I. adjective

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a classic/perfect/prime example (= very typical )

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This is a classic example of how not to run a business.

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The pot is a perfect example of the Marine Style.

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This is a prime example of government incompetence.

a prime number (= a number such as 13 that can be divided only by itself and 1 )

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After 7, what is the next prime number?

a prime target (= the most suitable or most likely to be chosen )

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Sporting events could become a prime target for terrorists.

Prime Minister

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the British Prime Minister

prime mover

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He was a prime mover in the bid to get better pay for West Indian cricketers.

prime number

prime rate

prime time

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a prime time entertainment programme

the primary/prime objective (= the main one )

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The primary objective of training is to improve performance.

the prime rate (= the lowest rate of interest at which companies can borrow money from a bank )

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The amount above the prime rate is determined by the bank’s assessment of the risk involved in making the loan.

the prime/chief/main suspect

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She didn’t realise he was the prime suspect in a murder case.

the prime/primary motive (= the main motive )

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Concern was her prime motive in visiting Mrs Green.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ NOUN

candidate

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Another prime candidate for nostalgia this Christmas is Otis Redding.

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San Francisco-based Bechtel is one of five companies in a consortium that is considered the prime candidate to build the 68-mile railroad.

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We would have thought this was a prime candidate for disclosure.

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Vinyl and aluminum siding are prime candidates to take flight in a high wind.

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In this area there is a surprising lack of desktop publishing software as it is obviously a prime candidate .

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This young woman seems a prime candidate .

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Joseph was a prime candidate for deportation.

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All prime candidates , a few hundred years ago, for the Witchfinder General.

cause

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It remains a prime cause of inflation.

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The prime cause , they believe, was a succession of dry summers in the mid-1970s.

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Indeed, it is arguable that the different speeds of financial liberalisation are a prime cause of world trade and savings imbalances.

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Nevertheless, the craftsmanship revealed - whether the harmony is a casual result or a prime cause -; is remarkable.

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Britain has a political problem - and it is a prime cause of its economic problems.

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Poor ventilation and damp will almost certainly be the prime causes .

concern

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Opposing forces were in precarious balance, and resolving their tug-of-war was his prime concern .

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Compare that with London or Paris, whose well-being is a prime concern of national governments.

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Reform of workhouse infirmaries was one of her prime concerns .

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Thirdly, the main decisions are taken by commercial interests which depend upon shareholders whose prime concern is to make money.

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Money, Suggs readily admits, was a prime concern .

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Individuals and their relationship to the social world were also the prime concern of Thomas.

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The college should have as its prime concern the nurture of ethics and integrity; they are the core of any professions.

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For their prime concern is conserving and showing plants.

example

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The prime example discussed by Stepp and Michalski involved classifying simple pictures of goods trains.

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Jimmy Buffett and Steve Winwood are prime examples .

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Sherlock Holmes is the prime example .

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A prime example is the Rio Vista West project.

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Eighteen-year-old Linda Charley is a prime example .

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The lycee was a prime example of old-fashioned fluency-last pedagogy.

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He was a prime example of self-disparagement.

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Some of it is merely popular or a prime example of a genre.

importance

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The key to any understanding of the prime importance of the Soviet press is contained in Lenin's remarks on its function.

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These classic instances reveal above all the prime importance of communications.

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To no other group of soldiers functioning in this period was leadership a factor of such prime importance .

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The marriage is still of prime importance .

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But no one ever mentions two things which seem to me of prime importance in the whole relationship saga.

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He thought compatibility and interests which could be shared and understood were of prime importance .

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Here, reliability of quality and delivery is of prime importance because the producer works on minimal stock-holding of raw materials.

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The care of the environment is of prime importance to our business and is the responsibility of all employees.

minister

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Lord Home, the last Etonian prime minister , disliked politics because it interfered with his sport.

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On Grey's becoming prime minister in 1831, Creevey got the post of treasurer of the ordnance at £1,200 a year.

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Kiichi Miyazawa, the prime minister , used to work in the finance ministry, which oversees the tax office.

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Ramsay MacDonald, soon to be the first Labour prime minister , was one of its graduates.

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Valtr Komarek Valtr Komarek, aged 59, is a deputy prime minister .

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Labour's policies may change, the prime minister says, but the values that underpin them remain eternal.

mover

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In 455 the Goths were to be the prime movers in his elevation to imperial office.

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I congratulate you, prime mover !

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The other prime mover was that the slump is now in its dying throes.

