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the late unpleasantness

1. Any recent war, but used especially in reference to the American Civil War. The statue serves as a reminder of the late unpleasantness and the devastating effects it had on the community 150 years ago.
2. By extension, any recent controversial or divisive event or period. The book goes over the late unpleasantness of the last election, and the ructions it has caused across the country.
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late unpleasantness

Euph. the U.S. Civil War. (Old.) The town courthouse was burned in the late unpleasantness. Many of my ancestors lost their lives in the late unpleasantness.
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the late unpleasantness

the war that took place recently.
This phrase was originally used of the American Civil War ( 1861–5 ).
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In an endnote to the second chapter, Leahy writes, "Some readers will start thinking about Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in the early pages of The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club without immediately knowing why.
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I stopped smoking only three years ago, and even when I did smoke I had not smoked in my local pub for years because of the unpleasantness of it all.
He must find the connection, the killer, and the extortionist or face unemployment, among other unpleasantness.
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HOW wonderful it is to have a drink or eat a meal without the unpleasantness of smoke filling the air.
The effectiveness of massage in reducing both the intensity and unpleasantness of pain suggests that it may act through more than one mechanism," says Allison Mitchinson, who conducted the research at the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System in Michigan.
The massage group experienced short-term decreases in pain intensity, pain unpleasantness, and anxiety," the researchers wrote in the journal Archives of Surgery.
I hope we have put all the worry and unpleasantness of the last eight months behind us.
They could not squelch speech simply to avoid ''the discomfort and unpleasantness that always accompany an unpopular viewpoint.
The unpleasantness came by way of the fact that part of the decline in the investment estimate was a reflection of the ongoing weakness in residential investment.
In the chapter entitled 'Architecture and Myth in the Era of Leo X' we are treated to tales of singular unpleasantness, although they could have been far more interesting if better told, using a clarity of language of which Tafuri was obviously incapable (or consciously unwilling to use).
Protecting The Self: Defense Mechanisms In Action by Phebe Cramer (clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Williams College) is an in-depth reference and resource about the mental defense mechanisms that ordinary people use upon themselves every day of their lives to deal with unpleasantness, criticism of the self, stress, and other psychologically jarring effects.