Johnyxxx, the stuff you have been reading contains phrases which very well might appear nowhere else. For anybody to help you they would have to read the text for one or two paragraphs (perhaps more) before getting to the phrase in question to be able to figure it out. As practice for discerning meaning from context, maybe. For understanding the English language in general, I don't think so.
I am keen on reading English literature and no wonder every now and then I find a phrase I am not sure I can understand properly, or a phrase which I cannot make head or tail of at all. That is why I am glad I have found this forum where I can ask somebody who knows the ropes to help me in comprehending what is hard to take for me. That is all and nothing more. End of story.
I am not meaning to start an argument. I am just saying that if it is a phrase I have never seen before I might not understand it any better than you do. I might have to read the text more or less from the beginning to have any hope of understanding that unfamiliar phrase. (But I'll keep trying.)