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debate

Politics
1. a formal discussion, as in a legislative body, in which opposing arguments are put forward
2. the formal presentation and opposition of a specific motion, followed by a vote
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Ez I said afore, this yer's a matter you and me can discuss after the fashion o' society.
A jay can cry, a jay can laugh, a jay can feel shame, a jay can reason and plan and discuss, a jay likes gossip and scandal, a jay has got a sense of humor, a jay knows when he is an ass just as well as you do--maybe better.
Excuse me, I really can't discuss these poor girls (I am so glad to hear you call them the Misses Vanstone
I'll raise your salary, and endeavour to assist your struggling family, and we will discuss your affairs this very afternoon, over a Christmas bowl of smoking bishop, Bob.
I was too sorrowful to discuss the question, which would possibly have been beyond me under any circumstances; and Mr.
The miserable man was a man of that confined stolidity of mind, that he could not discuss my prospects without having me before him - as it were, to operate upon - and he would drag me up from my stool (usually by the collar) where I was quiet in a corner, and, putting me before the fire as if I were going to be cooked, would begin by saying, "Now, Mum, here is this boy
Neighbours who had nothing but verbal consolation to give showed a disposition not only to greet Silas and discuss his misfortune at some length when they encountered him in the village, but also to take the trouble of calling at his cottage and getting him to repeat all the details on the very spot; and then they would try to cheer him by saying, "Well, Master Marner, you're no worse off nor other poor folks, after all; and if you was to be crippled, the parish 'ud give you a 'lowance.
I should prefer," he said, "not to discuss the matter.
Then, when we had eaten our pork and each had a good stiff glass of brandy grog, the three chiefs got together in a corner to discuss our prospects.
However, I don't propose to discuss politics, sociology, or metaphysics with you.
Since then the most conservative engineer will discuss the problem of transatlantic telephony.
I do not consider it necessary, at present, for me to discuss those matters of administration about which there is no special anxiety, or excitement.