They wanted their own Obama as president; they got the French Rahm Emanuel—minus the ballet skills.
Funny, but I've known wealthy young people in America who seem to follow the same rule, minus the cutting.
The margin of error in the CBS instant poll was plus or minus four percentage points.
late 15c., "with subtraction of," from Latin minus "less," neuter of minor "smaller," from PIE *mi-nu-, suffixed form of root *mei- "small" (cf. Latin minuere "to diminish, reduce, lessen," Greek meion "less, smaller," Old English minsian "to diminish," Sanskrit miyate "diminishes, declines," Russian men'she "less").
Mathematical use in expressions of calculation did not exist in the word in classical Latin and is probably from North Sea medieval commercial usage of Latin plus and minus to indicate surplus or deficiency of weight or measure. Origin of the "minus sign" is disputed.
1650s, from minus (prep.).
A disadvantage: that degree is actually a minus for him (1708+)