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  • n  a watery solution of sugars, salts, and minerals that circulates through the vascular system of a plant
  • n  a person who lacks good judgment
  • n  a piece of metal covered by leather with a flexible handle; used for hitting people
  • v  deplete
  • v  excavate the earth beneath

  • One is that the chief of a tribe threw a tomahawk at a tree, sap ran out and his wife boiled venison in the liquid.
  • Ever since botanists knew that sap was carried from the roots of a tall tree to the leaves at its top they have wondered what force was responsible for this transportation.
  • But today the policies sap the strength of small- and medium-sized businesses, a major source of new jobs.
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  • Barack Obama in Los Angeles Times
    On a day when others sought to sap our confidence, let us renew our common purpose,Obama said.
  • Larry Ellison in International Herald Tribune
    SAP is still larger (in business applications), but we are gaining on them steadily and rapidly,Oracle Chief Executive Larry Ellison told analysts during a Tuesday conference call.
  • Hasso Plattner in (press release)
    The new composition of the SAP Executive Board and management changes will support the leadership structure of the co-CEOs announced earlier in the week,said Hasso Plattner, chairman of the SAP Supervisory Board. "We regret that John...

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