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  • As an old-guard mayor, he had the impossible task of trying to maintain the status quo in a town that was changing radically all around him.   (source)
  • This time around, the Klan was not confined to the South but ranged throughout the country; this time, it concerned itself not only with blacks but also with Catholics, Jews, communists, unionists, immigrants, agitators, and other disrupters of the status quo.   (source)
  • But slowly, things returned to status quo: Lindsey had a boyfriend, and Colin had a broken heart and a Theorem to finish.   (source)
    status quo = normal
  • I realized that my best chance was to maintain the status quo as best I could and hope that Miss Alavi could work some miracle before Ellen's treachery touched off a crisis.†   (source)
  • With my old friends mired in status quo, how could I explain my summer enlightenment?†   (source)
  • Living off of beans is proper English, which brings with it the connotation of higher society, accepted standards, and the status quo.†   (source)
  • It came down to what a person actually did, as opposed to who they thought they were, which was why she couldn't stomach the Oriental status quo anymore.†   (source)
  • He's asking questions of the status quo.†   (source)
  • But Justin was never for embracing the status quo.†   (source)
  • Aristide, the first Haitian leader elected in a legitimate democratic process, watches in exile as his divided nation edges toward chaos and Haitian soldiers enforce the status quo with bullets.†   (source)
  • It was a republic, but with no real executive power, only a symbolic head of state, the hereditary Stadholder, William V, Prince of Orange, who was related to the British royal family and personally devoted to the status quo.†   (source)
  • Although the Gray Lady, as the competition was known in some circles, was a great newspaper, it was also the ad-fat voice of the status quo.†   (source)
  • The alternative presses of the 1960s were created to contest the status quo.†   (source)
  • Victor Davis Hanson, a fifth-generation Californian, argues that continuation of the status quo—with virtually open borders, and multiculturalism in the schools—would mean a general breakdown of the old assimilationist model.†   (source)
  • These shells, they don't like the status quo.†   (source)
  • Danger Promotes Status Quo   (source)
  • The status quo and old ways of doing things were being scrutinized with a jaundiced eye.†   (source)
  • Neither cared to disturb the status quo ante.†   (source)
  • While Mr. Boutwell is a much more gentle person than Mr. Connor, they are both segregationists, dedicated to maintenance of the status quo.†   (source)
  • The terrible scene between Sophie and Nathan the night before should have been warning enough to me that our chummy little get-together, with its laughter and its ease and its gentle intimacy, was scarcely true of the status quo as it existed between them.†   (source)
  • He hires and fires, manipulates the board of education, handles a staggering amount of money, and maintains the precarious existence of the status quo.†   (source)
  • And a victory, worse yet, that accomplished nothing but a return to the status quo--like all legal victories: a kind of high-falutin auto mechanics, a perpetual repairing of broken parts, bent fenders, leaky tubes.†   (source)
  • For many years both the Soviet Union and the United States, recognizing this fact, have deployed strategic nuclear weapons with great care, never upsetting the precarious status quo which insured that these weapons would not be used in the absence of some vital challenge.†   (source)
  • But it seemed to them that the high councils in international health often used this analytic tool to rationalize an irrational status quo: mdr treatment was cost-effective in a place like New York, but not in a place like Peru.   (source)
    status quo = existing state of affairs
  • But it didn't follow, as some self-styled radicals said, that good works without revolution only prolonged the status quo, that the only thing projects like Cange really accomplish is the creation of "dependency."   (source)
  • They supported, with small sums and advice, a few public health projects in far-flung places, such as Chiapas in Mexico, and their research branch, dedicated to criticizing the status quo in international health, was assembling a book about the special worldwide vulnerability of impoverished women to AIDS.   (source)
  • Conyers, up at the front of the room, was saying something about the status quo.†   (source)
  • Five weeks since Trey went back to school, and life as a nanny has become the status quo.†   (source)
  • But for many, Vietnam opened the door to questioning the status quo.†   (source)
  • What she's afraid of is living, accepting the status quo.†   (source)
