You have found a "false cognate" (faux ami) between French and English. The English word "envy" is much more specialized than the French envie. From Cambridge Dictionary:
verb [ T ] to wish that you had something that another person has
In other words, the meaning is closer to French jalousie than to envie. There are a range of alternative translations ...
I'm going to have to disagree with your source about the definition of fair-to-middling. I can't imagine anyone thinking it means "above average." Webster definitions:
of middle, medium, or moderate size, degree, or quality
of, relating to, or being a middle class
On a five point scale, middling is a 3. Fair is a 2. Fair to ...
"Cautiously" means "with caution". A caution is a warning, so to do something cautiously involves taking care that something bad or undesirable does not happen.
"Care" does not necessarily mean the same. For example, you could decorate a cake carefully, which would imply that the work was very precise. The outcome of not doing so would be a slightly messy, ...
Here we should distinguish between the language as it is generally spoken and understood, and the technical language of lawyers and politicians.
For most people the words mean the same.
There are technical differences: In 2019 the British Prime Minister asked the Queen to temporarily suspend (to prorogue) Parliament. The courts declared this "Unlawful" ...
Sure you can call that swinging.
make regular movements forwards and backwards or from one side to another while hanging from a particular point.
That would seem to fit here and its certainly not the case that the object must be suspended from above. Doors can swing open, for example.
If you want to tell your child to stop swinging on the bed, normal ...
The drop in this context is meaning 4a from this dictionary: the distance from a higher to a lower level - [Example: It's a twenty-foot drop from the top of the fence].
The omitted verb is simply "is" (most likely - I suppose you could argue other alternatives). "My foot slips on the parapet, my weight is suddenly the wrong side of the drop".
And "the ...
yes, as you mentioned the over has several meaning, I give you some example for each application:
1- he put his hand over his mouth
2- he climbs over a wall
3-1 the discussion was running over (during) dinner # this usage is the same usage of your sentence
3-2 he slept over (during) his work
4-they rule over a land
5- over the past ten years
A "hop" can be a small jump; it is an easy jump. We also use it to mean a quick and easy journey, for example a single stop on bus or train.
In the context you give "hop online" It suggests it is quick and easy to get online. Similarly "hop down" suggests "it easy to get down. If they "won't hop down" it isn't because they are not able get down. ...
The word line has a wide range of meanings. Here the usage given by Lexico is:
5 An area or branch of activity
and in that area line can also mean policy, direction or strategy for example
the official line is that... (policy)
my line of reasoning is... (direction)
our line of approach is... (strategy)
The word paper isn't quite as diverse ...
Tier is straightforward. Dictionary definition: each in a series of rows or levels of a structure placed one above the other. This church organ has four tiers of keys, whereas a piano has only a single tier.
A scale in music is any set of musical notes ordered by pitch. In context this would refer to a single "row" of keys.
The usage of brace in this ...
'Wailing' is a loud cry of anguish, of mental pain, such as that of a distraut mourner at a funeral.
'Mourning' is a state of being, it may be entirely calm, respectful and dignified, or it may involve wailing etc.
'Whining' is what little children do when they can't get their way, or what a dog does when it is locked up. It also covers similar behaviour ...
The standard idiom would use "in the privacy of one's own home" to mean a safe space, but there is a meaning specific to the character Hannibal (Lecter). He is a gourmand who enjoys cooking with his victims' flesh. So as a lover of food, the kitchen holds a special place, privacy is required for his preparations, and he derives a perverse tranquility from ...
In U.S. Army Airborne exercises, based on 10 years of being a paratrooper, a Straphanger is an active paratrooper who is not on the jump manifest who is on standby to join the jump. After the initial manifest is verified, any open spaces available on the plane are then offered up to the Straphangers waiting in the wing. The Straphangers are usually, but ...