emphasize that the speaking is about one certain person? Which of them is your ...

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