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absolute power corrupts absolutely

proverb One who holds unchecked power or authority is likely to become corrupt or abuse one's position. This phrase is usually attributed to 19th-century historian Lord Acton. He really started abusing the authority of his office when he was promoted to CEO. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

absolute unit

slang A large person or thing, especially due to being extremely overweight. Chiefly used in Internet memes, especially in the phrase, "In awe at the size of this lad. Absolute unit.", or similar variations. Primarily heard in UK. Would you look at the size of the fella heading out of that pub? What an absolute unit! Some creep on Twitter shared an old photo of me with the caption, "In awe at the size of this lad. Absolute unit." I'm nearly four stone lighter now, for God's sake!
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be the (absolute) limit

To be a source of intense aggravation. Oh, I can't listen to that fool any longer—his idiotic questions are the limit!
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power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely

The more powerful one is, the more unscrupulous one becomes. A: "I never should have appointed him head of the committee." B: "You need to call him in for a meeting before he thinks that he can do whatever he wants. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

the (absolute) limit

A source of intense aggravation or annoyance. Oh, I can't listen to that fool any longer—his idiotic questions are the limit! These forms the HR department makes us fill out are the absolute limit, I'm telling you!
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Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Prov. One who has total authority is very likely to abuse his position. (This phrase was used by the British historian Lord Acton: "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.") We thought that Johnson would be a responsible mayor, but within a year of taking office, he was as bad as all the rest. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Unlike Heidegger, I do not believe that the concept of the absolute in Post-Kantian Idealism entails a denial of the finitude that looms large in Kant's own system, as Heidegger acknowledges in his Kant and the Problem of Metaphysics.
In this sense, they depend on each other, a principle Putnam explicitly concedes to Hegel in claiming that "the mind and the world jointly make up the mind and the world." (5) The logical in which mind and world are both distinguished and interdependent can be called the "unconditioned", the "absolute", or the "infinite".
This dialectic lies at the basis of Hegel's dialectic of the absolute. As we shall see, the Hegelian absolute is not incompatible with finitude and immanence, as Heidegger suspects.
On the face of it, truth telling might appear to be an absolute value.
The woman and her hairdresser disagree, so what good is done by serving the cause of absolute truth in this situation?
Absolute purity: freedom, of course, from lust and sexual abuse in all its forms, but also a wonderful quality of single-mindedness, cleanliness and non-attachment.
Absolute unselfishness, the art of lateral living, with a mind and heart for others.
(6.) Stanley Fish, "Condemnation Without Absolutes," New York Times, 15 Oct.
However, unlike those Talibes who have internalized denunciations of Otherness in the Qur'an, Anabaptists can inhabit Otherness because they believe in an Absolute Other who spoke into existence a universe which valorizes Otherness.
The problem was that they learned the rule as an absolute, and the presence of another vehicle in the intersection when the light was green made no difference.
But my father felt that this was a rule, like red and green lights, which was not necessarily absolute, and he taught me a verse to make the point.
There is no absolute agreement on dogma or even on Bible translations among the believers.