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Hello!

I have several questions:

1. What does it mean I don't want to go into gritty details?

2. The room was quiet but for the compressor on the freezer cycling down.

3.He's getting off on the risk as much as anything else.

4.The very tought was emotionaly taxing.

5. Husband to his ex-wife: I'm worried about you.

The Ex-wife to her ex-husband: You don't get to do that anymore.

6. organ scale - does this organ refer to body organs?

Thank you very much
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1. What does it mean I don't want to go into gritty details?
It means whoever is speaking doesn't want to go into details that the listener may find troubling, the speaker thinks are unimportant, or both.

2. The room was quiet but for the compressor on the freezer cycling down.
"Cycling down" describes what a machine does as it prepares to shut itself down.


3.He's getting off on the risk as much as anything else.
"To get off on" something means to receive great pleasure from that something. It has a lewd connotation, so you wouldn't say this when speaking politely.


4.The very tought was emotionaly taxing.
taxing = stressful/tiring
emotionally taxing = stressful/tiring on one's mental health



5. Husband to his ex-wife: I'm worried about you.


The Ex-wife to her ex-husband: You don't get to do that anymore.
"You don't get to do that anymore" = "You (are not allowed/no longer have the priviledge) to do that anymore.



6. organ scale - does this organ refer to body organs?

It could, but it could also mean a musical scale played on organ (instrument). I can't tell without more context.
1. What does it mean I don't want to go into gritty details?
It means whoever is speaking doesn't want to go into details that the listener may find troubling, the speaker thinks are unimportant, or both.
'Gritty' is usually used in combination with nitty' as in let's get down to the nitty-gritty. It's an informal expression meaning the very basic details. It's usage is not always negative...some people want to know the nitty-gritty.

2. The room was quiet but for the compressor on the freezer cycling down.
"Cycling down" describes what a machine does as it prepares to shut itself down.
The freezer's compressor will cycle on and off to keep the temperature near the set point. For example if the set point is -10C, then the compressor might turn on at -9.5C and stay on till it goes down to -10.5C where it will turn off. It will turn on again when the temperature rises to -9.5C, and so on. Anyway, when the house is full of people and noisy, you never notice the compressor noise. But when it is very quite, all of sudden you hear the low buzzing sound.
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Thank you very much. |I understand everything except cycling down. If I got it right, it describes the sound of the compressor when it shuts down (stops being heard)?
Danyoo explained it very well: it's the sound a refrigerator at the end of one of its cycles/ at the beginning of one of its cycles. i'm sure you've heard it!
Sorry, Danzoo. I did not read it carefully. Thanks to all of you
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I have one more question regarding number 3. as much as anything else-does it mean not only is he excited about everything else (other sick stuff that he did to his victims)but he is in a same way excited (turned on) by the risk of doing it?

Antonia