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I am going to the dentist at 5.30. (phrase meaning)

As a US English speaker, I think it's ambiguous, but if I heard it, I would assume the appointment was at 5:30, because "going to the dentist" means "having an appointment with the ...
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What is the meaning of "as acute as" in this term?

The author has recently suffered a "dislocation" (and I think this is a psychological dislocation, not a dislocation of the hip, for example). Dislocation is identified psychologically as a ...
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She lived until she was over a hundred

She lived until she was 100. That means she was alive when she reached 100 years old. It doesn't say when she died. You might guess that she died later that year. If she had died on her birthday, ...
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She lived until she was over a hundred

Two things. First, She lived until she was a hundred means only that she was 100 years old when she died. As Weather Vane points out, no one would conclude that she had died exactly on her birthday. ...
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Is the phrase "it shows" incomplete?

Your interpretation is correct. "It shows" means "It's clear to see". It comes from this definition from Merriam-Webster: 2 a : to appear in a particular way
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What does “hit the same beats as it did” mean?

Instead of hit the same beats, you can say: had the same songs It's not a particularly common way of saying this, but the writer is trying to be clever with words in a story about a drummer.
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What's the difference between "come back" and "come on back"

With most phrasal verbs, "on" can be inserted before the particle without changing the meaning. It adds a feeling a friendliness or "folksiness". It's associated with rural life, ...
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What's the difference between "come back" and "come on back"

They both essentially mean the same thing, but "come on back" sounds a bit more like a friendly invitation, and "come back" sounds more like a regular imperative sentence (which ...
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