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What is the meaning of 'git' in this context

I watched a movie about some cowboys and Indians in Texas, but needed to pause, when one of the cowboys put his hands on his belt and shouted "Git" at the person coming towards him. What does "Git" ...
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Focal Person Meaning

Can someone please elaborate the term ' focal person'. I tried to run a search for it on google but could not find any mention of it on any website. What I got was the meaning of focal which does not ...
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Meaning of the “on”

What does it mean "on"? I’ve never ever posted on here, but thought maybe today I would.
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Sentence containing my vs the

I have two sentences to comprehend correctly. Do you say Today is an opportunity to finish off my goal. Today is my opportunity to finish off my goal.
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What does 素 mean in 素数? [closed]

Composite number is translated as 合数, which do make sense; Prime number is called 素数, what does 素 means here? Is it possible to trace the source of such translation?
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Going to or I will

I’m puzzled with going to vs I will in these sentences. I’m going to always love you. I will always love you. What sounds better? But I do believe that “going to” implies I haven’t yet loved you but ...
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Why are we using “interested” instead “interesting” in the next phrase

I am learning English and I am having a question. Look at the phrase: I have been interested in painting since I was ten. I do not understand why we had used interested instead interesting. The ...
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What objects are these: auto, mobile, automobile

Is it true that an auto is always a car, and a mobile is always a phone? Is an automobile exactly the same as an auto? Does auto / automobile refer to a car with automatic transmission, a self-...
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Can “glimpse” be used in formal writing

Is using the word glimpse appropriate in formal academic writing setting? These are the questions along with a glimpse of their solutions. I know there are some words that are informal and are ...
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Meaning in the quote

Can you please explain me the reason to use "whether" instead of "if" in this quote: “It is not known whether he knew or not”. Thank you.
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What does the word “warmth” mean here?

I am not sure about the meaning of the word "warmth" in the following sentence: If you think that ML Enhance makes a sunset’s glow look too much like daylight, you can move the Temperature slider ...
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What does “steps” in this sentence mean? [closed]

While I was reading my book I saw a sentence and I don't know completely meaning of it because "steps" word in the sentence keeps me from understanding the sentence completely. Sentence: He went down ...
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What is the difference between scissors and shears?

I never saw this word "shears", but I found it on the internet and I went to search the meaning of that. Well, if scissors and shears have the same meaning. Let me know how to use each one.
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except and only

I found the following example in the Longman Dictionary: except 2 used to give the reason why something was not done or did not happen except (that) Liz would have run, except that she didn’t ...
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What are the differences between “careful of / with / about the child”?

In the dictionary careful [not before noun] giving attention or thought to what you are doing so that you avoid hurting yourself, damaging something or doing something wrong Be careful! ...
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meaning of 'sip'

Two were an old ill-favored pair; But the third was young, and passing fair, With laughing eyes and with coal-black hair; A dainty quean was she! Rob would have given his ears to ...
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What is the difference between 'at a conference' and 'in conference'?

Here's how the Longman dictionary distinguishes the two senses of the noun 'conference'. 1 a large formal meeting where a lot of people discuss important matters such as business, politics, or ...
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The meaning of 'pipe of the key'

There came a shrill and a whistling sound, Above, beneath, beside, and around, Yet leaf ne’er moved on tree! So that some people thought old Beelzebub must Have been lock’d out of ...
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What's the difference between 'hold' and 'detain'?

Is there any difference between 'hold' and 'detain' in terms of time "length" of detention/holding, or any other differences concerning the legal side of the two words. The following sentence is ...
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If you “visit” a doctor or a hairdresser, does it mean that you come to their houses?

For example, if I say, I visited a barber yesterday. how would I be understood by a native speaker? That I had my hair cut or that I came to his or her house while he or she wasn't at work? I know ...
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<Yes, I do> while answering a “do question”

I'm curious about knowing the reason why we say "I do" after "Yes" while answering a "do question". Let's look at the following example: Question: Do you speak English? Answer 1: Yes Answer ...
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It's at least an hour's commute to work

I have a couple of questions related to the meaning of "commute". Cambridge dictionary: It's at least an hour's commute to work. The Telegraph: My daily 20-minute commute to work remains ...
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Is “shpritzing” an invented word?

In an episode of the big bang theory, someone says "Take a jacket, it's shpritzing a little." Is shpritzing are real word? What does it mean? Read more: https://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/...
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Can “Have to” be used where there is no compulsion, e.g “…let's listen to what he has to say about the issue”

I have been reading something that gives info about how various faiths answer to a question about the animals. The author makes a research and gives what some faiths say about the issue. And the text ...
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How shoud I interpret a 'breach letter' in this case?

