Meaning of ACTION in English

ACTION

I. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a libel action/case/trial (= a court case against someone for libel )

a plan of action

Ministers are discussing a plan of action to deal with the crisis.

action point

action replay

an action replay of the week we spent in Jamaica

action stations

Crew, return to action stations!

affirmative action

an action plan

My accountant developed a detailed action plan with specific targets.

appropriate action

I can assure you that appropriate action will be taken.

call for action

The European Parliament have called for action on age discrimination.

capillary action

class action

class-action lawsuits

combined effort/action/operation

Dinner was a combined effort.

concrete action

In order to solve this problem, the government must take concrete action.

corrective action/measures

corrective measures to deal with the country’s serious economic decline

court action (= a court case )

He was threatened with court action.

decisive action

a talent for quick decisive action

decisive action/steps

We will take decisive steps towards political union with Europe.

direct action

Peaceful direct action by pressure groups has a powerful effect on public opinion.

disciplinary action (= things you do to punish someone )

The investigation led to disciplinary action against two officers.

drastic action/measures

NATO threatened drastic action if its terms were not met.

effective action

The police must take effective action to protect the public.

galvanized...into action

The possibility of defeat finally galvanized us into action .

get a piece of the action

And will foreign firms get a piece of the action ?

immediate action

They promise immediate action to help the unemployed.

industrial action

military action

The government has threatened to take military action if the rebels do not withdraw from the area.

no further action

We have decided to take no further action .

perform an action

The children sing and perform the actions to nursery songs.

political action committee

preventive action/measure

While travelling abroad, take preventive measures to avoid illness.

prod...into action

The strike may prod the government into action .

punitive action/measures etc

The agency sent a letter, but took no punitive action.

shocked into action

She was shocked into action by the desperate situation in the orphanages.

spurred...into action

It was an article in the local newspaper which finally spurred him into action .

strike action (= a strike )

Hospital workers have voted in favour of strike action.

urgent action

Urgent action is needed to boost employment.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

affirmative

Indeed, equal opportunity policies, and strategies of affirmative action , can be built into selective assessments.

Immediate business goals will supersede long-term goals for affirmative action .

Poor blacks dislike the Republican attack on welfare; rich blacks resent the Republican criticism of affirmative action .

Last year the court narrowed the scope of affirmative action programs that give minorities preference in such matters as employment and education.

For some individuals, affirmative action may still do more good than harm.

Recent Supreme Court decisions have put limits on the use of affirmative action to assure diversity in student bodies.

Dole also switched his position on affirmative action , saying he wanted to dismantle a program he previously supported.

The increasing hostility to affirmative action has rubbed off on the diversity movement.

appropriate

He also has the responsibility of deciding the appropriate action for changes where rejection would be contentious.

In its extreme form, the domain of appropriate state action is reduced to almost nothing, a perspective usually termed libertarianism.

The Head of Department in consultation with the Dean is responsible for recommending appropriate action in cases of suspected cheating or plagiarism by students.

The Domain of State Action One other way of characterizing the state is to define its appropriate domain of action .

She can avoid punishment by appropriate actions .

The change in signal frequency is identified by the software and appropriate action taken.

And all creatures who hear it in time take their own appropriate , evasive action .

This information could then be used by those controlling the production process to take appropriate corrective action .

corrective

This information could then be used by those controlling the production process to take appropriate corrective action .

Off the gas, gentle steering correction; the vehicle responds admirably to corrective action .

Putting things right, of course, is integral to quality improvement and this is where the corrective action teams come in.

Hence the importance of directing part of the control process to the implementation of appropriate corrective action . 4.

Taking Corrective Action Corrective action should be taken if performance falls short of standards and the analysis indicates that action is required.

The relatively continuous use of standard system outputs to determine the necessity for corrective action .

Monitoring the time and budget of each chunk allows us to identify problems and take corrective action .

decisive

No one else could have done this as well as Lanfranc with his orderly mind and power of decisive action .

Conversely, there might be too little capacity for decisive action in a cabinet system when there is no stable majority.

David Oakenson says that if guilt is proved then decisive action should be taken.

Suddenly Newland Archer felt himself impelled to decisive action .

When will the Government take decisive action and end the hell of a mess in that section of industry?

By streamlining operations, they took the proper, decisive action .

Much stronger pressures and probably more decisive action was necessary in these circumstances.

Scottsdale voters took the most decisive action last May, approving a sales-tax increase to buy land in the McDowell Mountains.

direct

This is demonstrably untrue; the number of direct actions continues in an upwards spiral.

