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This tag is for questions which a dictionary cannot answer about the meaning or correctness of a word in a sentence. Give as much context as possible.

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There's a song by Paul McCartnety, Bip-Bop, the main idea of which is quite vague, but nevertheless, three sentences are understood: Dig your bottom dollar, put it in your hand. Why d'you hide y …
asked Jun 22 '17 by Lamplighter
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In a composition, I'm trying to make a comparison between three characters who, besides other unfavorable traits, are extremely rude and grabby. Choosing synonyms for the description, I faced the prob …
asked May 23 '16 by Lamplighter
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Searching for a saying/proverb about people's unexpected behavior, I came across this one: "There's nowt so queer as folk". Being aware of the derogatory connotation the adjective queer may have …
asked Aug 20 '16 by Lamplighter
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Some aged, even old people, due to their breed and healthy, active lifestyle, not only look very well, but sometimes are also able to compete with much younger ones in some activities requiring agili …
asked Jul 30 '16 by Lamplighter
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In one post, a commenter maintained that the phrases "I did my best" and "I did the best I could" don't mean quite the same thing. If it is true, what is the fine difference between the two?
asked May 31 '16 by Lamplighter
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During an exam, an examiner can put to an ordinary student a question that may be quite difficult even for the best of the group. What if, for some reason, the examiner has a predetermined intention t …
asked Aug 9 '16 by Lamplighter
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There are several degrees of intensity of drunkenness, ranging from a state of slight euphoria to total oblivion, which may be recognized by the way someone is speaking, moving and behaving. In the …
asked Sep 20 '16 by Lamplighter
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Here goes a passage from Tim Pratt's Impossible Dreams short story: She understood character arcs, the use of color, the underappreciated skills of silent film actors, the bizarre audacity of …
asked Jun 9 '18 by Lamplighter
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In folk stories and fairy tales of every nation, there appear certain magic items or devices that, being obedient to a hero's will, always help him and the goodness triumph. In the Russian folklore, …
asked Jul 31 '16 by Lamplighter
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One can mount a horse and dismount (from) it, ascend a mountain and descend from it, go up and down a ladder. But once someone climbed (up) a tree, would it be correct to ask him to climb down (fr …
asked Dec 10 '16 by Lamplighter
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This video (from 8 min.53 sec.) shows that the verb recur is often pronounced as reoccur, and the host of the show explains this as a case of a mispronunciation: there's no such word as "reoccur" and …
asked Aug 1 '16 by Lamplighter
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In Russian, this gesture is called "фига" (pronounced figga). It hardly has any sexual connotation (like showing a middle finger, "the bird") and basically means that the one the gesture is being …
asked Aug 12 '16 by Lamplighter
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Seeking the alternatives to saying about someone that he is almost the same age as I am, I came across the words agemate and batchmate. In the Russian language, there are several one-word terms to te …
asked Jul 22 '16 by Lamplighter
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Someone who has made a long journey from east to west by plane feels as if the time were several hours later than the local time. Looking for the term which may be applied to that phenomenon (or a p …
asked Mar 23 by Lamplighter
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In English, especially in a poetic description, ships and cars are referred to as "she". Maybe their owners compare their beauty and elegance with those of women, but what if a female owner wanted …
asked Jun 28 '16 by Lamplighter

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