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class act

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n class act someone who shows impressive and stylish excellence
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Quotations

  • Dora Russell
    Dora Russell
    “We have never yet had a labor Government that knew what taking power really means; they always act like second-class citizens.”

Idioms

Class act - Someone who's a class act is exceptional in what they do.
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Usage

In literature:

His public acts may be classed under two heads, outrages on the liberty of the people, and outrages on the dignity of the crown.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
She was always acting in plays and getting up class entertainments for devastated Europe.
"The Comings of Cousin Ann" by Emma Speed Sampson
There is a class of books which amuse the imagination of children, without acting upon their feelings.
"Practical Education, Volume I" by Maria Edgeworth
There are several classes of agents all of which act injuriously more or less on the Cotton plant.
"The Story of the Cotton Plant" by Frederick Wilkinson
The lower class of prisoners were encouraged to act as spies, thus furnishing pretexts for punishment.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 14" by Various
The third part of the act deals with what is called in the act working-class lodging-houses.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 4" by Various
They, besides, had never seen working men acting as a class, or stand up for their own distinct class interests.
"Revolution and Counter-Revolution" by Karl Marx
We have considered, on a former page, that we are not to look for the self-acting individuals among the workingmen as a class.
"The Holy Earth" by L. H. Bailey
The Franchise Act of 1884 was also one in which he took a leading part as a champion of the opinions of the labouring class.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 7" by Various
In the discharge of their duties in both classes of offices the women have acted admirably.
"The Modern Woman's Rights Movement" by Kaethe Schirmacher
We don't want any class rows, and you know very well how Abby Dunbar and Helen Raymond would act, if they knew the truth.
"Dolly's College Experiences" by Mabel Cronise Jones
The working class have not yet learned how to unite and act together.
"Labor and Freedom" by Eugene V. Debs
He studied under Sir William Hamilton at Edinburgh, and acted as his class assistant from 1851 to 1855.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3" by Various
Provisions for the arbitration of special classes of disputes are contained in many acts of parliament, e.g.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 4" by Various
A class act, Sotheby's.
"The Samurai Strategy" by Thomas Hoover
Each one of these classes is treated both generally and specifically in the Labour Acts.
"The Theory and Policy of Labour Protection" by Albert Eberhard Friedrich Schäffle
Most of our rich men have come out of this class which acts by its skill, and their children in a few years will return to it.
"Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 1 (of 3)" by Theodore Parker
The aim of the Land Act of 1870 was to place the latter class in a similar position to the Northerns.
"Irish History and the Irish Question" by Goldwin Smith
The Scottish Education Act of 1872 distinguished certain burgh and parish schools as "higher class public" or secondary schools.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 10" by Various
This department should also include a Reserve Class, consisting of those who are ready to act as substitutes for absent teachers.
"Organizing and Building Up the Sunday School" by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
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In poetry:

Among the "Upper Ten" to-day,
It is considered want of tact
To slay one's kith and kin, and may
Be classed as an "unfriendly act."
Oh, yes, of course I know that this
Is merely public prejudice.
"The Cat" by Harry Graham
Shall wisdom this vile trade endure,
And not the state attempt a cure?
Desist from spiggots, knives, and forks;
Draw lots instead of drawing corks;
And then each class, quite through the nation,
Must act a part that suits their station.
"The Virtues Of Election Ale" by William Hutton

In news:

The Nationals — a class act .
Jim Streeter always a class act at Eastern Michigan.
Streeter always a class act at EMU.
Class act deserves to be re-elected to Congress.
50 years later, Arnie still a heavy fan favorite and class act .
Jeremy Lin, class act .
FF students, fans class act .
Everett '62 grad remembered as class act .
Learning to Be a Class Act .
Back with Phillies, Wade proves he's still a class act .
Courts Could Force HHS to Implement CLASS Act, Despite Its Insolvency.
Class act, saved my job.
Logic (And Basic Economics) Prevail as the CLASS Act Unravels.
If anyone can claim responsibility for the CLASS Act 's demise, it's probably Sen Judd Gregg.
The Obama Administration is pulling the plug on CLASS, the long-term insurance program within the Affordable Care Act.
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In science:

In particular, the group A(Γ) acts (via the homomorphism g and the natural action of the mapping class group) by automorphisms of the fundamental groupoid π1 (F (Γ), P ).
The solution to a conjecture of Tits on the subgroup generated by the squares of the generators of an Artin group
Example 10: Isometry classes of linear codes Fripertinger [Frip1], [Frip2] considers cycle indices (in the permutation sense) of matrix groups acting on lines.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
Geometrically these two classes can be distinguished by the trees on which they act: such trees are lines in the former case and infinite-ended in the latter.
Problems on the geometry of finitely generated solvable groups
The mapping class group Ω(Σ) acts in particular on the first homology H1(Σ, Z).
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
Composite pulses of this kind, which are sometimes called Class A composite pulses, are rarely (if ever) needed for conventional NMR experiments, but are useful in NMR implementations of quantum computation [5, 6, 7, 8, 9], where they act to reduce systematic errors in quantum logic gates .
A Simple and Convenient Measure of NMR Rotor Fidelity
In our model, two different classes of nodes are present, representing providers and users (that, possibly, could act as providers for a lower level of users).
Growing dynamics of Internet providers
From any non hermitian Dirac operator one may naturally define a hermitian one, denoted H, by doubling Hilbert space on which it acts. (See eq.(3.4).) The latter hamiltonian is then a representative of the chiral class we have indexed as class 2 (chGUE).
A Classification of random Dirac fermions
Each class is stable under the action of a symmetry group, whose elements act on the hamiltonians by conjugation such that their form imposed by eqs.(2.16–2.25) is preserved.
A Classification of random Dirac fermions
G generated by g and h considered acting on a line bundle with the first Chern class x.
McKay correspondence for elliptic genera
Then G acts on the set of the isotopy classes of simple closed curves.
Generating the surface mapping class group by two elements
The mapping class group acts in these coordinates in an explicit way.
Moduli spaces of convex projective structures on surfaces
In Chapter 2 of we defined the notion of a cluster X -space (we recall it in the Section 4.3), and the mapping class group of a cluster X -space, acting by automorphisms of the cluster X -space.
Moduli spaces of convex projective structures on surfaces
In particular this immediately gives a definition of the quantum higher Teichm¨uller space of a punctured surface S, plus the fact that the mapping class group of S acts by its automorphisms.
Moduli spaces of convex projective structures on surfaces
Corollary 4.6 The mapping class group of S acts by positive birational ∗-automorphisms of the ∗-algebra (12).
Moduli spaces of convex projective structures on surfaces
M is in the class M and ZU (g) acts on M via a character.
Generalized Harish-Chandra modules with generic minimal $\frak k$-type
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