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area of influence

A realm, domain, or field over which a person, group, or business has direct control, influence, or clout. It refers to a military term for the geographical area in which a commander has direct military influence. As a literature professor, my primary obligation is to my classes; as head of this department, though, my area of influence extends to all students studying English.
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kiss and cry area

An area in an ice skating rink where figure skaters rest while awaiting their results after a competitive performance. So named because competitors typically celebrate or commiserate (depending on their performance) with coaches, friends, or family in this location. After a terrific performance, Katy is heading to the kiss and cry area to wait with her coach while the judges tally their marks.
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disaster area

1. A location where a natural disaster, such as an earthquake, flood, or storm, occurred. An area designated as such is often the recipient of government aid. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the president declared New Orleans a disaster area and allotted federal funding for the rescue and cleanup efforts.
2. A messy or unclean space. After only a few weeks of living on his own, Adam's apartment looked like a disaster area because he never bothered to clean up after himself.
3. A situation, idea, or plan that is poorly planned or organized. The new economic plan that the senator proposed sounded like a complete disaster area.
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grey area

A concept or topic that is not clearly defined or that exists somewhere between two extreme positions. Primarily heard in Australia. There's a large grey area regarding whether the use of the new surveillance technology is lawful.
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a no-go area

A place that is extremely dangerous to enter, especially because it is controlled by a violent group or is in the midst of military conflict. That part of the city is so overridden with gangs that it has essentially become a no-go area for police and citizens alike.
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(a) gray area

Fig. an area of a subject or question that is difficult to put into a particular category because it is not clearly defined and may have connections or associations with more than one category. The responsibility for social studies in the college is a gray area. Several departments are involved. Publicity is a gray area in that firm. It is shared between the marketing and design divisions.
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gray area

Indeterminate territory, undefined position, neither here nor there. For example, There's a large gray area between what is legal and what is not. This term, which uses gray in the sense of "neither black nor white" (or halfway between the two), dates only from the mid-1900s.
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a grey area

COMMON If you call something a grey area, you mean that it is unclear. Note: `Grey' is usually spelled `gray' in American English. There are many grey areas in the law affecting stolen animals. Tabloid papers paint all sportsmen as heroes or villains. There is no grey area in between.
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a grey area

an ill-defined situation or field not readily conforming to a category or to an existing set of rules.
In the 1960s, grey areas in British planning vocabulary referred to places that were not in as desperate a state as slums but which were in decline and in need of rebuilding.
2001 Rough Guide to Travel Health In theory, it should be a cinch to diagnose appendicitis, but in practice it's much more of a grey area.
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a no-go area

an area which is dangerous or impossible to enter or to which entry is restricted or forbidden.
As a noun, no-go was first used in the late 19th century in the sense of ‘an impracticable situation’. Its use in this phrase, with the sense of ‘no entry’, is particularly associated with Northern Ireland in the 1970s.
1971 Guardian For journalists and others, the Bogside and Creggan estates are ‘no-go areas’, with the IRA in total effective control.
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a diˈsaster area


1 (informal) a place or situation that has a lot of problems, is a failure, or is badly organized: The room was a disaster area (= very untidy), with stuff piled everywhere and nowhere to sit.The current system of taxation is a disaster area.
2 a place where a disaster has happened and which needs special help: After the floods, the whole region was declared a disaster area.
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a ˌgrey ˈarea

an area of a subject or situation that is not clear or does not fit into a particular group and is therefore difficult to define or deal with: The question of police evidence in cases like this is a grey area. We will need to consult our lawyers about it.
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a ˌno-ˈgo area

(especially British English) an area, especially in a city, which is dangerous for people to enter, or that the police or army do not enter, often because it is controlled by a violent group: Several parts of the city have become no-go areas for the police. ♢ (figurative) This subject is a definite no-go area (= we must not discuss it).
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Although Selkup is genealogically close, it is areally distant.
The coarse resolution of areally large CTs in low population density areas can often obscure local pockets of high employment density.
As regards the presented data, the paradigm in Table 3 above can be taken as an archaic pattern that is areally motivated, because the informant was born in the southernmost village and closer to the Southern Veps area, in which the distinction between the cases at issue used to be realised.
AREALLY dark and rich French onion soup is a delight to make and eat as the windy cold evenings blow in.
In particular, it is always possible for a language to lose morphology, as has happened in the case of English, with its striking and areally atypical predominance of labile pairs.
It is noteworthy that industrial land use was not the most areally extensive land use in the zones surrounding any of the terminals.
Such a specification is not only desirable for the clear explanation of this particular phase in the history of Sanskrit and in the development and spread of an important trait of the South Asian Sprachbund, but also is valuable as one of the clearest, most fully documented, and most internally complex cases known to us of what appears as areally induced phonological diffusion.
He has inherited areally good team, some very good players.
A quantitative comparison between two genetically and areally close languages highlights the problems linked to polysemous patterns, which may be due to genetic and/or borrowing reasons.
Bless him, he's a fantastic dancer and areally nice bloke but he's not the best teacher because he loses his patience too quickly.
Since we want to make at least a weak statistical statement, we have moreover aimed to balance the sample genetically and areally, as far as this was possible.
According to map 1, the Estonian lepp may also mean fish or seal blood, or a liquid mixed with blood, but this use is much more restricted areally.