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premise as in:  the premise of the argument

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  • Her logic is fine except that it assumes a false premise.
    premise = something assumed to be true and upon which other things are based
  • The premise of the message was that Shawn had been reborn, spiritually cleansed.   (source)
  • And where Nina would not hesitate to cut someone off in mid-assertion in order to make a contrary point and then declare the matter decided once and for all, Sofia would listen so attentively and with such a sympathetic smile that her interlocutor, having been given free rein to express his views at considerable length, often found his voice petering out as he began to question his own premises….   (source)
    premises = assumptions upon which ideas are based
  • Though the languages in which it was told varied as widely as the terrain he covered--ranging from Afrikaans to Hindi to Japanese to Welsh--and the details of the story often changed, its basic premise was the same: A solitary man blessed with fear some physical abilities and armed with a curious assemblage of weaponry crossed continents on a mysterious quest that led him to headwear merchants the world over-whether a peddler of knitted caps operating from a tent in a North African…   (source)
    premise = something assumed to be true and upon which other things are based
  • The absolutist approach to fighting drugs proceeds on the premise that experimentation equals addiction.   (source)
    premise = assumption (used to logically build an argument)
  • That is, accepting the premise that Mr. and Mrs. Rogers have successfully got away with murder in their time.   (source)
    premise = something assumed to be true and upon which other things are based
  • Then, friend John, am I to take it that you simply accept fact, and are satisfied to let from premise to conclusion be a blank?   (source)
  • They are both based on the premise that an epidemic can be reversed, can be tipped, by tinkering with the smallest details of the immediate environment.   (source)
    premise = assumption (used to logically build an argument)
  • The whole premise behind sales, or supermarket specials, is that we, as consumers, are very aware of the prices of things and will react accordingly: we buy more in response to lower prices and less in response to higher prices.   (source)
  • I pulled at his sleeve, and we were followed up the sidewalk by a philippic on our family's moral degeneration, the major premise of which was that half the Finches were in the asylum anyway, but if our mother were living we would not have come to such a state.   (source)
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premise as in:  the premise of the story

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  • The premise of the movie is that a band of vampires live in New York and...
    premise = context (underlying situation)
  • The premise of the show is that she awakens with amnesia and doesn't know if she is in the country legally.
  • The premise was not so far removed from the Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland idea of "Let's put on a show," only it was updated for the age of computer graphics, 3-D animation and the construction of what we called "immersive (helmet-based) interactive virtual reality worlds."   (source)
    premise = the underlying situation
  • [Of an early Sesame Street cartoon episode] The problem, at root, is with the premise of the show — the essential joke that Big Bird doesn't want to be known as a big bird. That's the kind of wordplay that a preschooler simply doesn't understand.   (source)
  • The premise of the movie about us is that we spontaneously combust if we don't talk every six hours.   (source)
    premise = something that provides the context for a show
  • The premise is challenging and conceptual, but fascinating.   (source)
    premise = the underlying situation upon which a show was based
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premise as in:  she premised her comments by...

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  • She will premise her remarks by acknowledging the committee's work.
