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fringe benefit

A non-monetary perk, incentive, or benefit for working a job that is given in addition to one's normal wage or salary. One of the fringe benefits of working here is getting free lunch in the cafeteria.
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lunatic fringe

The most extreme members or portion of a larger group of people. The group has widely been dismissed as the lunatic fringe of the religion, taking its most fundamentalist aspects and warping them into a cult-like ideology based on prejudice and hate. They're part of some lunatic fringe who believe that eating anything that dwells or grows above ground pollutes the body with toxins.
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on the fringe

1. At or in the periphery of something or some place. Our offices are on the fringe of the city, where rent isn't quite so high. There are still some tribes on the fringe of the forest that have never made contact with the outside world.
2. Outside of or not favored by the mainstream population; unconventional, radical, or extreme. He's a really smart guy, but some of his ideas are really on the fringe. I've just found that the most interesting art these days is found on the fringe.
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lunatic fringe

the more extreme members of a group. Most of the members of that religious sect are quite reasonable, but Lisa belongs to the lunatic fringe. Many people try to avoid eating a lot of fat, but Mary is part of the lunatic fringe and will eat anything.
See also: fringe, lunatic

on the fringe

1. Lit. at the outer boundary or edge of something. He doesn't live in the city, just on the fringe.
2. Fig. at the extremes of something, typically political thought. He is way out. His political ideas are really on the fringe.
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the ˌlunatic ˈfringe

(disapproving) members of an organization or group who are more extreme than the others; extreme groups: It’s the lunatic fringe of the Animal Liberation Front which smashes the windows of butchers’ shops, not ordinary members like us.The word lunatic means crazy. It comes from the Latin word luna, meaning ‘moon’, because people believed that the changes in the moon caused temporary madness.
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The second Cardiff Fringe Theatre Festival starts this Saturday and runs for a week, promising an eclectic mix of theatre accompanied by a variety of other events including a scratch night, a drag night, a poetry night, slam competitions, workshops, talks and seminars.
Factor in the wrinkle-disguising benefits, and maybe it's time to take a fresh look at the fringe movement.
In 1982, the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival was established through a $50,000 grant bestowed by the City of Edmonton to Chinook Theatre (now Fringe Theatre Adventures), under Artistic Director Brian Paisley.
1), and this consists of three elements: sash material, Chainette fringe, and a pair of beaded tubes.
Michelle Obama's eyebrow-skimming fringe - bangs in the US - is very sexy and because it is less severe than a shorter blunt fringe and is a good option for the more mature woman.
While Kim Kardashian who just can't decide, applies a temporary clip-in fringe to keep us all guessing.
But the beauty of the fringe is that it is completely versatile and can suit different hair lengths, hair colours and even thickness of hair," says Guy Cammarano, creative director of Regis Salons.
1372(a) states that for fringe benefit purposes, an S corporation "shall be treated as a partnership" and a 2% shareholder "shall be treated as a partner of such partnership.
Hebburn-born Jason Cook and Middlesbrough's Patrick Monahan will preview their fulllength Edinburgh Fringe shows The Search For Happiness and Hug Me I Feel Good at the monthly comedy night.
Kim Kardashian, Kelly Osbourne and Lucy Liu are all loving this summer's fashion trend for wearing bags, coats and shoes adorned in fringe.
Whether your fringe is side-swept, crafted into sensuous layers, shattered for an edgy look or worn blunt, it will instantly transform your face.
My fringe hasn't been a problem yet but I could see how it would be if I was pushing it out of the way all the time," she said.
IT IS MORE THAN a decade since Jed Griffiths described the rural-urban fringe as 'planning's last frontier': (1) an area presenting the planning profession with a number of unique challenges.
The de minimis fringe benefit is a popular employer-provided fringe benefit.
High-contrast fringes can be obtained only from a light source that has a very small angular size--that is, one that produces almost perfectly parallel waves.