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come-to-Jesus meeting

1. A spiritual meeting in which participants are encouraged to repent their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their savior. I've told her that I am an avid atheist, but she still insists on me attending one of her come-to-Jesus meetings.
2. Any meeting in which a frank, often unpleasant, conversation is held so as to bring to light and/or resolve some issue at hand. Boys, we're going to have a come-to-Jesus meeting about the drugs I found in the house, and if no one tells me the truth, then you're both going to get a whooping. The boss called us in for a real come-to-Jesus meeting about our sales for this quarter.
See also: meeting

meet (someone's) expectations

To be as good as or have the qualities that someone predicted, expected, or hoped for. We'd heard so many good things about the new restaurant, but the food didn't meet our expectations at all. I'm so excited for the latest movie in the series—I hope it meets my expectations!
See also: expectation, meet

meet head-on

To confront or otherwise handle something directly. I'm nervous about having to make a presentation to the entire board, but it is a challenge I will meet head-on.
See also: meet

meet the eye

To be visible or noticeable. Perhaps most commonly used in the saying "more than meets the eye." A: "Did I put up too many decorations?" B: "Well, they were the first thing to meet the eye!"
See also: eye, meet

monthly meeting

A recurring administrative gathering in the Quaker religion. Our monthly meeting is this weekend—will I see you there?
See also: meeting, monthly

meeting of (the) minds

A situation in which two or more people reach an understanding or agreement. There was a meeting of the minds between finance industry leaders and law enforcement in order to help curb financial fraud. After debating for hours, we finally came to a meeting of minds and decided on a name for our band.
See also: meeting, mind, of

take a meeting

To attend a business meeting. I can't take a meeting today, I have a report that I really need to finish.
See also: meeting, take

meet a sticky end

To experience an unpleasant death, usually as a result of one's own actions. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. You will meet a sticky end if you don't change your reckless ways. The serial purse snatcher met a sticky end when he encountered a little old lady trained in karate.
See also: end, meet, sticky

meet (one's) Waterloo

To experience a final and resounding defeat. (Napoleon Bonaparte suffered his crushing final defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.) The underdog team met their Waterloo in the championship game and lost to the best team in the league 17-1.
See also: meet, Waterloo

meet (one) halfway

To compromise with someone, often in an argument or disagreement. I'll agree to some of your requests if you'll meet me halfway and allow me to implement some of my ideas. Hey, buddy, please meet your mother and I halfway and at least try to clean your room once a month, OK? Can we meet halfway on this? I'm willing to compromise.
See also: halfway, meet

call a meeting

To ask people to gather, typically to discuss a specific topic or issue. The boss has called a meeting to discuss the discrepancies in the latest budget report. Does anyone know why Josh called a meeting tonight?
See also: call, meeting

call a/the meeting to order

To declare that a meeting is officially underway. You can still slip into the conference room—no one has called the meeting to order yet.
See also: call, meeting, order

meet (one) in the flesh

To meet someone in person whom one only knows at a distance, especially through a medium such as film, music, theater, etc. After years of idolizing the singer, it was a bit anticlimactic meeting her in the flesh. We've been corresponding for years, so it was wonderful finally meeting him in the flesh at the conference.
See also: flesh, meet

meet (one's) match

To encounter one's equal or superior in ability, skill, etc., especially in a competitive setting. Stevenson used to be the dominant player on the tour, but it looks like she has finally met her match in the young newcomer. A lot of kids who are used to being the smartest student in school are a little shell-shocked when they meet their match in college.
See also: match, meet

meet up

1. verb To meet at a location, typically not either person's home. Hey, let's meet up at the coffee shop later. I have to run to an appointment now. Can I meet up with you later?
2. noun An organized gathering of some kind, usually of people with similar interests. In this usage, the term is usually spelled as one word. There's a sci-fi meetup in the library later. Are you coming?
See also: meet, up

meet the case

To face and engage with a legal case in a court of law. The judged thanked all sides for meeting the case fairly and rationally. The defendant's lawyer pleaded with the judge to give him a reduced sentence, highlighting that he had accepted responsibility and met the case properly from the very beginning.
See also: case, meet

call a meeting

to ask that people assemble for a meeting; to request that a meeting be held. The mayor called a meeting to discuss the problem. I'll be calling a meeting of the library board to discuss the new building project.
See also: call, meeting

call a meeting to order and call the meeting to order

to announce that a meeting is about to begin. The chair called the meeting to order. The meeting will be called to order at noon.
See also: and, call, meeting, order

Fancy meeting you here!