Consequently, nonviolent direct action as a strategy endured.

Before this period, behavior has always been a direct action of the child on objects.

Soon direct action civil rights protesters were busily working with the administration to register voters.

A couple of the more radical organisations have said they respect a diversity of tactics ranging from popular education to direct action .

In terms of dealing with the mistaken image of you, there is not much direct action to take.

disciplinary

They fear that such schemes could lead to disciplinary action against sub-standard teachers and to the beginnings of a merit pay system.

Warnings, disciplinary actions , and firings were commonplace.

Any abuse of the Flexible Working Hours facility can result in its withdrawal, in addition to any disciplinary action which may be taken.

We will take disciplinary action against you screamers.

For the council's works committee is to consider taking disciplinary action against employees who made serious corruption allegations against senior officials.

A lower federal court ruled that, irrespective of the circumstances, such disciplinary action is never permitted without a prior hearing.

We may also consider taking disciplinary action .

Adultery rather than years of abusiveness towards his wife prompted the church board to take disciplinary action against her husband.

further

No further action is planned by them at the moment.

The heat grows rapidly; the fumes no doubt hinder any further action .

On Dec. 10 the Serious Fraud Office confirmed that it would not be taking further action .

His report will be passed to the Area Manager, who will decide whether any further action is to be taken.

Following the new allegations against her a further action was taken.

An action committee over 20 strong was elected at the meeting to decide further action.

The question then is to decide on the basis of observation whether further action is appropriate.

Canopies: These respond well to the spray-wipe technique using a solvent degreaser often without any further action .

immediate

Few in the scientific community would argue that the scientific evidence justifies immediate extremely drastic action .

The message you conveyed to me was clear: immediate action must be taken.

During preceding periods, actions of the child were always dependent on the immediate actions in the environment.

They say they now want their employers to take immediate action .

She said she reported the incident to the company's equal employment opportunity manager, who took no immediate action .

Neil Kinnock Immediate action for national recovery Britain faces a huge task of national reconstruction.

Following an hourlong hearing, a three-member panel of judges took no immediate action on the lawsuit.

industrial

The favoured strategy so far has been to introduce a cooling-off period before industrial action could be taken.

More trade-union sponsored Labour candidates were put forward in the 1929 General Election as unions recognized the failure of industrial action .

But after 1979 levels of industrial action steadily climbed.

There was a threat of industrial action against Mercury's shareholders.

There have been frequent disagreements over the use of industrial action to bolster annual negotiations.

The vendor will be required to warrant that no industrial action has been taken or threatened in the last few years.

Up to 1925, however, industrial action had not appeared to work and threatening postures had not generally been successful against employers.

The council says the withholding of poll tax payments and industrial action by treasury staff have made it difficult to collect money.

legal

Mr Widmer said there seemed little hope of reaching a settlement before Caldaire turned to legal action .

They will threaten legal action for nonpayment.

He will avoid legal action 6.

But of the 28,000 names affected by this scandal, 16,000 are currently taking legal action .

That's where legal expenses insurance helps - it protects against the cost of taking legal action .

Any discussion of legal action must be preceded by a caveat on costs.

I hope that the Minister will take the necessary legal action .

military

In relative terms, Britain was shown to be a middle-ranking power with her ability to take independent military action strictly limited.

Compared with the early brutal and bloody encounters, the military action was relatively swift and effective.

On the one hand military action must be pursued with maximum efficiency, defined by military criteria.

Most of its partisans had focused mainly on military actions , neglecting political efforts necessary to mobilize mass support.

Both organizations demanded his return to power, while not endorsing military action .

Carter ordered the Pentagon to prepare a contingency plan for military action to rescue the hostages.

Earlier, Selby's brother Jon expressed fears that the authorities were planning military action .

Virtually everyone agrees that if there is to be any military action in Bosnia it must be accompanied by a congressional resolution.

political

Pessimism about the possibilities of political action is not justified.

Apart from voting, what political action do you think is most important? 3.

Rather than suffer privately, Mrs Sadoff decided to take political action .

The political action that has been studied most extensively is the act of voting.

That bill, which died, also would have capped the amount political action committees could contribute to candidates.

Chapter 3 will then undertake a similar examination of individual political action and of the activities of groups in the political world.

positive

For the bold punter, a bid above 100p is unlikely without some signs of positive management action to stabilise cash flow.

