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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PAIRS

Moreover, Andy watched, and when the pairs halted he made the pinto weave.

Six pairs of boots, taken from the corpses, fell noisily on to the hard ground.

To the dazed, feverish girl, the figure seemed to have two pairs of arms.

Gradually the female and the male begin to associate in pairs.

Pairs of stars which were exactly equal, were selected by means of them.

The notes on some of the pairs declare that a motion of one of them was suspected.

In a few years half a million pairs were being imported annually.

He tried to count them; as far as he could make out there were six pairs.

Here he begat a family consisting of five pairs of twin male children.

What gleams of life and love in a hundred pairs of beautiful eyes!

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c., "two of a kind coupled in use," from Old French paire "pair, couple," and directly from Medieval Latin paria "equals," neuter plural of Latin par (genitive paris) "a pair, counterpart, equal," noun use of par (adj.) "equal, equal-sized, well-matched" (see par (n.)). Originally of things. Of persons from late 14c. Meaning "a woman's breasts" is attested from 1922. Pair bond (v.) is first attested 1940, in reference to birds mating.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.