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How would "Have a good one." be understood in this context?

I was replying to somebody who said to be going to eat something and rest, and said "Have a good one." I was not understood, and asked what I meant by that. Isn't "have a good one" used instead of "...
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Better half of the decade

He has been working on it for the better half of the decade. What does this sentence suggest?
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What is the meaning of this sentence, "there's nowhere else on earth I'd rather be."?

What is the meaning of this sentence: "There's nowhere else on earth I'd rather be"
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What is the difference between "swept away by", "swept up by/in" and "swept over"?

Is there any difference between "swept away by" vs "swept up by/in" vs "swept over"? For example, what is the best fit in the following sentences? Is there any difference ...
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What's the meaning of "water down"?

The following is a passage from an article on the origin of the idiom fall off the wagon: The term references the water wagons which were once drawn by horses to water down dirt roads so that they ...
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What does "seize from" mean?

They left the hall quickly, wanting to unwrap the broomstick in private before their first class, but halfway across the entrance hall they found the way upstairs barred by Crabbe and Goyle. ...
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What does the “rocket science” refer to in this question about a startup?

Typical Y Combinator Interview Questions says: Where is the rocket science here? The question might be simple for Americans, but I am outside USA, and I haven't found a reliable answer. I need ...
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Usage of "as such"

I read that this sentence is incorrect: Because of the accident, he arrived at the dock an hour late. As such, he missed the boat and forfeited his deposit. Why is it wrong? What is the correct ...
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What does " toward a smooth, flat lawn on the opposite side of the grounds to the forbidden forest" mean?

At three-thirty that afternoon, Harry, Ron, and the other Gryffindors hurried down the front steps onto the grounds for their first flying lesson. It was a clear, breezy day, and the grass rippled ...
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What does 'starve to death' mean?

I have spoken of the rich years when the rainfall was plentiful. But there were dry years too, and they put a terror on the valley. The water came in a thirty-year cycle. There would be five or ...
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Meaning and usage of "good old"

Sometimes, some good ol' solitude feels good man. What does good old mean, and how do you usually use it in context?
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What does "rank dishonesty" mean?

I've encountered this phrase online and couldn't find a dictionary definition for the phrase. What does "rank dishonesty" mean, and especially what does the word "rank" mean in this context? ...
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What's the meaning of "as nature intended"?

In a discussion, a funny dog video was posted. In response to the video, person A said, non crated dogs ftl. Person B disagrees and said what Person C replies Person B, It's what non-dog people ...
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crouches and bends down

crouches and bends down I see in dictionary that crouches means "To stoop, especially with the knees bent", and stoop means "bend forward". Now my question is crouches already means bend down with ...
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What does "drink for England" mean?

I found it in one of comments on What does "drink like a professional" mean in this context? Drinking like a professional implies greater dedication than being someone who has the odd ...
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Why is "it has yet to be found" used in the following text?

In What does "yet" mean in this sentence? the OP quoted the following sentence, together with another one. Finally, even if the scroll didn't point to real treasure, it has yet to be ...
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What does 'just so you know' mean?

“just so you know” (Urban Dictionary) What does this mean? And what grammatical role does “so” have?
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Does adjective complement of the object imply event already happened?

North Korea hates me, and wants me dead. (Correspondent Report, Aussie ABC) Does "wants me dead" mean "wants that I’ve already died and not existed"? If the sentence is rewritten as "wants me to ...
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About which is the highlighted information added?

The horses, needless to say, were not mentioned again. Tom and Miss Baker, with several feet of twilight between them, strolled back into the library, as if to a vigil beside a perfectly tangible ...
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What does the phrase '2000-never' mean?

I came across this phrase today in a rather humorous column: The last time I did [something] ... was 2000-never. I've never seen this construct before. My guess is, that this means, the author did ...
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"Without a rest stop" vs. "Without stopping a rest" vs. "Without (pronoun) stop for a rest"

At the time it was felt that engines and passengers could not survive the journey without a rest stop. At the time it was felt that engines and passengers could not survive the journey without ...
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Is the participial phrase the modifier for "he" in this sentence?

It would be enough to turn any boy's head. Famous before he can walk and talk! Famous for something he won't even remember! Can't you see how much better off he'll be, growing up away from all that ...

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