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  • The light had gone out abruptly, as though an agitated watcher were trying to hide from him.
  • At supper Duer said abruptly, "Come into town with me and hear a concert."

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  • He was abrupt and jerky with patients who called him into the country.
  • Here Cecil Twyford, that lean abrupt man, ruled every acre and interpreted every law.
  • Terry stood on the pier till the steamer, with Martin and Leora and Sondelius above, their stomachs pressed against the rail, had slid past him, then he abruptly clumped away.
  • They earned their living by preparing sera which rather grudgingly they sold to physicians of whose honesty they were certain, abruptly refusing the popular drug-vendors.
  • …if this work succeeds, you and I can do things together! "To be ever so frank, there are very few men in our world (think of poor old Yeo!) who combine presentable personalities with firstrate achievement, and if you’ll just get over some of your abruptness and your unwillingness to appreciate big executives and charming women (because, thank God, you do wear your clothes well— when you take the trouble!) why, you and I can become the dictators of science throughout the whole country!"…
  • Then Wise, abruptly: "Look here, Doc.
  • He dashed out and stopped abruptly, staring at a man who was, not softly, remarking to the girl reception-clerk: "Well, sister, you scientific birds certainly do lay on the agony! Never struck a sweller layout than you got here, except in crook investment-offices—and I’ve never seen a nicer cutie than you anywhere.
  • What hurts is to think of old Roger—so gay, so strong, real Skull and Bones—and to have this abrupt Outsider from the tall grass sitting in his chair, failing to appreciate his Pol Roger— What Joyce ever saw in him! Though he does have nice eyes and such funny strong hands—" VI.

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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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