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suspend from (something)

1. To force one to stop attending or participating in some activity, usually on a temporary basis as a form of punishment. A noun or pronoun is used between "suspend" and "from"; often used in passive constructions. The officer has been suspended from duty while the department investigates his actions. As a result of your actions, I'm afraid we have no choice but to suspend you from school for a week.
2. To cause someone or something to hang from some elevated point or fixture. A noun or pronoun is used between "suspend" and "from"; often used in passive constructions. The performers were suspended from the ceiling during the routine, created quite the impressive spectacle. We can suspend the balloons from the chandelier.
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suspend (someone or something) by (something)

To use something as a means of hanging someone or something from an elevated point or fixture. Often used in passive constructions. They suspended me by a safety harness on the end of a cable to grab the young woman from the tree. The airplanes in the diorama were suspended by pieces of fishing line.
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suspend (one's) disbelief

To ignore or look past one's incredulity at the improbability of some piece of fiction, especially a film or video game, in order to better enjoy the experience of the work. I'm more than willing to suspend my disbelief a little for a cheesy action film. I find that I can never really suspend my disbelief when I watch a movie that's crammed full of CGI.
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suspend someone from something

to prevent someone from participating in something. (Usually as a form of discipline.) The principal suspended the student from classes for a week. Ted was suspended from school for three days.
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suspend someone or something from something

to hang someone or something from something. The hangman suspended the thief from a gibbet as a warning to others. Jill suspended each decoration from a different branch.
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suspend something by something

to hang something by something. The workers carefully positioned the stone that was suspended by a steel cable. Will suspended the decoration by a fine thread.
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suspend disbelief

To accept as plausible something one knows to be untrue, especially the setting and plot of a drama or fiction so as to allow the appreciation of art.
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If David had wanted to wait, but Ellen disagreed, he could use file and suspend so that she could collect her spousal benefits while he allowed his benefits to grow.
Our goal with Smart Suspend is to provide IT managers the best of both worlds - effective job priority management and efficient resource utilization," said Fred van den Bosch, CEO of Librato, Inc.
6404(g) suspends interest and time-sensitive penalties, additions to tax and other amounts on an increased tax liability reported on an individual's amended return.
The high costs and low yields make this route unsustainable so we will suspend these flights as from the end of March next year," said Mr.
Lagman said there is no legal basis for Duterte to suspend the privilege due to the war on drugs because the Constitution is clear that the privilege may only be suspended for 60 days in case of invasion or rebellion, or when public safety requires it.
The LSR is carried out through a series of operating rules that serve to suspend the loss, reduce it and then allow it to be deducted.
Following the injunction, the Arbitration Tribunal resolved (by a majority decision) dated May 31, 2005, to suspend the proceedings.
DUBLIN, Ireland -- Elan Corporation, plc today announced it has agreed with the Irish Stock Exchange (ISE), the Financial Services Authority in the United Kingdom and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to suspend trading of its securities (ADRs and ordinary shares) during the scheduled U.
Islamabad -- The federal government has decided to suspend mobile phone services across the country on 9th and 10th of Muharram.
The panel could decide there were other circumstances involved,'' Sulphur Springs School District Superintendent Robert Nolet, explaining that based on certain findings the panel can suspend the expulsion.
The Arbitration Tribunal had previously resolved to temporarily suspend the Arbitration Process, then at its final stage, after the issuance of a precautionary measure (injunction) on May 6, 2005 by the District Court of Villa Maria del Triunfo at the request of Algamarca arguing on the competency of one of the members of the Tribunal.
The district took the attitude, 'We let you off easy this time, we're only going to suspend you for a day,''' Holt said.
CDS) customers were able to maintain financial control and client service thanks to CDS' ability to use its systems to quickly suspend mailings intended for the affected areas.