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the eighth wonder of the world

Something deemed magnificent enough to be recognized along with the classical Seven Wonders of the World (which include the Great Pyramids of Egypt and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon). Many people consider the Great Wall of China to be the eighth wonder of the world.
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eighth wonder

A marvel; an astonishing or surprising thing or event. This expression, often used sarcastically, implies that something is (or is scarcely) worthy of being classed with the so-called seven wonders of the ancient world: the Pyramids of Egypt, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Tomb of Mausolus, Temple of Diana at Ephesus, Colossus of Rhodes, statue of Jupiter by Phidias, and the Pharos of Alexandria. The English novelist Maria Edgeworth wrote in a letter in 1831, “A spoiled child of 30 whose mother and father . . . think him the 8th wonder of the world.” See also nine-day wonder.
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Kane -- eighth grade, 12%; 10th grade, 22%; 12th grade, 33%
With the gasoline engine coupe eighth series can accelerate from zero to "hundreds" in 3.7 seconds, and with diesel - in 4.9 seconds.
I got a hole in one last month at the eighth but never thought I could do it again - never mind get two in one round.
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Mason, deputy commanding general, Army Field Support Command, with duty as commanding general, Army Materiel Command Forward-Southwest Asia/C-4, Coalition Forces Land Component Command, Kuwait, to commanding general, 19th Theater Support Command, Eighth Army, Korea.
instructive for its interpretation of the Eighth Amendment's prohibition of 'cruel and unusual punishments.'" Though the court referenced international opinion and international treaties as authorities in footnotes of past decisions (such as the 1988 Thompson v.
Participants completed baseline surveys at the beginning of seventh grade and were surveyed again at the end of seventh grade and at the end of eighth grade.
Descriptive statistics were employed to analyze the characteristics of eighth grade students, which centered on three categories: importance, interest, and difficulty.
A centerpiece will be the Eighth Company Law Directive that will clarify the duties of statutory auditors, their independence and ethics, and introduce the full responsibility of the group auditor for the audit of consolidated accounts of groups of companies.
Alcohol use among girls rose sharply between seventh and eighth grade.
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An eighth parish might follow, said diocesan financial administrator Mike Wellwood.
Supreme Court recently decided to let stand a ruling by the Eighth U.S.