None the less, no positive action to improve race relations in Washington was taken.

A number of examples of positive action in different countries are noted.

In other states, the school board may have to take some positive action for the teacher to achieve tenure.

Carl is a man of clipped sentences and positive , energetic action .

If we can take positive action to improve communication, then the whole community will benefit.

She loved electricity -- ghost spirits in positive action .

responsible

Given the knowledge it is always possible to hold some one responsible for their actions .

My thought is not your though; you are not responsible for my actions .

The demonstrators were therefore in the wrong and the union could properly be held responsible for their actions .

Rumor: Sometimes no one is responsible for the action .

It would deny that men are responsible for their actions , make evil into a positive force.

They have little or no control over the institutions around them, and are not asked to take their own responsible actions .

She was not responsible for the actions of her male relatives.

In fact, you need the first person when you or your organization is responsible for an action .

tough

Police have now warned of tough action against plans to hold any future rave parties.

Law and order, to take an important example, wins few votes except by the threat of tough actions and crackdowns.

He called for tougher action by police on motorists who illegally park in and around existing bus stops.

Ten consumer groups, along with some veterinarians and meat inspectors, are urging even tougher action .

The basic obstacles to tougher judiciary action are twofold, officials say.

On machines however, a tough rearguard action was fought by the employers.

We want to restore the good image of football. Tough action has cut down football hooliganism.

urgent

At a special meeting with the minister, an all-party delegation from the capital's boroughs will press for urgent action .

Earlier this year Aberconwy Community Health Council called for urgent action to tackle the situation.

Change tack immediately and take urgent action to get some talented protégés into your fast lane.

But the law-abiding people of Dundalk agree urgent action needs to be taken.

Please give this URGENT consideration and action . 3.

After 10 years nothing had happened, so in 1968 the Institute of Trademarks Agents called for urgent action .

Occasionally, severe shocks will rock the system and urgent action will be needed.

Also alleging rape and torture, Amnesty urged the government to take urgent action against the security forces.

■ NOUN

class

The lawsuit later became a class action , representing about 1, 400 current and former black Texaco employees.

A class action can drive you crazy.

Sucharow, which represented some of the investors in the class action .

A settlement is pending in a recent class action suit against Greyhound.

The law also restricts extra payments to shareholders named in class actions .

The bill effectively bars migrants from joining class action suits that challenge practices of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

committee

Students' action committees began coordinating demonstrations and contacting workers' organizations.

As governor, Weld has shunned political action committee contributions.

By forming action committees , names are starting to fight back.

Political action committees can be a huge problem for challengers in federal races.

The bill would also ban political action committee contributions to federal candidates.

His political action committee chipped in to numerous campaigns.

The Clinton campaign does not accept money from political action committees through which teacher unions funnel their contributions.

Unlike a business corporation or labor union, a charity may not sponsor or support a political action committee .

court

The Financial Statement was a voluntary arrangement, which aimed to avoid court action .

The court action continues Burroughs' exclusive hold on the drug through at least 2005.

The Commission said this was insufficient and is considering court action .

It would take another protracted court action and many years of protest before the Front finally wound down.

A bank is taking court action over the former Tory Party chairman's half a million pound overdraft.

And if these applications were not approved then the council could face court action from numerous groups.

Thus an expert's decision obtained after the limitation period will not be enforceable by court action: see Chapter 12.

Two cases have been referred to arbitration, up to six more are the subject of court action .

group

Members of a local action group say this isn't good enough.

Political action groups lay in wait for companies that stumble in their conduct and treatment of multiple stake-holders.

Indeed, action groups have been formed and petitions signed.

Under the Apostolic listing are prison visiting, family contacts, catechism classes, Catholic action groups and Sunday schools.

The parents and their action group had been free to talk to the press.

The action group is likely to recommend crowded roads such as Park Lane and the A1 route into the city.

Find out from your Local Council or recycling action group where your nearest collection points are for glass, metals and paper.

libel

His success in the fraudulent libel action against the Star newspaper undoubtedly frightened off a lot of the media.

Damages Damages in libel actions are difficult to predict.

Absence of legal aid A libel action is the only important civil right for which legal aid is not available.

The New Statesman itself and Scallywag have indicated they will contest the libel actions still pending against them.

The 36-year-old blonde beauty was unable to hide her bitter disappointment at failing to win her libel action against the People.

plan

Mr Dunion praised the charter's sentiments but criticised its lack of a firm action plan .

I proceeded to come up with an affirmative action plan for the company that would work.

