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  • Mr. Chillip was so alarmed by her abruptness — as he told my mother afterwards — that it was a mercy he didn’t lose his presence of mind.
  • She was a little confused when Mr. Barkis made this abrupt announcement of their union, and could not hug me enough in token of her unimpaired affection; but she soon became herself again, and said she was very glad it was over.

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  • Her face might have been a dead-wall on the occasion in question, for any light it threw upon her thoughts; until she broke silence with her usual abruptness.
  • My aunt had written her one of the odd, abrupt notes — very little longer than a Bank note — to which her epistolary efforts were usually limited.
  • At first I was startled by so abrupt a departure, and almost feared I had displeased her; but when I looked into the street, and saw how dejectedly she got into the chaise, and drove away without looking up, I understood her better and did not do her that injustice.
  • ’Lord bless you, sir!’ exclaimed my aunt, in her abrupt way.
  • ’No!’ said my aunt, in her short abrupt way.
  • The look of penetration with which Mrs. Micawber announced this discovery, as if no one had ever thought of it before, seemed rather to astonish my aunt; who abruptly replied, ’Well, ma’am, upon the whole, I shouldn’t wonder if you were right!’

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as in: an abrupt change Define
sudden and unexpected
as in: she is abrupt Define
rude or unfriendly because of using too few words or moving too quickly
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