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Franny and Zooey
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as in: an abrupt change Define
sudden and unexpected
  • Zooey looked around abruptly at Franny,

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  • The bus came to an abrupt stop.
  • The weather changed abruptly at about noon.

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unspecified meaning
  • "This guy Brughman thinks I ought to publish the goddam paper somewhere," he said abruptly.
  • He sat up again, very abruptly, with a great slosh of tub water, and dropped his dry left hand over the side of the tub.

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  • Lane said abruptly.
  • Abruptly, and rather absently, he took his right hand out of his coat pocket and started to adjust the muffler, but before it was adjusted, he changed his mind and used the same hand to reach inside his coat and take out a letter from the inside pocket of his jacket.
  • Mrs. Glass abruptly leaned her weight forward, without getting up, and reached out and picked up something from the top of the laundry hamper.
  • "And I mean all of you," she said, and abruptly straightened her posture a trifle.
  • As if in obedience, Zooey abruptly put his washcloth to use.
  • She lit a fresh king-size cigarette abruptly, dragged on it, then stood up, exhaling smoke.
  • Then Mrs. Glass abruptly and rather pluckily asked, "How long do you have to do it?"
  • Zooey abruptly went over to it.

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  • At the tropical-fish tank, which was mounted on top of the 1927 Freshman radio, he abruptly stooped, taking his cigar out of his mouth.
  • Zooey abruptly raised himself up to a sitting position.
  • Under the stimulus of Zooey’s investigating finger, Bloomberg abruptly stretched, then began to tunnel slowly up toward the open country of Franny’s lap.
  • Abruptly, then, and very quickly, she went into the farthest and most anonymous-looking of the seven or eight enclosures—which, by luck, didn’t require a coin for entrance—closed the door behind her, and, with some little difficulty, manipulated the bolt to a locked position.
  • Then, with characteristic abruptness, he turned back and resumed filling in "o"s.
  • He turned, abruptly, toward Franny when he heard her say something.
  • "I want to ask you something, Franny," he said abruptly.
  • Zooey abruptly placed his hands over his now quite damp face, left them there for an instant, then removed them.
  • "I mean, did you call for any special reason?" she said abruptly.
  • He turned around, not abruptly, and walked over and sat down at his brother Seymour’s desk—pulling out the little straight chair as though it were something he did every day.
  • I wish you’d get married," Mrs. Glass said, abruptly, wistfully.
  • "This last thing," he said abruptly, "will probably cause an explosion.

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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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