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  • The word farm comes from the Latin word, firma, which means an unchanging payment.

    Words and Their Stories: Farm Expressions

  • Both can coexist to give us a sharper picture of the use and abuse of our deep oceans and beloved terra firma, which is far more at risk than we admit or know.

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  • Both can coexist to give us a sharper picture of the use and abuse of our deep oceans and beloved terra firma, which is far more at risk than we admit or know.

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  • And then they returned to terra firma, that is to say, to some passage that led them to the little girls 'dancing-school, where brats between six and ten were practising their steps, in the hope of becoming great dancers one day, "covered with diamonds ....

    The Phantom of the Opera

  • The freedom of the borough; the right of the citizens to have a gild merchant; exemption from tolls, specified or general, within a certain district or throughout all England or also throughout the continental Angevin dominions; exemption from the courts of shire and hundred, or from the jurisdiction of all courts outside the borough, except in pleas of the crown, or even without this exception; the right to farm the revenues of the borough, paying a fixed "firma," or rent, to the king, and with this often the right of the citizens to elect their own reeve or even sheriff to exempt them from the interference of the king's sheriff of the county.

    The History of England from the Norman Conquest to the Death of John (1066-1216)

  • If it isn't typed on any form I must sign here, I always ask if I should sign with my firma, or my appelido.

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  • If it isn't typed on any form I must sign here, I always ask if I should sign with my firma, or my appelido.

    Moving to Mexico and looking for help

  • En el documento mediante el cual Argentina firma y se rinde en la guerra de 1982 quedó estipulado el nombre de Falklands para esas islas pedregosas.

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  • Cupid's hit rate is about the same in cyberspace as it is on terra firma.

    Sam Sommers: Looking for Love in All the Web Places

  • Cupid's hit rate is about the same in cyberspace as it is on terra firma.

    Sam Sommers: Looking for Love in All the Web Places

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  • Italian - signature. It does not mean firm as in company (azienda, ditta) or as in solid (solido, rigido) or as in fixed (fermo).

    Delivery dude: Salve! Your new mattress has arrived.

    Householder: Do I need to sign for it?

    Delivery dude: Yes. It's a very good one. Our firm guarantees top quality.

    Householder: I'm so excited; I've always wanted a firm mattress.

    Delivery dude: I'm very happy for you. Do you think we can work another meaning of firm into this phoney conversation?

    Householder: I've a firm mind to do so.

    April 14, 2009