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Does "now" in this BBC headline belong to the previous sentence or latter sentence? "Ukraine war: What is Putin's plan now Luhansk has fallen?"

This is a headline from the BBC at https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-62040787. "Ukraine war: What is Putin's plan now Luhansk has fallen?" The use of "now" here sounds ...
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hold up and jump

Does the phrase "hold up and jump" refer to buttons here, or are the verbs "hold up" and "jump" used to denote two actions without implying any buttons? You can avoid ...
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What are some less fancy alternatives for "a fortiori"?

What are some less fancy alternatives for "a fortiori"? That's way too snobbish-sounding.
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Bored waiting or bored of waiting?

Which one do you think is correct? I'm bored of/from waiting for premier league's new season Or I'm bored of/from long wait for premier League's new season
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Chapter or Season?

When speaking of tv series, is there any difference between "season" and "chapter"? Game of Thrones, Chapter 2 Game of Thrones, Season 2
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Question about the meaning of a confusing sentence

I found a sentence, which I could not understand after several rereading, in an introduction to Pride and Prejudice. It reads (the context is also included, and the sentence I don't understand is in ...
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Question about "When it comes to all things"

I recently came across the expression "When it comes to all things" and I'm a little confused as to its correct meaning. I did some research and found several examples of using this ...
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Vagaries of perception meaning

What is the definition of "Vagaries of perception"? The way I interpret it: twisted reality vision / wrong reality check. Am I correct? I know it appeared in the Matrix movie there's no ...
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What should I say when someone is in the following position?

To describe this image can I say, "He sticks his feet to the windshield. "? What should I say when someone is in the following position?
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What do these two phrases mean? [closed]

This is a passage from Ñanavira's Notes on Dhamma: The question of kamma or 'action'—'What should I do?'—is the ethical question;; for all personal action—all action done by me—is either akusala or ...
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What dose Pete mean ( from “Adam-12 “) mean when he says “I checked you out in one piece, I want to check you back in the same way?

In Adam-12 S01.Ep1, there's a conversation: Reed: You don’t have much confidence in me, do you? Pete: I checked you out in one piece, I want to check back you in the same way. Reed: It’s none of my ...
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The meaning of "the significantly cut mouth"

Mr. Cashell among the batteries coughed slightly to show that he was quite ready to continue his scientific explanations, but I was thinking still of the girl with the rich voice and the significantly ...
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In this phrase should I use `what you mean` or `what do you mean`?

In this phrase should I use what you mean or what do you mean ? If it is possible, please explain what you mean by "doing this." Because I don't understand.
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Difference between rank smelling and foul smelling [closed]

What is the difference between rank smelling and foul smelling?
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Logical understanding of this sentence

I'm having trouble with the last sentence: "My very first day wearing clipless pedals on a road bike I got run up on by a couple of big dogs. My instinct was to stop, as it disarms their chase ...
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Does "has much to learn of ..." in this context mean the same as "has much to learn from ..."?

This context comes from the book "Black Rednecks And White Liberals" by Tomas Sowell I'd like to say in advance that I'm not intending to offend anyone, but the context I'm about to provide ...
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meaning of 'had' in "had a student pull out a gun"

This is from a webpage: Salfia has a closer connection to gun threats than most. Her mother, also a West Virginia teacher, had a student pull out a gun in her classroom seven years ago. After talking ...
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Is this a correct way to say that I do not care much about money?

Is it correct to say "I don't weigh much about money" to mean that I do not care much about money? Is it awkward?
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What do you call a place where certain ideas are prevalent?

What noun could I use? "Hotbed"? "Hotspot"? Please don't mention the expression "safe state". The city was hardly a liberal __________: the conservatives have won five ...
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How do I describe people who don't have enough time?

How do I describe people who don't have enough time? Would "time-constrained" do? Is it even a word to begin with? Unfortunately, she was time-constrained and let things slide.
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What is the difference between "He's not good at English" and "He's no good at English"?

According to my study "no good" means "not any good" or "not good at all". So "He's no good at English" means "He's not any good at English" or "...
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What does "Why to not not start a startup" mean?

What does "Why to not not start a startup" mean? From the context of the essay, I can get a rough meaning of it. But how can I grasp its meaning by analyze the sentence it self, or more ...
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Less Jupiter than Icarus

What does "Less Jupiter than Icarus" mean in the following sentence? Less Jupiter than Icarus, Emmanuel Macron came crashing down this week. The sentence is taken from the latest The ...
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Assessment vs evaluation

What is the difference between "assessment" and "evaluation"? For example, when you try to make a judgement as to whether a particular source of information is trustworthy or not, ...
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What does the phrase "buff up" mean here?

What does the phrase "buff up" mean in the following sentence from the description of the game "Subway Surfers"? In the game, every power-up is on an independent timer. If you go ...
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paintings that were on the walls [closed]

a. They stole the diamonds, and precious paintings that were on the walls. b. The diamonds, and precious paintings that were on the walls, were stolen. Were all of the precious paintings that were on ...
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What do you call a facility that accepts recyclables?

