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in an perfect world

If things existed or happened exactly as one would like. Well, in an perfect world I'd be able to take time off for paternity leave without having it affect my pay, but at least I get to take the time off at all! Well, we'd be able to provide healthcare services to every citizen without charge in an perfect world, but unfortunately that's never going to happen.
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in an ideal world

If things existed or happened exactly as one would like. Well, in an ideal world I'd be able to take time off for paternity leave without having it affect my pay, but at least I get to take the time off at all! Well, we'd be able to provide healthcare services to every citizen without charge in an ideal world, but unfortunately that's never going to happen.
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in an ˌideal/a ˌperfect ˈworld

used to say that something is what you would like to happen or what should happen, but you know it cannot: In an ideal world we would be recycling and reusing everything.
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The Ideal Home Show is at London's Earls TERMS AND CONDITIONS A maximum of two free adult weekday (Monday to Friday) tickets per household can be claimed.
Let A be an ideal of X and let x [member of] A whereas y * z [not member of] A.
We denoted by I(a) the ideal of S generated by a (a [member of] S) one can easily prove That
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George Bush, the ideal man, will exit the White House on 20 January along with other ideal members of his administration.
Eventhough T takes ideal to ideal, the image ideal need not be proper.
IDEAL adds value to the IDEAL / Contex ZPrinter 450, and all of the IDEAL / Contex 3D printer line, by providing 'printer-ready' preparation of 3D CAD files, as well as conversion of 2D CAD files or paper files to printer-ready 3D CAD files and 3D printing.
Collaboration is an essential element to success in the ideal organization.
Initially, Xiamen Ajiraku Ideal Foods will produce dried vegetable ingredients for Knorr's soup products using raw materials supplied by Xiamen Ideal Group.
Many working-class families also sought to live-up to the domestic ideal established by the middle classes.
The region's chronic instability has made maintaining a balance between projecting American power, and upholding its ideals, increasingly difficult.
Unfortunately, a continuous online connection is expensive and is an ideal point of attack for hackers.
Volochkova was beautiful as Odette, appearing as the ideal of eternal femininity and displaying highly musical dance skills.
The Intel LXT973 dual-port 10/100 Ethernet transceiver is a low power device that is ideal for applications such as IP telephone handsets which require two Ethernet connections.