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pass sentence (on someone or something)

1. Literally, of a judge, to determine and read out a sentence following a criminal conviction. Before I pass sentence, I want to allow a victim-impact statement to be read aloud before the court. The judge passed a sentence of 35 years on the convicted murderer.
2. To make or render a judgment someone or something, especially hastily or preemptively. I know you usually don't like musicals, but don't pass sentence until you see this one for yourself. The president has been quick to pass sentence on those who speak out against her policies.
See also: pass, sentence, someone

sentence (one) to (something)

To impose a particular legal penalty upon one who is found guilty of a crime. The judge sentenced the former CEO to 30 years in prison for his role in defrauding millions of customers over the span of 15 years. They sentenced him to 5 years of hard labor for simply stealing a loaf of bread.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

pass sentence on someone

1. Lit. [for a judge] to read out the sentence of punishment for a convicted criminal. It is my job as judge to pass sentence on you. The judge was about to pass sentence on Max—ten years in prison.
2. Fig. [for someone] to render a judgment on another person in the manner of a judge. You have no right to pass judgment on me! I wish you wouldn't pass judgment on everyone around you.
See also: on, pass, sentence

sentence someone to something (for something)

[for a judge] to order someone to suffer confinement, death, or labor for committing a crime. The judge sentenced Roger to three years in prison for the crime. The judge sentenced him to hard labor.
See also: sentence
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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On the other hand, regret is factive/referential and hence its sentential complement carries an event operator whose movement blocks any other movement.
Another reason could be related to the extra task demands associated with processing stimuli from multiple modalities (word and image) in conjunction with sentential semantic processing.
So intra sentential code mixing can be defined as the use of two or more than two codes in a single utterances or a sentence, alternatively.
In contrast to ETOL systems, where each step replaces every symbol in the sentential form, indexed grammars transform only one atom per step.
(9.) This is, in fact, the first sentential occurrence of the name Sherlock Holmes in Doyle's novel A Study in Scarlet.
I am not sure Moshavi could have approached the issue any differently, so it is certainly not an indictment of her scholarly work as much as an observation of an inherent problem with assessing the pragmatics of sentential word order in ancient texts.
Apparently binary quantifiers can be defined in terms of unary quantifiers plus sentential connectives.
Since then, a much more specific hypothesis has been proposed (de Villiers, 2005; de Villiers & de Villiers, 2000; de Villiers & Pyers, 2002), maintaining that the key factor when discussing false beliefs resides in the use by children of sentential complement syntax.
Appreciating the role of the private sector in health care services in the Kingdom, Khoshaim said the Ministry of Health introduced an electronic program called Sentential Events.
Since numerous referential schemes are likely to prove compatible with a given set of sentential truth ascriptions (think about rabbits and rabbit parts and accommodating changes in one's individuative apparatus), we need not, on this view, be realists about the objects posited by our theories.
Even though I find Stainton's arguments against the primacy of sentential logical form over propositional logical form persuasive, I do not think they warrant his stronger claim that propositions have logical form non-derivatively.