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bias against (someone or something)

A prejudice against someone or something. That teacher just seems to have a bias against me—she never calls on me in class, and she grades my papers so harshly. My father has a bias against that company because he dislikes its outspoken CEO. The bias against hiring women that exists in this company is painfully obvious.
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on the bias

In sewing, following a diagonal line across the grain of the fabric, especially one running at an angle of 45 degrees. OK, class. The first thing to do is to cut the fabric on the bias. Be sure to make your stitches on the bias.
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bias someone against someone or something

to prejudice someone against someone or something. Please avoid biasing everyone against me. One bad experience biased all of us against that brand of sausage.
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on the bias

on a diagonal line; on a diagonal pathway or direction. The panels of the dress were cut on the bias. The seamstress sewed the fabric on the bias.
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"So there are sometimes differences in how effective biased sources are compared to untrustworthy ones."
Here each biased agent pays his own reputation cost because he is evaluated based on his report and the later observed true state.
Layer Biased. A general layer-biased approach that ignores netline direction will generally require more layers to escape the BGA, but it should enable more effective autorouting.
Although the reconciled values were closer to the true values than the biased measured values, the reconciled values also displayed a large bias.
Obviously, I wound up with a score of "biased," although nothing else in my life supports that conclusion.
Goozner characterizes this statement as implying that the scientists were only biased, whereas in his view the scientists really "were covered by the conflict of interest standard" because they "currently or previously worked for DuPont." Alas, the scientists did not have a conflict of interest under the federal standard, which only applies to current employment or ownership (Office of Government Ethics 1997).
Hamilton 1m 65y (inside) 14+ runners Low 29 (1) Middle 51 (3) High 70 (11) The sprint course at Hamilton used to be one of the most biased in the country, but shortly after a discussion with the clerk of the course (Is our sprint track one of the most biased in the country?
Physicians are not immune from biased thinking any more than they are immune to disease.
Nix to Matt Welch's attempt to cloud the issue of media bias ("Biased About Bias" December).
Although Cashin (1995) believes that students' ratings of faculty, generally speaking, are reliable and relatively free from bias, McKeachie (1997) opposes them and suggests that students' ratings can be biased by variables other than teaching effectiveness.
After all, we are not born biased; no bias gene rides on our chromosomes.
12) write, "it is not true that a situation in which more, but not all, of the optimum conditions are fulfilled is necessarily, or is even likely to be, superior to a situation in which fewer are fulfilled." If your friend's decision-making is biased in other ways, then an intervention to reduce overconfidence may well reduce his welfare.
Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show" agrees with Sinclair Broadcasting that the reading of the names of approximately 700 Americans who have died in Iraq on ABC's "Nightline" was biased against the administration of President George W.
First, supervisors find unbiased memos more persuasive than negatively biased memos when both memos conclude that the client's preferred position is not appropriate.