Definition of priorities empowers the next stage - an action plan .

Students will work towards fixed targets regarding the above, but will also negotiate individual action plans .

It produced a 13-point action plan to reduce the risk of marine pollution.

The plan is the action plan for a great deal of thinking that has been going on.

Sets out an action plan , with practical advice on managing changing demand at the neighbourhood level.

Saturday you have to convince a partner or boss of the value of an action plan .

strike

Interfax reported on May 13 that the health unions would postpone strike action until Aug. 1.

What is the point of a legal framework if companies can not get a court injunction to stop illegal strike action ?

At the end of October, egged on by rank-and-file demands for an eight-hour day, the Soviet endorsed renewed strike action .

The remaining members will be balloted on strike action within the next few days.

Moreover, strike action could be counterproductive.

Earlier in the dispute, calls for all-out national strike action had been rejected on Jan. 23 by national union leaders.

The cost is more than made up for by the fact that virtually no man-hours are lost through strike action .

By 1914, strike action was running at a rate comparable to that of 1905.

■ VERB

bring

Also, there are clear benefits from bringing proposed actions together in a formal strategic analysis and long-term financial plan.

Individuals may also bring a private civil action against an employer for violations.

This entitled them to bring a patent action against the buyers to enforce the patent.

She brought an assault action against Caan but later dropped the charge.

Only a society in which people feel secure in their peer groups can bring about such mass action from below.

The council is the plaintiff, but it has brought this action to protect the interests of the residents.

You ought to have instructed your attorney to bring an action against the hawker for criminal conversation with your wife.

Bowaters told the plaintiffs and they brought an action against officers of the unions to which the drivers and loaders belonged.

defend

The rent reviewer sought to defend an action for negligence on the basis that he was an arbitrator or quasi-arbitrator.

The book consisted of eighteen chapters; each defended his actions in what purported to be his own words.

Jacob has defended the action , saying she supports the panel but questions the amount of money it spends.

Such an order would prevent the defendants using that information for any purpose of defending an action in the Commercial Court.

Many organisations seemed to have an in-built reluctance to defend their actions or even to provide a constructive and forceful image.

It is further acknowledged that each of the parties shall indemnify me for all reasonable costs of defending such actions and proceedings.

justify

Moreover, there were still jurists prepared to justify such action .

The issues to be decided are contemporary as are the actors with motives or ideas to guide or justify action .

In both instances the general test should be whether there was some reasonable or sufficient evidence to justify the action .

Baer promptly did so, hiding behind a cloud of legalese to justify his action .

Should any relative complain, the doctor may rely upon the directive as justifying his actions .

Highways chiefs say there is no evidence to justify action being taken in Lily Road, Litherland.

I wrote to the Secretary of State, but he has not even begun to justify the Government's action .

If so, ask them how they can justify such action .

require

Achieving environmentally-sustainable mobility must include an expanded role for public transport, and requires many kinds of action .

Taking Corrective Action Corrective action should be taken if performance falls short of standards and the analysis indicates that action is required .

The orders did not require such action to be taken.

Does the bedrock constitutional principle of equal protection for all require affirmative action , merely allow it, or even prohibit it?

Again, advice and assistance may be different with the latter requiring some positive action on behalf of the client.

The children are required to perform these actions as they hear the teacher's instructions.

It does not require any action by the state Legislature.

take

It could never take regulatory action on the basis of a criticism or a complaint alone.

Fujisaki did not take action against any of the civil trial jurors.

This means that if the voluntary sector does not take action , virtually nothing gets done.

It would take another protracted court action and many years of protest before the Front finally wound down.

Unless there's a positive answer, the Profitboss will take positive action to eliminate the non-contributing resource.

The commission allowed their deadline to pass without taking action , which clears the companies to proceed.

A trader knowledgeable of such developments can take appropriate action .

It observed, and noted, and took no action , as the visitor checked its speed with jets of incandescent gas.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a piece of the action

After five years in middle management, I'm ready for a real piece of the action.

A police station, so help me, is a piece of the action.

But the General wanted a piece of the action.

But the real race is to adapt the superbike for road use before rivals grab a piece of the action.

His successors never again ran the town, as he did, but they always had a piece of the action.

It's not only the players who want a piece of the action.

Nation shall speak peace unto nation, and I shall grab a piece of the action.

Or did evil Uncle Humbert destroy it, because under the law he would then get a piece of the action?

