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"Chops" is a term for technical skill. It's usually used when referring to a musician's ability with their instrument, but in this case the game is referring to your skill in hopping as your "hopping chops". It's telling you that a good strategy to avoid unexpected dangers is to get good at quickly hopping to the side.


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The word left can mean leaving something behind deliberately or unintentionally (i.e., through forgetfulness). So, for a sentence like: I left my umbrella at home. there is no way to tell if that was intentional or not. However, sometimes context will make it obvious which is case: I meant to bring my hat, but I left it on the countertop. ...


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The phrase isn't "spring for action" it's only "sprung for action." As you guessed, it essentially means ready for action--coiled with tension, like a compressed spring that is full of potential energy and ready to be sprung. It's most closely associated with verb definitions 1.6, 3.8, and 13.8-13.9 at this wiktionary link, especially the last two, which ...


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As this is from a movie script, it isn't an actual expert talking, but a writer who is trying to sound like an actual expert, and some things are wrong. I think that here the writer is confusing the hydraulic lifts that a vehicle repair shop will have to raise cars when fixing the underside, with the idea of towing cars to the garage, and has coined the ...


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The difficulty here is that the woman is using sarcasm. In other words, she means the exact opposite of what she is saying. “Little human touches” implies service that is very personal and empathetic and that the people giving the service are taking care about you directly and concerning themselves with what you need. The opposite of “little human ...


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I understand why you think it is vague and strange — this sort of writing is quite evocative rather than explicitly descriptive. Jigsaw here, in describing geometry, is used to give a sense of “many things that fit together”. So “crazy, jigsaw geometry” is perhaps an unbelievable, haphazard arrangement of many things which fit together to give some overall ...


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That looks like a mistake for preceding, which means the reverse of "following" - the one coming just before. "The proceeding file naming" doesn't make any sense at all to me. I take the intended meaning to be "The name for the file we have just mentioned should follow the rules ... "


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Ram in this sense means to Cram or Stuff So it is saying that they emptied the tenement once, but now it has been rammed/crammed/stuffed back in (full to bursting) Source (click see more) to cram; stuff: They rammed the gag in his mouth.


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"due" in that phrase means "owing". This is saying that the amount you now owe whatever business sent the letter is {Amount}. The Final Balance now due is XXX. means the same as You now owe us XXX. Please pay us right away.


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I agree that 'odds at stake' is not idiomatic. I think it is a combination of two other phrases that are commonly used at times like this when the author is trying to build suspense. Sometimes people mistakenly conflate two commonly used phrases and come up with something that doesn't mean what they're trying to say. The two phrases that are being confused ...


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According to The Free Dictionary, it is an idiom and means: verb To take action to become well-organized, prepared, or in a better state of life. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between get and together. You need to get yourself together and finish packing so that we can leave for the airport on time tomorrow morning.


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"All that there is to it" means "All that goes into making it" - here in the sense of "all that it amounts to" or "all the substance in it". So "That's all that there is to it" means "There is nothing else to it" or "there is no nothing further to be found in it". Here probably "There is no further explanation or significance to it". The only other use ...


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In the context, building - refers to to increase or strengthen by adding gradually to. Given your definition of hopping chops (not, to my ear, a phrase outside of the game), I would interpret the phrase to mean that the player should perform hopping chops one after another to increase their strength. This may consist of holding the key down to build up ...


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The second form is a lot more literal and awkward in day-day speak. Your first example is what I'd consider "normal" for casual speaking. Another way to say it would be to say “I'd love to change my departure time to July 6th, 15:30pm” You don't have to explicitly state that you're changing both the date and time- that'd be implied by the date/time ...


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A colon can sever several functions. Most of these cannot correctly be done using a comma instead. A colon can introduce a list. There are four chores I want you to do: make the bed, do the dishes, mow the lawn, and dust the mantel. If the list is only two items long, a comma might be used instead, but a colon is clearer and better; there is no ...


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It's a normal adverb/verb pairing, just in what I consider an unusual order. The speaker has a formal British accent, appropriate to the senior staff of a fancy hotel, so we can assume he is speaking "proper" English for that dialect. As an American, however, I would have said coming shortly, (i.e. "coming soon"). "We have" is an indirect, and therefore ...


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You may be overthinking this. The author seems just to want to avoid using the word "driving" repeatedly, so he uses the synonym "riding". But that is a stylistic choice rather than a grammatical requirement. It doesn't seem to imply anything very special. It is also possible, looking only at the short extract, that the author is riding/driving a ...


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The second one is grammatical, but quite literary (the use of "our" with an "-ing" word is something that many people would not use in speech.) The first is not grammatical because there is no noun phrase to act as the subject of "seems". To make it grammatical you would need something like "I understand some people will feel that the fact that we are ...


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According to the OED, byss is an obsolete word meaning the opposite of “abyss”. “A” is sometimes a prefix denoting negation. So I’m guessing Churchill means “infinite heights and infinite depths”. He’s being poetical, and comparing this to infinity and negative infinity. It’s not a word you will ever see in normal speech or writing. It’s one of two ...


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The phrase "This is all about..." is sometimes used to imply that what matters in a particular situation is not what is apparently happening on the surface but something else. So, for example, when a candidate for high office is revealed as having done something silly as a young person, you might say "this is all about undermining his claim to be a wise ...


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Google Dictionary says: act as a neutralizing or counterbalancing force to (something). "their idealism is tempered with realism" synonyms: moderate, modify, modulate; tone down, mitigate, palliate, alleviate, allay, assuage, lessen, reduce, weaken, lighten, soften, cushion; qualify The noun originally denoted a proportionate mixture of elements or ...


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flukishly calling to life [The bullets passed through his brain] fortunately, or even surprisingly, rekindling a vivid memory... a summer afternoon some forty years past ...of a summer afternoon forty years ago... and long since lost to memory ...that had been forgotten a long time ago (by Anders).


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Thanks to BrE speakers who have commented/written answers. I think it's now safe to say this sense of rammed as "crammed, packed" is indeed a Britishism. I couldn't find anything in dictionaries touching "rammed up", but there is one entry on "rammed": UK INFORMAL very full or crowded: On the trip back the train was rammed and I couldn't find a ...


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Advertisements, especially the ones for discounts, are usually made to be misleading, tricking the honest customer's mind. Have in mind the usual: Discounts up to 80%!! What does that mean? That you can buy anything for 80% discount? Form my experience, it always means that there is a piece of rag with a discount of 80%, and everything else is pretty ...


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