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  • n  an occurrence of something
    it was a case of bad judgment
  • n  a special set of circumstances
    it may rain in which case the picnic will be canceled
  • n  a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy
  • n  the actual state of things
    that was not the case
  • n  a portable container for carrying several objects
    the musicians left their instrument cases backstage
  • n  a person requiring professional services
    a typical case was the suburban housewife described by a marriage counselor
  • n  a person who is subjected to experimental or other observational procedures; someone who is an object of investigation
    the cases that we studied were drawn from two different communities
  • n  a problem requiring investigation
    Perry Mason solved the case of the missing heir
  • n  a statement of facts and reasons used to support an argument
    he stated his case clearly
  • n  the quantity contained in a case
  • n  nouns or pronouns or adjectives (often marked by inflection) related in some way to other words in a sentence
  • n  a specific state of mind that is temporary
    a case of the jitters
  • n  a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities)
    a mental case
  • n  a specific size and style of type within a type family
  • n  an enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or plant organ or part
  • n  the housing or outer covering of something
    the clock has a walnut case
  • n  the enclosing frame around a door or window opening
  • n  (printing) the receptacle in which a compositor has his type, which is divided into compartments for the different letters, spaces, or numbers
    for English, a compositor will ordinarily have two such cases, the upper case containing the capitals and the lower case containing the small letters
  • n  bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow
    the burglar carried his loot in a pillowcase
  • n  a glass container used to store and display items in a shop or museum or home
  • v  look over, usually with the intention to rob
    They men cased the housed
  • v  enclose in, or as if in, a case
    my feet were encased in mud

  • The tragic case of Chantal Sbire's suicide has taken another twist: she refused treatment for her disease for nearly half a decade.
  • What does the case of 9-year-old Hannah Poling tell us about a link between vaccines and autism?.
  • The Hard Case Of Mary Bell The British press breathes new life--and new controversy--into a celebrated child murder case.
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  • Elena Kagan in The Associated Press
    I think it is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown, in this case, a $20 billion shakedown, with the attorney general of the United States ...... participating in... Joe Barton FOXNews (blog) Jun 17, 2010 15474 21507 case I did believe we had a strong case to make. I tried to make it to the best of my ability," she told Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who questioned her in detail about Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
  • Frédéric Mitterrand in
    Mitterrand said he was in contact with the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, "who is following the case with great attention and shares the minister's hope that the situation can be quickly resolved".

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