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TO SPEAK. This term is used in the English law, to signify the permission given by a court to the prosecutor and defendant in some cases of misdemeanor, to agree together, after which the prosecutor comes into court and declares himself to be satisfied; when the court pass a nominal sentence. 1 Chit. Pr. 17.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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While Rooney's temperament has let him down at times, the way he performed on Sunday in front of a hostile City crowd in the Manchester derby spoke volumes. And of course when Liverpool supporters tried to rattle the one-time Blue when he came to Anfield with United last month he answered with the winning goal.
As Deitch's text explained in the fragmented mottos that punctuated the billboard-style graphics of Dan Friedman's catalogue design, "It is becoming routine for people to try to alter their appearance, their behavior, and their consciousness beyond what was once thought possible." And we go on to read, "With the embrace of artificiality, Realism as we used to know it may no longer be possible." The glossy color plates spoke volumes, whether the illustrations came from art or from "life." The catalogue was to become something of a cult item that triggered the imaginations of many younger artists.
O'Neill said: "I thought it spoke volumes for him that he was prepared to take on that challenge.
The very fact that Kournikova had entered the event spoke volumes for her current confidence.