    premise = preface or introduce
  • Everything that she, Baby Kochamma, had done, had been premised on one assumption.†   (source)
  • Little need be premised about Tibby.†   (source)
  • I have already premised that, after having examined the constitution of the township and the county of New England in detail, I should take a general view of the remainder of the Union.†   (source)
  • But apart from temporary aberration, the doctor diagnosed mania, which premised, in his words, to lead to complete insanity in the future.†   (source)
  • And, thirdly, old Arthur premised that the girl was a delicate and beautiful creature, and that he had really a hankering to have her for his wife.†   (source)
  • For it must be premised that while the Major was lying ill at Madras, having made such prodigious haste to go thither, the gallant —th, which had passed many years abroad, which after its return from the West Indies had been baulked of its stay at home by the Waterloo campaign, and had been ordered from Flanders to India, had received orders home; and the Major might have accompanied his comrades, had he chosen to wait for their arrival at Madras.†   (source)
  • The naturalist raised his tablets to the heavens, and disposed himself to read as well as he could, by the dim light they yet shed upon the plain; premising with saying— "Listen, girl, and you shall hear, with what a treasure it has been my happy lot to enrich the pages of natural history!"†   (source)
  • But here be it premised, that owing to the unwearied activity with which of late they have been hunted over all four oceans, the Sperm Whales, instead of almost invariably sailing in small detached companies, as in former times, are now frequently met with in extensive herds, sometimes embracing so great a multitude, that it would almost seem as if numerous nations of them had sworn solemn league and covenant for mutual assistance and protection.†   (source)
  • 'Now,' said Jeremiah; 'premising that I'm not going to stand between you two, will you let me ask (as I have been called in, and made a third) what is all this about?'†   (source)
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  • 'After premising thus much, it would be a work of supererogation to add, that dust and ashes are for ever scattered 'On 'The 'Head 'Of 'WILKINS MICAWBER.'†   (source)
  • Allow me to say that I fully defer to the reasonable character of that inquiry, and proceed to develop it; premising that it is not an object of a pecuniary nature.†   (source)
  • Premising this, I proceed to lay it down as a rule, that one man of discernment is better fitted to analyze and estimate the peculiar qualities adapted to particular offices, than a body of men of equal or perhaps even of superior discernment.†   (source)
  • Having premised thus much, we will now detain those who like our bill of fare no longer from their diet, and shall proceed directly to serve up the first course of our history for their entertainment.†   (source)
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premises as in:  located on the premises

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  • At what time did the officer reach the premises?
  • Whatever it was, Mamer dropped the potato back on the pile and dragged Rudy from his premises.   (source)
    premises = place (land and buildings together)
  • Shortly afterward the mufti went to the woman who owned the school premises and said, "Ziauddin is running a haram school in your building and bringing shame on the mohalla [neighborhood]."   (source)
    premises = property
  • Next to it was another sign which declared that it was a violation of the Texas Penal Code to bring guns, explosives, weapons, drugs, or alcohol onto the premises.   (source)
    premises = property (land and buildings together)
  • I could tell she had repeated those opening lines a thousand times, that she was saying them the exact way she'd heard them coming from the lips of some old woman, who'd heard them from the lips of an even older one, the way they came out like a song, with rhythms that rocked us to and fro till we had left the premises and were, ourselves, on the islands of Charleston looking for rescue.   (source)
    premises = place currently occupied
  • —the policeman was leaving the premises.   (source)
    premises = property (land and buildings together)
  • There was no mention of two suspicious peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on the premises, or a flashlight, or a silver cross on a chain.   (source)
    premises = property
  • An initial search of the hotel's premises proved fruitless, and no one who has been questioned has admitted to seeing him since last night.   (source)
  • Against the fence, in a line, were six chipped-enamel slop jars holding brilliant red geraniums, cared for as tenderly as if they belonged to Miss Maudie Atkinson, had Miss Maudie deigned to permit a geranium on her premises.   (source)
    premises = land
