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Meaning of the idiomatic “biscuits and gravy”

In the movie Line of Duty (about 45:30 in), a guy huge gets a weight thrown at him in a gym. Surprisingly not very bothered nor hurt, he says: "Biscuits and gravy, bitch!" and then starts to fight ...
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“Tone” VS “Intonation”

I was wondering if someone is saying hateful things about someone else, (including their mimic when they are talking using particular, unpleasant words and a specific undesirable ups and downs of ...
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Is “atestat” a synonym for “certificate”?

I would like to know whether the word "atestat" exists in the English language or if it is just a bad usage from speakers in my country due to the similarity with a word in our native language. It is ...
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what are the difference among photograph, photo, picture, image, drawing and sketch?

obviously the following image (img_1) is NOT a photo. while the following image (img_2) seems to be a photo. similarly, photograph, photo, picture, image, drawing and sketch would be used somewhere. ...
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Is there a difference between “slanted eyes” and “almond eyes”?

I see many people saying that there is no difference and that almond eyes it is a non-offensive alternative to slanted eyes, but I also see many saying that the two are totally different from each ...
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Could “natural environment” mean the same as “nature”?

In this text, for example, natural environment is the same as nature, right? We all agree that ensuring water quality is a hugely important objective, above all, given the adverse effects of ...
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She got pregnant “around” July last year [closed]

She got pregnant around July last year. Is "around" natural here and what exactly does it mean?
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Meaning of cost and receipts in context

I was reading a passage on economics, and I found a sentence that doesn't seem to make sense or I am misunderstanding some words. The sentence is blow with the neighboring sentences. He (...
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cost-effective vs affordable

Which expression is right? Overall, the journey by a train is comfortable, cost-effective and safe. Overall, the journey by a train is comfortable, affordable and safe. I got this after searching on ...
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What does the word “grafting” mean here?

Please help me figure the meaning of the word "grafting" in the following sentence from a description of the game "Love Island The Game": You'll choose outrageous outfits, play cheeky challenges, and ...
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What's the meaning of “run” in this?

While the company was dodging me, it was also monitoring me. At my request, a number of police officers had run my photo through the app. They soon received phone calls from company representatives ...
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What does 'on the gimp' mean?

There weren't a lot of opportunities for retired car thieves on the gimp. (from the movie Gone in 60 Seconds) I'm at a loss as to what it means. The word 'gimp' has many interesting meanings but ...
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Is “Millions more” the same as “More than millions”?

1) I want to know the exact meaning of "Millons more". ex) The famine killed nearly forty-five million people, and millions more died from disease. Does the "millions more" mean "more than millions ...
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the explain of “had true teachers been” structure and meaning of “theta” [duplicate]

the explain of "had true teachers been" structure and meaning of "theta" Mr. Evans and his associates after the first disturbance, physical and mental, caused by this spirit irruption, settled down ...
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Using “on which” in a sentence

Is using on which in the following sentence correct? The administrator should prepare a pre-defined list of websites on which the XYZ policy should be applied. I first used where, then switched ...
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what is the true meaning of “the nature of an expiation and atonement” at this context?

what is the true meaning of "the nature of an expiation and atonement"? One may well ask why should these North American aborigines play so large a part not only in the inception, but in the ...
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What's the difference between “livid”, “full of wrath” and “enraged”? [closed]

What's the difference between "I am livid", "I am full of wrath" and "I am enraged"?
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What “find out” implies in this context?

The Times: last Sunday night I turned on the TV to find out what was happening in Libya Does this means that I turned on the TV intentionally to know what is happening in Libya because I heard ...
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difference between a hint and a clue? [closed]

What's the difference between a hint and a clue? From my personal study of several dictionaries I gather that a hint is a bit stronger than a clue, and a hint can only be provided by a human, while a ...
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Does the term 'molest' exclude actual penetration?

Assault or abuse (a person, especially a woman or child) sexually. It's Lexico's definition. From the definition, it's not entirely clear whether it covers cases of rape or not. Does it? Is raping a ...
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“The baby has been down for 3 hours.” Is this a common expression?

The baby has been down for 3 hours. I found this expression in the language teaching book and it says the meaning is sleeping, but I think this is not a popular expression. Is it?
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What is “depriving” in this sentence meaning?

What is "depriving" in this sentence meaning? Viewing the activities to achieve your goals as enjoyable, fun, rewarding, etc., is more likely to produce behavior change than viewing these ...
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Meaning of the word “innocent” in “innocent of any logical coherence”

This song is, in my opinion, completely innocent of any logical coherence and must be interpreted emotionally. In this sentence, I think "innocent" could be interpreted as "not at all, entirely ...
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What does “launch forth” mean in this context? (From the book, Life of Pi)

This is from the book, Life of Pi. He's a small, slim man. Mild fall weather, yet puts on a big winter parka with fur-lined hood for the walk to the diner. Expressive face. Speaks quickly, hands ...
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Which one is right? “The world is warming” or “The world is heating.”

