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What does "Get a damn room!" mean?

This expression usually means: Go somewhere more private if you are going to be so affectionate. It's typically used as an admonition when a couple is making other people feel uncomfortable because ...
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'Fail to take' interpretation

From Merriam-Webster... take (intransitive verb) 3: to establish a take especially by uniting or growing 90 percent of the grafts take take (noun) 4a: a local or systemic reaction indicative of ...
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Please tell me what "count with" means

An alternative phrasing would be "you can number me among". That is, the speaker is one of the named group, with the (often rhetorical, as here) implication that a large number of people or things is ...
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Interpretation of an integrated relative in "my brother who doesn't [live in New York]" in context

It is a bad question that doesn't test English skills and so should be ignored. I believe the questioner wants you to notice the difference between: Amanda, who lives in New York and my ...
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What did Paul McCartney mean by "Oh, yesterday came suddenly"?

The meaning of pop song lyrics is very often hard, or impossible, to state definitely. They can be like poetry, where the intention is to create a certain emotional effect, or the words can mean ...
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What did Paul McCartney mean by "Oh, yesterday came suddenly"?

Unlike the other answers posted so far, I don’t read “yesterday came suddenly” as being about concrete events that happened yesterday. Instead, I’ve always interpreted it as “My life has changed so ...
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How should I read a sentence with multiple "to"s?

The two tos are unrelated. Any parallel or coordination is illusory. "To commit someone to something" is an elliptical way of saying "to force someone to commit to something". If ...
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The exact meaning of 'Mom made me a sandwich'

The meaning of "make someone something" is "make something for someone". It would be possible to say: Mum made me a sandwich, but then ate it herself. Mum intended the sandwich for me, but either ...
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'Fail to take' interpretation

The verb 'take' has lots of meanings, and not all are listed in every dictionary. The meaning in this sentence is 'have the effect or result that is desired'. If you dye some cloth with a dye that is ...
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What does "switch off" mean exactly in this sentence?

When music was playing on a stereo or in the garage, she could tune it out or switch it off . . . Switch off is used literally to designate turning or flipping a switch to end the functioning of a ...
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Please tell me what "count with" means

I can understand it so: "you can count me with the dreamers." = "you can think about me that I'm a dreamer." "you can count me with the dreamers." = "you can think about me that I'm one of the ...
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Please tell me what "count with" means

It is definition 4 here: "to include in a reckoning; take into account"
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What did Paul McCartney mean by "Oh, yesterday came suddenly"?

If you take into consideration there's nowhere to squeeze specifics such as "the day before yesterday", "yesterday morning", "yesterday evening" or "just after ...
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What did Paul McCartney mean by "Oh, yesterday came suddenly"?

Yesterday his girlfriend left him. He thought they had a good relationship, so this change caught him by surprise, and now he's devastated. In the sentence you're having trouble understanding, "...
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Please tell me what "count with" means

It means precisely "When you count the dreamers, you have my permission to include me."
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'Fail to take' interpretation

More generally, I would say that the intransitive verb, "to take" has a meaning of "become established". It can be applied to an idea, a fad, a dye, a plant, an organ transplant, ...
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What does "I did my George Washington report on beavers instead" mean?

Yes, it means more or less what you guessed: the speaker was given an assignment to do a report on George Washington, but she chose to disregard the "on George Washington" part. She satisfied the "do ...
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How do you interpret this english sentence?

Saying "You'll be frustrated with anything less than X." means that X is the minimum for you to not be frustrated. So for instance, if I say "I will be frustrated with anything less than a full glass ...
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Interpretation of an integrated relative in "my brother who doesn't [live in New York]" in context

I followed the link to the test. Although I couldn't see the test itself, I was able to locate the answers and then some further discussion (which, unfortunately, just makes everything worse): This ...
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What does "I did my George Washington report on beavers instead" mean?

George Washington, the leader of the revolutionary forces that freed the United States from Britain and also the first President of the United States, is often the focus of study for US schoolchildren,...
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Is this definition of 'World War No.2' correct?

From the OED entry of WWII: In quot. 1919 with reference to an imagined future war arising out of the social upheaval consequent upon the First World War (1914–18). So the OED still, to this day ...
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what is the role of word "practical" in "practical joke"?

The Cambridge dictionary defines practical joke as a joke that makes someone seem silly and involves a physical action rather than words As @FumbleFingers commented "practical" alludes to ...
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"You will never be the man your mother is."

I disagree with the idea that this is a "popular" or "overused" utterance, on a wide basis. But as to its meaning . . . Simple answer: You are no good as a man (a failure as a man), and your ...
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The exact meaning of 'Mom made me a sandwich'

"Mom made me a sandwich" means that mom made a sandwich and that the sandwich is for you to eat. It doesn't necessarily mean that she's given you the sandwich yet, but it does imply that she intends ...
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Why is "spigot" possibly racist?

Like others here I was unfamiliar with the word "spiggoty" and assumed that in the film, the comment about the word "spigot" was a reference to the slightly (but not very) similar-...
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'Saxon genitives' and 'of genitive'

Each article is attached to the noun it immediately precedes. All of the phrases are grammatically correct; which one is actually correct depends on what you mean. a page of a book - any page of any ...
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Can anyone tell me the meaning of 'work out / fit in' in the sentence?

Working out is figuring out, as you say. But you need the other definition of fit in: (Definition 2) Find room or have sufficient space for someone or something. She is feeling cross because the ...
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What did Paul McCartney mean by "Oh, yesterday came suddenly"?

One possible interpretation that I think fits this context: yesterday used to be “today,” and became “yesterday” suddenly. The passage of time, which somehow takes him by surprise (another meaning of “...
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"street, opposite the center"

It should be your interpretation, A. The convention center is located on Market Street, and the CENTER is directly opposite Glenview Shopping Center. We can say a centre is directly opposite another ...
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Can you explain about the correct interpretation of this sentence containing double gerunds?

It's a badly written sentence. The syntactic parallelism between the two gerund clauses lead the reader to parse this as you have done: This constant obsession about   attaining ... &...
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