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hangdog expression

A self-pitying expression of abjection, defeat, shame, or guilt. Don't just stare at me with that hangdog expression. You've already made a mess of things, so now you have to deal with it! The losing team walked away from the pitch with hangdog expressions after their execrable defeat at the hands of their rivals.
See also: expression, hangdog

there, there

A phrase used to soothe one who is upset. There, there, sweetie. Everything is going to be OK.
See also: there

I guess

I suppose; sure. Often used as an affirmative answer when one is not completely certain or does not want to fully commit. Bob: "You look a little down today. Everything alright?" Mary: "I guess. I've just been feeling vaguely melancholy lately." A: "It's supposed to be sunny today, right?" B: "I guess. I haven't checked the weather."
See also: guess

if you'll pardon the expression

A preemptive apology for the particular words one is about to use. He was acting like, if you'll pardon the expression, a complete ass.
See also: expression, if, pardon

I guess

 and I expect; I suppose; I suspect 
1. a phrase that introduces a supposition. (Frequently, in speech, suppose is reduced to 'spose, and expect and suspect are reduced to 'spect. The apostrophe is not always shown.) Bob: I guess it's going to rain. Bill: Oh, I don't know. Maybe so, maybe not. Alice: I expect you'll be wanting to leave pretty soon. John: Why? It's early yet.
2. a vague way of answering 'yes'. John: You want some more coffee? Jane: I 'spose. Alice: Ready to go? John: I spect.
See also: guess

I guess (so).

 and I believe so.; I expect (so).; I suppose (so).; I suspect (so).; I think so.
a vague expression of assent. (Frequently, in speech, suppose is reduced to 'spose, and expect and suspect are reduced to 'spect. The apostrophe is not always shown.) Tom: Will it rain today? Bob: I suppose so. Sue: Happy? Bill: I 'spect. Sue: You don't sound happy. Bill: I guess not.
See also: guess

if you'll pardon the expression

Fig. excuse the expression I am about to say or just said. This thing is—if you'll pardon the expression—loused up. I'm really jacked, if you'll pardon the expression.
See also: expression, if, pardon

not let someone catch someone doing something

 and not want to catch someone doing something
an expression that scolds someone who has done something wrong. (The idea is that the person ought not to do the wrong thing again, not that the person simply avoid getting caught.) How many times have I told you not to play ball in the house? Don't let me catch you doing that again. If I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times: Don't do that! I don't want to catch you doing it again!
See also: catch, let, not

There, there.

 and There, now.
an expression used to comfort someone. There, there. You'll feel better after you take a nap. There, now. Everything will be all right.
See also: there

if you’ll pardon the expression

phr. excuse the expression I am about to say. This thing is—if you’ll pardon the expression—loused up. I’m really jacked, if you’ll pardon the expression.
See also: expression, if, pardon

you should excuse the expression

Please forgive what I just said or am about to say. This polite disclaimer for uttering a profanity, obscenity, or vulgarity was adopted from Yiddish about 1930 and became common soon thereafter. See also pardon my French.
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We can take T > 1 if the data are small in [H.sup.1] [intersection] [H.sup.0,1] and we may assume that [mathematical expression not reproducible].
In particular, if (17) holds, then we may fix (u, v) by [mathematical expression not reproducible].
where [mathematical expression not reproducible] [sup.sub.t>0][E.sub.K](tu,tv) and [B.sub.K] is given in (14).
Let now x [member of] A be such that [mathematical expression not reproducible].
Similarly, we can show that [Tqinv.sub.r] (A) = {x [member of] A : [mathematical expression not reproducible].
where [mathematical expression not reproducible] is the minimum integer number such that
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The space [mathematical expression not reproducible] is defined by space interpolation as in [1].
Clearly, we have [mathematical expression not reproducible].
The eigenvalues [mathematical expression not reproducible] and [mathematical expression not reproducible] are assumed to be ordered non-decreasingly and the corresponding eigenmodes accordingly.
The set [mathematical expression not reproducible] is a corresponding overlapping decomposition of [OMEGA] with overlap [delta].
If [??], [??] are soft numbers, then modulus, sum, difference, product, and division of soft real numbers are denoted by [mathematical expression not reproducible] and [mathematical expression not reproducible], respectively, and defined by the following:
A real soft set (F,A) is said to be bounded from above if there exists a soft real number [??] such that [mathematical expression not reproducible].