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act of congress

That which is extremely difficult to achieve or requires a large amount of effort or patience to enact. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. It's like you have to have an act of congress before the city council will pay to fix the roads in this town. Trying to get my doctor on the phone is like an act of congress!
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sexual congress

Sexual intercourse, especially between a man and a woman. As there was no hard evidence that sexual congress occurred outside of marriage, the judge was obliged to uphold the prenuptial agreement during the divorce proceedings.
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It would take an act of Congress to do something.

It is almost impossible to do something. It would take an act of Congress to get Bill to wear a necktie. She's a sour woman. It would take an act of Congress to get her to put a smile on her face.
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Previous Congresses have been held in Philadelphia to mark the American bicentenary in 1976, and most recently in Seville, Spain, in 1993, on the theme of "Eucharist and Evangelization" to mark the fifth centenary of the discovery of the Americas.
Previous congresses - held between 1882 and 1975, and organized by AMERICAN FORESTS (then the American Forestry Association) - came at critical times in the nation's history and focused attention on the evolving role of forests in our lives.
Past Congresses have proven to be unique events for investment professionals and high net worth investors, providing participants with in-depth learning and a wealth of profitable investment ideas.
Six Congresses have been held at critical points in the nation's history to focus attention on the evolving role of forests in our lives.
It is one of the most popular bills in the last decade - in 1991, 76 percent of Americans approved of the bill - and yet it wound its way through six Congresses, countless "final" votes, and two vetoes by George Bush over the course of 10 years.
Past World Congresses have led to substantial economic impacts for the host region, including business transactions, tax revenue and tourism opportunities.
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