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je ne sais quoi

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

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 republican, while my brother is a hardcore liberal, and never the twain shall meet.
See also: meet, never, shall, twain

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

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

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

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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So, the NES has asked for some structural reforms and many microeconomic measures.
Global NES also partners with their Clients to ensure maximum Return on Investment by identifying and coordinating favorable financing options and ensuring Clients take advantage of all possible rebates, grants and tax incentives.
After that, exploratory factor analysis [EFA] sought to analyze the NES dimensionality (Floyd & Widaman, 1995).
NES participants are offered mentoring and help to create a business plan.
Currently, NES is viewed as a circadian delay in the intake of food, but not sleep, and is manifested by (1) the consumption of 25% or more of one's total daily intake of food after the evening meal (termed "evening hyperphagia"), and/or (2) nocturnal awakenings accompanied with food ingestion.
NES is open to anyone over 18 who is not in full-time education and lives in one of the 67 designated wards in Tyneside and Northumberland.
This new notification service is provided free of charge to every NES Rentals customer.
Paul Winson, Senior Vice President Sales at NES, said, We have been working closely with Gulf Marine Services for several years now and the award of this latest contract is the best form of customer feedback that any supplier could wish for.
Inception Hypnotherapy has developed a program which seems to be very effective in helping people with NES overcome, or put another way, effectively control, the NES, using the power of their subconscious mind.
Across the UK as a whole, NES has assisted 5,500 people living in the 25% most deprived areas in England to overcome the obstacles to starting their own business by providing a comprehensive package of funding, training, support and mentoring.
NES provides a free programme to help people work through the process, giving straightforward practical advice and guidance.
The NES will recognize AMT resulting from the exercise of their ISOs and receives the resulting credit.
Total NES consolidated revenues for the nine-month period were $427 million, down 1 percent from the same period a year ago.
NES is a component unit of the Metropolitan Government.
NES has delivered several systems already to Gulf Marine Services and the new deal will mean a total of five vessels will be powered by NES.