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gaslight

To manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to doubt their experience of reality. The phrase comes from the 1938 play Gas Light, in which the protagonist attempts to induce insanity in his wife by constantly questioning or doubting her reports of strange events, such as the dimming of the house's gas lights (which has in fact occurred and is related to the husband's nefarious activities). Her husband must be gaslighting her because she suddenly doubts all the evidence that she's found of his indiscretions. The administration has been accused of gaslighting with its repeated attempts to spread disinformation.

gaslighting

The act of manipulating someone psychologically so that they begin to doubt their experience of reality. The phrase comes from the 1938 play Gas Light, in which the protagonist attempts to induce insanity in his wife by constantly questioning or doubting her reports of strange events, such as the dimming of the house's gas lights (which has in fact occurred and is related to the husband's nefarious activities). Her husband must be gaslighting her because she suddenly doubts all the evidence that she's found of his indiscretions. The administration has been accused of gaslighting with its repeated attempts to spread disinformation.
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"At once the head-gear in the gas light inspired me with interest and respect; the spars were big, the chains and ropes stout and the whole thing looked powerful and trustworthy.
Companies of masks with linked arms and whooping like red Indians swept the streets in crazy rushes while gusts of cold mistral swayed the gas lights as far as the eye could reach.
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It was the end of an era spanning 122 years when in March, 1949, the Stirling Gas Light Company held its annual meeting.
It downgraded AltaGas' wholly owned intermediate holding company, WGL and its core gas distribution utility, Washington Gas Light Company (WG: A-/Stable), on July 10, 2018 to reflect completion of the merger.
The theatrical week will start on Wednesday with a performance of two dramas in Limassol -- Gas Light by Patrick Hamilton at Pattihio Theatre and Tribes by Nina Raine at the Rialto Theatre -- and the comedy Mom, Don't Run by Eleni Rantou at Skala Theatre in Larnaca.
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, Washington Gas Light Company, Potomac Electric Power Company, and Delmarva Power and Light Company have made filings or indicated they will soon make filings to reduce their rates.
"Trump won the presidency by gas light. His rise to power has awakened a force of bigotry by condoning and encouraging hatred, but also by normalizing deception," wrote Lauren Duca for Teen Vogue in a piece (http://www.teenvogue.com/story/donald-trump-is-gaslighting-america) published Saturday .
Going up the ladder to the lamp Alun was relieved to see it was like a household gas light, only bigger, so it was relatively straightforward to convert to North Sea gas.
Going up the ladder to the lamp, Alun was relieved to see it was like a household gas light, only bigger, so it was relatively straightforward to convert.
New lighting in Con Ed's classic lobby at 4 Irving Place in New York City--where its predecessor, the Manhattan Gas Light Company, operated as early as 1854--reinforces both the past and present.
I recalled taking a picture of a hand-written gas account many years ago from the former Birmingham Gas Light And Coke Company dated 30th September 1874 sent to a gentleman who lived in Sutton Coldfield which was passed down the line by his family.
SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and NAFCU President/CEO Dan Berger met at the $95 million Washington Gas Light Federal Credit Union in Springfield, Va., to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that emphasized the two organizations' willingness to work together.