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    every important honor within their gift

    MW 1)Does every refer to people, or to honor ? 2)Does to give important honor within their gift mean "to give honor in such measure as the gift being given allows"? Thanks.
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    his mother's gift of a pen

    gift ■ an act of giving something as a present his mother's gift of a pen OED How do I understand the sentence: 1. Mother gave him a pen. or 2. He gave a pen to mother (I think 1. is correct) Thanks.
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    a linking passage between two divisions in a composition

    transition 3) music a) a movement from one key to another; modulation b) a linking passage between two divisions in a composition; bridge (Collins English Dictionary) I understand a) but don't understand b). Though I used to practise music, I can't imagine what this "linking passage"...
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    [Grammar] a terrorist suspect

    Hello. (the beginning of an artcle) terrorist is a noun acting as an adjective suspect - is an adjective acting as a noun. a refers to suspect. Am I right? Thank you.
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    [Idiom] make one's own bread

    that used in singling out someone or something and ascribing a distinctive feature to them I have always envied those people who make their own bread OED Is "make one's own bread" an idiom? Something like "to become a business owner" ? I didn't meet it in dictionaries. Thank you.
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    doctors conferred by telephone

    confer When you confer with someone, you discuss something with them in order to make a decision. You can also say that two people confer. His doctors conferred by telephone and agreed that he must get away from his family for a time. (Collins Cobuild dictionary) In dictionaries "confer" in...
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    to hold or take part in

    confer 2) to hold or take part in a conference or consult together (Collins English Dictionary) Do I see correctly that "take part in a conference" is the same as "to hold part in a conference" ? Thank you.
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    domestic opinion

    (taken from dictionaries) I'm not sure what is meant by "domestic opinion". Is that something like "public opinion in a certain country" ? Thank you.
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    the fifth year

    WHAT You use what about or what of when you introduce a new topic or a point which seems relevant to a previous remark. And what about when you were in the fifth year, did people give you careers advice on coming to college?... (Collins Cobuild dictionary) What is meant by "in the fifth year"...
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    It being the fact/case that

    It being the fact that... It being the case that... As dictionaries tell this phrase occurs in formal documents. I think being is a participle (not a gerund) here but I'm not sure. Am I right? Thank you.
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    Is that the time?

    Golly! Is that the time? Gosh, is that the time? Good Lord! Is that the time? From dictionaries: "used to express surprise, shock or worry". What does Is that the time? mean ? In which case one says this phrase? To express surprise at the fact that "it is high time" ? Thank you.
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    on the first day of

    8. The professor said on the first day of the course that there would be a big final test at the end of the semester. (from an exercize on the subject of Time Prepositions) 1) If I replace on by in or at - will it be incorrect? 2) Can I replace on the first day by at the beginning ? (The...
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    last for a long time

    Collins Cobuild. 1) it will last for a long time means after the things are cured/dried/smoked/salted they will be kept (or will be preserved or will be in use) for a long time. 2) smoked over the fire means smoked above the fire Am I right? Thank you.
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    to revenge the dead

    Collins Cobuils dictionary Whose death is meant in the sentence ? 1) The death of a person/persons for which the relatives want to revenge on her. 2) Her death (in case if she would be killed by these relatives). Thank you
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    [Idiom] got the answer right first time

    (dictionary - Longman DOCE) 1) Do I correctly understand the sentence: I made a wild guess and I got the answer right first time = I made a wild guess at the answer and guessed right on the first try ? 2)right is an adverb in the sentence, am I right? Thank you.
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