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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.
See also: abuse
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A states borders will never stop abusers who mean to threaten, hurt or killbut the PAWS Act provides a needed federal approach to help victims escape the dangerous behavior of people who should instead be loving and protecting them.
Imagine that your understanding of IPV is based entirely on well-known facts about abuse among heterosexual women: such women are more likely to be victims than perpetrators, and their abusers are more likely to be male-identified, hyper-masculine, and injury inducing.
The link was strongest by far in young adult marijuana abusers, with an adjusted 3.
Alcohol and cocaine abusers reported that their drug of choice induced aggravation of schizophrenic symptoms, but they still continued to take drugs.
ALLEGED IRA rape victim Mairia Cahill has accused Sinn Fein of putting children at risk by moving suspected abusers around Ireland.
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.
The abuser must keep the peace, be of good behaviour, and obey certain conditions.
For example, in some studies it has been shown that low self-esteem is one of the characteristics of drug abusers (Kaplan & Meyerowitz, 1970), and that people with low self-esteem are more likely to use drugs for the purpose of momentary self-enhancement.
An abuser can be anyone involved in a relationship with the victim: husbands, boyfriends, dating partners, same-sex partners and others.
An advert for an animal rights group featuring a picture of Baby P's abuser has been banned for using unnecessary shock tactics and exploiting the child's death.
The abuser is often an adult male and comes from families where there has been excessive control or abuse," he said.
Once an alleged abuser is located by a private investigation firm, their location will be provided to the government.
The abuser played the 'poor me' card and his friends gave him sympathy and support while my daughters have to cope with depression, one having threatened suicide.
If the abuser does not live with their victim anti-social behaviour laws can be used to keep them at a distance.