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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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Everyone needs to understand that abusing prescription drugs is a prescription for disaster.
Not in the survey is the fact that only a handful are accused of paedophilia, that is, of abusing pre-pubescent children).
Some of the most common substance abusing patients seen in a dental practice would involve the use of alcohol, tobacco, sedative/hypnotics, barbiturates, and narcotics.
There were even cases of people later convicted of sexual assault being kept on staff well after the time when their abusing actions were first suspected.
If Christian compassion won't move our citizens to invest the resources needed to rehabilitate drug and alcohol abusing offenders, then maybe the realization that they are protecting their own lives and property will.
Jorge Salas, 41, filed a complaint in court accusing Ziemann of sexually abusing him since 1996.
Paul believes the church would be facing fewer and less-costly civil court confrontations if its approach had been reversed--if it had been the victims who received the church's "healing and love" while the abusing priests were recognized as the fiscal liabilities they have so painfully proven to be.
When a staff person is caught abusing a camper, the psychological wellness of that staff person, in addition to the camper, is impacted.
The possibility of Mitchell abusing her children is frightening.
Therefore, the purpose of this article is to examine the meaning of Hirschi's theoretical concepts for persons with disabilities who are abusing substances.
Substance abuse proved a longstanding problem for most of the people in the sample, Rich points out, ranging from an average of about 11 years for those abusing illicit drugs with or without alcohol to 28 years for "pure" alcoholics.
many teens have admitted to abusing steroids, exposing themselves to possible health and emotional risks associated with the drugs.