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Since Public Opinion is supposed to be the prime mover in democracies, one might reasonably expect to find a vast literature.

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Nor was he thinking about who really was the prime mover , for he thought he knew that already.

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The press had become a prime mover in determining government policy and influencing public opinion.

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Whoever they were, Ulf and Eglaf are unlikely to have been the prime movers in the attack on Cnut.

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The prime mover was George Dodson.

objective

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This instituted a partnership between central and local government with both having as a prime objective the promotion of the education service.

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So more and more families moved to the suburbs, with better schools their prime objective .

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Ability in the techniques of good management should be a prime objective of all surveyors.

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Your prime objective should assist you in coming to terms with the most limiting aspect of verbal presentations.

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Their prime objective was to learn, and it was easy to create a fun learning environment.

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This was the prime objective and the closing of the card catalogue was a consequence.

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The prime objective was to keep plateau production going for as long as possible through increased recovery and satellites.

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Nevertheless, the prime objective of forest management remains that of timber production.

purpose

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It may have implications for social policy, but this is not the prime purpose .

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The prime purpose might be to make money or to achieve a measure of self-sufficiency.

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He said the bank's prime purpose was to protect depositors.

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The prime purpose of John's nasal operation was remedial, now that he knew he wanted to make his career in ballet.

rate

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Banks are now cutting their prime rates .

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Today, the prime rate is 2. 83 percentage points higher than the yield on a 10-year government note.

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At the time of writing, the prime rate is 8 percent and the rate of inflation is under 4 percent.

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That includes containing increases in corporate lending rates like the long-term prime rate.

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The long-term prime rate had been at a record low 2. 6 percent since early December.

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The interest rate may be fixed, or it may float with the prime rate.

reason

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Certainly, one of the prime reasons for powerlessness is lack of obedience.

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It should not be the sole or prime reason or determinant of a decision.

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There are three prime reasons why they are so important.

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Again, one prime reason for developing cloning technology is to address these issues.

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Again, this should not be the prime reason for having it in our services.

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National service remained the prime reason for coalition.

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The prime reason for this inequality is the geographical distribution of economic power.

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That of course had not been his prime reason for going to Rhodes.

responsibility

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His prime responsibility is the security of our prince.

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Which organization will accept prime responsibility for the performance of the proposed facilities to specifications?

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Again this is not her prime responsibility and preparation for teaching may be limited.

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The Communist Party's paralysis is one factor, but the prime responsibility lies with Labour's manic political caution.

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One prime responsibility of all states is the conduct of foreign policy.

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If speculators do attack, the governors stress that the prime responsibility for protecting a currency should lie with the government concerned.

site

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This prime site is adjacent to the dual carriageway at the main entrance to the port.

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M40 has eliminated a species of butterfly! 15% Shropshire prime site loss - Development Planning control.

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Such factors of course make Northern Ireland a prime site for locating computer operations which can be done discreetly with no eyeballing required.

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Fossil reefs are one of the prime sites to look for fossils of many different kinds besides the corals themselves.

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In explorations of the texture of racist discourses in recent years, the inner city has been a prime site for investigation.

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A male that has a string of prime sites and well-made nests attracts the most females.

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This prime site in the heart of the capital used to be a parking lot.

source

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Efficiency in competition is thus a prime source of selection and occurs in many aspects of social life.

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The third chapter is concerned with the prime source of information on the Earth: rocks and minerals.

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A prime source of violence resides in the elitist educational strategies that are firmly rooted in the school ethos.

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Noble landownership, the prime source of peasant resentment, was far from fading peacefully away.

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For others, the arts and beauty are their prime source of pleasure and happiness.

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Thus Blacks became a prime source of hostility for white unionists who set about erecting discriminatory barriers.

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At the receiving end of refugees from the Middle Volga, Rostov-on-Don was the prime source of cholera outbreaks.

suspect

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It was only later that smoking was seen to be the prime suspect .

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He's looking more and more like the prime suspect in a lengthening string of murders.

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The prime suspect was Vic, though how would he know Mungo was in here?

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Having met him, Dexter was convinced Lancaster was their prime suspect .

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The prime suspect is a man in his 20s, who wears blue overalls and a red baseball cap.

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Mr Pacey's new team has 500 prime suspects in its sights.

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Only interviews with the prime suspects could enlighten us now but, instead, they served to confuse still further.

target

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The prime target market, then, is seen to be pre-retirement.

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Although nationally distributed boxes do not change fronts often, the regional ones do, making them a prime target for collectors.

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It was clear the police were looking for reporters, that they were prime targets .

