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surprise

Subject: Law

N. An unexpected event that causes a party to be put at some disadvantage in litigation. Many of the rules of pretrial procedure in the Civil Procedure Rules are designed to ...

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2002

... n. denoting something made, done, or happening unexpectedly: a surprise attack. v. capture, attack, or discover suddenly and unexpectedly; catch unawares: he surprised a gang stealing scrap metal. take someone/something by surprise attack or capture someone or something...

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A Dictionary of Journalism

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2014
Subject:
Media studies
Length:
29 words

...surprise An unexpected or unusual event or statement that may be regarded as newsworthy because of the element of surprise and/or shock. See also man bites dog ; news values...

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The Diner’s Dictionary (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013

... A dish, typically a dessert, whose exterior conceals an unexpected interior. According to Larousse Gastronomique ( 1988 ), ‘the most obvious example of such a dish is Baked Alaska, in which ice cream is hidden inside a meringue which has been placed for a short time in a hot oven’. The English term (first recorded in 1712 ) is an adaptation of the French description en surprise : Richard Olney, for example, in his French Menu Cookbook ( 1970 ), gives a recipe for ananas en surprise , an emptied-out pineapple filled with strawberries, pineapple...

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A Dictionary of Law (9 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2018
Subject:
Law
Length:
109 words

...surprise n. An unexpected event that causes a party to be put at some disadvantage in litigation. Many of the rules of pretrial procedure in the Civil Procedure Rules are designed to prevent surprise. For example, under Part 16 of the Rules matters that might otherwise take the other parties by surprise must be set out in a party’s statements of case . Similarly, under Part 32 of the Rules the court will order a party to serve on the other parties any witness statement of the oral evidence which that party intends to rely on in relation to any issues of...

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Encyclopedia of Global Change

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005

...the strict definition of surprise for policy making, various studies advocate the use of another meaning for surprise, one in which the attribution of surprise shifts more toward the expectations of the observer. Holling ( 1986 , p. 294) recognized this meaning of surprise as a condition in which perceived reality departs qualitatively from expectations. This more interpretive or relational meaning of surprise has been labeled “imaginable surprise” by Schneider et al. ( 1998 ). Almost every event may constitute an imaginable surprise to someone. But since...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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Quotation
Current Version:
2018
Subject:
Quotations
Length:
316 words

... Surprise Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable. Jane Austen 1775 – 1817 English novelist Emma (1816) ch. 26 ‘Curiouser and curiouser!’ cried Alice. Lewis Carroll 1832 – 98 English writer and logician Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) ch. 2 curiouser and curiouser If you do not expect it, you will not find out the unexpected. Heraclitus c. 540 – c. 480 bc Greek philosopher On the Universe fragment 7 If you do not expect it not find out the unexpected...

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
Length:
117 words

... , n. & vb. , is surprisingly often misspelled ✳surprize . True, that was a variant spelling through the mid-19th century, but today it can justifiably be regarded as an error—e.g.: “There are other benefits that come from engaging an investment counselor who is paid for service: . . . fewer surprizes [read surprises ] from volatile returns.” Jonathan Chevreau , “Define Your Goals Before Investing,” Fin. Post , 25 Nov. 1995 , at 73. The misspelling ✳suprise is also common—e.g.: “A pair of high school sweethearts winds up with a suprise [read ...

‘Surprise’ Symphony

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The Oxford Companion to Music

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Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Music
Length:
37 words

...‘Surprise’ Symphony . Nickname of Haydn's Symphony no. 94 in G major ( 1791 ), so called because of the sudden fortissimo in the slow movement. Haydn incorporated this movement into the aria ‘Schon eilet’ in The Seasons...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Music
Length:
37 words

... Symphony Nickname of Haydn's Sym. in G major, No.94 (Hob. I:94)., comp. London 1791 , so called because of sudden forte drumbeat in slow movt. In Ger., sym. is known as mit dem Paukenschlag (with the...

refractive surprise

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A Dictionary of Ophthalmology

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2017
Subject:
Medicine and health, Clinical Medicine, Surgery
Length:
12 words

...refractive surprise The occurrence of an unexpected refractive outcome after cataract surgery ....

surprise examination paradox

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015

... examination paradox n . Another name for the unexpected hanging paradox...

Agreeable Surprise, The

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The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Literature
Length:
44 words

...Surprise, The ( 1781 ), a comic opera by John O'Keeffe , first produced at the Haymarket Theatre, London. Eugene and Laura are in love but her father, Sir Felix, insists that she must marry someone else. The surprise is that he has been teasing...

surprise dosage attack

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2002

... dosage attack a chemical operation that establishes on target a dosage sufficient to produce the desired casualties before the targeted troops can mask or otherwise protect...

Surprise de l'amour, La

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The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
43 words

... de l'amour, La . Attractive comedy by Marivaux , first performed 1722 . Lelio and the comtesse, professing to give up love, are gradually brought, in spite of themselves, to love one another. Its success was not matched by La Seconde Surprise de l'amour ( 1727...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016

...surprise n sǝɹˈprǝɪz sp surprize 1 ...

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Dictionary of American Family Names

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Names studies
Length:
10 words

... (166) Origin unidentified; perhaps a mistranslation of French Surprenant ....

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

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Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Language reference
Length:
58 words

... , surprise! excl. an ironic or sarcastic rejoinder to a piece of supposedly revelatory information. 1962 Times 24 Nov. 4/6: The plum Monday spot finally went – surprise, surprise – to our old friend Naked City [OED]. 1997 (con. 1950s) J. Byrne Slab Boys [film script] 22: alan : I think Mr Curry 's got other plans for me. spanky : Surprise, surprise...

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Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015

...surprise . 1 (noun and verb) So spelt. See -ise . 2 For the pleonastic type of phrase I shouldn’t be surprised if + a negative in the subordinate clause, see not 5...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Language reference, History of English
Length:
64 words

... (mil.) sudden attack or capture XV (phr. take by s. ); something unexpectedly sudden XVI; feeling caused by this XVII. — (O)F., sb. use of fem. pp. of surprendre . So surprise vb . †overcome with desire, etc. XV; assail suddenly, take unawares XVI; affect with surprise XVII. prob. first in pp. f. (O)F. surpris(e) , pp. of surprendre :- medL. superprehendere , f. L. SUPER- + præhendere ...

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Fowler’s Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015

... is spelt - ise , not - ize , as a noun and a verb. See -ize , -ise in verbs...

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