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The Patriots, for a generation, have been metronomes of success.
Each character in the novel embodies those extremes, oscillating between them, sometimes like a metronome, sometimes like a ticking time bomb.
With a metronome-like tapping in my ear, the app coached me to pick up the pace slightly, just five or 10 steps per minute higher than my current rate.
The Spanish metronome has established himself as one of the best playmakers in world football over the past couple of years at Bayern Munich, and is very much viewed as 'the one that got away' in the eyes of many Blaugrana supporters.
The city seemed to convulse in terrifying waves, making street lamps and the Angel of Independence monument, the capital’s signature landmark, sway like a metronome’s pendulum.
If others in the Big Ten Conference have flash, Wisconsin is a metronome: tick, tock, tick, tock.
Goldschmidt is the perpetual MVP candidate and steady as a metronome.
Trump, however, veers back and forth like a metronome, and is often impervious to advisers.
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Did You Know?
The patent for the metronome was entered in 1816: "John Malzl [sic], of Poland-street, Middlesex, Machinist; for an instrument . . . which he denominates a Metronome, or musical time-keeper." The courts, however, later proved that the aforementioned Johann Maelzel copied a pendulum design of Dietrich Winkel, making Winkel the actual inventor. Nonetheless, Maelzel was the more successful marketer of the metronome and even has a notation named after him. The "M.M." in notations like "M.M. = 60" stands for "Maelzel's metronome" and indicates a tempo of 60 beats per minute or a beat per tick of the metronome as it ticks 60 times, in the case of our example. The name of the invention itself is based on the Greek words metron, meaning "measure," and nomos, meaning "law."
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