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  • In Pentagon parlance, it provides "full-spectrum dominance".
  • In Hollywood parlance, "The Box" was over $100 million.
  • The more unusual or bizarre the person was, the more "interesting" they would become in Walter’s parlance.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • In the parlance of lawyers, I could urinate on the wrong part of a commode and if the board of education decided that this was "good and sufficient" reason for dismissal, then the courts would automatically side with them.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • In the parlance of economics, Julien has said to Pari that if she cut off the supply of attention, perhaps the demands for it would cease as well.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • In Jamaican parlance, a store is not a store, it is a "Chinee-shop."
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • * In vulgar parlance the condiments of a repast are called by the American "a relish," substituting the thing for its effect.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • It was a case, in the parlance of thieves and police, of "rail-roading."
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • —PATRON MINETTE CHAPTER I. MINES AND MINERS Human societies all have what is called in theatrical parlance, a third lower floor.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • In Army parlance it was known as single-unit triangulation, and it was highly effective, though slow.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain

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  • It was a two-day show with a parade the first morning, a barbecue at noon, and the first round—go-round, in rodeo parlance—in all events that afternoon.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • When he told us of a man in a pew, of the change in the bride’s manner, of so transparent a device for obtaining a note as the dropping of a bouquet, of her resort to her confidential maid, and of her very significant allusion to claim-jumping—which in miners’ parlance means taking possession of that which another person has a prior claim to—the whole situation became absolutely clear.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • From these chapters only two names survived in common parlance, those of the hunter Nimrud and the tower of Babel; but in the cycle of poems which are collected round the character of Gilgamesh we are carried back into the middle of that age.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • He then turns the conversation to the last issue on his agenda, telling Pelcovits he’s planning to take all his classes satisfactory/no credit, or S/NC, Brown’s parlance for pass/fail.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • In war game parlance, the United States and its allies are always known as Blue Team, and the enemy is always known as Red Team, and JFCOM generated comprehensive portfolios for each team, covering everything they would be expected to know about their own forces and their adversary’s forces.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • This got currency, and the novel prefix serving in familiar parlance readily to distinguish the Indomitable’s Captain from another Vere his senior, a distant relative, an officer of like rank in the navy, it remained permanently attached to the surname.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • The Santa Anita Handicap became, in the parlance of racetrackers, the hundred-grander, or "hunnert-grander."
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • She was waiting for him, in vulgar parlance, to name the day; and so long as he was unprepared to be explicit on this point it seemed a mockery to pretend to talk about matters more abstract.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • The second-eldest child, Buddy, was what is ’known in campus-catalogue parlance as "writer-in-residence" at a girls’ junior college in upper New York State.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • But in scientific parlance the words for this absence of subject-object duality are scarce because scientific minds have shut themselves off from consciousness of this kind of understanding in the assumption of the formal dualistic scientific outlook.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • For the enlightenment of those who are not so intimately acquainted with the minutiae of the municipal abattoir as this morbidminded esthete and embryo philosopher who for all his overweening bumptiousness in things scientific can scarcely distinguish an acid from an alkali prides himself on being, it should perhaps be stated that staggering bob in the vile parlance of our lowerclass licensed victuallers signifies the cookable and eatable flesh of a calf newly dropped from its mother.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • By the word nonlove I do not wish to imply that he took a cynical attitude to the young woman, that, as present-day parlance has it, he looked upon her as a sex object; on the contrary, he was quite fond of her, valued her character and intelligence, and was willing to come to her aid if ever she needed him.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Nicholas, therefore, not being a high-spirited young man according to common parlance, and deeming it a greater degradation to borrow, for the supply of his necessities, from Newman Noggs, than to teach French to the little Kenwigses for five shillings a week, accepted the offer with the alacrity already described, and betook himself to the first floor with all convenient speed.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • In the parlance of economists, such a case is known as an information asymmetry.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • The Doctor again assumed his air of resolution, and, without further parlance, proceeded to do as desired.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • He had been drugged repeatedly, taken up to the moon, in the parlance of those who usually administered such narcotics.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • In engineering parlance, it embodied little "dead load," the static weight of immobile masses of brick and steel.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • But Marse Robert—"master" as rendered in southern parlance—has proven himself a formidable opponent time and again.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • By seventeen, in our senior year, Steve had moved on to a girl who would, in the parlance of high school, "put out."
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • From someone else, for instance Janice, the contact would simply be casual, friendly, just a kind of parlance, formless, easy talk.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • In simpler parlance, his body had grown weary of the war and manifested its protest with a general weakness of the limbs and a constant fever.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • To Franklin fell the unpleasant duty of breaking the news to Ver-gennes, and fortunately so, as in the parlance of diplomacy, it was a "delicate" moment.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • A technical sense has been affixed to the term "appellate," which, in our law parlance, is commonly used in reference to appeals in the course of the civil law.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • By dint of striving after a mode of parlance different from the vulgar, they will arrive at a sort of aristocratic jargon, which is hardly less remote from pure language than is the coarse dialect of the people.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Tully looked at Cesar with disdain and said, "If you’s American, then the dog must a been keep in’ your mama under the porch," which in local parlance questioned the legitimacy of Cesar’s breeding.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • And if ever there were an unfeeling handsome chin that looked as if, for certain, it had never been, in familiar parlance, ’chucked’ by the hand of man, it was the chin curbed up so tight and close by that laced bridle.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • The organization’s final name became "the Section for Special Analysis," the SSA, and in daily parlance, "the Section," to differentiate it from "the Division" or "the Firm," which referred to the Security Police as a whole.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • In the present instance, as we have already hinted, the castle, as Judge Templeton’s dwelling was termed in common parlance, came to be the model, in some one or other of its numerous excellences, for every aspiring edifice within twenty miles of it.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • The elm with its graceful and weeping top, the rich varieties of the maple, most of the noble oaks of the American forest, with the broad-leaved linden known in the parlance of the country as the basswood, mingled their uppermost branches, forming one broad and seemingly interminable carpet of foliage which stretched away towards the setting sun, until it bounded the horizon, by blending with the clouds, as the waves and the sky meet at the base of the vault of heaven.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • "She is not what in common parlance is called a lady," said Angel, unflinchingly, "for she is a cottager’s daughter, as I am proud to say.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • He was, in the parlance of horsemen, "bombproof."
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Or, in Lincoln’s typically folksy parlance: "Let ’cause up easy."
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • If they are brought to idleness too soon after running all-out—in old cowboy parlance, being "rid hard and put away wet"—their major muscle groups can seize up in an agonizing spasm called "tying up."
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Cease all this parlance about hills and dales.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • The old man waved his hand with authority, and led the way without further parlance to the spot he had indicated, followed by the whole of his alarmed companions.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • In the fantastic, ancient, popular parlance, which is vanishing day by day, Patron-Minette signifies the morning, the same as entre chien et loup—between dog and wolf—signifies the evening.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • In spite of this antiquity, the authorities committed the error of confining in the New Building the most troublesome prisoners, of placing there "the hard cases," as they say in prison parlance.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • In sum, Captain Vere had from the beginning deemed Billy Budd to be what in the naval parlance of the time was called a "King’s bargain," that is to say, for His Britannic Majesty’s Navy a capital investment at small outlay or none at all.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • In the current parlance of racial coding and group identity, it’s assumed there’s simply no way a white guy can "get it."
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Another little interesting point, the amours of whores and chummies, to put it in common parlance, reminded him Irish soldiers had as often fought for England as against her, more so, in fact.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
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