  • Though the people who work there are not on the premises after hours, any sound we make might travel through the walls.   (source)
    premises = property
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  • But it didn't matter much, because they was still on the premises somewheres.   (source)
  • With the customary infirmity of temper that characterizes this unhappy fowl, she appears by the fierceness of her beak and eye, and the general truculency of her attitude, to threaten mischief to the inoffensive community; and especially to warn all citizens careful of their safety against intruding on the premises which she overshadows with her wings.   (source)
  • He refuses to do any copying; he refuses to do any thing; he says he prefers not to; and he refuses to quit the premises.   (source)
  • "Then," I said, "you have been making a miscalculation, and the letter is not upon the premises, as you suppose."   (source)
    premises = place (land and buildings together)
  • Fanny, having been sent into the village on some errand by her aunt Norris, was overtaken by a heavy shower close to the Parsonage; and being descried from one of the windows endeavouring to find shelter under the branches and lingering leaves of an oak just beyond their premises, was forced, though not without some modest reluctance on her part, to come in.   (source)
    premises = property
  • Frau Diller administered this feeling, dishing it out as the only free item from her premises.   (source)
    premises = place (land and buildings together)
  • Will you now do me the favor of leaving the premises?   (source)
    premises = this place (land and building together)
  • And as Nina's governess still had one foot set firmly in the hinterlands, she preferred that her charge remain on the hotel's premises where she was less likely to be corrupted by street lamps and trolley cars.   (source)
    premises = property
  • Miss Frutti said she'd know a Maycomb voice anywhere, and there were no Maycomb voices in that parlor last night— rolling their r's all over her premises, they were.   (source)
  • I think the house and premises may be made comfortable, and given the air of a gentleman's residence, without any very heavy expense, and that must suffice me; and, I hope, may suffice all who care about me.   (source)
    premises = land
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  • Joust was a classic '80s arcade game with a strange premise.†   (source)
  • But an invasion would violate the premise.†   (source)
  • Existence is the premise for everything else.†   (source)
  • The man of the house says they can't stay with them, as the Germans often search the premises.†   (source)
  • He told me he wants to move to smaller premises.†   (source)
  • If I tried, I would be removed from the premises.†   (source)
  • The landlord is supposed to maintain the premises, but he doesn't.†   (source)
  • Tanks had broken into the premises, and a fierce battle was under way there.†   (source)
  • All the book titles suggested the same premise Langdon had just proposed.†   (source)
  • Our records show that Mr. Nesbitt applied for a license to have a gun on the premises in August of 1989.†   (source)
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  • Joe's landlords asked him to vacate the premises at once, not so much because of the fire but because Joe had never paid them any rent.†   (source)
  • Our new premises!†   (source)
  • It's our job to search the premises for these.†   (source)
  • Mrs. Houghton, you'll have to leave the premises.†   (source)
  • She had the impression of being seen off the premises.†   (source)
  • When she looked up later she was in the caretaker's truck, and he, this quiet man who barely ever left the premises, was barreling toward San Francisco International Airport.†   (source)
  • I was just wondering—I just sent a suit out to be dry cleaned, and I wonder if it's still on premises?†   (source)
  • She thought of that, worried about it for a few days, and then wrote a column using that as a premise, to show that politicians who toadied to the Russians in order to keep the peace would inevitably end up subservient to them in everything.†   (source)
  • Pimpernel (with a puff) of the beige and pointy shoes, pushed open the gauze doors to the dank and pickle-smelling premises of Paradise Pickles.†   (source)
  • I remember the plot clearly, or at least the premise, because the main character was a corpse.†   (source)
  • You fight for your friend, to keep him alive, and he fights for you, and everything about the army is built on this simple premise.†   (source)
  • Amy, however, had gone far beyond this basic premise.†   (source)
  • Parents on premises.†   (source)
  • The basic premise of intertextuality is really pretty simple: everything's connected.†   (source)
  • "Is some kind of censorship being exercised on these premises?" he asked.†   (source)
