Cases vs Situation - What's the difference?
As a verb cases
As a noun situation is
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
- While the detective cases the joint, they'll get away.
The way in which something is positioned vis-à-vis its surroundings.
* 1908 , (Kenneth Grahame), (The Wind in the Willows) :
The place in which something is situated; a location.
* 1833 , Thomas Hibbert and Robert Buist, The American Flower Garden Directory , page 142:
- ...he being naturally an underground animal by birth and breeding, the situation of Badger's house exactly suited him and made him feel at home; while the Rat, who slept every night in a bedroom the windows of which opened on a breezy river, naturally felt the atmosphere still and oppressive.
Position or status with regard to conditions and circumstances.
The combination of circumstances at a given moment; a state of affairs.
- [Hibíscus] speciòsus is the most splendid, and deserves a situation in every garden.
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(UK, dated) A position of employment; a post.
* 1913 , , (Sons and Lovers) , Penguin 2006, page 78:
* 1946 , Vaughn Horton, Denver Darling, Milt Gabler, :
- When he was nineteen, he suddenly left the 'Co-op' office, and got a situation in Nottingham.
- You take a morning paper from the top of the stack
- And read the situations from the front to the back
- The only job that's open need a man with a knack
A difficult or unpleasant set of circumstances; a problem.
- So put it right back in the rack Jack.
- Boss, we've got a situation here...
* (combination of circumstances) condition, set up
* situation comedy, sitcom
* Source for the definitions:
** Dictionary.com. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. [http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/situation] (accessed: March 10, 2007).