124 Answered Questions for the topic meaning in context
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?
Meaning of different responses to a negative imperative?
Can you answer a negative imperative such as, "Don't forget to buy some milk" with a "I will" rather than a "I won't." If so, what would it mean ?
is to + verb, "was to" + verb?
I've got a sentence that I can't quite well understand. My problem in the sentence is the "were to play" part.How does it change the meaning of the sentence? Does it mean that this was an action in... more
What exactly does "tally ho" mean?
I heard this *tally ho* in a youtube video (British). I also heard it in the movies "Jack the Giant Slayer", and "Spiderman 1". I understand it's some kind of expression or exclamation or idiom to... more
Why "science fiction" and not "scientific fiction"?
Everybody knows the term "science fiction" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science_fictionBut I am wondering why "science fiction" and not grammatically more correct form "scientific fiction"?Consider... more
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
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?
How to interpret "as do" in this sentence?
I'm reading a tutorial about "mutex" and "semaphore", in which the following sentence has confused me:> Mutexes can be applied only to threads in a single process and do not work between... more
Can bacon or beans suggest some sort of alcohol?
I just [read this poem](http://www.chesterton.org/wordpress/2012/04/happy-feast-of-st-george/):>**The Englishman** by G.K. Chesterton>St George he was for England, And before he killed... more
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 "it takes a measure of doing"?
In the novel *Dune* by Frank Herbert, it says:> "Some day, lad," the old woman said, "you, too, may have to stand outside a door like that. **It takes a measure of doing.**"What does it mean?
What does "bite" and "quarter-backing" mean in this context?
It's from the first few lines of the foreword to Karl Llewellyn's "The Bramble Bush":> These lectures grew out of an attempt in 1929 and 1930 to introduce> the students at Columbia Law School... more
Meaning of "bust"?
Context (<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/18/science/space/18starship.html?_r=1&ref=science" title="New York Times">New York Times</a>),>Alpha Centauri or **bust**. The... more
What is the meaning of "don't mention it" (in response to "thank you")?
I read at several places that "don't mention it" is equal to "you're welcome". But for me, the word means something like "don't go around talking about this to anyone". So what is the real meaning... more
Is “so little is clear” in “So little is clear that Castro’s departure took on the quality of a test...” an inversion?
There was the following passage in Time magazine’s (December 1, 2016) article that came under the title, “How Castro will be Trump’s first foreign policy test”:>North Korea has both an erratic... more
Meaning of "engage with" in the given context?
Here is the sentence:"Are there ways you will use what you learned through our academy to engage with other male members of your community?"The text is from a survey which deals with the... 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
Is it usual to use “full-cry” as a stand-alone adjective?
Maureen Dowd’s article titled “Spellbound by Blondes, Hot and Icy” appearing in December 1st NY-Times jumps from Alfred Hitchcock’s favor of blonde actresses to the dispute of Hillary Clinton’s... more
What does “you don't need a husband, you need a Greek chorus!” mean?
A female friend recently saw a video of pretty old movie, “The Last Station” (directed by Michael Hoffman), which illustrates the struggle of Leo Tolstoy (the Russian author) to balance fame and... more
"Group" vs. "community" usage?
###Question 1When we have a certain number of people that share the same interest, do we refer to **them** as:1. interest **group** or2. **community** [sharing same interest]?What would be... more
How does "off" fit in this sentence?
I was just studying the various meanings of 'off' on http://english.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/off and I stuck up at just the second example sentence:>She dashed off to her room.The... more
What does ‘On its good days’ of “On its good days, all this (live for love, die for love, kill for love) seems to make perfect sense mean?
There is the following sentence in the Time magazine’s article “The science of romance: Why we love,” (Jan. 28, 2008), dealing with the mechanism of Love:... more
What does "though" mean in these sentences?
I knew these are American English sentences, and they are informal. However, I would like to know what exactly it means, or it simply means nothing, and people merely want to add something... 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