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meaning of “above boord handsum”

I'm reading an article that talks about Yankee English and it quotes the following paragraph written by Thomas Chandler Haliburton: "...you are a careless kind of a man that way, and let your ...
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“Car amortization” — word request

If you use your private car for a business trip, usually the company pays the fuel, and also gives you extra money for car maintenance etc. — I'm not sure how is this extra money called in English. ...
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What's the meaning of PD?

In Korea, they are using "PD", denoting a person 'in charge of managing a production as in a TV show or film'(wiktionary.com). But the word for the person seems to be director, not producer, who (...
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What are the differences between indemnity, indemnification and compensation?

I tried to google them but no luck. Based on my research, it seems like indemnity and indemnification are exactly the same? indemnification is a more general term, including non-money values, but ...
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What's the meaning of ballin'?

Recently I have heard a song which is nice that is very nice of Michael Jackson that is called ‘We Be Ballin' You' so I wanted to know the meaning just to understand the song or maybe is just an ...
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Is there a friendly calling for uncle?

‘Auntie’ seems to be a friendly calling for ‘aunt.’ Then is there the word for ‘uncle’?
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What does “go out dancing” mean?

I love to go out dancing. (OALD) When I came across this sentence, I recollected the man, Cheo Yong, who saw four legs on his bed over 1,130 years ago, when he came back late. After that, singing “...
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What do you think of it / How do you think of it?

[a] What’s the last film you saw? [b] What do you think of the music? [c] What do you think of it? (Oxford University Press) There’s no wondering in [a] why there needs to be what, not how. For what ...
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how to discernin between “cause” and “ reason”?

I know somehow the word reason deals with justification explanation, and cause. In other words, although the word reason, considering the text, could mean each of the bold ones, I am wondering what ...
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think something of something/somebody

When I came across this sentence, “What did you think of Bombyx Mori?”, in the Silkworm, I re-read CGEL’s page 909, which was led by @snailboat’s comment. Then, I thought out this construction: I ...
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I didn't mean to “diss” you

“OK man we all do it differently I didn't mean to diss you.” (daum.net) Reading a Korean news that a girl singer ‘디스 [dɪs]’ an actress in her SNS, I wondered what this Korean word mean. It’s not in ...
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Types of Oranges?

Being non-native English speaker, I (and people around me) have always used word 'orange' for all the fruits in orange family (except for grapefruit only). But it must not be the case for sure, there ...
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Is this an incorrect use of the word “cosy”?

The bluetooth remote control is quite cosy in the hand. I have a few English people with me. I just said that the bluetooth remote control that I got is quite cosy. However, they started laughing ...
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'The good of the people' & 'follow in everything the general will'

The first and most important rule of legitimate or popular government, that is to say, of government whose object is the good of the people, is therefore, as I have observed, to follow in everything ...
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Is there a male equivalent of “hag”?

Hag is generally used for females, but what about males? Is there a male counterpart to this term? My current understanding of the word is: an old woman who is disgruntled, a possible recluse, and ...
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Is “right English” correct?

So I just said “that can't be right English” (meaning of course I didn't think it was correct English), and they told me saying “right English” (instead of “correct English”) was improper and I would ...
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Meaning and usage of “don”, “master”, and “brigadier”

I'm reading The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett. The story is based at Cambridge University and the ideas of "don", "master", and "brigadier" in the following paragraph puzzles me: Vivian prefers ...
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What is a heavy run?

He pushed his trolley around and stared at the barrier. It looked very solid. He started to walk toward it. People jostled him on their way to platforms nine and ten. Harry walked more quickly. ...
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What does “the sacred and profane” possibly mean? and what's the meaning of the sentence?

Because the effluent crosses over the separation barrier between Israel and the West Bank, such a route would bridge the lives of Palestinians and Israelis. The purified river, by collecting in its ...
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Adjective for having enough and satisfactory food

I have eaten enough food. The food was delicious and may be I have eaten a lot more than required. I enjoyed it. Now I am very happy about it. How to describe this? Should we say "I have had enough ...
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What is a word for people I follow?

I want to know the word for person or group of people that I follow. I tried searching on the internet and found nothing.
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Is there a specific name given to the leaflet which only has job vacancies on it?

When I was buying some food in a supermarket, an assistant gave me a leaflet in A5 size. There is some information about the job vacancies in this supermarket. Can you tell me the name of this kind ...
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adjective + of-phrase + to-infinitive

Beside some of them he had jotted the letter A for Anstis, and if it had crossed Strike’s mind that it might be considered arrogant or deluded of a private detective with no authority in the ...
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Unknown intransitive form of “to take”

I have run into an intransitive form of “to take” that is not documented in any of these sources: Oxford Dictionary, Webster Collegiate, www.linguee.fr : At this point she was persuaded that what ...
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What’s the meaning of ‘five deep’?

