answer to the description (of)

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answer to the description (of)

To match a description of physical appearance. We had to release that suspect—he didn't answer to the description the witnesses gave us. She answers to the description of the missing girl.
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answer to the description of someone

Fig. to match a particular set of physical or facial characteristics. Chuck answers to the description his sister gave us. The man in police custody answers to the description of the burglar.
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At 395 metres high, it answers to the description of being a prestige project and our investors have absolute faith that it will be so on completion.
Interestingly, Mahler in an intelligent essay highlights a style of behaviour that perfectly answers to the description of Kiyan and Maryam in Digging to America: "Men wish to return home where they recoup higher status, while women try to settle the family in the 'host' country" (Mahler, J.