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in a vacuum

In total isolation; having no interaction with or connection to other people, places, or actions. Your actions don't occur in a vacuum; they affect everyone else here, too! Being in such a remote, rural town can sometimes feel like living in a vacuum.
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Nature abhors a vacuum.

Prov. If there is a gap, something will fill it. Jill: As soon as the beggar who used to work that corner left, another one showed up. Jane: Nature abhors a vacuum.
See also: nature, vacuum

vacuum something out

to clean an enclosed area out with a vacuum cleaner. Please vacuum this car out now! Can you vacuum out the car?
See also: out, vacuum

vacuum something up (from something)

to clean something up from something with a vacuum cleaner. Fred vacuumed the dirt up from the carpet. He vacuumed up the birdseed from the kitchen floor.
See also: up, vacuum

in a vacuum

COMMON If something exists or happens in a vacuum, it seems to exist or happen separately from the things that you would expect it to be connected with. Property values do not exist in a vacuum. The market value of a house can fall if the biggest employer in town closes or a noisy club opens next door. Such decisions do not occur in a political vacuum, but have serious political implications both at home and abroad.
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do something in a ˈvacuum

do something alone or separately from other people, events, etc., especially when there should be a connection: No novel is written in a vacuum. There are always influences from past writers.
See also: something, vacuum
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Like the heart that keeps our blood flowing through our bodies, vacuum pumps keep resin flowing through your processing facility so they are critical to the health of your conveying system.
Built with the most intricate robotic algorithms, the Scout RX11 is the most sophisticated robotic vacuum on the market, which is why Above & Beyond Sewing and Vacuum is encouraging customers to come in to one of their two locations and see it for themselves.
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Brush the safe, nontoxic and biodegradable cleaner through the spot and vacuum it up; no mixing of chemicals, no risk of damage-and spots do not reappear.
It seems every time he opens his mouth in public to talk business, some big vacuum manufacturer threatens to sue him, Charlie says.
That's just one of the many vacuum tidbits visitors can learn at the Smithsonian Institution's latest exhibit "History in a Vacuum," which was unveiled during "Fall Cleaning Day" at the Museum of American History here.
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As a proud distributor of Miele, Dyson, and Sebo vacuums, we'll continue to provide our customers with the quality of product and affordability that will hopefully afford us another 25 great years in the industry.
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The empty bag is lifted into a hood where a proximity switch vacuums the bag and surrounding fugitive dust.
Some stick vacuums can be used on both hard surfaces and carpets.
Sheriff's deputies issued a warning Thursday to local senior citizens of a vacuum cleaner sales team that uses high-pressure techniques to sell expensive equipment to the elderly.