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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 (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 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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the object of the exercise

the main point or purpose of an activity.
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An employee exercising an ISO can usually plan the exercise so that he will not have to pay any tax until the stock received on the exercise is actually sold.
NAH: If you're intentionally restricting your calories to about 1,200 a day and exercising, should you be taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement to cover your bases?
Shorter Labors, Fewer C-sections: The same study also discovered that the exercising women's active labor was two hours shorter and the incidence of operative delivery was reduced from 48 to 14 percent.
In Letter Ruling 9736040,(37) the IRS detailed the tax consequences of an employee's exercising compensatory stock options by constructively surrendering previously acquired employer stock in payment for the shares to be received.
Some who are already exercising vigorously, though, may be overdoing it, Pate warned.
You're not only eating for two now, but you are also exercising for two and you need to take into consideration the risks associated with high impact or strenuous exercises.
The Revenue Reconciliation Act of 1993 (RRA) substantially increased marginal tax rates for most top executives, directly raising the immediate tax cost of exercising NQOs.
Unless the Board decides to extend the time period for exercising the warrants at the reduced price, the warrant exercise price will return to $10.
Walt Willet, in his book Eat, Drink and Be Healthy, said that 80 percent of heart disease and strokes and 70 percent of most cancers are preventable through a healthier lifestyle, such as maintaining a normal weight, eating a healthy diet, exercising routinely, not smoking, and consuming alcohol in moderation," DeVries said.
L-3 Analytics has been a leader in analyzing and exercising terrorism response operations since the 1980s, providing services from community level to the highest levels of the U.
By the time AICR's exercise recommendations came out in 1997, studies suggested that Americans were exercising, on average, 20 minutes per day.
To explain this event in greater detail, participants under Horizon's Stock Option and Stock Appreciation Rights Plans are given the choice of exercising either stock options or stock appreciation rights (SARs).
Chahram Bolouri, president, global operations, chose the second course of action, exercising 240,000 and 120,000 options, respectively.
The number one reason Americans give for not exercising is "lack of time," yet aerobic exercisers are now advised to spend an additional 30 minutes two or three days a week to maintain upper body strength.
Upon exercise of a Class A Warrant, the exercising warrant holder will receive one share of JVWEB common stock and two JVWEB Class B Warrants.