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apropos of

Regarding; with respect to; referring to. From the French à propos, meaning "to purpose." Apropos of the decision reached at this morning's board meeting, I think we should move ahead with the staff reduction directly. And then he just punched Jeremy in the face, apropos of nothing!
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apropos of

Concerning, in connection with, as in Apropos of keeping in touch, I haven't heard from her in months. This idiom was a borrowing of the French à propos de ("to the purpose of") in the 17th century. At first it was used without of and meant "fitting" or "opportune," as in Their prompt arrival was very appropos. By the 1700s it was also being used with of, as in the current idiom, for "concerning" or "by way of."
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Max Boyce: Live At Treorchy...Again (BBC One Wales, Tuesday, 9pm) YOU couldn't get more Welsh than Max Boyce if you carpeted your house with turf from Stradey Park while watching endless looped screenings of Grand Slam, eating cawl and shouting "over by there!" apropos of nothing every 30 seconds.
At some point in the film, the announcer-possessed of a tooth-rattling basso profundo usually reserved for more elevated art forms such as NFL highlight reels--proclaimed, apropos of nothing, that "Chicago ain't no sissy town!" He was, if memory serves, quoting an alderman of some other species of criminal native to the Windy City.
In the Cat Fight, on this month's cover of Emerging Infectious Diseases, bellicose cats, frozen in time, apropos of nothing, engage the spectator through pity and terror.
However, as actress Marla Gibbs pointed out on a television documentary about censorship, apropos of African-Americans, it wasn't that Amos 'n' Andy was necessarily a bad representation of blacks so much as it was the only one.
He appreciates the subtleties of the sport, the serenity of the river." (Apropos of rivers, wouldn't Israel rank as one of the world's poorer countries for fly-fishing?.)
Apropos of the "girl in bed," he has said, "She's just a completely passive isolated watcher or spectator....
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Apropos of Danese's bust of Bembo, and his poem, the Teseide (unpublished in Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, cc.
Going for scabrous comedy, he falls flat, as when he clumsily undertook the eminently reasonable idea of giving Manet's Olympia a race reversal, or when, apropos of nothing, he named his 1964 takeoff on David's portrait of Napoleon in the National Gallery The Greatest Homosexual.
Erotica, for a depressing but engrossing account of the latter.) And, apropos of the Bush twins, it pushed to have every state in this sweet land of liberty raise its drinking age to 21.
STRANGE," Crumb writes, apropos of nothing, and even a lovely study of potted plants has an incongruous groan of a caption: "Ohh Mercy." A paradigmatic Crumb image shows the artist himself lugging comically huge rocks into a heap, for no clear reason outside psychic truth: "I gotta pile up these rocks!" he says, sweating heavily, the cartoonist as Sisyphus.