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lament
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Catch-22
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  • ’Why me?’ was his constant lament, and the question was a good one.
  • ’Chaplain, this comes as a great shock to me,’ the major accused in a tone of heavy lamentation.
  • ’Dead,’ the old woman told him, nodding in emphatic lament, pointing to her head with the flat of her hand.
  • Mrs. Daneeka, Doc Daneeka’s wife, was not glad that Doc Daneeka was gone and split the peaceful Staten Island night with woeful shrieks of lamentation when she learned by War Department telegram that her husband had been killed in action.
  • He was positive that General Dreedle had never forgotten it, even though he was positive that General Dreedle didn’t even remember it, which was really very unjust, Colonel Cathcart lamented, since the idea of a skeet-shooting range itself should have been a real feather in his cap, even though it had been such a real black eye.
  • If someone did have to become indispensable to him, Colonel Cathcart lamented, it could just as easily have been someone wealthy and well groomed, someone from a better family who was more mature than Colonel Korn and who did not treat Colonel Cathcart’s desire to become a general as frivolously as Colonel Cathcart secretly suspected Colonel Korn secretly did.
  • ’I wonder what he did to deserve it,’ the warrant officer with malaria and a mosquito bite on his ass lamented after Nurse Cramer had read her thermometer and discovered that the soldier in white was dead.

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  • She lamented the loss.
  • We lamented our sad circumstances.

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