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1. A stone mason’s axe with a flat face for knocking off projecting angular points, and a pointed peen for reducing a surface to the desired form; also called a jedding axe.
2. A heavy timber, as a timber bolted between two stanchions.
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The chances are that whatever cavils a reviewer might contrive will be pre-empted by the exacting standards of the author herself.
If cavils must be levied, then Dohnanyi's even-tempered tempos should be faulted.
Cavils aside, Bossier's book, with its broad base of information and numerous insights, provides a stimulating guide to the complexities of the commedia dell'arte.
But these minor cavils aside, Schwantes has brought a lot of significant material together in one place and his book is readable and informative.
These cavils aside, given that the mockumentary has been done so brilliantly by Christopher Guest and company in Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show--let alone by Larry David and his merry pranksters on Curb Your Enthusiasm--just try watching Showboy without feeling punk'd.
Cavils aside, Due's a really good read now by any criterion, solid in novelistic conventions made bankable in earlier eras by Helen MacInnes, Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney.
For all his cavils against the orthodox historical pursuit of the objective and the real, the book is weighed down by the masses of empirical evidence Borsay feels compelled to supply throughout.
He was elected on the slogans and cavils of a radio talk-show host--give back the surplus, don't tax my jet skis--and scant understanding of the nuances of government.
But he cavils that he finds it "disappointing" that someone attending the private function at Rangers Supporters Club should have brought the evidence to the Daily Record.
These minor cavils notwithstanding, the contribution of Grenholm to contextual theology is a welcome addition to the field of biblical interpretation in this age of multiculturalism.
But these are minor cavils given the theoretical power and the enabling opening which Olaniyan provides.
In spite of these kinds of cavils, this new edition of Steinberg's comprehensive history is a splendid, scholarly work to a complex subject.