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Related to writ: writ large, writ of certiorari, writ of habeas corpus, writ of mandamus
drop the writ
Of prime minister, to issue a request to the head of state to dissolve parliament and (generally) call for new elections. A corruption of the proper term "draw up the writ," it has now passed into common vernacular. Primarily heard in Canada. With members of parliament in open opposition to one another, the prime minister is expected to drop the writ as early as Saturday.
Apparent in a more noticeable or obvious way or to a greater extent. The new blockbuster is really just a simple old story writ large. Come election season, we see all our national concertns writ large.
writ large(slightly formal)
expressed in a bigger or more obvious way She believed that cultures are just personalities writ large. The genius of the story is that it's about ordinary life writ large.
Usage notes: usually used after a noun, as in the examples
be writ large(formal)
to be very obvious Anger was writ large in his face.
if something is another thing writ large, it is a clearer or stronger form of that thing Hollywood is American society writ large.
Signified, expressed, or embodied with greater magnitude, as in That book on Lincoln is simply an article writ large. [Mid-1600s]
Signified, expressed, or embodied in a greater or more prominent magnitude or degree: "The man was no more than the boy writ large" (George Eliot).