All the savings of a frugal life had been dispersed at a blow; his hopes of being an independent farmer were laid low—possibly for ever.
They were about to disperse, when a smart footstep, entering the porch and coming up the central passage, arrested their attention.
Her quiet return with Liddy had to some extent dispersed the dread.
Whilst he was thinking of this, Liddy brought candles into the back part of the room overlooking the shearers, and their lively new flames shone down the table and over the men, and dispersed among the green shadows behind.
The remainder were dispersed in the spaces between these.
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By the start of the second round, everyone at our table is dispersing among the crowd.
Colleen Hoover -- Slammed
We engaged in the preliminaries: small talk about Betsy’s family, college, career (all stellar, A-list, awesome), and drinks dispersed for everyone (soda pops and Clamato, which Go and I had come to believe was an affectation of Tanner’s, a quirk he thought would give him character, like my wearing fake glasses in college).