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je ne sais quoi

A positive or pleasant quality that is difficult to define. This French phrase translates to "I don't know what" in English. She had a certain je ne sais quoi that men found quite attractive.
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a je ne sais quoi

a pleasant quality which you cannot describe or name He's not particularly attractive but he has a certain je ne sais quoi which women find irresistible.
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ne plus ultra

The highest point of excellence, acme. Loosely translated from the Latin for “there is no reason to go further,” the phrase is a synonym of “zenith.” A new car with all the most modern features that any buyer could wish for (or so the manufacturer claims) might be touted as the ne plus ultra of automobiles. Legend has it that “ne plus ultra”—in its literal sense—was inscribed on Gibraltar's Pillars of Hercules as a warning to mariners not to venture, depending on the direction in which they were sailing, into the Atlantic Ocean or the Mediterranean Sea.
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So, the NES has asked for some structural reforms and many microeconomic measures.
Global NES also partners with their Clients to ensure maximum Return on Investment by identifying and coordinating favorable financing options and ensuring Clients take advantage of all possible rebates, grants and tax incentives.
After that, exploratory factor analysis [EFA] sought to analyze the NES dimensionality (Floyd & Widaman, 1995).
NES participants are offered mentoring and help to create a business plan.
Currently, NES is viewed as a circadian delay in the intake of food, but not sleep, and is manifested by (1) the consumption of 25% or more of one's total daily intake of food after the evening meal (termed "evening hyperphagia"), and/or (2) nocturnal awakenings accompanied with food ingestion.
NES is open to anyone over 18 who is not in full-time education and lives in one of the 67 designated wards in Tyneside and Northumberland.
This new notification service is provided free of charge to every NES Rentals customer.
Paul Winson, Senior Vice President Sales at NES, said, We have been working closely with Gulf Marine Services for several years now and the award of this latest contract is the best form of customer feedback that any supplier could wish for.
Inception Hypnotherapy has developed a program which seems to be very effective in helping people with NES overcome, or put another way, effectively control, the NES, using the power of their subconscious mind.
Across the UK as a whole, NES has assisted 5,500 people living in the 25% most deprived areas in England to overcome the obstacles to starting their own business by providing a comprehensive package of funding, training, support and mentoring.
NES provides a free programme to help people work through the process, giving straightforward practical advice and guidance.
The NES will recognize AMT resulting from the exercise of their ISOs and receives the resulting credit.
Total NES consolidated revenues for the nine-month period were $427 million, down 1 percent from the same period a year ago.
NES is a component unit of the Metropolitan Government.
NES has delivered several systems already to Gulf Marine Services and the new deal will mean a total of five vessels will be powered by NES.