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(formerly) a Muslim ruling prince or powerful landowner in India



the title given the vicegerent of a province under the Mogul Empire in India in the 17th century. As the empire began to disintegrate in the first half of the 18th century, the nawabs of many provinces, including Bengal, Arcot, and Oudh, gained de facto independence.

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All bets were off and the nattering nabobs of negativity were in full voice last year as spending plowed toward the $200 million mark and Cameron's shipwreck epic was bumped from a summer to a fall release.
According to some nattering nabobs of negativity, the Squiggle hasn't made a fully satisfying album since ``Controversy,'' despite a dozen or so later attempts.
Why not just shoot those nattering nabobs instead, and circumvent the legal system altogether?
So I say to the nattering nabobs of negativity: Don't worry, be happy.
But before that grim assessment is dismissed as more of the same from the nattering nabobs of negativism, check out the institute's best-case scenario: The Bush Doctrine, which virtually guaranteed the creation of a full-fledged democracy in Iraq friendly to the West, is hopelessly naive.
It takes a lot of guts for a public body to admit a mistake, especially when council members know they will be skewered by our local band of nattering nabobs of negativism.