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due

  

      adj  
1    postpositive   immediately payable  
2    postpositive   owed as a debt, irrespective of any date for payment  
3    requisite; fitting; proper  
4    prenominal   adequate or sufficient; enough  
5    postpositive   expected or appointed to be present or arrive  
the train is now due     
6    due to   attributable to or caused by  
      n  
7    something that is owed, required, or due  
8    give (a person) his due   to give or allow what is deserved or right  
      adv  
9    directly or exactly; straight  
a course due west        (See also)        dues  
     (C13: from Old French deu, from devoir to owe, from Latin debere; see debt, debit)  
The use of due to as a compound preposition (the performance has been cancelled due to bad weather) was formerly considered incorrect, but is now acceptable  


due bill  
      n     (Chiefly U.S)   a document acknowledging indebtedness, exchangeable for goods or services  
due process of law  
      n   the administration of justice in accordance with established rules and principles  
postage due stamp  
      n   a stamp affixed by a Post Office to a letter, parcel, etc., indicating that insufficient or no postage has been prepaid and showing the amount to be paid by the addressee on delivery  
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due

  

      adj  
1    in arrears, outstanding, owed, owing, payable, unpaid  
2    appropriate, becoming, bounden, deserved, fit, fitting, just, justified, merited, obligatory, proper, requisite, right, rightful, suitable, well-earned  
3    adequate, ample, enough, plenty of, sufficient  
4    expected, expected to arrive, scheduled  
      n  
5    comeuppance     (slang)   deserts, merits, prerogative, privilege, right(s)  
      adv  
6    dead, direct, directly, exactly, straight, undeviatingly  

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due diligence exp.
research into the integrity of the counterparty to a proposed contract and in the veracity of his claims
A lawyer is expected to do 'due diligence'. Would be culpable if he failed to do so. The bigger the contract, the more 'due diligence'.

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n.
military aviation term: loss of visual reference during take-off or landing due to the sand or dust
v.
1. shoot with a firearm using a type of cartridge that contains gunpowder but neither bullet nor pellet. 2. [slang][fig.] be infertile and unlikely to impregnate a woman (due to various issues such as a low sperm count)
1.The squaddies were training, shooting blanks 2.We had been trying to have a baby for ages until a series of fertility tests revealed I was shooting blanks.
exp.
(about a movie or TV series) reach a point when, due to a unauthentic scene, it loses the appreciation of the public
made popular by "Indiana Jones" whose hero survives an explosion by hiding in a fridge
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