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at the stroke of (some specific time)

Exactly at a specific time, especially the very beginning of the hour. The store is opening its doors at the stroke of midnight for the Black Friday sale. If you're not home at the stroke of 11, you're grounded!
See also: of, specific, stroke

on the stroke of (some specific time)

Exactly at a specific time, especially the very beginning of the hour. The store is opening its doors on the stroke of midnight for the Black Friday sale. If you're not home on the stroke of 11, you're grounded!
See also: of, on, specific, stroke

bricks shy of a load

Mentally impaired, either unintelligent or merely eccentric. For example, He may be handsome but he's not too bright-a few bricks shy of a load. This term, transferring a light load to lightweight mental capacity, is usually preceded by either a few or a specific number such as two . [Slang; 1960s]
See also: brick, load, of, shy
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A food supplement product made a non-specific health claim in its product name (relating to joint health) and followed up this non-specific health claim with specific claims regarding bone and connective tissue health.
Because the deduction for partial worthlessness is elective (see, e.g., Richard Meinig Co., 9 TC 976 (1947)) and is specific to each debt, a request for a change in accounting method is not required.
The task force concluded that because most issues identified by IRS examiners (particularly within the LMSB Division) affect more than one taxpayer, IRS personnel have used the TAM process as more than a vehicle for resolving issues in specific cases.
Service learning was introduced as an integrated course requirement two years ago, first as a requirement for completing a specific number of service hours at a community agency and then, later, as a requirement for completing community-based projects.
Law enforcement agencies can address specific crime issues within their respective jurisdictions by applying the routine activity theory as a framework for analyzing a problem and planning an intervention.
Be specific about the outcome that you want (reimbursement, other compensation, letter of apology, etc.)
For example, in a recent transaction, the buyer, concerned with the cyclical nature of the seller's business and working capital, created a working capital adjustment targeting only the specific items with which the buyer was concerned.
Throughout weeks, months, and even years of correct and specific execution, the CNS stores information on the techniques of the movement in the form of motor memory impressions.
This implies that to assess behavior in a particular culture, test development should be based on situation sampling (defining the relevant and observable aspects of a particular career construct), function sampling (refining test items in terms of how they could be operationalized within a specific cultural context), and the identification of differential variables and context information (e.g., patterns of cultural or subcultural rewards).
Widely quoted sources claim misfile rates ranging from one to ten percent for documents in office files, but such claims are typically substantiated by anecdotal reports rather than scientific studies that present detailed statistical data about filing activity in specific work environments.
CDP provides a continuum of recovery points for a given data set--offering the ability to access ANY point in time, not just those specific times predetermined by a snapshot process.
Although the federal definition of "specific learning ability" does not specify how large the gap must be in order to qualify a student for services, schools often use a local formula to determine who qualifies for IDEA services.
In addition QIAGEN has launched GeneGlobe (http://www.GeneGlobe.com), an easy-to-use, comprehensive Web portal for gene specific products.
The most successful commercial real estate professionals are those who have created value by implementing a specific strategy for a specific property type in a specific market.