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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.
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.
(one's) writ runs
One's 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.
Signified, expressed, or embodied with greater magnitude, as in That book on Lincoln is simply an article writ large. [Mid-1600s]
writ largeclear 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 As the past participle of write , writ has been superseded by written except in this phrase and analogous phrases such as writ small .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.
your writ runsyou have authority of a specified extent or kind.
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.
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).