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concrete jungle

An overcrowded, unsafe and/or crime-ridden urban environment or city, characterized by the congestion of large buildings and roads. After years living in that concrete jungle, I'm looking forward to being in a place with a bit of grass and friendly neighbors.
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be cast in concrete

To be firmly or permanently established; to be unalterable or not subject to change. The healthcare law looks promising, but we'll have to wait until it's cast in concrete before we know exactly what it will do.
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cast in concrete

Firmly or permanently established; not subject to change; unalterable. The healthcare law looks promising, but we'll have to wait until it's cast in concrete before we know exactly what it will do.
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set (something) in concrete

To establish something firmly or permanently; to make something unalterable or not subject to change. The healthcare law looks promising, but we'll have to wait until Congress sets it in concrete before we know exactly what it will do.
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be set in concrete

To be definitely and permanently decided or planned. We might get brunch next weekend, but nothing is set in concrete yet.
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set in concrete

If a plan is set in concrete, it is fixed and cannot be changed. With expenditure plans now set in concrete for three years, slower growth would mean higher taxes. Note: You can also say that a plan is cast in concrete. But the sale conditions must be cast in concrete.
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be set in concrete

(of a policy or idea) be fixed and unalterable.
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It was all the more impressive, then, when this mysterious functionary took the podium on the first day to fulminate against Hegel, asserting that art is not "a leisure activity that allows us to forget the grim activity of thinking" but is "thought itself--the way that Truth concretely manifests itself in images.
As I watched the birds flit around the dark soil, I realized they, along with other animals and insects, "owned" this land more concretely than I could.
Interviews and vignettes involving people with autism concretely convey the reality of how challenging they can be to interact with and how vulnerable to crime and exploitation they are.
He depicts the written or printed word as a physical, visual object that occupies space as concretely and solidly as a tree, or flowing as gently as a river.
Witten, said that "trans folk"--anyone who physically attempts to turn into the opposite sex by manner of dress or through medical procedures--are a caregiving challenge for various social and medical issues, The same goes for intersexed persons--individuals born with ambiguous genitalia who don't always concretely fall into the traditional male or female genders.
In Part III, "Applications," Bishop Younan concretely deals with the reality on the ground.
Faced with practical defeats, and having no meaningful Old Left to counsel them on the vicissitudes of social struggle, activists began to place a higher value on orthodoxy than on concretely organizing movements for social change.
The second section is told more concretely than the first, but there's still a good deal of "shying away .
Congress is debating a bill that would concretely define who is a Virgin Islands citizen and eligible for the program.
More concretely, Tom Heck, director of product engineering at Hayes Lemmerz (Northville, MI), estimates that in the 2006 model year his company alone will be responsible for replacing 2 million low-end aluminum wheels with steel units on various new vehicle platforms--bringing steel back to parity in a single year.
At the WSF, you have movements who are concretely fighting the World Bank, the IMF, the WTO--the WSF becomes the site where the planning for the next moves in the campaign against the WTO, the IMF, and the U.
Specific comparisons concretely confirm that Della Porta inhabited two linguistically separate worlds, one theoretical and philosophical, compact of Latin and erudite coinages, the other a milieu of laboratory and crafts generating idiomatic terms in different vernaculars.
More concretely, the study, entitled "Countdown to Customer Focus: A Step-by-Step Guide to CRM Implementation," states that successful CRM requires a detailed plan for managing long-term expectations as well as strategies for measuring performance throughout a company.
The board's performance expectations for the CEO for the coming year will be concretely defined by the committee, along with reward payments that will accompany that performance, and will be communicated face-to-face to the CEO.