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on bad terms

In a state of utter disagreement, dislike, or contempt with someone else. My ex-husband and I wanted to part amicably, but ever since the divorce trial started, we have been on really bad terms.
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blanket term

A word or phrase used to describe a broad range of similarly related things, usually resulting in diluting the specific meaning of individual items. "Idiom" is often used as a blanket term for any element of language that is used strangely or uniquely by its users. "American" can be seen as something of a blanket term, considering how drastically people differ from one part of the country to the next.
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bring (someone) to terms

To compel a person or group to agree to or do something, especially a set of demands or conditions. The rebels' unflinching siege of the king's palace eventually brought the government to terms.
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in layman's terms

In words that can be understood by people outside of a given profession or field of expertise, i.e., without the use of jargon or highly technical terms. Chronic atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries has stopped oxygen-rich blood from reaching the heart, leading to a myocardial infarction. In layman's terms, you've suffered a heart attack. I wish these software agreements would be written in layman's terms, rather than this legalese gobbledygook.
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contradiction in terms

A phrase or expression that causes confusion because it contains words or ideas that contradict each other; an oxymoron. Jumbo shrimp is such a contradiction in terms.
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half term

A brief holiday that takes places in the middle of an academic term. Primarily heard in UK. I can't wait until half term—I need a break from school! Where are you traveling to during half term?
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inkhorn term

An obscure term from another language (most often Latin or Greek), typically used in an attempt to highlight the speaker's intelligence. I can't stand that guy and his inkhorn terms—I feel like I need to have a dictionary on hand just to talk to him!
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on talking terms

Being amicable enough with someone as to have a conversation with him or her. A: "I didn't realize that you and Stella were on talking terms again after your fight." B: "Yeah, ever since we apologized to each other, we've been getting along great!" I'm not on talking terms with him right now, so you better not talk to him either.
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red-flag term

A word that is particularly offensive or controversial and thus sparks an immediate emotional reaction. The phrase may reference the red flag because it is the tool traditionally used by matadors to aggravate bulls. How dare you say a red-flag term like that to me, your own mother! Please don't say any red-flag terms at this dinner party.
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be on good terms with (someone)

To have a friendly or pleasant relationship with someone. No, I'm on good terms with Stephanie now—we reconciled after that argument. You should always try to be on good terms with your boss.
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be (not) on speaking terms

To have an amicable, although perhaps guarded or superficial, relationship with someone. This phrase is often used in the negative to show that two people are estranged. It took a long time, but my ex-husband and I are finally on speaking terms these days. After that argument last night, I'm not on speaking terms with Stephanie.
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come to terms

1. To agree to or do something, especially a set of demands or conditions. The government came to terms after the rebels' unflinching siege of the king's palace.
2. To begin to or make an effort to understand, accept, and deal with a difficult or problematic person, thing, or situation. I should have the report ready for you by this afternoon, I just need to come to terms with this new software update first. I've tried, but I just can't come to terms with Amy, she's totally out of control!
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come to terms with (someone or something)

To begin to or make an effort to understand, accept, and deal with a difficult or problematic person, thing, or situation. I should have the report ready for you by this afternoon, I just need to come to terms with this new software update first. I've tried, but I just can't come to terms with Amy, she's totally out of control!
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in the short/medium/long term

During a short/medium/long period of time in the future. It's an adequate solution in the short term, maybe even in the medium term, but it won't fix the problem in the long term.
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over the long term

Over the course of a long period of time. Repaying your loan ahead of schedule will save you money over the long term by reducing the amount of interest you'll have to pay. The study showed that lowering one's consumption of red meat reduced the risk of heart disease over the long haul.
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over the short term

Over the course of a short period of time. While the bill will fund the government over the short term, it does nothing to address the overall budget deficit that still looms over the country. Popular diets can give you rapid weight loss over the short term, but that weight often comes right back on in a few months' time.
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for the short/medium/long term

For a short/medium/long period of time in the future. It's an adequate solution for the short term, maybe even for the medium term, but it won't fix the problem for the long term.
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come to terms

(about someone or something) and come to terms (on someone or something) [for two or more people] to reach an accord on someone or something. Ed and Alice came to terms about money. They did not come to terms on the price.
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come to terms

 (with someone or something)
1. to come to an agreement with someone. I finally came to terms with my lawyer about his fee. Bob, you have to come to terms with your father.
2. to learn to accept someone or something. She had to come to terms with the loss of her sight. She couldn't come to terms with her estranged husband.
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contradiction in terms

a statement containing a seeming contradiction. A wealthy pauper is a contradiction in terms. A straight-talking politician may seem to be a contradiction in terms.
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in glowing terms

Fig. using words of praise; using complimentary expressions. The college president described his accomplishments in glowing terms and awarded him with an honorary degree.
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in no uncertain terms

