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blanket term

A word or phrase used to describe a broad range of similarly related things, usually resulting in diluting the specific meaning of individual items. "Idiom" is often used as a blanket term for any element of language that is used strangely or uniquely by its users. "American" can be seen as something of a blanket term, considering how drastically people differ from one part of the country to the next.
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While not a fan of blanket term limits for members of the legislature, I do believe the idea has merit regarding leadership positions.
The correct label, we are told, is 'collateral damage,' a blanket term that connotes a regrettable but excusable outcome.
It marks a stark shift from his predecessor, General Hossain Sajedi-nia, who announced in April 2016 that there were 7,000 undercover morality police reporting on things like "bad hejab"--a blanket term usually referring to un-Islamic dress by women.
Vaginal rejuvenation is a blanket term that describes a group of procedures developed to address specific concerns many women have.
Arthritis is not just one condition --it's a blanket term describing pain caused by many types of joint disease or trauma that affect 53 million American adults.
It turned out to be a night-blooming cereus, a blanket term for around a dozen species of cactuses that produce flowers that only bloom at night.
The society is also changing its name to Newcastle Vision Support, to reflect the changing times in which visual impairment is preferred to the blanket term "blind.
One of the key things I've learned through working at NCH Europe is that although people management is a blanket term, there is no generalised way of doing it effectively.
amp;nbsp;Russia has been criticized for using terrorism as a blanket term to refer to all opposition to Assad.
Special rapporteur Pablo de Greiff added: "Although everyone must acknowledge the significance of national security concerns, it must also be acknowledged that particularly in the days we are living in, it is easy to use national security as a blanket term.
the blanket term Assad uses to describe all his enemies in Syria).
That's the blanket term Redmond is using to describe a set of biometric identification technologies, including facial recognition, iris scanning, and fingerprint readers.
In development, we often laud "public-private partnerships"--ultimately an overused blanket term for projects in which a state or local government is in some way financially vested.
25, 2015), the title of this year's exhibition, "Notes for Now," fulfills its role as a blanket term.