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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.
See also: exercise, reader

exercise (someone) in (something)

To help someone or an animal to practice something. Will you exercise me in these chemistry terms before the tomorrow's test?
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exercise power over (someone or something)

To show that one has 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.
See also: exercise, over, power

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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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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the object of the exercise

the main point or purpose of an activity.
See also: exercise, object, of
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Thus, after 1991, the six-month holding period under Section 16(b) begins when the options are granted, rather than when they are exercised.
Assume that all the options are exercised, resulting in a tax deduction of $2,000.
The principles of the final regulations relating to options deemed exercised are illustrated in the examples below.
382-2T(g)(4)(viii), if an option that was originally treated as exercised lapses or is irrevocably forfeited, the option is treated as if it had never been issued.
If all of Jane's options are exercised when the stock value equals the exercise price of $1, then the stock's cost basis will be $1 per share and with the Sec.
The last date on which the Class A warrants may be exercised has been extended from July 17, 1994, to April 17, 1995.
1986), rev'g 82 TC 444 (1984), in which the First Circuit held that a taxpayer's shares were subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture until a one-year sellback provision lapsed, because the employer could have compelled its employee to sell the shares of stock back at the price the employee paid at the time he exercised the option if the employee attempted to sell the shares within a year of exercising the option.
0 early exercise factor (cell B9) that assumes all options will be exercised for pretermination nodes in years 3 or earlier if the stock price reaches $60--double the $30 exercise price.
Alternatively, she would have avoided the loss of most of her exercise price and all of the AMT tax debt if she had simply never exercised the options.
Under Dutch law, tax may actually be assessed prior to the time the option is exercised.
Once the ISO is exercised, the employee does not recognize any income at the exercise date, according to Sec.
Especially significant is the further finding that the TBI patients who exercised were the very patients with the more severe brain injuries.
I've seen people who were shell-shocked when the tax bill arrived, and to pay Uncle Sam they're suddenly forced to sell the stock they had exercised.
After one year, the women who exercised had better balance, stronger bones, and more muscle than the women who didn't exercise.
Although income or loss may be recognized on lapse of an option, if the option is exercised, the proposed regulations provide only for special allocations of future partnership tax items.