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What does “precedents to this story” mean in this context?

could you please help me to understand the meaning of "precedent to this story"? "There are many historical precedents to this story" Does it mean that story is written on the basis of historical ...
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quantity words used adverbially to describe the extent of something

I've noticed the word plenty can be used as an adverb: We're plenty [=very] busy with the work we have already. It's plenty cold outside. There's plenty more where that came from. ...
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How to say the following thing?

If I have a phone number in usage & after some time I no longer does, how do I then say it with just one verb in active form & without using negation? So apart from the following way:- I no ...
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What does “O's” mean in bar's (pub's, restaurant's) name?

could you please help me to understand the meaning of "O's" in such names as "Nancy O's restaurant", "George O's bar"... etc. Is there some special meaning, is it translatable? Thank you a lot!
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What does “sticky” mean in this context?

Could you please tell what is meant in this context by "sticky"? Does it mean that little girl was irksome as all the little kids use to be? Thanks a lot for help. "He knew it was dangerous; the ...
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Difference between “being passionate” and "being

I've looked at definitions of both "passionate" and "passional", and they are pretty much the same, but I can't help but feel being passionate is different from being passional
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The difference between “use up” and “run out of something”

Consider these two sentences: I have used up all my pencils. I have run out of pencils. Which one, if either, is better? What is the difference? In what context should I use each one?
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What is the meaning of “blob of glup”?

This term was used in this way, for the first time: “The oyster is a blob of glup, but a woman is a woman.” ― James Thurber, The 13 Clocks . I also saw some articles using this phrase, but I just don'...
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Adjectives that describes a person who likes to collect mementos and keepsakes

Are there any adjective that describes a person who likes to collect keepsakes? I’m having a hard time looking for words on the internet.
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meaning of “hop/simply hop”

I saw this quotes somewhere on the internet and I can't understand the meaning of "hop/simply hop" on these quotes below: "So they hop online, armed only with an avatar and their keyboard." "They ...
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What is the proper name for this vintage “traditional folding gate door”?

Could anyone tell me what is the correct or better name for this gate/door? They are usually used by old shops in Asian countries (possibly from 1940s to 1960s). The photo is on this web-page.
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Interpret demystify literally

I am getting under way to learn vocabulary in etymology. The word demystify in Online Etymology Dictionary de - "not, do the opposite of, undo" mystify - 1814, from French mystifier (1772), a ...
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What does “Pull oneself up by something” mean?

Sometimes I've come across the "phrasal verb" "Pull oneself up by something" and I really don't understand the meaning. I researched, but I couldn't find the meaning. For example: Farm people are ...
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What is the meaning of the word successfully in this sentence?

This isn't just an epigram - life is much more successfully looked at from a single window, after all. In the sentence above, does it mean that when you look at life from a single window you can ...
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difference between 'beneath' and 'under'

And finally (since he had started looking at the inadequacies of his life, why not make a comprehensive survey?) there was his recent weight gain; a full stone and a half, so that he not only felt fat ...
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animate, reduce or mitigate his serious attitude

I have made up two versions of an example using two different verbs. (1) Tom doesn't smile much. However, my sense of humor always animates his serious attitude. (2) Tom doesn't smile much. However, ...
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Course provider

You are due to move into a rented apartment next month but you will not be able to because you have some problems. Write a letter to the course provider. What does a course provider means in this ...
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The difference between “prevent” and “avoid”

The accident could have been prevented The accident could have been avoided Would you show me semantically what the difference between the two is? Also, are there any scenarios in which both ...
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Word for shops/marketplaces without price tags

Imagine a shop where items are very limited in stock (only one or a few of each) and there are no price tags. Visitors can privately place offers on items: only the sellers will see them but not ...
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What is a term for someone who either politely rejects an offer or doesn't make use of something that has been offered to him?

E.g. a very rich and fortunate person offers you to use any amount of his wealth, however, either by or without saying, you will never want to use that person's money.
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Before and Until can have the same meaning here?

In this sentence Bellow, I can't see the difference whether I put Before and Until. I didn't like gambling before / until 2020. What's the difference? Sometimes, I just don't buy it: in some ...
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Is it correct to say 'math specialized school' or maybe 'math magnet school about a school with many math lessons?

There are such schools here in post-Soviet Union countries where they teach math intensively, say, at least 1 lesson per day. Here we call them specialized schools. They can have a different profile, ...
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“at the latest” vs latest

He is not in bed but for his goodness he needs to go to bed latest at 10 o'clock. Q: I think in this sentence, it is correct to use "at the latest" instead of "latest". What is your opinion?
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Use A instead of/ rather than B

I wish to know if I should use Instead of or Rather Than in this sentence: Sometimes, people use pencils instead of/ rather than pens. I'd rather use "Rather than" (since it is used for preference)...
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Do “how to proceed” and “how to do” express the same meaning when giving instructions?

