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abuse of distress

The wrongful or unlawful use or sale of property that has been seized in order to force payment or the performance of some contractual obligation (known in law as the process of distress or distrain). It was a clear case of abuse of distress: the landlord, without a court order, changed the locks on the door and then seized and sold the tenants' belongings only an hour after serving them a notice of eviction.
See also: abuse, of

abuse of privileges

The wrongful or unlawful misuse of power in one's duties, either at the expense of others or to the advantage of the abuser. The governor displayed a flagrant abuse of privileges, channeling state funds toward a project owned by her son-in-law at the expense of more worthwhile causes. The moderator was deemed to have committed an abuse of privileges, deleting comments that opposed his own.
See also: abuse, of, privilege

be (wide) open to [abuse/criticism etc.]

to be likely to be abused, criticized etc. The system is wide open to abuse. It's a position which leaves them wide open to criticism. You don't want to lay yourself open to attack.
See also: open

abuse oneself

To masturbate.
See also: abuse
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Her bitter row with Gerry Adams deepened last night as she claimed Sinn Fein protected alleged republican abusers like the way the Catholic Church dealt with paedophile priests.
Senate to urge our political leaders to support legislation that will protect women from abusers and stalkers - let's not leave American women vulnerable to gun violence when stronger laws can help save lives.
If you do go somewhere or do something without your partner, or even if he goes along but others are also there, an emotional abuser will punish you later.
The complication of children--unless the abuser abandons his children, the two of you are connected for life.
Blackwater is concerned that by looking at former residential school students as alleged abusers the government is "attempting to find scapegoats for the claims.
Victims can even have secure 'panic rooms' within their homes, which they can use as a bolthole if their violent abuser does get in the house.
Conclusions: The prevalence of anti-HCV antibody positivity among male injecting drug abusers is high in Taiwan.
Without further inquiry, a report was sent to the province's Child Protection Services and Wanda Young was "red flagged" as a potential child abuser.
They often find that leaving the abuser is difficult.
We know that inhalant use starts early and that longterm abusers are among the most difficult drug abuse patients to treat," says NIDA director Nora Volkow.
This overly aggressive verbal abuser explodes: "You F&*@ing weak excuse for a man
Members of these systems often adapt by employing three strategies: (a) avoid the alcohol abuser and take care of oneself; (b) become a caregiver and work to control and support the dysfunctional system; and (c) accept the dysfunctionality and work to maintain the family's facade (family secret) (Kinney, 2003).
A 48-year-old man who was known to be an IV drug abuser presented to the emergency room with chief complaints of increased neck pain and dysphagia of 3 weeks' duration.
After his harrowing discovery, Parasol lobbied to Electronically tag all convicted offenders Introduce laws preventing convicted abusers from re-entering the town of a victim Rigorously vet any adults in children's organisations Create laws preventing council and housing associations from accommodating paedophiles Evict any child abuser living in council or housing association property.