Let's assume there was a car accident, specifically on the bus ride so it's not your fault, and you received a letter below. (Idk who is the sender, only that it is related to the accident) What does ...
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realign yourself with somebody

A learner's dictionary gives the following definition and sentence. Do you think the definition is accurate? It bothers me to find it different from other dictionaries' definitions, which don't ...
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“pixie” ears and “pixie” features

Given ONLY this sentence in the environment where design editing is related. Would you take away the pixie ears and maybe he(his?) pixie features like the super pointy chins and use maybe a ...
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How to use bears admitting?

I was reading an article and come across the following phrase "bears admitting" what does it mean. i have tried to googled it but no luck of finding an answer. I think it must be a new word or not a ...
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Birthplace vs living place

If someone asks me where my hometown is, what should I say? I live in a country which is not my birth country. I was born in different country. So which one should I consider as my hometown? The ...
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Difference between 'directorate' and 'department'

What is the difference between 'directorate' and 'department'? Is a department, like, a ministry and directorate a sub-ministry? In the political/business context, a directorate doesn't exist on its ...
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Use of 'Far' and 'Far away.'

I'm a little confused about the proper usage of Far and Far Away. For example, if a friend asks me to go out with him for dinner and I want to tell him that I cannot go very far from where I am right ...
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What that means by “I am willing to try the code as is”?

My colleague and I have been working on a software project. I recently proposed some changes to the code base and requested for his review. He then added some comments as below: Now that I see you ...
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Using “very” to put emphasis on sentence meaning

"Very" is commonly used to put emphasis on adjectives, like : I think you're very strong. But I noticed there are sometimes other usages, such as this sentence I came across : With or without ...
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what is the difference between “grit your teeth” & “grind your teeth”?

what is the difference between "grit your teeth" & "grind your teeth"? grind ​[intransitive, transitive] to rub together, or to make hard objects rub together, often producing an unpleasant ...
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meaning of “bear someone home”

In the book "Native Speaker", there is "This means that you can get drunk, for the sake of building ambience and camaraderie (and for your own taut nerves), but still keep in mind that you haven't ...
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-gate meaning scandal [duplicate]

Does the suffix -gate necessarily refer to a political scandal? Can it refer to a scandal involving large businesses but no government officials? Could burgergate refer to a scandal in which a ...
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What does “purple” mean in “earthworms frolicked purple in the slush”?

What does purple mean, other than its definition which tells what type of color it is, in the below paragraph: Heaven opened and the water hammered down, reviving the reluctant old well, ...
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What does 'cracker' mean in this context?

The singing grew louder as they approached the church. It made Harry's throat constrict, it reminded him so forcefully of Hogwarts, of Peeves bellowing rude versions of carols from inside suits of ...
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class vs. form vs. grade

I've been meeting all the three words (class, form, grade) related to schooling, but I can't get my head around the differences. Please could you explain the differences? I need to know which one of ...
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It costs nothing to say

Suppose a group of researchers claimed that they were working on 7G technology, and someone said, "It costs nothing to say you're working on something so advanced. What could "cost" mean here? I'm ...
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Move over / Move aside

Is there any difference? I read somewhere said that "move aside" implies a little bit of ordering rather than asking. Is it true? Mom was cooking dinner and her little daughter was blocking her ...
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Can 'hit' mean 'meet'?

I've seen an American wrote in his email: We gonna hit at high noon. I figure he actually means we will meet at high noon. Am I getting it right? I haven't found this meaning in dictionaries ...
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When vs On which is more proper?

On reaching the airport, Tom found that he had left his bag in his home. When reaching the airport Tom found that he had left his bag in his home. Which sentence is correct? What is ...
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which one of these is correct, please? [closed]

which one is correct, please help me? to know what is this "one person has a first level volunteer license because he spent 100 hours as a volunteer." He wants to write this in his resume. " Holds a ...
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can “lemonade” be an adjective?

I found these sayings in the film "Between Two Ferns The Movie 2019" Waiter: Can I get you some honey gushers to start? The customer: What are honey gushers? Waiter: It's just lemonade. ...
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Which definition is this article using of the verb “temper”?

Currently reading this article, the last paragraph says, Mr Grant said: “FRA & GER used to each work with the UK to create a balance v the other. Now they’ve only each other to get annoyed with....
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How does the “drab office kitchen” look like?

This article has such a following passage as ( in 7th ). The five-minute broadcast showed Johnson walking through his campaign headquarters, answering questions put to him from behind the camera, ...
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“flank” on T-shirts

I saw branded T-shirts that have "flank" on it. I know flank means that side part of the body above hips. Is there any other cool meaning? Is it sarcastic or something? I wonder if it really meant ...
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Meaning of Introduction

When I have to come up with a title for my presentation in English, I'm always confused at using "Introduction". For example, the presentation is about the safety system of something. And I would ...
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Staring blankly at [closed]

I have a few question that I hope you can help me with. Monica is sitting on the couch staring blankly at the TV. She snaps out of it, grabs the remote, and turns off the TV. Can I use "staring ...