  • On the other hand, it wasn't the status quo for the civilians in her charge.†   (source)
  • All literature, especially poetry and fiction, challenges the status quo.†   (source)
  • Is organized religion too inextricably bound to the status quo to save our nation and the world?†   (source)
  • So often it is an archdefender of the status quo.†   (source)
  • But the status quo does not like liberation.†   (source)
  • Obviously, my novel did not meet the criteria of the status quo.†   (source)
  • This dangerous and misguided attack of the status quo on our creativity continues.†   (source)
  • Your view is a multicultural view of this country, and the status quo doesn't like that.†   (source)
  • When they left, Bernard and I were very excited, but we remained troubled by this plan to "maintain the status quo."†   (source)
  • Well, I think the attorney general and the lawyers would like to maintain the status quo for a few more months, until we can make an arrest of the actual killer.†   (source)
  • It's status quo all the way.†   (source)
  • A group of people who dared to hold religious beliefs different from the status quo found themselves being forced to adopt the policies of the Church of England—and instead, they chose to strike off to an unknown place across the ocean.†   (source)
  • Asked about sanctions, I said the ANC could not yet call for the relaxation of sanctions, because the situation that caused sanctions in the first place—the absence of political rights for blacks—was still the status quo.†   (source)
  • …and historical relationship to the United States and the nations of the Western Hemisphere, in violation of Soviet assurances, and in defiance of American and hemispheric policy--this sudden, clandestine decision to station strategic weapons for the first time outside of Soviet soil--is a deliberately provocative and unjustified change in the status quo which cannot be accepted by this country, if our courage and our commitments are ever to be trusted again by either friend or foe.†   (source)
  • It would be convenient to report that Judge Street was a gum-chewing illiterate ex-Klansman elevated to the judgeship by decadent politicians who wished to preserve the status quo.†   (source)
  • For the mythological hero is the champion not of things become but of things becoming; the dragon to be slain by him is precisely the monster of the status quo: Holdfast, the keeper of the past.†   (source)
  • Your father settled the unfortunate Saxons long ago, however brutally he did it, and when a great many years have passed one ought to be ready to accept a status quo.†   (source)
  • He proposed the impossible, as Harry Williams has remarked: "to conduct the war for the preservation of the status quo which had produced the war."†   (source)
  • Foreign words and expressions such as CUL DE SAC, ANCIEN RÉGIME, DEUS EX MACHINA, MUTATIS MUTANDIS, STATUS QUO, GLEICHSCHALTUNG, WELTANSCHAUUNG, are used to give an air of culture and elegance.†   (source)
  • Man must be ready to say: Yes, since Cain there has been injustice, but we can only set the misery right if we accept a status quo.†   (source)
  • No objection to the status quo.†   (source)
  • Centralization imparts without difficulty an admirable regularity to the routine of business; provides for the details of the social police with sagacity; represses the smallest disorder and the most petty misdemeanors; maintains society in a status quo alike secure from improvement and decline; and perpetuates a drowsy precision in the conduct of affairs, which is hailed by the heads of the administration as a sign of perfect order and public tranquillity: *s in short, it excels more…†   (source)
  • Said he: "As a matter of principle and according to the rule of such cases, the question must then lapse, and the majority, if so narrow, has to submit to sitting down under the status quo.†   (source)
  • I must inform her of my conclusion, that thinking over the terrible position in which she has placed her family, all other solutions will be worse for both sides than an external status quo, and that such I agree to retain, on the strict condition of obedience on her part to my wishes, that is to say, cessation of all intercourse with her lover.†   (source)
  • 'I hate a Roman named Status Quo!' he said to me. 'Stuff your eyes with wonder,' he said, 'live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.'   (source)
    status quo = (a Latin expression meaning) the existing state of affairs
  • Meanwhile /store/ completely displaced /shop/ in the English sense, and it remained for a late flowering of Anglomania, as in the case of /boot/ and /shoe/, to restore, in a measure, the /status quo ante/.†   (source)
  • I think it's her signal that everything is okay, or status quo, and she's just here to deliver an update, not to drop a bomb.   (source)
    status quo = unchanged
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