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abrupt
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  • The chaplain weighed the next silence heavily and then shattered it with an abrupt question.
  • He appointed Major Major squadron commander and roared away in his jeep as abruptly as he had come.

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  • Back at the field, the party fizzled out abruptly.
  • The abrupt stillness seemed alien and artificial, a little insidious.
  • And Colonel Cathcart had roared away as abruptly as he’d come, whipping the jeep around with a vicious spinning of wheels that sent a spray of fine grit blowing into Major Major’s face.
  • Milo’s face clouded almost as abruptly, and his spirits descended into a state of sad anxiety.
  • His leg went abruptly to sleep.
  • Major Danby started to retort with proud spirit and came to an abrupt stop, his half-opened jaw swinging closed dumbly.
  • Colonel Korn chuckled steadily with gloating relish for another second or two and then stopped abruptly.
  • Colonel Cathcart wanted to be a general so desperately he was willing to try anything, even religion, and he summoned the chaplain to his office late one morning the week after he had raised the number of missions to sixty and pointed abruptly down toward his desk to his copy of The Saturday Evening Post.

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  • Havermeyer was the best damned bombardier they had, but he flew straight and level all the way from the I.P. to the target, and even far beyond the target until he saw the falling bombs strike ground and explode in a darting spurt of abrupt orange that flashed beneath the swirling pall of smoke and pulverized debris geysering up wildly in huge, rolling waves of gray and black.

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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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