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Intensive care adjective Referring to a 'touch-and-go,' uncertain, or otherwise 'iffy' clinical situation
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Wong's restaging, notably, continues a theme that is already present in Persona, that of the tenuousness of singular personhood.
Indeed, whether we want to believe it or not, that Christian was killed just months after graduating from South High portends the tenuousness of many young lives outside the structure of the school system.
The film explores the tenuousness of life and the mortality of an actor, and the way a star image remains frozen in time in a work of art, outliving the person.
My life is replete with little Beatles connections of varying degrees of tenuousness," he offers.
6) A brief consideration of Coetzee's rewriting of Hofmannsthal reveals that he is crucially concerned with probing the affective charge and the ethical challenge of the perceived tenuousness of seemingly self-evident social and cultural forms--something that my reading of Slow Man confirms.
Adjusting to numerous challenges--the interplay of racist colonial zoning strategies, rapid post-colonial urban expansion, the withdrawal of public services amid the liberalization programmes of the 1980s, the increasingly abject character of the social contract, and the ongoing tenuousness of economic life and activity--urban environmental sanitation in Nigeria has long struggled to keep pace with the historical dynamics of the country's emergent metropolises.
Banks makes the tenuousness of contemporary life[mdash]our fears of not being able to hold onto our dreams and protect the people we love [mdash] seem entirely palpable, a by-product of our individual failings and our susceptibility to all the changes wrought by recent history's manic metabolic rate.
That the other, a subdued abstract painting posted on a two-by-four, is actually called Self Portrait (Big Dick) only underscores the tenuousness of Rosch's specific references.
But both the tenuousness of our connection and the fact that he was seven years older and lived in a different world made him an unlikely pen pal.
Near the end of the Rue Sd installation tour, participants are led to a north-facing balcony-cum-bedroom that highlights Khandaq al-Ghamiq's spatial tenuousness.
Oaxaca natives understood this, and some of the barriers came down because of this shared tenuousness.
Even the dusty towns, with names like Deadwood and Tombstone, isolated on the limitless land, their ramshackle sidewalks and storefronts rising, as Howard Fast wrote, "out of the short-grassed prairie like a rickety mirage," wavering in the heat haze, underscore the tenuousness of civilization, of life itself.