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What does this line "play the jacket off the sweater" mean in Seinfeld?

I initially didn’t have an answer to this question, so I thought I would leave it for others to answer. However, since follow-up comments haven’t clarified it very much, I’m going to go out on a limb ...
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What does this line "play the jacket off the sweater" mean in Seinfeld?

As far i understood, it means when it gets sunny you can remove the jacket and will be fine with sweater (assuming you wear jacket on top of sweater).
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Two usages of the preposition "for" I'm not sure about

Webster's definition 2a. for As being or constituting. In your examples I finally saw him as being what he [truly] was. I have a sagging bag constituting [that constitutes] my belly.
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Does "has much to learn of ..." in this context mean the same as "has much to learn from ..."?

"I had much to learn of Barack Obama" vs "I had much to learn from Barack Obama". Without context, the first sentence has a clear meaning: I did not know much about Barack Obama ...
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Two usages of the preposition "for" I'm not sure about

I think there is something inherently wrong with the question. There is a reason why modern dictionaries increasingly opt for "used to...", "used when...", "if you..., you...&...
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Does "has much to learn of ..." in this context mean the same as "has much to learn from ..."?

It's an old-fashioned usage. The OED says, as of, sense 9.b.: b. With ask, beg, demand, desire, expect, inquire, request, require, want, etc.; also hear, learn, understand .Some of these, as ask, ...
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meaning of 'had' in "had a student pull out a gun"

Related to the causative sense, but not quite the same. The idiom is "Have (something happen) (to her)" and it means "be affected by something happening" - sense 19 of Wiktionary.
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the meaning of "lack of necessities" in the sentence

The second definition seems to be correct: "an indispensable thing". That could be food, running water, shelter, etc. As you have noted, the lack of such necessities is burdensome.
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the meaning of *take* in the sentence

It's specifically meaning 4.10 in Lexico (UK) "Submit to, tolerate, or endure." Thomas Aquinas says "Any virtuous man of this type will refuse to give pleasure and will choose to cause ...
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the meaning of *take* in the sentence

It means the virtuous man will not simply accept what others say, or that if he does, he will at least object to whatever is objectionable in what they say.
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the meaning of straining in the sentence

"He says that in human conversation and generally in all human companionships some seem to be obsequious, as if it were straining to please men. They praise everything that others say and do for ...
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the meaning of straining in the sentence

I think it's definition 1.1 at Lexico: Verb [no object] Make an unusually great effort. ‘his voice was so quiet that I had to strain to hear it’ So it says, "...some seem to be obsequious, as ...
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What does "let's pretend we had this conversation" really means?

Without more context, it is hard to tell exactly what the lady was thinking. Obviously there is no point in pretending that you'd had the part of the conversation that you'd actually had. However, she ...
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If some sentence has truth, could it be called sarcasm

No, this is not sarcasm. Sarcasm is when you mean the opposite of what you say, and it's negative or hurtful towards someone. In your example sentence, although sending that message to someone may be ...
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If some sentence has truth, could it be called sarcasm

Not really. Sarcasm is when you say something, but mean the opposite, for humorous effect, in order to mock/criticise or poke fun at someone. It's not always intended as an insult, although it could ...
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What do you call someone who does not drink alcoholic beverages at all?

Teetotaller is the noun which is used for such a person, i.e., a person who NEVER drinks alcohol. Sober is an adjective which means not drunk. It doesn't mean never drunk - it says nothing about ...
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What is the meaning of "wherein" in this context?

Lexico: In which. 'the situation wherein the information will eventually be used' So it could be replaced with "in the way that". This is ironic in the way that the song is a farewell ...
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What does "Entangled life" mean?

The article says that the author of the book Entangled life is an expert on mycorrhizal fungi. Fungi grow a mass of threads under the surface of whatever they are growing on. He presumably intended ...
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Does "attempt" in past-tense imply failure?

Your two given contexts imply failure, yes. If it says something after the "attempt" to retry it, it implies that you have failed and have to wait for the next try. If one just says: I ...
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What meaning bears here the word "tickets"?

In software development, a ticket is a bug, issue or problem with a piece of software that needs fixing or putting right. Software companies usually have a 'ticket tracking system' so that these can ...
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What does "Goals" mean in this context?

It's essentially short for "Those are worthy goals to aim for", often used ironically. In this case, Charlie is suggesting the idea of setting the goal of being a self-made multimillionaire ...
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What is the meaning of "stretch" in this context?

'Stretching' one's voice means pushing it to its limits. A voice can be 'stretched' in different ways - by trying to reach a high pitch, by shouting at a high volume, or as you suggest, by speaking ...
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What is the meaning of "stretch" in this context?

"Cried aloud" here means "spoke aloud", not "cried" in the sense of "wept".It does not mean "cried without stopping". The "utmost stretch" ...
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What does "statements of great density" mean?

