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  • n. Plural form of pretext.


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  • From Ken Y-N: Sigh, I see you posting links to your latest posts on very thin pretexts on this and other blogs.

    Hay fever sufferers and prevention in Japan

  • Subsequently the US will have to withdraw under various pretexts from the conflicts it unleashed unless its victory will be complete and obvious.

    04 « September « 2008 « Niqnaq

  • And they give it to me under false pretexts, which is pretexting which is against the California law, which is why the California attorney general is going in.

    CNN Transcript Sep 10, 2006

  • Benyon's ignorance of her pretexts is a proof that this rather oddly-mated couple never arrived at perfect intimacy, -- in spite of a fact which remains to be related.

    Georgina's Reasons

  • They discussed a new edict of Montesquieu's, and the necessity of arming themselves in case of violence on the marshal's part: thus it was nothing less than the beginning of a civil war, for which the pretexts were the impiety of the regent's court and Dubois's sacrileges; pretexts which would arouse the anathemas of an essentially religious province, against a reign so little worthy to succeed that of Louis XIV.

    Une fille du régent. English

  • Here, Judge Robertson found that, despite the Library's protests that it had no problem with Diane Schroer's gender identity, some of the "legitimate" reasons given by the Library for failure to hire Schroer were "pretexts" -- untrue.

    The Bilerico Project

  • Service and Administration colleague Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi were attempting to come up with "pretexts" for not paying educators what was due to them.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Again, it was overturned by a PCB tribunal on appeal, much to the chagrin of the World Anti-Doping Agency, but when Shoaib, along with fellow fast-bowler Mohammed Asif, was withdrawn from the Pakistani squad shortly before the 2007 World Cup on spurious injury pretexts, the implication was clear.

    The Paradox of Shoaib Akhtar

  • Another valid criticism concerns the way authorities have harassed opposition candidates, denying them public spaces to campaign, and sometimes striking them from the ballot on technicalities or invented pretexts.

    The Return

  • On a daily basis, they hang political prisoners under different pretexts like drug trafficking, prostitution and imaginary crimes.

    Elisabeth Braw: Israel Deputy Foreign Minister Ayalon: "Don't Let Islamists Hijack the Arab Uprisings"


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  • Meanwhile, over on "Hay fever sufferers and prevention in Japan", Ken Y-N is bringing of the snark. sigh.

    October 21, 2011