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What does adverb "proper" really mean?

This use is the sense described in Collins. It is an adjective, but unlike most adjectives, it is placed after the noun. Lexico has the definition: 1.1 postpositive Strictly so called; in its true ...
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What does adverb "proper" really mean?

Proper is nearly always employed as an adjective. Properly would be its associated adverb. But the particular adjectival sense in which it is used here is a special one where it appears as a post-...
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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 does “less than” mean in this sentence?

You are splitting the sentence in the wrong place It’s better to say good things less than to say average things more It is better to speak less and say good things than to speak a lot and only say ...
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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 “less than” mean in this sentence?

It is an example of ellipsis. The word “often” has been omitted after both “less” and “often.” The word “often” is seldom omitted and so is somewhat weird, but it works in context.
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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 does adverb "proper" really mean?

The word 'proper' has more than one meaning. It can be an adjective, meaning (e.g.) 'real, satisfactory, suitable, or correct', 'showing standards of behaviour that are socially and morally acceptable'...
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What does "if" mean in "if simply because of"?

You are splitting the sentence in the wrong place, and should consider the phrase 'if simply because' to be a fixed phrase (alternatively, 'if only because'). It is used when saying that something may ...
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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 is the meaning of "of" in respect of this context?

I would suggest 'done to' - forced entry of a building, murder of a person, theft of money -- these are all crimes. of preposition (DONE TO) done to: the massacre of hundreds of innocent people the ...
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What does “to rein things in” mean in this case?

The phrase "to rein things in" means to control them, or cut back on them, to reduce them. Originally it referred to pulling on the reins of a horse or group of horses to cause the horse(s) ...
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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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