Definitions

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of borrow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In organ-building, said of pipes or a stop. See borrow, v. t., 5 .

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Examples

  • Most borrowed author James Patterson photographed by Rankin for RandomHouse writes today, Catherine Cookson, for years the most ­borrowed writer, has been comprehensively overshadowed by the giants of American popular fiction.

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  • So pervasive is shampoo that even Hindi has taken it as a term borrowed from English to refer to the hair-cleaning product, while the older Hindi word champi continues to mean “a massage,” including a massage of the head.

    The English Is Coming!

  • "No net loss" is a term borrowed from the vocabulary of wetland conservation, and allows for replacement of lost assets with equivalent resources.

    Charles R. Wolfe: Assuring Sustainable Third Places in the City

  • When board discussion gets bogged down rehashing issues, he says, he tries to prod things along with an expression borrowed from a Chinese associate: "We're frying the same rice."

    In the Heart of the Rust Belt, Chinese Funds Provide the Grease

  • Like Charles Manson, the criminal he admired, Pell exuded a dark charisma and attracted a group of devoted and fanatical followers, whom he called his “Family”—a term borrowed from the Manson clan—and over whom he exercised absolute control.

    THE DEVIL’S TEARDROP

  • The Writings, more generally known by a title borrowed from the Greek Fathers,

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

  • The Greek protesters called themselves "Indignant Citizens" - a label borrowed from their Madrid counterparts, known as "los indignados" the indignant.

    BBC News - Home

  • His argument revolves around the OSC's practice of issuing defendants what lawyers call a "Wells notice," which is a term borrowed from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's procedures.

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  • "K-factor"-a term borrowed from epidemiology-above 1.0, meaning that more than one user was added as a friend of each existing user.

  • The conical nose of the Pelamis, a name borrowed from the yellow-bellied sea snake, looks menacingly like a missile on land.

    SNP hopes a new wave can carry Scotland to independence

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