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staunch
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Moby Dick
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  • …the Roman race-horse but so much the more strike his steel tags into him; as one who in that miserable plight still turns and turns in giddy anguish, praying God for annihilation until the fit be passed; and at last amid the whirl of woe he feels, a deep stupor steals over him, as over the man who bleeds to death, for conscience is the wound, and there’s naught to staunch it; so, after sore wrestlings in his berth, Jonah’s prodigy of ponderous misery drags him drowning down to sleep.

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  • a staunch defender of free speech
  • This of all things her family understood, and afterward they drew together staunchly around her.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting

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