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exercise for the reader

A subject, debate, or other matter that is not decided or dealt with directly by the author or presenter, but rather is left up to the judgment or interpretation of the observer, reader, or addressee. The report merely details the spending practices of the parties concerned; whether or not these payments were dubious in nature is left as an exercise for the reader. The politician's speech made broad references to invigorating the economy with practical, no-nonsense measures—what such measures might be, though, was left as an exercise for the reader.
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exercise (one) in (something)

To help one to practice something. Will you exercise me in these chemistry terms before the tomorrow's test?
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exercise power over (someone or something)

To assert control or authority over someone or something. Even though we're adults now, my sister still tries to exercise power over me like I'm a little kid.
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exercised about (something)

Upset or agitated because of something. We can't tell mom we broke the vase—she'll get totally exercised about it! Before you get exercised about it, let me tell you exactly what happened.
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the object of the exercise

The main point, focus, or goal of an activity or task. If you're an investor, holding onto stocks that damage your portfolio defeats the object of the exercise. If you're trying to improve your health, not just shed a few quick pounds, the object of the exercise should be to develop a diet that is sustainable in the long term.
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exercise power over

someone or something and exercise control over someone or something; exercise influence over someone or something to have someone or something under one's control or influence. The dictator exercised power over the island for many years. See if you can exercise some control over your appetite. I wish I could exercise some influence over the committee.
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exercise (someone or an animal) in

something to give someone or an animal practice in doing something; to drill someone or an animal at something. Please exercise the dog in obedience routines. I hope you will exercise me in my Spanish irregular verbs.
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exercised about something

Fig. upset about something. Mary: You lost a hundred dollars playing poker!? Bill: Now don't get exercised about it. I can't tell Ma I'm failing English class. She gets exercised about every dumb thing I do.
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*firm hand

Fig. [someone's] strong sense of management; a high degree of discipline and direction. (*Typically: exercise ~; have ~; need ~; take ~; use~.) I had to use a firm hand with Perry when he was a child. He had a problem with discipline.
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the object of the exercise

the main point or purpose of an activity.
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If a corporation grants to an employee ISOs first becoming exercisable in a single year that relate to shares with a combined fair market value that exceeds $100,000, the rule precluding options on shares in excess of $100,000 per year from qualifying as ISOs is applied by taking options into account in the order in which they were granted.
Each Agents' Option issued in connection with the non flow-through units is exercisable for one year form closing and entitles the holder to purchase one unit of the Issuer at a price of $0.
00 and 623,250 finder's warrants exercisable at a price of $0.
Pursuant to the amendment to the Warrants, the holder will be entitled on the Exercisable Date (as defined below) to purchase an aggregate of 12,250,000 common shares in the capital of the Corporation at a purchase price of US$4.
One hundred and fifty thousand warrants will be exercisable from the day of the closing, 150,000 warrants shall become exercisable as of February 15th, 2007 and 150,000 warrants shall become exercisable as of February 15th, 2008, unless the loan is prepaid in full prior to February 15th, 2008, in which event the number of warrants exercisable shall be calculated on the basis of 12,500 warrants becoming exercisable each month since the last date on which warrants have become exercisable.
The notes are not convertible and the warrants are not exercisable until Stem Cell has authorized sufficient shares of Stem Cell common stock.
The Series A Common Stock Purchase Warrants are exercisable until July 1, 2006 and permit the holders to purchase up to 6,756,757 shares of the Company's common stock at an exercise price of $0.