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What does "near the seat of" mean in this context?

A region under the jurisdiction of a bishop is a "bishopric" or "diocese", or "episcopal see". Each diocese is centred on a city with a cathedral, and this cathedral ...
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"which took off a good ten of his fifty years" meaning?

'A good' before a quantity or amount means at least that amount. 'A good ten years' means 'at least ten years'. Picture to yourself a tall, thin man, in excellent health, and with a fair, youthful ...
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"which took off a good ten of his fifty years" meaning?

Neither. Look at the context: Picture to yourself a tall, thin man, in excellent health, and with a fair, youthful complexion which took off a good ten of his fifty years. His big eyes were ...
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what does the verb phrase ''entered upon'' mean?

It refers to Buddhism. It is a rather old style. If you are a son of a nobleman, and still a child when your father dies, you don't immediately inherit his position. Instead, you inherit the ...
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What is a "regulation pistol"?

In this case "regulation" is referring to Army regulations, so a "regulation pistol" is one mandated by those regulations. As the passage states it's always possible to get ...
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What is a "regulation pistol"?

Pistols for use by soldiers. Whether the firearms are bought by the army and given to soldiers, or (as was often the case) soldiers were expected to provide their own weapons, there was a need for the ...
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what is difference between ''the world of '' and ''a world of''?

the world of arising and passing away, or growing and decaying says that Samsara is, or means that. a world of sorrow, misery, lamentation and despair does not say that that is what Samsara means, but ...
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What does the phrase '' in the form in which '' mean?

You refer to native speakers, but do not give any exact quote. Nor do you explain what you find obscure in the unspecified explanations. If the only definition you were given is that “such that” ...
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What is the meaning of "career break" in this context?

Its just badly written. From the context it clearly means "a career boost", or a breakthrough moment in their careers. One does talk about "a lucky break" or " "a big ...
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meaning of "icy waters"

This depends on the context, and no context has been provided. "Icy waters" can mean any of: A very cold body of water, such as a stream, river or lake in winter, or the North Sea at any ...
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What is the meaning of "career break" in this context?

In this context, it is closest to sense 10.: "An often sudden piece of luck, especially good luck" In particular, to "get a break in one's career" means to get a sudden massive ...
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What does ""To rule this wreath"" mean?

Song lyrics are like poetry, and as such their meaning can be rather subjective. Looking at the context can sometimes help make sense of songs, however you shouldn't expect song lyrics to make literal ...
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What is a "shower bath"?

The narrator is talking about an occasion where a number of people told jokes. They were relaxing away from the war for a short while. Jokes are sometimes called 'stories'. The narrator told one about ...
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What does "sit down" mean in this context?

The meaning is unclear as the writer is using metaphors. It may signify that Timo Werner prompts one defender to spin around away from him, while another falls to the ground (sits down) in a failed ...
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What does had so much to prove means in this case?

Yes, in every instance he felt a great desire to demonstrate how good he was. There is no indication of how the public regarded him. The sentence merely informs us of his own insistent need to prove ...
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What does “cut the record” here mean?

Normally, "cut" would mean to sing for a recording, as in these definitions: From Merriam-Webster: cut transitive verb 5 b (1) : to sing, play, or act for the recording of // cut an album //...
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Hot, spicy and seasoned

Hot, when applied to food, can mean both "at a high temperature" and "spiced with chilli" You can usually understand the meaning from context. To warn that the food has a high ...
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What does 'save any winter wardrobe' mean here?

The black tights 'save' a winter wardrobe in the sense that they rescue an outfit worn in winter from looking dull or uninteresting, as it might otherwise. For a man, a bright necktie might 'save' a ...
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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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I don’t finish until next week. (about "until next week")

As with most of these vague time expressions, it is vague. Let's assume this is about school, and "finish" refers to finishing the term and starting the summer holiday. So I would understand ...
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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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Pronouns referring and antecedents structure confusing

I understand what the sentence seems to be intended to mean, but it is confusing and awkwardly worded. Specifically: The word "paper" here is a singualr foirm. "Paper" is a mass ...
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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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a big decision to take / big decision to make

The periods on the end of your examples are significant. As you have the text -- i.e. with the periods -- I would never use the first form, and I don't recall ever seeing it anywhere else either. ...
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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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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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the meaning of "go as so far to"?

