• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • 's A contraction for is or (colloquially) for has. "My heart 's subdued."
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  • Kin Hubbard
    “It's pretty hard to be efficient without being obnoxious.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “To know how to hide one's ability is great skill.”
  • M. Wren
    M. Wren
    “Ability is a poor man's wealth.”
  • Helen Rowland
    “Failing to be there when a man wants her is a woman's greatest sin, except to be there when he doesn't want her.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Absurdity. A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion.”
  • Bible
    “A man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. [Luke 12:15]”


A poor man's something - Something or someone that can be compared to something or someone else, but is not as good is a poor man's version; a writer who uses lots of puns but isn't very funny would be a poor man's Oscar Wilde.
Adam's ale - (dated, humorous) water
Adam's apple - The Adam's apple is a bulge in the throat, mostly seen in men.
All in a day's work - If something is all in a day's work, it is nothing special.
All over Hell's half acre - (USA) If you have been all over Hell's half acre, you have been traveling and visiting many more places than originally intended, usually because you were unsuccessful in finding what you were looking for. It can also be used to mean everywhere.
All's fair in love and war - This idiom is used to say that where there is conflict, people can be expected to behave in a more vicious way.
All's well that ends well - If the end result is good, then everything is good.
An Englishman's home is his castle - (UK) This means that what happens in a person's home or private life is their business and should not be subject to outside interference.
As rare as hen's teeth - (USA) Something that is rare as hen's teeth is very rare or non-existent.
At a snail's pace - If something moves at a snail's pace, it moves very slowly.
At arm's length - If something is at arm's length, it is a safe distance waway from you.
At death's door - If someone looks as if they are at death's door, they look seriously unwell and might actually be dying.
At each other's throats - If people are at each other's throats, they are fighting, arguing or competing ruthlessly.
Baker's dozen - A Baker's dozen is 13 rather than 12.
Be on the pig's back - If you're on the pig's back, you're happy / content / in fine form.


In literature:

Oh, I know it's terrible for him; but it's not that that makes me fear, it's something else!
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
It's positively miraculous, too; she's the living picture of a girl of my friend Montague's.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
He's been here to see me on the biggest fool's errand, with the most unusual story which, if it's true, partly concerns yourself.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
There's mighty few drummers stops off here now, but trade's bound to pick up, wid the land boom an' all.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
He married a sister of Bancroft's, and another sister of Bancroft's went down with us.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
She had given up Brodrick's magazine and Brodrick's money for Tanqueray's sake.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
The purser's steward's assistant in the bread and steward's room.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Nevertheless, one would always wish to see one's own son not less bright than one's friend's son.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Misbegotten or not, it's one's own flesh and blood, and that's what I always says.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
The wife's ae dochter and the man's ae cow, the taen's ne'er weel and the tither's ne'er fu'.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Things are awfully slow at Quelch's since Plunger left He's a big pot at Garside, isn't he?
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
Added to Mrs. Farnshaw's personal desire to command her daughter's funds there was the solid fear of her husband's estimate of her failure.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
Why, it's Mademoiselle Lucienne, Therese's friend, who came and stayed in the holidays!
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
But it's Gawd's truth, he held me back so's he could run you his way.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
All the way to the Agent's house he carried out the scout's advice of watchfulness; but for a different reason.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
An' what's Napoleon Bonyparty's gineral's pleasure at Fairacres, the night?
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
Amzi's resentment of Josephine's choice was said to be due to a grilling the banker had received at Waterman's hands on the witness stand.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
One of 'em's leg's a little stiff and the other one's shy an eye.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
Congreve's will was absurd and capricious; but Wycherley's last actions appear to have been prompted by obdurate malignity.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Mary's kiss on my baby's mouth, Christ's little hand on my darling's cheek!
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine

In poetry:

