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flourish
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Harry Potter (#6) and the Half-Blood Prince
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as in: dismissed them with a flourish Define
a showy gesture or: the act of waving -- a hand or an item
  • Seized with an immediate desire to reveal himself, Harry pulled off the cloak with a flourish.

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  • She entered with a great flourish.
  • He bowed to her with a flourish.

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as in: the business is flourishing Define
to thrive (grow or develop well)
  • many flourishing potted plants

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  • The children are flourishing.
  • The business flourished from day one.

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  • I must say, your agapanthus are flourishing.
  • "Mum, d’you honestly think You-Know-Who’s going to be hiding behind a bookshelf in Flourish and Blotts?" sniggered Ron.

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  • Why don’t those three go with Hagrid, and we can go to Flourish and Blotts and get everyone’s school-books?
  • "Ha!" said Harry, unwrapping the parcel to reveal a new copy of Advanced Potion-Making, fresh from Flourish and Blotts.
  • There sat the Prince’s copy, disguised as a new book, and there sat the fresh copy from Flourish and Blotts, looking thoroughly secondhand.
  • Mrs. Weasley did not look entirely convinced, but allowed the separation, scurrying off toward Flourish and Blotts with her husband and Ginny while Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid set off for Madam Malkin’s.
  • Marvolo, his son, Morfin, and his daughter, Merope, were the last of the Gaunts, a very ancient Wizarding family noted for a vein of instability and violence that flourished through the generations due to their habit of marrying their own cousins.
  • The nearest one, which had been erected outside Flourish and Blotts, under a striped, stained awning, had a cardboard sign pinned to its front: AMULETS Effective Against Werewolves, Dementors, and Inferi! A seedy-looking little wizard was rattling armfuls of silver symbols on chains at passersby.
  • May your many-eyed descendants ever flourish and your human friends find solace for the loss they have sustained.
  • This is the copy of Advanced Potion-Making that you purchased from Flourish and Blotts?

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  • Here, you see …." He pulled out a card from one of the topmost boxes with a flourish and read, "James Potter and Sirius Black.
  • You can use ingredients from the store cupboard today, and I’m sure we can lend you some scales, and we’ve got a small stock of old books here, they’ll do until you can write to Flourish and Blotts…." Slughorn strode over to a corner cupboard and, after a moment’s foraging, emerged with two very battered-looking copies of Advanced Potion-Making by Libatius Borage, which he gave to Harry and Ron along with two sets of tarnished scales.

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as in: the business is flourishing Define
to thrive (grow or develop well)
as in: dismissed them with a flourish Define
a showy gesture or: the act of waving -- a hand or an item
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