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  • We lost the ball and put the onus on the defense again.
  • Is the onus on the public to "understand" art or on the artist to produce work that provokes ideas or emotions?
  • He wasn’t as hard on guys as he was in the past. I think that was part of his plan — to put the onus on guys in the room to take over the team and hold each other accountable.
    Brendan Morrison
  • The community’s graffiti laws place the onus of cleanup on property owners.

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  • The government’s Renewable Obligations Scheme has put an onus on all electricity suppliers to provide some of their energy from green sources as it strives to achieve its 40 per cent renewable energy target for electricity by 2020.
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  • The onus is now on global businesses to conform with the laws of the European Union.
  • Researchers identified a vulnerability in the operating system. The onus to fix it is on Microsoft.
  • Sarbanes-Oxley [the federal financial reporting law] is putting a much greater onus on the board. Ethics becomes very important in the hiring process ... If they end up hiring a CEO to the extent of ’an Enron,’ the board will be held responsible, too.
    Peter Felix
  • He’s made positive assertions — which puts the onus to prove the assertions on him.
  • If asked why you don’t believe in Thor’s hammer, you would probably say something like "Why is the onus on me to justify my nonbelief in Thor, given that there is not the smallest positive reason for belief?"
    Richard Dawkins  -- 03/10/08)

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  • Can the onus of eating healthfully be moved from the public to the food companies?
  • It’s not easy to be a point guard, especially for coach Ryan because he puts so much onus on it and responsibility on it. It’s not just, "Roll the ball out and let’s go."  You’re held accountable for every single thing that happens on the floor.
    Greg Gard
  • "They didn’t have to use the Mortal Sword onus, we would have told the Council the truth, but they used it anyway.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Then on me be the onus of bringing it forward.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • "Look, Isabelle," Simon said, figuring that the onus was on him to start the discussion.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Penalty kicks, especially in youth soccer, were almost always converted, so Anderson had taken to teaching his goalies to relax by reminding themselves that the onus was entirely on the player taking the kick: he was supposed to score, and no one—least of all the keeper’s teammates—expected a stop.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • I think it would be just to say that the onus of proof lies with you.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Under the Sabotage Law, the onus was on the defense to prove the accused innocent.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • He therefore had recourse to his usual receipt of patience, for, though he was not a great adept in Latin, he remembered, and well understood, the advice contained in these words —_Leve fit quod bene fertur onus_ in English: A burden becomes lightest when it is well borne— which he had always in his mouth; and of which, to say the truth, he had often occasion to experience the truth.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Marie was tempted, but the onus of officialdom prohibited the shortcut.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • He left upon her the onus of further speech.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • I suppose I couldn’t convince myself— couldn’t quite believe that they meant to come and visit that destruction onus.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • Now they must either attack the fort and accept the onus of striking the first blow, or face an indefinite and enervating occupation of Sumter by Anderson’s soldiers.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • "Maybe even the light of day, let alone this—" he indicated the single globe stained and bug-fouled from the long summer and which even when clean gave off but little light—"which man had to invent to his need since, relieved of the onus of sweating to live, he is apparently reverting (or evolving) back into a nocturnal animal, would be too much for it, for them.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Isn’t that always what celebrities are wearing when they show up onUs Weekly ’s "What Were They Thinking?" page?
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • Botha wanted the onus of violence to rest on my shoulders and I wanted to reaffirm to the world that we were only responding to the violence done to us.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • I told him I fully supported the guidelines the ANC had adopted in the Harare Declaration of 1989, which put the onus on the government to eliminate the obstacles to negotiations that the state itself had created.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Then on me be the onus of bringing it forward.
    Bronte, Charlotte  --  Jane Eyre
  • …fact remained that the sea was there in all its glory and in the natural course of things somebody or other had to sail on it and fly in the face of providence though it merely went to show how people usually contrived to load that sort of onus on to the other fellow like the hell idea and the lottery and insurance which were run on identically the same lines so that for that very reason if no other lifeboat Sunday was a highly laudable institution to which the public at large, no…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
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