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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.
See also: area, gray

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 coeval Chilcotin Group volcanics [#29c] are located a short distance to the north in Canada, and although they arc areally extensive they are volumetrically minor.
GAWSER -- A Modified HYMO Model Incorporating Areally -- Variable Infiltration.
In the case of megamullions, these faults have been unusually long-lived and areally extensive, and we refer to them as "detachment faults.
As would be expected, the service areas surrounding each hospital areally constrict when the Network analysis allocation procedure is rerun with this alternative demand condition.
Its expansion during the Holocene 'optimum' was probably limited by its poor migrational ability and by fire, consequently the climatic signal from its distribution is likely to be subdued, areally limited and biased.
Many of the categories within each of these classifications were described as having areally wide amplitudes in their plant compositions.
Such deposits can be areally extensive (thousands of square kilometers), but relatively thin (less than about 100 meters).
Well analysis indicated unusually high porosity and permeability, a large areally extended feature and a thick pay section, indicating excellent potential for this discovery.
He has inherited areally good team, some very good players.
Bless him, he's a fantastic dancer and areally nice bloke but he's not the best teacher because he loses his patience too quickly.
I have observed Shangzhuo's particular pattern in other western Fukien sites such as Liancheng [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] and Ninghua [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] counties (these are not strictly Hakka dialects, however; see Branner 2000: 73-84), and I believe it is widespread areally.
It provided enough of a hook to entrance and pull in the stragglers and by the end of their short set, the audience was theirs - 'It was certainly areally fine time for us.
There's better shape to their forwards with Alan Browne's return Joe Deane has yet to have areally big game which could come tomorrow and with the usual nuts and bolts in good working order in defence Cork can put back to back titles together in Munster for the first time since 1986.