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Harry Potter (#4) and the Goblet of Fire
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as in: an abrupt change Define
sudden and unexpected
  • "What happened?" said Hermione anxiously, stopping so abruptly that Harry walked into her.

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

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  • As he stood there shaking and trying to master himself, the cold voice switched abruptly to English again.
  • Hermione stopped talking abruptly; she and Ron watched Hedwig anxiously as she fluttered down onto Harry’s shoulder, folded her wings, and held out her leg wearily.

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  • Hermione stood up very abruptly, her butterbeer clutched in her hand as though it were a grenade.
  • Snape stopped talking very abruptly.
  • Wondering what had caused his abrupt return to consciousness, he opened his eyes, and saw something with very large, round, green eyes staring back at him in the darkness, so close they were almost nose to nose.
  • "We need to talk," said Karkaroff abruptly when he had reached Snape.
  • "Must be nice," Ron said abruptly, when they had sat down and started serving themselves roast beef and Yorkshire puddings.
  • Wormtail’s sobbing stopped abruptly.
  • "I liked Diggory," said Krum abruptly to Harry.
  • "And yet you ran from my Mark, when a faithful Death Eater sent it into the sky last summer?" said Voldemort lazily, and Mr. Malfoy stopped talking abruptly.

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  • "Just stay with him," said Harry, starting to get up, but his movement seemed to trigger another abrupt change in Mr. Crouch, who seized him hard around the knees and pulled Harry back to the ground.
  • Do you think they’ve been drinking, or are they just —" But she broke off abruptly and looked over her shoulder.
  • Then Fred said abruptly, "I’ve told you before, Ron, keep your nose out if you like it the shape it is.

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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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