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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.
Additionally, law enforcement officers maintain a role that may make them more susceptible to abusing drugs.
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.
In "Confronting the Character of God: Text and Praxis" [3] you address the issue that I have the most difficulty with regarding Facing the Abusing God but I still don't understand.
Risk of physical abuse to children of spouse abusing parents.
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.
This book is based on the first extensive research study to examine how sexually abused and abusing children are managed in foster and residential care.
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.
No matter who does the abusing, everyone involved needs to reach out for help.
Specific areas of Stage I interest include but are not limited to 1) stage I research that addresses the unique characteristics and problems of specific populations of inhalant abusers, including but not limited to young male and female adolescents, women, men who have sex with men, individuals with HIV/AIDS, persons in professions with extended exposure to inhalants, individuals with comorbid mental or physical disorders, chemically dependent pregnant women, adolescents who are abusing another drug or multiple other drugs, adolescents living in impoverished areas, individuals in the criminal justice system, or other populations abusing inhalants.
Families abusing alcohol are often closed systems; family members are not encouraged to build relationships outside of the immediate family, and the "family secret" of alcohol abuse is hidden from other individuals in the community (Edwards, 2003).
Similarly, the idea that the percentage of abusing priests is "only" 1.8 percent and therefore "below" the 2 percent of the American average, has nothing to recommend itself either.
"The church has always dealt with the survivors of abuse with suspicion--they saw them only as potential lawsuits and liabilities--while they've always dealt with the priests with compassion and mercy and forgiveness." 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.