Cosby had turned down the Mark Twain prize for American Humor twice before.
Now in 2012, the Orwell prize committee has a chance to redeem itself.
On Monday, the prize committee announced that it had not chosen a winner for the fiction award for the first time since 1977.
Right now I am reading the new edition of Daniel Yergin's classic The prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power.
Mobutu put up the prize money for the fight: $5 million for each competitor.
It was the greatness of the prize at stake that justified the cost.
No, for there was our prize lying in state on the floor beside our table.
We don't know what's aboard it, and we don't know where it came from, but it's our prize.
The previous day the only gift they seemed to prize was a fish which was offered them.
For an investigation of this also the Academy of Sciences offered their prize.
"reward," prise (c.1300 in this sense), from Old French pris "price, value, worth; reward" (see price (n.)). As an adjective, "worthy of a prize," from 1803. The spelling with -z- is from late 16c. Prize-fighter is from 1703; prize-fight from 1730 (prize-fighter from 1785).
"something taken by force," mid-13c., prise "a taking, holding," from Old French prise "a taking, seizing, holding," noun use of fem. past participle of prendre "to take, seize," from Latin prendere, contraction of prehendere "lay hold of, grasp, seize, catch" (see prehensile). Especially of ships captured at sea (1510s). The spelling with -z- is from late 16c.
"to estimate," 1580s, alteration of Middle English prisen "to prize, value" (late 14c.), from stem of Old French preisier "to praise" (see praise (v.)). Related: Prized; prizing.