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  • We approached it by degrees, and got, in due time, to the inn in the Whitechapel district, for which we were bound.
  • An unhappy culprit, found guilty of imperfect exercise, approaches at his command.

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  • We had a very pleasant day, though we were all in a tender state about our approaching separation.
  • ’EH?’ exclaimed Miss Betsey, in a tone of amazement I have never heard approached.
  • Even when Peggotty was in the act of drinking, he was seized with one of those approaches, and almost choked her.
  • ’Your petitioners therefore humbly approach your honourable house,’
  • But after I have stood in the doorway for some time, and feasted my eyes upon the goddess of my heart, she approaches me — she, the eldest Miss Larkins!
  • Everyone appeared to feel that a parting of that sort was an awkward thing, and that the nearer it approached, the more awkward it was.
  • At length I saw some before me; and approaching them, went into a little shop (it was what we used to call a general shop, at home), and inquired if they could have the goodness to tell me where Miss Trotwood lived.
  • I now approach a period of my life, which I can never lose the remembrance of, while I remember anything: and the recollection of which has often, without my invocation, come before me like a ghost, and haunted happier times.

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  • When my mother came down to breakfast and was going to make the tea, Miss Murdstone gave her a kind of peck on the cheek, which was her nearest approach to a kiss, and said: ’Now, Clara, my dear, I am come here, you know, to relieve you of all the trouble I can.
  • I never beheld anything approaching to Miss Mowcher’s wink except Miss Mowcher’s self-possession.
  • He was so intent upon his own reflections that he was quite unconscious of my approach.
  • When I heard of this approaching ceremony, I was so anxious to see them all come in, one after another, though I knew the greater part of them already, and they me, that I got an hour’s leave of absence from Murdstone and Grinby’s, and established myself in a corner for that purpose.
  • We had not been seated long, when I saw an approaching arrival in Mrs. Strong’s face, before I heard any sound of it.
  • I congratulated Mrs. Micawber on the approaching change.
  • The little dog retreated under the sofa on my approaching him, and was with great difficulty dislodged by the fire-irons.
  • We said no more as we approached the light, but made softly for the door.
  • Doctors’ Commons was approached by a little low archway.
  • We insensibly approached the old boat, and entered.
  • I fear to approach it.
  • I approached him tenderly, for I loved even him; but he showed his whole set of teeth, got under a chair expressly to snarl, and wouldn’t hear of the least familiarity.
  • ’Is that what you found your supposition on, Mrs. Crupp?’ said I. ’Sir,’ said Mrs. Crupp, in a tone approaching to severity, ’I’ve laundressed other young gentlemen besides yourself.
  • Suddenly there passed us — evidently following them — a young woman whose approach we had not observed, but whose face I saw as she went by, and thought I had a faint remembrance of.
  • Here is Miss Trotwood — and Trotwood, whom you have not seen for a long while!’ and then he approached, and constrainedly gave my aunt his hand, and shook hands more cordially with me.
  • Even when he kissed her — and I never saw him approach her, but I felt that nature had given him the soul of a gentleman — she seemed to cling closer to her uncle, even to the avoidance of her chosen husband.
  • All this ran in my head so much, on that first day at Doctor Strong’s, that I felt distrustful of my slightest look and gesture; shrunk within myself whensoever I was approached by one of my new schoolfellows; and hurried off the minute school was over, afraid of committing myself in my response to any friendly notice or advance.
  • At first, I thought it was Traddles coming back for something Mrs. Micawber had left behind; but as the step approached, I knew it, and felt my heart beat high, and the blood rush to my face, for it was Steerforth’s.
  • But for the reluctance I had to betray the confidence of Agnes, but for my uncertainty how to approach the subject with no risk of doing so, it would have reached them before he said, ’God bless you, Daisy, and good night!’
  • I had been in Yarmouth when the seamen said it blew great guns, but I had never known the like of this, or anything approaching to it.
  • As it approached nearer and nearer to half past nine o’clock, our restless expectation of Mr. Micawber increased.
  • I couldn’t approach the subject again, for months.’
  • We spoke, with some approach to cheerfulness, of Mr. Peggotty’s growing rich in a new country, and of the wonders he would describe in his letters.
  • Approach me again, you — you — you HEEP of infamy,’ gasped Mr. Micawber, ’and if your head is human, I’ll break it.
  • ’Now’s the day, and now’s the hour, See the front of battle lower, See approach proud EDWARD’S power — Chains and slavery!
  • At last I ran away myself, whenever I saw an emissary of the police approaching with some new intelligence; and lived a stealthy life until he was tried and ordered to be transported.
  • But, sometimes, when I took her up, and felt that she was lighter in my arms, a dead blank feeling came upon me, as if I were approaching to some frozen region yet unseen, that numbed my life.
  • On our approaching the house where the Misses Spenlow lived, I was at such a discount in respect of my personal looks and presence of mind, that Traddles proposed a gentle stimulant in the form of a glass of ale.
  • When I approached the Doctor’s cottage — a pretty old place, on which he seemed to have expended some money, if I might judge from the embellishments and repairs that had the look of being just completed — I saw him walking in the garden at the side, gaiters and all, as if he had never left off walking since the days of my pupilage.
  • The door of the boat-house stood open when I approached; and, on entering, I found it emptied of all its furniture, saving one of the old lockers, on which Mrs. Gummidge, with a basket on her knee, was seated, looking at Mr. Peggotty.
  • I could not help thinking, as we approached the gate, what an uproar would have been made in the country, if any deluded man had proposed to spend one half the money it had cost, on the erection of an industrial school for the young, or a house of refuge for the deserving old.
  • I did not approach her solitary figure without trembling; for this gloomy end to her determined walk, and the way in which she stood, almost within the cavernous shadow of the iron bridge, looking at the lights crookedly reflected in the strong tide, inspired a dread within me.
  • Traddles, with a perceptible lengthening of his face, explained that he had not been able to approach this subject; that it had shared the fate of Mr. Micawber’s liabilities, in not being comprehended in the terms he had made; that we were no longer of any authority with Uriah Heep; and that if he could do us, or any of us, any injury or annoyance, no doubt he would.
  • CHAPTER 55 TEMPEST I now approach an event in my life, so indelible, so awful, so bound by an infinite variety of ties to all that has preceded it, in these pages, that, from the beginning of my narrative, I have seen it growing larger and larger as I advanced, like a great tower in a plain, and throwing its fore-cast shadow even on the incidents of my childish days.

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as in: approached the city Define
to come near or nearer
as in: use the best approach Define
a way of doing something; or a rout that leads to a particular place
as in: approached her with the proposal Define
to speak with someone about something for the first time -- such as a proposal -- often something discussed in a delicate, tentative way
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