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What does the “honest” in “honest mistake” imply?

I encountered this thread on Twitter by Will Amos. I made a really unfortunate mistake today & obviously I’m embarrassed by it. My camera was accidentally left on as I changed into work clothes ...
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Does ‘I’m interested in nothing’ make sense?

Does ‘I’m interested in nothing’ make sense? I think it doesn’t make sense because ‘interested’ means ‘showing curiosity or concern about something or someone.’ I found the similar question, but ...
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What does “importing” mean here?

Some researchers have argued that as culture is the foundation upon which people build their identities, such cultural exportation may jeopardize the national identity of citizens of ‘importing’ ...
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“The ranks of Republican crossovers”

Reading this article, there is a headline saying, “I really want there to be a good two-party system," said Copan, a former senior officer with the American Gas Association. His vote for Biden ...
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Make room on your bookshelf for this compelling leftist primer

Cambridge Dictionary defines "primer" as "a small book containing basic facts about a subject, used especially when you are beginning to learn about that subject." But this book, ...
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“tension” and “tense mood”? [closed]

Owen glared at Tim, who glared back. The tension/tense mood between the two of them had everyone fixated. Are both "tension" and "tense mood" OK here? Without the context that ...
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Doubt in a particular extract from the newspaper “The Hindu” [closed]

I could not understand the analogy behind this particular paragraph taken from the Indian newspaper called "The Hindu". The paragraph is given as follows: The Forest Department officer also ...
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What does “vindication” mean in the following sentence?

Does "vindication" mean "the fact of proving that what US policymakers said or did was right after other people thought they were wrong:"? Celebrants atop the falling Berlin Wall ...
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“stiffly pop the chain-link net”. Does this 'pop' mean 'put or thrust suddenly and forcefully'?

She turned from the basket and began heading the other way. “Um-mah,” I cried at her, my irritation already bubbling over, “the basket’s over here!” After a few steps she turned around, and from where ...
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What does “a star ” symbolize here?

From the poem "Opportunity" by Walter Malone: Each morning gives thee wings to flee from hell, Each night a star to guide thy feet to heaven. What does "a star" symbolize here? ...
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What is the meaning of “front” in “Left Front” or “Right Front”? [closed]

Generally "front" is a word that refers to standing in the first position. What is meant by "Front" in situations like "Left Front" and "Right Front", or all ...
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What does the word “snadgy” mean?

I'm reading a novel by John Galsworthy written at the beginning of the twentieth century and I've come across this sentence: The Board meeting had been long and "snadgy"--a final settling ...
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How to interpret the phrase “does not in any way presuppose”?

I am currently attempting to decipher a historical document relating to the dissolution of Austria-Hungary. Within this document (which can be found here), it is stated "This does not in any way ...
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Should I use not-British word meanings in the FCE? [closed]

This year I will sit the FCE, a British English exam. I don't know if I should use word meanings that aren't in British vocabulary but are common in other countries. For instance, the word "...
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difference between “opinion” and “input”

What's the difference between "opinion" and "input" (when it's used in the sense of "opinion")? Are there any subtle connotations that a non-native English speaker would ...
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Manner: a way in which a thing is done or happens [closed]

Does ‘manner’ only mean quality, not a thing? I mean, does yellowness or happiness can be a way, but does a car or cake cannot be a way?
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in/at one fell swoop(=at one time) What's fell here?

in/at one fell swoop (=with a single action or movement, all at the same time) What's fell here? I think 'swoop' is a noun and if it should be modified, then 'past participle' or adjective should do ...
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What does it mean: “…to the extent of $250 a month”?

This sentence is from a conversation in which a person is asking for advice from a councellor because he can't pay bills, etc, so is asking for advice on how to make the family budget. The councellor ...
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highly public communication breakdown

Does "breakdown" mean "failure (to stick up to the promise - for example, promise the vaccine efficacy is 85%, yet actually the efficacy is only 75%)"? In the tumultuous rollout ...
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Are “freelancer” and “free-agent” interchangeable? [closed]

Are "freelancer" and "free-agent" interchangeable? I am stuck at this point.
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“I” of (I-VT) Like Bernie Sanders (I-VT) [closed]

Does "I" for, like Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in articles mean Sanders is an independent? I haven't thought Sanders is an independent. Thanks for the confirmation.
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I'm a Scientologist. Okay, that's “A.” — what does “A” mean in this context why is it capitalized?

This is from the movie Central Intelligence, where a bully after apologizing to his victims and saying that he has become a better person reveals that it was in fact a fake apology: Good God, you're ...
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Can a noun or word have more than one case?

Can a noun or word have more than one case? I was thinking the phrase "you look like a spider climbing up the stairs" before I thought that within that phrase or sentence, "spider" ...
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other meanings of the word “appetite”

I was having an interview yesterday and I was talking about people's tastes when it comes to food. The interviewer asked me a question about whether young people and old people in my city like the ...
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“to rop something”

A user repetitively has been asking for the another versions using the phrase "up and to the right for", in that process, I encountered a verb that no dictionary records and no googing helps....
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“on address of”

"The judges of the superior courts shall hold office during good behavior, but shall be removable by the Governor General on address of the Senate and House of Commons". What is the meaning ...
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“if diminishing” in the sentence

"In the common law provinces(in other words, all provinces except Quebec) and in the territories, judge-made rules play an important if diminishing role in the whole body of the law." what ...
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What is difference between “so that” and “in order to”?

