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do not spoil the ship for a ha'porth of tar

Do not ruin something for an avoidable reason. "Ship" is thought to be a dialectical pronunciation of "sheep," and a "ha'porth" is a "halfpennyworth." Tar was used to protect sheep skin from flies (and thereby illness and death), so not having enough tar would contribute to the death of the sheep. You know your mom is going to be offended, so please call her before the dinner party—do not spoil the ship for a ha'porth of tar.
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down with the haps

mod. knowing what’s happening; comfortable with what’s happening. (Streets.) Tell me what’s going on! I gotta be down with the haps.
See also: down, hap


n. things that are happening; events. (Streets.) Come in and tell me the haps.
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The deal could increase HAP's Medicaid membership by as much as 9,000 members, most of which are in Wayne County.
He was born in Harrisburg and raised in rural Perry County, Hap said in his testimony.
In all patients in the study admitted in MICU at Shifa International Hospital who were receiving or otherwise proton pump inhibitors as stress ulcer prophylaxis, tracheal cultures were followed on day 1 and day 2 and the spectrum of hospital acquired pneumonia (HAP) was defined.
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After HAP, we observed a reduction in all-cause mortality incidence on all warning days during the post-HAP period, including days with any warning and days with yellow, orange, and red warnings, respectively.
Scanning electron microscopy instrument has been used to obtain the morphology of HAP. The SEM images of the HAP in the range microparticle are shown in Figs.
Figure 1(a) represents the FTIR spectrum of HAP. The characteristic peaks appeared at and 565 [cm.sup.-1], 473 [cm.sup.-1] and 945 [cm.sup.-1] depicts the phosphate groups.
Ceramic nanofillers such as HAp do not directly contribute to the [T.sub.g] value of the polymer matrix, but the interaction of the polymer chains with the surface of the particles can drastically alter the chain kinetics and mobility in the region surrounding the particle due to the presence of the interface.
In our previous papers we showed that the use of PDMS as an interlayer between a HAp coating and a substrate may improve the delamination of HAp layers even when the substrate is rough [18, 20].
Conclusion: The frequency of HAP in Medical ICU of our hospital is 88 out of 346 (25.4%).
EPA established organic HAP and VOC content limits for 57 specialty coating categories, and also required specialty coating operations to meet the same inorganic HAP control requirements as for primers and topcoats.
HAP is a contracted lung infection that produces a positive respiratory culture after 48 hours of being in the primary care of a hospital facility.
He said that an International HAP Exhibition will be held in Pakistan to exhibit the work of Pakistani artisans.
HAP stem cells were directed to differentiate to cardiac muscle cells in large numbers in culture by the addition of the common drug isoproterenol.