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abrupt
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Harry Potter (#3) and the Prisoner of Azkaban
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as in: an abrupt change Define
sudden and unexpected
  • The conductor stopped abruptly.

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

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unspecified meaning
  • Perhaps Uncle Vernon was worried that Harry might forget their bargain; in any case, he changed the subject abruptly.
  • "Hogwarts?" he said abruptly.

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  • She settled herself behind her desk and said abruptly, "Professor Lupin sent an owl ahead to say that you were taken ill on the train, Potter."
  • After a while, Stan remembered that Harry had paid for hot chocolate, but poured it all over Harry’s pillow when the bus moved abruptly from Anglesea to Aberdeen.
  • She turned abruptly from Harry and Ron’s table, breathing rather heavily as she tugged her gauzy shawl more closely to her.
  • "Professor Trelawney," Harry panted, "just told me —" But he stopped abruptly at the sight of their faces.
  • Abruptly, as though the tree had been turned to marble, it stopped moving.
  • Black said abruptly to Harry as they made their slow progress along the tunnel.
  • Snape collided with Lupin, Pettigrew, and Ron, who had stopped abruptly.
  • They pelted toward it, and Harry, running flat out, felt the cold without realizing what it must mean The yelping stopped abruptly.

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  • "I would like to speak to Harry and Hermione alone," said Dumbledore abruptly.
  • Woss that on your ’ead?" said Stan abruptly.
  • Why didn’t you let me fight it?" said Harry abruptly.
  • Malfoy knows," he said abruptly.
  • It’s my fault," said Ron abruptly.
  • And Black standing there laughing, with what was left of Pettigrew in front of himů a heap of bloodstained robes and a few — a few fragments —" Fudge’s voice stopped abruptly.

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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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