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blank canvas

A person or thing that has nothing of substance or permanence within or imprinted upon him, her, or it, such that it can be easily filled with entirely new things. Refers to a painter's canvas that has yet to be painted on. Children's minds are blank canvasses, so we have to be sure to provide them with enriching education and opportunities so as to give them the best possible future. I love moving into a new house and having a blank canvas to make my own! These freshmen are all blank canvasses—we can get them to believe anything we tell them!
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by a canvas

By an extremely short or slim margin (of distance, time, or another measure). The phrase comes from boat racing, as the front end of a racing boat was at one time covered with canvas. They're just about to close the gates! It looks like we made the flight by a canvas. The race was neck and neck till the very end, but Sally won it by a canvas.
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under canvas

Under or within a tent. There are dozens of vendors who sell their goods under canvas at our market each Saturday.
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by a canvas

by a small margin.
The tapered front end of a racing boat was formerly covered with canvas to prevent water being taken on board. In this context, to win by a canvas meant to win by the length between the tip of the bow and the first oarsman.
See also: by, canvas

under canvas

1. Nautical With sails spread.
2. In a tent or tents.
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Fuse the lips to the canvas using an iron or heat press following the manufacturer's instructions.
Canvas Stretching Machine, LLC is the industry standard for high-production printing facilities.
He said through his seven year experience working for Lobatse Canvas Company, he gained skills in crafting different kinds of canvas goods which included camping tents, bags, book covers and camping chairs among others.
The Micromax Canvas Infinity runs Android 7.1.1 OS and is powered by a 2900 mAh battery.
Nothing is more important than type and quality of canvas used.
Canvas Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley.
"We are excited to have Canvas Home launching exclusively at Selfridges," said Chris Gardner, buying manager for cookshop and dining, at the time of the launch.
Until the company officially debuts the Micromax Canvas Doodle 3, the report will remain as speculation only.
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Once upon a time, there was an interval in farm implement history when almost every grain harvesting machine required lengths of wood-slatted canvas to carry the cut stalks into the cylinder for threshing or through a tying-device making bundles.
She held canvas in her hands as a piece of fabric that could be placed or displayed anywhere.
That was the highest price ever achieved by any Indian canvas. Soon after that, the world went into recession and the art mart didn't see any hope of these canvases being dislodged from their top positions.
WHERE can we buy a large canvas print for our lounge wall that measures 6ft high x 10ft wide?
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- Fredrix@Print Canvas is pleased to announce a partnership with world-renowned pop artist Nelson De La Nuez to promote its line of archival-quality print canvas.
Recently, it was my mum's birthday and my boyfriend had taken a nice photo of me and as I'm so far away from home, I thought my mum would appreciate this photo put on canvas, which gives it a unique and arty look.