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give the wall

To give someone else the safest place to walk (which, in earlier times, would have been the walled side of the street). Thank you for giving the wall to me, good sir. I hate walking along such dangerous streets!
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The thump of jugs set down on the floor above could be heard and the clink of china, for there was not as thick a partition between the rooms as one might wish, so Miss Allan, the elderly lady who had been playing bridge, determined, giving the wall a smart rap with her knuckles.
But he said he was open to giving the wall a finish that would evoke more the structure's old charm.
It is estimated that with continued investment, the visitor spend can be increased by a further pounds 300m annually by 2029 - potentially giving the wall a pounds 1bn per year economic impact and creating more than 6,000 jobs.
Inc.: Losses in linage in the technology category at its flagship paper offset gains elsewhere, giving the Wall Street Journal a meager 4.7 percent-increase when comparing August 2003 to August 2004.
As matt emulsion is not designed to be wiped, you'd be better giving the walls another coat to remove all the marks.
Some spirit-lifting aspects of the house are the second-floor solarium with its tiled floor, perfect for star-gazing, and the interior paint color, which was added directly into the plaster finish to provide integral color throughout the plaster, giving the walls a natural look.