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direct message

A form of private communication on social media sites or Internet forums. It is most commonly used as a verb. Direct message me if you have any questions. If you don't want everyone to see it, send a direct message instead of posting it.
See also: direct, message

direct (one's) attention to (someone or something)

To focus on someone or something. And if you'll direct your attention to the docent, she'll start you on your tour of the art museum. When the lights in the theater dimmed, we knew to direct our attention to the stage.
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direct (something) against (someone or something)

To target someone or something with something negative. I'm not the one who sabotaged your presentation, so don't direct your anger against me!
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direct (something) at (someone or something)

To target someone or something with something negative. I'm not the one who sabotaged your presentation, so don't direct your anger at me!
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direct (something) to (someone or something)

1. To designate something for someone. You need to direct that budget report to Mary in Finance.
2. To aim something at or address something to someone or something. In this usage, "toward" is often used instead of "to." Although I directed the paper airplane to my friends across the room, it didn't reach them. Please direct all questions to our Customer Service department.
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Dutch uncle

One who addresses someone severely or critically. Fred is always lecturing me like a Dutch uncle, forgetting the fact that I'm 40 years old!
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direct someone's attention to someone or something

to focus someone's regard or concern on someone or something; to cause someone to notice someone or something. May I directyour attention to the young man in the purple costume? The announcer directed our attention to the magician who was coming on stage.
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direct something against someone or something

to aim a critical remark or a weapon at someone or something. (Very close to direct something at someone or something.) We directed the guns against the occupied village. Ted said he had directed his remark against Judy.
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direct something at someone or something

to aim something at someone or something. (Very close to direct something against someone or something.) Are you directing your remarks at me? Please direct the hose at the bushes.
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direct something to someone

to address, designate, or send something to someone. Shall I direct the inquiries to you? Please direct all the mail to the secretary when it is delivered.
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direct something to(ward) someone or something

to send, throw, push, or aim something at someone or something. Tom directed the ball toward Harry. Should I direct this inquiry to Alice?
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Dutch uncle

a man who gives frank and direct advice to someone. (In the way an uncle might, but not a real relative.) I would not have to lecture you like a Dutch uncle if you were not so extravagant. He acts more like a Dutch uncle than a husband. He's forever telling her what to do in public.
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Dutch uncle

A stern, candid critic or adviser, as in When I got in trouble with the teacher again, the principal talked to me like a Dutch uncle . This expression, often put as talk to one like a Dutch uncle, presumably alludes to the sternness and sobriety attributed to the Dutch. [Early 1800s]
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The recent debut of ING DIRECT USA's bank is ING Group's second direct bank launch in North America.
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The aim of ING DIRECT is to become a worldwide retail brand providing transparent banking, insurance and asset management products using the telephone, direct mail and Internet as delivery channels.
To take a tour of the Planet Direct service, to find out more about the company behind the service, or to get a full listing of our content partners, ISP affiliates and advertisers, please visit the company's Web site, located at http://www.
Planet Direct features a new approach for presenting useful and relevant content for each member's personal start page.
Planet Direct brings together the best of the Web and offers the functionality consumers have come to expect of an online service, including news, sports and entertainment information, chat and discussion, national yellow and white pages, mapping and driving directions, local and national weather forecasts.
We are pleased that Planet Direct is so extensively deploying MCIS as its platform for building a personal Internet service available to the subscribers of Internet access companies.
Personalization is the foundation of the Planet Direct service.
The addition of a highly personalized, highly localized service like Planet Direct to our Internet network allows us to offer a whole new dimension of meaningful content to subscribers, providing a connection to the community in which they live.
Planet Direct is a wholly owned subsidiary company of CMG Information Services (NASDAQ: CMGI), a company specializing in harnessing the power of the Internet by developing and investing in infrastructures for new dimensions in one-to-one marketing.