Again at eight o’clock, when the dark lanes of the Forties were lined five deep with throbbing taxi-cabs, bound for the theratre district, I felt a sinking in my heart. (F. Scott Fitzgerald, The ...
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How to memorize 5500 English words within the shortest time?

I am considering to appear for GRE. For this purpose, I have bought a vocabulary book containing 5500 words. It must be mentioned that I work 12 hours per day and thus I have limited free time. My ...
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How to overcome comprehending the words we don't know while listening

Well, It happens to me time to time while listening musics, the singer uses some words I have no clue beforehand, So I was looking for a solution to tackle this. I listen to rap musics mostly, and the ...
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What does this mean - had to cut short the interview

Nancy was taking the next flight to Paris so she had to cut short the interview. Would you explain the following phrase? Had to cut short the interview.
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What is a word for “very slow”?

I am trying to find an adjective describing "very slow". Can I know what are the possible candidates or, better, the best word for it? To further clarify my question, I am not looking for an ...
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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 does 'ask for' mean in this case?

He stopped a passing guard, but didn't dare mention platform nine and three-quarters. The guard had never heard of Hogwarts and when Harry couldn't even tell him what part of the country it was in,...
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Vocabulary to describe a great football (soccer) victory

If a soccer team scores 4 goals while its opponent scores only 1 in a match, how can we describe this kind of victory? What idioms and/or soccer jargon are there?
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Who is a person with 'integrity'?

The dictionary says that integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles that you refuse to change Still difficult to imagine what it means. For example, in a movie ...
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How to say that I want to be pretty enough in fitness?

In my question in Physical Fitness, Is there a simple program that I don't have to look up at all?, I am asked for the purpose of this plan: for what goal? My goal is to have a good form of muscle ...
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Informal way of saying the computer mouse is not functioning well

My son wants to watch the children's TV show, Peg + Cat on his computer. He scrolled the mouse down to the show's folder, but when he double clicks on the folder, it does not open; a pop up menu ...
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ESL: Should I memorise definitions?

As I mentioned, english is my second language. I'd say I'm intermediate at reading, writing and speaking basic english. But I have a very limited vocabulary. So I'm learning new words. From another ...
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Is this called functional key?

My colleague, JJ was promoted as the shop's temporary supervisor when the boss was touring a foreign country. He was given a bunch of keys of the shop's iron gate, doors, and most importantly, the ...
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for/as a birthday present

(1) I gave her a pouch for a birthday present. (2) I gave her a pouch as a birthday present. Can the two above all be used? If they do, Isn’t there nuance difference?
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Manassas Ends Hope for a Short War

Manassas Ends Hope for a Short War (VOA Learning English) What does ‘Ends’ mean? It seems not ‘Manassas Ends’ is a proper name. I guess it would rather be meaning: ‘the last part of Manassas.’ But ...
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How do I refer to a scholarship competition or a admission course competition? Competition doesn't seem the right word

In Portuguese I would say "concurso" and not "competição" which has the same meaning as competition in English. In English it seems off to say competition because a competition is more direct, like a ...
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What do these 'ball's mean?

The guy [truck driver] just yelled above the roar, and all I [had hitchhiked the car]had to do was yell back, and we relaxed. And he balled that thing clear to Iowa City and yelled me the funniest ...
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How to understand the land distance when it is referred in “blocks”?

How to understand the land distance when it is referred in “blocks”? Example sentence: I seldom travel more than a block or two by foot. I came across this word many times in books and in videos. ...
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Clear the exam - is there any difference from 'pass the exam'

I've just came across the collocation 'clear the exam'. Even though I do understand the meaning from the context, I could not find this phrase in Longman dictionary, and when googled the search ...
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Help transcribing a sentence

I can catch just a few words from this clip (10 sec). Would you be so kind as to help me? https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/13823768/sound.wma Here's what I hear: Reminds me of that psycho in ?. ...
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In a lamp flickered “on”, what does “on” mean?

All the same, it wasn't what you'd call the perfect end to the day, Harry thought, as he lay awake much later listening to Dean and Seamus falling asleep (Neville wasn't back from the hospital ...
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Is “has the idea” used appropriately in this sentence?

"Unto" usually has the idea of something being presented or given to someone/something. When I read the sentence above I noticed that the writer, a native of English language, used has in a way that ...
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polish in Reverse Polish Notation or Polish Postfix Notation

Upon reading Reverse Polish notation - Wikipedia Reverse Polish notation (RPN), also known as Polish postfix notation or simply postfix notation, is a mathematical notation in which operators ...
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sitting position… sitting on hams

Does the following sentence best present the sitting position shown in the picture? He is sitting kneeled down.
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What are some idioms that means something along the lines of “switching it up every day to not do the same thing over and over”?

It doesn't have to mean exactly that by the way, but it should be concise, because I don't want to use something that would be a mouthful.
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clobber in "you may clobber a global variable without knowing

I read clobber in a sentence in book "Fluent Python" you may clobber a global variable without knowing. the complete context This is not a bug, but a design choice: Python does not require you ...

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