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late unpleasantness

Euph. the U.S. Civil War. (Old.) The town courthouse was burned in the late unpleasantness. Many of my ancestors lost their lives in the late unpleasantness.
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the late unpleasantness

the war that took place recently.
This phrase was originally used of the American Civil War ( 1861–5 ).
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Anne, remembering the unpleasantness of the preceding evening, was very nice to Gilbert; and Gilbert, who was learning wisdom, took care to be nothing save the schoolboy comrade again.
What I object to is the unpleasantness of being associated with your inquiries when I am absolutely unable to give you the least help, or to supply you with any information which is not equally attainable to you.
Then," she said, "do you think that anything but pain and unpleasantness can come of a meeting between us?
It is not your fault that this unpleasantness has arisen.
I only know--' faltered Miss Petowker,--'it may be no rule to be sure--but I have never found any inconvenience or unpleasantness of that sort.
She used to stay in the country as a child, and the impression she had retained of it was that the country was a refuge from all the unpleasantness of the town, that life there, though not luxurious--Dolly could easily make up her mind to that--was cheap and comfortable; that there was plenty of everything, everything was cheap, everything could be got, and children were happy.
He knew that there had been unpleasantness between England and the United States in seventeen-something and again in eighteen-something, but that things had eventually been straightened out by Miss Edna May and her fellow missionaries of the Belle of New York Company, since which time there had been no more trouble.
Tulliver's savage silence, which seemed to add to the hollow resonance of the bare, uncarpeted room when the aunts were talking, heightened the unpleasantness of these family visits on all sides, and tended to make them rare.
But still you have interrupted me; one way or another, I repeat again: there would never have been any unpleasantness except for what happened in the garden.
Then, begging her pardon for all past unpleasantness, to make her a present of ten thousand roubles and so assist the rupture with Mr.
The point is, that I did actually cause your sister, whom I greatly respect, some trouble and unpleasantness, and so, sincerely regretting it, I want--not to compensate, not to repay her for the unpleasantness, but simply to do something to her advantage, to show that I am not, after all, privileged to do nothing but harm.
However, it seems the forces in question must have liked the outcome of the analysis: namely, that burglars will limit their activities to houses with odd numbers, so avoiding any conflict or unpleasantness with the police, and the police will have no burglaries to investigate in the even numbered addresses.
May 18, 1915: Pte H Avison from Crosland Moor wrote home to say he had had his baptism of fire in the trenches, adding: "After the first hour or so all the unpleasantness wore off and we got quite lively and passed jokes on to another.
They've had plenty to time to learn their lesson since the unpleasantness of the Andrew Sachs affair in 2008, so while we would be disappointed if they were on their absolute best behaviour, they hopefully won't cause any major scandals.
Then there was all the unpleasantness with Malky, and the good name of the club being dragged through the gutter.