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What are (Brexit) “Muppet” leaflets?

I am currently reading this article, , and the first passages says, The Hague (AFP) - While Boris Johnson scrambled Friday to sell his EU divorce deal to parliament, the Dutch port of Rotterdam ...
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Meaning of “in arms”

What does it mean "in arms"? And is there a double meaning here, since they are goalkeepers? They are brothers in arms, members of the goalkeeping fraternity, like their father before them. Their ...
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What does “behind the summer” mean? [on hold]

What can the expression "behind the summer" refer to? A person describes their weaknesses and then goes There must be more behind the summer. Does it refer to the time after summer? Or does it ...
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When vs If - Word-Usage

I know I can substitute "if" with "when", but, I think there's a different meaning here: If you're ready to learn it, you know where to find me (0 cond) When you're ready to learn it, you know ...
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What is the meaning of “Mure”?

Today, education has become a priority for many parents seeking to secure a good Mure for their children in this rapidly changing world. They believe that if their children apply themselves and work ...
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The meaning of the word “immediately”

I saw this in a post: ...it is okay or at least not immediately wrong. What does immediately mean in this context? Although I have looked up this word in several dictionaries, its use in this ...
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Does the verb “pick on” always have the unfair connotation to it?

According to one definition of "pick on", it's, repeatedly single (someone) out for criticism or unkind treatment in a way perceived to be unfair. pick on meaning But another translation I get ...
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Difference between furious/infuriated/enraged?

I called him something, so he started walking toward me, furious/infuriated/enraged. Is there any difference between them? Can I use them all here? Which one of them would you use here to mean very ...
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What's the meaning of i.e.? [closed]

So, I've noticed that when people write in English, they often use the notation 'i.e.' to give examples of something. But I don't know what does 'i.e.' stand for. Is it just to make examples and/or to ...
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What's the meaning of “enterprising” in this context?

I checked a lot of dictionaries and I couldn't find a suitable definition. Here's the sentence: Enterprising humans, animals, heroes, or gods will make a habit of acquiring the first fire from some ...
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Meaning of a phrase required

What does it mean. "having come to be required". It is meaning of statutory Can someone explain,please.
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The word “attendance” and “at ten dance”?

When I was at college, my English teachers used to say that the word attendance was derived from at ten dance. In schools the children used to dance at Ten AM in the British Rule and slowly it ...
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Is “quantity” a proper word to use for “the number of things” in technical topics?

I am looking for a technical term for the number of things. In my native Danish lanauge, we have one single word: Antal which directly means the number of. In English, the word amount wouldn't ...
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I will try my level best

I will try my level best. I have heard this expressions from many Indian speakers of English. Is it not enough if we say: I wil try my best Is try one's level best a set phrase? what is the use ...
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by no means / by no manner of

What is the difference between these words? Can it be interchangeable? He was by no means a cruel man. He was by no manner of means a cruel man.
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What does 'swear' mean in this context?

Ron glanced at Hermione, then said, "What if pure-bloods and half-bloods swear a Muggle-born's part of their family? I'll tell everyone Hermione's my cousin -" Harry Potter and the Deathly ...
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“Prior to the 1980s” does it include the 1980s or not?

High pollution was observed prior to the 1980s. Which period does 'Prior to the 1980s' refer to, 1)include, 2)partially include, 3)exclude the period of the 1980s?
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What does “in its absolute stakes” mean in this context?

Below is an excerpt from The Economist. But climate change is an increasingly dangerous context for all their worlds. To understand that context, it is important to understand all the things ...
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What is the meaning of “open” in “he swings the plastic strip open”?

I've been reading a text from the book 1100 words you need to know. Week 6 Day 1. The text is about an invention - an umbrella substitute. In this text, there is a passage where the word "open" is ...
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What does “said his bit” mean in this context?

He(Hagrid) seemed numb with shock at the verdict. "S'all my fault. Got all tongue-tied. They was all sittin' there in black robes an' I kep' droppin' me notes and forgettin' all them dates ...
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What's the meaning of “snapped” in “she snapped harder than ever”?

Who can explain me what is the meaning of this quote “she snapped harder than ever”? I’m Portuguese. I can’t understand what is “snapped”.
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The category of medicines that “make you unconscious” or just “prevent pain”

I was wondering what do you call the medicines that are used to: make you sleep through the surgical operation. make you numb (without making you sleep,) during an operation. I know "...
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“bent” meaning in “the contemptuous look he bent upon Harry”

He [Kreacher, a house elf] was still wearing the filthy rag in which they had first met him, and the contemptuous look he bent upon Harry showed that his attitude to his change of ownership had ...
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What does 'get ahold of' means?

I searched the meaning of the word get ahold of something which showed: If you get ahold of someone or something you manage to contact, find, or get them. But in the below paragraph the meaning ...
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Using “away” and the way it affects the meaning of a sentence

Please imagine my friend and I are at the same place and are talking about another place which is located half a mile farther from where we are at. In this regard, please let me know how these two ...
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Is it okay to use “to present” to mean “to make a gift” in informal setting?

