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In close connexion with the Survey and Lands Department is the topic of exploration.

Young Hiram had no patience with one's profession as a topic of conversation.

Each time she got on this topic I cut her short, vowing that if I ever married she only should be my wife.

No word on this topic has ever passed between Mr Henry Gowan and myself.'

You, Amy—hum—you alone and only you—constantly revive the topic, though not in words.'

This abandonment of the second topic threw him on the third.

Personally,' said Mr Rugg, 'I have no opinion on the topic.'

Altogether, birds as a topic of conversation were best avoided.

He had recognized their voices, and already knew the topic they discussed.

Tom's sister was not much wiser on such a topic than he was.

WORD ORIGIN

1630s, "argument suitable for debate," singular form of "Topics" (1560s), the name of a work by Aristotle on logical and rhetorical generalities, from Latin Topica, from Greek Ta Topika, literally "matters concerning topoi," from topoi "commonplaces," neuter plural of topikos "commonplace, of a place," from topos "place" (see topos). The meaning "matter treated in speech or writing, subject, theme" is first recorded 1720.

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