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drop the writ

Of prime minister, to issue a request to the head of state to dissolve parliament and (generally) call for new elections. A corruption of the proper term "draw up the writ," it has now passed into common vernacular. Primarily heard in Canada. With members of parliament in open opposition to one another, the prime minister is expected to drop the writ as early as Saturday.
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writ large

Apparent in a more noticeable or obvious way or to a greater extent. The new blockbuster is really just a simple old story writ large. Come election season, we see all our national concerns writ large.
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(one's) writ runs

One has authority, control, or dominance (in or over something). The minister's writ still runs in this part of the country, so he has been seen as the political spokesperson for this issue. The government is struggling to ensure its writ runs in the destabilized region.
See also: run, writ

writ large

Signified, expressed, or embodied with greater magnitude, as in That book on Lincoln is simply an article writ large. [Mid-1600s]
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writ large

clear and obvious.
The literal sense of written in large characters has long fallen out of use. As the past participle of write , writ has been superseded by written except in this phrase and analogous phrases such as writ small .
1994 Time Voters fear the future, which looks to them like the present writ large: more concern about crime, more economic pressure on their families, more of that unnerving sound of something eating away at the edges of their lives.
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your writ runs

you have authority of a specified extent or kind.
See also: run, writ

ˌwrit ˈlarge

1 easy to see or understand: Mistrust was writ large on her face.
2 (used after a noun) being a larger or more obvious example of the thing mentioned: The party’s new philosophies are little more than their old beliefs writ large.
Writ in this idiom means written.
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writ large

Signified, expressed, or embodied in a greater or more prominent magnitude or degree: "The man was no more than the boy writ large" (George Eliot).
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The writ of garnishment is also a lien on any monies that are deposited into the bank account between the time of service and the date the bank's answer is filed.
First, an answer to a writ of garnishment must be filed "under oath" in accordance with the statute.
to denial of supervisory writs is clear--a writ denial has no
the courts denied writs in the cases discussed above, the court
provides the court and litigants with specific guidelines for writs.
In Goldsmith, the CAAF exercised jurisdiction under the All Writs Act to stop the government from dropping the accused, an Air Force major, from the rolls of the Air Force.
Habeas corpus writs are appropriate when a party is seeking review of confinement or detention (28) The phrase is translated from Latin and asserts "that you have the body"; in essence the petitioner seeks to challenge his confinement outside of traditional appellate review.
With the changes to the UCMJ and the introduction of Special Victim Counsel, the landscape of extraordinary writs is changing, and the cases in which they may be necessary and appropriate is on the rise.
United States, the Supreme Court interpreted [section] 2241 as granting federal courts the power to issue writs ad prosequendum to prisoners incarcerated outside their respective jurisdictions, which is in contrast to the writ ad subjiciendum (Great Writ).
1190, 1190-91 (1948) (observing detainers usually take form of warrant or hold order); infra Part II.B.2 (discussing Mauro establishing writs ad prosequendum do not constitute detainer).
340, 358 (1978) (distinguishing writs ad prosequendum from detainers); Larry W.
Once this Writ is used, there will be a much higher increase in the trainers that will visit the Battle Chateau.
Aside from increased trainers, using this particular Writ will increase battle winnings including prize money by 50%.
Because the AWA is not an independent source of federal subject matter jurisdiction, it tends to exclude state courts and judges from the reach of federal writs. In Gurley v.
The defendant argued that "he intend[ed] to use the transcript for the purpose of preparing a petition for state post-conviction review of his conviction." (10) The Fourth Circuit rejected this argument, holding that "since [it] lack[ed] appellate jurisdiction over the courts of the State of North Carolina, [it] also lack[ed] jurisdiction to issue the requested writ of mandamus." (11) In so doing, the Gurley court reasoned that the power of federal courts to issue writs under the AWA "exists for the sole purpose of protecting the respective jurisdictions of those courts.