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area of influence

A realm, domain, or field over which a person, group, or business has direct control, influence, or clout. It refers to a military term for the geographical area in which a commander has direct military influence. As a literature professor, my primary obligation is to my classes; as head of this department, though, my area of influence extends to all students studying English.
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kiss and cry area

An area in an ice skating rink where figure skaters rest while awaiting their results after a competitive performance. So named because competitors typically celebrate or commiserate (depending on their performance) with coaches, friends, or family in this location. After a terrific performance, Katy is heading to the kiss and cry area to wait with her coach while the judges tally their marks.
See also: and, area, cry, kiss

disaster area

1. A location where a natural disaster, such as an earthquake, flood, or storm, occurred. An area designated as such is often the recipient of government aid. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the president declared New Orleans a disaster area and allotted federal funding for the rescue and cleanup efforts.
2. A messy or unclean space. After only a few weeks of living on his own, Adam's apartment looked like a disaster area because he never bothered to clean up after himself.
3. A situation, idea, or plan that is poorly planned or organized. The new economic plan that the senator proposed sounded like a complete disaster area.
See also: area, disaster

grey area

A concept or topic that is not clearly defined or that exists somewhere between two extreme positions. Primarily heard in Australia. There's a large grey area regarding whether the use of the new surveillance technology is lawful.
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(a) gray area

Fig. an area of a subject or question that is difficult to put into a particular category because it is not clearly defined and may have connections or associations with more than one category. The responsibility for social studies in the college is a gray area. Several departments are involved. Publicity is a gray area in that firm. It is shared between the marketing and design divisions.
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a disaster area

1. if a place is a disaster area, it is very untidy
Usage notes: A disaster area is also a place where an event like a storm or a flood causes serious damage and the government gives help for the emergency.
The kitchen was a disaster area, with greasy plates piled high in the sink.
2. if a subject, a piece of work, or an organization is a disaster area, it causes many problems, often because it is badly organized Government housing policy is a complete disaster area.
See also: area, disaster

a grey area

  (British & Australian) also a gray area (American)
a subject or problem that people do not know how to deal with because there are no clear rules The legal difference between negligence and recklessness is a bit of a grey area.
See also: area, grey

gray area

Indeterminate territory, undefined position, neither here nor there. For example, There's a large gray area between what is legal and what is not. This term, which uses gray in the sense of "neither black nor white" (or halfway between the two), dates only from the mid-1900s.
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The play-area equipment and installation cost roughly $210,000; creating the off-leash area was about $20,000.
The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) guidelines for determining Usable Area were most recently updated in 1987 and recommend that landlords calculate Usable Area by measuring the entire floor to the outer facade of the building (often beyond the window line) and deducting only floor penetrations (e.
2), the offense can easily flow into a pre-called option with 2 in the ballside deep corner, 4 near the ballside elbow area, 5 at the weakside elbow area, and 3 at the weakside low post area.
Traps were set in intervals of 1 to 2 months in each bait and control area from April to November 2000 and from July to October 2001.
Marty Peterson, tourism marketing manager, says the organization is currently in the process of identifying the target market for a new marketing campaign they are working on to establish the area from Port Severn to Killarney under the brand name East Georgian Bay.
Furthermore, she says water withdrawals, like ski area expansions themselves, are regulated by local, state, and federal authorities.
You can also ask them to compare the soil critters they found over in the fire pit to the ones they found in the forested area.
There is a small office in each wing for nurses, but they are encouraged to do paperwork in the activities areas, rather than being isolated in a separate office area.
In many ways, the Virginia Lake area qualifies as a classic candidate for a problem-oriented policing approach.
At the other end of the spectrum, rural high-amenity and retirement-destination counties had the advantage of attractive amenities, and rural counties adjacent to large metro areas benefited from their ties to the major centers of information.
The concept is beautiful but leaves little room for construction in the area.
A policy to continue a fee-for-service system will no doubt result in efforts to designate Central Park as a rural area.
When an RNA is designated in an area where public use was previously allowed--where there are trails, signs, and the like--the Forest Service tries to implement a "phase-out period.