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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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And, apropos of the Bush twins, it pushed to have every state in this sweet land of liberty raise its drinking age to 21.
STRANGE," Crumb writes, apropos of nothing, and even a lovely study of potted plants has an incongruous groan of a caption: "Ohh Mercy.
I would have run her with the colts today'' if the Breeders' Cup Juvenile weren't restricted to males, Canani said with a grin from beneath a gray cowboy hat, apropos of the first Breeders' Cup held in Texas.
There are underdressed women, apropos of nothing, frolicking around the studio audience (on loan from ``The Man Show''?
Apropos of this wax head Guibert wrote: "at once a boy and a girl, but better yet a sexual or adorned with every kind o sexuality, it was, more than a face, it was its sublimation, with its pose that seemed to make an appeal to the flame of the bonfire or to the voice of the beyond.
Tom Selleck stars as the putatively colorful title character (``Needlin' people's what I do,'' he says in that self-satisfied tone adopted only by incorrigibly irascible movie characters) who loves his life in 1890s Wyoming of ropin' steers, wrasslin' with the fellas and romancin' Isabella Rossellini, whom he calls ``Countess'' (due to the accent, I guess) and who, apropos of nothing, can't stop obsessing about his hair.
And, apropos of nothing in particular, they take shots at Teletubbies, Madonna, U2's Bono and Harry Potter.
The cast of NBC's ``Scrubs'' turns up apropos of nothing, except because, as Kermit - displaying the NBC peacock tattooed to his foot - notes, corporate synergy has run amok.
Presidio Med'' opens, apropos of nothing, in a Pakistani refugee camp, where Dr.
Mostly, however, screenwriter Simon Moore (who also scripted the unending ``Tenth Kingdom'') and director Marco Brambilla (``Demolition Man'') pad their story almost mercilessly - apropos of nothing, Karl and David are arrested and subjected to the reptilian equivalent of a kangaroo court.
There was a montage of movies shot in New York and live feeds, apropos of nothing, of ABC's Times Square building.
Such seemingly pointless repartee is actually apropos of this year's competition theme: ``Understanding the Self.
Dark Angel's'' world is pretty cool, if sketchy - it's a land of squatters and attitude (one character is named, apropos of nothing, ``Original Cindy''), of designer despair, in which even Max observes of the beleaguered masses, ``They aren't really all that depressed.
He later abused pills and alcohol in the Oval Office: Smashed one night, he ordered Kissinger, apropos of nothing, to bomb Damascus; Kissinger ignored him and nothing was said of it the next morning.
The music I think was very good, very apropos of the year and the time,'' said Dallas, who celebrated with three other generations of Adamsons and Rindges, who are descended from Frederick Hastings Rindge and May Knight Rindge, last owners of the Malibu Spanish Land Grant.