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all nations

obsolete In a dram shop (a place that sold alcoholic beverages), the mixture of the remaining portions of distilled alcohol emptied and collected into a single container or vessel. It's a shame to see the all nations thrown away at the end of day, made up as it is of so many different drinks.
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one nation

A country not separated by political ideologies or social inequalities. It is in times like these that we must stand together as one nation, putting aside our differences and banding together for the common good.
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the gaiety of nations

The enjoyment and amusement of people around the world. The venerated actor has not only added to the gaiety of nations with his performances, but also been a key figure in raising money and awareness for some of the most important charities around the world.
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the gaiety of nations

general cheerfulness or amusement. British
In The Lives of the English Poets, Samuel Johnson wrote about the death of the great actor David Garrick ( 1717–79 ), remarking that it ‘has eclipsed the gaiety of nations and impoverished the public stock of harmless pleasure’.
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one nation

a nation not divided by social inequality.
One nation was a political slogan of the 1990s, associated especially with the debate between the right and left wings of the British Conservative Party.
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As in other nineteenth-century resource extraction colonies of the British Empire, nationhood was a device to reduce defence and administrative costs by downloading them to a local legislature and judiciary.
If Britain's Conservative Party had remained Thatcherite, or if a major French party had espoused Charles de Gaulle's vision of ''a Europe of nations,'' the sensible anxieties of millions of Europeans about Europe's intensifying statism and disparagement of nationhood could have been channeled into more mainstream parties.
The book ends with a detailed conclusion by arguing that when identity is no longer based on a fixed location, the concepts of 'home' and nationhood are in a state of flux.
The NNP campaign for the enhancement of a sense of nationhood and national pride in Namibian citizens launched its five-year strategic plan in 2012 and is to run until 2017.
Weaving an eccentric mix of essays and reviews on Indian law, women, academia, ethnic fraud, literature, Abraham Lincoln, and tourism (to name a few), A Separate Country builds an argument, in a circuitous but convincing manner, for the consolidation of American Indian nationhood and against the notion that contemporary Indians live in a postcolonial America.
Homemade men in postwar Austrian cinema; nationhood, genre and masculinity.
Moreover, Dragostinova challenges traditional conceptions about the supposed primordial and antagonistic nature of "nations" in the Balkans by highlighting the ways in which people adopt, modify, and reject the idiota of nationhood at certain times according to their personal needs.
The forum is aimed to increase civic engagement of young people in order to strengthen nationhood, mutual understanding and trust.
In the context of today's Arab world, the political transitions being experienced in some countries provide the first ever opportunity for citizens to discuss and agree on the core elements of their statehood and nationhood.
IN his letter headed Israel Success (Feedback, Dec 8) Edward Bell extols Israel's right to nationhood in the land of their ancestors.
Local Negotiations of English Nationhood, 1570-1680 (Early Modern Literature in History), Houndmills, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011; hardback; pp.
The author is interested in analyzing such narratives at a critical moment of (unfulfilled) German nationhood, i.
And his successor's arrival here at the start of his State Visit to the UK was a similar validation of our distinct nationhood.
The Discursive Enactment and Construction of Nationhood
This article explores the limits on the different categories' of executive power, why it was perceived necessary to imply a nationhood power, whether this justification is adequate and how such a power might be limited.