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a Daniel come to judgement

A person who is or has been able to wisely resolve a particularly difficult problem or dispute. Coined by Shakespeare in The Merchant of Venice, it alludes to the Biblical character Daniel, who was renowned for having excellent faculties of judgment. Primarily heard in UK. The newly elected prime minister has been a Daniel come to judgement, finally brokering a peace between the two warring countries.
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judgment call

1. A subjective decision made based on one's own experience or viewpoint. Because of the impending snowstorm, it was a judgment call whether I should attempt driving to work.
2. In sports, a decision made by a game official based on what they have seen take place. The decision to issue the team a penalty was definitely a judgment call by the referee.
See also: call, judgment

against (one's) better judgment

In spite of one's apprehension or objections. Against his better judgment, Joe let his daughter attend her friend's party. I allowed my obnoxious co-worker to accompany me on my work trip, against my better judgment.
See also: better, judgment

more by accident than (by) judgment

Due more to coincidence or luck than to one's own skill or planning. To be honest, I feel like the massive popularity of the app is more by accident than by judgment. A: "This stew is delicious!" B: "Thanks, but it's really more by accident than judgment."
See also: accident, judgment, more

more by luck than judgment

By chance instead of due to one's intellect, talent, etc. I got to the finals more by luck than judgment, so my opponent was way better than me.
See also: judgment, luck, more

pass judgment (on someone or something)

To judge someone or something, especially hastily or preemptively. I know you usually don't like musicals, but don't pass judgment until you see this one for yourself. The president has been quick to pass judgment on those who speak out against her policies.
See also: judgment, pass

against your better judgement

contrary to what you feel to be wise or sensible.
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against your better ˈjudgement

(especially British English) (American English usually against your better ˈjudgment) although you know your action, decision, etc. is not sensible: She was persuaded against her better judgement to lend him the money, and now she’s regretting it.
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pass ˈjudgement (on/about somebody/something)

(especially British English) (American English usually pass ˈjudgment (on/about somebody/something)) give your opinion about somebody/something, especially if this is critical: Don’t be too quick to pass judgement, you’re not perfect yourself, you know.
See also: judgement, pass

sit in ˈjudgement (on/over somebody)

(especially British English) (American English usually sit in ˈjudgment (on/over somebody)) judge or decide if somebody is wrong or right, even if you have no right to do so: What gives you the right to sit in judgement over us?
See also: judgement, sit

a ˈvalue judgement

(especially British English) (American English usually a ˈvalue judgment) (disapproving) a judgement about something that is based on somebody’s personal opinion and not on facts: ‘She’s quite a good driver for a woman.’ ‘That’s a real value judgement. Women drive just as well as men.’He’s always making value judgements.
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The prominence and centrality of the face in influencing others' judgements of one's attractiveness means that persons with facial disfigurements experience the negative effects of the appearance stereotype outlined above, namely negative judgements regarding employability, marriageability, etc.
MacGregor (1953) outlines five social forces operating to add to the already negative judgements of persons with facial deformities:
The problem of facial disfigurement, when seen from a cultural perspective, becomes very similar to other social problems such as racism and sexism, but in this case, negative judgements are made on the basis of physical appearance rather than gender or race.
Appeal could also be made on the grounds that facial differences can occur quite arbitrarily and not by any intent of the recipient, and that, therefore, the appearance stereotype is a completely unfair way to apportion negative judgements.
Of the three causes of facial disfigurement outlined by Converse (1963), congenital, acquired and treatment sequelae, how many can validly be associated with the negative social judgements we know are made of persons with such facial differences?
In the Nile Hotel Arbitration, the Egyptian Government Company managed to obtain a court directive to implement the Nile Arbitration judgement, but the directive was in contradiction to the actual final Nile Hotel Arbitration Judgement.