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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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By Noimot Olayiwola/Staff Reporter The Qatar Foundation for Child and Women Protection (QFCWP) has received more than 5,000 cases of abuse involving women and children during 2004-2012, an official from the centre disclosed yesterday.
Ottawa, ON -- In 1992, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) published From Pain to Hope (see www.cccb.ca and click on Backgrounders), its study on the issue of sexual abuse of minors by Canadian Catholic clergy.
Sometimes it doesn't work to protest and accuse a person who abuses because they could lash out and abuse again in response, or because no one would listen or believe.
Even if criminal record checks won't entirely eliminate abuses against elderly residents, perhaps they will at least calm people's exaggerated fears of rampant crime in nursing homes.
Educators are mandated to report suspected child abuse to authorities.
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.
She argued that stronger monitoring was needed to control widespread abuses.
Transactions not subject to a specific statutory anti-abuse rule generally have been respected under the case law as long as they are motivated by any legitimate, non-tax purpose.(5) In the absence of a direct expression of congressional concern or a broad delegation of authority to promulgate legislative rules, we submit that Treasury should exercise its authority to prevent abuses either by crafting highly specific anti-abuse guidance or, alternatively, limiting the application of a general anti-abuse rule to instances where tax avoidance is, at a minimum, "the" principal purpose.
The present leadership came to power in the 1960s and 1970s, when severe abuses allegedly occurred.
Some months have passed since I wrote about the sexual abuse crisis in the U.S.
Sometime early in 1992 I received a book about how to sue one's parents for sexual abuse. Editors receive free unsolicited books almost every day, most of which get shelved with scarcely a backward glance.
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.
The Catholic Church sex abuse scandal has been a major story in the media for the past few months.
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.
The Young Lee incident was the first hint I had of the extremes of student abuse in U.S.