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autem mort

1. obsolete A woman who is married. "Autem" is an obsolete slang word for church, and "mort" is obsolete slang for a woman or girl. Your courtship is wasted, my friend, for she is an autem mort already.
2. obsolete A beggar woman who carries about several children and affects to have great devotion to the church or religion, generally as a means of arousing sympathetic charity from others. "Autem" is an obsolete slang word for church, and "mort" is obsolete slang for a woman or girl. The autem morts with their wailing children cluster at the steps of the church for alms.
See also: autem, mort

bon mot

A clever or witty retort. Brett was teased quite often by his peers, but he always responded quickly with a bon mot, causing everyone to erupt into laughter.
See also: bon, mot

the mot juste

The precise word you want to use; the exactly right word. The phrase is French for "right word." When I'm writing, there's no better feeling than easily thinking of the mot juste.
See also: juste, mot
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It is difficult to determine how compliant clients are being with each of their MOT treatment appointments.
Data set 2: Top 10 reasons for MOT failure, based on most recent DVSA data (last updated July 4th 2019)
"It's concerning there are so many fails for tyre and brake faults, which show that drivers need to have their cars checked regularly rather than relying on the MoT to point out potentially life-threatening problems."
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The tourists must take care of cleanliness of the sites they visit,' MoT stated in its release.
"More than a third of all cars and vans taken in for an MOT each year initially fail, so clearly the test is picking up some problems that need addressing that might otherwise make a vehicle unsafe.
Motorists don't have to have their vehicle fixed by the garage that did their MOT - and are fully within their rights to shop around for the best deal.
The service to check the MOT history of a vehicle will be updated to reflect the changes.
Faults which are deemed 'dangerous' or 'major' will result in the MoT being failed.
Vehicles will get a "major" fault if the MoT tester can see smoke of any colour coming from the exhaust or finds evidence the DPF has been tampered with.
NEW ITEMS TO BE TESTED FOR INCLUDE: | If tyres are obviously under-inflated | If the brake fluid has been contaminated | Fluid leaks posing an environmental risk | Brake pad warning lights and if brake pads or discs are missing | Reversing lights on vehicles first used from September 1, 2009 | Headlight washers on vehicles first used from September 1, 2009 (if they have them) | Daytime running lights on vehicles first used from March 1, 2018 - most of these vehicles will have their first MOT in 2021 when they're three years old.
New analysis released by Kwik Fit, the UK's largest MOT tester, reveals that this the next few weeks are set to break MOT records.
Some 28 per cent of vehicles are late for their MOT and two-thirds of those are at least a week behind schedule, according to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.
THE Fiat Doblo is the best van for passing the first-three-year MOT test.