Where tinker's or gypsy's
Brats at play
Made vagrant's game of
Some citizen's way.
"Jackdaw" by Padraic Colum
It's like There's no past like
the present. It's
all over with us.
There are no doors…
"Zero" by Robert Creeley
"It's lions' business
Not women's." - "Children's:
Though disembowelled -
Orpheus still sang!"
"Conversation With A Genius" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
She's poorly still.
I fancy every day she's growing thinner.
I am sure she's wasting steadily.
"Within and Without: Part II: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald
It were my soul's desire
When heaven's gate is won
To find my soul's desire
Clear shining like the sun.
"The Soul's Desire" by Anonymous Irish
Said the Gnostic Skeleton
The Human Form's divine
Said the Moral Majority skeleton
No it's not it's mine
"Ballad Of The Skeletons" by Allen Ginsberg

In news:

PHOENIX – Arizona's secretary of state says Hawaii's verification of President Barack Obama's birth records meets necessary requirements and that the president's name will appear on Arizona's ballot in the fall.
Fisher's Graham Hortin tries to stop Blue Ridge 's Justin Tharp as Blue Ridge s's Jacob Wilcoxon tries to stop Hortin during their prep game at Blue Ridge in Farmer City on Friday, Sept 14, 2012.
INDIANAPOLIS — Glenda Ritz won November's election, but score December's head-to-head match-up in Tony Bennett's favor – and consider it a sign of what's to come.
Madonna 's daughter Lourdes, rebelling against her mother's stringent rules, is plotting to move out of her mother's home and attend New York's Bard College on her own dime, the UK Sun reports.
(that's me) I explained that the trees poop out of their leaves, that you can't see it, that it's everywhere around you And it's what we all breathe You're breathing tree poop right now I'm pretty sure, he's still holding his breath .
When Chad's locked in and he's throwing the ball the way he's capable of, he's as good as anybody in the.
Summer in Jamestown gets even hotter as Chautauqua County's women's flat track roller derby team, the Babes of Wrath, take on Queen's Court of Buffalo's Queen City Roller Girls.
Nepal's Prachanda wants India in on development of Buddha 's birthplace, Nepal's Prachanda wants India to help develop Lumbini, Maoist leader wants India to help develop Buddha 's birthplace.
Here's this year's Poets&Quants ranking of the best MBA programs in the U.S. Top 10 MBA programs in the U.S. Harvard Business School .
Detroit's Miguel Cabrera won the American League's Most Valuable Player award on Thursday after becoming baseball's first Triple Crown winner in 45 years, and San Francisco's Buster Posey was voted the National League honor.
Cabernet Is King It's the primary grape of some of the best wines in the world—France's Château Latour, Italy's Sassicaia, Napa Valley's Dominus Estate—and some of the priciest.
Oklahome Joe's @ Cain 's: Oklahoma Joe's gets cooking at Cain 's Ballroom.
There's what's legal and then there's what's right.
Christina's latest Voice look, Lindsay's possible jail time and Sir Ian McKellen's false alarm: See what Us Weekly's preferred partners are buzzing about in this Wednesday's roundup.
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In science:

