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TO SUMMON, practice. The act by which a defendant is notified by a competent officer, that an action has been instituted against him, and that he is required to answer to it at a time and place named. This is done either by giving the defendant a copy of the summons, or leaving it at his house; or by reading the summons to him.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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A piece of hers from 1980 contains the following, each of its phrases in a frame with sides slanted as if seen from a speeding car: "Hello Hollywood/Goodbye Farm/It Gave McDonald/That Needed Charm/Burma Shave." Here is a work by a pitch-perfect specialist in American vernacular who can summon up the myth of a whole era - even its pathos - as if glimpsed in a roadside jingle.
In addition to reports, letters and labels, the data base is a useful tool for the director of nursing to summon up individual employees names for specific information relating to hire-in dates, dates of last evaluation, pay rate, or any information needed quickly without having to go to another office to retrieve a file.
Astonished, who proved such a flop in the Ladbroke Ayr Gold Cup on Saturday, was so weary after trailing home 13th that he could barely summon up the energy to get out of a walk during post-race examinations.