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lawyer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lawyer a professional person authorized to practice law; conducts lawsuits or gives legal advice
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1970, an Arizona lawyer named Russel H. Ansie filed a $100,000 law
    • Lawyer One versed in the laws, or a practitioner of law; one whose profession is to conduct lawsuits for clients, or to advise as to prosecution or defence of lawsuits, or as to legal rights and obligations in other matters. It is a general term, comprehending attorneys, counselors, solicitors, barristers, sergeants, and advocates.
    • Lawyer (Zoöl) The black-necked stilt. See Stilt.
    • Lawyer (Zoöl) The bowfin (Amia calva).
    • Lawyer (Zoöl) The burbot (Lota maculosa).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Washington, D.C. has one lawyer for every 19 residents
    • n lawyer One who is versed in the law, or is a practitioner of law; one whose profession is to prosecute or defend suits in courts, or advise clients as to their legal rights, and aid them in securing those rights. It is a general term, comprehending attorneys, counselors, solicitors, proctors, barristers, Serjeants, and advocates.
    • n lawyer In the New Testament, an interpreter or expounder of the Mosaic law.
    • n lawyer The mudfish or bowfin, Amia calva; also, the burbot, Lota maculosa: both more fully called lake-lawyer.
    • n lawyer The black-necked stilt, Himantopus nigricollis. De Kay.
    • n lawyer An old thorny stem of a brier or bramble, as of Rosa canina or Rubus fruticosus.
    • n lawyer Same as gray snapper. See snapper.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Lawyer a practitioner in the law:
    • Lawyer (N.T.) an interpreter of the Mosaic Law: the stem of a brier
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Quotations

  • Raymond Chandler
    Raymond%20Chandler
    “The kind of lawyer you hope the other fellow has.”
  • Charles Dickens
    Charles%20Dickens
    “If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.”
  • George Eliot
    George%20Eliot
    “When one wanted one's interests looking after whatever the cost, it was not so well for a lawyer to be over honest, else he might not be up to other people's tricks.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “God works wonders now and then; Behold a lawyer, an honest man.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    Thomas%20Jefferson
    “It is the trade of lawyers to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour.”
  • John Keats
    John%20Keats
    “I think we may class the lawyer in the natural history of monsters.”

Idioms

Barrack-room lawyer - (UK) A barrack-room lawyer is a person who gives opinions on things they are not qualified to speak about.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Law, like bowyer, fr. bow,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. lawe—A.S. lagu, from licgan, to lie; Ice. lōg.

Usage

In literature:

The lawyer looked into the heir's face, and saw the great beads of sweat standing on his brow.
"Cousin Henry" by Anthony Trollope
Nancy Nelson meant to see and speak with the lawyer before she went to Pinewood Hall.
"A Little Miss Nobody" by Amy Bell Marlowe
On February 16th the first papers in the case were served upon Captain Hazard at his lawyer's office, 198 Broadway.
"Danger! A True History of a Great City's Wiles and Temptations" by William Howe
The lawyer sucked in his cheeks and put his feet on the rungs of his chair.
"The Opal Serpent" by Fergus Hume
The elderly lawyer and the young woman had raised their heads from earnest conversation when Stephen Langdon entered the room.
"The Last Woman" by Ross Beeckman
The lawyer read the letter in some surprise.
"The Young Bank Messenger" by Horatio Alger
He had been with his lawyer, and his lawyer had told him that it must yet be some weeks before the sale would be perfected.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
The old lawyer's brows wrinkled, as he glanced at her in surprise.
"The Dark House" by Georg Manville Fenn
I have sent for my lawyer, Mr. O'Meara; but, for some reason he does not come.
"The Diamond Coterie" by Lawrence L. Lynch
He was an object of interest to any and every ambitious young lawyer.
"The Opened Shutters" by Clara Louise Burnham
He was gifted pre-eminently with a lawyer's mind, but it was not a lawyer's mind of a vulgar quality.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
He stood behind a steel network of banks and lawyers and anonymities, unreachable.
"The Secret House" by Edgar Wallace
The lawyer's mouth was as hard set and his eyes were as steady as ever.
"Simon" by J. Storer Clouston
The lawyer read the letter in some surprise.
"A Cousin's Conspiracy" by Horatio Alger
I have seen the lawyer.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
After considering the matter for a quarter of an hour, Cousin George made up his mind that he would see the lawyer.
"Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite" by Anthony Trollope
Nor were the grounds mere places of resort for lawyers and their families.
"A Book About Lawyers" by John Cordy Jeaffreson
Yesterday the thing come tumbling down on my head; a lawyer brought it.
"Captain Pott's Minister" by Francis L. Cooper
No doubt, she admitted, the lawyers were probably doing them; that was the way of lawyers.
"Clark's Field" by Robert Herrick
I could not but resent so cruel a desertion, and I told the lawyer it was a meeting I desired as little as themselves.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 5 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
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In poetry:

