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prevail
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Oliver Twist
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  • By dint of alternate threats, promises, and bribes, the lady in question was ultimately prevailed upon to undertake the commission.
  • ’Fagin,’ said Sikes, abruptly breaking the stillness that prevailed; ’is it worth fifty shiners extra, if it’s safely done from the outside?’

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  • At length, a low cry of pain broke the stillness that prevailed; and uttering it, the boy awoke.
  • Still, the same quiet life went on at the little cottage, and the same cheerful serenity prevailed among its inmates.
  • Notwithstanding all this, when the hurry of the first half-hour was over, the same silence and constraint prevailed that had marked their journey down.
  • Dressed with the utmost nicety and precision, in a quaint mixture of by-gone costume, with some slight concessions to the prevailing taste, which rather served to point the old style pleasantly than to impair its effect, she sat, in a stately manner, with her hands folded on the table before her.

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To see samples from other sources, click a word sense below:
as in: reason will prevail Define
prove superior or win
as in: she prevailed upon him Define
use persuasion -- especially successfully
as in: prevailing attitude Define
most common, powerful, or influential
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