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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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This means people dealing with chest congestion, a hacking cough or upset stomach are better off avoiding exercise until they recover.
The first phase of exercise comprised of a series of harbour activities to provide synergy in different domains of naval operations.
Retention after one year was similar for both groups on the knowledge and understanding question however, students taught with PBL exercises continued to do significantly better on the application of knowledge question.
2005-48 noted that, before May 1, 1991, the acquisition of stock as the result of the exercise of an option was viewed as a "purchase" for Section 16(b) purposes.
Perform these exercises on a day reserved for crosstraining, or after your warm-up when you are still fresh.
The options have an exercise price of $10 (stock price on date of grant), vest at the end of three years and have a fair value of $3.
The exercise simulates realistic peninsula seaport operations through the use of a Combined Seaport Coordination Center (CSCC).
What's more, when researchers told people with high-but-not-yet-diabetic blood sugar levels to do aerobic exercise for at least 2 1/2 hours a week and lose at least 7 percent of their body weight, their risk of diabetes was 58 percent lower than similar people who didn't exercise or lose weight.
In this exercise, quarantine referred to restriction at home of possible carriers of the agent, who were identified through contact tracing.
Choosing exercises: In most cases, we select multi-joint movements for these cycles--exercises that bring more than one joint into play and stimulate a broad aggregate of muscle tissue.
1 Make a list of the reasons you originally started to exercise regularly.
The American Society of Hypertension advocates slow breathing exercises for fifteen minutes a day, three to four days a week to lower blood pressure (4) and to prevent heart disease.
Repositioning, breathing, gluteal, hamstring and abdominal/oblique exercises were explained, demonstrated and critiqued in a series of eight visits during a 5-week period.
Aerobic and strength-building water exercises are low-impact and do not add stress to the bones and joints.