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the quality

The condition of something, usually as good or bad. I can barely hear you—the quality of this phone call is terrible. I was willing to spend a little more on these boots because the quality is great.
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chuckle with (a particular quality)

To laugh in a particular manner. I couldn't help but chuckle with delight when I saw the little girl feed her ice cream cone to her dog.
See also: chuckle, particular

nice and (something)

Very something. Used to emphasize how nice something is because of the particular quality named after "and." I love your new house! It's nice and bright inside! Ah, this lemonade is nice and cold—just the thing for such a hot day.
See also: and, nice

quality time

Time spent interacting with someone in a close, meaningful way. This Christmas, I want to spend some real quality time with the family instead of having everyone stuck on their phones and tablets the whole time. I'm looking forward to having some quality time with you on our camping trip.
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nice and some quality

[being or having] enough of some quality; adequately; sufficiently. It is nice and cool this evening. I think your steak is nice and done now, just the way you like it.
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quality time

time spent with someone allowing interaction and closeness. He was able to spend a few minutes of quality time with his son, Buxton, at least once every two weeks.
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quality Joe

n. an innocent or straight (male) person. (Underworld.) Lefty is not what I would call your average quality Joe.
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sterling qualities

Outstanding characteristics. The word sterling, long denoting a standard of value or purity for money, is believed to have come from a medieval coin that was marked with a star. It was extended to anything of sound intrinsic worth by the early nineteenth century. Washington Irving used it in The Alhambra (1832): “The nephew is a young man of sterling worth.”
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Once library managers understand the service standards for a position, they would do well to examine some of the essential qualities these standards represent.
Personal qualities are the attributes of the individual providing the service, such as the voice inflection used when the telephone is answered, and the appearance of that individual.
It is the function of the board and administration to ensure these qualities. Of course, the institution has to provide equipment, technicians, nurses, etc.
Relevance and reliability are the qualities that "distinguish 'better' (more useful) information from 'inferior' (less useful) information." Relevance is defined as "the capacity of information to make a difference in a decision by helping users to form predictions about the outcomes of past, present, and future events or to confirm or correct prior expectations." Reliability is defined as "the quality of information that assures that information is reasonably free from error and bias and faithfully represents what it purports to represent."
This code, published in 1983, seems disappointingly vague and easy to achieve without demonstrating any real improvement in what Director of INSPEC Aitchison (1988) identifies as the five desirable but lacking qualities for database production: "Absolute accuracy.
Revans documented years ago that qualities of the interpersonal culture of provider organizations clearly influenced the length of stay of patients with identical medical conditions: the healthier the culture, the faster the healing.
It deals with qualities (death, complications, recovery, viable delivery) and quantities (any at all, percentages, relative scales, etc.).
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