Yer ought ter see um struttin' down
Dat "Bully-Yard." It tickles me
Ter see dem niggers up in town;
See Lawyer Bhoon wid Dr. Lee,
An' hear dem gent'mens 'scussin news.
"Nicknames" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
The lawyer wiped his spectacles,
And drew the parchment out;
And all the Brentford family
Sat eager round about:
Poor Ned was somewhat anxious,
But Tom had ne'er a doubt.
"The King Of Brentford’s Testament" by William Makepeace Thackeray
And then there was his own,
Which the lawyers they did fix
At the wery moderit figgar
Of ten pound one and six.
Now Evins bless the Pallis Court,
And all its bold ver-dicks!
"Jacob Homnium’s Hoss" by William Makepeace Thackeray
The will as Brentford spoke it
Was writ and signed and closed;
He bade the lawyer leave him,
And turn'd him round and dozed;
And next week in the churchyard
The good old King reposed.
"The King Of Brentford’s Testament" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Four counsel in this Court—
Misnamed of Justice—sits;
These lawyers owes their places to
Their money, not their wits;
And there's six attornies under them,
As here their living gits.
"Jacob Homnium’s Hoss" by William Makepeace Thackeray
WHEN Lawyers strive to heal a breach,
And Parsons practise what they preach;
Then Little Boney he'll pounce down,
And march his men on London town!
Rollicum-rorum, tol-lol-lorum,
Rollicum-rorum, tol-lol-lay!
"The Sergeant's Song" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

New Force Legal Minnesota Lawyers.
AMANDA BYNES has been dropped by her agent, her publicist and her lawyer within the last few weeks.
Now there's a lawyer trying to sue Microsoft over the matter.
The disciplinary trials of two high-profile El Paso lawyers have been postponed.
The State Bar of Texas proceeding against Theresa Caballero was scheduled to begin on Monday, but it's been moved to Nov 26, Kim Bueno, a spokeswoman for the state bar's Commission for Lawyer Discipline, said in an email.
El Paso Lawyers present 80 defense witnesses in County Court.
Connecticut prosecutors will not pursue charges against a top Morgan Stanley banker accused of stabbing a cabby in a drunken, racist rage over a fare from Manhattan, the cabby 's lawyer said.
The Health Secretary has accused lawyers of milking the health service for money needed to treat patients.
It proves, once again, that Islamists and leftists are just like defense lawyers.
Maria Elena Perez, Shapiro's lawyer, didn't respond to multiple calls and emails from New Times.
Scott Olsen's lawyer says it was a beanbag fired by police -- not a wayward tear gas canister -- that fractured Olsen's skull.
Paul Ceglia is without a lawyer – again.
Sandusky Lawyer Critical Of McQueary.
Stacey Castor 's lawyer entitled to be paid, state's top court rules.
View full size Dick Blume / The Post-Standard, file photo A judge has ruled that Stacey Castor 's lawyer is entitled to be paid for his services.
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In science:

Sharif ’s lawyer dismissed the news when speaking to reporters after Sharif made an appearance before a judicial magistrate to hear witnesses give statements against him.
Inferring Strategies for Sentence Ordering in Multidocument News Summarization
The depth at which the user examines the result set is also highly variable (think of a lawyer searching for related judicial decisions) and as such the precision and recall of the result set are key statistics in the evaluation of the performance of the search engine.
Orthogonal Query Expansion
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