• Soon,people began to use the word hedging to describe steps that could be taken to protect against financial loss.

    VOA: special.2010.01.31

  • But beans are used to describe something of very little value in the expression, not worth a hill of beans.

    VOA: special.2010.01.31

  • This week in our series, Steve Ember and Shirley Griffith describe the first days of the American Civil War.

    VOA: special.2009.08.20

  • For example, the word circus is used to describe any noisy place with a lot of activities going on.

    VOA: special.2009.01.11

  • He had a system. He would describe characters and plots, then have ghostwriters expand those ideas into a book.

    VOA: special.2009.08.24

  • Old-timers used it to describe a man who had just arrived from one of the big cities back east.

    VOA: special.2010.05.23

  • But the word hacker is also used to describe a person who tries to steal information from computer systems.

    VOA: special.2009.04.19

  • Mister Jungen has said that the sports industry makes free use of American Indian words and images to describe its teams.

    VOA: special.2009.11.13

  • People who live through life threatening situations sometimes describe a calming presence or guiding voice hat helps them survive.

    VOA: special.2010.02.24

  • These are words that visitors use to describe Dolly Sods, a large wild area in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia.

    VOA: special.2009.07.20

  • The word comes from the word "Arab" and is a design term used to describe flowing lines and geometric patterns.

    VOA: special.2009.03.11

  • The term today most often is used to describe a powerful machine designed to clear away trees and other big objects.

    VOA: special.2009.02.15

  • People began hearing the phrase by the grapevine to describe false as well as true reports from the battlefield.

    VOA: special.2009.02.22

  • Some of the guests were not sure what to think of Ellen and Doug's celebration -- or even how to describe it.

    VOA: special.2011.05.23

  • This week in our series, Harry Monroe and Kay Gallant describe events during the spring of eighteen sixty-three.

    VOA: special.2009.10.15

  • "Terroir" is the word used to describe how a vineyard's soil and climate give a wine special qualities.

    VOA: special.2010.10.13

  • Armstrong began to describe what he saw: "The surface appears to be very, very fine grain,like a powder.

    VOA: special.2009.07.15

  • The person is not breathing. If such conditions describe the situation, chances are the heart has stopped beating.

    VOA: special.2009.08.11

  • Festival organizers say "Arabesque" was a good word to describe dance, theater or musical styles that are marked by an Arab influence.

    VOA: special.2009.03.11

  • Sociologists from the University of Maryland found that people who describe themselves as happy spend less time watching television than unhappy people.

    VOA: special.2009.03.10

  • The students were also asked to choose five words they might use to describe another object: a table.

    VOA: special.2009.08.18

  • American writer Alice Kahn is said to have invented the term to describe young people who spend a lot of time using computers.

    VOA: special.2010.03.28

  • Instead,he tried to describe a situation so well that the reader would understand the emotion in it.

    VOA: special.2010.04.09

  • This week in our series, Larry West and Tony Riggs describe an anti-war movement that was growing.

    VOA: special.2009.10.29

  • In seventeen ninety-seven, the Independent Chronicle newspaper used the word to describe a politician the paper supported.

    VOA: special.2010.08.08

  • Edgar Allan Poe did something unusual for writers of his time: he used a narrator in a story to describe what was happening.

    VOA: special.2009.02.02

  • Scientists use the word biodiversity to describe the existence of many kinds of plants,animals and other organisms.

    VOA: special.2010.05.25

  • The expression was first used in the southern part of the United States to describe the use of force to win an election.

    VOA: special.2009.02.15

  • The expression may be used to describe a politician's last campaign, his final attempt to win the cheers and votes of the people.

    VOA: special.2010.04.11

  • You may have heard the term laissez-faire to describe a kind of economic or political policy.

    VOA: special.2010.04.18


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