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cease to be

To die, expire, or no longer exist. (Used without a qualifying verb, noun, or adjective; otherwise, the cessation merely refers to said verb, noun, or adjective—e.g., "cease to be entertained.") After the recession, many of the small businesses populating the mall simply ceased to be. Without her love, I feel that I would cease to be!
See also: cease

cease and desist

To stop doing something. This phrase is typically associated with legal matters. We received a letter ordering us to cease and desist due to copyright infringement, so we had to halt production.
See also: and, cease, desist

cease and desist

to completely stop doing something. (A legal phrase.) The judge ordered the merchant to cease and desist the deceptive practices. When they were ordered to cease and desist, they finally stopped.
See also: and, cease, desist

Wonders never cease!

 and Will wonders never Cease!
Prov. What an amazing thing has happened! (Said when something very surprising happens. Somewhat ironic; can imply that the surprising thing should have happened before, but did not.) Fred: Hi, honey. I cleaned the kitchen for you. Ellen: Wonders never cease! Jill: Did you hear? The company is allowing us to take a holiday tomorrow. Jane: Wonders never cease! Not only was my plane on time, the airline also delivered my luggage safely. Will wonders never cease?
See also: never, Wonder

cease and desist

Stop, leave off doing something, as in: "Bliss excavated at least once on his own and Dr. Brand ... told him to cease and desist" (Douglas Preston quoting Frank Hibben, The New Yorker, June 12, 1995). This legal term is a redundancy, since cease and desist mean virtually the same thing, but often appears in legal documents to avoid possible misinterpretation. [c. 1920]
See also: and, cease, desist

wonders will never cease

What a surprise, as in He's on time-wonders will never cease. This expression is generally used ironically. [Late 1700s]
See also: cease, never, will, wonder

ˌwonders will ˌnever ˈcease

(spoken, usually ironic) used to express surprise and pleasure at something: ‘The train was on time today.’ ‘Wonders will never cease (= I am surprised, because usually it is late).’
See also: cease, never, will, wonder
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a)Colm mcmanus ltd having ceased to trade having its registered office & principal place of business at 1, willow park crescent, glasnevin, Dublin 11 d11yc57 & (b)Green earth landscapes ltd t/a david plunkett garden services having ceased to trade having its registered office at Melrose, silchester road, glenageary, co.
When asked as to who will monitor that if any ceased member takes part in proceedings of their respective houses, the official said it is responsibility of the Chairman Senate or Speakers of National and Provincial Assemblies to stop such members from taking part in proceedings.
The business operations with extensive concessions granted by the Board of Investment have ceased for many years.
La Cana de Flamenco (ISSN 1135-2779), published quarterly since 1991 by the Asociacion Cultural Espana Abierta, ceased in 2000.
Two other titles in the computer category have also ceased publication.
They held that a partnership was not terminated even when it ceased its primary business if a nominal amount of business still was continued.
a)Qwm Argyll Nominees Ltd having ceased to trade having its registered office & principal place of business at Heron House, Blackpool Park, Blackpool, Cork T23r50r & (b)Incadessence Ltd having ceased to trade having its registered office at office 8B The Courtyard, Lr.
Fair Lawn, NJ) has ceased publication of "Golf Product News," a magazine published six times a year for professionals at golf shops, golf practice ranges and club repair shops.
SECPS rules require a member firm to confirm in writing with a former client that the client-auditor relationship has ceased.
91-71 requires a waiver if a corporation was a member of a consolidated group, subsequently ceased to be a member of that group, and later rejoined the same group before the sixty-first month after the beginning of its first tax year in which it was not a member of the group.
Under an issuer cease trade order, all trading in the Fund's securities is ceased permanently, or for such other period as is specified in the order.
a)Blue star decoration ltd t/a techmaster having ceased to trade having its registered office & principal place of business at 22 paul street cork t12y820 & (b)RJM retail ltd t/a mooney leather & synthetics having ceased to trade having its registered office & principal place of business at 1B ring terrace, inchicore, Dublin 8 & (c)Kilmore quay lodge & seafood restaurant ltd having ceased to trade having its registered office & principal place of business at Kilmore quay, Kilmore, co.
Except as follows, none of the officers or directors of the Company are, or within the previous 10 years, have been a director or officer of any other issuer that, while acting in such capacity, (i) was subject to a cease trade or a similar order or an order that denied the issuer access to any exemptions under Canadian securities legislation for a period of more than 30 consecutive days, or (ii) during his or her tenure or within a year since he or she ceased acting in their capacity, became bankrupt, made a proposal under any legislation relating to bankruptcy or insolvency or was subject to or instituted any proceedings, arrangement or compromise with creditors or had a receiver, receiver manager or trustee appointed to hold the assets of such issuer.
a)Bagra ltd having ceased to trade having its registered office & principal place of business at 4 the Malthouse, grand canal quay, Dublin 2 & (b)Safety and quality direct ltd having ceased to trade having its registered office & principal place of business at lougher, duleek, co.
Armistice ceased production in 1996 at the cusp of the down trend in the gold market and shortly after announcing a bulk sample extraction from the shallow ore body.