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Can I say down north as well as down south?

Here are two definitions of the word "down" form TFD.com Down a. Toward or in the south; southward: flew down to Florida. Down b. in a particular part of a country: down south. According to ...
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"build on" meaning

I was reading a textbook and actually I got confused about the meaning of "build on" in this sentence: ApplicationContexts build on the notion of a 'bean factory' by providing application-...
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Can “boyfriend” indicate an ex-boyfriend?

Why does “your boyfriend will be mine” sound like “your current boyfriend will be mine”? Could it mean your ex-boyfriend will be mine?
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What's the difference between 'much of' and 'much'?

I read in a book this sentence: You may wonder how much of a risk there is. From my previous experience, 'much of' means 'a great portion of', but in the above sentence, it seems not. I think it means ...
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What does "I’m going to need a ‘booka" mean?

The context: But there is a greater truth. It is fun. Anyone who knew Chas just shakes their head, still in disbelief. My Godfather, my Uncle, Chas, was played by Ben Affleck. Ben Affleck… as Chas. ...
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Why can't I say "to regain my mood"?

I was asking whether I could use the phrase in the title in the different site and there was an English native speaker that didn't understand what I was trying to say. So, I suppose the usage of this ...
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What does "when shift breaks" mean in this context?

The context is from the movie "taxi driver" by Martin Scorsese The main character Travis comes to a taxi company to ask for a job as a cabbie. The manager he talks to after some initial ...
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What is the difference between "My sole is tickling" and "My sole is ticklish"?

According to my research, "My sole is tickling" refers to "uncomfortable feeling" or a very little pain like an ant bites you or so, while "My sole is ticklish" refers to ...
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What does "dead" and "buck" mean? [closed]

In a youtube video, the interviewer asked, "What happened to your business?" The interviewee replied with, "It was basically dead and the economy was literally like a buck a day." ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase "the capital city highway"?

Context: "At 06:10 yesterday, on the outer circle of the capital city highway in Minato District Tokyo a traffic collision uccurred, involving five cars and at least one truck." What does ...
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What does the phrase "on a conveyance" mean in this context?

This is a definition of the word "car" (from TFD) 3. A boxlike enclosure for people or cargo on a conveyance: an elevator car. What does "on a conveyance" mean? TFD Definitions for ...
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"Namely", "I.e." and "That is (to say)"

According to the dictionary definitions, all these three items mean identical to me: a. namely b. i.e. c. that is (to say) They are used when one needs to give more details about something that ...
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What does "carry" and "through" mean in "carry through"?

I know that the phrase carry through means to complete something successfully. But what is the logic behind it? In other word, what does each word mean in this phrase? The context is as follows: ......
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What does "120 Count" on a pack of pills mean?

What does "120 Count" on a pack of pills mean? I wasn't able to find it in a dictionary
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What does GO mean in "go to sleep"?

What does go mean in go to sleep? Does it mean to start as in here we go?
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lockout and lockdown

What's the difference between lockout and lockdown in Covid contexts? Consider this headline: NT records 403 new cases of COVID-19, as it exits lockout, introduces vaccine pass system https://www....
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Elephant are less fussy than caterpillars

Does it mean like this That elephant are fussy more than the caterpillars (or) caterpillars are more fussy than the elephant
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Ove Drilling the police-flashlight finger into the counter

What is the meaning of drills in this paragraph, The colleague looks very happy, as people do when they have not been working for a sufficient stretch of time as sales assistants. “Hi, how can I help ...
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Is "I will do yoga for good" ambiguous because of the phrase "for good"?

"For Good" here is a noun and means 1-[noncount] : for morally good forces or influences Teachers can be a strong force for good. But, it also means 2-forever She's gone for good When I ...
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What does "luscious" mean?

What does "luscious" mean other than "delicious" and "sexually appealing"? 'cause I don't understand neither this sense of the Lexico entry (basically "richly green ...
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What is the right synonym for the adjective "mean" in this context?

What is the right synonym for the adjective "mean" in this context? This is the context: The person saying this is talking about a person who is a Vampire.(It's from a video game) "He's ...
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What does "kettle cooked" mean?

What does "kettle cooked" mean? "Kettle" is the thing with a spout you boil water in, as far as I know. You don't boil potatoes to get potato chips, do you, though?
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What is the difference between "New Year" and "new year" and articles in front of them?

We see both "New Year" (Upper case) and "new year" (lower case) in the dictionary When do we use upper case "New Year" and lower case "new year"? It seems that ...
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What does "showrunner" mean?

What does "showrunner" mean? How are they different from a producer or director? A showrunner doesn't replace them but the functions are similar, judging from the Lexico definition
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What does it mean by saying "I slowed my car up"? [closed]

Look at the verb "slow" in the Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary 1 a [no object] : to begin to move at a lower speed The car slowed and gradually came to a stop. — often + down or up ...
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Draw the curtains= Open/Close?

I looked up 'draw the curtains' and the answers confused me instead. Some dictionaries say it means to close the curtains and some say the exact opposite. Does it actually mean both? And if I want to ...
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Does "The price is out of line" mean the price is more expensive or cheaper?

