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I have been involved in art/arts/the arts

Let's say I did music, dancing and acting in my life. Can I use these three words interchangeably? I think I probably can. I have been involved in art. I have been involved in arts. I have been ...
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Perr/pɛr/ means peer/pɪə/, pair/peə/, or something else?

What do you mean by 'perr'/pɛr/? 'Peer'/pɪə/, pair/peə/ or something else? You know where that comes from? Is it a throaty pronunciation of the ‘r’ sound, characteristic of the Glaswegian accent of ...
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What does "get something expensed" mean?

I was watching one of those videos where a person is showing off their computer setup and the guy was listing everything that was in, like a monitor, a mouse, a keyboard, and then this sentence came ...
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What is the meaning of the word "abated" in the following context?

This is a context from an Anime that I'm watching. One of the characters is citing a passage from the Bible (I'm not sure if it is a verbatim citation). He talks about the story of Noah. The following ...
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What's the meaning of "riggin'" in this sentence?

I'm listening to the podcast "Over the Drive". Its second episode (transcript found here) starts with the question "When you picture a truck driver what comes to mind?": When you ...
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Can we say "LeBron James substituted" if he was substituted out?

As far as I know, in sports, we can say someone substituted or he/she was substituted if he entered the game later in the game instead of another player. I wonder if native English speakers also can ...
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Assign someone to/in a city/country

Let's say an employee was assigned to work in a particular district/city/country etc. Can we say that person was assigned "to" or "in" there? In the Oxford Dictionary, the ...
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What does "leap" mean in this context?

could you please tell what "leap" means in the context below? May it mean "guessing"? Story goes about a couple, lady and lord; they secretly kissed in the attic. Later that day, ...
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what does the word "fronts" mean on this sentence: "shade of your tears fronts to your skin" [closed]

I heard it on some song. Don't remember which one exactly. There are some lines from this song: "shade of your tears fronts to your skin was like hard to time of mine"
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What does "emo" mean in this context?

From Trying Vue.js for the First Time, the code wasn't syntax highlighted at first, the YouTuber says: Ah oh, my Vue code is emo. What does this emo mean in this context?
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What does the phrase "to pass to" mean in this context?

This is a context from an English translation of "Crime And Punishment" by Dostoevsky It's a dated translation so I won't be surprised if this way of speaking is no longer in use but still ...
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Can the adjective "assistant" + a job title (X) be used to mean X's assistant?

The Cambridge dictionary gives the following definition of the adjective assistant: "used as part of someone's job title to show that their job is below the level of a more senior person, and ...
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What is the meaning of the word glorify in this context?

1. Definitions of the word Transfigure I found: ◦ Google definition for ‘’transfigure” transform into something more beautiful or **elevated**. ◦ TFD definition for ‘’transfigure” ...
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legally innocent and not guilty

I'd like to know if there's any difference between "legally innocent" and "not guilty." The scientist is legally innocent. The scientist is not guilty.
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What is the definition of the word "taps" in "The dystopian Netflix hit taps South Korea’s worries..."?

I completely fail to understand the word "taps" in this text: The dystopian Netflix hit taps South Korea’s worries about costly housing and scarce jobs, concerns familiar to its U.S. and ...
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What's the meaning or synonym for the word "cite" here?

This is a sentence from the movie "Catch Me If You Can. It's a substitute teacher speaking to a class. Now, somebody please tell me where you left off in your textbooks. Excuse me, people, if I ...
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what's the meaning of `flake` when test?

When I read this document How can I ask my PR to be tested again for test failures? there is a paragraph: PRs should only need to be manually re-tested if you believe there was a flake during the ...
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Is there a difference between "make a choice", "make a decision" and "choose a decision"? [closed]

Is there any difference either in usage or in meaning between the following: 1- (Make a choice), as in: Making a choice is easy. 2- (Make a decision), as in: We make thousands of decisions a day. 3- (...
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Is 'reproof' [verb] a valid word? What does it mean?

I got this sentence from Swan's book: I must get my jacket cleaned. I'd better have my raincoat reproofed. I assume the word reproofed is a past participle of reproof, judging by its structure and ...
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What does "feast on your danglers" mean? [closed]

What does "feast on your danglers" mean? Phoebe said it in Friends: "a rabid dog would be feasting on your danglers right now"
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wishy-washy (what is wishy?) (can't find the meaning of 'wishy')

wishy-washy What's wishy? (Can't find the meaning of 'wishy') 'washy'means 'overdiluted, watery, or weak'
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Can "substantial" mean "suprisingly small in amount"?

From a TOEFL reading passage Paragraph 5:Ryan and his colleagues measured the rates of predation in Tungara Frog choruses of different sizes. Large choruses of Frogs did not attract more bats than ...
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What is the meaning of the phrases "well along" & "far on" as well as the meaning of the phrase "deep into" in this context?

This is a sentence I encounter while reading a book. "Deep into the nineteenth century, Hippocrates and most of those who followed him also believed that natural processes must not be interfered ...
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What does this phrase from friends mean?

"to take my Grade A loins off" (Phoebe said it on Friends. Full sentence: But, you know, am I ready to take my Grade A loins off the meat market?)
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stumble/trip over something

He stumbled/tripped over a plastic tricycle lying around on the front lawn, got back up, and walked up to the front door. As I understand it you don't necessarily fall to the ground if you stumble or ...
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'Flush' and 'Abundant', are they interchangably?

