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    pulling local security

    It's hard to be absolutely certain without more context but I'm pretty sure it's American military slang for a duty assignment. A soldier ordered to stand guard is pulling guard duty, and one who has to peel potatos is pulling KP (kitchen patrol).
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    "I feeling" or "me feeling"

    No, I doesn't work there. Also, I've never heard of anyone feeling like a gooseberry. What does it mean? Is it perhaps a translation of a Chinese expression?
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    playing double dealing

    In both cases you should use the definite artcle before "US Defense Department".
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    Wall Panelling

    As Glizdka's question tends to imply, "all in one goal" doesn't make sense.
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    Nuanced difference between the noun doubt and doubts

    To me there is no practical difference in meaning. Doubt is one of those nouns that can be countable and non-countable with no difference.
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    Monty Python made a lot of jokes about smegma.
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    Maybe you're just too young, chief. 🙂
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    ' Everyone hoped to have learned and know everything by the following Monday'?

    To me the sentence is rather redundant. We are not born with knowledge. Therefore everything we now know we must have learnt in the past. The only sense the sentence makes is that we still know what we have learnt unless we have forgotten. In some varieties (for example, Indian English) people...
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    struck /stricken with/by cancer

    Only option a works for me.
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    I think it's a bit old-fashioned. My father was fond of it because of its word-play aspect -- shoes too tight?
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    I bought this (off)(of)(from) my neighbour

    Notwithstanding emsr2d2's understandable aversion, a descriptivist would accept "off of" as valid because it is used (at least in AmE) and has been for a long time. If I heard it, however, I'd assume the speaker was uneducated.
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    Great Scott! (dated?)

    None at all.
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    Great Scott! (dated?)

    You are right Amigos4 about what Perry White used to say. However, I have never seen the film Back to the Future. Nevertheless the N-Gram about "Great Scott" is valid.
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    Great Scott! (dated?)

    The only place I recall hearing Great Scott is in the old Superman TV series. Perry White, the character who was Clark Kent's editor, used it frequently. I consider it rather dated but according to Google Ngrams it is enjoying a resurgence after reaching a low point around 2000...
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    flick me a message

    All such things are called minced oaths, although the use of that term has tailed off sharply since 2000.
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    Feelings for a cake

    Ksn_out, is the information in your profile correct? Are you really in Guam?
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    Feelings for a cake

    "Feelings for" usually implies affection for another person. It is synonymous with being in love. And yearnings are too ethereal for something as mundane as cake. For things like cake, I can't think of a better word than crave.
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    Wall Panelling

    Pro2021 your two sentences have the same meaning and are arguably correct in grammar, but they are unnatural. In English we use the present tense in the first clause rather than the future. "When we attach (affix) the lights to the walls we will cut chases for the wiring." I know it's illogical...
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    snicket (alley) (BrE)

    Gangway as an AmE synonym for alley or the BrE snicket is peculiar to Chicago and has its roots in a local bylaw.
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    Wall Panelling

    It probably means attach the lights to the wall. Like almost all dwellings in Goa, my mother-in-law's house is built of stone. Her electrical wiring runs through plastic conduit attached to the walls with brackets because the cost of cutting chases into the stone would be high.