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fisticuffs

Definition: (noun) Fighting with the fists.
Synonyms:boxing, pugilism
Usage:We used to settle our arguments with fisticuffs, but now that we are mature adults, we talk out our differences instead of punching each other. Discuss. Play

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Adverbial Clauses of Contrast

An adverbial clause of contrast describes something that differs from or contrasts with an idea expressed in the main clause. What subordinating conjunctions are commonly used for this type of adverbial clause? More... Discuss

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Orc

Poet and artist William Blake is known for the complex mythology he created in his Prophetic Books. Among the characters that take shape in these writings is Orc, a positive figure symbolizing rebellion, passion, freedom, and revolution. He stands opposed to Urizen, a figure of order and tradition. Through characters such as these Blake analyzes the American and French revolutions, which took place during his lifetime. Orc's life, which ends in rebirth, bears parallels to what religious figures? More... Discuss

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Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II Is Excommunicated (1227)

Prior to being excommunicated the first of several times, Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II had planned to go on a crusade. However, an epidemic waylaid him and a large part of his army, delaying the conquest. As a result, he was excommunicated by Pope Gregory IX. He eventually went on the postponed crusade and became king of Jerusalem. With Italy as the center of his power, Frederick, a religious skeptic, was in frequent conflict with the papacy. Frederick wrote the first book on what subject? More... Discuss

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Gene Autry (1907)

Probably the most successful "singing cowboy" in American film, Autry began performing on the radio during the 1920s in Oklahoma. He moved to Hollywood in the early 30s and went on to star in nearly 100 films, becoming America's top Western star from 1937 to 1943. He usually played a singing hero astride his famous horse, Champion. He wrote and recorded hundreds of songs, including his signature song, "Back in the Saddle Again." What well-known Christmas song was Autry's biggest hit? More... Discuss

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We drink one another's health and spoil our own.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) Discuss

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Which of the following sentences uses a predicative adjective?




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n. abnormally enlarged thyroid gland; can result from under-production or over-production of hormone or from a deficiency of iodine in the diet
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Tura Michele Fair

On St. Michael’s Day in Augsburg, Bavaria, there is an annual fair that attracts visitors from all over Germany. One of the fair's chief attractions is the appearance of figures representing the Archangel Michael and the Devil that are built into the foundation of Perlach Turm, or Tower (called Tura in local dialect). Whenever the tower bell strikes on St. Michael's Day, the Archangel appears and stabs with his pointed spear at the Devil writhing at his feet. For four centuries spectators have gathered around the Tura to watch the symbolic drama reenacted on St. Michael's Day. More... Discuss

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I'd say

In my opinion; it is my estimation that. More... Discuss