  • There was, as yet, no official temple in Ors—these are all primarily dedicated to Amaat, any other gods on the premises take lesser places, and the head priest of Ikkt had not seen her way clear to demoting her god in its own temple, or identifying Ikkt with Amaat closely enough to add Radchaai rites to her own.†   (source)
  • They had met at an underground concert, more a jam session really, with perhaps fifty or sixty people crammed into the soundproofed premises of a recording studio that specialized increasingly in audio work for television—the local music business being, for reasons of both security and piracy, in rather difficult straits.†   (source)
  • Shooting was immediately halted, and the reckless lad, perhaps seeking an unusual pet for himself, was allowed to leave the premises with the bird.†   (source)
  • A very short time later, I received notice to remove our possessions from the premises.†   (source)
  • This city is a foreigner's premise of efficiency planted on this soil, and it's a very bad idea.†   (source)
  • I've seen him escort screaming troublemakers off the premises, talk police out of arresting a client for jaywalking, talk down a man threatening suicide, give aid to a stabbing victim and calmly tell a certain musician to stop flipping out every time he sees someone smoking cigarettes.†   (source)
  • The throbbing in his legs was more insistent; the next time the clock bonged she would come, but he was almost afraid she would read his thoughts on his face, like the bare premise of a story too gruesome to write.†   (source)
  • Let's start with that premise and see what he has to shoot it down.†   (source)
  • He began by throwing out the rubble his father's men had left and cleaning up his premises, breathing rhythmically to empty his insides of any trace of anger and to purify his spirit.†   (source)
  • But this was a short-lived illusion, for he had reached the stage where he would forget what the written reminders in his pockets meant, search the entire house for the eyeglasses he was wearing, turn the key again after locking the doors, and lose the sense of what he was reading because he forgot the premise of the argument or the relationships among the characters.†   (source)
  • All human beings have brains, that's my major premise.†   (source)
  • Have Burke escorted from the premises and tell Fox I'll speak with him shortly.†   (source)
  • Such a premise forbids the intrusion of the future, or too vivid an exhibition of need.†   (source)
  • It was at a certain stage during this tour of the premises — I was crossing the hall under the impression that the party had gone out to explore the grounds — when I saw that Mrs Wakefield had remained behind and was closely examining the stone arch that frames the doorway into the dining room.†   (source)
  • While convenience store chains have worked hard to reduce the amount of money in the till (at 7-Eleven stores the average robbery results in a loss of about thirty-seven dollars), fast food restaurants often have thousands of dollars on the premises.†   (source)
  • Under its regulations, each racial group could own land, occupy premises, and trade only in its own separate area.†   (source)
  • He saw many young girls but wasn't allowed to take them off the premises, presumably for fear that that they would flee.†   (source)
  • After all, he'd been robbed on their premises.†   (source)
  • I staked out the premises.†   (source)
  • He was turned away every time he wandered into the operating room, or tried to leave the premises, but he didn't seem to mind.†   (source)
  • He hasn't got a single friend on the premises.†   (source)
  • Then Papa's guinea hen wakes up in the juniper branches and sees we got strangers on the premises and goes to barking at them like a dog, and the spell breaks.†   (source)
  • Isabelle looked around anxiously, as if hoping there was someone she could appeal to for help in removing Clary from the premises.†   (source)
  • Ma'am, my name is Steve Turner from the U.S. Marshall's Service and I'm here to evict you from these premises.†   (source)
  • She had no warrant to search the premises and no right to be in the apartment, even if the door was unlocked.†   (source)
  • Once they had completed their task, they would search the premises for intelligence and detain the civilians.†   (source)
  • I can smell you even with Shor on the premises.†   (source)
  • Milkman went into the bathroom, lifted the lid from the toilet tank, and took out the half-pint bottle he kept hidden from Macon, who wouldn't have alcohol on the premises.†   (source)
  • "I cannot allow you on the premises," he said.†   (source)
  • The pledge occurs when the sharp gets the flat to buy into the basic premise of the game.†   (source)
  • And I feel secure with that premise, as well as knowing I will not cause anyone else anguish.†   (source)
  • When we got to the airport and learned our flight back to Miami was delayed five hours, we went to a little restaurant on the premises, and Farmer settled in, opening his computer.†   (source)
  • It's evidently useful to keep a Martinique obeah woman on the premises.'†   (source)