According to some dictionaries "out of line" is not right or appropriate. Does "The price is out of line" mean the price is more expensive or cheaper? Suppose I ordered some food ...
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What does "decomposition" mean?

What does "decomposition" mean? Is it short for "biologocal decomposition"? Does it have to be done by microorganisms? Can I use it in relation to glass that does not decompose in ...
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What does "make a sissy of somebody" mean?

In the movie "The power of the dog", a man talks to a boy that behaves like a sissy “Don’t let your mom make a sissy of you” (see the link about the movie here). What does "make a ...
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Tasks, duties or responsibilities?

I have a question about which word(s) to use for work you do as part of your job: task, duty or responsibility – or a combination of them? When I look up these words in my dictionaries, it seems that ...
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How to say "this word is pronounces as"

I have a text in which I need to write a non-Englsih word, in an English text. I will write the word in its native non-English language. However, I want to follow it with the English pronounciation. ...
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I'll reel you one in for the next window [closed]

Source: [1]: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZM8TWDvQb/ A McDonald drive-thru tiktok video went viral recently. The staff on the speaker was amazing doing his job. When he asked what drink the customer wanted ...
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What exactly "take" means "take some aspirin"? Buying or having? [closed]

In Advices like "take some vitamin C", "take some aspirin" etc. Take mean buying or eating?
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What does "terms" refer to in this sentence?

Tuberculosis (TB) is still amongst the most important causes of human morbidity and mortality, killing approximately two million people each year. Standard short-course chemotherapy (SSCC) can rapidly ...
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Why does "might even be in the way" refer to "an obstruction in the way"?

I see this sentence in my book: For many drawings, the Pan & Zoom window isn’t necessary and might even be in the way. I tried to translate this in Googlee Translator and it showed that the ...
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Can the word "section" be used to refer to a subdivision in a company or organisation?

Companies and organisations are often divided into different offices or departments, but what do you call further subdivisions? In my language we use the word corresponding to "section", so ...
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What does the word "deroutinization" mean?

The ultimate source of the massive spontaneous militancy and disruption that threatened public order lay in the radical increase in unemployment and the collapse of wage rates for those lucky enough ...
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The meaning of "It isn't honest"

Jenny got really angry. "It isn't honest", she said. I didn't listen. I bet all my money on myself to win and then I lost the fight. (I was told to lose the fight) What does it mean by ...
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Does native English speaker find homograph hard to learn? [closed]

Through my own experience and my observation I find one big obstacle for learning new words in English is homograph. For example, "turn right" and "you are right", "turn left&...
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meaning of "be overlooked"

Is "overlooked" used properly in the following sentence? If Joe's neighbors live in a higher building than his swimming pool, does the sentence still make sense? Joe put a roof over his ...
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Using outweighed as a past verb

I want to say that we give more consideration to quality over quantity. I am not sure of my understanding of the word. Is my use of outweighed here correct? We outweighed food's quality over quantity....
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What does "for" mean exactly in this context?

She clapped for silence. Is it: having the purpose of (She clapped for the purpose of silence.) showing meaning (She clapped, which shows the meaning of silence.) in order to get or achieve (She ...
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Confusion about the meaning of this sentence

I read this sentence I'm sure you'll be able to tie with Jane. I am confused if the speaker is certain that the contest would be a tie or is just giving hope to his friend.
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What lexical item means to "Transfer, ( a legal case or action) to a higher court? [closed]

The initial, medial and terminal letters are e-v-e. I have to chose from the following words: Omniscient Equivocate Loquacious Garrulous Verbose Linguistics Paucity Equity Soliloquy Prescient Eloquent ...
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What does "they heard you up all night again last night" mean?

This phrase is from the film “The Unforgivable” 2021 Jenny is sick and her sister is talking with her The sister says “You know, they heard you up all night again last night. Gotta go back on your ...
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What does "do shit" mean?

I have just watched "The unforgivable" film 2011 played by Sandra Bullock. There is a scene in which a woman (Sandra Bullock) is working in a house and suddenly she hears some noise so she ...
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The word overwhelming is a little bit ambiguous

According to dictionary, overwhelming means: very great or very strong; so powerful that you cannot resist it or decide how to react Therefore it is clear that: She has an overwhelming desire to ...
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"The book brought me 300 francs, which I had to PUT UP" -- what's the meaning of "put up"? [closed]

By Gustave Flaubert: We are workers of luxury. Thus nobody is rich enough to pay us. When you want to earn money with your pen, you have to do journalism, serials or the theatre. Bovary brought me ...
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the order in Pay To The Order Of

In bank check ,we can see "pay to the order of".pay to the order of tom means that pay my money in the bank to tom,what does order mean here? 1.pay to is a whole part,the order of tom is ...
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an adjective "special" and articles with uncountable nouns

I've heard that an uncountable noun turns to be countable if it's used with a word "special". Is that true? "I will make you a special dinner." My dictionary says "dinner&...

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