Yes, it means the protagonist had enough with Garp's abusing of Luffy, and went as far as to call him names. According to Dictionary.com - go so far as to: Proceed to the point of doing something I ...
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what does the proverb "A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke" mean?

It isn't a proverb - it's a line from a Rudyard Kipling poem 'The Betrothed', so it has to be considered in context. At face value, it would suggest that you can get some enjoyment out of a cigar - ...
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Correct phrase for "domesticated" opposition party

I don't think there is a specific phrase for this in English. We sometimes use tame attributively in a (sometimes jocular) fashion to mean "having a function but not applying that function in an ...
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Correct phrase for "domesticated" opposition party

Converting my Earlier Comment into a longer Comment ! (Case 1) The "Current Ruling Party X" will "rig the elections" to again "win" , & let the "Y Opposition&...
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What is the meaning of the term "whatawow"?

This is definitely not a common/standard word, and I (native American English speaker) have never heard it used. Google also gave me no results. If I had to guess, I would assume it meant "what a ...
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Is "Gamble more for less" a common expression?

I have am not sure what “Odds you are going to die screaming while you inject yourself” means without more context. But I’ve gambled more for less” is perfectly understandable. It means I have ...
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What does "in legislation" mean in this sentence?

In this case it's important to realize 'Her majesty's government' is a special kind of actor. Due to the seperation of (governmental) forces (politics!). To establish a bank in practice would be to ...
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What does "in legislation" mean in this sentence?

This may be a British locution. But what it means is The government will pass legislation to establish an infrastructure bank … Other ways to say the same thing The government, through legislation, ...
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What does "in legislation" mean in this sentence?

It means the government will tell parliament to create a new law (legislation) and part of that law will be the establishment, on paper, of this bank. By establishing a bank "in legislation" ...
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Does as of mean "right now" or "starting now?"

By itself, the phrase "as of" merely asserts that a certain fact is true at one specific time. So in your example, the person was unemployed at the time the statement was written. Depending ...
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What's the difference between "the cherry on the cake" and "the icing on the cake"?

"The cherry on the top", is, I think, the more common idiom. The meaning is pretty much the same: An inessential element that nevertheless completes and perfects something that is already ...
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Trouble understanding 'in absolute terms'

If something is higher "in absolute terms", it means the count or measurement is higher in number. The opposite is higher "in relative terms", where the count or measurement is ...
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"It seems to me somebody will be coming after you"

They are discussing a patient in a mental hospital. The maid is jokingly suggesting that the attendant's talk of spiders suggests that he, too, may have mental health issues, and that the people who ...
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What's the meaning of 'secure the door'?

As a native speaker, I find this phrase somewhat unnatural--except in the context of US military jargon. Are the Americans you are hanging out with associated with the US military or their contractors ...
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What's the meaning of 'secure the door'?

The OED lists nine different senses of the verb to secure, and some have as many as eight different sub-senses. As regards the ones the OP mentions in the question, securing a job fits under sense 3f, ...
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What's the meaning of 'secure the door'?

On Lexico, the first defintion is: fixed or fastened so as not to give way, become loose, or be lost. This can be applied to anything that might be loose, such as nuts and bolts. But it can also ...
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What's the meaning of 'secure the door'?

You can usually find the answer to questions like this by looking in a good dictionary, for example the Cambridge Dictionary, which contains several definitions. Among them are two that are relevant ...
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What's the meaning of 'secure the door'?

It means "lock the door". In general, to secure a space is to control entry and egress. To secure a building is to get control of it, in particular of its entrances. To secure a town ...
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What is the correct word to the song that kept telling me its okay or that keep telling is correct

You can say it kept telling me or it keeps telling me. (Not it keep telling me - that would not be grammatical). If you say it keeps telling me, that says that you are still listening and receiving ...
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Is it offensive and personal to say 'It seems your memory does not serve you right'?

For me, a Canadian, it's a natural and idiomatic way to tell someone you disagree with something they claim to remember, though it sounds a bit antiquated. I found many hits for "your memory does ...
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Is it offensive and personal to say 'It seems your memory does not serve you right'?

You are really asking about a cultural value rather than something embedded in the language itself. It is true that speakers of a common language often share similar cultural values, but I would not ...
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