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drop the writ

Of prime minister, to issue a request to the head of state to dissolve parliament and (generally) call for new elections. A corruption of the proper term "draw up the writ," it has now passed into common vernacular. Primarily heard in Canada. With members of parliament in open opposition to one another, the prime minister is expected to drop the writ as early as Saturday.
See also: drop, writ

writ large

Apparent in a more noticeable or obvious way or to a greater extent. The new blockbuster is really just a simple old story writ large. Come election season, we see all our national concerns writ large.
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(one's) writ runs

One has authority, control, or dominance (in or over something). The minister's writ still runs in this part of the country, so he has been seen as the political spokesperson for this issue. The government is struggling to ensure its writ runs in the destabilized region.
See also: run, writ

writ large

Signified, expressed, or embodied with greater magnitude, as in That book on Lincoln is simply an article writ large. [Mid-1600s]
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writ large

clear and obvious.
The literal sense of written in large characters has long fallen out of use. As the past participle of write , writ has been superseded by written except in this phrase and analogous phrases such as writ small .
1994 Time Voters fear the future, which looks to them like the present writ large: more concern about crime, more economic pressure on their families, more of that unnerving sound of something eating away at the edges of their lives.
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your writ runs

you have authority of a specified extent or kind.
See also: run, writ

ˌwrit ˈlarge

1 easy to see or understand: Mistrust was writ large on her face.
2 (used after a noun) being a larger or more obvious example of the thing mentioned: The party’s new philosophies are little more than their old beliefs writ large.
Writ in this idiom means written.
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writ large

Signified, expressed, or embodied in a greater or more prominent magnitude or degree: "The man was no more than the boy writ large" (George Eliot).
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Under the Constitution, the President may suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus or place the Philippines or any part thereof under martial law for a period not exceeding 60 days in case of invasion or rebellion, when the public safety requires it.
22) In Denedo, the accused sought an extraordinary writ at the Navy-Marine Court of Criminal Appeals, alleging ineffective assistance of counsel more than five years after his case was finalized.
As a judicial instrument expressly authorized by Congress under the federal habeas corpus statute, the writ ad prosequendum would presumably be held enforceable over any contrary state action under the Supremacy Clause.
If players use this Writ, it will increase the levels of the trainers in the Battle Chateau and all their Pokemon by 10.
1998) (en banc), the circuit noted "that the writ of mandamus may issue to correct a clear abuse of discretion or the failure to carry out a ministerial task.
However after some time, eventually the writ was successfully delivered.
Legal representatives for eight men freed from the notorious detention camp in Cuba are said to have issued writs against MI5 and MI6.
The writ of habeas corpus has its origins in the early common law courts of medieval England.
The writ, made publicly available, says Mr Scott was exposed to asbestos dust and fibres when he worked for ICI at its factory in Billingham between 1951 and 1983.
A Writ is a written order from upon high to cease and desist an action.
One of the country's main licensing agencies, Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL),has issued a writ at London's HighCourt against the club, which runs the Dev a Stadium in Bumper Lane, seeking a court order banning further music being played at the premises until music licences for them are brought up to date.
Marbury and his lawyers urged the Court to issue an order known as a writ of mandamus (man DAY mus).
A state prisoner filed for a writ of habeas corpus, challenging revocation of earned good time credits and demotion in his credit time earning class, following a disciplinary proceeding.
The families took their civil action for compensation because no one has yet been charged with the murders by police on either side of the border - though one of those who received a writ in prison, Colm Murphy, is serving 14 years for conspiracy in connection with the bombing.