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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 (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.
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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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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.
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22) The person exercising the ISO must hold the shares so acquired for a full year after purchase (and two full years after the option was granted) in order to avoid inclusion is income of the built-in gain (as of the time of exercise) as compensation.
Gordon (13) cites the literature demonstrating mood improvement with exercising patients with multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries.
I encourage the use of a heart-rate monitor that looks like a wristwatch, so people can watch their heart rate as they're exercising and not overdo it at the beginning," he adds.
CPAs also should advise affected executives to analyze their individual tax situations before exercising their options.
However, if you've delivered early in a previous pregnancy, you may continue exercising into mid-and late pregnancy under your doctor's supervision (unless there is evidence of womb structural damage).
That's a different goal than exercising for health benefits, said Dr.
For ISOs, the agreement should also clearly address whether and how the proceeds should be adjusted, to reflect any alternative minimum tax consequences associated with exercising the options.
There are safer and better ways of exercising the muscles of the lower back and upper body.
But while few of us can go even a day without eating, it's easy to go days, weeks, or even years without exercising.
In fact, consistently exercising about 4 hours per week appeared to be protective, even if begun well after adolescence, the group now reports in the Sept.
This process is best served by building from the ground up -- training and exercising the managers, first responders, ships officers, crew, and maritime workforce at the dock and deck plate levels where the terrorists will strike first.
Intense physical activity may decrease splanchnic blood flow to 20-50% of baseline as blood is shunted to skin and exercising muscle(2).
Stand erect with the exercising leg behind the body as far as possible to duplicate the thigh position immediately after pushoff.
If, at the end of the 20-year sublease primary term, the headlease residual is worth more than the payment required on the fixed-payment option, FM will capture this excess value by exercising the option, leaving X with only the proceeds of the option.
Before exercising: The athlete should eat one energy bar (about 200 to 250 kcal) about one hour before exercising, making sure to consume an adequate amount of fluid with it.