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Operator Typing this... Finds documents with...
And one & two
one and two
both "one" and "two".
Or me | you
me or you
either "me" or "you".
Not me & ^him
me and not him
"me", but not "him".
Phrase "to be or not" the exact phrase "to be or not".
Single Character Wildcard wom?n
th??
"woman", "women", etc., or "this", "that", "them", etc.
Multiple Character Wildcard a*n
work*
"an", "addition", "assign", etc., or "work", "works", "working", etc.
Ordered Proximity corporate pre/10 tax pre/10 law "corporate", "tax" and "law" within 10 words, in the order given.
Unordered Proximity technical w/10 resource w/10 acquisition "technical", "resource" and "acquisition" within 10 words, in any order.
Stemming (word form) run% "run", "ran", "runs", and "running".
Synonym alert$ "alert", "active", "aware", "quick", etc.

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