nearest and dearest


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your nearest and dearest

your family My wife and dozens of her nearest and dearest are from West Virginia.
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your nearest and dearest

  (humorous)
your family When people are stressed at work, they tend to go home and take it out on their nearest and dearest.
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nearest and dearest

One's closest and fondest friends, companions, or relatives, as in It's a small gathering-we're inviting only a dozen or so of our nearest and dearest. This rhyming expression has been used ironically since the late 1500s, as well as by Shakespeare in 1 Henry IV (3:2): "Why, Harry, do I tell thee of my foes, which art my nearest and dearest enemy?"
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If you have never served in the military, ask yourself if you would be willing to leave your current job with its pay, your hometown and those nearest and dearest to you for the life of a soldier.
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He does so by suggesting that the verdict he has proposed -- that the neediest take precedence over the nearest and dearest -- is a verdict that transfers to the public sphere: ".
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He said: "I didn't tell any of my nearest and dearest.
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