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mayn tuh nuhns

  • n  activity involved in maintaining something in good working order
  • n  means of maintenance of a family or group
  • n  court-ordered support paid by one spouse to another after they are separated
  • n  the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence
  • n  the unauthorized interference in a legal action by a person having no interest in it (as by helping one party with money or otherwise to continue the action) so as to obstruct justice or promote unnecessary litigation or unsettle the peace of the community
    unlike champerty, criminal maintenance does not necessarily involve personal profit

  • Alaska Airlines insists the investigation of its maintenance practices is aimed only at a specific kind of final check that is "above and beyond" what is required by the plane's .
  • PTI was when the maintenance problem of armies consisted of little more than shoeing horses and hammering out the dents in a knight's armor.
  • Taking a cue from the success of methadone maintenance treatment for heroin, researchers are testing whether substitute stimulants can help cocaine and methamphetamine addicts.
News & Articles


  • Rue McClanahan in BBC News
    In a statement, McClanahan said she regretted missing the tribute: "Unfortunately, my doctor has laid down the law, and I'm currently in the hospital having some maintenance on the old ticker." "Trust me, I'd much rather be in San Francisco...
  • Sergey Lavrov in International Herald Tribune
    ...Lavrov said a stalemate at the Conference on Disarmament on issues from atomic bombs to space weapons can be broken now that the US administration is "in favor of multilateral approaches to the maintenance of international security and...
  • Tom LaBonge in International Herald Tribune
    I'ma guerrilla gardener, but I'm mostly just a maintenance guy,LaBonge said. "I pull weeds when I'm out walking. Everyone is welcome to do it. The city needs help."

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