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abrupt
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The Mill on the Floss
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  • He was not a man to make an abrupt transition.
  • But Maggie soon checked herself abruptly; a single thought had acted on her like a startling sound.

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  • "Please, sir, I must go home," Tom said abruptly, as he met Mr. Stelling in the passage.
  • Those abrupt questions sounded rather oddly.
  • "I am going," said Philip, rising abruptly.
  • He spoke almost abruptly, as if his errand were too pressing for him to trouble himself about what would be thought by Mrs. Moss of his visit and request.
  • Mr. Tulliver walked abruptly out of the arbor as he uttered the last sentence, and, without looking round at Mr. Moss, went on to the kitchen door, where the eldest boy was holding his horse, and his sister was waiting in a state of wondering alarm, which was not without its alleviations, for baby was making pleasant gurgling sounds, and performing a great deal of finger practice on the faded face.
  • She had not had many advantages, poor thing! and it must be admitted there was no pretension about her; her abruptness and unevenness of manner were plainly the result of her secluded and lowly circumstances.
  • Stephen was vexed and disappointed; he thought perhaps Maggie didn’t like the name of Wakem to be mentioned to her in that abrupt way, for he now recalled what Lucy had told him of the family quarrel.
  • He was beginning to play very falsely under this deafening inward tumult, and Lucy was looking at him in astonishment, when Mrs. Tulliver’s entrance to summon them to lunch came as an excuse for abruptly breaking off the music.

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  • I wish you good evenin’, Miss," said Bob, abruptly taking up his pack again, under the consciousness that his tongue was acting in an undisciplined manner.
  • Do you ever sing now, Philip?" she added abruptly, as if she had forgotten what went before.
  • "Tulliver," said Wakem, abruptly, in a haughtier tone than usual, "what a fool’s trick you did,—spreading those hard lumps on that Far Close!

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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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