185 Answered Questions for the topic Meaning


Which of these sources is right about "The Tempest"?

This is part of a quote by Ferdinand in the beginning of scene 1 of act 3 of "The Tempest":>But these sweet thoughts do even refresh my labours, Most busy, least when I do it.According to... more


What are the "mind-forged manacles"?

From "London", a short poem in William Blake's *Songs of Experience* collection ([free to read online](http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1934/1934-h/1934-h.htm)):> In every cry of every man, In... more


What does "chafed" mean here?

I would like to know what "chafed" means in the following sentences:> "I like her," said Daisy, "I think she's lovely."> But the rest offended her—and inarguably, because it wasn't a gesture... more


What's the meaning of "well over the fast" in the following passage?

In Harold Pinter's *The Birthday Party* (1957), Goldberg (a Jewish character) wishes Stanley a happy birthday and says "well over the fast." What does he mean by it? I know that this expression is... more


What does Mark Twain mean by "keep hotel"?

The protagonist in *A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court* uses this phrase:> But that should be nothing to his discredit; the man that can do THIS kind of miracle knows enough to keep... more


That tight hair of hern?

> Yes. If she'd just let that tight hair of **hern** all out loose andcareless-like, as it used ter be, and wear the sort of bunnits withposies in 'em, and the kind o' dresses all lace and white... more


Meaning of "contumelist"?

J.M. Coetzee writes this sentence in [*Elizabeth... more


A question about a quote from "Alice in Wonderland"?

Regarding this passage from Lewis Carrol's *Alice in Wonderland*:> 'No, please go on!' Alice said very humbly; 'I won’t interrupt again. I dare say there may be ONE.'> 'One, indeed!' said... more


Will be gone vs "Will have gone"?

1) "By the time you arrive, I'll already be gone "2 ) "By the time you arrive, I'll already have gone "I think both are grammatically correct but Are there any differences in meaning? And which... more


Is it colloquially acceptable to use ETA in place of "estimated time to completion"?

Literally, ETA means "estimated time to arrival". It is often used when traveling, like you want to know your ETA to your destination, or the ETA for the package delivery.However, often I find... more


What is "Godspeed"?

Title says it all. What does it really mean? What is its origin?


Appointed as or just "appointed"?

Is it more correct to say>a) John was appointed as manager of ACME.or>b) John was appointed manager of ACME.Or are they interchangeable?


Why is there a "mean" in "Greenwich Mean Time" (GMT)?

What's the meaning of the word "mean" in "Greenwich Mean Time"?Shouldn't we simply say something like "Greenwich Time"? I don't understand what the word "mean" is doing there.


Word for making an implication with tone?

Sometimes when people use the name of the person they're talking to in a statement it's used to dismiss the discussion at hand. For example, "Because the sky is blue, Alice" or "If you have two... more


Broken Shells Make Temple bells' meaning?

There is a great Irish song 'As I Rover Out'. The 'Omnia' band made a remake of this song called 'Who Are You?'The meaning of the certain sentence in this remake became a subject of discussion... more


What is the meaning of "often mistaken, never in doubt"?

What is the meaning of "often mistaken, never in doubt"? In what context is the phrase used?


I cannot understand what's being asked here?

> What are the ways in which the universal, inclusive conception of French nationalism was tested by a (racially-conceived) particularistic, exclusive one?I'm at loss, I don't know what's being... more


Is using "I don't know that" instead of "I don't know if" grammatically correct?

When asked whether he recognized equal rights of atheists, George H. W. Bush said<sup>1</sup>:> No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor> should they... more


Meaning and usage of "bite me"?

I often come across the phrase *bite me* in many TV shows. What does it mean and is there a specific context in which this phrase can be used?


Meaning of "to charm the skin off a snake"?

This is a phrase originated from *Dead Run* by Erica Spindler. Hereunder is the context in the book that I googled. > Rick’s Island Hideaway was the quintessential Key West bar: Jimmy Buffet on... more


Meaning of "Banksy’s your bag"?

In the article about [Dismaland](http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/08/dismaland/) there is a paragraph saying: > Inside the walls of a derelict seaside swimming resort in>... more


Meaning of the word "butterglance" to describe a woman's way of looking at someone?

I found this word in a rhyme inscribed on the fly leaf of a book of American poetry and dated 1878. You can see the poem listed in [Edith Wharton's Library: a... more


Why does 'with' mean 'against' and not 'alongside' in phrases of opposition?

In phrases like *fight with*, *argue with*, *combat with* etc, why does *with* mean the subject is opposing the object (grammatical object, technically a human opponent)?Phrases like *go with*,... more


What does “The city (Ferguson) learned too late that the well was dry” mean?

I scratched my head in understanding the meaning of the following passage in the article titled, “The tragedy of Ferguson” of Time magazine (September 1 issue). [Some excerpts appear at... more


“Has reported” as present perfect vs. “has” as present + “reported” as a noun?

In the following sentence below, I **want** to use the word *reported* as a noun, but it looks like I’m using the present perfect form *has reported*. How can one be clear when constructions like... more
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