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dray koh nee uhn

  • a  of or relating to Draco or his harsh code of laws

  • The alternative, he said, is either a more draconian white regime or a Soviet-aligned revolution.
  • Wood, 63, had earned the sobriquet "Maximum John" for his draconian sentences to drug dealers.
  • Female-only dorms were erected, and if early rules for male students seemed harsh, the university guidelines for female co-eds were draconian.
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  • Brian Bilbray in Newsday
    I think it's a great decision. I think it's what the American people have been asking for, common-sense, basic things that are not Draconian or dramatic. Employer verification addresses the real problem and that is illegal employment,said...
  • Joe Barton in Washington Post
    In short, what we don't need is creating at the FDA a new draconian bureaucracy, since they're already overburdened and have more work than they know what to do with,said Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, the top Republican on the House Energy and...
  • Dave Prentis in The Guardian
    Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, said: "This is the most draconian budget in decades. This budget signals that the battle for Britain's public services has begun, with the government declaring war. Public-sector workers will be shocked and...

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