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vis--vis
(French)


Some Girders take it very seriously, of course, and we love it when people want to participate, but the rank is really just a fun way to see how your participation manifests itself vis-a-vis the overall Circle community.
Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
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vis--vis vis-a-vis
Notes:
The literal translation is "face-to-face", and the term is sometimes used with that meaning; e.g., "They sat vis--vis at the table."
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  • Some Girders take it very seriously, of course, and we love it when people want to participate, but the rank is really just a fun way to see how your participation manifests itself vis-a-vis the overall Circle community.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • "Which makes me wonder if the wights have been tinkering with nature," said Millard, "vis--vis the transference of peculiar souls."
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • The water was shockingly cold at first—not a great situation vis-a-vis wearing only boxer shorts—but I got used to the temperature pretty quickly.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • All of a sudden I saw a little girl of thirteen, nicely dressed, dancing with a specialist in that line, with another one vis-a-vis.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment

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  • But as she was dancing the last quadrille with one of the tiresome young men whom she could not refuse, she chanced to be vis-a-vis with Vronsky and Anna.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • The afternoon sunlight still lingered upon the bright lawns and shrubberies, and up and down Bellevue Avenue rolled a double line of victorias, dog-carts, landaus and "vis-a-vis," carrying well-dressed ladies and gentlemen away from the Beaufort garden-party, or homeward from their daily afternoon turn along the Ocean Drive.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • These owners of the two most appreciative throats in the neighbourhood, within the pale of respectability, were now sitting face to face over a three-legged circular table, having an iron rim to keep cups and pots from being accidentally elbowed off; they might have been said to resemble the setting sun and the full moon shining vis-a-vis across the globe.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • This rather stubborn attitude vis--vis the district court was one of the reasons why they had got along so well.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Then she threw off her exigent vis--vis with a polite but clipped parting that she had just learned from Dick, and went over to join him.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Have you any figures readily available as to the percentage that fails, vis-a-vis that which prevails?
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light

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  • She endured my unjust complaints better than I endured what I felt to be the injustice in my situation vis-a-vis all that mob of ghosts.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • He, Naphta, regretted having to disappoint his vis-a-vis, for he found the humanist fear of the very word "illiteracy" merely amusing.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Suppose that President Higinbotham finds as his vis-a-vis an anointed, barebacked Fiji beauty or a Dahomeyite amazon bent upon the extraordinary antics of the cannibal dance, is he to join in and imitate her or risk his head in an effort to restrain her?
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • First, to determine my position vis--vis the shoreline.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • MARIUS’ TWO CHAIRS FORM A VIS-A-VIS Suddenly, the distant and melancholy vibration of a clock shook the panes.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He did not notice the strange smile on the face of his fair VIS-A-VIS, so intent was he on the work of destruction; perhaps, had he done so, the look of relief would have faded from his face.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Moved to address his vis-a-vis, he simulated interest in his book for a moment, and then exclaimed aloud as if involuntarily: "Ha!
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • MARIUS’ TWO CHAIRS FORM A VIS-A-VIS Meanwhile, M. Leblanc had seated himself.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
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Associated words [difficulty]:   vis--vis [8] , chateau [4] , in lieu [4] , dj vu [5] , faux pas [7] , dtente [8] , laissez-faire [8] , tour de force [9]
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