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frame of mind

A person's outlook or mood. I'm always in a much better frame of mind if I have a chance to unwind after work.
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be in the frame

To be a likely recipient of something, such as a job or an award. I'm pretty sure I'm in the frame for Connie's position once she retires. My daughter is a great student, so she's in the frame for many academic awards at graduation.
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in the frame

1. Very likely to be chosen; at the forefront of all choices. After ten years of dutiful service, she's finally in the frame to move into an upper management position.
2. Suspected of having committed some crime or wrongdoing. Two weeks after the gruesome murder that shocked the small town, police still have no suspects in the frame.
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frame something in something

1. Lit. to place a frame of something around something. Let us frame the photograph in a wood frame rather than a metal one. Alice chose to frame the painting in a simple, unmatted frame.
2. Fig. to express something in a particular way. He framed his comments in very simple language. I hope you frame your remarks more clearly next time.
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frame something out

to build the basic wood structure of a building, such as a house. The carpenters, working fast, framed the whole house out in a day. They framed out the house.
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one's frame of mind

Fig. one's mood or mental state. My frame of mind is sort of low at the moment. I've had a very bad day.
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frame of mind

Mental or emotional attitude or mood, as in You have to be in the right frame of mind to enjoy hiking in the rain. This idiom was first recorded in 1665.
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frame of mind

Someone's frame of mind is the mood they are in. In the morning he woke in a more optimistic frame of mind. He was just not in the right frame of mind to deal with this young man.
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in the frame

1. If you are in the frame for a job or a successful activity, you are very likely to be chosen for it. Steve has done well. He's back in the frame and I will have a good look at him in training this week. Note: You can talk about someone being the name in the frame when they are very likely to be chosen for a job or a successful activity. Speculation about potential replacements is already rife, with Sir David Scholey and Lord Lawson among the names in the frame.
2. If someone is in the frame for a crime or a bad action, people think that they are responsible for it. The fact is, there's only ever been one guy in the frame for this killing, and that's the husband. Note: The `frame' referred to here is probably one of the frames, or images, in a reel of film.
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be in (or out of) the frame

1 be (or not be) eligible or the centre of attention. 2 under suspicion or wanted (or not) by the police.
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be in/out of the ˈframe

be taking part/not taking part in something: We won our match last week, so we’re still in the frame for the championship.
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a frame of ˈmind

a particular way of thinking, mood, etc: You should ask her for permission when she’s in a better frame of mind.I wonder what frame of mind he was in when he wrote the letter.
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1. tv. to cause an innocent person to be blamed for a crime; to contrive evidence so that someone appears to be guilty. (Originally underworld.) Jimmy tried to frame his sister for painting the cat yellow.
2. and frame-up and frameup n. a scheme where an innocent person is made to take the blame for something; incrimination caused by contrived evidence. (Underworld.) The frame-up would have worked if it weren’t for one little thing.


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The shape of the frame, created by cropping this image after making it, becomes an important part of the message.
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Consumers have embraced digital photo frames with advanced features, like integrated memory and PC connectivity, which let them get the most enjoyment from their digital images," said Dean Finnegan, president, Pandigital.
In the short term, pressure to increase fuel economy through lighter weight vehicles will work against body-on-frame construction, though switching to technologies like tailored section frames--where various grades of steel are built up in either tube or sheet form to produce a frame rail with the proper gauge and grade in the right area--or moving to aluminum hold promise.
And so he is slowly replacing the frames he inherited with new ones that combine modern and period aspects, some dating back to the Renaissance.
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the leading supplier of digital frames, today announced that it is showcasing its next generation product lineup with enhanced features and new photo sharing options at CES 2007 (Booth #35625).
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CEIVA Digital Photo Frames and the CEIVA PicturePlan[R] service allow for automatic display, secure storage and sharing of digital photos.