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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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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.
I hear that you are thinking of going on with this affair.
I am connected with the General," he said drily, "partly through business affairs, and partly through special circumstances.
Mr Allworthy and Mrs Miller had been above an hour together, when their conversation was put an end to by the arrival of Blifil and another person, which other person was no less than Mr Dowling, the attorney, who was now become a great favourite with Mr Blifil, and whom Mr Allworthy, at the desire of his nephew, had made his steward; and had likewise recommended him to Mr Western, from whom the attorney received a promise of being promoted to the same office upon the first vacancy; and, in the meantime, was employed in transacting some affairs which the squire then had in London in relation to a mortgage.
They'll have to get a hard rap on the knuckles over this affair.
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.
I call it an episode, because this affair, I make bold to say, is episodic; it is no part of any general scheme, however wild.
There is a peculiar stupidity and feebleness in the conduct of this affair which gives me excellent hopes of getting behind it and finding there something else than an individual freak of fanaticism.
The army, I will answer for it, will be but little pleased at being exposed to rigorous treatment on account of 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.