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Harry Potter (#5) and the Order of the Phoenix
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as in: use the best approach Define
a way of doing something; or a rout that leads to a particular place
  • Snape, meanwhile, seemed to have decided to act as though Harry were invisible. ... In fact, compared to what he usually had to endure from Snape in the way of taunts and snide remarks, he found the new approach something of an improvement, and was pleased to find that when left well alone, he was able to concoct an Invigoration Draught quite easily.

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  • Perhaps I just need to work harder, but I may need an entirely different approach to the problem.
  • She always approaches problems in a thoughtful manner.

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  • Seated at a desk to the left, beneath a sign saying Security, a badly-shaven wizard in peacock blue robes looked up as they approached and put down his Daily Prophet.
  • On approaching the mouth of the alleyway I saw Dementors running —’

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  • Every time Harry heard her approaching he tried to question her about the Howler, but he might as well have interrogated the doorknob for all the answers he got.
  • ’And we have got plenty of time to do it all…’ As they approached the Quidditch pitch, Harry glanced over to his right to where the trees of the Forbidden Forest were swaying darkly.
  • He was straining his ears to catch any noises outside, in case the Ministry representatives were approaching, and it was easier and quieter to answer Uncle Vernon’s questions than to have him start raging and bellowing.
  • Hagrid called happily to the approaching students, jerking his head back at the dark trees behind him.
  • That will be a job for Fawkes when he has finished keeping a lookout for anybody approaching,’ said Dumbledore.
  • The sign creaked in the wind as they approached.
  • As Harry approached, one of them croaked, ’You should be in class, Sonny Jim.’
  • Crookshanks purred loudly and approached the fire, trying, despite the heat, to put his face close to Sirius’s.

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  • ’Oh no,’ said Cho rather wildly as he approached.
  • Ron and Hermione’s prefect duties also became more and more onerous as Christmas approached.
  • On no account should any of these individuals be approached.
  • They moved aside when Harry and Cho approached and Harry found himself staring once more at the pictures of the ten escaped Death Eaters.
  • As they filed out of the classroom, Harry saw Professor Umbridge approach the teacher’s desk; he nudged Ron, who nudged Hermione in turn, and the three of them deliberately fell back to eavesdrop.
  • His mood was further lowered by the DA members constantly approaching him in the corridors between classes, asking hopefully if there would be a meeting that night.
  • ’Everard and Dilys were two of Hogwarts’s most celebrated Heads,’ Dumbledore said, now sweeping around Harry, Ron and Professor McGonagall to approach the magnificent sleeping bird on his perch beside the door.
  • It was now quite common to come across two or three teachers conversing in low, urgent whispers in the corridors, breaking off their conversations the moment they saw students approaching.
  • As the train slowed down in the approach to King’s Cross, Harry thought he had never wanted to leave it less.
  • There was a cool line of pale green along the horizon: dawn was approaching.
  • ’Potter, is it?’ said Professor Tofty, consulting his notes and peering over his pince-nez at Harry as he approached.
  • ’What’s the signal?’ muttered Harry, as they approached Umbridge’s door.
  • Harry approached another door at random and pushed.
  • ’All righ’, Harry!’ he said, beaming, when Harry approached the fence.
  • Harry pretended his bad mood had no other cause but the approaching exams, and as his fellow Gryffindors were sick of studying themselves, his excuse went unchallenged.
  • He looked rather pale and peaky (was the full moon approaching?) and was absorbed in the exam: as he reread his answers, he scratched his chin with the end of his quill, frowning slightly.
  • * Harry found himself daydreaming about Hogwarts more and more as the end of the holidays approached; he could not wait to see Hagrid again, to play Quidditch, even to stroll across the vegetable patches to the Herbology greenhouses; it would be a treat just to leave this dusty, musty house, where half of the cupboards were still bolted shut and Kreacher wheezed insults out of the shadows as you passed, though Harry was careful not to say any of this within earshot of Sirius.
  • …all those other happy faces… Benjy Eenwick, who had been found in bits, and Gideon Prewett, who had died like a hero, and the Longbottoms, who had been tortured into madness… all waving happily out of the photograph forever more, not knowing that they were doomed… well, Moody might find that interesting… he, Harry, found it disturbing… Harry tiptoed up the stairs in the hall past the stuffed elf-heads, glad to be on his own again, but as he approached the first landing he heard noises.
  • He felt as though he had journeyed for miles and miles… it seemed impossible that less than twenty-four hours ago Cho Chang had been approaching him under the mistletoe… he was so tired… he was scared to sleep… yet he did not know how long he could fight it… Dumbledore had told him to stay… that must mean he was allowed to sleep… but he was scared… what if it happened again?
  • But when Sybill Trelawney spoke, it was not in her usual ethereal, mystic voice, but in the harsh, hoarse tones Harry had heard her use once before: ’The one with the power to vanquish th’e— Dark Lord approaches… born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies … and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will havc power the Dark Lord knows not … and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives … the one with…

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as in: approached the city Define
to come near or nearer
as in: use the best approach Define
a way of doing something; or a rout that leads to a particular place
as in: approached her with the proposal Define
to speak with someone about something for the first time -- such as a proposal -- often something discussed in a delicate, tentative way
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