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  • To his matter-of-fact home, which was called Stone Lodge, Mr. Gradgrind directed his steps.
  • ’Go and be somethingological directly.’

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  • Sissy, with her dark eyes wonderingly directed to Louisa’s face, was uncertain whether to say more or to remain silent.
  • ’If you wouldn’t mind walking in, I’ll find him directly.’
  • She was gone directly, without her bonnet; with her long, dark, childish hair streaming behind her.
  • ’I’ll come directly.’
  • Mr. Bounderby always represented this to be the sole, immediate, and direct object of any Hand who was not entirely satisfied; ’and therefore I know already that you have not come here to make a complaint.
  • Upon which, misled no doubt by the word Banker, he directed me to the Bank.
  • Mr. Bounderby, who was always more or less like a Wind, finding something in his way here, began to blow at it directly.
  • But, in spite of being thus forearmed, he entered his own house with anything but a courageous air; and appeared before the object of his misgivings, like a dog who was conscious of coming direct from the pantry.

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  • She reappeared with them directly.
  • When the father reached home, he sent a message to Mr. Bounderby’s, desiring his son to come to him directly.
  • I can get you hith addreth directly.
  • It was the more hopeful as the town to which Sissy had directed him was within three hours’ journey of Liverpool, whence he could be swiftly dispatched to any part of the world.
  • At five minutes past twelve o’clock next day, he directed Mrs. Bounderby’s property to be carefully packed up and sent to Tom Gradgrind’s; advertised his country retreat for sale by private contract; and resumed a bachelor life.
  • Early in the afternoon, Mr. Gradgrind walked direct from his own house into the country, to be taken up on the line by which he was to travel; and at night the remaining two set forth upon their different course, encouraged by not seeing any face they knew.
  • ’When I was irrevocably married, there rose up into rebellion against the tie, the old strife, made fiercer by all those causes of disparity which arise out of our two individual natures, and which no general laws shall ever rule or state for me, father, until they shall be able to direct the anatomist where to strike his knife into the secrets of my soul.’

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as in: walked directly to work Define
proceeding without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
as in: directly above; or buy direct from Define
straight (exactly where stated; or without anything in between)
as in: was direct in my instructions Define
straightforward (clear and explicit -- perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
as in: directed her question to Define
aim or focus
as in: directed the jury to... Define
give instructions or commands (directions that must be followed)
as in: directed the movie Define
supervise or administer (often while giving directions or orders)
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