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contract
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Middlemarch
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  • He had travelled in his younger years, and was held in this part of the county to have contracted a too rambling habit of mind.
  • I could have paid off Dover, and given enough on account to the others to make them wait patiently, if we contracted our expenses.

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  • A layman who pried into the professional conduct of medical men, and was always obtruding his reforms,—though he was less directly embarrassing to the two physicians than to the surgeon-apothecaries who attended paupers by contract, was nevertheless offensive to the professional nostril as such; and Dr. Minchin shared fully in the new pique against Bulstrode, excited by his apparent determination to patronize Lydgate.

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as in: legal contract Define
an agreement - typically written and enforceable by law
as in: contract the disease Define
to get -- especially in reference to a disease
as in: the metal contracted Define
when something gets shorter or smaller
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