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  • One evening he felt the need for a live model and directed his wife to march around the room.
  • Add that to the charges against him,’ Major Metcalf directed the corporal who could take shorthand.

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  • Captain Flume turned to ice, his eyes, flung open wide, staring directly up into Chief White Halfoat’s, glinting drunkenly only inches away.
  • Then he spied the plane with the burning engine directly above him and screamed to McWatt through the intercom to turn left hard.
  • ’Take a look, Chaplain,’ Colonel Cathcart directed, screwing a cigarette into his holder and seating himself affluently in the swivel chair behind his desk.
  • ’Get up off the floor and into your bed,’ he directed Dunbar through thin lips.
  • ’Be quiet, damn you!’ directed Yossarian.
  • A jeep started up with a backfire directly outside and roared away.
  • ’A man was killed in his plane over Avignon last week and bled all over him,’ Colonel Korn reported directly to General Dreedle.
  • Why don’t you sell the eggs directly to you and eliminate the people you buy them from?’

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  • Why don’t they bypass you and buy the eggs directly from you in Malta at four and a quarter cents apiece?
  • He sat nude on the lowest limb of the tree and balanced himself with both hands grasping the bough directly above.
  • Aarfy shook his head regretfully again and lowered his obscene, lactescent ear almost directly into Yossarian’s face.
  • Nurse Cramer was still standing directly in front of him so that he could not pass.
  • It was still more frustrating to try to appeal directly to Major Major, the long and bony squadron commander, who looked a little bit like Henry Fonda in distress and went jumping out the window of his office each time Yossarian bullied his way past Sergeant Towser to speak to him about it.
  • The leader of this team of doctors was a dignified, solicitous gentleman who held one finger up directly in front ofYossarian and demanded, ’How many fingers do you see?’
  • Yossarian was stunned by their overbearing vigor and zeal, by their practical, direct efficiency.
  • I didn’t think I should, since I was in Orvieto at the time directing the antiaircraft fire.’
  • McWatt set course directly back toward the field.
  • A second parachute popped open a few minutes later and coasted down, like the first, directly in toward the clearing of the landing strip.
  • He heard sobbing directly overhead.
  • Snowden rolled his head to the other side of his neck in order to stare at Yossarian more directly.
  • ’You may be a wizard at directing a pincer movement in good weather on level terrain against an enemy that has already committed his reserves, but you don’t always think so clearly anywhere else.
  • The three enlisted men in each crew were not briefed at all, but were carried directly out on the airfield to the separate planes in which they were scheduled to fly that day, where they waited around with the ground crew until the officers with whom they had been scheduled to fly swung off the rattling tailgates of the trucks delivering them and it was time to climb aboard and start up.
  • He did not pause, but strode directly across the clearing into the orderly room, where he was welcomed by a gaunt, stoop-shouldered staff sergeant with prominent cheekbones and long, very light blond hair, who informed him graciously that he could go right in, since Major Major was out.
  • Yossarian continued staring in tormented fascination at Aarfy’s spherical countenance beaming at him so serenely and vacantly through the drifting whorls of white paper bits and concluded that he was a raving lunatic just as eight bursts of flak broke open successively at eye level off to the right, then eight more, and then eight more, the last group pulled over toward the left so that they were almost directly in front.
  • Milo cursed himself hourly for his monumental greed and stupidity in purchasing the entire Egyptian cotton crop, but a contract was a contract and had to be honored, and one night, after a sumptuous evening meal, all Milo’s fighters and bombers took off, joined in formation directly overhead and began dropping bombs on the group.
  • The long vessel was halfway across the harbor when they flew in from the west, and broke it apart with direct hits from every flight that filled them all with waves of enormously satisfying group pride until they found themselves engulfed in great barrages of flak that rose from guns in every bend of the huge horseshoe of mountainous land below.
  • …not moaning were now giggling openly, and there was no telling how far the unorganized insurrection of moaning might have gone if General Dreedle himself had not come forward to quell it, stepping out determinedly in the center of the platform directly in front of Major Danby, who, with his earnest, persevering head down, was still concentrating on his wrist watch and saying, ’…twenty-five seconds… twenty… fifteen…’ General Dreedle’s great, red domineering face was gnarled with…

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as in: walked directly to work Define
proceeding without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
as in: directly above; or buy direct from Define
straight (exactly where stated; or without anything in between)
as in: was direct in my instructions Define
straightforward (clear and explicit -- perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
as in: directed her question to Define
aim or focus
as in: directed the jury to... Define
give instructions or commands (directions that must be followed)
as in: directed the movie Define
supervise or administer (often while giving directions or orders)
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