  • Washington agreed with the general outlines of the plan, including, most importantly, the premise that an effective defense of New York City would depend on the defense of Long Island.†   (source)
  • He escorted her firmly off the premises, after he had relieved her of several small (but rather valuable) articles that had somehow fallen inside her umbrella.†   (source)
  • In Phoenix, he found, he would not get kicked out of the skid-row bars around Third and Jefferson; the proprietors were proud to have this particular Indian on the premises.†   (source)
  • The first was that the killers had not remained on the premises.†   (source)
  • It had lasted for two hours, the crowd refusing to vacate the premises.†   (source)
  • Teams of Erasers were starting to report back, since obviously we weren't on the premises.†   (source)
  • Nobody is to leave the premises of course—the native employees I mean.†   (source)
  • If he accepted the other premise that Quality was subjective, he was impaled on the other horn.†   (source)
  • Life's not worth living unless he can win the hearts of the fairest maidens, then hotfoot it off the premises ASAP.†   (source)
  • Puller had earlier gone to her home and put a notice up on the front door declaring that anyone attempting to scavenge anything from the premises would be hunted down by the United States Army and dealt with appropriately and with extreme force if required.†   (source)
  • Check your premises.†   (source)
  • Do not enter premises.†   (source)
  • I implore you to expel him immediately from the premises unless you want to have a riot on your hands.†   (source)
  • False Conclusion Built on False Premise   (source)
  • An experiment it seemed now, whose premise did not hold.†   (source)
  • I did not return the look with equal measure or with any measure of faith in his basic premise that we shared some immensely suggestive linkage of soul and temperament.†   (source)
  • Qassam el-Banna did not enter the premises of his moving enterprise.†   (source)
  • Charley had no answer to my premise.†   (source)
  • They didn't have Plays of Ford, Webster, Tourneur and Wharfinger on the premises, but did take her check for $12.50, gave her the address of their warehouse in Oakland and a receipt to show the people there.†   (source)
  • DYSART: And someone sleeps on the premises?†   (source)
  • Perhaps, given your other premises.†   (source)
  • But he had no evidence that Nathan was on the premises and he hesitated to call Larry when it might be a false alarm.†   (source)
  • Moira and Dwight walked down the little drive to see the doctor and his wife safely off the premises.†   (source)
  • But granting the innate imperfection of the species, some cultural premises are better than others.†   (source)
  • So would Harker kindly remove his dirty feet from the premises before he sicked the dog on him.†   (source)
  • The premises were now divided into three.†   (source)
  • Liquor buried twenty feet from the premises, and no trouble yet.†   (source)
  • They all went out in the daylight and crowded round Peter as he read out the following words: The former occupant of these premises, the Faun Tumnus, is under arrest and awaiting his trial on a charge of High Treason against her Imperial Majesty Jadis, Queen of Narnia, Chatelaine of Cair Paravel, Empress of the Lone Islands, etc., also of comforting her said Majesty's enemies, harboring spies and fraternizing with Humans.†   (source)
  • There is a hired man who helps on the farm, but he doesn't live on the premises.†   (source)
  • Mr. Trenton would like you to go right on inside and look around if the premises appear deserted.†   (source)
  • They would like permission to search the premises, which means we have to vote.†   (source)
  • The purpose of our search would be to locate and remove any of the Divergent from the premises.†   (source)
  • Although you do see that if Dr. DuPont's premise is accepted, Grace Marks is exonerated.†   (source)
  • But we'll provide you with excellent living quarters here on the premises.†   (source)
  • We're going to search the premises—it's an order, see, an order.†   (source)
  • Imagine what could happen if there were another spying yardboy like Prieto on the premises.†   (source)
  • You're going to need all the ingredients and materials — and premises too, I suppose...†   (source)
  • Paul had told her they were considering an auction at the Lubeck premises.†   (source)
  • So, do I have to call the police, or will you leave the premises of your own free will?†   (source)
  • I would be most pleased to show you over the premises myself, and to explain our methods to you.†   (source)
  • Can you please persuade your wife to leave the premises immediately?†   (source)
  • Swedish democracy is based on a single premise: the Right to Free Speech (RFS).†   (source)
  • I wondered if Mattie lived on the premises, maybe upstairs.†   (source)
  • Marco Angelini remained on the premises.†   (source)
  • He did not appreciate a woman being on the premises, I can tell you that.†   (source)
