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Understanding inwards and outwards in context

The following quotation is from Anthony Trollope's The Small House at Allington: That she was a lady, inwards and outwards, from the crown of her head to the sole of her feet, in head, in heart, ...
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Could cash cow be used for a person

Could the word cash cow be used for a person. Like a person who is making a lot of money for someone else and probably for himself too
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Confident / self-confident

Are both expressions correct in this kind of sentence or is it only possible to use confident? What's the difference between them in this sentence? Though I knew the song by heart, I wasn't feeling ...
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You shouldn't / You don't

A: We just discussed a few things. B: Right. Let me just make one thing very clear - you shouldn't/don't discuss my love life with them, alright? If B is angry and orders A not to do that again, ...
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What does "I put it on myself" mean in this context?

The following context is from the movie "The Wolf Of Wallstreet" by Martin Scorsese JORDAN My job, you know, it's tough. I mean I'm not complaining, it's just the stress. All these people ...
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What is the meaning of "just" here?

Let's say I arrive outside my friend's house. He's expexting me. I need a cigarette, so I smoke one outside. I see my friend in the window. He sees me. I finish smoking and walks up to the front door. ...
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Mingle, transitive - meaning in an example: His soul mingled in the third black kiss of Death

In a story by H. Kuttner and R. Bloch, there is the following line: His soul mingled in the third black kiss of Death. No dictionary entries I found make sense to me. I guess the meaning is not &...
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Can I use "tho/though" just like when I use "because" or "but"?

In my country, to be precise, the dialect in my country (not English) is often using a sentence like this (for convenience reason since it's an English site, I'll try to translate into English): ...
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What word can I use as the opposite of "artistic" in university contexts?

Work at the university is generally divided into on the one hand artistic work, and, on the other hand, work based on scholarly research, right? Now I need an adjective for the non-artistic kind of ...
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What does "social evolutionary outcome" mean?

Han et. al.,2021 mentioned Our article differs from this literature in examining how social transmission biases such as SET affect the social evolutionary outcome Simply speaking, SET is Self-...
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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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Is this the right connotation for the word across in this context?

This is the context, from an English translation of Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment. A very poor-looking room about ten paces long was lighted up by a candle-end; the whole of it was visible from ...
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Meaning of " The huts gaped black"

And the village was deserted, the huts gaped black, rotting, all askew within the fallen enclosures. A calamity had come to it, sure enough Does the huts gaped black mean that the huts were wide open ...
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Would "ordinary" sound self degrading in this context?

A: So you work for that company. Are you some kind of hotshot business man or something? B: Me? No, I'm just an ordinary office worker. Hi. Does "ordinary" sound self degrading or does it ...
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Is "bolt" only used if running away from someone/something?

BOLT Verb (of a horse or other animal) run away suddenly, typically from fear. "the horses shied and bolted" (of a person) move or run away suddenly in an attempt to escape. "they ...
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Found the ATV flipped over/knocked over/flipped on its side/knocked on its side

They found the ATV flipped over/knocked over/flipped on its side/knocked on its side. If I want to describe that the ATV lay on its side after an accident, could I use "flipped over" or &...
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What does the word "otherwise" mean in this passage?

Does "otherwise" here mean "If it can survive the changes"? Whatever is true now should be discoverable now, and describable in terms that are not an outright affront to the rest ...
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Do you use "abet" positively?

Longman dictionary defines “abet” as: to help someone do something wrong or illegal. Oxford dictionary: abet somebody: to help or encourage somebody to do something wrong That's what I learned until I ...
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What does "late challenge" mean in football (soccer) context

What does "late challenge" mean in football (soccer) context? 62' Lewis Montsma is booked for a late challenge on Troy Parrott.
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Synonyms/meaning of the words "big cycle" in a contect

Currently reading this article, there is a line, Many of the donors on the Cheney call are expected to donate the maximum amount of $5,800 to her 2022 re-election campaign before the end of the first ...
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What does "reflect on" means in this context?

Political parties engage strongly during a campaign. Popular votations are an opportunity to highlight themselves, reflecting on concrete issue against the background of their basic ideologies and ...
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Is it redundant to use “speech” and “recordings” here?

I wrote the following sentence. It is a point listed in my CV to show my work in one project related with my major computer science. I am applying for a graduate university. The missing subject of the ...
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What is 'humbling thought'?

I was reading this news article. And this paragraph is a part of the article: Hi, just saw your news report. What concerned me is the lump on your neck. Please have your thyroid checked. Reminds me ...
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What does the use of 'bank' as a verb mean in this context which has nothing to do with actual banks (financial institutions)?