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The law and order section is a prime target for every kind of scam.

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They are, therefore, a prime target for advertisers trying to reach an affluent market.

time

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So why don't you both get off prime time telly immediately and make way for the new generation?

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Under no circumstances, however, should the Dole campaign let Buchanan speak during prime time at the Republican Convention.

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What a sweet deal that is-the stars get to look caring in exchange for prime time product placement.

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Blimey, the schedules must be crammed with quality home-grown shows to keep such a peach out of prime time .

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The concluding town hall meeting will be broadcast in prime time .

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The really interesting question is what will take its place in this vital prime time slot.

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Media Research Center analysts studied all 1995 prime time entertainment programs on the networks.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

I give you the chairman/prime minister/groom etc

Prime Mover

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Aristotle proposes that the Primum Mobile turns as a result of a craving for perfection generated in it by the Prime Mover.

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But I think there's a more powerful force in this universe than the Prime Mover.

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He must place his trust in the Prime Mover.

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If she believed in the Prime Mover she would be praying.

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Spike couldn't rant against the Prime Mover.

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The universe is animated by an all-pervasive aspiration to a higher state, a greater perfection as embodied in the Prime Mover.

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This is a holy war, and only the Prime Mover can decide who lives and who dies.

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When our life systems are terminated we will again return to the Prime Mover.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

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prime cuts of beef

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Bigley was named the prime suspect in the murder.

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Cheryl is a prime candidate for the new managerial position.

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Our prime concern is for the child's safety.

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The FBI regarded him as its prime suspect in the case.

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The mall is in a prime location, visible from the freeway.

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Tourists are prime targets for theft and robbery.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

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Prime ministerial power, and therefore prime ministerial government is challenged.

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At least in Baja California, real estate should remain a prime factor in building new economic muscle.

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But perhaps its prime message is the crucial role that Rosat is likely to play in our understanding of these issues.

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Geoffrey Rippon, who was in charge of negotiations, reported to Whitelaw more often than to Heath, the prime minister.

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He argued that agglomeration diseconomies were the prime explanation for the decentralization.

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If so, the place for you is Usenet news, the Net's prime discussion area.

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Mr Kravchuk has clearly been rankled by polls which show that his prime minister is twice as popular as he is.

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The prime minister was primus inter pares in the cabinet-the first among equals.

II. noun

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

I give you the chairman/prime minister/groom etc

Prime Mover

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Aristotle proposes that the Primum Mobile turns as a result of a craving for perfection generated in it by the Prime Mover.

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But I think there's a more powerful force in this universe than the Prime Mover.

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He must place his trust in the Prime Mover.

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If she believed in the Prime Mover she would be praying.

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Spike couldn't rant against the Prime Mover.

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The universe is animated by an all-pervasive aspiration to a higher state, a greater perfection as embodied in the Prime Mover.

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This is a holy war, and only the Prime Mover can decide who lives and who dies.

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When our life systems are terminated we will again return to the Prime Mover.

president-elect/governor-elect/prime minister-elect etc

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

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Even Margaret Thatcher in her prime could not carry her party on the question of Sundays.

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He was thirty-six years old, and his youth was gone, and even his prime was passing.

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In his prime , Vermeer developed what can only be called a formula, and a dazzling one.

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Surely you don't allow negative numbers to be primes?

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The bottom strand is numbered in the same way from the 5' end, but with primes on the numbers.

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The extract is bitter but tolerable, and the root has the taste of a radish past its prime .

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Those selected for slaughter are done so at about thirty months, however, when their meat is at its prime .

III. verb

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Prime Mover

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Aristotle proposes that the Primum Mobile turns as a result of a craving for perfection generated in it by the Prime Mover.

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But I think there's a more powerful force in this universe than the Prime Mover.

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He must place his trust in the Prime Mover.

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If she believed in the Prime Mover she would be praying.

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Spike couldn't rant against the Prime Mover.

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The universe is animated by an all-pervasive aspiration to a higher state, a greater perfection as embodied in the Prime Mover.

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This is a holy war, and only the Prime Mover can decide who lives and who dies.

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When our life systems are terminated we will again return to the Prime Mover.

president-elect/governor-elect/prime minister-elect etc

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

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Did you prime her with what to say?

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The Cowboys will be primed and poised.

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The Smiths were priming themselves for a spell in the top five.

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These are then primed to recognise and attack the real invader.

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When cleaned, non-ferrous metals are best brought to a bright finish before priming with zinc chromate or zinc phosphate.