  • The premise: the assassination of the Governor.†   (source)
  • I informed Lou Ann that, thank you very much, my sinuses had just about vacated the premises.†   (source)
  • Just take that question back with you, as the last premise left for you to check.†   (source)
  • "That was the premise, yes," agreed Conklin, nodding.†   (source)
  • We suspect a break-in and are entering the premises.†   (source)
  • And if you keep it on the premises, you have a situation where the rats talking to the customers.†   (source)
  • That is my minor premise, controversial though it may be.†   (source)
  • I had no other choice, but 1 figured it was unlikely that premise would hold up.†   (source)
  • If he accepted the premise that Quality was objective, he was impaled on one horn of the dilemma.†   (source)
  • He may be legit, but he's also been frightened and not by the premises.†   (source)
  • Yes, I was there, somewhere on the premises, in any case.†   (source)
  • They've left the premises and are sequestered at the airport.†   (source)
  • Then she saw the answer; she saw the secret premise behind their words.†   (source)
  • And if my major and minor premises are so, sir, what is your conclusion?†   (source)
  • Sorry, hon, Mrs Staples is off-premises with no instructions.†   (source)
  • All their calculations rested on the premise that I wanted to make money.†   (source)
  • I want to see every dog on the premises.†   (source)
  • The Wet Nurse asked him at the mills, "Mr. Rearden, what's a moral premise?†   (source)
  • Also equipment for him to verify its contents on the premises.†   (source)
  • The only realm opposed to reality is the realm and premise of death.†   (source)
  • The pages where he writes about his converter-you can see what premise he's speaking from.†   (source)
  • It is not your particular policy that I challenge, but your moral premise.†   (source)
  • To the extent to which he is irrational, the premise directing his actions is death.†   (source)
  • The thing that makes you sure is a moral premise.†   (source)
  • To the extent to which a man is rational, life is the premise directing his actions.†   (source)
  • The man who gave me the cigarette said that in such a case one must check one's premises.†   (source)
  • What he now felt was a violent impulse to order his mother off the premises.†   (source)
  • Whenever you think that you are facing a contradiction, check your premises.†   (source)
  • d once been the premises of a fashionable tailor.†   (source)
  • On Ministry of Magic premises.†   (source)
  • The CIA's forensics team had not yet arrived, and the agent who had stayed behind was still off searching the premises.†   (source)
  • He claimed to have witnessed the incident with his own eyes, and I remember how upset he became one morning when Mitchell Sanders challenged him on its basic premise.†   (source)
  • They wanted to dispute the central premise of my report, the part in which I insisted Marley was the world's worst-behaved animal.†   (source)
  • I could not tell whether it was attached by a thread, but it followed him up to the cash register, and when he left the premises he appeared to hold the door open for it.†   (source)
  • Well, he would have wanted to look over the premises and have a stroll around the grounds, now that he'd effectively inherited them.†   (source)
  • Langdon was having trouble buying Teabing's premise that the Church would blatantly murder people to obtain these documents.†   (source)
  • Our premises are secured by our custom 24-hour manned security command center and feature the latest technology in smoke and fire detection.†   (source)
  • We're on the premises of what was formerly a plantation, so the house is surrounded by lovely groves of orange trees and coconut palms.†   (source)
  • Given that premise, whether it's hard drives, optical disks, or integrated circuit storage, we could recover the vast majority of the data.†   (source)
  • If I first establish that "all living creatures are mortal" (first premise), and then establish that "Hermes is a living creature" (second premise), I can then elegantly conclude that "Hermes is mortal."†   (source)
  • So despite the early rumblings of discontent on the premises of Paradise Pickles, Chacko, in rehearsal for the Revolution, continued to play Comrade!†   (source)
  • ...I'm sorry I've bin — yeh know — I've jus' bin worried about Aragog ...an I did wonder whether, if Professor Grubbly-Plank had bin teachin' yeh —" At which all three of them stated categorically and untruthfully that Professor Grubbly-Plank, who had substituted for Hagrid a few times, was a dreadful teacher, with the result that by the time Hagrid waved them off the premises at dusk, he looked quite cheerful.†   (source)
  • The BBC producers loved Teabing's hot premise, his research, and his credentials, but they had concerns that the concept was so shocking and hard to swallow that the network might end up tarnishing its reputation for quality journalism.†   (source)
