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cease to be

To die, expire, or no longer exist. (Used without a qualifying verb, noun, or adjective; otherwise, the cessation merely refers to said verb, noun, or adjective—e.g., "cease to be entertained.") After the recession, many of the small businesses populating the mall simply ceased to be. Without her love, I feel that I would cease to be!
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cease and desist

To stop doing something. This phrase is typically associated with legal matters. We received a letter ordering us to cease and desist due to copyright infringement, so we had to halt production.
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wonders (will) never cease

This was not at all expected; how shocking. Said especially of that which is pleasantly surprising, though the phrase is often used humorously, ironically, or sarcastically. The famously defiant and aggressive leader today announced that he wanted to form a close alliance and kinship with his neighbors to the south. Wonders never cease, it seems. Jake actually volunteered to do the dishes after dinner? Wonders will never cease!
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cease and desist

to completely stop doing something. (A legal phrase.) The judge ordered the merchant to cease and desist the deceptive practices. When they were ordered to cease and desist, they finally stopped.
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Wonders never cease!

 and Will wonders never Cease!
Prov. What an amazing thing has happened! (Said when something very surprising happens. Somewhat ironic; can imply that the surprising thing should have happened before, but did not.) Fred: Hi, honey. I cleaned the kitchen for you. Ellen: Wonders never cease! Jill: Did you hear? The company is allowing us to take a holiday tomorrow. Jane: Wonders never cease! Not only was my plane on time, the airline also delivered my luggage safely. Will wonders never cease?
See also: never, Wonder

cease and desist

Stop, leave off doing something, as in: "Bliss excavated at least once on his own and Dr. Brand ... told him to cease and desist" (Douglas Preston quoting Frank Hibben, The New Yorker, June 12, 1995). This legal term is a redundancy, since cease and desist mean virtually the same thing, but often appears in legal documents to avoid possible misinterpretation. [c. 1920]
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wonders will never cease

What a surprise, as in He's on time-wonders will never cease. This expression is generally used ironically. [Late 1700s]
See also: cease, never, will, wonder

ˌwonders will ˌnever ˈcease

(spoken, usually ironic) used to express surprise and pleasure at something: ‘The train was on time today.’ ‘Wonders will never cease (= I am surprised, because usually it is late).’
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wonders will never cease

That is really surprising. This expression, today usually put ironically and nearly always a response to a statement about something the speaker thinks is unusual, dates from the late eighteenth century. Anthony Price used it in Other Paths to Glory (1974): “Wonders will never cease . . . Early Tudor, practically untouched.” This saying has become so familiar that Ed McBain could abbreviate it: “Would wonders never?” (Hark! 2004).
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Cease started a 1-2-3 double play and it looked like he was going to keep the damage to a minimum in the first inning, but C.J.
Cease and desist letters could be sent when there is a "tortious interference of contract," a business tort that allows one of the two parties bound in a contract to hold the other liable if that person interfered with the contract in a way that caused the other to suffer damages, as in the case of Trump and Bannon.
"I had no idea what was going to happen going into the draft," said the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Cease. "I got a call saying they were going to take me so I went with it.
"Once such a law is in place any member who will fail to comply with this law shall cease to function for two month from October 01 to onwards even if he or she submit asset details within days after the expiry," he added.
Identifying which of them are the targets of armed T cells would also help scientists develop cease fire instructions.
Example 1: Pursuant to Country Q's merger statutes, Corporation Z and Corporation Y, each incorporated under the laws of Q, combine in a transaction in which all of Z's assets become assets of Y, and, in the transaction, Z ceases its separate legal existence.
A notice in the chapter's newsletter said the local unit had achieved all of its goals and thus "we acknowledge the time is right for the Idaho Christian Coalition to cease to be.
The 23-year-old righty is familiar with getting burned by big innings as he adjusts to major league hitters, but Cease has also shown a veteran knack for staying calm, settling down and finding cruise control.
One of Cease Collect's specialties is helping their clients stop the harassing calls from unsecured creditors and collections agencies.
Such an order may require the IAP to "cease and desist" from the practice or violation and "to take affirmative action to correct the conditions resulting from any such violation or practice." Id.
1.368-2T(b)(1)(ii)(B), the combining entity of each transferor unit must cease its separate legal existence for all purposes.
The letter must be sent to the former client and the SEC by the end of the fifth business day following the member firm's determination the client-auditor relationship has ceased or will cease on completion of the current year's engagement.
The 23-year-old righty is familiar with getting burned by big innings as he adjusts to major-league hitters, but Cease has also shown a veteran knack for staying calm, settling down and finding cruise control.
"Palestinian factions have agreed to halt rocket fire and Israel agreed to cease attacks on the Gaza Strip," the official said.
cease fire between the Sudanese government and rebel groups in Darfur saying