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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PAR

The modest ones and I, particularly, are pretty much upon a par.

He appeared to place the regimental orderly book on a par with the Bible.

These are his "set," par excellence, and he knows them thoroughly.

Some continental authorities place him on a par with Tourte.

Par Saint Jaaques, they know where to make themselves merry.

But, par exemple, I am not responsible for what Clarke will do with him afterwards.

But, par example, I am not responsible for what Clarke will do with him.

If these people were on a par with the farmers of New England, would it last for an hour?

He was, par excellence, a man of his time: in many ways even in advance of it.

What Inflection is placed on the rhetorical questions in par.

WORD ORIGIN

1620s, "equality," also "value of one currency in terms of another," from Latin par "equal, equal-sized, well-matched," also as a noun, "that which is equal, equality," of unknown origin. Watkins suggests perhaps from PIE root *pere- "to grant, allot," with suggestion of reciprocality (see part (n.)).

Another guess connects it with PIE root *per- "to traffic in, sell" (on notion of "give equal value for"); see pornography. Meaning "average or usual amount" is first attested 1767. Golf usage is first attested 1898. Figurative use of par for the course is from 1928.

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