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in creation?

Used as an intensifier after a question word (who, what, where, when, why, and how) to express extreme confusion, surprise, or aggravation. And just how in creation am I supposed to have three reports done by 9 AM tomorrow? Where in creation did you find that rusty old car? Who in creation is making all that noise?

all over creation

Everywhere; over a great distance or area; all over the place. Primarily heard in US. I've been looking all over creation trying to find you! Janet: "You guys are two hours late! Where were you?" George: "Lenny here thought he'd take a shortcut, and we ended up driving all over creation!"
See also: all, creation, over

on earth

An intensifier used to emphasize surprise, shock, anger, disgust, etc. How on earth am I supposed to read this entire book in one week? What on earth were you thinking, driving across the state in the middle of the night?
See also: earth, on

all over creation

 and all over hell and half of Georgia; all over hell and gone; to hell and gone
Rur. everywhere. Little Billy had his toys spread out all over creation. It took forever to clean up after him. They're looking all over creation, trying to find the missing man. Tom has traveled all over hell and half of Georgia trying to find the man who done him wrong.
See also: all, creation, over

the hind end of creation

Rur. a very remote place. I wish I lived in the city. I'm tired of living here in the hind end of creation. Joe moved out to a little shack at the hind end of creation.
See also: creation, end, hind, of

on earth

 and in creation; in the world
Fig. really; indeed; in fact. (Used as an intensifier after who, what, when, where, how.) What on earth do you mean?' How in creation do you expect me to do that? Who in the world do you think you are?
See also: earth, on

in creation

see under on earth.
See also: creation

on earth

1. Also, in creation; in the world. Ever, anywhere, of all possible things. These phrases are all used for emphasis in questions or, less often, in a negative context. For example, What on earth is he doing with a spade? or Where in creation did that child go? or How in the world do you expect me to carry all those bags? [Late 1700s]
2. like nothing on earth. Incomparable. For example, That perfume smells like nothing on earth, or Her new hair color is like nothing on earth. [c. 1900]
See also: earth, on

on earth

Among all the possibilities: Why on earth did you put on that outfit?
See also: earth, on
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By eating and transgressing, Eve disrupts the creational hierarchy.
We find ourselves facing the loss of the truth of the family founded on marriage, on the original, creational model.
The present paper aims to discuss Eavan Boland's third volume of poetry In Her Own Image (1980, republished in her Collected Poems 1995a) for its subversive potential, as its very title suggests, to both revise and rearticulate creational and foundational myths underpinning traditional female iconography, which often appear associated with the construction of female subjectivity.
Or all sentient beings, with none having greater value in the creational mysteries of life?
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Here's an important statistic to ponder: Forty-five percent of Americans hold a creational view of the world, discounting Darwin's theory of evolution.
October 2003) is not an "error to be eradicated" as a consequence of incompetence or misinformation by the 80 bishops in plenary session in 1968; rather it is a libel of schism contradicting the creational order, honoured since creation up to the invention of mechanical, chemical, and surgical contraceptive means.
It's one little way as a member of my watershed (one's watershed being one's most important creational address, by the way--more important than nation, state, or zip code) that I can express my care for creation.
141, 193 (2001) ("In international arbitration, the most important constraints on decision makers are ex ante creational checks rather than ex post external or internal checks.
He took from Augustine the creational meaning of Beauty and removed it from the general hermeneutical investigation and narrative detail, laying bare the "differends" encapsulated in what he (Lyotard) calls the singular witness, the poem of the Confessions.
Thinking" is here synonymous with fantasy and imagination, which both contain elements of the creational act (the creation of fiction (30)), and is furthermore connected with the act of dreaming.
Supernatural characters can come in many forms; common is the creational being.
The development cycle for compositional approaches is different than those used for creational software development projects.
Covers that highlight the contributions of women in the display of the Rabbit take at least two forms: transformational and creational.
For the purposes of this article, we defined spirituality as the notion that the universe and its contents symbolize the efforts of a greater creational force or Supreme Being; in contrast, religion may represent the practical manifestations of spirituality (e.