Will foreign firms get a piece of the action?

concerted effort/action/attack etc

As part of a concerted effort to reinvigorate residential communities, 2, 000 new houses have sprung up since 1990.

He said the pledge was meaningless unless a concerted effort was made to find legislative time for outstanding recommendations.

However, with a concerted effort, this research could be completed within 2 years.

If we are going to maintain the modern world, then concerted action for the future is urgently needed.

Prompt response to requests would help to ease the pressure as would a concerted effort being made to increase membership.

She has also made a concerted effort to improve her knowledge.

The end of the story, of course, is that the students' concerted efforts around the nation worked.

This change is part of a concerted effort to raise our profile with our international customers.

fight a rearguard action

A rearguard action is being fought against the sale of the land for business development.

With their captain and inspiration, Roy Aitken, suspended, Saints seemed to have come prepared to fight a rearguard action.

legal action/proceedings

But, as Kim Barnes reports, Lexie McConnell's family say it won't stop their legal action for negligence.

He is is now planning legal action to get compensation.

Quiet diplomacy was out; legal action was in.

That's where legal expenses insurance helps - it protects against the cost of taking legal action.

The authorities considered these cases suitable for civil, not criminal, legal proceedings.

The company expected legal action, and it got it.

The Scheme makes no difference to an employee's rights to take legal action, and the Company accepts no liability.

This broadly relates to communications between lawyer and client either in relation to the giving of legal advice or in contemplation of legal proceedings.

missing in action

Discussion covered procedures for avoiding accidental clashes, disclosing the location of mines, and exchanging information about those missing in action.

For investors, the realization that inflation remains missing in action is a positive.

For the past decade, Gabe Kaplan has been missing in action from the entertainment trenches.

Kip was never finally listed as killed or missing in action.

Woodson has been missing in action completely since tearing up his knee in the season opener.

put sth into action/effect/practice

Forest managers have been slow to put the plan into practice.

But he came gradually to see its viability and to contemplate ways of putting it into practice.

But there is a long way to go before he establishes a stable government that can put these qualities into action.

Charles, however, was determined to use the farm at Highgrove as a model to put his ideas into practice.

Guide us to recognise how great are your resources, and inspire us to put your plans into action.

If so, he was about to have an opportunity to put it into practice.

It's time to put his theories into practice and find out the reality.

The next stage is to implement it or put it into action.

The next step is to put them into practice.

reflex action

As the knife entered her she seemed to try to double up, but it was only a reflex action.

By reflex action - a mechanism of the nervous system - the threatened hand is instantly withdrawn and the threatened eye closed.

He caught her arm in mid-air, a deceptively lazy reflex action, his fingers biting into her forearm.

His reflex action was to bend and swing round violently, and I was thrown to the ground.

In a smooth, reflex action honed by years of practice, I say no.

The reflex action at this point is to descend into cynicism.

We then moved close and fired from the hip and shoulder in reflex action shooting.

You develop a reflex action of reaching for the bowl.

spring into action

Bellas and her crew sprang into action.

Faced with such an unprecedented threat, Church leaders sprang into action.

He sprang into action when wife Ann, 26, suddenly went into labour in the middle of the night.

Ten-mile tailbacks blocked roads as bargain hunters sprang into action after three days at home.

The brave granny sprang into action when she heard Kathleen Wallace scream.

The six kids who have organized this trip spring into action.

When a black freshman is threatened with racist graffiti, she is the first to spring into action.

You know, lulling you to sleep before springing into action.

swing into action

All this would have rotted away had the rescue operation not swung into action.

The doctor examined her, found a faint pulse, and immediately swung into action to resuscitate the patient.

The first battalion of boffins will swing into action this August.

The moment the shooting was reported, they swung into action.

The nights really begin to swing into action with regular party nights in the bar.

Throughout the region voluntary agencies like the Red Cross are swinging into action.

When he swings into action on the water, Kerton is one of the fastest men afloat.

Whenever the laws of any state are broken, a duly authorized organization swings into action.

take evasive action

A party of puffins had to take evasive action as they nearly flew into the side of the ship.

He could neither move to attack nor take evasive action.

He says they picked it up on the radar and had to take evasive action.

If the Nations Air crew had been alerted, it might not have had to take evasive action.

Not bad for a graduate in literature and one who normally took evasive action at the sight of a screwdriver.

The alarm call stimulates other nearby blackbirds to take evasive action.

The military experts taught her how to take evasive action and speed away from danger.

