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gaslight

To manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to doubt their experience of reality. The phrase comes from the 1938 play Gas Light, in which the protagonist attempts to induce insanity in his wife by constantly questioning or doubting her reports of strange events, such as the dimming of the house's gas lights (which has in fact occurred and is related to the husband's nefarious activities). Her husband must be gaslighting her because she suddenly doubts all the evidence that she's found of his indiscretions. The administration has been accused of gaslighting with its repeated attempts to spread disinformation.

gaslighting

The act of manipulating someone psychologically so that they begin to doubt their experience of reality. The phrase comes from the 1938 play Gas Light, in which the protagonist attempts to induce insanity in his wife by constantly questioning or doubting her reports of strange events, such as the dimming of the house's gas lights (which has in fact occurred and is related to the husband's nefarious activities). Her husband must be gaslighting her because she suddenly doubts all the evidence that she's found of his indiscretions. The administration has been accused of gaslighting with its repeated attempts to spread disinformation.
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Children were inventive with their games, which included hide and seek around the various passages, alleys, and back yards of the period, with flickering gas lights to add to the fun.
She said: "I still have vivid memories of my days in Glasgow with the city's razor gangs, dreadful overcrowded blackened tenements with gas lights and stairheid toilets that never worked.
Mr harper's family persuaded him to get electricity at the home in Sedbergh, in the Yorkshire Dales, 10 years ago, before which he used gas lights.
It will focus on what families ate and drank, where they worked or what they did in their leisure time - even what they did when those gas lights were put out.
Would the nimbys like these or would they rather go back to gas lights?
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One room downstairs, gas lights only on the ground floor and candles when you went to bed.
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Beacon Hill's narrow byways inhibited the kind of fast-paced changes wrought by streetcars and other modern modes of transportation, and its neighborhoods remain, even now, much as they were in the early 1800s, with cobblestone streets, gas lights, and beautifully preserved brick homes in Federal, Victorian, and Georgian styles.
As if this were not enough the gas lights flicker in the winter darkness and the fog is everywhere like a funeral pall.