- Was such a party bound to desert its essential core of supporters, they working class, in its attempt to secure the votes and support of others?
- But now is not the time to desert the Labour Party, now is the time to reclaim it.
- In Germany, opinion polls have indicated that traditional voters are profoundly disillusioned with the Party and are deserting it in droves.
- Naturally, they must drive along a virtually deserted country road.
- We get long, panoramic shots of night-time Paris - rooftops, deserted streets, empty bars and restaurants.
- His door flung open to find an empty couch and deserted living room.
- That these qualities could desert him so spectacularly at the club's training ground in the face of one legitimate question is revealing, if not even alarming.
- Your lucky number has deserted you and eaten your dignity.
- When the wind hit her as she rounded the top bend, her form and speed deserted her.
- After that, the troops began to desert en masse.
- Repeated attempts were made to establish personal contacts with servicemen in order to induce them to desert and surrender.
- Within days the enemy force had either been destroyed, surrendered or deserted.
late Middle English: from Old French deserter, from late Latin desertare, from Latin desertus 'left waste' (see desert2).
- The world sees the desert as a desolate land offering only hardship and discomfort.
- The land was mostly flat and featureless; even the most desolate of the southern deserts had some rolling sand dunes and some cacti.
- His explorations, surveys and reports, which stated that the north had some excellent pastoral lands and were not just arid sands and saline deserts, attracted pastoralists to the area.
- There's a thriving energy and excitement about, and the whole perception of the town as a cultural desert is so wrong.
- Within three years, they hope the area will have at least two major arts projects and a host of neighbourhood events which will ensure that huge swathes of planned new homes do not become a cultural desert.
- Image and virtual reality are everything these days, explaining why the city, burdened with an inferiority complex, forever sees itself as a cultural desert.
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- In a related story, also in the Telegraph, it seems that the army is to modify 234 tanks - the equivalent of two armoured brigades - for use in desert conditions.
- It has coped well with desert conditions, it has withstood attack from weapons which were designed to defeat it and its gun control equipment has proved to be outstanding.
- The American-designed tanker has the capacity to hold up to 20,000 litres of fuel, and can operate in both arctic and desert conditions.
- As the Carter family drive across the desert wastes of America, a feral family of savage cannibals attacks them.
- Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to an inhabited town hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them.
- Her mouth and throat were as dry as the desert wastes.
Middle English: via Old French from late Latin desertum 'something left waste', neuter past participle of deserere 'leave, forsake'.
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- John was standing on the trunk looking at the desertic view ‘Just a few days ago he thought - I was training with my master in a place like this.’
- The train moves fast across the mountains, it had left the desertic zone of the city behind and everything had turned more green.
- In spite of the desertic climate, a lot of clouds were seen against the clear blue sky.
- Now for one thing, it is always very risky to introduce concepts like desert and punishment into one's theology, for if one can deserve hell can one also obtain heaven?
- If directly doing justice is what affirmative action is about, then its mechanisms must be adjusted as best they can to reward individual desert and true merit.
- There must be some clear prima facie reason for punishment in talk of desert over centuries, and in this theory we have such a reason.
Middle English: via Old French from deservir 'serve well' (see deserve).
People who get their just deserts get what they deserve. Deserts here is related to deserve, and is spelled with one -s- in the middle. This usage has no relation to the dessert course of a meal, yet the -ss- spelling (just desserts) is found in the Oxford English Corpus nearly as often as the correct spelling.
get (or receive) one's just deserts
- Receive the appropriate reward or (more usually) punishment for one’s actions: those who caused great torment to others rarely got their just desertsMore example sentences
- ‘If a guy is going out and giving 110 percent of his body to try and succeed, then I want to make sure he gets his just deserts on television,’ says Phil.
- It happens seldom enough that miscreants get their just deserts.
- Short-term, we all feel good that this guy's going to get his just deserts.