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disperse -- as in: the crowd dispersed
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War and Peace
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  • Cards and supper were over, but the visitors had not yet dispersed.
  • The guests began to disperse, some without taking leave of Helene.
  • The fog that was dispersing on the hill lay still more densely below, where they were descending.
  • After a few minutes’ bustle beside the high bedstead, those who had carried the sick man dispersed.
  • Twice the marauders even attack our headquarters, and the commander in chief has to ask for a battalion to disperse them.
  • The smoke above it had not yet dispersed.
  • The smoke of the first shot had not yet dispersed before another puff appeared, followed by a report.
  • His hospital companions, who had gathered round Rostov—a fresh arrival from the world outside—gradually began to disperse as soon as Denisov began reading his answer.
  • As no transports could arrive, the men dispersed about the abandoned and deserted villages, searching for potatoes, but found few even of these.
  • The remains of our regiment which had been in action rapidly formed up and moved to the right; from behind it, dispersing the laggards, came two battalions of the Sixth Chasseurs in fine order.
  • Day was breaking, the rain had ceased, and the clouds were dispersing.
  • The crowd ran after the Emperor, followed him to the palace, and began to disperse.
  • Amid the powder smoke, slowly dispersing over the whole space through which Napoleon rode, horses and men were lying in pools of blood, singly or in heaps.
  • On the third day of Christmas week, after the midday dinner, all the inmates of the house dispersed to various rooms.
  • The Emperor went in, and after that the greater part of the crowd began to disperse.
  • "All our stupidity, Yakov Alpatych," came the answers, and the crowd began at once to disperse through the village.
  • The serfs all dispersed.
  • Many voices shouted and talked at the same time, so that Count Rostov had not time to signify his approval of them all, and the group increased, dispersed, re-formed, and then moved with a hum of talk into the largest hall and to the big table.
  • Half the men have dispersed.
  • But it remained an army only until its soldiers had dispersed into their different lodgings.
  • After that the generals began to disperse with the solemnity and circumspect silence of people who are leaving, after a funeral.
  • The crowd of Russians and Frenchmen began to disperse.
  • The French, avoiding the Russians, dispersed and hid themselves in the forest by night, making their way round as best they could, and continued their flight.
  • In such actions, instead of two crowds opposing each other, the men disperse, attack singly, run away when attacked by stronger forces, but again attack when opportunity offers.
  • As a hungry herd of cattle keeps well together when crossing a barren field, but gets out of hand and at once disperses uncontrollably as soon as it reaches rich pastures, so did the army disperse all over the wealthy city.
  • Having waited there for Rostopchin who did not turn up, they became convinced that Moscow would be surrendered, and then dispersed all about the town to the public houses and cookshops.
  • As a hungry herd of cattle keeps well together when crossing a barren field, but gets out of hand and at once disperses uncontrollably as soon as it reaches rich pastures, so did the army disperse all over the wealthy city.
  • One part of it dispersed and waded knee-deep through the snow into a birch forest to the right of the village, and immediately the sound of axes and swords, the crashing of branches, and merry voices could be heard from there.
  • Order after order was issued by the French commanders that day forbidding the men to disperse about the town, sternly forbidding any violence to the inhabitants or any looting, and announcing a roll call for that very evening.
  • As soon as the men of the various regiments began to disperse among the wealthy and deserted houses, the army was lost forever and there came into being something nondescript, neither citizens nor soldiers but what are known as marauders.
  • He struggled against the confession of his weakness but dimly felt that he could not overcome it and that his former gloomy frame of mind, concerning vengeance, killing, and self-sacrifice, had been dispersed like dust by contact with the first man he met.
  • He was told by his fellow officers that the screams of the crowd and the shrieks of the woman were due to the fact that General Ermolov, coming up to the crowd and learning that soldiers were dispersing among the shops while crowds of civilians blocked the bridge, had ordered two guns to be unlimbered and made a show of firing at the bridge.
  • While you were talking in the study I was looking at you," Natasha began, evidently anxious to disperse the cloud that had come over them.

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  • By the start of the second round, everyone at our table is dispersing among the crowd.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • We engaged in the preliminaries: small talk about Betsy’s family, college, career (all stellar, A-list, awesome), and drinks dispersed for everyone (soda pops and Clamato, which Go and I had come to believe was an affectation of Tanner’s, a quirk he thought would give him character, like my wearing fake glasses in college).
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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