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Ivy League

1. noun The collective name for the group of eight prestigious universities located in the Northeastern US, including Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale. Meredith really wants to go to a school in the Ivy League, but I doubt she has good enough grades.
2. adjective Referring to those universities. Meredith really wants to go to an Ivy League school, but I doubt she has good enough grades.
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like an owl in an ivy bush

With a vacant stare, often due to drunkenness. Ivy bushes were thought to be enjoyed by both owls and Bacchus, the Roman god of wine. Whenever Rob drinks, he eventually looks like an owl in an ivy bush, gazing off into the distance at nothing.
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Ivy League

A preppy clothing style. Named for the athletic federation of Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale, “Ivy League” described a 1950s and '60s men's fashion: pants with no pleats and a buckle in the rear. The buckle could be used to expand or shorten the waist fit, although it was primarily for adornment. There were also British-influence narrow-brim caps that had a buckle in the back. Why “Ivy League”? The schools were considered (at least by some) to be sophisticated, elite, and thus worthy of emulation, an attitude that their students did little to disabuse.
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Earlier, the prime minister talked to the family members of the deceased including Nazmul Hasan Papon, MP, son of late Ivy Rahman, and consoled them.
Eastern Poison Ivy is the most widespread poison ivy plant, and these are some of its characteristics.
* Essential oils can be used for relieving the irritation from poison ivy, but never put undiluted oil directly on the affected area!
Songok said Ivy was a team player and a student who never gave the university any disciplinary problems.
"I cannot visualise how tomorrow will be without my sweetest Ivy who had turned into my mentor and caretaker," she said.
Ivy's lawyer has since defended that his client did not maliciously hit Wong's husband with a plastic stool.
Ivy creeps up trellising surrounding the glowing pink bar, and potted olive trees and plants are dotted around the room.
The results have now been published and show that Ivy died as a result of Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation, brought on by heatstroke.
Ivy arrived in Samar on the last week of July after her uncle had finished with his chemotherapy.
The new Ivy will have room for 240 guests and is set to open in a listed building in Vicar Lane, which is part of the Victoria Quarter.
The new constellation of recent acceptances garnered by Roots IVY students at IVY Leagues and world class institutions speaks volumes about top class education and systematic institutional support epitomized herein.
Rawalpindi -- Roots IVY organized a week long IVY Sports gala at Roots IVY Riverview Campus.
ThisPancake Day, diners can tuck into a stack of elegant fluffy pancakesat their favourite Ivy Collection brasserie or cafAaAaAe