I'd like to say: I was going to present you another book. Meaning, "to make a gift." But from what I can see, "to present" and "to gift" are used in this sense in rather formal contexts. I could ...
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Stuff the snark?

I just came across the phrase stuff the snark on another SE site: Can you please just stuff the snark? Searching for this phrase I did not find any explanation (not even in the Urban Dictionary), ...
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Meaning of 'sick' in 'Kylie Jenner is showing off the new sick ride in her driveway' [duplicate]

Kylie Jenner is showing off the new sick ride in her driveway, but the new whip is so expensive it has some fans calling for her to give that money to people in need. Yahoo: Kylie Jenner Shows ...
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Meaning of 'pound' in “felt a fury that was not his own pound through his body”

Harry had given a cry of pain; his scar had burned again as something flashed across his mind like a bright light on water. He saw a large shadow and felt a fury that was not his own pound through his ...
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meaning of “the sentence had been pronounced by Journey”

In A Fine Mess, the pamphlet of the defeat that is so hard for us, one finds at the end a few heartfelt but precise pages on education and what can be done for children whose hearts are still not ...
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Understanding the meaning of “a beat”

I've come across some phrases with the word "beat" while reading a book. And though I looked it up in the dictionary, I failed to explain them by myself. I collected those "mysterious" phrases here: ...
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Is there a usage of “subject” as adjective meaning “mentioned”?

In my company, in some documents, "subject" is used in the same meaning as "mentioned". The following is an example of how it is used in my company: "Subject change is applicable to them (...
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Definitions that are not included in modern dictionaries

I was translating some literature written in the 20th century, and I came across the following sentence We suppress these partitions and by Google translate, the "suppress" means “make obscure”. ...
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On using “to what extent there exist”

Is the phrase to what extent there exist a correct phrase? For example: To what extent there exist disadvantaged families in this area? I searched on it in google but did not find it used. ...
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Why is the head master not The Head Master?

Head Master is the Head of an Institute.We usually write The Principal in upper case. Why is the word head master written in a lower case.
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On using “understand more”

Is this sentence correct? This is the problem we want to understand more.
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Using the word “worthwhile” alone

If I want to describe something in a sentence like: We believe that doing X is worthwhile. In particular I mean can I use worthwhile without following it with a noun like endeavor or something ...
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Grammatically of the word “meaning” in this context

I just saw a sentence: It is said that history repeats itself. Meaning what we did 600 years ago might repeat itself. Here the word meaning has been used at the beginning of the sentence. Is it ...
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“Don't” or “not to” or “to not”

Why is this sentence used "not to"? Is this some other meaning? What will be the difference if replaced by another and what will it mean? Tell him not to(Don't/to not) wait for me
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Something that is contrary to the society convention

As you know well, in so many cultures (especially eastern ones,) having a child from a boyfriend or a girlfriend and generally from someone who is not married to you, is denounced and disapproved by ...
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point [at] vs point out a physical object or a person

According to Word Reference, "to point" may mean "to direct the finger at something/somebody" and "to point out" may mean "to direct the finger at something/somebody in order to show its/his/her ...
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Is “anything” in interrogative sentences ambiguous?

In the interrogative sentence: Has he offered you anything ? Can "anything" mean "something" (a specific undeterminate item of a collection) and "any thing" (any item of a collection) ? Similar ...
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What does “material” mean in this clause?

I want to know what does material mean in this clause, and are there any other synonyms? "Capitalization of the quoted material depends on the material itself."
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What's “egg soakings”?

In The Simpsons S12E11 Moe tells Comic Book Guy about the offerings in his bar: Your choices are beer and, uh, egg soakings. What is egg soakings? Edit: searching for "egg soakings" mostly (only?)...
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The difference in using of getting and not

What is the difference? You’re Getting Way Too High or You’re Way Too High
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What does “shoulder-rolling” mean in this context?

I have heard "roll your shoulders" used, but I am not quite sure what "shoulder-rolling" means as an adjective. The word is rare enough to not figure in any dictionaries. Appealing as they are, the ...
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Can “now that” mean “when”?

The sentence from an article(link): While most public health studies focus on current behaviors and diets, we took a novel approach and looked at how the diets we consumed in our childhood affect ...
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to be made of metal vs to be metal

Is there any difference between the following sentences? The ladder is metal. The ladder is metallic. The ladder is made of metal. I have read the construction "to be [material]" for the first time ...
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Make me a trust

Is it possible to say in this way, implying trust in something or someone, at the same time using the article? As from the lyrics of the song Imagine Dragons "Make me A believer." Grammarly suggests ...
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“Complexity” VS “Complication”

According to the dictionary definitions, "complex" and "complicated" almost always can interchange when it comes to "difficulties" that you deal with in a situation or problem. Consequently, it should ...