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borrow leg

borrow leg  v. phr.— «Since the inception of the presidential system of government in 1979, the Courts have tended to “borrow leg” (excuse my resort to colloquialism) at the sight of the ouster clause as currently expressed in...

faint hope clause

faint hope clause  n.— «Olson owned up to his culpability in 1982 when B.C. authorities agreed to give Olson’s wife $10,000 for each child he killed in exchange for telling them where their bodies and personal effects were. In 1997, Olson...

hammer clause

hammer clause  n.— «Many insurance policies have what is known as a “hammer” clause, meaning that the insurer can force the insured to accept a settlement of the claim, unless the insured is willing to forego coverage or accept...

Couric clause

Couric clause  n.— «The provision prompted an intensive lobbying effort from businesses, especially executives in the entertainment industry and Wall Street, who feared that competitive information about their star performers would be...

springing clause

springing clause  n.— «When the county adopted its historic building code amendments, it did so with what’s called a “springing clause,” i.e., one that springs into action if a certain contingency is met.» —“Historic sites key...

passerelle

passerelle  n.— «The Commission hopes countries will agree to press on with bits that don’t need a new treaty. For instance, getting rid of the national vetoes covering criminal justice. It can be done using what is known as a...

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