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nickel-and-dime

Definition: (adjective) Of minor importance.
Synonyms:small-time
Usage:He ran his nickel-and-dime operation out of the back of a pickup truck and dreamed of the day when he would own his own storefront. Discuss. Play

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Causative verbs indicate that a person, place, or thing is causing an action or an event to happen. What are some examples of causative verbs? More... Discuss

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Chinese Pottery

One of the oldest and most widespread of the decorative arts, pottery making dates to prehistoric times. Fragments of painted pottery from the Neolithic period have been unearthed in China. Painted human faces, animals, and geometric designs adorn the fine white, red, and black pottery created by these artisans. During the Tang dynasty, the Chinese developed porcelain to withstand the heat generated in parts of their kilns. What techniques have since been used to make fake Chinese ceramics? More... Discuss

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Japanese WWII Soldier Found Hiding in Guam Jungle (1972)

Shoichi Yokoi was a Japanese soldier who went into hiding in the jungles of Guam in 1944 as Allied forces took the island; 28 years later, he was still there. He had hidden in an underground cave, fearing to come out of hiding even after finding leaflets declaring that WWII had ended. In 1972, he was found by hunters and returned to Japan. He was the third-to-last Japanese soldier to surrender after the war, before Hiroo Onoda and Teruo Nakamura. What did Yokoi allegedly say upon his return? More... Discuss

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Hadrian (76 CE)

The nephew of Roman emperor Trajan, Hadrian became emperor when he was adopted and named successor just before Trajan's death, after years of intrigue. After executing his senatorial opponents and abandoning many of Trajan's conquests, he began to travel widely, and many of his accomplishments were related to his visits abroad, including the beginning of construction of Hadrian's Wall. The wall is one of the largest and most significant remains of the Roman occupation of what area? More... Discuss

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A memory is a beautiful thing, it's almost a desire that you miss.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) Discuss

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What do we primarily use the past simple tense for?




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n. the system of philosophy dominant in medieval Europe; based on Aristotle and the Church Fathers
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Jizo Ennichi

Tradition calls for Japanese Buddhists to honor Kshitigarba Jizo on the 24th day of each month with a ritual known as Jizo Ennichi. Kshitigarba Jizo is a Bodhisattva, or "Buddha-to-be." Among Japanese Buddhists, he is known for helping children, women in labor, and the wicked. He is also believed to participate in ushering in the souls of the faithful when they die. His statue is most often found outside temples, where he can guide both the dead and the living. Shrines in his honor are set up along roadsides, since he protects travelers as well. More... Discuss

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up with the crows

Awake, out of bed, and active at a particularly early hour of the morning. Primarily heard in Australia. More... Discuss