  • The thief, his brother, and the brother's mother-in-law—owner of the premises—were in custody pending bail; if convicted on all charges, they faced combined sentences of up to twenty years.†   (source)
  • But I'm sure she won't, I mean, if it's really true they've got premises in Diagon Alley, they must have been planning this for ages.'†   (source)
  • You start by building a broad foundation, strong enough to support your premise, then work your way up toward the pinnacle.†   (source)
  • They were the incorporation documents for "The Hamilton-Turner Museum Foundation," which was described as "a nonprofit corporation whose purpose will be to restore the interior of the Hamilton-Turner House through proceeds generated by a private, not-for-profit tour business on the premises—Joseph A. Odom, president."†   (source)
  • She thought that he ought to be grateful that he was allowed on the factory premises at all, and allowed to touch things that Touchables touched.†   (source)
  • 'Yeah, but that's another thing, how did they get premises?' said Ron, hitting his teacup so hard with his wand that its legs collapsed again and it lay twitching before him.†   (source)
  • That prevented the laborers from coming to work, and left vast quantities of mangoes, bananas, pineapple, garlic and ginger rotting slowly on the premises of Paradise Pickles.†   (source)
  • With both parents on the premises, the buyer could see firsthand the lineage—although in our case, the father apparently was outside and out of pocket.†   (source)
  • I had set foot on the premises only three times in seven years—always with dread, and then never venturing upstairs to the locker itself but only executing a quick duck in the lobby to pay the rent, in cash: two years' rent at a time, the maximum allowed by state law.†   (source)
  • When the program aired in Britain, despite its ensemble cast and well-documented evidence, the premise rubbed so hard against the grain of popular Christian thought that it instantly confronted a firestorm of hostility.†   (source)
  • 'Well, we haven't had a chance to get premises yet,' said Fred, dropping his voice even lower as Mrs Weasley mopped her brow with her scarf before returning to the attack, 'so we're running it as a mail-order service at the moment.†   (source)
  • To my taste, the authors made some dubious leaps of faith in their analysis, but their fundamental premise is sound, and to their credit, they finally brought the idea of Christ's bloodline into the mainstream.†   (source)
  • Distant skyblue carsounds (past the bus stop, past the school, past the yellow church and up the bumpy red road through the rubber trees) sent a murmur through the dim, sooty premises of Paradise Pickles.†   (source)
  • It seemed she had crept out of the hospital wing during dinnertime, evidently hoping to depart undetected, but unfortunately for her, she met Peeves on the way, who seized his last chance to do as Fred had instructed, and chased her gleefully from the premises whacking her alternately with a walking stick and a sock full of chalk.†   (source)
  • For a moment, Fache considered radioing the guards in the entresol and telling them to stop Sophie and drag her back up here before she could leave the premises.†   (source)
  • "Listen," Vernet said, "Jacques was a friend, and my bank does not need this kind of press, so for those two reasons, I have no intention of allowing this arrest to be made on my premises.†   (source)
  • I've already talked to the folks there, and they said that they'd be happy to let us use the premises.†   (source)
  • After that, I'll perform a brain perfusion scan to fully confirm brain death, and we'll remove the body from the premises.†   (source)
  • Wasn't that basically the premise?†   (source)
  • Until you are given a full tour of the grounds and premises, I ask that you stick only to those rooms and areas that I designate.†   (source)
  • Then Mami had to meet Tio Vic in the middle of the night with the gun hidden under her raincoat so it wouldn't be on the premises in case the police came.†   (source)
  • A lifetime later, Adams would vividly describe Otis as he had been in his surpassing moment, in the winter of 1761, in argument against writs of assistance, search warrants that permitted customs offi-cers to enter and search any premises whenever they wished.†   (source)
  • Once you accepted a single premise of his, something he had said to her several times: "Man was born to hunt...women."†   (source)
  • Nor here on the premises!†   (source)
  • The premise of apartheid was that whites were superior to Africans, Coloureds, and Indians, and the function of it was to entrench white supremacy forever.†   (source)
  • The conference center's windows were blacked out, its shut doors sealed with double locks, its premises cordoned off with barbed wire and the constant presence of armed MP's.†   (source)
