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lahyt moh teef

  • n  a melodic phrase that accompanies the reappearance of a person or situation (as in Wagner's operas)

  • But McCain has also made clear that he does not want Vietnam to be the "leitmotif" for the rest of his life.
  • It's the leitmotif and only real truth in Helen Garner's true-crime account, Joe Cinque's Consolation (Picador; 328 pages).
  • The Tuesday of the title, a reference to September 11, 2001, has become the leitmotif of the series.
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  • Estonian believers shop a spiritual 'marketplace'
    In Tallinn's medieval Old Town, the primary tourist attraction of the Baltic seaport capital, Estonia’s Christian heritage is ubiquitous. Gothic church spires and crosses are the architectural leitmotif.
    June 7, 2013 - Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! News
  • Nantucket's Newspaper Since 1821
    (May 30, 2013) Near the end of John Guare’s engaging play “Six Degrees of Separation” – being executed adeptly and affectingly at Theatre Workshop of Nantucket – Ouisa Kittredge reflects on what’s ostensibly the play’s leitmotif, its main subject matter: “I read somewhere that everybody on this planet is sep arated by only six other people.
    June 6, 2013 - The Inquirer and Mirror

  • Nikolai Sevastyanov in New Scientist (subscription)
    Going to Mars via the Moon - that's our leitmotif today,said Nikolai Sevastyanov, who succeeded Korolev at the head of the RKK Energia company, which builds the Soyuz and Progress space vessels.
  • Joseph Bernstein in Bloomberg
    Mount Arbel is the symbol for the booming Israeli economy,Bernstein says. "The Galilee Golf Club is a leitmotif for a country that has rid itself of isolation to become part of the global economy."
  • Kenneth Pollack in Voice of America
    Just across the board, in the last three or four weeks, we've had eight or 10 of the most important Iraqi leaders come through town,said Ken Pollack. "And what every single one of them has said, it has been the leitmotif [theme] of every...

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