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What does it mean, “lick of confidence”?

Halsey: So, McClusky, you are now in charge of the air group. I don't have a lick of confidence in those damn torpedoes. I find this line in movie Midway 2019. What does it mean, "lick of ...
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does “whence he derived the ”Rev.“” means “from where he became ”Rev.“”?

does "whence he derived the "Rev."" means "from where he became "Rev.""? This man, Thomas Lake Harris, is certainly one of the most curious personalities of whom we have any record, and it is ...
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What is the difference between “comprehension”, “perception” and “sensation”?

I searched these words but there is no information comparing these three words at once. I probably should post the question in a psychology forum.
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Difference between slump/stoop/slouch? [closed]

What’s the difference between these three words as far as postures are concerned?
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What does “SciRant” mean?

The word "SciRant" was seen in Twitter hashtags. An example from Twitter is given here. I see this word as the combination of Scientific and Rant. Does it mean that the author of that post thought ...
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does “sensitive plate” refers to “Photographic plate” or not?

does "sensitive plate" refers to "Photographic plate" or not? The author is of opinion that the true explanation will be found by coupling all these happenings with the recent investigations of ...
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Off being used to say “not to live on a certain place”?

I've seen some sentences with off to apparently say "not to live on a certain place" For instance: We live off the campus I used to live off that farm,but after my grandpa invited me... ...
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“Choke” meaning “to tie a knot” or “to hang from”?

A line from the movie Mud (2012) goes: (Matthew McConaughey's character): All right, Ellis. Can you climb that trunk, choke this off that limb? Tie it in a bowline knot, you know it? The meaning ...
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Meaning of “invested in vetting” in a context

Here is a paragraph from an article on www.marketplacepulse.com. I cannot understant what the the expression in bold means. Does it mean that Walmart helped their suppliers in any ways or does it mean ...
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what is the meaning of “the cause of” in this context? does “it” returns to “the cause of spiritualism” or not?

what is the meaning of "the cause of" in this context? does "it" returns to "the cause of spiritualism" or not? "Would to God," she said, in a voice that trembled with intense excitement, "that I ...
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what is the true meaning of “banker” and “sad interest” here? does “i feel confidence” means “i am confident”? [closed]

what is the true meaning of "banker" and "sad interest" here? does "i feel confidence" means "i am confident"? It is evident that Mr. Hall was greatly impressed by what he had seen. He writes: "I ...
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What is the true meaning of “but” in this context? Does it mean “except”?

what is the true meaning of "but" in this context? does it means "except"? From all that I was able to observe in the presence of Mrs. Jencken, I am forced to come to the conclusion that the ...
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does “bearing good or ill” here means “producing good or ill”?

does "bearing good or ill" here means "producing good or ill"? what is the meaning of vibration? a supernatural emanation, bearing good or ill, that is sensed by or revealed to those attuned to ...
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tone: the sick man of . .

I'd like to know whether the phrase the sick man of . . . has a tone of ridicule to it in the following: Today, Europe again looks like the sick man of the global economy.’ ‘Many is the ...
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Are “condition” and “situation” interchangeable in the context?

1) He has been in a coma for three months. His condition/situation is still very complicated, but we're not ready to give up on him yet. 2) He has been in a coma for three months. His condition/...
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Can I say 'I'm picking up' meaning 'My health is getting better'?

The verb 'pick up' has a meaning "improve" so, provided there's an appropriate context, I think 'I'm picking up' can mean "I'm convalescing". However, one of other senses of the word is the opposite, "...
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Can somebody explain clearly what is different between 'draw' and 'pull'

Can somebody explain clearly what is the difference between 'draw' and 'pull'. In the excerpt below, if I change 'drew back' to 'pull back', Google gives different meanings. If I change 'pull together'...
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what is the meaning of “leading type” here? does it means a leading article?

what is the meaning of "leading type" here? does it means a leading article? The new-comer began to hold sittings soon after her arrival. At one of the first of these, on November 24, 1871, a ...
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does “natural” here means that people use of that expressions regularly?

does "natural" here means that those people use of that expressions regularly? Idiomatic language uses words in a way that sounds natural to native speakers of the language. idiomatic ...
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“desire accounts”

"Preference or desire accounts identify self-interest with the satisfaction of one’s desires. Often, and most plausibly, these desires are restricted to self-regarding desires" (Source) What does ...
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What word would you use for “Artificial Intelligence and Humans”?

My first guess was "Creatures" (I'm not a native speaker), but I have a strange feeling about this word. I also checked "Entities" but for me, it has a mystical meaning that is hidden in the word. ...
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What is Verb “scale” meaning in Engineering?

The current (electricity) produced by a fuel cell scales with the size of the reaction area where the reactants, the electrode, and the electrolyte meet. In other words, doubling a fuel cell’s area ...
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Does the word 'famous' imply that it's something good?

There are the words 'famous' and 'infamous'. The latter clearly suggests that what is being described is morally bad. What about the former? Is it neutral or does it implicate that it's necessarily ...
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When you study music and drama, you study art or study arts?

art / arts / the arts is a very confusing noun for me. I tried to get it straight by reading its definitions on Collins and Cambridge online dictionaries but it is clear as mud. When you study or ...
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in a casual conversation, can “crayons & colored pencils” be the same?

crayon: a coloured pencil or stick of soft coloured chalk or wax, used for drawing In the dictionary, a crayon can be a coloured pencil or a stick of soft coloured chalk. But, when searching on the ...
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What is the differense between “aired” and “realized” in this context? [closed]

What is the difference in meaning of the following sentences? The show was aired last year. The show was realized last year.
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Base vs Structure vs Substructure [closed]

What is the difference between these three terms?
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What is the meaning of 'instituted estate'?

