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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of penalise.


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  • This, of course, is what people mean when they say that the current set-up "penalises" against marriage, and it encourages some people to remain unmarried or - as in the sad case you highlight - to consider divorce for purely financial reasons.

    Why I remain unconvinced about the Tories' tax break for married couples

  • The report, Individualists Who Co-Operate, said the system "penalises" couples who live together, adding to accusations that Labour's taxes and handouts are encouraging the death of traditional family structures.

    Eye on Britain

  • Anastasia de Waal, director of family and education at Civitas, a think tank that recently claimed the current system "penalises" committed couples, said: "Some of this increase in cohabiting will be people postponing marriage, as we know that the age at which people are marrying has got later and later.

    Anglican Mainstream

  • They believe the increase penalises students from poorer homes and from ethnic minorities, who are disproportionately from lower-income homes.

    Tuition fees: Teenagers seek human rights judicial review

  • There are fears the commission's Welfare of Laying Hens Directive, which has taken a decade to draw up, will create an "unlevel playing field" that penalises British producers.

    UK egg farmers in crisis talks with European Commission

  • But any airline contract which penalises you for failing to check-in online from abroad is tough, given that many travellers will find it difficult or impossible to access the internet.

    Jet2Com's online check-in is unfair if you're abroad

  • Super Mario Bros., in its design, is a traditional, hardcore, gamer's game; it's unforgiving, difficult, based entirely on skill and it penalises the player heavily for his or her mistakes.

    Wilting The Evergreen

  • Renewables haven't been developed because Ofgem's pricing tariff penalises distant, island, green producers.

    No more wild stereotypes about Shetland

  • "This law penalises me for taking advantage of the opportunities that the British government promised to all citizens when Britain joined the EU."

    Most Brits in Spain say no gracias to integration

  • Granero on for Real, takes the place of Diarra.53 min: Ramos puts the ball into the net, smacking his header past Pinto from a free-kick but Alves went to ground and the referee penalises Real for a tug on the Brazilian.

    Barcelona v Real Madrid – as it happened | Rob Bagchi


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