When the current recession gripped, they decided to take evasive action.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

an action -adventure movie

Bedell's financial problems do not excuse his actions.

Ben's prompt action probably saved my life.

It's been politics as usual - all talk and no action .

Some senators are urging military action .

Strong action is needed to restore law and order.

the action of the heart

The agency has promised action on the pollution problem for years, but nothing has happened.

The child could not be held responsible for his actions.

The clock's action needs to be adjusted.

the horse's trotting action

The rock had been worn away by the action of the falling water.

There was only one possible course of action - he had to resign.

When the action ended, there were terrible losses on both sides.

You can't be blamed for the actions of your parents.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

But the betting is the central bank will take no action on interest rates at that time.

Eventually we must try to decide whether even these theories are rich enough to govern the actions of our brains and minds.

In bringing this action , we did what we had to do.

It's got a repeating action .

Jansen recounts the battle by describing the action on a pair of screens that the winner gave his daughter.

The manager is master only of his actions, not the outcomes of those actions.

These actions followed a Journal article in August that raised questions about the accuracy of company statements about its business affairs.

II. verb

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a piece of the action

After five years in middle management, I'm ready for a real piece of the action.

A police station, so help me, is a piece of the action.

But the General wanted a piece of the action.

But the real race is to adapt the superbike for road use before rivals grab a piece of the action.

His successors never again ran the town, as he did, but they always had a piece of the action.

It's not only the players who want a piece of the action.

Nation shall speak peace unto nation, and I shall grab a piece of the action.

Or did evil Uncle Humbert destroy it, because under the law he would then get a piece of the action?

Will foreign firms get a piece of the action?

concerted effort/action/attack etc

As part of a concerted effort to reinvigorate residential communities, 2, 000 new houses have sprung up since 1990.

He said the pledge was meaningless unless a concerted effort was made to find legislative time for outstanding recommendations.

However, with a concerted effort, this research could be completed within 2 years.

If we are going to maintain the modern world, then concerted action for the future is urgently needed.

Prompt response to requests would help to ease the pressure as would a concerted effort being made to increase membership.

She has also made a concerted effort to improve her knowledge.

The end of the story, of course, is that the students' concerted efforts around the nation worked.

This change is part of a concerted effort to raise our profile with our international customers.

fight a rearguard action

A rearguard action is being fought against the sale of the land for business development.

With their captain and inspiration, Roy Aitken, suspended, Saints seemed to have come prepared to fight a rearguard action.

legal action/proceedings

But, as Kim Barnes reports, Lexie McConnell's family say it won't stop their legal action for negligence.

He is is now planning legal action to get compensation.

Quiet diplomacy was out; legal action was in.

That's where legal expenses insurance helps - it protects against the cost of taking legal action.

The authorities considered these cases suitable for civil, not criminal, legal proceedings.

The company expected legal action, and it got it.

The Scheme makes no difference to an employee's rights to take legal action, and the Company accepts no liability.

This broadly relates to communications between lawyer and client either in relation to the giving of legal advice or in contemplation of legal proceedings.

missing in action

Discussion covered procedures for avoiding accidental clashes, disclosing the location of mines, and exchanging information about those missing in action.

For investors, the realization that inflation remains missing in action is a positive.

For the past decade, Gabe Kaplan has been missing in action from the entertainment trenches.

Kip was never finally listed as killed or missing in action.

Woodson has been missing in action completely since tearing up his knee in the season opener.

reflex action

As the knife entered her she seemed to try to double up, but it was only a reflex action.

By reflex action - a mechanism of the nervous system - the threatened hand is instantly withdrawn and the threatened eye closed.

He caught her arm in mid-air, a deceptively lazy reflex action, his fingers biting into her forearm.

His reflex action was to bend and swing round violently, and I was thrown to the ground.

In a smooth, reflex action honed by years of practice, I say no.

The reflex action at this point is to descend into cynicism.

We then moved close and fired from the hip and shoulder in reflex action shooting.

You develop a reflex action of reaching for the bowl.

take evasive action

A party of puffins had to take evasive action as they nearly flew into the side of the ship.

He could neither move to attack nor take evasive action.

He says they picked it up on the radar and had to take evasive action.

If the Nations Air crew had been alerted, it might not have had to take evasive action.

Not bad for a graduate in literature and one who normally took evasive action at the sight of a screwdriver.

The alarm call stimulates other nearby blackbirds to take evasive action.

The military experts taught her how to take evasive action and speed away from danger.

When the current recession gripped, they decided to take evasive action.

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