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liable
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David Copperfield
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liable
Used in
David Copperfield
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  • Oh, how strange it seems that Jip should be old!' 'It's a complaint we are all liable to, Little One, as we get on in life,' said my aunt, cheerfully; 'I don't feel more free from it than I used to be, I assure you.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • I thought of Steerforth: and a foolish, fearful fancy came upon me of his being near at hand, and liable to be met at any turn.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Betwixt you and me, Mas'r Davy — and you, ma'am — wen Mrs. Gummidge takes to wimicking,' — our old country word for crying, — 'she's liable to be considered to be, by them as didn't know the old 'un, peevish-like.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • …informed him that they had given his letter their best consideration, 'with a view to the happiness of both parties' — which I thought rather an alarming expression, not only because of the use they had made of it in relation to the family difference before-mentioned, but because I had (and have all my life) observed that conventional phrases are a sort of fireworks, easily let off, and liable to take a great variety of shapes and colours not at all suggested by their original form.  (not reviewed by editor)

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