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decide against (someone or something)

1. To choose not to accept someone. Yes, Holly was a strong candidate, but we ultimately decided against her for the job.
2. To choose not to do something. I was so tired that I decided against going out with my friends tonight.
See also: decide

decide on (someone or something)

To choose someone or something, usually after a period of deliberation. Yes, Holly was a strong candidate, but we ultimately decided on someone else for the job opening. After agonizing over the menu, I finally decided on mint chocolate chip ice cream.
See also: decide, on
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For a decidedly conservative view, we recommend Megan McArdle (www.
For goodness sake if that is the best Jonathan Price can come up with to reassure the public that they are on top of the dog fouling problem I'm afraid as I said before it leaves me decidedly underwhelmed.
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But in Frears' film the current occupant of Buckingham Palace lives in a decidedly post-Elizabethan era, and her subjects see the queen's ramrod spine and stoic manners as signs of cold and aloof indifference, not courage or conviction.
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The second collection by prizewinning poet Caitriona O'Reilly, The Sea Cabinet is a free-verse collection with a decidedly nautical theme.
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This is a decidedly endearing tale that offers its reader enough plot twists and turns to build anticipation for the next volume.
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Written from a decidedly Islamic perspective, The War On Truth is informed and informative reading for anyone studying international terrorism, national security, and the clandestine machinery of Western power.
Ken Takahashi's dramatic short, produced at the Independent Filmmakers Cooperative of Ottawa, is the disturbing tale of Gary, a grimy and sad character who brings a bag lady back to his cramped, subterranean apartment for some of the most awkward and decidedly twisted sex in all of Canadian cinema.