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empty nest

A family home inhabited by parents after their children have grown up and departed. Many parents feel depressed when they are left in an empty nest.
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empty nester

A parent whose children have moved out of the home. When our youngest goes off to college next year, we'll officially be empty nesters.
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empty nest

The home of parents whose children have grown up and moved out. For example, Now that they had an empty nest, Jim and Jane opened a bed-and-breakfast. This expression, alluding to a nest from which baby birds have flown, gave rise to such related ones as empty-nester, for a parent whose children had moved out, and empty-nest syndrome, for the state of mind of parents whose children had left. [c. 1970]
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an empty nester

An empty nester is a parent whose children have left home. I'm trying to prepare myself for becoming an empty nester when my youngest child goes to university.
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empty nester

a person whose children have grown up and left home. informal
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n. parents whose children have grown and moved out. There are a few adjustments that empty-nesters have to make.
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Nester offers a fairer assessment of Jacksonian foreign policy, recognizing Jackson's more restrained approach to international affairs.
Nester draws heavily upon the writing of participants and utilizes some of the current scholarship on the frontier.
Nester emphasizes the negative in Jackson's two-term presidency: scandals within the administration; his widespread use of the spoils system to reward friends and political supporters; his opposition to the National Bank; his appointment of "slavocrats" to the Supreme Court; and his Indian Removal policies.
For branded drugs, a shipment from McKesson to a Rite Aid distribution center can be customized to be aisle-ready, or even shelf-ready, "so it becomes a very efficient daily receipt," nester says.
By the time Hill suggested the champion load to Pat Nester, the Nester Estate had already hauled several impressive loads of short logs 16 or 18 feet long.
Dr Nester noted that currently available complement inhibitors are only active against the C5 component of complement and are predicted to have little effect in DDD patients.
Springfield was determined the best place to land because it had the best weather and offered the best chance to help the pilot down, Major Nester said.
Although he didn't resort to taking on either of these new responsibilities, one full year since both his daughter, Ruby, 23, and son, Evan, 19, have been gone, he says that joining the ranks of Alaska's empty nesters has not been easy.
Minneapolis-based Pillsbury launched a nationwide marketing campaign designed to help Empty Nesters adjust to cooking, buying and organizing meals for a smaller household.
Christopher Kelly, 23,mademore than 10 hours of calls toSueanne Nester.
Woolrich has announced a new partnership with Nester Hosiery Inc.
Daft was named Douglas Ivester's successor after Nester announced his retirement in early December 1999.
Nester correctly emphasizes, government efforts to promote and direct economic activity in the United States have a much longer history.
In The War for America's Natural Resources, William Nester attempts to explain the dynamics of policymaking in the area of natural resources over the past 150 years.
As Todd Nester comforted his wife, Tracy, during her recent labor and delivery at a North Carolina hospital, his eyes often glanced at the nearby intravenous packet that dripped a prescribed solution into her arm.