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Harry Potter (#7) and the Deathly Hallows
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as in: an abrupt change Define
sudden and unexpected
  • It was as though he had been hurtling toward this point for weeks, months, maybe even years, but how he had come to an abrupt halt, run out of road.

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

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  • "I thought there was a Ministry of Magic?" asked Vernon Dursley abruptly.
  • Ron came to an abrupt halt, but Hermione took him by the elbow and tugged him on up the stairs.

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  • Ron started to laugh, but at the sight of the enormous pile of wedding presents waiting for them in Mrs. Weasley’s room, stopped quite abruptly.
  • "Come and dance," he added abruptly to Hermione.
  • What caused this abrupt rupture?
  • And then, abruptly and shockingly amid the frozen silence, one of the dungeon doors on the left of the corridor was flung open and screams echoed out of it.
  • The crowd was afraid, and silence fell abruptly and completely as Voldemort and Harry looked at each other, and began, at the same moment, to circle each other.
  • Snape asked abruptly.
  • Several times they stopped talking abruptly when Harry entered the tent, and twice he came accidentally upon them, huddled a little distance away, heads together and talking fast; both times they fell silent when they realized he was approaching them and hastened to appear busy collecting wood or water.
  • …air from him, pressing the Horcrux hard into his chest, a circle of ice that throbbed with life, inches from his own frantic heart, and his brain was flooding with cold, white light, all thought obliterated, his own breath drowned, distant footsteps, everything going… A metal heart was banging outside his chest, and now he was flying, flying with triumph in his heart, without need of broomstick or thestral… He was abruptly awake in the sour-smelling darkness; Nagini had released him.

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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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