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big four

A popular term for the main 4 factors to consider when evaluating the psychological aspects of spatial relationships: personal space, territoriality, crowding, privacy.

Big Four

A herpetology (the study of amphibians) term of art for any of the four commonly encountered venomous snakes seen in the Indian subcontinent: the common krait, Indian cobra, Russell's viper and saw-scaled viper (the last being the deadliest, given its aggressive nature and habitat near highly populated areas).
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And such a line, we were confident, Big Alec intended setting, in open and flagrant violation of the law.
Several days passed after the visit of Big Alec, during which Charley and I kept a sharp watch on him.
This will put Big Klaus in a rage when he hears how rich I have become through my one horse; but I won't tell him just yet
He understood why he had wished to move the northern camp as far as possible toward the northern boundary of the Big Bwana's country--it would give him far more time to make his escape toward the West Coast while the Big Bwana was chasing the northern contingent.
Dog-Tooth had a big canoe made, and, many more men he took from work, who did nothing and lay in the sun, save only when Dog-Tooth went in the canoe, when they paddled for him.
And after them will come the big mining sharks that buy whole creeks where you-all have been scratching like a lot of picayune hens, and they-all will go to hydraulicking in summer and steam-thawing in winter--"
They had made a beautiful nest by pulling two big leaves together and stitching them up the edges with fibers, and had filled the hollow with cotton and downy fluff.
From the remotest period of antiquity to which the archives have reference, the hours have been regularly struck by the big bell.
So the big bird flew into the air and over the water till she came to where the Scarecrow was perched upon his pole.
The wind swept in soft big breaths down from the moor and was strange with a wild clear scented sweetness.
And very soon the parrot saw them again, coming up behind, dragging the onions through the waves in big nets made of seaweed.
But," concluded he, "we are going to the white men's fort on the Wallah-Wallah, and will soon return; and then we will meet our Nez Perce friends like the true Big Hearts of the East.