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  • v  deprive of certain characteristics

  • We "make conversation" when we are at a loss; we unmake it when we are alone, or with those so close to us that we can afford to be alone with them.
  • The caucuses make and unmake candidates and this time is no different.
  • The Socialists found that it is harder to make a government than to unmake one.

  • Robert Mugabe in USA Today
    Zimbabwe's fate lies in the hands of Zimbabweans,Mugabe said Tuesday. "It is the various political parties and the people of Zimbabwe ...... who make and unmake governments. It is there decision alone that we go by."
  • Joseph Medill in Los Angeles Times
    We made Abe and, by God, we can unmake him,complained Chicago Tribune Managing Editor Joseph Medill in 1861.
  • John Marshall in Anniston Star (subscription)
    As Chief Justice John Marshall said about the US Constitution, which also is applicable for our state Constitution, "The people made the Constitution and they can unmake it. It is the creature of their will, and lives only by their will."

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