I've learned from my vocabulary app, that flush is synonymous with abundant in this context: The exam's passage is flush with difficult words, words that you may have learned only yesterday. However,...
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"Quirk" vs. "Oddity" [closed]

What is the practical difference between the words "quirk" and "oddity"? I do understand they are very common and propably can be used interchangeably in many contexts, but here ...
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The word 'bastardization' and its usage

I have difficulty understanding the word 'bastardization' in this sentence I took from a vocabulary-builder app: The movie World War Z is a complete bastardization of the book with little more in ...
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Is the word "amiss "one of the synonyms for "sick"?

thesaurus.com claims one of the synonyms for the word "amiss" is "sick", even though I could not find such a definition in other dictionaries. Also, this is a context from a book ...
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What is the meaning of the word "work" in this sentence?

This is the sentence I've got problems with. It's a bit dated translation but I believe one of the suggestions I listed below is applicable here. "What was it had happened to work this revolution ...
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words meaning the rest / reminder/ remains

I am trying to say that something has not change for a period of specific time. rest / reminder/ remains I know the meaning of each word but to me as non-native speaker these words mean the same ...
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"it don't" vs "it doesn't" [duplicate]

Quote from Huey Lewis & The News – Hip to Be Square Lyrics | Genius Lyrics: It's not too hard to figure out, you see it every day And those that were the farthest out have gone the other way You ...
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Stone meaning in the context [closed]

I want to know what stone is meant by this conversation I took from my English book: Mr Trubble: Ouch! I just bit an olive and I've broken my tooth on the stone! Look! Mrs Trubble: Mm. So... where's ...
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"smooth like butter in daily life" is right? [closed]

I want to express melting naturally or smoothly like butter in everyday life. How do you like it? Can I write "smooth life butter in daily"?
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Meaning of "heavy odds stacked against him" in a sentence [closed]

I cannot understand the meaning of this sentence: Would he be able to save his friend when heavy odds are stacked against him? Does it mean that would he be able to save his friend when the problems ...
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What is meant by (Sky Walker)? [closed]

1- Is the term (sky walker) connected to taking selfies at high structures (like skyscrapers) specifically or at any dangerous place in general (like cliffs, etc.) In other words: Is the term (sky ...
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The figurative meaning of the word exotic [closed]

The words exotic, as it seems, is somehow related to the word exit; This justifies it's literal meaning which could be found everywhere. What I'm looking for is the figurative meaning of the word. ...
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"(Deal / Grapple) with something" VS "(Tackle / address) something"

Deal with something: to take action in order to achieve something or in order to solve a problem. Grapple with something: to try to deal with or understand a difficult problem or subject. Tackle ...
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watched her blow up her carefully curated image of refined privilege

Growing up Ivanka I met Ivanka Trump at an all-girls school on the Upper East Side, and we were inseparable for more than a decade. Gradually, though, our differences divided us-"Why would you ...
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I'm looking for a "game girl"

Let's say someone is going to introduce himself to a girl and talk about his tendencies, inclinations and interests. He tends to say: I've always looked for for a girl who is OK with most of the ...
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What does "it" mean in "That's not the half of it"?

A housekeeper says to Armanda about Vincent's behavior: Housekeeper: You know Vincent actually did his ungodly act on a Sunday? That's not the half of it. I saw him that Day. I was on my way to ...
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a show-stopping bow-shaped train [closed]

"I May Destroy You" creator and star Michaela Coel also shone bright in neon yellow. Her two-piece Christopher John Rogers design highlighted her toned tummy and had a show-stopping bow-...
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I am missing you already [closed]

Alice: I'm missing you already. Transcript: I'm missing you already. Clip duration: 12 seconds Source: Resident Evil How to define "miss" here? Does "miss" here mean "...
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What is the difference between "She is always obsessed with long hair" and "She is always obsessing about long hair"? [closed]

According to my research "She is always obsessed with long hair" means she is thinking about long hair too much, maybe she wants to have long hair badly. "She is always obsessing about ...
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Difference between "Simultaneously", "Concurrently", and "At the same time"

According to Lexico, the word simultaneously means "At the same time". And the word concurrently means "Existing, happening, or done at the same time". And the word (phrase?) at ...
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Does preposition “at” include a part of the object itself? [closed]

For example, I’m wounded in the leg, and the wound is a part of me. In this case, can I say there’s wound at my leg? It means purely that there’s wound in/on my leg.
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What's the correct definition for the word "proceed" in this setence?

So I encountered this definition for an idiom "go on" but I've got troubles deciphering which is the correct meaning for the word in the definition. This is a TFD def for "go on" 5....
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This user prefers to keep an air of mystery about "them"? [duplicate]

Apparently, this user prefers to keep an air of mystery about them. Since "this user" is singular and "them" is plural, is using "them" as the pronoun correct here?
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Is hooky a proper word [closed]

I was looking into the word hook one of the meanings of this word is to catch attention. So could I say that the marketing campaign is very hooky? Is that a correct word? Any alternative word etc.
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rides a bike to work while all of his friends drive cars instead

Is "instead" used properly in the following? If not, please explain. Joe rides a bike to work while all of his friends drive cars instead.

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