S , (vs)s∈S , (ws)s∈S (cid:1) in some W∗–noncommutative probability space, where the joint ∗–moments of (ds)s∈S are as described above, where each vs and each ws is a Haar unitary and where (cid:16){ds | s ∈ S }, (cid:0){v ∗s , vs}(cid:1)s∈S , (cid:0){w∗s , ws}(cid:1)s∈S (cid:17) is free.
Invariant subspaces of Voiculescu's circular operator
Its upcrossings, downcrossings and (site) local time are defined for t ∈ N and x ∈ Z as follows: U (t, x) := #{0 < s ≤ t : S (s) = x, S (s − 1) = x − 1}, D(t, x) := #{0 < s ≤ t : S (s) = x, S (s − 1) = x + 1}, L(t, x) := #{0 < s ≤ t : S (s) = x} = U (t, x) + D(t, x).
No more than three favourite sites for simple random walk
Note that if A/S is as above, and S ′ ⊂ F (V )P On satisfies q(S ′ ) = F (V )P On , then for some 0 6= s′ ∈ S ′ and some A′ /S ′ (1/s′ ), A′/S ′ (1/s′ ) satisfies the same property.
Generic algebras with involution of degree 8m
Toward this end, define m+ (t) = min{Bs : 0 ≤ s ≤ t} , m− (t) = min{B−s : 0 ≤ s ≤ t} T+(a) = inf {s ≥ 0 : Bs − m+ (s) = a} , T−(a) = inf {s ≥ 0 : B−s − m− (s) = a} 0 ≤ η ≤ s± (a)} . s± (a) = inf {s ≥ 0 : m± (T± (a)) = B±s} , M± (a) = sup{B±η : Next, define W± (a) = Bs± (a) .
Aging properties of Sinai's model of random walk in random environment
That is, defining H (s, t) = P(S ≥ s, T ≥ t) − P(S ≥ s)P(T ≥ t), S, T are positive quadrant dependent iff H (s, t) ≥ 0 for all s, t, which is a consequence of S, T being FKG.
An information-theoretic Central Limit Theorem for finitely susceptible FKG systems
B (t, t′ ) and A(t) are defined as B (t, t′ ) = h(x(s, t)− x(s, t′ ))2 i = C (s, t; s, t) + C (s, t′ ; s, t′ ) − 2C (s, t; s, t′) and A(t) = h(x(s, t) − x0 (s))2 i = C (s, t; s, t) − 2φ(s, t; s) + Γ(s, s).
Embedding a Native State into a Random Heteropolymer Model: The Dynamic Approach
Performing an importance sampling transformation on G, ˆG(S ′ |S ) = φα(S ′ )G(S ′ |S )φ−α(S ), we can write ˆG(S ′ |S ) in a factorisable form given by, ˆG(S ′ |S ) = ˆg(S ′ |S ) ˆP (S ′ |S ).
The Lognormal Distribution and Quantum Monte Carlo Data
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Definicin 9 Si existe una funcion univaluada P (s, t) de s ∈ R , 0 ≤ s ≤ 1 y de t ∈ R , 0 ≤ t ≤ 1 continua en los par´ametros t y s , tal que P (s, 0) = A(s) y P (s, 1) = B (s) decimos que se ha deformado a en b y la funci´on P (s, t) se l lama una deformaci´on.
Aproximacion Discreta de la Relatividad General
Then (M , πs , Φs ) is isomorphic to (M , π0 , Φs ) for every s ∈ R as Hamiltonian Poisson U –spaces, i.e., there exists ψs ∈ Diff (M ) for s ∈ R with ψ0 = id, such that for every s ∈ R, 1) πs = ψs ∗π0 ; 2) Φs ◦ ψs = Φ0 .
Thompson's conjecture for real semi-simple Lie groups
If σU is an involutive automorphism on U , and if for each s ∈ R, σM ,s is an anti-Poisson involution for πs compactible with σU and such that σ∗ M ,s ˙ǫs = − ˙ǫs , then ψs can be chosen such that ψs ◦ σM ,0 = σM ,s ◦ ψs for al l s ∈ R.
Thompson's conjecture for real semi-simple Lie groups
These axioms say that (nil , s ) is a final con figuration while neither (a , s ) nor (ϕ?, s ) are. (δ1 | δ2 , s ) is final if either (δ1 , s ) is or (δ2 , s ) is, while (δ1 k δ2 , s ) is final if both (δ1 , s ) and (δ2 , s ) are.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
De finition 3 ( A-Cl (S )) A status set S is deontically closed, if for every ground action α, it is the case that (DC 1) Oα ∈ S implies Pα ∈ S . A status set S is action closed, if for every ground action α, it is the case that (AC 1) Oα ∈ S implies Do α ∈ S , and (AC 2) Do α ∈ S implies Pα ∈ S .
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
De finition 5 (Groundedness; Rational Status Set) A status set S is grounded, if no status set S ′ 6= S exists such that S ′ ⊆ S and S ′ satisfies conditions (S 1)– (S 3) of a feasible status set. A status set S is a rationalstatusset, if S is a feasible status set and S is grounded.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
There is a tube ϕ : G ×H A → U about G · q such that ϕ([e, A]) = S . (ii) S is a slice at q . (iii) The submanifold S satisfies the following properties: (a) The set G · S is an open neighborhood of the orbit G · q and S is closed in G · S . (b) For any s ∈ S we have TsQ = g · s + TsS .
Symmetry breaking for toral actions in simple mechanical systems