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Affair

Social medicine A prolonged sexual liaison, usually understood to mean one in which one or both partners are committing adultery.
Workplace As commonly used, a compromise of public trust, significant ethical breach or other wrongdoing or series of wrongdoings, which may lead to civil litigation or criminal proceedings.

affair

Sexology A long-term sexual liaison, usually understood to mean one in which one or both partners are committing adultery Vox populi As commonly used, a major whoops–faux pas, boo-boo, etc between 2 or more people. See Baltimore affair, Burt affair, Cantekin affair, Cleveland affair, Slutsky affair, Swine influenza vaccine affair.
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"Have we returned to the times when Cromwell sent us bullies in the guise of charges d'affaires? You want nothing monsieur, but the steel cap on your head, and a Bible at your girdle."
"Monsieur," said Athos, dryly, "I have never had, as you have, the advantage of treating with Cromwell; and I have only seen his charges d'affaires sword in hand, I am therefore ignorant of how he treated with prime ministers.
That being so, picture to yourself the issue of the affair--an affair which will not quite end as you think it will."
I have said that the affair may prove to be diverting, and even clever, and that possibly you may attain something by it; yet none the less I tell you" (he said this only because he saw me rise and reach for my hat) "that I have come hither also to hand you these few words from a certain person.
It is in vain for princes, to take counsel concerning matters, if they take no counsel likewise concerning persons; for all matters are as dead images; and the life of the execution of affairs, resteth in the good choice of persons.
"They'll have to get a hard rap on the knuckles over this affair. We must be in a position to - What is your general idea, stated shortly?
Therefore directly the character of this affair suggested itself to me, I thought it should be dealt with with special secrecy, and ventured to come over here."
The army, I will answer for it, will be but little pleased at being exposed to rigorous treatment on account of police affairs."
"Police affairs!" cried the king, taking up Treville's words, "police affairs!
The people dispersed, the duke and Don Quixote returned to the castle, they locked up Tosilos, Dona Rodriguez and her daughter remained perfectly contented when they saw that any way the affair must end in marriage, and Tosilos wanted nothing else.
All these considerations taken together warrant us in affirming, that biennial elections will be as useful to the affairs of the public as we have seen that they will be safe to the liberty of the people.
He would probably have been unable to state the cause of his embarrassment, but it resulted from the state of his affairs. He did not know at all how much he had, what his debts amounted to, or what dowry he could give Vera.