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mount resistance

To try to stop or keep something from happening. I'm worried that the townspeople are going to mount resistance once they learn that yet another tax has been levied against them.
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the pièce de résistance

1. The most outstanding, remarkable, or prized achievement, accomplishment, aspect, event, etc., in a given series or group. Mr. Reynolds has an impressive gallery, but I'm told that his latest sculpture will be the pièce de résistance.
2. The principal or featured dish in a meal; the entreé. And now for the pièce de résistance: paupiettes of black sole, served with asparagus spears and a rich consommé.
See also: DE, piece, resistance

take the line of least resistance

To do the thing that is easiest. A variant of the more common "take the path of least resistance." Let's not try to innovate this time—just take the line of least resistance so we can get the job done on time.
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the path of least resistance

The thing, option, or course of action that is easiest to do; that which avoids confrontation, difficulty, awkwardness, or tension. We're not looking for major innovations. Just take the path of least resistance so we can get the product finished on time. You're never going to be respected by your boss if you choose the path of least resistance every time he asks you to do something you don't want to do.
See also: least, of, path, resistance

the line of least resistance

The thing, option, or course of action that is easiest to do; that which avoids confrontation, difficulty, awkwardness, or tension. Let's not try to innovate this time—just take the line of least resistance so we can get the job done on time. You're never going to be respected by your boss if you choose the line of least resistance every time he asks you to do something you don't want to do.
See also: least, line, of, resistance

choose the line of least resistance

To do something or decide on a course of action that avoids confrontation or difficulty. Let's not try to innovate this time—just choose the line of least resistance so we can get the job done on time. You're never going to be respected by your boss if you choose the line of least resistance every time he asks you to do something you don't want to do.
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choose the path of least resistance

To do something or decide on a course of action that avoids confrontation or difficulty. Let's not try to innovate this time—just choose the path of least resistance so we can get the job done on time. You're never going to be respected by your boss if you choose the path of least resistance every time he asks you to do something you don't want to do.
See also: choose, least, of, path, resistance

pocket of resistance

A small but consolidated group of people standing in opposition to someone or something. Most of the country has fallen to the brutal regime, but there remains several pockets of resistance determined to hold out until the bitter end. There's a pocket of resistance within the company to the proposed merger, but I'll make sure they don't stand in our way.
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line of least resistance

the course of action that will cause least trouble or effort. Jane won't stand up for her rights. She always takes the line of least resistance. Joan never states her point of view. She takes the line of least resistance and agrees with everyone else.
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path of least resistance

Fig. the easiest course to follow; the easiest route. (Often with follow the or take the.) John will follow the path of least resistance. I like challenges. I won't usually take the path of least resistance.
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pocket of resistance

Fig. a small group of people who resist change or domination. The accounting department seems to be a pocket of resistance when it comes to automating.
See also: of, pocket, resistance

least resistance, line of

Also, path of least resistance. The easiest method, way, or course of action. For example, He tends to do what most people seem to want, taking the line of least resistance. This term employs resistance in the sense of "the physical opposition of one thing or force to another," a usage dating from the early 1600s. It has been used figuratively since about 1900.
See also: least, line, of

take the line of least resistance

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take the path of least resistance

If someone takes the line of least resistance or takes the path of least resistance, they do the thing that is easiest in a situation. They would rather take the line of least resistance than become involved in arguments or unpleasant situations. It had been the path of least resistance to agree to Sam's suggestions. Note: The line of least resistance and the path of least resistance are used in many other structures to mean the easiest course of action. He seemed to prove that the line of least resistance would always pay off. Instead of finding a radical solution to its economic difficulties, the Parliament chose the path of least resistance.
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the line (or path) of least resistance

an option which avoids difficulty or unpleasantness; the easiest course of action.
See also: least, line, of, resistance

(choose, follow, take, etc.) the line of least reˈsistance

(to choose, etc.) the easiest way of doing something: You’ll never get anywhere in life if you always take the line of least resistance.
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your/the ˌpièce de réˈsistance

(from French) the most important or impressive part of a group or series of things: I hope you all enjoyed your main course. And now for my pièce de résistance: chocolate gateau!
See also: DE, piece, resistance

pièce de résistance

The most notable or most highly prized feature of a group or series; the star attraction. Originally, from the 1790s or so, this French term always referred to a meal’s greatest delicacy (an appropriate matter of concern to French palates). By the mid-nineteenth century the term had been transferred to other outstanding items, at least in English. Thackeray, in an essay (1840) about art, stated: “To supply the picture lover with the pièces de résistance of the feast.”
See also: DE, piece, resistance
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These findings demonstrated that the ACSSpSuT resistance gene cluster in S.
Java with chromosomally integrated ACSSpSuT resistance identified in the United Kingdom are not those associated with poultry in Germany (9) or the Netherlands (10), which have also caused infections in humans in the United Kingdom (1).
Only -2.4 of this -3.2 parts in [10.sup.6] error is due to differences in the out cable resistances. Furthermore, it would be difficult to correct for these differences to high accuracy: a 0.13 m[ohm] variation of a connector contact resistance in the out cables would change the measured resistance ratio by 1 part in [10.sup.8].
We demonstrate that dc quantized Hall resistance (dc QHR) guideline properties and dc and ac QHR values can be measured without changing sample probe lead connections at the QHR device, and report ac QHR values that converge to the dc QHR value when using four-terminal-pair ac QHR measurements.
On the opposite end of the continuum, the heavier the resistance used, the greater the total number of MUs that have to be recruited -- which can only result in a slower speed of movement.
I hear this quite often: "If you move a resistance slow, you'll only become slow." This simply is not true.
That may change as two forms of streptomycin resistance proliferate in fire blight bacteria, McManus said at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Washington, D.C., last month.
This resistance is caused by two genes carried on a circle of DNA called a plasmid.
Due to the inherent interfacial thermal resistance between the sensor plates and the specimen, the reliability of the measurement is influenced by the ratio of the thermal resistance due to the specimen and the thermal resistance of the contact between the specimen and sensor plates.
A global trend of increasing antimicrobial resistance, but with wide variations at national levels, is well-documented in the literature (1).
pneumoniae (MRSP) are markers of resistance to antibiotics commonly used as first-line drugs for respiratory tract infections.
The impedance multiplication concept with a positive feedback buffer amplifier was analyzed and utilized in a bootstrap PV transimpedance amplifier to measure photocurrent of a 200 [omega] shunt resistance photodiode with a maximum signal gain of [10.sup.8] V/A.
The shunt resistance of these devices is a few-hundred ohm and the capacitance is close to 1 nF for a 2 mm photodiode.
Sequencing of these amplification products showed that the first product of 1 kb contained the aadA2 cassette, which confers resistance to streptomycin and spectinomycin.
The multidrug resistance of these strains could be explained by the fact that antimicrobial agents are used extensively in the poultry industry in Senegal to reduce deaths and to increase productivity (1).