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je ne sais quoi

A positive, pleasant, or attractive quality that is difficult to define or articulate. This French phrase translates literally as "I don't know what" in English, and is pronounced "jeh neh say kwa." She had a certain je ne sais quoi that men found quite attractive.
See also: Ne

ne bis in idem

From Latin, literally, "not twice in the same," a legal doctrine which holds that legal action cannot be taken twice against someone for the same offense, a concept more commonly known as "double jeopardy." Yes, I know there's new evidence linking the chief financial officer to the embezzlement scheme, but he's already been tried for that. If we bring this new evidence against him now, the judge will toss it out on the ground of the "ne bis in idem" principle.
See also: bis, idem, Ne

ne plus ultra

The peak or highest point (of something). The film is often considered the ne plus ultra of the director's oeuvre. To this day, her administration is considered the ne plus ultra of political scandal.
See also: Ne, plus, ultra

never the twain shall meet

These two people, things, or groups are so fundamentally different from one another that they will never be able to coexist or think alike. Primarily heard in US. My best friend is a staunch conservative, while my brother is a hardcore liberal, and never the twain shall meet.
See also: meet, never, shall, twain

Rien ne va plus!

No more bets! From French, used by croupiers at a roulette table after the wheel has begun spinning. That's it, the spin has begun. Rien ne va plus!
See also: Ne, VA
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never the twain shall meet


ne'er the twain shall meet

People say never the twain shall meet or ne'er the twain shall meet when they believe that there are so many differences between two groups of people or two groups of things that they can never exist together. The British education system is notorious for separating the sciences and the humanities. This academic `ne'er the twain shall meet' policy does not always reflect the needs of the real world. Note: People often vary this expression. For example, they say that the twain should meet or the twain are not supposed to meet. Although they recognised differences between East and West, they went on to argue that the twain should and must meet. Note: `Twain' is an old-fashioned word meaning two. This is a quotation from `The Ballad of East and West' (1889) by the English poet Rudyard Kipling: `Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.'
See also: meet, never, shall, twain
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

never the twain shall meet

two people or things are too different to exist alongside or understand each other.
This phrase comes from Rudyard Kipling's poem ‘The Ballad of East and West’ ( 1892 ): ‘Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet’.
See also: meet, never, shall, twain
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ˌje ne sais ˈquoi

/%Z@ n@ seI "kwA:/ (from French, often humorous) a good quality that is difficult to describe: He has that je ne sais quoi that distinguishes a professional from an amateur.It has a certain je ne sais quoi that really appeals to me.
The meaning of the French phrase is ‘I do not know what’.
See also: Ne

never the ˌtwain shall ˈmeet

(saying) used to say that two things are so different that they cannot exist together: People in the area where I grew up were either landowners or farmers, and never the twain shall meet.
Twain is an old word meaning ‘two’.
See also: meet, never, shall, twain
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ne plus ultra

Ultimate perfection, the highest point to which something can be brought. The words are Latin for “nothing further” and allegedly quoted an inscription on the Pillars of Hercules, in the Strait of Gibraltar, meant to prevent ships from going any farther. The term was taken over into English in the 1600s and with overuse became a cliché. For example, “In the fascination of young Russians for Western things, jeans are the ne plus ultra of the modish. . . .” (Collin Thubron, Among the Russians, 1983).
See also: Ne, plus, ultra
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer

ne plus ultra

The highest point of excellence, acme. Loosely translated from the Latin for “there is no reason to go further,” the phrase is a synonym of “zenith.” A new car with all the most modern features that any buyer could wish for (or so the manufacturer claims) might be touted as the ne plus ultra of automobiles. Legend has it that “ne plus ultra”—in its literal sense—was inscribed on Gibraltar's Pillars of Hercules as a warning to mariners not to venture, depending on the direction in which they were sailing, into the Atlantic Ocean or the Mediterranean Sea.
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Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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where M and m are the rigid mass and NES mass, respectively; [x.sub.1], [x.sub.2], and [x.sub.3] are the displacements of the NES mass, the rigid mass, and the internal variable of the hysteresis model, respectively, which are all relative to the ground; [c.sub.1] and [c.sub.2] are the linear damping coefficients; [k.sub.2] is the linear spring stiffness; [k.sub.1] is the cubic nonlinear spring stiffness; [k.sub.p] and [c.sub.p] are the linear equivalent stiffness and clamped capacitance of the piezoelectric element, respectively; R is the external resistance; V is the voltage across the electrodes of the piezoelectric element; and [theta] is the electromechanical coupling coefficient.
This descriptive research study used the Faculty Satisfaction Survey (FSS) (Bittner & O'Connor, 2012) to poll NEs. The FSS consists of 32 items with questions on demographics, workload, rewards, satisfaction, intent to leave, and barriers to satisfaction.
To overcome these huge problems, the NES has defined four basic axes of action: 1) to reinforce the links between education and employment, 2) to secure protection and flexibility ("flexicurity"), 3) to improve the employability of disadvantaged groups such as women, the youth and the handicapped and 4) to reinforce the links between employment and social protection.
The original investment and exit from NES was led by Chris Hurley, LDC's chief executive, and Alistair Pendleton, investment director.
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After this selection, the WDCT was sent electronically to NES teachers to rate the appropriateness of responses on a 5-point Likert scale and to write the criteria for their rating in comment format.
"The demand for solutions that help companies reduce risks, lower costs and increase revenues has increased significantly," said NES Financial's CEO and president, Michael Halloran.
Beth bynnag, daliwch ymlaen i gerdded ar hyd y prom nes y dowch chi at yr Amgueddfa Arforol, ac mae'n werth troi i mewn i'r fan hon.
Karnataka, April 19 -- Team NES made a dramatic victory over team ASC and emerged winners of the first trophy of Bangalore Polo Season April 2012 - 'Base Polo Cup'.
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on July 20 approved a $20 million loan to support the National Employment System (NES) of the Ministry of Labor.
The press and communications team at NHS Education for Scotland (NES) cost pounds 125,548 last year - up from pounds 96,625 in 2008-09.
Echelon Corporation today announced the shipment of its two millionth Networked Energy Services (NES) smart meter.
A dw i fawr gwell pan mae'n dod at ddillad chwaith - mae'r cwpwrdd yn llawn dillad nes i brynu ryw 15 mlynedd yn l a dw i'n eu cadw rhag ofn, drwy ryw wyrth, y bydda i'n colli dwy stn ac yn ffitio mewn i ddillad seis 12 eto.