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appeal against

To attempt to change a legal decision. Don't worry, we will appeal against the judge's sentence.
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appeal from Philip drunk to Philip sober

To urge one to rethink something. The phrase refers to King Philip II of Macedon, who made an unwelcome decision and was challenged with an appeal to "Philip sober." If you're unhappy with his decision, then why don't you appeal from Philip drunk to Philip sober?
See also: appeal, drunk, sober

appeal to

1. To ask for something, usually in an urgent or pleading manner Appeal to your congressmen if you really want lower taxes.
2. To spark one's interest or appreciation. Tall, dark-haired guys always appeal to me. That style of architecture just doesn't appeal to me.
3. To resonate with one's specific interests or feelings. The beauty of her prose appeals to my poetic sensibilities. The idea of stronger laws for criminals appeals to me as a mother.
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appeal to Caesar

To direct a plea to the most powerful person in a particular setting or situation. No one else has the authority to overturn this decision—you'll have to appeal to Caesar on this one.
See also: appeal, caesar

curb appeal

The external attractiveness of a building or property, such as can be viewed from the street (i.e., the curb). We were suckered into buying the house because of its incredible curb appeal, but once we moved in, we realized just how run-down it was inside.
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on appeal

As a result of an appeal to a higher court. Her conviction was overturned on appeal.
See also: appeal, on

street appeal

The external attractiveness of a building or property, such as can be viewed from the street. We were suckered into buying the house because of its incredible street appeal, but once we moved in, we realized just how run-down it was inside.
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appeal against something

to ask a court of appeals to change a ruling made by a lower court. My lawyer appealed against the judgment. We will file an appeal against the court ruling.
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appeal (to a court) (for something)

to plead to a court of appeals for a favorable ruling. She appealed to the court fora retrial. She appealed for an injunction to the circuit court. She appealed for a retrial.

appeal to someone

to please or attract someone. Fast food doesn't appeal to me. The idea of a vacation to Florida this winter appeals to me a lot.
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appeal from Philip drunk to Philip sober

ask someone to reconsider, with the suggestion that an earlier opinion or decision represented only a passing mood.
This phrase comes from an anecdote told by the Roman historian and moralist Valerius Maximus concerning an unjust judgement given by King Philip of Macedon : the woman condemned by Philip declared that she would appeal to him once again, but this time when he was sober.
See also: appeal, drunk, sober

appeal to Caesar

appeal to the highest possible authority.
The allusion is to the claim made by the apostle Paul to have his case heard in Rome, which was his right as a Roman citizen: ‘I appeal unto Caesar’ (Acts 25:11).
See also: appeal, caesar

appeal to

1. To make an earnest or urgent request to someone or something: The citizens appealed to their mayor to try to find a solution to the housing crisis.
2. To be interesting or attractive to someone: This new style of clothing doesn't appeal to me; I prefer the older fashion.
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on appeal

In the process of being appealed; while being appealed.
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In the ruling of the Supreme Court, delivered yesterday by the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, the apex court agreed that the Notice of Appeal by APC was incurably defective and grossly incompetent.
The court also has 'no trace' of any appeal lodged on behalf of Hassan's older brother Manzoor Hassan.
He was not entitled to appeal to this court as a matter of right.
This past spring, the VA launched a new web tool,, that enables veterans to track their appeals in real time.
Mohammed and Mousavi were set free by a three-judge bench of Roselyn Nambuye, Daniel Musinga and Steven Gatembu, on February 16, 2018, after a successful second appeal on the basis of insufficient evidence.
Most of the appeals are likely to relate to offers made on National Offer Days for entry to Reception and Year 7, although some will be for children transferring to a different school.
He was commenting on Mr Ndungus explanation that the delay was due to financial constraints and difficulties in compiling the record of appeal.I am also not prepared to accept that funding of the appeal should have been an issue because the fee payable upon the filing of the memorandum of appeal is Sh15,000 which, in my humble view, is [a] modest sum, Justice Ngaah said.
This category of requirements encompasses those that result unequivocally from the regulation of the article 503 para (1) and (2) Civil Procedure Code, previously noted, relating to the subject matter of the appeal for annulment.
She said: "Clearly these figures show a lot of parents have been very unhappy, hence their appeals.
This means that going through the IRS Office of Appeals is often seen as a last resort for practitioners--one that might seem intimidating.
In Durham, 68.3% of appeals, or 142 out of 208 heard, were found in favour of the parent, while it was 51% in Sunderland, 76 out of 149, and half in Newcastle, 11 out of 22.
There were 51 who won and 184 who lost their appeals. The parents of 35 children were offered the place at the school they wanted while they were waiting for the appeal so the appeal meeting was cancelled.
Meanwhile, the tribunal, comprising Justice Khawaja Imtiaz Ahmad and Justice Muhammad Khalid Mehmood Khan, heard 69 election appeals and allowed four appeals whereas 24 appeals were dismissed, 29 adjourned and 12 appeals were referred to the Election Commission for fixing it before another tribunal after judges refused to hear matters.
23, 2010, must have an internal appeals process that allows consumers to appeal whenever the plan denies a claim for a covered service or rescinds coverage.