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Doctor Livingstone, I presume

A humorous greeting. The phrase refers to Scottish explorer David Livingstone, who was presumed lost in Africa in the mid-19th century. When reporter H.M. Stanley finally located him, he greeted Livingstone with this now-famous phrase. You must be the gentleman I'm looking for—Doctor Livingstone, I presume?
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Doctor Livingstone, I presume?

Jocular You are who I think you are, are you not? Oh, there you are. Doctor Livingstone, I presume?
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presume (up)on someone or something

to take unwelcome advantage of someone or something. I didn't mean to seem to presume upon you. I apologize. I did not feel that you presumed on me.
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Doctor Livingstone, I presume?

A 19th-century explorer named Dr. David Livingstone became something of a national hero through his articles and lectures about his adventures in Africa. In 1864, Livingstone led an expedition to discover the source of the Nile. When little to nothing was heard from or about Livingstone after many years, Europeans and Americans became concerned. In 1871, the publisher of the New York Herald hired Henry Stanley, a newspaper reporter, to find Livingstone. Heading a group of some two hundred men, Stanley headed into the African interior. After nearly eight months he found Livingstone in a small village on the shore of Lake Tanganyika. As Stanley described the encounter, “As I advanced slowly toward him I noticed he was pale, looked wearied . . . I would have embraced him, only, he being an Englishman, I did not know how he would receive me; so I . . . walked deliberately to him, took off my hat, and said, ‘Dr. Livingstone, I presume?' The phrase “‘Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” caught the public's fancy, and any number of would-be wits greeted friends with it until the phrase lost all traces of cleverness. But that never stopped people from continuing to use it long past the public's memory of who Livingstone or Stanley were.
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Le presume meurtrier, un jeune homme de Marrakech age de 24 ans, a ete arrete tot le matin au quartier Sidi Youssef Ben Ali oE il se refugiait chez des membres de sa famille.
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Radcliffe presumes this refers to the sex-abuse scandals.
We cannot presume that members of Congress cannot discern right from wrong," he observed.
When an infant is seen with neonatal ophthalmia, a physician will often presume it to be gonococcal or chlamydial and assume the mother is positive for these infections.
Perkins said the statute does not presume the landlords "guilty.
However, "if we are to presume anything, we should presume that people would wish to do the morally right thing" that is, to make cadaver organs "available for life-saving or life-enhancing use" (p.
Ornament, then, comes into being in praise of what is, or what we presume to be, and, as such, it functions as a hedge against the night.
Experienced homicide investigators generally presume that all unattended deaths are murders until proven otherwise, except when they occur in the water.
The unclaimed property laws presume that property exists based on the issuance of a check or the making of a particular accounting entry.
As a lapsed "nnibynwyr" of many years standing, I would not presume to speak for the Church in Wales but the letter from Archbishop Morgan dealt with the issue clearly and concisely.
But Steiner can hardly presume to speak for his rabbi, who surely must know something about the Ten Commandments besides being able to name them.
The allowance of presume parentage where a man is married to the mother of a child at any time between conception and birth of the child or, if unmarried, registered on the birth certificate as the child's father