Cliché in very specific and direct language. I was so mad. I told her in no uncertain terms to leave and never come back. I told him in no uncertain terms to stop calling me.
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in terms of something

regarding something; concerning something. I don't know what to do in terms of John's problem. Now, in terms of your proposal, don't you think you're asking for too much?
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on good terms (with someone)

friendly with someone; able to interact well and be friends with someone. Bill is on good terms with the people he works with. We are not on very good terms and don't speak to each other much.
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on speaking terms (with someone)

on friendly terms with someone. (Often with the negative.) I'm not on speaking terms with Mary. We had a serious disagreement. We're not on speaking terms.
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bring to terms

Force someone to agree or continue negotiations, as in The creditors were determined to bring the company to terms. The terms here mean "the conditions for agreement." [First half of 1700s] Also see come to terms.
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come to terms

1. Reach an agreement, as in The landlord and his tenants soon came to terms regarding repairs. [Early 1700s]
2. come to terms with. Reconcile oneself to, as in He'd been trying to come to terms with his early life. [Mid-1800s]
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contradiction in terms

A statement that seems to contradict itself, with one part of it denying another. For example, I've always believed that "a poor millionaire" was a contradiction in terms. [Late 1700s]
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in no uncertain terms

Emphatically, definitely so. For example, Jane told them in no uncertain terms that she wanted no part of their practical joke. The double negative in this idiom serves for emphasis. [Mid-1900s] Also see in so many words.
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in terms of

1. As measured or indicated by, on the basis of. For example, How far is it in terms of miles? This usage originated in mathematics, where it alludes to numerical units. [Mid-1700s]
2. In relation to, with reference to, as in This film offers nothing in terms of satisfactory entertainment. [Late 1800s]
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on good terms

On a friendly footing, as in I'm on good terms with the manager, so I'll ask him to help you. Shakespeare used the phrase slightly differently in King Lear (1:2): "Parted you in good terms?" The precise current usage was first recorded in 1669. Also see on speaking terms.
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on speaking terms

1. Friendly enough to exchange superficial remarks, as in We're on speaking terms with the new neighbors.
2. Ready and willing to communicate, not alienated or estranged. For example, We are on speaking terms again after the quarrel. Both senses of this idiom commonly occur in the negative, as in Brett and his brother haven't been on speaking terms for years. The idiom was first recorded in 1786.
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in no uncertain terms

If someone tells a person something in no uncertain terms, they say it strongly and clearly so that there is no doubt about what they mean. She told him in no uncertain terms to go away.
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bring to terms

To force (another) to agree.
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come to terms with

1. To come to accept; become reconciled to: finally came to terms with his lack of talent.
2. To reach mutual agreement: The warring factions have at last come to terms.
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on speaking terms

1. Friendly enough to exchange superficial remarks: We're on speaking terms with the new neighbors.
2. Ready and willing to communicate; not alienated or estranged.
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in terms of

1. As measured or indicated by; in units of: distances expressed in terms of kilometers as well as miles; cheap entertainment, but costly in terms of time wasted.
2. In relation to; with reference to: "narcissistic parents who ... interpret their child's experience entirely in terms of their own history" (Richard Weissbourd).
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References in classic literature ?
Yes, yes; the terms, in every sense, are tempting enough," I replied impatiently.
But the real purpose of the proposal is to provide a vehicle for an initiative extending terms to get on the ballot in time for Senate President Don Perata and Assembly Speaker Fabian NuIllegal 'X-value' for character STYLs voided here ez -- the Democrat legislative leaders -- to stay in power a few more years.
More likely, though, is that P-E multiples will change as investors revise their outlook for long-term growth and returns, which suggests that delivering only in the near term is not sufficient to drive sustained value growth.
6 in 1999, and the mean number of terms in unique queries was 2.
In 1994, 59 percent of Idaho voters approved an initiative limiting terms for federal elected officials, state constitutional officers, members of the state legislature, local government officials, and school district officials.
The term "long-term care," in itself, means different things to different people, and this has made it difficult for people to focus on the issue.
Less well known, perhaps, is that companies with strong cash flows can also improve liquidity by structuring debt on a long-term, non-demand basis, in the form of term loans or subordinated debt.
Another important indicator of premium adequacy, and perhaps the easiest to use objectively, is the Long Term Care Insurance Experience Reports, published annually by the NAIC.
The sublease requires FM to make fixed, annual rental payments over both the primary term and (if exercised) the put renewal term.
Meanwhile, some representatives of the core group called Long-Term Capital to discuss the terms and conditions of the consortium approach.
The limit for the state Senate is two terms (eight years).
Activity that suggests itself or is recommended to the defense team can be examined in terms of the likelihood that it will advance the case toward the long-term goal.
When the order comes in, your customer usually indicates that it is subject to his terms and conditions of sale, frequently printed on the back side of the purchase order form.
Last year, California, Colorado and Oklahoma approved term limits for their state legislatures, and as many as 15 more states may vote on the issue this year.
Another says Proposition R would prevent council members from serving ``for life'' but fails to note that council members already are limited to two terms, or eight years.