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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.
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Concerns about county employee fraud, waste and abuse escalated after investigators discovered employees at Martin Luther King-Drew Medical Center were engaged in widespread workers' compensation and time-card abuses.
County investigators found ``systemic deficiencies'' throughout county government, noting a growing number of employees are being fired and disciplined for time-card abuses and hundreds of investigations are under way.
Some months have passed since I wrote about the sexual abuse crisis in the U.
It was in Boston that the revelations of massive abuse by priests began in the fall of 2001, due to the relentless probing of the Boston Globe, which blew the issue of priestly sex abuse wide open across public America.
At the same time, would-be mentors may fear working one-on-one with troubled young people--especially now that accusations of same-sex abuse are at an all-time high.
Educators are mandated to report suspected child abuse to authorities.
Sometime early in 1992 I received a book about how to sue one's parents for sexual abuse.
Then I ask the 44-year-old Native Canadian about his time in prison (an incarceration in the early 1970s for a crime he claims he did not commit) and the sexual abuse he suffered at the Gordon's Indian Residential School in the 1960s.
Although the goal of ending abuses of the tax system is laudable, promulgating amorphous maxims is, in our view, no way to run an administrable tax system.
The Diocese's initial response to the lawsuits was to file gag orders in court preventing public access to information relating to the sexual abuses of its priests.
Bracing for a new wave of sexual abuse lawsuits, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles warned parishioners in a letter read Sunday that a state law scheduled to take effect in January will allow alleged victims to revive decades-old claims against the church.
The Dallas meeting registered no advance on omissions one and three: nothing was said about either the accountability of bishops, or about the causes of the sex abuses.
According to my experience, abuses perpetrated on M.
Groveman, a former prosecutor and environmental law consultant for the Los Angeles Unified School District, said Garcetti filed charges in only 1,994 cases of child abuse and 1,082 such cases were dismissed in 1997, when county children's services investigators dealt with 92,526 incidents of suspected physical and sexual abuse and severe neglect.
The Antelope Valley still has about 22 percent of the total abuses cases in Los Angeles County.