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Great Expectations
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  • "No, Pip," Joe assented, as if he had been contending for that, all along; "and what I say to you is, you are right, Pip."
  • The contention came, after all, to this;—the secret was such an old one now, had so grown into me and become a part of myself, that I could not tear it away.

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  • Sarah Pocket and Georgiana contended who should remain last; but Sarah was too knowing to be outdone, and ambled round Georgiana with that artful slipperiness that the latter was obliged to take precedence.
  • So suddenly and smartly did he do this, that we all stopped in our foolish contention.
  • He worked it himself at the police-office, day after day for many days, contending against even a committal; and at the trial where he couldn’t work it himself, sat under counsel, and—every one knew—put in all the salt and pepper.

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as in: She contended that... Define
to claim that something is true
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to struggle
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to compete
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