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as in: ferment grapes Define
chemically change by a living agent -- much as yeast or bacteria changes sugar to alcohol when making wine
  • …of his congregation with his eye and fatly arguing his points with that particular person, who is understood to be expected to be moved to an occasional grunt, groan, gasp, or other audible expression of inward working, which expression of inward working, being echoed by some elderly lady in the next pew and so communicated like a game of forfeits through a circle of the more fermentable sinners present, serves the purpose of parliamentary cheering and gets Mr. Chadband’s steam up.

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  • We ferment the grapes longer to achieve higher alcohol content.
  • Islam is fermenting Africa

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  • For all this, the court discovers nothing; and as Mrs. Piper and Mrs. Perkins now communicate to the late lodger whose appearance is the signal for a general rally, it is in one continual ferment to discover everything, and more.

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as in: ferment grapes Define
chemically change by a living agent -- much as yeast or bacteria changes sugar to alcohol when making wine
as in: political party in ferment Define
causing or stirring up excited disagreement -- often leading to violence or change or more rarely: a state of excited disagreement
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