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  • (Excuse the expression, ma’am: you’d use it yourself if you had my provocation).
  • I never gave her the slightest provocation.
  • I was brought up to be just like him, unable to control myself, and using bad language on the slightest provocation.
  • She snaps his head off on the faintest provocation, or on none.

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  • Police are expected to hold their temper regardless of the degree of verbal provocation.
  • the result was a provocation of vigorous investigation

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