I heard both usages on different TV channels when they mention about global warming, ice melting, etc. 1-The world is warming. 2-The world is heating. And this is usually the introduction sentence ...
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What are “flip cards, the star, the lift, the train and fast forward” in following sentence?

I have a sentence which is about the tools that motivate and inspire people. "The tools include Flip Cards, The star, The train, lmage Diary and Fast Forward to name but a few." I don't understand the ...
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“compared to” and “based on”, passive voice?

Do they possess passive voice in any of these sentences? Do they sound passive? I don't know what native English speakers feel when using these two phrasal verbs, but I think they express passive ...
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meaning of “you admin”

This is my conversation with my friend: Me: Don't worry, I'll not let you down My friend: ok my friend. I trust you, you admin. I don't understand what You admin means. How should i understand the ...
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“All goes” not “All go”?

Currently reading this article,, the second paragraph says, As North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs have become more adventurous, a worrying possibility has begun to emerge. There’s ...
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Caretaker and caregiver - linguistic and logical nonsense

today I would like to ask for something strange that seems to me very strange, I dare to say as (linguistic and logical) nonsense. Base: Caregiver is OK. It says that somebody gives (provides) care ...
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What does 'a binary mobile' mean in the year of 1983?

I read from the book SICP Exercise 2.29. A binary mobile consists of two branches, a left branch and a right branch. Each branch is a rod of a certain length, from which hangs either a weight ...
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A word “fraught” in a sentence

Currently reading this article,, 12th paragraph says, Most trade talks take much longer than one year to complete. These particular negotiations are unusually fraught because of uncertainty ...
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Does this sentence sound redundant?

This mood is mainly created by the voice-over that consists of a sound clip, probably recorded in 1949, in which a man reads article 24 of the Geneva Convention in a very serious tone. Is this ...
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What are the differences between “emigrate” and “immigrate”?

My teacher said,emigrate can be explained as move to another place, former place and later place are in the same country. immigrate can be explained as move to another country from other country. But ...
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Use of disgusting

Recently, while watching some streams of Counter Strike I noticed that the commentators use the word "disgusting" a lot when refering for a nice, good, beautiful play. My question is, can disgusting ...
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“Tomb” VS “Grave”

As far as I know, "tombs": Are normally associated with people who have a high status and lived a long time ago; They are very large and for VIPs basically. A tomb is a structure above ground. ...
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“Offend” vs “Insult”

I have read a similar sentence to my provided example below somewhere (maybe with a little bit different phrasing.) He was blasphemous to Bible and I think, irrespective of being religious or ...
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The word Sir in a name

I encountered couple of professors in a UK university whose their names start with Sir. I think they are British. Is this their real first name? or a title? If a title, what did they do to deserve ...
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(UK English?)How do I have to understand the meaning of 'house' in 'Prior(priory) of London house'?

What would be the synonym for 'house' in 'Prior(y) of London house'? (I haven't known there are such various ways to interpret the word 'house'...) edit : "However, in November of that year, he was ...
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what does snarl of brambles mean

following this article I don't understand what is snarl of bramble from If you draw many loops containing a large number of points, most of the loops will overlap and tangle like a snarl of ...
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“Leave so soon” VS “Leave so early”

I cannot differentiate between the words soon and early in my following example! I was wondering which one sounds better (grammatically and semantically) here and why? Person A - > Oh! Look at the ...
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The word 'flat' applied to alcoholic beverages

When applied to still alcoholic beverages, does the term 'flat' mean "lacking taste" or "lacking alcohol"? It can mean "not fizzy anymore" but only if the beverage is supposed to be so, like champagne....
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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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Does 'turn around' mean 180° or 360°?

So as to rotate and face in the opposite direction. So it's what Lexico says on the meaning of the adverb 'around'. And yet, if we talk about, say, a woman showing her new dress, she would ...
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Meaning of “ag”

I came across this word in a lyric (the song is Piss Up a Rope by Ween): And you can put on your shoes, hit the road get truckin' Pack your bag, I don't need the ag What is the meaning of ag ...
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“lose her for two hours”?

Linda, a 54-year-old event consultant in Los Angeles, is neither disorganised nor innumerate. Ask about her finances, however, and you lose her for two hours. She opens her current (checking) account ...
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What's the definition of space according to this particular use?

On the dimensionality of odor space (source) I found an interesting article that used the word odor space. To me this is very strange, because space means a three or two dimensional space, so why is ...
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What do the colors, Blue, Dark Grey and Red mean in Taylor Swift's song Red?

Taylor Swift's song Red has following lyrics: Losing him was blue like I'd never known Missing him was dark grey, all alone Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met ...
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On using “outperform”

Can the word outperform replaces achieve faster performance. X methods can achieve faster performance than Y. Become X methods can outperform Y. Does sentence 2 gives the same meaning as ...
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Is something rated as Satisfactory implicitly better than other rated as Sufficient?

What I mean by this question is: If I say I'm going to test some products and rate them: If I rate one as Satisfactory and other as Sufficient. Which of the two products is better? Is the ...