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Meaning of 'make hay' in this context

It is a shortening of a proverb "make hay while the sun shines", which originally meant that you should take advantage of favourable conditions to work so that you have something for when ...
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True, false, or not given: there are three main kinds of identity theft

I believe you are right. We know that identity crime can be categorised into three types. We know that identity theft is on the rise. We can infer that the internet makes identity theft easier, but no ...
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Help to understand "It drives Mum mad" in this passage

Mad has two meanings. Angry and crazy, in this case it is probably both. The dad has an incessant hobby that the mum finds annoying. and If anyone broke into their house You are misreading that, ...
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Help to understand sentence from this Yahoo news article

You should have been able to find "happily ever after" in the dictionary as it's the standard ending for many fairy tales, for example: And so the Little Mermaid married the handsome Prince Eric ...
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What does "pas de deux" mean in this context?

It must be a metaphor. In a ballet pas de deux, the two dancers interact in complex ways. So there must be two things that are interacting. Without reading the context I would guess "the ...
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Comprehension of 'he doesn't say NOT after everything'

The situation is roughly as follows: the writer and Bunky often watch the show Future Ratboy. When they watch, the writer imagines himself as Future Ratboy, and Bunky imagines himself as Not Bird. The ...
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True, false, or not given: there are three main kinds of identity theft

I agree with you: the answer key is wrong. As James K points out, presumably your answer must be based on the text, and not on some other source of information. But going by the text: It clearly ...
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Help to understand "It drives Mum mad" in this passage

Mum is mad because the shed and house are overflowing with "Muggle stuff." Dad is bringing all his work home, and he's making a big mess with illegal things. It's unkempt and unseemly, and it might be ...
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Does the following excerpt say that most animals are active during the daytime?

Perhaps in real life the answer is "true" (I wouldn't know). But we have to provide an answer according to the text. Here, the given statement can be rephrased as The majority of animals are ...
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Help to understand the quip "If there were only so much freedom of expression in Iran"

The protester is complaining about the lack of freedom in the USA. Pompeo points out that compared to some other countries (eg Iran) one would not be able to complain. The use of "if only..." is used ...
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Help to understand sentence from this Yahoo news article

Happily-ever-after is a phrase that you would most likely read in a fairy tale. The full sentence (up until the comma) is an expression that means "Rachel and Nick got married and lived the rest of ...
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Help to understand: “The apology was not offered to the right,”

The term "right" is referring to the politics definition: Right political parties or people that have traditional opinions, and that believe in low taxes, property, and industry being privately ...
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Help to understand this question from reading comprehension in my GRE textbook

Note that this question might be off-topic here as it is also about logic, though personally I think the question is fine staying on ELL. The question asks Which of the following is an error of ...
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How to understand "They were starving him" in this context?

You have to consider the entire context. This is from the second Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets". At the start of the book the Ron, Fred, and George Weasley rescue Harry ...
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Meaning of 'make hay' in this context

You're mostly correct about both metaphors. Your confusion is about who would be doing this. Colbert's not talking about people who want a job from Biden. He's talking about Biden's enemies doing it. ...
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Meaning of 'runic dot plots'

A dot plot is a simple chart for illustrating a data set. Each item in the data set is represented as a dot, and you can see the frequency as the number of dots in a particular category. The federal ...
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Advertisement for boating holidays

"Leave" means the same as "depart", and a "break" is a word for a short holiday. So there is this information: Type Leave Return Weekend Friday 2pm Monday 10am ...
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Help to understand this paragraph

1) In the English language, a top-heavy organization has a relatively high amount of powerful members. A top-heavy group in football has more than one strong team involved. In the World Cup, England ...
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Help to understand: “The apology was not offered to the right,”

The original post's quote is political. Starting with the French Revolution, there has been the concept of a "Left / Right" political spectrum. At the beginning of the French Revolution, the ...
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Reading task from English State Exam in Russia

Yes, the answer would be the arts. The key phrase here is "it also strives to make the arts accessible to all citizens." This shows that the purpose of the auditorium is making the arts accessible to ...
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Meaning of 'make hay' in this context

What is the clear meaning from 'that'? 'as as' seems to be a typo. Firstly the whole sentence is a very clumsy admixture of metaphors. When reading this we are tempted to think that that someone is ...
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What is this "Weighty stuff indeed" referring to in the paragraph?

It refers to the whole paragraph. "Weighty" means "serious and important". And the author is saying that the creation of the (serious and important) Ecology and Sustainable ...
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Give T/F/NG for the 'Stepwells' Reading

The reason that the answer to the proposition Examples of ancient stepwells can be found all over the world. is "False." can be inferred from the following sentence from your quoted IELTS ...
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Help to understand this exchange from comment of Yahoo article

The two statements refer to unrelated things. You are correct about "spot on" meaning exactly correct or accurate. The exact context of the comment is hard to determine, but not really important. ...
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meaning of "image-searching is strictly for those who want to get sacked"

If it makes you feel better, I had no idea what a "Prince Albert" is, so the sentence meant little to me as well. This is less about knowing English as it is about knowing the subject matter. ...
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How to understand "And Scabbers was here first, and he's ill!" in this context

Ron is looking for reasons that Crookshanks the cat should not chase Scabbers the rat. Hermione says it’s a fact of nature. Ron points out that his rat is ill, the implication being that the healthy ...
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What "Did I do this" refers to?

"Did I do this?" is referring to the fair that Moshfegh is visiting which seems like an enactment of the world inhabited by the protagonist of Moshfegh’s forthcoming novel. This is reinforced by ...
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Why does this sentence have to be inserted in C?

I would definitely go with D. The third sentence talks about additional benefits of "flight". It says that "flight" allows birds to escape predators and migrate great distances [for some specific ...
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Comprehension of just getting to the bit where

No, 'just getting to the bit' refers to a particular point in a series of things. You could be baking bread, and just getting to the bit where you're putting it in the oven. You could be driving a car ...
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What is the meaning of this Title: "Home sweat home" not "sweet"

This is a pun, a joke exploiting the fact that the words "sweet" and "sweat" sound alike. It is about how global warming would increase the temperature of our home, the Earth, and ...
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