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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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From this there develops the salience of the second factor that is worth highlighting, and which follows on from the suggestion made at the beginning of this essay that Malta and the Vatican both instantiate (though of course differently) the condition of the nationless state.
Something outside of us has revised our borders, firmly redrawing old national lines on our new nationless map.
As though taking its cue from Sliding Doors, Notting Hill's depiction of the nation through its regional characters (the benevolent English shopkeeper, the Irish thief and the Welsh dimwit) again speaks as much of a nationless identity in the global city as it does of devolved "British" national identity.
Those of us who have felt a certain utopian elation when reading certain lines in poems like Prometheus Unbound--"The loathsome mask has fallen, the man remains / Sceptreless, free, uncircumscribed, but man / Equal, unclassed, tribeless, and nationless, / Exempt from awe, worship, degree, the king / Over himself" (III.
also a nationless child between his birth in 1948 and his eighth year.
36) Although, this citation also expresses a claim that the self-identical nature of genders and peoples is a fact that Arendt secures with normality: A nationless person--just as a genderless person--would be a monster.
Namely, the cross-section of nominal excess returns denominated in a reference currency is explained by three hedging funds: a nationless (or logarithmic) world market portfolio; portfolios hedging against deviations from PPP (or against currency risk); and portfolios hedging against variations in the investment opportunity set of an international investor.
While Ondaatje presents cross-cultural relationships and politically free identities as possible in the vacuum of a nationless community, he ultimately reveals them to be insupportable in a world already dominated by politically constructed social boundaries.