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contend
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contend
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Bleak House
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  • All three contending.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The day waned into a gloomy evening, overcast and sad, and I still contended with the same distress.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • I think—I mean, he told us—that he had been in practice three or four years and that if he could have hoped to contend through three or four more, he would not have made the voyage on which he was bound.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • When he comes back, he has recovered his composure, except that he contends against an avoidance of the boy, which is so very remarkable that it absorbs the woman's attention.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • On the other hand, the Right Honourable William Buffy, M.P., contends across the table with some one else that the shipwreck of the country—about which there is no doubt; it is only the manner of it that is in question—is attributable to Cuffy.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • I was born into this unfinished contention with all its chances and changes, and it began to unsettle me before I quite knew the difference between a suit at law and a suit of clothes; and it has gone on unsettling me ever since; and here I am now, conscious sometimes that I am but a worthless fellow to love my confiding cousin Ada.  (not reviewed by editor)

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as in: She contended with it
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as in: She contended for the gold medal
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