What is the meaning of the word bank as a verb here? EDIT: "...Boris Johnson does not want talks to “[drag on]”, but [his] allies admit he is loath to make new concessions now when the EU side ...
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vague phrasing: characteristically

In Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, the adverb characteristically means "​in a way that is very typical of something or of somebody's character." In the following extract from Frankenstein, who ...
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Impact of disaster

Considering the consensus of the world's leading meteorologists that there will be a vastly greater number of natural calamities (such as hurricanes and floods) during the first several decades of the ...
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Out, Among or From?

What is the difference among these 3 words? He had to choose which I liked best from/ among/ out of 10 ice creams. I chose this tie out of/ from/ among my 6 (ties). There were many things ...
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Is oblivious appropriate here?

I was distracted by his overgrown front yard lawn, while he seemed completely oblivious to its appearance. The intention is that he's so unconcerned about how his front yard looks that it seems like ...
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Intuition vs insight vs instinct vs gut feeling vs sixth sense?

Do all of these mean almost a same feeling? If yes, can we also add"suspicion" to this list,as also having same meaning as those in title If not, please kindly explain in simple words with examples, ...
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Is there any difference between ´I have´ and ´I have got´?

Is there any difference between ´I have´ and ´I have got´? I heard that ´have´ and ´have got´ have the same meaning when we talk about appearance. e.g. I have (got) a beard. But what about ...
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Meaning of reverse newlyweds?

"The station doors open, and every officer in the building files down the stairs and forms a line on either side of me [Amy], holding the press back, creating an honor guard for me, and Rhonda and I ...
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What does "is accounted for" in this mean?

I partially get the idea of the sentence but I'd really want to know the actually meaning of this phrase here. Plus, for that last clause I don't really get its sentence structure as well. Lastly, ...
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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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Cases of different pronunciation and word meaning in American and British English and its influence on the sense of humour

Spellings and pronunciations of some words in American and British versions of the English language sometimes don't coincide.Also, these versions have different meanings of some words( like the most ...
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Grate on someone's ears / nerves

What does the sentence below mean? His voice grates on my ears. His voice grates on my nerves. Please have a look on Longman's definition below: To grate on (to annoy someone):  - Mr ...
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In relation to versus respect to

I would like to know first if both expressions are commonly used by English people. If yes, what is the best to use in which circumstances, if they are different. For example, what would be the ...
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Figuring out what "it" might refer to

Russian energy giant Gazprom meanwhile warned the government in Kiev that it would cut off gas exports if it did not settle a $1.89bn (£1.13bn) debt. In 2009, Gazprom halted supplies to Ukraine in a ...
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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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Can we use hide to mean make something disappear?

Someone asked me What if someone hides their instagram stories from you? I replied I'd hide them from my life. Is my sentence right Does hide mean to make disappear? If not What else could ...
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the meaning of "lack of necessities" in the sentence

The sentence says: ... a man is not always called unjust because he chooses too much but because he chooses too little of the things that simply and considered in themselves are burdensome -- like ...
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Usage of lowlife

I checked the meaning of 'lowlife' on two different dictionaries: Cambridge Dictionary a person who exists by criminal activities or has a way of life that most people disapprove of Merriam-Webster ...
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Meaning of ineternal?

I read this sentence: "By what acts can I escape a sorrowful lot in this unstable ineternal Samsâra, which is full of misery?" This is from Jaina Sutras, which was translated in 1895. By ...
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Can the word much be an antonym of a bit?

There is a question from a English text book: Mr. X is a bit taller than Mr. Y. The antonym of the word a bit here means: 1. a lot 2. much 3. adequate 4. a little The answer is given by the ...
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What does "handle" mean in this context?

The context comes from the movie "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas" It's a scene in which the main character describes the 1960s THERE WAS MADNESS IN ANY DIRECTION, AT ANY HOUR....
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Meaning of the phrase 'the way the meaning of things'

I am studying Math Logic, where the author of the book starts with an explanation of a Word that linguists refer to as 'indexicality'. He gave the explanation to this as: This means the way the ...
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What does "bock" mean?

What does "bock" mean? Such a crowd, chanting in the roadway and scoffing on the pavement, I could not hope to penetrate, and dreading to go bock and farther from home again, and deciding ...
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What is the meaning of the word "distinction" in this context?

This is a definition for "ace" from thefreedictionary.com: b. To perform with distinction on: aced the interview. I didn't know what with distinction means so I checked in the same ...
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"~you start smelling the spice kicking in your kitchen."

This is from the transcript of a podcast. LEE: And keep in mind that gochugaru burns real quick. So if you're blooming it in oil or butter or following Eric's scrumptious gochugaru salmon recipe make ...
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When someone moves their hands too much as the speak

Lets suppose someone moves his hands while he is speaking to you or somebody else and then the extent and they way he is doing that starts getting on your nerves. I wonder how would you imply that ...
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What is the definition of the word "address" in the phrase "form of address"

I was looking in the Merriam Webster dictionary for the word "Macushla" and I found this entry: Definition of macushla Irish : DARLING —used usually as a noun of address What does address ...
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