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used in David Copperfield

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something that limits something's motion or someone's actions; or the state of being so limited
  • The constraint that had been put upon me, was quite abandoned.
    Chapters 10-12 (1% in)
  • There was a twitch of Miss Betsey's head, after each of these sentences, as if her own old wrongs were working within her, and she repressed any plainer reference to them by strong constraint.
    Chapters 1-3 (16% in)
  • What irksome constraint I underwent, sitting in the same attitude hours upon hours, afraid to move an arm or a leg lest Miss Murdstone should complain (as she did on the least pretence) of my restlessness, and afraid to move an eye lest she should light on some look of dislike or scrutiny that would find new cause for complaint in mine!
    Chapters 7-9 (70% in)
  • There was a curious constraint between her and Mr. Wickfield, I thought (of whom she seemed to be afraid), that never wore off.
    Chapters 16-18 (29% in)
  • 'He would have risen against all constraint; but he found himself the monarch of the place, and he haughtily determined to be worthy of his station.
    Chapters 19-21 (52% in)
  • My occupation of Peggotty's spare-room put a constraint upon me, from which he was free: for, knowing how assiduously she attended on Mr. Barkis all day, I did not like to remain out late at night; whereas Steerforth, lying at the Inn, had nothing to consult but his own humour.
    Chapters 22-24 (0% in)
  • 'Oh, really, Master Copperfield,' he rejoined — 'I beg your pardon, Mister Copperfield, but the other comes so natural, I don't like that you should put a constraint upon yourself to ask a numble person like me to your ouse.'
    Chapters 25-27 (27% in)
  • 'There is no constraint in the case,' said I. 'Will you come?'
    Chapters 25-27 (28% in)
  • My visitors seemed to breathe more freely when he was gone; but my own relief was very great, for besides the constraint, arising from that extraordinary sense of being at a disadvantage which I always had in this man's presence, my conscience had embarrassed me with whispers that I had mistrusted his master, and I could not repress a vague uneasy dread that he might find it out.
    Chapters 28-30 (18% in)
  • He was conscious of this, and put a constraint upon his head; but his keeping that immovable, and sitting rolling his eyes like a piece of machinery, did not mend the matter at all.
    Chapters 34-36 (22% in)
  • 'Pardon me!' said Mr. Micawber, with an air of constraint, 'I speak of my friend Heep as I have experience.'
    Chapters 37-39 (65% in)
  • — when my death shall release her from constraint, I shall close my eyes upon her honoured face, with unbounded confidence and love; and leave her, with no sorrow then, to happier and brighter days.'
    Chapters 40-42 (85% in)
  • Meaning nothing but a certain matured frivolity and selfishness, not always inseparable from full-blown years, I think she confirmed him in his fear that he was a constraint upon his young wife, and that there was no congeniality of feeling between them, by so strongly commending his design of lightening the load of her life.
    Chapters 43-45 (61% in)
  • Her lips were tightly compressed, as if she knew that she must keep a strong constraint upon herself — I write what I sincerely believe — or she would be tempted to strike the beautiful form with her foot.
    Chapters 49-51 (47% in)
  • I could not have borne to lose the smallest portion of her sisterly affection; yet, in that betrayal, I should have set a constraint between us hitherto unknown.
    Chapters 58-60 (16% in)

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