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repress
used in David Copperfield

7 uses
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Definition to hold something back

or:

to subjugate (oppress or hold others down)
  • 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)
  • The repetition to any ears — even to Steerforth's — of what she had been unable to repress when her heart lay open to me by an accident, I felt would be a rough deed, unworthy of myself, unworthy of the light of our pure childhood, which I always saw encircling her head.
    Chapters 22-24 (50% 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)
  • As to Mrs. Gummidge, if I were to endeavour to describe how she ran down the street by the side of the coach, seeing nothing but Mr. Peggotty on the roof, through the tears she tried to repress, and dashing herself against the people who were coming in the opposite direction, I should enter on a task of some difficulty.
    Chapters 31-33 (47% in)
  • Her eyes occasionally filled with tears, but those she repressed.
    Chapters 46-48 (57% in)
  • Again she repressed the tears that had begun to flow; and, putting out her trembling hand, and touching Mr. Peggotty, as if there was some healing virtue in him, went away along the desolate road.
    Chapters 46-48 (60% in)
  • I could not repress a cry of joy.
    Chapters 49-51 (70% in)

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