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The sense is surprising, in a positive way. That can be seen in the first sentence: It’s an exciting development. Merriam-Webster insane 4 informal : also : exceptionally good or impressive Minnesota … has blazed out to an insane start, taking an early lead in the Northwest Division.


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Even people who have watched the world of business for a long time, and seen enough strange things to lose interest, would have been surprised when they heard that Home Depot's board of directors handed Bob Nardelli two hundred million dollars. The meaning of 'jaded' that you need is not having interest or losing interest because you have experienced ...


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A new lease on life (or in British English ... of life) is when you recover health and activity. It might be used of a person who has, for example had hip replacement surgery. Or it might be used when someone takes up a new active hobby. When Jason retired he became rather depressed and lonely, but joining the golf club has given him a new lease on life. ...


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"Time starts to move backwards" is an idiom meaning "time seems to go very very slowly" (because the person is bored of the "downtime filled with side-work"). It is casual usage and not meant to be taken literally.


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Like the previous response mentions, if you are surprised by the fact that there's a fox running along the road, it would be more suitable to say "there is a fox ...". In contrast, saying "a fox is" is a more factual statement of what is happening that you might find in a book. Come here, there's a fox in the road! Snow is falling, and ...


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A fox is running along the road. is simply stating a fact. This sentence is neutral and can be used to describe something for the first time. We use "there is" when when you talk about something for the first time, but that is when we point out to their existence or presence: We use there is and there are when we first refer to the existence or ...


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I suspect that it was actually supposed to be "your choice", not "hour choice".


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In the fictional tv show "Star Trek", the Borg are a race that assimilate other species, making them into new Borg. When they meet people they say Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated. The article is about a type of DNA structure that is named after this fictional race. The section heading is just quoting Star Trek. It means "...


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It's closest in meaning to "pretty amazing" : 4. exceptionally good or impressive (Merriam-Webster, 4) The other definitions don't fit because they all have negative meanings, and in this context, where China is moving ahead of the US in an important field, it doesn't make sense to call China or anybody in the story "crazy".


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"FILE A COMPLAINT already" is a command to file a complaint, and it has the implied emotion of someone who is "tired of waiting" and "just want to get this [thing] done and over" Other examples: "DO YOUR WORK already" "RELEASE THE VIDEO already" as for "bringing the allegations himself", that means ...


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"From the local chess club" is a literary way of describing someone who is intellectual, introverted, and not overly concerned with (or giving little thought to) their own physical appearance and style. Their grooming may be below the norm, and their clothing is likely to be chosen for comfort or tradition rather than what is fashionable. In other ...


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As alternatives to "first time", you can use "at/in (somewhat more rarely) the first attempt" or "on/at (far more rarely) the first try", the latter with the preposition "on" being the most frequent usage.


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"Reusable Space Ship" according to msn.com: This test flight, the 14th overall for the New Shepard program, was a special one, featuring a booster and capsule that were both brand-new. (The previous mission, which flew in October 2020, involved a New Shepard vehicle that had already flown six times before.) Blue Origin named the new capsule the ...


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(for) long is preferred for statements in the negative: I will be busy for a long time - positive I won't be busy for long - negative (for) long is preferred for questions: Have you known him long? - question I have known him for a long time. - statement


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I don't see a problem with your interpretation of the text. "Here I rallied, and had already improved so far as to be able to walk about the wards, and even to bask a little upon the verandah, when I was struck down by enteric fever, that curse of our Indian possessions." What is "when" doing here? It indicates that what is being ...


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It helps to know this was published in 1835. Some words are being used in ways that are no longer common. "Anticipate" here means something like, "Someone did it first." "Design" means something like "goal" or "plan" and explains what was done first. So I gather the whole meaning is something like this: He ...


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