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- n. The combination or union of two things.
- v. Present participle of pair.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or process of uniting or arranging in pairs or couples.
- n. See To pair off, under Pair, v. i.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In deliberative assemblies, a practice by which two members belonging to opposite parties agree that both shall be absent for a specified time, or that both shall abstain from voting on a particular question, so that a vote is nullified on each side. Also called pairing off.
- n. Impairment; injury.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes
- n. the act of grouping things or people in pairs
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JV points out the pairing is a familiar play on the "boy and his alien" trope that's touched us through the years: See also E. T, Neverending Story, most of the works of Hayao Miyazaki, and any other of about a million fantasy stories and comedic pairings that've seen a human bond with a non-human for friendship and adventure.
I have never had a chocolate-wine pairing that I thought did what a "great pairing" is supposed to do -- elevate both.
A pairing is complimentary when they do no damage to each other.
‘The Graduate’ was tougher to leave out, but I did so partially because of what I addressed in ‘Harold & Maude,’ but also … which pairing is more interesting?
What the two of you do at a Halloween party to play up the "inappropriateness" of this pairing is totally your business.
I've been cheering for that pairing from the beginning.
And if the pairing is based on something good, not something like showing off or control or predation, then oh well.
Wine "experts" and sommeliers don't want you to think so, but wine pairing is often much more about avoiding bad pairings than it is finding the singular "perfect" one.
I think the reason why I can't get into Sam/Dean pairing is that they're brothers.
One non-traditional thing we did was following a Jacksonville Jaguars in pairing black helmets with black pants, which for my money, is unequivocally cold seeking when executed correctly.
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