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in a minor key

Having a subtle, understated presentation or demeanor. An allusion to the musical key, the phrase is typically used to describe abstract concepts and characteristics. The film, which elegantly examines the very real struggles of everyday people in the modern age, is human wisdom in the minor key.
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minor in (something)

To complete a college or university degree with a particular subject as an official secondary focus. Originally I thought I would major in English literature, but I ended up minoring in it. Samantha majored in economics and minored in history.
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minor in something

to study a secondary subject in college. (Compare this with major in something.) I minored in math in college. I decided to minor in history.
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in a minor key

(especially of a literary work) understated.
1995 Independent He was a moralist in a minor key.
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minor in

To complete a long-term course of study in some subject that is one's secondary focus: My main course of study is biology, and I'm minoring in philosophy.
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Ravinder said the department is launching an initiative to control minor driving in the city.
Elderly people can also contribute to the initiative either through connecting with orphans and minors at senior care homes or acting as grandfathers
But if the cheque is issued by a minor, there is no question of due discharge since a minor cannot enter into a contract," said Nasikwala.
In addition, 145 minor vagrants and beggars were identified; 63 working and 36 not attending school minors were identified as well.
This element is represented by the act committed by the crime, and it means seizing the need or weakness of the minor to exploit their funds in unjust way.
The report said that the Palestinian minors were charged with criminal offences and tried in Israeli military courts under the military legislation which Israel has applied in the West Bank.
Minors ages 14 and 15 may be employed to perform a number of tasks in settings such as: offices, wholesale and retail stores, restaurants and hotels, car washes and service stations, theaters, parks, nursing homes and hospitals, day care centers, kennels, farms and in certain entertainment productions.
Boonstra H and Nash E, Minors and the right to consent to health care, The Guttmacher Report on Public Policy, 2000, 3(4):4-8.
If minors were served, the detectives issue a summons and seize the alcohol.
However, the number of states enforcing parental involvement laws has doubled since the early 1990s; minors now have to travel much greater distances to obtain an abortion.
Because this case is so crucial for defending minors abortion rights, concerned activists need to understand its history and meaning.
The trend of the minors is to put minor league teams in the suburbs,'' he said.
Managing confidentiality when counseling minors, however, is more complex than when counseling adults.
NOEL WILLIAMS, 58, is president of the Irish Morris Minors Owners Association.
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