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abrupt
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as in: an abrupt change Define
sudden and unexpected
  • The heavy firing that had broken out while we were driving down Maybury Hill ceased as abruptly as it began,

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  • The bus came to an abrupt stop.
  • The weather changed abruptly at about noon.

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  • Now it was as if something turned over, and the point of view altered abruptly.
  • When I saw how deadly white her face was, I ceased abruptly.

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  • "Ain’t they got any necks, then?" said a third, abruptly—a little, contemplative, dark man, smoking a pipe.
  • Then abruptly she turned and went in, leaving my cousins side by side wishing me good hap.
  • At first I regarded little but the road before me, and then abruptly my attention was arrested by something that was moving rapidly down the opposite slope of Maybury Hill.
  • Then abruptly he sat down before the table, put his head on his arms, and began to sob and weep like a little boy, in a perfect passion of emotion, while I, with a curious forgetfulness of my own recent despair, stood beside him, wondering.
  • This smoke (or flame, perhaps, would be the better word for it) was so bright that the deep blue sky overhead and the hazy stretches of brown common towards Chertsey, set with black pine trees, seemed to darken abruptly as these puffs arose, and to remain the darker after their dispersal.
  • He spoke abruptly, looking vacantly away from me.
  • "What is that flicker in the sky?" he asked abruptly.
  • Abruptly the right interpretation dawned upon my mind.

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  • The porters told him that several remarkable telegrams had been received in the morning from Byfleet and Chertsey stations, but that these had abruptly ceased.
  • I asked abruptly.
  • Up the street came galloping a closed carriage, bursting abruptly into noise at the corner, rising to a clattering climax under the window, and dying away slowly in the distance.
  • After a time, and before they reached the sinking cloud bank, the warships turned northward, and then abruptly went about and passed into the thickening haze of evening southward.
  • Presently, with an abrupt click, it gripped something—I thought it had me!
  • The sentence ended abruptly.

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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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