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perform miracles

To achieve extraordinary results, especially in trying to improve a situation. The therapist we hired has performed miracles with Johnny's behavioral issues. If we're going to bring this company back to its former glory, we'll need a marketing team that can perform miracles.
See also: miracle, perform

old warhorse

1. A veteran of some activity or profession (not necessarily the military) who has a wealth of experience going through various trials and tribulations. I know she's a little eccentric, but Janet is an old warhorse in this firm—she's been through more trying court cases than anyone else here. The president's pick for Secretary of State is an old war horse of international trade.
2. A performance or dramatic work, especially a musical, that is widely known and reliably popular due to how long or frequently it has been performed. Announcement that the old war horse was being revived for a run on Broadway sent a collective cheer across the nation. The theater has a few old warhorses that it brings out once or twice a year that it knows will always fill seats.
See also: old, warhorse

perform (something) on (someone or something)

To begin and bring to completion some kind of procedure or activity focused on someone or something. I won't have anything to drink, thanks—I'm performing open-heart surgery on one of my patients tomorrow. He was arrested for performing experiments on animals. We've performed an exhaustive scan on your computer, but we couldn't find any malicious software.
See also: on, perform

*old warhorse

a performance piece that is performed often. (*Typically: be ~; become ~; perform ~; play ~.) The symphony orchestra played a few old warhorses and then some ghastly contemporary stuff that will never again see the light of day.
See also: old, warhorse

perform something on someone or something

to do something to someone or something; to carry out a procedure on someone or something. The surgeon performed a simple office procedure on the patient. Do you expect me to perform magic on this problem?
See also: on, perform

do/perform/stage a disapˈpearing/ˈvanishing act

(informal) go away or be impossible to find when people need or want you: Ian always does a disappearing act when it’s time to wash the dishes.This refers to a magic trick done by a magician in which they make themselves or another person disappear.
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109 requires the auditor to perform "risk assessment procedures" (a new term) for the specific purpose of gathering information and gaining an understanding of the client and its environment.
When a subject firm performs audits of employee benefit plans, engagements adhering to government auditing standards or audits of certain depository institutions with assets of $500 million or more, system review reports will state that such engagements were selected as a part of the peer review.
After all, Hangarter had an occupational policy and was insured against losses stemming from her inability to perform her occupation as a chiropractor.
Provide opportunities for your waterfront staff to stay conditioned so they can have the physical stamina and strength to perform a rescue should it be necessary.
Unless security concerns would be violated, the individual should be permitted to perform work at home or at a separate office the individual maintains.
The initial deployments of intelligent switches during the first half of 2006 will support virtualization services, where the switch's intelligence (read: deep packet inspection and operation) will be used to perform virtual disk address to physical disk address translations in addition to supporting RAID (mirroring, striping) features at the array-level.
When Smith graduated from high school and continued her training at Indiana University, Jane Tyree, who co-directs Boca Ballet, asked her to return to Florida in 2003 to perform Sugar Plum in their Nutcracker.
If the worker invests in facilities not typically maintained by employees (such as an office rented at fair value from an unrelated party) and uses them to perform services, that tends to indicate the worker is an independent contractor.
We try to perform this program an average of two nonconsecutive days per week.
Courts following the fourth line of authority hold that a court must perform a balancing test in determining whether an accountant is liable to third-parties.
Soliman defined the "principal place of business" test so narrowly that even individuals who perform essential business activities in the home office will be denied deductions for utilities, depreciation, insurance, repairs, etc.
Case management combines these traditionally isolated hospital functions into one department in order to perform many related functions simultaneously.
Individual Musicians: buglers for funerals, solo vocalists, pianists or other instrumentalists perform for official functions or ceremonies