Yes, the second meaning does apply. Dense prose is characterized by great length, the use of numerous unusual or technical terms, and a level of structural complexity that together make it difficult ...
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What does "statements of great density" mean?

You've used a dictionary to find the possible meanings, so you know as much as any native speaker. How would a native speaker determine which it means? Context. Given that the text goes on to speak ...
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What does "paralleled by" mean?

It's definition 3. Definition 3 means the two things are similar. In this case, being in a wheelchair is similar to being carried. Definition 5 means someone makes a comparison between two other ...
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Does "right back" have several meanings?

It can mean different things in different contexts, but this use of 'right' always adds some kind of specificity. 'Right back' means immediately. In your example of "he squeezed Pooh right back&...
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Usage of the word dawn

"Dawn" (or "dawn on") doesn't mean "understanding," but rather "the beginning of understanding." It is similar in meaning to "epiphany" or "...
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What is the meaning of the word "deposit" in this context?

Michael has answered your question as to what the papers were that the owner tore up, but I feel like there's still some confusion around the user of the word “deposit.” deposit noun … 2 : something ...
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What is the meaning of the word "deposit" in this context?

When you rent or hire something, the hire company can require you to pay a 'deposit' to cover the cost of replacing the rented items if you lose, damage, or fail to return them. In this case some ...
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Is "assignment" the same as "a job"

Yes, you can say it if you wish but it would be misleading unless someone had assigned you to be a taxi driver, which would be most unlikely. A job is a description of any kind of work a person or ...
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What does "halfway across the room" mean?

It is an idiomatic expression which is never normally used with any degree of precision - but merely to indicate that something happened further away than might be imagined, or to stress distance. For ...
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Is tip a derogatory word

"Tip" is, whatever else, informal speech. So it is not so much the type of people with whom one uses "tip", but the level of formality with which one is speaking. For example I ...
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What does "halfway across the room" mean?

I (native AmE speaker) would understand it to mean "about as far away from Ben as it is from the other end of the room." Across can also have the following meaning, according to Merriam ...
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What does "range in millions" mean?

As @Lambie correctly points out, the short answer is yes. To range To range over something is to take an arbitrary value (or to vary) within it. Usually, we talk about something ranging from A to B ...
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What does "make out a receipt to someone" mean?

to make out a receipt or to make out a check MEANS to write the name of the person to whom you are giving the receipt or check in the appropriate space.
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What does "straight" mean in this context"

I would argue that the most relevant sense is Merrian-Websters 3.c: straight: 3.c. free from extraneous matter: unmixed I would also add pure and undiluted to that definition. In this case, Kubrick ...
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What does "make out a receipt to someone" mean?

You are correct! To make A (e.g. a cheque, a bill, a receipt) out to B (a person) is to write out A to B, or in the name of B. Most commonly we talk about cheques being made out to people who are to ...
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Examples to understand doublethink practice?

Lexico gives this definition: The acceptance of or mental capacity to accept contrary opinions or beliefs at the same time, especially as a result of political indoctrination. This is actually quite ...
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They organised a coup and once more took over the country. 'once more'

You give three senses for the phrase once more. In They organised a coup and once more took over the country. (b) is the relevant sense: they had control of the country at some point in the past, ...
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Structure of 'be safe[adjective] of something'

After Michael Harvey's hint in the comments, I had a look in the OED and found this entry: safe, adj. (and int.) 7. a. With of. Sure to obtain. Now rare. 1538 M. Coverdale tr. M. Luther Expos. ...
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What does "twice" mean in " Once bitten, twice shy"?

Merriam-Webster has a definition for this saying: a person who has failed or been hurt when trying to do something is careful or fearful about doing it again This is one of many proverbs that doesn’...
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How to understand 'conspire' in this sentence?

This is a somewhat old-fashioned and obscure sense of the word: Neutral or good sense of "to contribute jointly to a certain result"
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How to understand 'conspire' in this sentence?

This use of "conspired" contains a subtle humorous meaning, familiar to native speakers but so familiar it wouldn't even elicit a laugh--we know that these "broad changes" are ...
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What does "twice" mean in " Once bitten, twice shy"?

once you are bitten by something, you will be twice as shy of it The many meanings of "shy" all connect to avoidance or distancing. One of the meanings of the expression "shy of" ...
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Is "the establishment" a formal word for "store"?

An 'establishment' can be any type of business where people can enter a building or place, not just a store. Establishment COUNTABLE NOUN An establishment is a shop, business, or organization ...
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How to understand 'conspire' in this sentence?

Merriam-Webster says this: 2 : to act in harmony toward a common end // Circumstances conspired to defeat his efforts. In this sense, there is no actual conspiracy, but an observed effect similar to ...
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