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gut factor

The subjective, emotional element or dimension that influences a decision. All three candidates appear ideal for the position, so we'll have to rely on the gut factor when we make our choice.
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x factor

A unique and noteworthy quality that makes someone or something exceptional. There are a lot of really talented singers in this contest, but I think Molly's x factor is her stage presence. A lot of similar products are on the market right now—ours has to have an X factor!
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fudge factor

Fig. a margin of error. I never use a fudge factor. I measure correctly, and I cut the material exactly the way I measured it. I built in a fudge factor of three percent.
See also: factor, fudge

factor in

Figure in, include as a basic element. For example, In preparing the schedule we factored in vacation and sick days. This term comes from mathematics. [Mid-1900s]
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sleaze factor

The element in a political party, administration, or other organization that is corrupt, controversial, or tainted by scandal. For example, I can't see myself making a campaign contribution to them-there's too much of a sleaze factor . This slangy expression derives from the adjective sleazy, which means "vulgar" or "tawdry." The idiom was first used in politics in the 1980s.
See also: factor, sleaze

fudge factor

a figure which is included in a calculation in order to account for some unquantified but significant phenomenon or to ensure a desired result.
Fudge, apparently originating in the mid 18th century as an exclamation of disgust or irritation, later acquired a specific verbal sense in printers' jargon, meaning to ‘do work imperfectly or as best you can with the materials available’.
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factor in

1. To take something into account; take something into consideration; figure something in: We factored sick days and vacations in when we prepared the work schedule. The boss factored in overtime when giving out bonuses.
2. To be taken into account or consideration; to be figured in: These observations are interesting, but they don't really factor in.
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factor out

1. To reanalyze a situation or problem in order to remove something from consideration: If we factor out personal details, it seems that everyone has the same story. If we factor the bad data out, the results are predictable.
2. Mathematics To rewrite an expression so that something, especially a constant or variable, appearing more than once in the expression appears only once: By factoring the shared terms out of the expression, we can easily solve the equation. The teacher factored out 3x from both sides of the equation 6x^3 + 9x^2 + 12x = 24x.
See also: factor, out

fudge factor

n. a margin of error. I never use a fudge factor. I measure correctly, and I cut the material exactly the way I measured it.
See also: factor, fudge
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We used a bleached softwood kraft pulp to confirm the method of determining shear factor [lambda] and to compare the results with those of previous workers who used [[mu].
They include a pie chart of the type and number of alerts broadcast per machine and bar charts comparing the total number of alerts and the overall Class Factor for each press.
However, other factors, such as outcome expectation and social norms, might also play a significant role in condom use and need to be further explored.
Their rating on the factor "COMPETENCE [TABULAR DATA FOR TABLE 6 OMITTED] OF THERAPISTS" also came out as the most important determinant factor.
In the event neither test is met, sales of tangible personal property to purchasers in the other state must be included in (or "thrown back" to) the taxing state's sales factor numerator.
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This is perhaps a sufficiently wide range of content to suggest that the single observed factor demonstrates enough divergence and structural convergence to suggest the influence of a higher-order night-sky related psychological construct--i.
In defense of landlords, I recall one situation in the mid 1980's when an owner refused to apply a Loss Factor to his vacant floors.
Factor 1 consisted of items reflecting goals for social responsibility.
HB 191, Laws 2005, phases in a 100% sales factor formula; the sales factor will be weighted 80% for 2006, 90% for 2007 and 100% after 2007.
The objective of this paper is to use the general equilibrium trade model with endogenous factor supply developed in Dixit and Norman [3] and Woodland [14] to illustrate the implications of the presence of endogenous factor supply for many familiar tax policy experiments.
After reexamining blood and tissue samples from the previous study, the researchers honed in on a gene for a protein called factor B, which turns on the same pathway that factor H shuts off.
A recent meta-analysis on environmental risk factor and PD was performed using a large number of studies (16 studies for living in rural area, 18 studies for well water drinking, 11 studies for farming and 14 studies for pesticides) (Priyadarshi et al.
The risk increased with each additional factor, and the probability of being pregnant after a year dropped from 93% for couples who had one of the factors to 38% for those with four or more.