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exercise (one) in (something)

To help one to practice something. Will you exercise me in these chemistry terms before the tomorrow's test?
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exercise for the reader

A subject, debate, or other matter that is not decided or dealt with directly by the author or presenter, but rather is left up to the judgment or interpretation of the observer, reader, or addressee. The report merely details the spending practices of the parties concerned; whether or not these payments were dubious in nature is left as an exercise for the reader. The politician's speech made broad references to invigorating the economy with practical, no-nonsense measures—what such measures might be, though, was left as an exercise for the reader.
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exercise power over (someone or something)

To assert control or authority over someone or something. Even though we're adults now, my sister still tries to exercise power over me like I'm a little kid.
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exercised about (something)

Upset or agitated because of something. We can't tell Mom we broke the vase—she'll get totally exercised about it! Before you get exercised about it, let me tell you exactly what happened.
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the object of the exercise

The main point, focus, or goal of an activity or task. If you're an investor, holding onto stocks that damage your portfolio defeats the object of the exercise. If you're trying to improve your health, not just shed a few quick pounds, the object of the exercise should be to develop a diet that is sustainable in the long term.
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exercise power over

someone or something and exercise control over someone or something; exercise influence over someone or something to have someone or something under one's control or influence. The dictator exercised power over the island for many years. See if you can exercise some control over your appetite. I wish I could exercise some influence over the committee.
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exercise (someone or an animal) in

something to give someone or an animal practice in doing something; to drill someone or an animal at something. Please exercise the dog in obedience routines. I hope you will exercise me in my Spanish irregular verbs.
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exercised about something

Fig. upset about something. Mary: You lost a hundred dollars playing poker!? Bill: Now don't get exercised about it. I can't tell Ma I'm failing English class. She gets exercised about every dumb thing I do.
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*firm hand

Fig. [someone's] strong sense of management; a high degree of discipline and direction. (*Typically: exercise ~; have ~; need ~; take ~; use~.) I had to use a firm hand with Perry when he was a child. He had a problem with discipline.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

the object of the exercise

the main point or purpose of an activity.
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Even if cold symptoms appear to be improving, that does not mean you should dive back into your exercise routines.
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In this study, eight men with type 2 diabetes completed three exercise trials: 60 minutes of continuous exercise in hypoxia, intermittent exercise in hypoxia and intermittent exercise in a normal oxygen environment.
Scott published a paper titled "Misconceptions about Aerobic and Anaerobic Energy Expenditure," where he explains his argument and highlights one of his studies comparing a 3.5-minute aerobic exercise challenge with three work-equivalent 15-second sprints.
26 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, older, obese adults who do a combination of aerobic and resistance exercises have less insulin resistance (a warning sign of type 2 diabetes) and are better able to do simple tasks.
Finally, the preamble states that the proposed regulations are meant to clarify that the transfer of property pursuant to the exercise, release or lapse of a GPA created in a grandfathered GSTT-exempt trust is not a "transfer under the trust" but a transfer by the person holding the power at the time the exercise, release or lapse becomes effective.
Our main findings indicate that students who were taught exercise physiology using a combination of PBL exercises with web-based discussion, lectures and laboratory exercises performed as well as students taught using a more traditional teaching strategy (i.e.
There are a variety of free-weight exercises you can do sitting on the ball for added benefit.
We began to notice that there were other benefits to these exercise sessions, in addition to conditioning.
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The exercise simulates realistic peninsula seaport operations through the use of a Combined Seaport Coordination Center (CSCC).
"From the top of your head to the bottom of your toes, being physically active is the stimulus that gets most organs in the body to work at their best," says Tufts University exercise expert Miriam Nelson.
A 1-day table-top exercise in San Diego, California, in December 2004 emphasized voluntary compliance with home quarantine to control an emerging infectious disease outbreak.