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Nowadays a suspender (AmE) is elastic. In those days a suspender was likely to be a pair of leather straps that clipped onto your pants (AmE) and over your shoulders. They are still available, for people wanting to have an "old world cowboy" style. You can sharpen a razor blade on leather. A razor needs to be sharpened very finely so the final ...


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This is tricky even for a native speaker, as it depends on knowing how straight razors are used. It used to be common to go to a barber to get a shave with a straight razor. Now most people use disposable razors, and so knowing how to sharpen a razor is no longer common knowledge. As the final step of sharpening a razor, a strop is used to polish and ...


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This is the Cambridge entry for suspender: suspender noun UK /səˈspen.dər/ US /səˈspen.dɚ/ [ C ] UK (US garter) a long piece of elastic that hangs down from a suspender belt and holds a stocking up suspenders [ plural ] US (UK braces) a pair of narrow straps that stretch from the front of the trousers over your shoulders to the back to hold them up I've ...


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The confusion may be related to the fact that "do" has over 30 meanings. The meaning is likely the second main entry from that link. (transitive) To perform; to execute. Synonyms: accomplish, carry out, functionate All you ever do is surf the Internet. What will you do this afternoon? "well" roughly means "good". More ...


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It is perfectly fine to say "you've earned my interest" however, I would avoid using it as just "earn interest" because that is mainly used in a banking context.


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The cited example is syntactically fine for native speakers. It might help to imagine there's an implied but unstated extra word plus comma... 1: We attract our own negative experiences more, the more we share them. It's worth pointing out that all permutations of the more and the less are perfectly idiomatic when both elements of the juxtaposition are ...


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A 'wall-run' is where someone has enough momentum to be able to 'run up' a wall. In parkour, for example, a wall-run is a technique to climb obstacles taller than your jumping height. However, looking at your link it appears to be a game that simulates running forwards through a pipe. A 'wall-run' in this context would be where you can use momentum to run '...


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It means the process of abstracting But you probably need now to look up to meaning abstract as a verb, which is related to the meaning as an adjective: If a statement, argument, or discussion is abstract, it is general and not based on particular examples. (cambridge) So a theory needs to some degree to be about general ideas, not only descriptive of ...


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It refers to the sudden explosive sound, and the hearer's impression of the movement of the sound. Of course, sound always moves at about 760 mph, but the expression suggests a subjective impression of motion that may be the result of reverberation from physical terrain features, like the ridge.


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He doesn't want to transfer students from first through fifth grades to remote learning. from (a fixed source) → through (continuing on the same path) → to (destination) You can consider using the above sentence. It represents the numbers (grades in this case) from 1 to 5. However it is less ambiguous as compared to "from first to fifth [..]", ...


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American baseball players say "beaned" or "beanball;" British cricket players say "beamed" or "beamer": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beamer_(cricket)


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