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  • v. Present participle of retreat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act denoted by the verb retreat.
  • n. Specifically, in mining, a process by which a vein is untouched until after all the gangways, etc., are driven, when the mineral extraction begins at the boundary and progresses toward the shaft.


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  • The British Army retreating -- _retreating_ -- after these glorious years -- that is what burns into me hour after hour!

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  • Looked at from a celestial perspective, the American model of religion, far from retreating, is going global.

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  • More recently, restrictionists are retreating from the lovefest.

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  • Instead of retreating from the debate, however, Media Matters has decided to punch harder.

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  • The euro is down against the dollar, retreating from a six-month high hit last week.

    Euro Falls From 6-Month Highs Against Dollar

  • Signs are building that China's government is retreating from the single-minded focus on high growth that pulled it through the global financial crisis, and is instead emphasizing structural changes that could contribute more to expansion and jobs in the struggling West.

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  • Real estate agents are already seeing would-be foreclosure buyers retreating from the market, said Lucien Salvant, spokesman for the National Association of Realtors.

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  • Canada is slipping down the development ladder, retreating from a complex, diverse economy towards dependence on a single primary resource, which happens to be the dirtiest commodity known to man.

    Canada‚Äôs image lies in tatters « Anglican Samizdat

  • Moved to comment in cartoon form, Norris created her "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day" poster art and publicized it as an act of support for Parker and Stone -- before telling Comic Riffs just days later that she was retreating from the international social-media movement spawned by her illustration.

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  • Dean appeared on morning news shows Monday amid increasing indications the Obama White House is retreating from the public option in the face of vocal opposition from Republicans and some vocal participants at a town-hall-style meetings around the country.

    President Barack Obama


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