attractive nuisance

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n attractive nuisance anything on your premises that might attract children into danger or harm; they should fence it in" "their swimming pool is an attractive nuisance"
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Usage

In literature:

Police took this opportunity to seize the entire board and remove what they considered an attractive nuisance.
"Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling
It was much like the Hibernian's debate, "with sticks," and attracted some attention, though it was generally voted a nuisance.
"Camp-Fire and Cotton-Field" by Thomas W. Knox
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In news:

I am hoping to attract attention to a nuisance affecting the public's use of the library in Purdy.
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In science:

These tail probability approximations can be applied even when nuisance parameters are in the model, and they enhance the attractiveness of the GLR method by easing its use.
Detection of spatial clustering with average likelihood ratio test statistics
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