185 Answered Questions for the topic Meaning

10/03/19

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

10/02/19

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

09/27/19

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

09/05/19

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

08/16/19

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

08/09/19

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

08/09/19

Meaning of "contumelist"?

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

08/08/19

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

08/04/19

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

08/04/19

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

08/04/19

What is "Godspeed"?

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

08/03/19

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?

08/02/19

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.

08/01/19

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

08/01/19

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

08/01/19

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?

07/31/19

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

07/31/19

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

07/31/19

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?

07/31/19

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

07/31/19

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

07/31/19

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

07/30/19

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

07/30/19

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

07/30/19

“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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