Since "proceed" generally means to continue a course of action, how do you understand the sentence "how to proceed" when used before instructions? How to Proceed Step 01 Step 02 ...
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Pay attention to + noun

Is it okay to say "I PAY ATTENTION TO the house" in the sense I watch it or look after it? Because I am afraid it is a lexical misuse
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Word for someone who speaks less but has positive connotation

I understand there are words like Taciturn that have same meaning but can be used to compliment someone. Taciturn seems to have negative connotation.
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Is there specific name bunk beds that are stable in a room?

As far as I know "bunk beds" are beds that a bed stacks on another one. Is there a specific name for bunk beds that are the built-in type like this? Image from http://trica-hostel.com/jp/hostel....
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Expression “Mind (you)”

Mind you means in a dictionary: "Used to make a sentese less strong or general" For example - I'm lazy - I go to gym on Saturdays, mind you. But, does "mind you" mean the same thing in these phrases?...
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Protagonist becomes antagonist

Do we have any term or phrase for the situation wherein a protagonist becomes an antagonist for rest of the characters in a drama but still remains a hero for the audiences? For example in The Count ...
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Can I use “ago” with any word?

we mostly see "ago" comes with time periods like two weeks ago, two nights ago, what about using ago with things other than time periods like page, post, bus, girlfriend, etc. for example 1) ...
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Right vs privilege? [closed]

Apparently both are similar. How we can differentiate between right and privilege? Please kindly explain with examples
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Gorge on Vs binge on Vs devour

I've looked up the definition of "gorge on" in Lexico dictionary and it says "eat a large amount greedily". But I don't quite get it. How is it different from "binge on" and "devour". Could you please ...
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'Meet Friends' and 'See friends'

Is there any subtle difference or do they mean exactly the same? I am going to meet friends. I am going to see friends.
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Ways to say “to take something by hand” in English

I would like to know how to say "to take something by hand" in these contexts. For example, we have: Pick, grab, take, etc. And I wish to know which word would fit the best in these sentences I ...
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What is the file of a cube?

In Wikipedia 3D-Chess, it is written: A rook moves through the six faces of a cube in any rank, file, or column I understand what is a column for a cube. I also deduce that a rank is somewhat a ...
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the town of Castleford

From Cambridge dictionary: He was born in the small town of Castleford, in Yorkshire. I'm not sure whether I understand this correctly. Is it a town called "Castleford"? Or there is a bigger ...
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How do you call someone who gives classes but is not actually a teacher?

How would you call someone who gives classes to students despite not having a degree in teaching nor it being their main occupation ? For example, a lot of "teachers" I had in college were actually ...
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What verbs collocate with policy?

What verbs collocate with policy? Make a policy? Develop a policy? The government should make a a policy to reduce the number of cars. Does this sound correct?
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Can we use the word “image” for all digital pictures?

I was reading this question : Photo Vs. Picture Vs. Image : What is the difference between them? As a technical person, we use the word image for all digital pictures. I wanted to know is that ...
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meaning of “funky girl”?

Although i tried searching google but couldn't came across any digestible stuff my question is that if a young girl in her early twenties make an email id as "funkygirl", what is the meaning of "...
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Word-usage: Lean vs Support

These 2 words have the same translation in my native language, and I don't get the difference in these contexts. For example, should I say: Amanda leant her elbows on her thighs, leaning her hands ...
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Rough book or draft notebook?

I've looked up translations for the French word “cahier de brouillon,” and I've gotten two translations: “rough book” and “draft notebook.” I'm talking about a small (note?)book wherein you write ...
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What is the meaning of “little long-term ” in this sentence?

Many such drives from the government have been initiated with little long-term results. I know the meaning of long-term.But what it means when "little" word is added before it? TIA
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What is the meaning of 'be set to' in this sentence?

In the following sentence, what is the meaning of 'be set to'? I think it has the meaning of 'to be ready/prepared to'. If not so, I'd like to know the other meaning of it. Many electric clocks are ...
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Finding Correct word

I have doubt on a phrase. Situation: Let's think like that,I want to change the position of a box. I want to take permission from the owner of the box. What should I say? Where should I put the box?...
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Scientific vocabulary for 'to remove flaws and make something complete'

There are tons of vocabularies related to this concept, such as strengthen, improve, or enhance, but I've never found one proper vocabulary for a scientific (or at least formal) usage with this ...
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What does “original already” mean?

An artist called 5haus sent a song to an artist called deadmau5 on his twitch channel. When deadmau5 read the sender name (5haus) he said: "original already", does it have a positive or negative ...
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What is the best way of learning new words (vocab)

I’m a non-native English speaker and I want to know what is the best way of learning new words Is it by translate the word into my native language. Or by view the word definition in English Or by ...
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Verb usage with page jumping/navigation

For describing an expect result in an audit report of testing (Action: Click on 'LOGO' at the top right of the page), which one of these is correct: (Expect Result refers to 'It should' ) ...

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