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Harry Potter (#5) and the Order of the Phoenix
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  • ’Drawing room…’ he growled, as the pupil contracted.
  • ’What do you mean, you saw it happen?’ said Professor McGonagall, her dark eyebrows contracting.

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  • It was as though they had just signed some kind of contract.
  • Professor McGonagall’s dark eyebrows had contracted so that she looked positively hawklike, and Harry distinctly saw her exchange a significant glance with Professor Sprout as Umbridge gave another little ’hem, hem’ and went on with her speech.
  • …was going to get there this time… when he reached number ninety-seven he turned left and hurried along the aisle between two rows… But there was a shape on the floor at the very end, a black shape moving on the floor like a wounded animal… Harry’s stomach contracted with fear… with excitement… A voice issued from his own mouth, a high, cold voice empty of any human kindness… Take it for me… lift it down, now… I cannot touch it… but you can The black shape on the floor shifted a little.

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as in: legal contract Define
an agreement - typically written and enforceable by law
as in: contract the disease Define
to get -- especially in reference to a disease
as in: the metal contracted Define
when something gets shorter or smaller
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