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contrived
used in David Copperfield

5 uses
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Definition unnatural seeming (due to careful planning)

or more rarely:

arranged (that something should happen)
  • Betsey would have contrived to throw that after the rest, and make another chapter, I have little doubt.
    Chapters 34-36 (48% in)
  • ...in Mr. Spenlow's eyes; about my not being what I thought I was, when I proposed to Dora; about the chivalrous necessity of telling Dora what my worldly condition was, and releasing her from her engagement if she thought fit; about how I should contrive to live, during the long term of my articles, when I was earning nothing; about doing something to assist my aunt, and seeing no way of doing anything; about coming down to have no money in my pocket, and to wear a shabby coat, and to be...
    Chapters 34-36 (30% in)
  • How I found time to haunt Putney, I am sure I don't know; but I contrived, by some means or other, to prowl about the neighbourhood pretty often.
    Chapters 37-39 (53% in)
  • Of Sophy telling us that when she saw Traddles (whom I had entrusted with the licence) asked for it, she almost fainted, having been convinced that he would contrive to lose it, or to have his pocket picked.
    Chapters 43-45 (18% in)
  • We had not sat here many minutes, when Mrs. Markleham, who usually contrived to be in a fuss about something, came bustling in, with her newspaper in her hand, and said, out of breath, 'My goodness gracious, Annie, why didn't you tell me there was someone in the Study!'
    Chapters 43-45 (75% in)

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