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abuse of distress

The wrongful or unlawful use or sale of property that has been seized in order to force payment or the performance of some contractual obligation (known in law as the process of distress or distrain). It was a clear case of abuse of distress: the landlord, without a court order, changed the locks on the door and then seized and sold the tenants' belongings only an hour after serving them a notice of eviction.
See also: abuse, distress, of

abuse of privileges

The wrongful or unlawful misuse of power in one's duties, either at the expense of others or to the advantage of the abuser. The governor displayed a flagrant abuse of privileges, channeling state funds toward a project owned by her son-in-law at the expense of more worthwhile causes. The moderator was deemed to have committed an abuse of privileges, deleting comments that opposed his own.
See also: abuse, of, privilege

be wide open to (something)

To be a likely target of anger, criticism, or judgment. You will be wide open to discipline if you keep coming into work late. Because I'm an artist and all of my siblings are doctors, I'm always wide open to criticism at family functions.
See also: open, wide

abuse (oneself)

To masturbate. A: "Why is he all embarrassed today?" B: "Oh, his crush walked in on him abusing himself. How horrifying is that?"
See also: abuse

abuse oneself

To masturbate.
See also: abuse
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The link was strongest by far in young adult marijuana abusers, with an adjusted 3.
Although no formal registration process needs to be implemented, the proposed ordinance can require that people check the clerk's information prior to an animal transaction and show proof, upon request by law enforcement or a government official, that the site was checked, and can prohibit people from knowingly transferring an animal to an abuser. (41) As an alternative to establishing an animal-abuser registry, Pasco County enacted such an ordinance in 2017.
The reason for the physical assault by the abuser is solely because he or she feels as if control in their relationship has been lost and physical aggression is the only way to regain this lost control.
Abusers commonly monitor who their victims speak with, where they go, and what they do.
Lucie's abuser started pestering her for sexual photos, then threatened to tell her parents what she had done if she did not meet his further demands.
Since many live with their abusers, making a complaint only worsens matters as per them, due to fear of retaliation," said Mathew Cherian, CEO, HelpAge India.
No companion animal shall be sold, exchanged or otherwise transferred to an animal abuser listed on the registry."
--An abuser is a grand manipulator and will sulk, threaten to leave, and emotionally punish you for not following their idea of how things should be.
In the present study, mean age of-the substance abuser was 35.3 [+ or -] 10.4 years and mean age of initiation of the substance was 24 [+ or -] 7 years.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said in her blog post that she became a target for her former allies, the Sweden Democrats, anti-feminists, Jew-haters, the abuser's friends and mother, who turned against her and presumed she was lying about the allegations she made, reports The Independent.
You might choose to forgive your abuser as part of your healing process.
The self-efficacy of a heroin abuser indicates the level of confidence in his or her ability to refuse to use this drug.
An abuser, irrespective of creed or calling, will do anything to get near children, that is the sinister thing about it all, abusing trust.
The abuser may use a number of tactics other than physical violence in order to maintain power and control over his or her victim.
Summary: An advert for an animal rights group featuring a picture of Baby P's abuser has been banned for exploiting the child's death.