A phrase following a statement that adds emphasis or suggests an option. For example, in Is this a good movie or what? the phrase asks for confirmation or agreement. However, it also may ask for an alternative, as in Is this book a biography or what? In the 1700s it generally asked for a choice among a series of options, and it still has this function, as in In what does John excel? in imagination? in reasoning powers? in mathematics? or what?
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As this list shows, punishments typically run to a short-ish jail sentence and/or a moderately hefty fine.
Winners are solely responsible for any and all federal, state, and local taxes and/or fees that may be incurred.
Winners will be solely responsible for any and all local, state, and federal taxes, and/or fees that may be incurred.
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Coals!what would he do with coals?Toast his cheese with em, and then come back for more.
Ay, murmured the sick woman, relapsing into her former drowsy state, what about her?what aboutI know!
His name was Lefty something-or-other, and he was about the sneakiest stool the department had.
Consequently, while the direction of the what-not-how-now line is definitely fixed, their actual positions remain unestablished.
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