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cooler heads will prevail

Calm people, thoughts, or actions will triumph in the end. Please, everyone, calm down! I think that cooler heads will prevail in this fight against the school board.
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prevail (up)on (one) to (do something)

To try to persuade, appeal to, or influence one to do something. We've prevailed upon members of congress to introduce legislation that will protect our citizens' jobs. I will prevail on him to speak at the assembly.
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cooler heads prevail

Fig. the ideas or influence of less emotional people prevail. (Used of a tense situation.) One hopes that cooler heads will prevail and soon everything will calm down.
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prevail against someone or something

to win out over someone or something; to dominate someone or something. You will not prevail against me! I am sure that our team will prevail against the challengers.
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prevail (up)on someone or something (to do something)

to appeal to someone or a group to do something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) I will prevail upon her to attend the meeting. I prevailed on the committee to no avail.
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prevail on

Successfully persuade or influence, as in They prevailed on me to speak at their annual luncheon. This term uses prevail in the sense of "exert superior force." It replaced prevail with in the mid-1600s.
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prevail on

or prevail upon
v.
To successfully persuade or induce someone to do something: We prevailed on the committee to stop the developers from building a shopping mall. Lobbyists prevailed upon the president to veto the legislation.
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The report finds the prevailing wage mandate may have increased the cost of publicly funded construction projects by around 25 percent.
Courts have differed over the issue of when a party must plead or otherwise move to recover its attorneys' fees pursuant to a prevailing party attorneys' fee statute.
The report outlines the crux of the issue as follows: "If the resultant prevailing wage rates are too high, they potentially cost the federal government and taxpayers more for publicly funded construction projects or, if too low, they cost workers in compensation.
When prevailing wage rates increase the cost of public projects by 30 percent to 40 percent for no added benefit, why continue it?
The version of the Prevailing Wage Act applicable to the Ha fner matter defined "public works" to mean "all fixed works constructed by any public body, other than work done directly by any public utility company, whether or not done under public supervision or direction, or paid for wholly or in part out of public funds.
Today 31 states and the District of Columbia enforce prevailing wage laws.
For many non-profits the costs of insurance and workmen's compensation make it difficult for them to offer deconstruction jobs with a livable wage, much less a prevailing wage.
Because a claimant's case against his or her stockbroker often involves allegations of common law tort claims, as well as statutory violations, it is theoretically possible for a claimant to prevail in the case, based on a common law claim, but not be a prevailing party for purposes of recovering attorneys' fees based on the statutory claim.
Indeed, paying prevailing wages virtually guarantees an increase of 20 percent to the cost of building anything.
To qualify as a prevailing party, taxpayers must not have unreasonably protracted the proceedings, and must have exhausted their administrative remedies.
During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, partially due to the influence of philosophers and scientists, prevailing ideology began to change, reflected in the social and humanitarian movement occurring during the first half of the nineteenth century.
GLAA, however, called the piece "a dehumanizing (or at best disrespectful) characterization," citing the rifle of the piece as evidence that it sanctioned "adherence to prevailing misconceptions about gender.
2 (1998) (providing exception to prevailing wage law for certain "commercial establishments").
In 1997, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry implemented a change in its method of determining prevailing wage and benefit rates, resulting in a reduction in the legally required prevailing rates in many construction trades in much of the state.
The company's probability of prevailing was just a few percentage points greater with the testimony than without it.