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Literally the phrase means that a house is vacant, that there are no people within. Here it is used figuratively to mean that except when this person was playing the harpsichord, his personality wa …
answered Oct 9 '15 by Jason Patterson
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Bound to do something uses the definition of bound found here. bound(adj.) certain to do or have something It is from the idea of binding or tying something; the person an action are linked together …
answered Dec 15 '14 by Jason Patterson
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In this case the definition of hook is musical, though it does have the same basic meaning as definition 1b on the linked page. hook (n): 1b. something intended to attract and ensnare It means …
answered Aug 27 '15 by Jason Patterson
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Yes, "holding on to the past" means much the same as "dwelling in the past," but are slightly different. "Holding on to the past" almost always has negative connotations, often used when someone wi …
answered Dec 27 '14 by Jason Patterson
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The longer idiom is more of the form "only to [verb] again." The idea of the phrase is that the preceding action occurred with no real effect on the situation, so that the events it described simply …
answered Feb 4 '15 by Jason Patterson
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A May-September romance is a relationship in which one partner is significantly older than the other. May is in the spring and represents vitality and youth, perhaps a 20-30 year old person. Septemb …
answered Jan 30 '16 by Jason Patterson
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It is using beat definition 12 here. Beat can mean to win, as in a sporting competition. One team beats another. In this case, the competing entities are monetary prices. The book costs nothing …
answered Nov 8 '14 by Jason Patterson