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The Great Gatsby
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  • Then, very gradually, part by part, a pale, dangling individual stepped out of the wreck, pawing tentatively at the ground with a large uncertain dancing shoe.
  • Jordan and Tom and I got into the front seat of Gatsby’s car, Tom pushed the unfamiliar gears tentatively, and we shot off into the oppressive heat, leaving them out of sight behind.

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as in: said it tentatively Define
done in a careful or unsure way (indicating a lack of confidence in exactly what will happen)
as in: a tentative plan Define
with an expectation that there may be changes
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