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cooler heads prevail

Calm people, thoughts, or actions triumph in the end. Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed in our fight against the school board, and we were able to reach a compromise.
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prevail against (someone or something)

To overcome and succeed against someone or something. I believe as strongly today as I did when I was younger that love will always prevail against hate in the long run. No one expected our team to prevail against the defending champions, but we found it in ourselves to win.
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cooler heads prevail

Fig. the ideas or influence of less emotional people prevail. (Used of a tense situation.) One hopes that cooler heads will prevail and soon everything will calm down.
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The report finds the prevailing wage mandate may have increased the cost of publicly funded construction projects by around 25 percent.
Courts have differed over the issue of when a party must plead or otherwise move to recover its attorneys' fees pursuant to a prevailing party attorneys' fee statute.
The report outlines the crux of the issue as follows: "If the resultant prevailing wage rates are too high, they potentially cost the federal government and taxpayers more for publicly funded construction projects or, if too low, they cost workers in compensation.
When prevailing wage rates increase the cost of public projects by 30 percent to 40 percent for no added benefit, why continue it?
The version of the Prevailing Wage Act applicable to the Ha fner matter defined "public works" to mean "all fixed works constructed by any public body, other than work done directly by any public utility company, whether or not done under public supervision or direction, or paid for wholly or in part out of public funds.
Today 31 states and the District of Columbia enforce prevailing wage laws.
For many non-profits the costs of insurance and workmen's compensation make it difficult for them to offer deconstruction jobs with a livable wage, much less a prevailing wage.
Because a claimant's case against his or her stockbroker often involves allegations of common law tort claims, as well as statutory violations, it is theoretically possible for a claimant to prevail in the case, based on a common law claim, but not be a prevailing party for purposes of recovering attorneys' fees based on the statutory claim.
To qualify as a prevailing party, taxpayers must not have unreasonably protracted the proceedings, and must have exhausted their administrative remedies.
During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, partially due to the influence of philosophers and scientists, prevailing ideology began to change, reflected in the social and humanitarian movement occurring during the first half of the nineteenth century.
GLAA, however, called the piece "a dehumanizing (or at best disrespectful) characterization," citing the rifle of the piece as evidence that it sanctioned "adherence to prevailing misconceptions about gender.
2 (1998) (providing exception to prevailing wage law for certain "commercial establishments").
In 1997, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry implemented a change in its method of determining prevailing wage and benefit rates, resulting in a reduction in the legally required prevailing rates in many construction trades in much of the state.
The company's probability of prevailing was just a few percentage points greater with the testimony than without it.