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in a vacuum

In total isolation; having no interaction with or connection to other people, places, or actions. Your actions don't occur in a vacuum; they affect everyone else here, too! Being in such a remote, rural town can sometimes feel like living in a vacuum.
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Nature abhors a vacuum.

Prov. If there is a gap, something will fill it. Jill: As soon as the beggar who used to work that corner left, another one showed up. Jane: Nature abhors a vacuum.
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vacuum something out

to clean an enclosed area out with a vacuum cleaner. Please vacuum this car out now! Can you vacuum out the car?
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vacuum something up (from something)

to clean something up from something with a vacuum cleaner. Fred vacuumed the dirt up from the carpet. He vacuumed up the birdseed from the kitchen floor.
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in a vacuum

COMMON If something exists or happens in a vacuum, it seems to exist or happen separately from the things that you would expect it to be connected with. Property values do not exist in a vacuum. The market value of a house can fall if the biggest employer in town closes or a noisy club opens next door. Such decisions do not occur in a political vacuum, but have serious political implications both at home and abroad.
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do something in a ˈvacuum

do something alone or separately from other people, events, etc., especially when there should be a connection: No novel is written in a vacuum. There are always influences from past writers.
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3 years; since there are approximately 4 million rooms and vacuuming can be done at the total rate of 2,000 rooms/day, it would take 5.
2] to decide between fumigation and vacuuming in Figure 5A, the plan would vacuum for 2 years and fumigate for 28 years.
Display your cleaning and vacuuming schedule in the housekeeping office to send the message that you are serious about cleaning.
Ten homes were enrolled in the upholstery intervention arm of the study; five were randomized to receive intensive vacuuming and five were randomly assigned to receive dry steam cleaning.
Deep, soil-extraction vacuuming is the result of a patented, dual brush/vacuum intake construction, which features two counter-rotating 4[inches]-diameter brushes.
Impressively, this product will be bagless, eliminate the need for a cord while vacuuming, and provide comparable suction power to a corded vacuum cleaner.
There are hundreds on the market and each is hailed as the solution to everyone's vacuuming needs.
There are hundreds on the market today and each is touted as the solution to everyone's vacuuming needs.