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when

/if push comes to shove
At a point when the situation must be confronted and dealt with: When push comes to shove, we'll have to move to a cheaper place.
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When I was nine she pinched the bum of a male friend she spotted queuing in front of us at the Post Office and whispered: "Hello, you old devil.
Debbie, who is 5ft 3ins, weighed 11st when she started on Diet Chef in January last year.
When are the leaders--and I use that term advisedly--of the domestic auto industry going to come to terms with the 40-year decline in their share?
Art appreciation will grow when you expose your art students to some "cultural creativity" through three articles that describe projects that involve art created by the Japanese, Australian Aborigines and American Indians.
When the print wears out, the film ceases to exist.
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From time to time, Miles falls back on cliches, as when he notes with a frown that by the start of the '70s "the revolution was being commodified.
When that happens, the cannon shears its retaining bolts and slams into the ammo compartment.
WHEN YOUR MOTHER AND I WERE IN OUR 20'S, WE USED TO HOP FROM CAFE TO CAFE.
At least not in that classic frightened of God sense I had as a kid, when a hot dog on the wrong day could slam-dunk me into a handbasket headed for hell and my only hope for going to heaven was if I died in that brief, grace-filled sliver of the week between Confession on Saturday night and my first mortal sin on Sunday afternoon when I would invariably get into a fight with my brother.
The acquisition had the look of inevitability about it when When.
He called it the Apache Whiskey Ride, and said it was all to illustrate how the Indians were ruined when the white man forced liquor on them, although, if that's how they drank it, you have to wonder about the effect.
And that's when the new book by Cornell and Deranja fell into my hands.
This is an impressive performance, notes VanderVliet, especially when you consider that the last two decades have witnessed four major recessions, the Vietnam War, a 20% prime rate, a twentyfold increase in oil prices, 18% inflation and a major stock market crash in which stocks plummeted by more than 4%.