The Free Dicitonary Language forums RSS feed for The Free Dicitonary Language forums available in English, Spanish, French, German, and many other languages Copyright 2008 - 2019 Farlex, Inc. erupted in anger erupted in anger at the 52-year-old Jurong representative’s meeting, with one man in particular confronting Ang and accusing him and the government of demonizing delivery riders and slow-walking funds meant to help.

Is "erupted in anger" correctly used?


Tue, 12 Nov 2019 23:01:33 GMT
has or have have turned increasingly violent, with Monday seeing some of the worst violence in the former British colony in decades after a protester was shot at close range and a man was set on fire.

Should it be "has" instead? If not, what is the reason?

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 22:42:15 GMT
compliments or complements compliments his pedestal among the greatest musicians that ever lived. Elvis Presley is undoubtedly one of the most influential people of the 20th Century and has brought down taboo and cultural barriers that still polarize the masses to this day. There's a lot of stories and anecdotes surrounding his career, and there are tens of thousands of impersonators that succeed in capturing his looks and moves.]]> Tue, 12 Nov 2019 20:06:20 GMT who or whom
Should it be "whom" instead?

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 19:59:42 GMT
Barn owl "Plop was a baby barn owl, and he lived with his mummy and daddy at the top of a very tall tree in a field.
He had a beautiful heart-shaped ruff.
Is "barn" an adjective? and what does it mean in "a baby barn owl"?
Is "heart-shaped" a compound adjective made up of noun plus past participle?
Why can't we switch the adjective order of "a beautiful heart-shaped ruff"?]]>
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 19:51:32 GMT
Veterans to US: "Trump is a national security threat." Progressive veterans group launches campaign labeling Trump as a 'national security threat'

One of the largest progressive veterans groups in the country is launching a new campaign against President Trump on Monday that seeks to raise pressure on several Republican senators up for reelection next year.

To mark Veterans Day, VoteVets will fly planes over key Senate battleground states like North Carolina, Arizona, Kentucky and Colorado Monday morning, with a banner that reads: “Vets: Trump is a National Security Threat.” The group seeks to specifically target Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.).

“In less than a year, voters will go to the polls. We intend to remind them every day between now and then that Donald Trump is a national security threat and that these key Senate Republicans encourage and enable him at every step of the way,” Jon Soltz, chairman of VoteVets, wrote in a statement announcing the campaign.

In addition to the planes, the group also plans to run digital ads and to launch a website detailing all the ways in which Trump has posed a national security threat to the United States. This includes everything from allegedly “inviting foreign interference in our elections” to “raiding funds for our military families to build his wall.”

VoteVets is spending roughly $30,000 in total on the campaign.

Though the progressive group has long been critical of Trump, this marks the first time VoteVets has launched a political initiative on Veterans Day.

The move comes as Republicans look to hold on to the Senate in the 2020 elections.

The Cook Political Report has labeled the races for Senate seats held by Gardner and McSally as “toss-ups” and has rated Tillis’s race as “lean Republican” and McConnell's as “likely Republican.”
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 18:13:05 GMT
A meaning question
I couldn't figure this sentence out, can you help me?

The source: Vertical by Stephen Graham]]>
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 14:30:05 GMT
Grammar Is it correct to consider the following sentence as a compound sentence?

"We couldn't stop or get out of the taxi."]]>
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 14:19:48 GMT
Rephrasing demand People’s Action Party (PAP) MPs to address the issue of malfunctioning hose reels in regard to a fire that broke out in a HDB flat in Bukit Batok two weeks earlier.

Should the part in boldface be "demand that People's Action Party (PAP) MPs should address the issue of"?

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 14:09:14 GMT
He did it to be spiteful.

malice n. unfriendly feelings;
He did it out of malice = He did it to be spiteful.
(Harrap’s Standard Learners’ English Dictionary)

What does the phrase 'to be spiteful' mean?

Is it one of the following?
1. He did it in order to be spiteful.
2. He did it for him to be spiteful.
3. He did it so as to be spiteful.

Thank you.
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 13:06:24 GMT
Independent: Everything you were told about the Syrian war was wrong – until now
That wars end very differently to our own expectations – or our plans – was established long ago. That “we” won the Second World War did not mean the Americans would win the Vietnam war, or that France would vanquish its enemies in Algeria. Yet the moment we decide who the good guys are, and who the evil monsters whom we must destroy, we relapse again into our old mistakes.

Because we hate, loathe and demonise Saddam or Gaddafi or Assad, we are sure – we are absolutely convinced – that they will be dethroned and that the blue skies of freedom will shine down upon their broken lands. This is childish, immature, infantile (although, given the trash we are prepared to consume over Brexit, it’s not, I suppose, very surprising).

