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firm

1
(of prices, markets, etc.) tending to rise

firm

2
1. a business partnership
2. any commercial enterprise
3. a team of doctors and their assistants
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It is an ironical fact that Lady Wetherby was by nature one of the firmest believers in existence in the policy of breaking things gently to people.
As I received the story, they began in an imprudence on her own part one day when she was taken by surprise, which shows how difficult it is for the firmest of us (she was very firm) to be always guarded.
I showed him all that was sent to me; I told him that, next to the providence of Heaven, which disposed all things, it was owing to him; and that it now lay on me to reward him, which I would do a hundred-fold: so I first returned to him the hundred moidores I had received of him; then I sent for a notary, and caused him to draw up a general release or discharge from the four hundred and seventy moidores, which he had acknowledged he owed me, in the fullest and firmest manner possible.
To multiply instances where it were impossible to adduce an exception would be to waste your time and abuse your patience; but in the sacred volume, which contains the substances of our firmest faith and of our most precious hopes, these passions not only maintain their highest efficacy, but are sanctioned by the express injunctions of the Divine Legislator to his chosen people.
It would have made any man shed tears, in spite of the firmest resolution, to have seen the first transports of this poor fellow's joy when he came to his father: how he embraced him, kissed him, stroked his face, took him up in his arms, set him down upon a tree, and lay down by him; then stood and looked at him, as any one would look at a strange picture, for a quarter of an hour together; then lay down on the ground, and stroked his legs, and kissed them, and then got up again and stared at him; one would have thought the fellow bewitched.
After binding his wife, daughter, and son-in-law to the deepest secrecy,--for, however petty the gossip, their places, as he thought, depended on their discretion,--he related the incomprehensible enigma of the resignation of a deputy, the very legitimate desire of the general-secretary to get elected to the place, and the secret opposition of the minister to this wish of a man who was one of his firmest supporters and most zealous workers.
The inflation rate is just off the 5.1% from June, which was the firmest since late 2015.
"(Valencia) publicly condemns and expresses its firmest rejection and zero tolerance for, as it has always done, the isolated gestures from people in the away end which evidently do not represent Valencia's supporters," said the Spanish club in a statement on Friday.
Qatar demonstrates to the world that life is well worthwhile celebrating and that to prepare for the future, our roots provide the firmest of basis.
Particularly when United's players began earning more than him, when they became unrealistically powerful, Fergie treated men like men, demanded huge amounts in return for his respect but earned his squad's firmest loyalty.
"France condemns in the firmest terms the attack that cost the life of an Egyptian soldier from the UN Interim Forces in Mali," a statement from Paris said.
And though the Red Star Belgrade defender switched to represent neighbouring Montenegro three years ago, they remain the firmest of friends.