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In the course of

Also, during the course of. In the process or progress of, as in the famous phrase from the Declaration of Independence (1776), “When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands …” These phrases have been criticized as needlessly wordy (in or during alone are adequate), but they have an emphatic rhythm that keeps them alive. [ Mid-1600s ]


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    adverb phrase Fixed as a target; aimed at: Detroit’s Big Three found themselves again in the media cross hairs [1884+; the date shows the earliest use of the term for a telescope or telescopic sight indicator]

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    adjective phrase Relaxed; calm; cool, laid-back [1990s+ Street talk; perhaps fr the confidence of one who makes the cut; perhaps a version of in the (or a) groove]

  • In-the-dock

    [dok] /dɒk/ noun 1. the place in a courtroom where a prisoner is placed during trial. Idioms 2. in the dock, being tried in a court, especially a criminal court; on trial. /dɒk/ noun 1. a wharf or pier 2. a space between two wharves or piers for the mooring of ships 3. an area […]

  • In the doldrums

    Depressed; dull and listless. For example, Dean’s in the doldrums for most of every winter. This expression alludes to the maritime doldrums, a belt of calms and light winds north of the equator in which sailing ships were often becalmed. [ Early 1800s ] Also see: down in the dumps

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