Well, Saddam’s demise brought upon Iraq the most unimaginable suffering. So too Gaddafi’s assassination beside the most famous sewer in Libya. As for Bashar al-Assad, far from being overthrown, he has emerged as the biggest winner of the Syrian war. Still we insist that he must go. Still we intend to try Syrian war criminals – and rightly so – but the Syrian regime has emerged above the blood-tide of war intact, alive, and with the most reliable superpower ally any Middle East state could have: the Kremlin.

I despise the word “curate”. Everyone seems to be curating scenarios, curating political conversations or curating business portfolios. We seem to be addicted to these awful curio words. But for once I’m going to use it in real form: those who curated the story – the narrative – of the Syrian war, got it all wrong from the start.

Bashar would go. The Free Syrian Army, supposedly made up of tens of thousands of Syrian army deserters and the unarmed demonstrators of Darayya, Damascus and Homs, would force the Assad family from power. And, of course, western-style democracy would break out, and secularism – which was in fact supposed to be the foundation of the Baath party – would become the basis of a new and liberal Arab state. We shall leave aside for now one of the real reasons for the west’s support of the rebellion: to destroy Iran’s only Arab ally.

We didn’t predict the arrival of al-Qaeda, now purified with the name of Nusrah. We did not imagine that the Isis nightmare would emerge like a genie from the eastern deserts. Nor did we understand – nor were we told – how these Islamist cults could consume the people’s revolution in which we believed.

Still today, I am only beginning to learn how Syria’s “moderate” rebellion turned into the apocalyptic killing machine of the Islamic State. Some Islamist groups (not all, by any means, and it was not a simple transition) were there from the start. They were in Homs as early as 2012.]]>
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 08:27:44 GMT
Is a comma required?
Is a comma required after "8"?

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 08:03:42 GMT
Staggeringly Difficult Word List
(2) The preposition "with" is in my Staggeringly Difficult Word List.

Which is correct?]]>
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 05:25:48 GMT
drowse add2all('wod')drowse

(verb) Sleep lightly or for a short period of time.

Synonyms: doze, snooze

Usage: Through one after another of those gray days Alexander drowsed and mused, drinking in the grateful moisture.]]>
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 04:59:00 GMT
Palio di Siena add2all('article')Palio di Siena

The Palio di Siena is a horserace held twice annually in the Tuscan city of Siena. Dating from the Middle Ages, the race is the centerpiece of festivals held in the city's Piazza del Campo in July and August. During the race, 10 jockeys riding bareback circle the piazza three times. The race usually lasts no more than 90 seconds, and it is not uncommon for jockeys to be thrown off their horses while making the piazza's treacherous turns. What forms of sabotage are allowed in this race? More...]]>
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 04:59:00 GMT
Ramzi Yousef Found Guilty of Masterminding 1993 World Trade Center Bombing (1997) add2all('history')Ramzi Yousef Found Guilty of Masterminding 1993 World Trade Center Bombing (1997)

In 1993, terrorists detonated a car-bomb in an underground garage of the World Trade Center complex in New York City, killing six, injuring more than a thousand, and causing more than $300 million in damage. In all, ten militant Islamist conspirators were convicted of involvement in the bombing, including Yousef, who also bombed an important Shia shrine in Iran in 1994 and later planned a large-scale terrorist scheme that included killing the pope. What alleged 9-11 mastermind is Yousef's uncle? More...]]>
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 04:59:00 GMT
Grace Kelly (1929) add2all('birthday')Grace Kelly (1929)

Kelly was an American actress who gained critical and popular praise for her performances in High Noon and The Country Girl, for which she won an Academy Award. She also starred in three Alfred Hitchcock films but cut short her promising acting career in 1956 when she married Prince Rainier III, becoming Princess Grace of Monaco and retiring from acting. In 1982, she died in an accident after suffering a stroke while driving on a mountain road. How did she and Prince Rainier meet? More...]]>
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 04:59:00 GMT
Birthday of Sun Yat-sen add2all('holiday')Birthday of Sun Yat-sen

Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925) was the leader of the Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintang). He served as the first provisional president of the Republic of China (1911-12) and later as its de facto ruler (1923-25). Because he possessed an exceptionally broad knowledge of the West and developed a grand plan for China's industrialization, he is known as "the father of modern China." Sun Yat-sen's birthday is a holiday in Taiwan. The anniversary of his death, March 12, is observed as Arbor Day in Taiwan. More...]]>
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 04:59:00 GMT
Contempt is that which putteth an edge upon anger, as much or more than the hurt itself. add2all('quote')Contempt is that which putteth an edge upon anger, as much or more than the hurt itself.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)]]>
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 04:59:00 GMT
fork over the dough add2all('idiom')fork over the dough

To pay, generally unwillingly, a certain amount of money. More...

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 04:59:00 GMT