apropos of


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apropos of

Regarding; with respect to; referring to. From the French à propos, meaning "to purpose. Apropos of the decision reached at this morning's board meeting, I think we should move ahead with the staff reduction directly. And then he just punched Jeremy in the face, apropos of nothing!
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apropos of

Concerning, in connection with, as in Apropos of keeping in touch, I haven't heard from her in months. This idiom was a borrowing of the French à propos de ("to the purpose of") in the 17th century. At first it was used without of and meant "fitting" or "opportune," as in Their prompt arrival was very appropos. By the 1700s it was also being used with of, as in the current idiom, for "concerning" or "by way of."
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References in classic literature ?
The old Morgan place up at the Glen is for sale," said Gilbert, apropos of nothing in especial.
She's all right," he said, apropos of nothing spoken, and yet distinctly relevant to what was in each of their minds.
I reminded my friend, apropos of the concierges, that he had not yet told me what had led him to get them set at liberty.
Alfred, my dear, Mr Fledgeby very justly says, apropos of the last scene, that true constancy would not require any such stimulant as the stage deems necessary.
You shall go there one day, and find them blundering through half the nautical terms in Young's Dictionary, apropos of the "Nancy" having run down the "Sarah Jane", or Mr.
It was such an odd expression, coming apropos of nothing, that it quite startled me.
It is quite the contrary, an observation apropos of the style occurred to me that is by no means irrelevant as things stand.