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expedient
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Atlas Shrugged
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  • -that we must act on the expediency of the moment-you don’t want to risk your job, do you?
  • It will be destroyed, because it was the best and there were men who thought it expedient to seize a share of its wealth.
  • We can’t go by rigid principles, we’ve got to be flexible, we’ve got to adjust to the reality of the day and act on the expediency of the moment.
  • Go and try to pour a ton of steel without rigid principles, on the expediency of the moment.
  • He taught that we know nothing-why oppose the orders of your superiors?-that we can never be certain of anything-how do you know you’re right?-that we must act on the expediency of the moment-you don’t want to risk your job, do you?
  • The explosion came, oddly, now; it was the scream of a man who would die rather than betray his idea, and it came from a man who had spent his life evading the existence of ideas, acting with the expediency of a criminal.

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  • It was a necessary expedient to get the job done.
  • Until the new computer system is in place, e-mailing sensitive data will be a necessary expedient.

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