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  • n. Plural form of fillip.


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  • People of Amis's generation and mine have known this downhill prospect for Britain all our lives, despite the occasional fillips and salvations promised by the new Elizabethan age, Harold Wilson's promised white heat of technology, North Sea oil and financial deregulation.

    Cursing one's homeland before fleeing overseas, Martin Amis, is a cliche

  • His personal contribution was to promote the bill's modest market fillips as epic virtues that lesser minds couldn't grasp.

    Professor Cornpone

  • But an enormous amount of effort goes into lobbying for tax laws, and politicians often reward favored constituent businesses with little sweetheart fillips to the tax code.

    Should we get rid of the corporate income tax?

  • Leslie's father, Roger, also a writer, read poetry to the children at night and was generous with hugs and fillips of praise.

    Stories of Fathers and Daughters

  • Like with Bill Clinton before him, it has been Obama's accommodations to the right, while taking the left for granted, that have fueled the rightward drift in Washington politics, where "health care reform" metamorphosizes into private health insurance industry preservation, with big fillips to anti-abortion nuts and a freeze on domestic spending along the way.

    Andy Thayer: Chicago Tea Party Rally Draws Rightwing Kooks -- and Counter-Protesters

  • Not so much fillips of grace -- an angel appearing in a slum, perhaps -- as, oh, everyone in a dark, gritty, noir-ish setting having actual little angels and demons, one on each shoulder, advising him.

    theme and world-building

  • In C+C, the two work more like dee-jays than musicians, layering disparate sounds, borrowing fillips from other records where it feels right.

    Disco Keeps Stayin' Alive

  • Some of these essays are mere autobiographical fillips; some are semi-sinister trickster tales that mix truth and lies; some are heady considerations of the successes and failings of contemporary literature.

    Archive 2008-12-06

  • It really is just like all the others, but with little fillips that place it in its historical context.

    Utopia by Thomas More

  • Where companies like Verizon or Microsoft spend millions devising proprietary fillips in their operations to hook and retain customers in myriad and annoying ways, Google in many aspects of its business does the opposite; it spends just a little bit more money making it easy for me to leave it. » Just in case


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