  • The premise of their affair, or the basis of their comedy, was that they were two independent people, who needed each other for a time, who would always be friends, but who, probably, would not always be lovers.†   (source)
  • When an unarmed man wearing a shalwar kameez appeared in a doorway, a contingent of SEALs stopped to speak to him and search the premises.†   (source)
  • By his calculation, the thirty-three staff could coordinate to conduct a thorough search of premises-every closet, armoire, storage room, steamer trunkwithin an hour to an hour and a half.†   (source)
  • Once settled in as a small-time bootlegger in the colored section of a town, she had only occasional police or sheriff problems, for she allowed none of the activities that often accompanied wine houses—women, gambling—and she more often than not refused to let her customers drink what they bought from her on the premises.†   (source)
  • The cafe was situated roughly in the center of the wide alley, its premises once a nineteenth-century office building.†   (source)
  • My premise was never one of being a victim or exposing a dark secret for sympathy, but one of resilience.†   (source)
  • I now refer to a time only a few weeks after Mr Farraday had himself arrived at the house, a time when his enthusiasm for his acquisition was at a height; consequently, much of the Wakefields' visit was taken up with my employer leading them on what might have seemed to some an unnecessarily extensive tour of the premises, including all the dust-sheeted areas.†   (source)
  • He detailed an officer to guard the premises, but told him to sit still on a chair so he would not leave any fingerprints.†   (source)
  • The club leader was Carl-Magnus "Magge" Lundin, who was pictured in Aftonbladet when the police raided the premises in 2001.†   (source)
  • Just a bunch of old women," added Mrs. Hartman's cousin, Postmistress Clare, who happened to be on the premises.†   (source)
  • I locked Charley in Rocinante's house after giving the attendant a tour of the premises, a drink of whisky, and a dollar.†   (source)
  • It was a small island, so it was understandable she might encounter other guests of the hotel far from its premises.†   (source)
  • Repeat, do not enter premises.†   (source)
  • One of the premises of the abstinence-only campaign had been that Africa's AIDS problem was a consequence of promiscuity, but that may not have been true, particularly for African women.†   (source)
  • I had zero tolerance for the assistant at the nurses' station at Kaiser Hospital, in the heart of San Francisco, who stood in front of Alice Turnbough and me as if we were invisible, while refusing to say if Stephen Pelzer was indeed on that particular floor, let alone admitted to the premises.†   (source)
  • Half the time the air conditioner didn't work at all, and all the time the fumes made everyone's eyes water so furiously that contact lenses could not be worn on the premises.†   (source)
  • Let's examine, he said, what follows from the premise that anything not composed of mass...energy is unreal or unimportant.†   (source)
  • An email to the manager on duty stated that if Hedström came back to the building he could be escorted to his desk to remove personal effects and then escorted from the premises.†   (source)
  • If that was the case, the premises would be guarded, and a man whose photograph had been distributed to those guards would be shot the instant he was recognized.†   (source)
  • Perry agreed, and they broke into the deserted premises and removed a quantity of office equipment (typewriters, adding machines).†   (source)
  • And also because my brother Matt—it was Matt's endless premise, his song of songs, that our old man Jimmy was living somewhere in southern California under the usual assumed name.†   (source)
  • And no matter how well-guarded the premises, sooner or later they'll snatch a trash can and make off with it.†   (source)
  • Socrates, that ancient enemy of rhetorical argument, would have sent Phaedrus flying for this one, saying, "Yes, I accept your premise that I'm incompetent on the matter of Quality.†   (source)
  • The hurry-scurry, the angry hum of recent weeks had departed; a quivering stillness now permeated the premises.†   (source)
  • If one accepts the premise that all knowledge comes to us through our senses, Hume says, then one must logically conclude that both "Nature" and "Nature's laws" are creations of our own imagination.†   (source)
  • Intrinsic to the elaborate lobby is a defiance aimed at a government that would permit so many shabby citizens to invade the premises.†   (source)
  • Actually, their tour, of the Fontaine bleau's gaudy premises went unnoticed, amid the men striding about in Bermuda shorts of candy-striped raw silk, and the women wearing bathing suits and mink simultaneously.†   (source)
  • It's one of those jokes that reverberates for ten or twenty seconds, bouncing around the premises, one meaning echoing into another, and it's only a matter now of signing on the line.†   (source)
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