What do you call a facility that accepts recyclables? Not just the blue bins that you have in America but something like this: They don't actually recycle there, just collect and then sell to large ...
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Does unmagnified implies not magnified or diminished? [closed]

On searching Google I have found that unmagnified means "not enlarged". And magnified means something enlarged. Now my question is does unmagnified implies not magnified (i.e., it remains as ...
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What does "Pearl-Harbor meets Stalingrad" mean?

I came across this sentence while I was reading a book named "LOSING MILITARY SUPREMACY" from Andrei Martyanov: After that he proceeded with what can only be described as a military-...
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What does the phrase "tag up arenas" mean here?

I am finding it difficult to figure out the meaning of the phrase "tag up arenas" in the following sentence from the description of the game "Subway Surfers": Grind, skate, and tag ...
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a priest and a historian

a. He was the son of a priest and a historian. Could one use that sentence if his one of his parents was both a priest and a historian? Or would that have to be b. He was the son of a priest and ...
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What does "Turn on, tune in, pop out" mean?

Turn on, tune in, pop outAdvertiser/brand Trebor Basset/ButterkistAgencies Michaelides and Bednash/CaratBackground Think popcorn, and most people immediately think cinema. For years Butterkist sought ...
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Is "beauty king" or "handsome king" the counterpart of "beauty queen"?

"beauty queen" is a woman who won a beauty contest. What is the general term for a man who wins a male "handsome" contest? Is "beauty king" or "handsome king" ...
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What's the meaning of "Turning back to the class at large" in this context?

Neville nodded nervously, but Moody made no further inquiries. Turning back to the class at large, he reached into the jar for the next spider and placed it upon the desktop, where it remained ...
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Always Almost vs Almost Always

Is there any difference between: I always almost burn myself when I cook. I almost always burn myself when I cook.
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What is the meaning of "wherein" in this context?

This is a piece of text from the internet about the significance of the use of a Mickey Mouse theme in the movie "Full Metal Jacket": The singing of the Mickey Mouse theme song at the end. ...
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Correct form for frontend, backend and fullstack

I'm wondering what is the correct form for 'frontend', 'backend', and 'fullstack' developer. Grammarly provides some suggestions but I require expert advice on how to use them correctly. I've read ...
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To (lessen, improve, alleviate) Disadvantage

I'am looking for a genuine phrase with the word "disadvantage" in this way: The new method allows to (lessen? overcome? improve? - what?) the disadvantages of the old one. In a meaning ...
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What does "Entangled life" mean? [closed]

I've recently seen an article on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entangled_Life But, I didn't get the meaning of the title, how should I understand it or what should I imagine when I hear or ...
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what it means "not as all or nothing as"?

"yep,ive heard first hand of a few people botting that got banned, but it seems like a mixed bag, not as all or nothing as the MH ban." the quotation above that is a comment from a thread ...
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This is your room. You can/are able to use the towel hung on the wall - why does "be able to" sound unnatural here

Example 1 This is your room. You can use the towel hung on the wall. Example 2 This is your room. You are able to use the towel hung on the wall. Example 3 This word means "how are you."...
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"I am a policeman, so I am able to see crime scenes" - does "being able to" here mean "having the right to do something"?

Example 1 I am a policeman, so I am able to/am allowed to see crime scenes. Example 2 I am a lawyer, so I am able to/am allowed to meet families who need legal help. I am wondering whether "...
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Does "attempt" in past-tense imply failure?

I read the following in a technical manual: Three consecutive start attempts are permitted without cooldown. After the third start attempt, the starter motor must cool down for at least 60 minutes. ...
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What do you call the pointy parts of a text bubble that's not the tail?

What do you call the pointy parts of a text bubble that's not the tail? Here, in the image, we see three pointy things protruding out of the text bubble on the four "sides" of some of the ...
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"I am a citizen of Britain" vs. "I am a subject of the British crown" vs. "I am a British national"

Which phrase is the most common for a person who was born in Britain of the parents who were also born in Britain to identify his nationality? "I am a citizen of Britain"? "I am a ...
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What does the idiom "blood out of stone" mean?

I just happened to come across this idiom while reading a book a few hours ago; I've looked on some dictionaries but each one gives a varying definition of this idiom. Take The Free Dictionary, for ...
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Meaning of "Most of modern Finland still lay beneath the sea, which means that the first settlers must have arrived from the south and the south-east"

I am translating a book into my own language, and I have encountered the sentence like this: Most of modern Finland still lay beneath the sea, which means that the first settlers must have arrived ...
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How do I convey that I am bad at remembering things?

I want to express the idea that I'm really bad at recollecting something from my memory, but "I have a bad memory" sounds a lot like I remember (maybe fairly well) something bad that ...
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Does flattering imply saying not true things?

When someone is flattering another one, does that mean this might imply saying nice things but not necessarily true? For instance, someone saw a lady and told her "nice dress!" even though ...
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What does "vector, 090 for bogey" mean? [closed]

In Top Gun (1986), a radar operator speaks on radio: Radar Operator: Ghost Rider, this is Strike. We have unknown aircraft. Inbound, Mustang. Your vector, 090 for bogey. What does "vector, 090 ...
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