I am very surprised to meet you here! Tom: Hi, Sue! Fancy meeting you here! Sue: Hi, Tom. I was thinking the same thing about you. "Fancy meeting you here," said Mr. Franklin when he bumped into the company president at the racetrack.
See also: fancy, meeting

hold a meeting

to meet; to have a meeting (of an organization). We'll have to hold a meeting to make a decision. Our club held a meeting to talk about future projects.
See also: hold, meeting

How do you do.

a standard inquiry and response on greeting or meeting someone. (This expression never has rising question intonation, but the first instance of its use calls for a response. Sometimes the response does, in fact, explain how one is.) Sally: Hello. How do you do. Bob: How do you do. Mary: How do you do. So glad to meet you, Tom. Tom: Thank you. How are you? Mary: Just fine. Your brother tells me you like camping. Tom: Yes. Are you a camper? Mary: Sort of.
See also: how

meeting of the minds

the establishment of agreement; complete agreement. After a lot of discussion we finally reached a meeting of the minds. We struggled to bring about a meeting of the minds on the issues.
See also: meeting, mind, of

Nice meeting you.

It is nice to have met you. (Said when leaving someone whose acquaintance you have just made.) I must go now, Fred. Nice meeting you. Well, nice meeting you. I must get home now.
See also: meeting, nice

Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes

Rur. one's best clothes. (See also Sunday best.) John was all dressed up in his Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes. I hate to be wearing my Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes when everyone else is casually dressed.
See also: clothes

how do you do

A conventional greeting used mostly after being introduced to someone, as in And this is our youngest-say "How do you do" to Mr. Smith. Although it is a question, it requires no reply. Originally, in the 1600s, this expression was an inquiry after a person's health or standing, how do you do meaning "how do you fare?" Today we usually express this as How are you? or How are you doing? or How goes it? or How's it going? Even more general are the slangy locutions How are things? or How's tricks? All of these greetings date from the first half of the 1900s.
See also: how

meeting of the minds

Agreement, concord, as in The teachers and the headmaster had a meeting of the minds regarding smoking in school. This expression uses meet in the sense of "arrive at mutual agreement," as clergyman Edward B. Pusey did in a letter of 1851: "Devout minds, of every school ... meet at least in this."
See also: meeting, mind, of

meet the case

be adequate.
See also: case, meet

a meeting of minds

an understanding or agreement between people.
See also: meeting, mind, of

ˌhow do you ˈdo

(becoming old-fashioned) used as a formal greeting when you meet somebody for the first time. The usual reply is also How do you do?
See also: how

a meeting of ˈminds

people thinking in the same way about something; a special understanding between people: I think there will be a meeting of minds on this subject.The discussions were a failure. There was no meeting of minds between the two parties.
See also: meeting, mind, of

meet up

1. To come together at a place, especially in order to accomplish something; meet: Let's meet up after the meeting and discuss this further.
2. meet up to To have some required level of quality: I think our performance will meet up to your expectations. I hope my new car will meet up to the demands of all the driving that I have to do for my job.
3. meet up with To come together with someone or something, especially in order to accomplish something; meet with someone or something: We'll meet up with the others later and decide where to eat dinner.
See also: meet, up

nice meeting you

tv. it is nice to have met you. (Said when leaving someone whose acquaintance you have just made.) I must go now, Fred. Nice meeting you.
See also: meeting, nice

meeting of the minds

Agreement; concord.
See also: meeting, mind, of

Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes

Best finery. Churchgoers never wore their everyday clothing to worship service. Instead, they wore their Sunday best, their Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes.
See also: clothes
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Information: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Meeting and Courses Program, PO Box 100, 1 Bungtown Road, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724-2213 USA, 516-367-8346, fax: 516-367-8845, e-mail: meetings@cshhedu, Internet: http:// meetings.
In the years after the passage of the Freedom of Information Act, it became clear that there was a substantial public appetite for further and moretimely information related to the Committee's meetings.
Reports of two of these meetings first surfaced a year ago in Newsday, and have since been the subject of ongoing investigation by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Liaison meetings with Canadian Department of Finance (separate meetings held on Income and Excise/Commodity Tax Issues) (12/3/03).
The votes cast for and against the proposal by the members present at such meetings shall be forwarded to the secretary of CalCPA within 30 days of notice to the chapters.
He gradually lost weight from 240 to 170 pounds and could only hold meetings as his health would permit.
BURBANK- Acting up at Burbank City Council meetings won't just get you kicked out of a meeting - you'll have to leave the premises.
Meetings: Dinner meetings, the first Thursday of each month September through May, averaging 70 attendees per meeting
Meetings, Manners and Civilization: The Development of Modern Meeting Behaviour.
For years, participants at the annual IMF/World Bank meetings have grumbled that the annual gathering needs restructuring.
The Summit on Generics will serve as a pre-meeting or orientation to other meetings coming up during the year in addition to the World Health Assembly.
If all you know is what you don't want to see in a meeting, this negative focus is likely to become a self-fulfilling prophecy," writes Eli Mina in The Complete Handbook of Business Meetings (AMACOM, $29.
BORING, INEFFECTIVE, and time-consuming--that is how most meetings are normally described.
With 2007 Pegged by Many as a Watershed Year for Meetings Management Adoption, StarCite Ends 2006 with Nearly $6 Billion in Marketplace Commerce, Continues Strong Customer Growth and Rolls out New Solutions for Smaller Meetings
Information: AAAS Meetings Group, 1200 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005 USA, 202-3266450, fax: 202-289-4021, e-mail: aaasmeeting@aaas.