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but you still want to stand out from the other nine results on the page
1. I started a wordpress blog a while ago. It only has title tags, no description tags. It ranks like crazy for certain search terms.
2. I have some old web pages where the title tag and the description tag are exactly the same. I didn't worry too much about seo then and simply copied and pasted to save time.
For those pages Google ignores the description tag and replaces it by a snippet from the web page text. These pages rank very well too.