What is the difference between "so that" and "in order to" in the following sentences? I am saving money so that I can buy a new home. I am saving money in order to buy a new home....
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What is a dedicated control/dedicated controller and dedicated attenuator?

The text tells about music modular synthesis and the above-mentioned words are the tools we use for the purpose of modular synthesis. Here is the paragraph: So here I have a sound, and I can change ...
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What do “and of” meaning in the following sentence?

What do “and of” meaning in the following sentence? Recognition of a particular asset or liability is appropriate if it provides not only relevant information, but also a faithful representation of ...
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improve ops/platform energy efficiency

Does "ops" stand for "operations"? Google search led me to guess it so. Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks tweeted: Joined @DeptofDefense leaders today for our 1st ...
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what “abduce” means?

But who else, besides myself, has experiences? Because you are so similar to me, I abduce that you do. How far consciousness extends its dominion within the tree of life becomes more difficult to ...
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What does here “grab a cable” mean? [closed]

So just a quick word about color coding, I will use certain colors for certain purposes during this series of videos so it will be easier to follow. Now, don't pay too much attention at the moment to ...
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What is the meaning of “on parole” in this text? [closed]

Under these circumstances, Isaac, the Metropolitan of Armenia, proceeded to the court of Ctesiphon, and petitioned Isdigerd to replace on the Armenian throne the prince who had been deposed twenty-one ...
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What it means to “be captured by this”?

"There's no objective standards for what platforms might be captured by this." he said, "it creates a very subjective process that is open to abuse." (Source) What it means to &...
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What does 'viz.' means? [closed]

I recently came across the following sentence: Matter can exist in 3 states viz. solid, liquid and gas. I am not sure what the word 'viz.' means can anyone explain me it's meaning and usage?
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Difference between bed and shore

In the bed of the river there were pebbles and boulders, dry and white in the sun, and the water was clear and swiftly moving and blue in the channels. It's from A Farewell To Arms. I know what the ...
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The meaning of 'work'

I understand that work can mean the place where you do your job. Which of the following 'work' has the above meaning? I leave for work at 7.30 every morning. I go to work by bus. I get to/ arrive at ...
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What does “in it” mean in this context?

What does "in it" mean in football (soccer) context? GOAL! Everton 1-2 Burnley (Calvert-Lewin 32) He’ll be chewing a little less maniacally now! Davies, partly to blame for the opening goal, ...
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What is the meaning of “ earned and acquired a unanimity of execration which has but seldom been the lot of persecuting monarchs.”? [closed]

Thus Isdigerd alternately oppressed the two religious professions, to one or other of which belonged the great mass of his subjects; and, having in this way given both parties reason to hate him, ...
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What is the real meaning of this stanza?

I have read the poem “Opportunity” by Walter Malone, but I could not understand the real meaning of the third stanza: Dost thou behold thy lost youth all aghast? Dost reel from righteous Retribution'...
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Does either 'messy' or 'untidy' necessarily imply 'dirty'?

This flat is messy/untidy. I want to say the flat is rather disorderly, not perfectly neat, chaotic, with things all over the place, with things being (possibly purposefully) badly arranged. I don't ...
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What does “look for” mean? [closed]

What does "look for" mean in football (soccer) context? 15 min: Spurs 0 Zagreb 0 Lamela looks for Kane in the box but just puts too much on the cross. Spurs are well on top and looking ...
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what kind of structure is this sentence: “Is he like Patrick to look at?”

This sentence is from a famous British film(Downton Abbey). There is a guy whose face was completely hurt in the war and being treated in a hospital. Almost all of the face is wrapped in bandages, and ...
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What does “find” mean?

What does "find" mean in football (soccer) context? 90+2: Bernardo finds Torres in the box but his shot is well blocked. Riyad Mahrez finds the bottom corner. GOAL! MANCHESTER CITY 1-0 ...
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What does “torpedo a shot” mean? [closed]

The word "torpedo" usually means to destroy something with a torpedo. But in sports it seems to have a differet sense. So what does it actually mean? 61 min City 5 Saints 2 Walker drills a ...
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What does “the architect” mean?

What does "the architect" mean in football (soccer) context? MISS! More sharp play has City bearing down on goal once more. Silva is again the architect, driving forward unchallenged before ...
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What does “ship” mean here

What does "ship" mean in football (soccer) context? 55 min: Leicester ship possession on the edge of their own box, Evans struggling to reach the ball. They’re fortunate that Mane dawdles ...
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What does “swat” mean here?

What does "swat" mean in a football (soccer) context? Thomas Tuchel’s unbeaten honeymoon continues as Chelsea confidently swat Everton aside at Stamford Bridge.
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Word with multiple meanings

"The invisibility of women's concerns in society" Q1. What does "invisibility" mean here? "Ignorance conducted by men?" or something else? Q2. What does "concerns&...

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