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subside
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War and Peace
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  • It had grown so dark that one could not distinguish the uniforms ten paces off, and the firing had begun to subside.
  • When the voices subsided, the footmen cleared away the broken glass and everybody sat down again, smiling at the noise they had made and exchanging remarks.
  • It was no longer, as before, a dark, unseen river flowing through the gloom, but a dark sea swelling and gradually subsiding after a storm.
  • Then he slammed the door, sent for Mademoiselle Bourienne, and subsided into his study.
  • Toward dusk the cannonade began to subside.
  • The cook’s moans had now subsided.
  • But what is best of all," he went on, his excitement subsiding under the delightful interest of his own story, "is that the sergeant in charge of the cannon which was to give the signal to fire the mines and blow up the bridge, this sergeant, seeing that the French troops were running onto the bridge, was about to fire, but Lannes stayed his hand.
  • The counter movement reaches the starting point of the first movement in the west—Paris—and subsides.
  • The flood of nations begins to subside into its normal channels.
  • The storm-tossed sea of European history had subsided within its shores and seemed to have become calm.
  • There was a rustling among the crowd and it again subsided, so that Pierre distinctly heard the pleasantly human voice of the Emperor saying with emotion: "I never doubted the devotion of the Russian nobles, but today it has surpassed my expectations.
  • Toward midnight the voices began to subside, a cock crowed, the full moon began to show from behind the lime trees, a fresh white dewy mist began to rise, and stillness reigned over the village and the house.

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  • I couldn’t think clearly until the pain subsided.
  • We had to wait for the noise to subside before we continue our conversation.

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