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”Drive-in rally"

Currently reading this article, a line says, Former President Barack Obama steps onto the campaign trail Wednesday with a drive-in rally in Philadelphia as Joe Biden and President Donald Trump battle ...
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What does “compared favorably to” mean?

The new restrictions are imposed across Europe in a more precise fashion. A curfew remains in effect in nine cities in France. (...) These are the latest signs of growing worries in Europe after the ...
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What is the joke in this context? (a “spring” in my step)

This conversation is from a tv series, Modern Family, and Manny(boy) comes into a room looking cheerful and talks to his step-father (Jay). Manny: Hey Jay! Have you noticed a spring in my step? Jay: ...
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Water / a beverage that contains small gas bubbles

What is normally called fizzy water that contains many small bubbles of gas? Carbonated water Sparkling water Soda To me they all mean the same thing, though I think "soda" is a sweet type ...
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Guarded the hostages

The bank robbers guarded the hostages. Can "guarded" be used in a context like this to mean "prevented the hostages from escaping" or can it only be used to mean "protected ...
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“consistently” being replaced with “reliably”?

Despite significant numbers being harvested and having suffered occasional declines, typically because of disease, the raccoon has consistently maintained high population levels.(From TOEFL) Why can &...
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More explanation about the word “FREED”

I actually come across a question in my junior sister texted where the questioner is asking about the past tense of free And I try to search for it on internet and a find out that freed is the past ...
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synonyms for “conceive of”

I am not a native speaker of English and It's become very confusing to understand the meaning of "conceive of" . To conceive means to conceptualize; but why we mostly use preposition of with ...
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How do I use “series”?

All of the examples I found either used the word with an article (That's the series you talked about?) or with an adjective (a comedy series, TV series). Can I say "What series do you watch?&...
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What does the phrase “wall-run around threats” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "wall-run around threats" in the following sentence from the description of the game Super Glitch Dash : There are some spots where you ...
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“regulates carbon emissions” implicates “absorb/remove carbon emissions”?

Question: What is the function of a carbon sink?( From TOEFL) All choices are: A It regulates carbon emissions from human activities B It measures the amount of carbon dioxide in the ecosystem C It ...
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What does an “abstract model” mean?

I came across the following sentence in a book on political theory: Political theory stands for an abstract model of the political order… a guide to the systematic collection and analysis of ...
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The verb “appetize”

I would appreciate it if someone could let me know what is the common verb to stimulating appetite when someone or something makes you to eat because they are very pleasant, look delicious and ...
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'Correspondent' v. 'reporter'

Is there any difference between 'correspondent' and 'reporter' in the media context? Their definitions on Lexico are quite similar, almost identical, I would say.
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What does “cosmologies” mean in this particular context?

Consider the following extract: A skillful cook can make delectable dishes without quite being able to tell us how. (Conversely, the possession of a good recipe book is not sufficient to make a good ...
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What does “abstraction” mean in this particular context?

"A theory aspires to some degree of generality and abstraction." The book where I found this sentence is a book in one of the disciplines of humanities. According to Merriam-Webster, "...
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cracked across the ridge

What does "cracked" mean in the following example sentence? A shot cracked across the ridge. Does the "cracked" mean making a sudden explosive sound or doing so while moving?
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Can word “complexity” be used as a synonym of word “confusion”? [closed]

Can I say "complexity" in the meaning of confusion? I've been looking through translations of the word "complexity" that translator's listed and found word "confusion" ...
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How can a “stocking suspender” sharpen a razor?

In Mark Twain's short story "About Barbers" it says He finished lathering, and then began to rub in the suds with his hand. He now began to sharpen his razor on an old suspender, and was ...
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Some American people say “It was all on me”, does “on” mean “I was responsible for it” or “it caused me some problems”?

I have just watched "All Together Now (2020 film)". And the girl says "it was all on me". This is the plot that leads her to say that. The girl named Amber Appleton and her mom ...
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Is “solicitor” a noun form derived from “solicit”, or do they have totally different word origins?

I recently came across the word "solicit", but I didn't know its meaning although I know what "solicitor" is. Based on my existing knowledge about "solicitor", I guessed ...
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What is the difference between “theory” and “explanation”?

Wordweb defines theory as: A well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a ...
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What does “a reflection upon” here mean? [closed]

What does "a reflection upon" here mean? My literary career is a reflection upon personal evolution. it would be a reflection upon the justice and mercy of God.
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Can we say a sports club transferred a player if they received the player?

As far as I know, if a sports club gives a player to another sports club, we can say the club that gave the player to the other transferred him or her like in, "Arsenal transferred two of their ...
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What does “academic” mean in “academic political philosophy”?

Some meanings provided for "academic" on Merriam-Webster are: Of, relating to, or associated with an academy or school especially of higher learning "the academic curriculum" &...
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What does the phrase “Elven for AI” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase Elven for "AI" in the following text (not available online): Grimes has a fascination with AI. So much that the “Æ” in her son’s name is ...
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What does the final word “Copyright” mean in this sentence?

