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autem mort

1. obsolete A woman who is married. "Autem" is an obsolete slang word for church, and "mort" is obsolete slang for a woman or girl. Your courtship is wasted, my friend, for she is an autem mort already.
2. obsolete A beggar woman who carries about several children and affects to have great devotion to the church or religion, generally as a means of arousing sympathetic charity from others. "Autem" is an obsolete slang word for church, and "mort" is obsolete slang for a woman or girl. The autem morts with their wailing children cluster at the steps of the church for alms.
See also: autem, mort

bon mot

A clever or witty retort. Brett was teased quite often by his peers, but he always responded quickly with a bon mot, causing everyone to erupt into laughter.
See also: bon, mot

the mot juste

The precise word you want to use; the exactly right word. The phrase is French for "right word." When I'm writing, there's no better feeling than easily thinking of the mot juste.
See also: juste, mot
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This is the first of its kind in the UK offering a multi-lane, seven days a week, totally unbiased business dedicated to MOTs.
Rory Carlin, from Halfords Autocentres, said: "We have found evidence of motorists using the MOT as a replacement for regular servicing.
Offer is subject to availability at an MOT testing Kwik Fit centre only.
The reputation of many MOT programs is increasing and equal to or better than many traditional academic departments.
Garage owner Hussain Khimji, 39, of Solihull, was fined pounds 1,000 and qualified MOT tester Ashraf Ali, 26, of Sparkhill, was hit with a fine of pounds 750 after they both admitted making the certificates with intent to deceive.
Evaluating and selecting the best option is an important stage in MOT.
Research also reveals only 7% of people believe their car will fail its MOT despite the most recent report from Vosa saying that 40% failed their test in 2013.
A survey found that more than a quarter of drivers have admitted hitting the road Knowing their MOT has run out.
In the news release, "Car Parts Retailer Enhances Online Presence to Cater for Demand Amid New MOT Rules" issued on 8 Aug 2012 15:22 GMT over PR Newswire, we are advised by a representative of the company that the release was incorrectly sourced.
I WOULD like to respond to the letter 'Tighten up MOT rules', I am an MOT examiner and can confirm that any vehicle that is presented for an MOT with incorrect number plates fitted will fail the MOT examination.
The Government agency responsible for MOT testing, VOSA, has indicated a transition period in which failures relating to some of the new test items will be made advisory until April 1, 2012.
At the start of the busiest month for MoTs, David White, customer services director at Kwik Fit, warns: "With more police forces across the UK using cameras to automatically scan number plates and linking to the national vehicle database those drivers who do not renew their MOT could be in for a rude awakening.
NORTHERN Ireland's largest car dealership, Charles Hurst is introducing a new 'Hassle Free MOT' package, which is sure to take the stress and hassle out of preparing your car for its annual MOT safety check.
8 million (41 per cent) British motorists say that they often struggle to remember their car's MOT expiry date, according to a survey from Kwik-Fit.
INCREASES in MOT fees should be used to fund reminders to motorists when their MOT is due.