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For questions which a dictionary cannot answer about the meaning of a single word. It is best to include details about where you found the word, and any definitions that you have found that don't make sense, or don't fully answer your question.

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A compound word like breakdown almost always has roots based in the two words from which it was made, but over time words gain additional meanings and can change quite dramatically. The roots of this …
answered Feb 21 '15 by Jason Patterson
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To ride shotgun now means to ride in the front passenger seat of a car. If a group of friends are headed toward a car, someone might shout out, "Shotgun!" and thereby lay claim to the front passenger …
answered Nov 2 '15 by Jason Patterson
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If you're driving and you say that you are going to wait here then that means that you are going to stop at your current location for a period of time. If instead you say that you are going to wait u …
answered Jun 5 '15 by Jason Patterson
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Prior to the 1938 Act, the FDA's regulatory authority was very limited. It had been created in the 1906 Act but given insufficient power to actually regulate the food and drug industries. Status her …
answered Aug 5 '15 by Jason Patterson
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Listening to the song, I believe he's saying, the brass baton plucks bits of diamond. Other lyrics sites agree with that transcription. This would be baton. In this song it has one of two meanings, …
answered Jun 12 '15 by Jason Patterson
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This is not a fixed idiom. It would not be likely to be used elsewhere in your speech. The idea of ticking a box on a list is common enough; it means making a mark to indicate that an item in a lis …
answered Jun 23 '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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One meaning for when something is up against another thing is that it is pressed firmly onto it. (In the link, "up against something," definition 1.) This is particularly true when the two objects …
answered Apr 15 '17 by Jason Patterson
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"Axis of work" is not a commonly used phrase at all, nor is "strand of work," though it would be possible to define those phrases in context and use them. More common phrases would be: One of th …
answered Mar 1 '16 by Jason Patterson
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The best definition I can find for this usage is in the online Free Dictionary: to pick something up: Fig. to resume something. Pick it up right where you stopped. I'll have to pick up m …
answered Jun 5 '15 by Jason Patterson