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Facetious behavior will not be tolerated during sex education class; it's time for all of you to treat these matters like mature adults.
derived from a name
Alexandria, Egypt is an eponym because it is named after Alexander the Great.
overturn a law
As part of the agreement between the labor union and the company, the workers abrogated their right to strike for four years in exchange for better health insurance.
confusing similar words
Whenever I looked glum, my mother would offer to share an amusing "antidote" with me—an endearing malapropism of anecdote that never failed to cheer me up.
World leaders coming to meet Gandhi would expect a towering sage, and often would be surprised by the unprepossessing little man dressed only in a loincloth and shawl.
joy in others' suffering
From his warm apartment window, Stanley reveled in schadenfreude as he laughed at the figures below, huddled together in the arctic chill.
As a child she was quite maladroit, but as an adult, she has become an adept dancer.
Herb has given us no formal statement about his background, but from various hints, I have gleaned that he grew up in difficult circumstances.
Our office manager is peevish, so the rest of us tip-toe around him, hoping not to set off another one of his fits.
Barry's redress for forgetting his wife's birthday two years in a row was surprising her with a trip to Tahiti.
sb's redress for was...
In the 1920s, the World Series was rigged--an ignoble act which baseball took decades to recover from.
In one of the most famous quips about classical music, Mark Twain said: Wagner's music is better than it sounds.
For years, Mark talked up his Ping Pong game, yet when he entered the office tournament, his much vaunted skills suddenly failed him and he lost all three games he played.
spirit of the times
Each decade has its own zeitgeist—the 1990's was a prosperous time in which the promise of the American Dream never seemed more palpable.
officially make known
The President wanted to promulgate the success of the treaty negotiations, but he had to wait until Congress formally approved the agreement.
unable to be calmed
Win or lose, the coach was always implacable, never giving the athletes an easy practice or a break.
be one's duty
The teacher looked down at the student and said, It would behoove you to be in class on time and complete your homework, so that you don't repeat freshman English for a third straight year.
it would behoove u
Whitney is fastidious about her shoes, arranging them on a shelf in a specific order, each pair evenly spaced.
The mayor, despite his avuncular face plastered about the city, was hardly aboveboard - some concluded that it was his ingratiating smile that allowed him to engage in corrupt behavior and get away with it.
For a writer with such quick wit, Jonathan Swift has a rather apposite name.
Students in the U.S. learn to lionize Jefferson, Franklin, and Washington because they are the founding fathers of the nation.
Since the Board just terminated Steve as the CEO, the finance committee's opinion of his marketing plan for next year is now moot.
aggressively urge on
Doug did not want to enter the race, but Jim, through a steady stream of taunts, goaded him into signing up for it.
The lawyer's demands were so unconscionable that rather than pay an exorbitant sum or submit himself to any other inconveniences, the defendant decided to find a new lawyer.
Few novelists over 80 are able to produce anything more than desiccated works--boring shadows of former books.