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Not one, as in There's nary a mention of taxes in that speech, or Nary an officer could be seen. This archaic-sounding contraction of "never a" remains in current use. [Mid-1700s]
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Readers scanning the list of the" Business Leadership Team" at Microsoft, for example, will see 30 names and titles--beginning with Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates--but nary a COO among them.
But the second quarter of '02 has arrived with nary a ribbon-cutting.
Nowadays, it seems, nary an important criminal or civil proceeding is litigated in this country without one or both sides relying on expensive hired guns, typically with a background in psychology or the social sciences to assist the legal team in shaping trial strategy.
Bush's energy plan, announced last May, makes nary a mention of the role mass transportation could have in reducing energy demand.
Now you can really bear down on the workpiece for faster stock removal with nary a scratch or callus on your fingers and palms.
Usenet sites that exist solely for the swapping of copyrighted movies and software (so-called warez sites) have existed for ten years with nary a peep from the establishment.
When New Year's Eve passed with lots of fireworks but nary a single Y2K glitch, we all realized that life as we know it simply doesn't change overnight.
The penny campaign went on for about six years, with nary a complaint from the local credit union over handling the thousands of coins.
Greene's Groatsworth of Wit Bought with a Million of Repentance, entered in the Stationer's Register on 20 September 1592, contains nary a trace of literary merit, yet often dominates discourse surrounding Shakespeare's rise to the forefront of English theater.
It made nary a blip on the monitor of major media moments when the announcement first broke.
Much to my disappointment, I saw nary a silken strand.
Meanwhile, seven of the 11 analysts covering the equity rate it a "buy" or better, with nary a "sell" to be found.
Speaking in front of her apartment with her belongings piled up in the small hallway on the first floor, community representative Ngov Nary said that although she felt the compensation was not entirely fair, it was at least acceptable: She received $16,000 for leaving her apartment at Borei Keila, money with which she bought a nearby fourth-floor apartment.
The arctic storm that arrived last Friday brought nary a drop of rain but ushered in 40 mph gusts that toppled trees, blew off doors and sent residents scurrying for their heaviest coats.
As Logo approaches its one-year anniversary on June 30, it looks like MTV's gay and lesbian cable channel is getting some respect: At this year's presentation of new programming to advertisers in May in New York City, MTV parent company Viacom featured some highlights of shows from the channel that a year earlier warranted nary a mention, even though it was just over a month away from launch.