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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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Students need to know that abusing prescription drugs is no different from abusing illegal drugs.
Brainstorm ways that your class could spread the word about the risks of abusing inhalants.
Thus, parental alcohol abuse not only affects the abusing individual, but also the entire family.
Additionally, law enforcement officers maintain a role that may make them more susceptible to abusing drugs.
Not in the survey is the fact that only a handful are accused of paedophilia, that is, of abusing pre-pubescent children).
Some of the most common substance abusing patients seen in a dental practice would involve the use of alcohol, tobacco, sedative/hypnotics, barbiturates, and narcotics.
If Christian compassion won't move our citizens to invest the resources needed to rehabilitate drug and alcohol abusing offenders, then maybe the realization that they are protecting their own lives and property will.
No matter who does the abusing, everyone involved needs to reach out for help.
Recent reports of Hollywood stars abusing these drugs will most likely elevate the problem as teens attempt to emulate their favorite celebrities.
Bishop John McCormack was shown to have protected the notorious Father Paul Shanley when he, McCormack, was Archbishop Law's secretary in Boston; in Chicago, a group of faithful were demanding a new investigative committee independent of the Archdiocese and the handing over of all files to the state attorney; back again to Los Angeles, where this time Cardinal Mahony was being accused of refusing to hand over the files of twelve priests discharged for allegedly abusing minors.
Paul believes the church would be facing fewer and less-costly civil court confrontations if its approach had been reversed--if it had been the victims who received the church's "healing and love" while the abusing priests were recognized as the fiscal liabilities they have so painfully proven to be.
When a staff person is caught abusing a camper, the psychological wellness of that staff person, in addition to the camper, is impacted.
The possibility of Mitchell abusing her children is frightening.
Therefore, the purpose of this article is to examine the meaning of Hirschi's theoretical concepts for persons with disabilities who are abusing substances.
Substance abuse proved a longstanding problem for most of the people in the sample, Rich points out, ranging from an average of about 11 years for those abusing illicit drugs with or without alcohol to 28 years for "pure" alcoholics.