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  • Lady Dedlock is always the same exhausted deity, surrounded by worshippers, and terribly liable to be bored to death, even while presiding at her own shrine.
  • I made a mistake; we are all liable to mistakes; I won’t do so any more, and I’ll become such a lawyer as is not often seen.

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  • Poor little thing, she’s liable to spasms, and it’s good for her to have her mind employed.
  • If you were living in an unfinished house, liable to have the roof put on or taken off—to be from top to bottom pulled down or built up—to-morrow, next day, next week, next month, next year—you would find it hard to rest or settle.
  • We are liable to be tumbled out neck and crop at a moment’s notice.
  • It’s my duty to inform you that any observations you may make will be liable to be used against you.
  • As you say, Mr. Smallweed, here’s Matthew Bagnet liable to be fixed whether or no. Now, you see, that makes his good lady very uneasy in her mind, and me too, for whereas I’m a harum-scarum sort of a good-for-nought that more kicks than halfpence come natural to, why he’s a steady family man, don’t you see?

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as in: is legally liable Define
held legally responsible
as in: she is liable to Define
likely to; or maybe going to
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