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find (something) wanting

To discover or determine that someone or something is deficient in certain or overall requirements, expectations, or standards. The report found the government's stimulus plan wanting in several key areas. Though impressed by his application letter, the firm found his C.V. wanting. Mary was found wanting in basic social etiquette by her peers.
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find (something) out the hard way

To learn or discover something through personal experience, especially that which is difficult, painful, or unpleasant. Can also be phrased as "find out about something the hard way." Starting your own business is really tough. I had to find that out the hard way. Everyone will tell you that becoming a parent is challenging, but you never really know what that means until you find out about it the hard way.
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find (one's) (own) level

To reach one's level of proficiency, comfort, or competency in a particular area. I'm so impressed with the interns—they've really found their level now. It takes time to find your own level as a teacher, but you'll get there—we all do.
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find (one's) feet

To reach a level of comfort in a new situation. It took a while, but I've finally found my feet in my job. I know you're nervous, but all freshmen are—you'll find your feet at school, don't worry.
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find (one's) voice

1. To find one's distinctive style or vision of artistic expression. I think this is your best story yet, Betsy—you've really found your voice as a writer. It takes time to find your voice, but I'm confident you'll get there by the end of our photography class.
2. To regain the ability to speak, especially after something frightening or startling has happened. It took him a minute, but Pete found his voice again after we startled him at his surprise party.
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found money

money that has come to someone with such ease or surprise that one might have just as well found it by accident. The money he got from his uncle's estate is all found money except for the taxes. He did nothing to earn it.
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found something (up)on something

to establish something on some kind of basis or justification. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) The owners founded this company upon prompt service. We founded our business on practically no money.
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lost-and-found

an office or department that handles items that someone has lost that have been found by someone else. The lost-and-found office had an enormous collection of umbrellas and four sets of false teeth! I found a book on the seat of the bus. I turned it in to the driver, who gave it to the lost-and-found office.

nowhere to be found

not able to be seen There were several high-tech devices in the room, but the instructions were nowhere to be found.
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found on

or found upon
v.
To establish the basis of something with some other thing; base something on something else: The original inhabitants founded their community on the basis of shared labor. The laws are founded upon deep principles of justice.
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lost-and-found badge

n. a military identification tag; a military dog tag. (From the Persian Gulf War.) My father still keeps his lost-and-found badge from the Korean War.
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The newest in the Los Angeles Community College District, this college on 22 1/2 acres was founded in 1975 and serves nearly 7,000 students.
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Father Briere gives flesh to this vision with the stories of many Canadian holy people who have explored the country and founded the Church in Canada "under Mary's mantle.
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Founded in 1989, the firm recruits professionals, middle management and senior-executives specializing in engineering, informational systems, medicine, sales, education and finance, with salaries ranging from $32,000 to $140,000.
Founded in 1969, AMD is dedicated to delivering superior computing solutions based on customer needs that empower users worldwide.
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Founded in 1990, the company is headquartered in San Diego, CA.
Before that, Rosenberg founded and served in executive positions in a number of other software start-ups, including Factpoint, NovaSoft Systems, and Webspective.
Founded in April 1995, O2Micro develops and markets innovative power management, and security components and systems for the computer, consumer, industrial, and communications markets.
McKewon was managing partner of the Enterprise Management Company, a venture capital firm that he also founded.
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