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Abut against vs Abut on

Abut against something—rest against the end part of something firmly. The posterior extrascapulars also abut anteriorly against this median bone, but without touching each other, so that the commissure does not cross the midline. Abut on something—(of a plot of land, etc.) border on something; lie next to something. Mexico abuts on some of the […]

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Absorbed by vs Absorbed with

Absorbed by something— 1. (of liquids or substances) soaked up by something. The chemical agent, whether it be mustard gas or nerve gas, can be absorbed by the skin. 2. (of people or things) incorporated into something. The surrounding villages have been absorbed by the growing city. Absorbed with something—(also: absorbed in something ) deeply […]

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Absence of mind vs Presence of mind

absence of mind the mental state of preoccupation, which causes one to do smth. without realizing it. Through absence of mind he walked out of the shop and left his purchases on the counter. presence of mind mental alertness which enables one to act quickly in an emergency. With great presence of mind he grabbed […]

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Absence from vs Absence in

absence from being temporarily away from a place. I have no one capable of acting for me in my absence from home. absence in 1. staying temporarily at some place. During my absence in France, I find that new words have been introduced into our parliamentary language. 2. lack or nonexistence in something. For Jane, a […]

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Zero hour vs Zero time

zero hour— 1. (Military) the exact time at which operations are to begin: Zero hour for the bombers to take off was midnight. 2. a crucial moment; critical time: On the day of the championship game, as the zero hour came near, the players grew nervous. zero time—(also: time zero) the time set as a […]

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Your actual vs Yours truly

your actual —(colloquial or humorous) said of the original or genuine person or thing: This ring wasn’t cheap, you know. It’s your actual gold. yours truly— 1. (humorous) me, myself, or I: He never graduated, but his business ability rivaled anyone’s, yours truly included. 2. (formal) written at the end of a letter, followed by […]

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Young tartar vs Young turk

young tartar—(UK rare) a naughty boy; an obstinate person: We all know what a young tartar the Vole is when his sarcastic tongue is working. young turk—(UK) an aggressive person who has modern opinions and tries to change the old ways: They’ve put together a top-notch list of speakers, (which makes me wonder how a […]

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