Marriage was a divinely instituted estate that God intended for everyone who desired it, and only very few, they thought, could remain single and abstain from sexual relations. Source: Martin ...
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What does it mean when someone says “He's working on his computer”?

on (prep): 19 USING EQUIPMENT using a machine or piece of equipment He’s been on the computer all afternoon. Is Rachel still on the phone? work on somebody/something phrasal verb 1 ...
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I need help understanding “until after”

All guilty pleas and violation of probation matters [...] must be continued until after April 13, 2020, [...] Does this mean everything continues up to April 13th then stops or stops now and will ...
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about autumn - is it correct?

Is this sentence correct with a 'a little before or after' meaning of 'about'? I will return about autumn.
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How to use these structures “take something apart” and “put something together”, the “something” is plural or singular?

take somebody/something apart phrasal verb 1 to separate something into all its different parts OPP put together Tom was always taking things apart in the garage. put something ↔ together ...
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“industrialised countries” vs. “industrial countries”

I cannot see any difference between industrialised countries and industrial countries. Can you? You can easily make your living there because it is an industrial country. You can easily make ...
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“in a few days” vs. “a few days later”

What’s the difference between “in a few days” and “a few days later”? Thanks. You can receive the product in a few days. You can receive the product a few days later.
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what is the meaning of “no less poor” in this context?

what is the meaning of "no less poor" in this context? Some idea of the pressure upon the Fox girls at this time may be gathered from Mrs. Hardinge Britten's* description from her own ...
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What does 'cut cleanly' mean?

I read this Politico article, and it has this quote: Marcos reached Laxalt by phone on the Hill, proposing a power-sharing coalition with Aquino, and trying to suss out whether Reagan really wanted ...
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Could you tell me what the difference between these words is?

I have three sentences as below. At present, the numbers of confirmed cases are very high. At present, the volume of the confirmed cases is very high. At preset, the quantity of the confirmed cases ...
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Is “guarantee” appropriate here?

Context: A doctor at a hospital is advising a wife to a comatose husband to consider taking him off life support. The wife asks if they're sure that he won't recover, to which the doctor says: "...
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Why do dictionaries use gerunds here and how do I read it?

https://imgur.com/a/8fy1qgr Why does it say "denoting a voice of verbs" instead of "denotes a voice of verbs" Do I read it as "passive denoting a voice of verbs" or ""passive is denoting a voice of ...
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Does “somehow” mean “for some reason” here?

She suddenly smiled, somehow amused by this. Does "somehow" here mean "for some reason"?
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What does “hippety dressed” mean?

I heard in a movie description this line: Brushing hair out of her face, she movies deeper into the establishment, weaving past hippety dressed patrons. (source) I am not sure what "hippety ...
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what is the meaning of “no more…than” in this context?

what is the meaning of "no more...than" in this context? The silly man, the arrogant inflated man, the cocksure man, is always a safe butt. Every observer has had some trick played upon him. The ...
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Can we say “He wiped the cloth on his mouth” instead of the common version “He wiped his mouth with the cloth”?

wipe 1 /waɪp/ ●●● S3 verb 1 CLEAN/RUB [transitive] a) to rub a surface with something in order to remove dirt, liquid etc wipe something with something Wipe the table with a damp ...
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what does “burning” mean?

I found this sentence in Cambridge dictionary when looking up the word "relive": Whenever I smell burning, I relive the final moments of the crash. Cambridge Dictionary Then I looked up the word ...
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Do we often say “to feel itchy on + a part of a body”, for example: “I feel itchy on my nose”?

itchy (adj): ​having or producing an itch on the skin an itchy nose/rash I feel itchy all over. Most dictionaries say "I have an itchy nose", "My nose is itchy" or "I feel itchy" But, no ...
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What is the meaning of AFAIK abbreviation? [closed]

I would like to understand what is the meaning of AFAIK, as used in this answer at StackOverflow!
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are they roughly similar? “the child climbed up the chair” & “the child climbed up onto the chair”?

climb 1 /klaɪm/ ●●● W2 verb 1 MOVE UP/DOWN [intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive] to move up, down, or across something using your feet and hands, especially when this is ...
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Do we say “ comb of bananas” and “a bunch of bananas”?

I saw some websites (written by a Vietnamese English teacher) saying that the following picture is "a bunch of bananas" And the below picture is "a comb of bananas" Is that correct?
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Are they the same “She is drying her hair off” and “She is drying her hair up”?

dry 4 PLATES/DISHES ETC British English to rub plates, dishes etc dry with a cloth after they have been washed dry something ↔ up I’ll just dry up these mugs and we can have a coffee. dry ...
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Is it right to say “You mixed grandma up with grandpa” in this situation?

mix somebody/something ↔ up phrasal verb 1 to make the mistake of thinking that someone or something is another person or thing SYN confuse, muddle up with I always mix him up with his brother....

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