from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • prep. In place of; rather than: ordered chicken instead of fish.

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  • prep. in lieu of; in place of; rather than


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  • One gets the impression that, if they could, the folks who are dependent on wheelchairs, walkers, or canes would be on their feet by now instead of hooting cowboylike bravos and clapping from their seats, letting their voices and hands convey the standing ovation that their bodies cannot.

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  • Not only do I see Jake Ryan aka my lucky charm of a fantasy boyfriend living, breathing, moving, and talking, but I see a world so foreign to me I may as well be watching Star Wars instead of Sixteen Candles; both are science fiction.

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  • John Hughes made it easy: I could be Jake Ryan instead of Farmer Ted.

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  • She teeters on ugly, her face contorting with visceral disgust for Blane, which is why the ending, reportedly reshot with Blane instead of Duckie as the victorious suitor, feels inauthentic to me.

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  • Over the bar is a Hopperesque mural with Chinese people in it instead of lonely diners.

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  • Ford said it would be using "alternative media within and outside News International Group instead of placing Ford advertising in the News of the World" while it awaited the outcome of an internal investigation.

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  • Perez had already unholstered his pistol, but instead of aiming it, he was bringing it down to pistol-whip Tyler.

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  • There is an ungodly contentment that permeates some publishing companiesā€”contentment with mediocrity, contentment to live with a little bit of sin, and contentment with head-knowledge of God instead of an intimate heart relationship with the Father.

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  • Tearing across the street, she headed uptown, toward a busier Eighty-sixth Street, instead of heading to her building, which was on Eighty-first and Fifth.

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  • Ours is the more romantic pursuit, ferreting around the dwindling number of antiquarian and second-hand dealers with a high street presence and stumbling across something quirky you never knew existed, but like the child who coveted the World Cup edition of Subbuteo instead of building a league one saved-up-for team at a time, the prospect of getting it done in one big hit was tantalising.

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