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alpha and omega

The beginning and the end; the entirety of something. (Alpha and omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.) In order to do well on the exam, you need to know the alpha and omega of the textbook.
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alpha and omega

both the beginning and the end; the essentials, from the beginning to the end; everything, from the beginning to the end. He was forced to learn the alpha and omega of corporate law in order to even talk to the lawyers. He loved her deeply. She was his alpha and omega.
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alpha and omega

The beginning and the end, the first and the last, as in She had to master the alpha and omega of the new computer program before she could even begin . This idiom and its meaning, based on the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, appears in the New Testament (Revelation 1:8): "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord," where it is repeated three more times.
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Alpha Charlie

n. a bawling out; a severe scolding. (Based on AC = ass-chewing. NATO Phonetic Alphabet.) The cop stopped me and gave me a real Alpha Charlie for speeding.
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Alpha benefits from manufacturer Samsung's leading-edge six-metal layer high-speed logic process, Compaq's established prowess in volume channel marketing, and Microsoft's Windows compatibility.
Microsoft is excited about the enhanced customer choice that this new Alpha microprocessor will provide," said Jim Allchin, senior vice president of the Personal and Business Systems Group at Microsoft.
A significant partnership with open source database leader MySQL AB will make Alpha Five readily available to MySQL's 5 million users.
The combination of Alpha Five with the MySQL database offers a new way for enterprises to significantly lower development costs, as well as their total cost of ownership," said Rabins.
Founded in 1934, Alpha Shirt Company is a leading full-service distributor of imprintable apparel in the United States.
The Alpha technology roadmap provides for rapid adoption of process advancements.
Advanced packaging technology, such as flip chip, to reduce signal paths leading to higher performance which is essential to providing the fast, wide busses characteristic of Alpha systems.
All four of Alpha Software's add-ons for MS Flight Simulator are available at retail locations nationwide including Comp USA, Fry's Electronics, Computer City, Babbages, Electronics Boutique, MicroCenter and J&R Computer World.
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Alpha Software Corporation, founded in 1982, develops and markets software that empowers users to solve complex problems.
Digital's Internet Innovators Program has been instrumental in helping us port our application to the Digital Alpha platform," continued Salesky.
We're excited about the availability of the Sapphire 2SX from FMI on the Alpha platform," said Philippe Ribeyre, vice president of Digital's Workstations Business Segment.
The WorkStream Alpha Migration Alliance is a key part of that strategy,'' Tomasetti said.
Digital's partners are very enthusiastic about our Alpha advanced technology products and our focus on selling more products with them.