Was this supposed to be the night that the others dinged Newt Gingrich, took him down a peg, precipitated his downfall?
The decision is though to have been precipitated by the Queen's recent hospitilisation with symptoms of gastrointerits.
The "crisis" of course was Hughes's affair with Assia Wevill, but it also precipitated her best work.
"to hurl or fling down," 1520s, a back formation from precipitation or else from Latin praecipitatus, past participle of praecipitare "to throw or dive headlong," from praeceps "steep, headlong, headfirst" (see precipice). Meaning "to cause to happen, hurry the beginning of" is recorded from 1620s. Chemical sense is from 1620s; meteorological sense first attested 1863. Related: Precipitated; precipitating.
c.1600, from Latin praecipitatus, past participle of praecipitare "to throw or dive headlong" (see precipitate (v.)). Meaning "hasty" is attested from 1650s. Related: Precipitately.
1560s, probably a back formation from precipitation.
precipitate pre·cip·i·tate (prĭ-sĭp'ĭ-tāt', -tĭt)
A solid or solid phase separated from a solution.
A punctate opacity on the posterior surface of the cornea developing from inflammatory cells in the vitreous body. Also called punctate keratitis.
To cause a solid substance to be separated from a solution.
To be separated from a solution as a solid.