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abrupt
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Bleak House
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abrupt
Used in
Bleak House
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  • "Good day!" he said abruptly and fiercely.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Mr. Jarndyce then withdrawing into the temporary growlery, Miss Jellyby opened a conversation with her usual abruptness.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • It's a secret as yet, even on his side, because old Mr. Turveydrop has a share in the connexion and it might break his heart or give him some other shock if he was told of it abruptly.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • In answer to this question, which was oddly abrupt, I said I liked her very much and thought she was more agreeable than she used to be.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Mr. Jarndyce was turning to speak to us when his attention was attracted by the abrupt entrance into the room of the Mr. Gridley who had been mentioned and whom we had seen on our way up.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • With this unexpected speech, energetically delivered and accompanied by action illustrative of the various exercises referred to, Phil Squod shoulders his way round three sides of the gallery, and abruptly tacking off at his commander, makes a butt at him with his head, intended to express devotion to his service.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • "Pray," says Sir Leicester to Mercury, "what do you mean by announcing with this abruptness a young man of the name of Guppy?"  (not reviewed by editor)

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as in: an abrupt change
as in: she is abrupt
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