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flourish
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Middlemarch
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flourish
Used in
Middlemarch
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  • The plan will flourish in spite of them, and then they'll be glad to come in.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He'll begin with flourishing about the Rights of Man and end with murdering a wench.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Will Ladislaw on his side felt that his dislike was flourishing at the expense of his gratitude, and spent much inward discourse in justifying the dislike.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Soon he became an intimate there, honored for his piety by the wife, marked out for his ability by the husband, whose wealth was due to a flourishing city and west-end trade.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He was undeniably a prosperous man, bore his drinking better than others bore their moderation, and, on the whole, flourished like the green bay-tree.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He once called her his basil plant; and when she asked for an explanation, said that basil was a plant which had flourished wonderfully on a murdered man's brains.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He contemplated the large well-proportioned letters and final flourish, with his head a trifle on one side for an instant, then handed it to Fred, said "Good-by," and returned forthwith to his absorption in a plan for Sir James Chettam's new farm-buildings.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • It was a little too provoking even for her self-control that this blooming youngster should flourish on the disappointments of sadder and wiser peopleómaking a meal of a nightingale and never knowing itóand that all the while his family should suppose that hers was in eager need of this sprig; and her vexation had fermented the more actively because of its total repression towards her husband.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He had scorned even to form conjectures about Mr. Vincy's intentions on money matters, and nothing but extremity could have induced him to apply to his father-in-law, even if he had not been made aware in various indirect ways since his marriage that Mr. Vincy's own affairs were not flourishing, and that the expectation of help from him would be resented.  (not reviewed by editor)

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as in: the business is flourishing
as in: dismissed them with a flourish
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