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alpha and omega

The beginning and the end; the entirety of something. (Alpha and omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.) In order to do well on the exam, you need to know the alpha and omega of the textbook.
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omega male

1. The male occupying the lowest position in the social hierarchy of an animal group. Emerging research on animal groups suggests that omega males may have more complex roles than previously thought.
2. A man who feels powerless and, as a result, does not actively work toward improving his life. He's a real omega male—he's unemployed, single, and miserable, and not doing anything to change that.
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alpha and omega

both the beginning and the end; the essentials, from the beginning to the end; everything, from the beginning to the end. He was forced to learn the alpha and omega of corporate law in order to even talk to the lawyers. He loved her deeply. She was his alpha and omega.
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alpha and omega

The beginning and the end, the first and the last, as in She had to master the alpha and omega of the new computer program before she could even begin . This idiom and its meaning, based on the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, appears in the New Testament (Revelation 1:8): "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord," where it is repeated three more times.
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alpha and omega

1 the beginning and the end. 2 the essence or most important features.
Alpha and omega are respectively the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Christians use the phrase as a title for Jesus Christ, taking it from Revelation 1:8: ‘I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord’.
2 1994 BBC Holidays At Cambridge…you'll find the alpha and omega of American academic life: historic Harvard and space-age MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
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alpha and omega, the

The sum of something, the beginning and the end, symbolized by the first (alpha) and last (omega) letters of the Greek alphabet. The Book of Revelation (1:8) states: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord.” The modern equivalent is a to z. See also from soup to nuts.
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Omega 3 is known as an 'essential' fatty acid as the body can't produce it, "so it's really important you get enough in the foods you eat", notes British Dietetic Association spokesperson, Emer Delaney.
capsules can your intake "Foods rich in omega 3 include oily fish, like salmon, mackerel, herring, trout and fresh tuna, flaxseed and walnuts.
OMEGA 6 |IMPORTANT FOR:Heart health, brain function, cell growth and the nervous system.
IF YOU'VE paid close attention to the health headlines in recent years, you'd be forgiven for being a little confused about whether omega 6 is actually a 'good' or 'bad' fatty acid.
Like omega 3, omega 6 is vital and plays an important role in heart health and maintaining levels of 'good' cholesterol, as well as in the function of eicosanoids.
But there is a key difference: "Omega 6 is abundant in all the foods we eat, even processed foods and junk foods like cake and pastries," notes Babi.
Some experts believe consuming too much omega 6, along with too little omega 3, may have negative effects, and could even be potentially detrimental to heart health if the balance is especially skewed.
Another potential pitfall is that some foods may appear labelled as being high in omega 6, giving the impression they're a 'healthy' choice - but this doesn't necessarily mean they're something you should eat a lot of, especially if the product is also high in saturated fat (linked with bad cholesterol) and sugar.
And lots of omega 6 certainly does not make up for a lack of omega 3, so fish-avoiders should be extra careful.