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modus operandi


His modus operandi is to attack the speaker rather than discuss the ideas.
  an unvarying or habitual method of procedure (often abbreviated as MO as in:  It’s her standard MO.)
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  • His modus operandi is to attack the speaker rather than discuss the ideas.
  • My modus operandi is one of skepticism, to view the claims of religion in the same open-minded way that we would view claims of any other sort.
    Dinesh D’Souza  --  What’s So Great About Christianity
  • Your modus operandi.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Years were to pass, along with much study in Jewish sociology and the reading of books like Goodbye, Columbus and Marjorie Morningstar, before I would learn of the existence of the archetypal Jewish princess, her modus operandi and her significance in the scheme of things.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • She was spinning in crazy circles only because she was trying to survive, and movement was always her modus operandi when things got tough.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • There are enough similarities in the modus operandi to rule out unrelated crimes.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Failing that, if contact was absolutely necessary, a series of thumb jabs to the nerve cluster at the base of the neck would be his chosen modus operandi — quiet as a whisper.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Nothing to it at the time-but it’s possible that the idea of the modus operandi for his next crime occurred to our man then.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • But things were finally starting to look more promising, thanks to Fischer’s growing celebrity and to the efforts of his business partner-cum-office manager, Karen Dickinson, whose organizational skills and levelheadedness compensated for Fischer’s seat-of-the-pants, what-me-worry modus operandi.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Having someone walk me to my car was my modus operandi back then.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Wedding

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  • His modus operandi.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • A brilliant if overdone modus operandi.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Rise, kill, and eat—that’s my modus operandi.
    Phil Robertson  --  Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
  • We "Goliaths" felt confident that we would jump ahead and not look back, which had always been our modus operandi.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • Reform, not punishment, is her modus operandi, and Celia has succeeded in converting many young delinquents into productive revolutionaries.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Modus Operandi
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
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