So far, the highest and lowest ratios have been obtained by the males. The student who holds the record claims that he is 97 percent pure, and the lowest rate is given as 11. But the investigators ...
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What or who is the “hauler”? [long-hauler]

This article has this line, saying, "For the long haulers living with symptoms of COVID-19 for months on end, this virus is terrifying. Trump doesn’t care, and he still doesn’t get what families ...
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What is the general understanding of “graduation”?

Collins Dictionary defines the word "graduation" as below. Graduation is the successful completion of a course of study at a university, college, or school, for which you receive a degree ...
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“fruit juice” vs “fruit juices” How can such liquid substance as “juice” be pluralized unless it is contained in a can, bottle etc.?

While reading this article from Bangkok Post.com, I noticed the word "juice" and its plural form "juices" are both used. Consumers have long regarded fruit juice as a healthy ...
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Can word “recognize” have the same meaning as “accept”?

Can I use word "recognize" in meaning of word "accept". For instance, "Do you recognize the agreement?". I mean does "recognize" mean completely the same as ...
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girth's meaning in context

He was lean, his ropey muscles giving his spare frame girth. What does this girth mean in this context? A small figure? Merriam Webster said: a measure around a body. So I think it's a small figure, ...
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What does “dick” mean in this context?

I'm a bit confused about the meaning of "dick" in the following context. Girl comes to pub and wants to participate in a pool tournament. She is told, that "it's men only". ...
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Why is the word “former” dropped out when referring to a former vice president?

Context: In the recent (first) US Presidential Debate 2020, Chris Wallace (Moderator of the debate) referred Joe Biden as Vice President a number of times despite the fact he doesn't hold the office ...
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Alternative word for “less than or equal to”

I want to ask about the number of people whose ages are less than or equal to 18. It is important to be precise and mention that also this includes those whose ages equal to 18 (therefore less than 18 ...
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Listing's meaning as in motion or movement?

It's the scene where he's being pushed back He stumbled back, listing, unsteady on his feet. What does listing in this sentence mean? Source: Novel, Pines, Blake Crouch
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Why is “spigot” possibly racist?

In the movie Groupers, there's an exchange like so (about 73'55" in). Now, will you please turn off the spigot? Ooh, that's racist. Spigot is not racist. As I googled spigot, it's a faucet/tap ...
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What does these words “an underlying condition” mean in this sentence? [closed]

I am reading this article: https://www.healthline.com/health/botox-poison#safety .. of adverse effects associated with cosmetic use were reported to the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ...
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meaning of noun FLAG

Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign slapped with FEC flag over suspected accounting errors It's an article title from Salon. I know the usual meaning of flag but in the sentence it doesn't seem to ...
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This has bugged me forever. The meaning of “particularly” is unclear

Example: Lee Kuan Yew once said, in Asian culture, particularly the Chinese, is always to wait for somebody to say it, and if anything goes wrong, pretend you've never agreed with it. Are the rest ...
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The word “the U.S of A”

This is the continuous question to the former question. There is a passage in the same article saying, So goes the talent, so goes the innovation. Without this wellspring of brainpower lodging itself ...
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Are “soil” and “dirt” the same?

More often I see people use the words soil and dirt interchangeably. Is this correct? I often held that dirt as generic. Dictionary also suggests a generic definition: anything that makes something ...
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Substance meaning

Substance: a particular kind of matter with uniform properties The New Oxford American Dictionary (Kindle Locations 528557-528558). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition. Uni (prefix) - one Uniform ...
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What does the one refer to in this paragraph?

I have the following paragraph: The new shape should be compatible with the original shape. If an integer, then the result will be a 1-D array of that length. One shape dimension can be -1. In this ...
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What does the word cap mean?

In this article: https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/australians-stuck-abroad-covid/index.html the word CAP is present, what does it mean? Example: Sunday marked two months since Prime Minister ...
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What is the period called when you first buy a car and you have to go slower?

What is the period called when you first buy a car and you have to go slower than usual to get the engine working properly in the future? Can it be used in another meaning? In Italian, it's called ...
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Can we use the expression “trash somebody” to mean “to ruin somebody”?

I know that we can use the expression "trash somebody" to mean "to criticize somebody severely" in American English. My question is, can we also use the same phrase to mean "...
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How does “had” change the meaning in the sentece “Only once had she put the doctrine of non-interference into practice, when…”

First I thought it was the phenomenon of "Conditional inversion", but the full sentence does not contain a hypothetical situation but a past occurrence, so that shouldn't be the case (Should ...
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What does “score points” mean here?

It was roast beef for supper that evening and de Riviere had said, "A glass of red wine wouldn't go amiss," and scored some points for the laughter that followed." I searched online ...
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How “scratchaway” means “quarrelsome”?

In a poem named Choosing Their Names by Thomas Hood I found the word scratchaway which according to the summary means quarrelsome. One is a tortoise-shell, yellow and black, With plenty of white ...

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