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as in: an abrupt change Define
sudden and unexpected
  • "But Gerty does not happen to know," Miss Bart rejoined, "that I owe every penny of that legacy."

    "Good God!" Selden exclaimed, startled out of his composure by the abruptness of the statement.

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

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  • She paused with a slight falter of embarrassment, and Trenor, turning abruptly, fixed on her a look of growing intelligence.
  • Trenor paused abruptly, and his eyes fixed themselves on hers with a look which made her change colour.

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  • She had reached a point where abrupt retrenchment was necessary, and the only cheap life was a dull life.
  • She received this abrupt declaration in a way even stranger than the manner of its making: she dropped her face on her hands and he saw that for a moment she wept.
  • Mrs. Peniston rose abruptly, and, advancing to the ormolu clock surmounted by a helmeted Minerva, which throned on the chimney-piece between two malachite vases, passed her lace handkerchief between the helmet and its visor.
  • Lily put down the tea-caddy with an abrupt gesture.
  • "At least you can’t think worse things of me than you say!" she exclaimed with a trembling laugh; but before he could answer, the flow of comprehension between them was abruptly stayed by the reappearance of Gus Trenor, who advanced with Mr. Rosedale in his wake.
  • Lily paused, and then said abruptly: "The fact is, Aunt Julia, I owe some money."
  • "Oh, as to the Brys—it’s you I’m thinking of," said Mrs. Fisher abruptly.
  • Mrs. Peniston, on whom she had looked in a day or two after the dinner, laid down her crochet-work and turned abruptly from her oblique survey of Fifth Avenue.

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  • Again she was disconcerted by the abrupt change in his tone, and as in one flash she saw the peril of the moment, and the need of keeping her sense of it out of her eyes.
  • He walked beside her in silence, with quick precipitate steps, till they reached the embowered slopes to the east of the Casino; then, pulling up abruptly, he said: "Have you seen Bertha?"
  • "See here—that’s fine," he exclaimed abruptly.
  • As she reached Fiftieth Street the clouds broke abruptly, and a rush of cold rain slanted into her face.
  • "You have something to tell me—do you mean to marry?" he said abruptly.
  • She paused, and then continued abruptly, with her eyes on his face: "I think Gus Trenor spoke to you once about having made some money for me in stocks."
  • The stubborn lines of his face relaxed, and he said, with an abrupt drop to docility: "You WOULD see, if you’d be as merciful as you used to be: and heaven knows I’ve never needed it more!"
  • She dropped the MENU abruptly, with a quick heightening of colour, and Gerty, following her glance, was aware of the advance, from an inner room, of a party headed by Mrs. Trenor and Carry Fisher.
  • She saw the struggle and understood it; understood also the nature of the spell to which he yielded as, with his eyes on her face, he began again abruptly: "What on earth did you mean by saying just now that you were learning to be a milliner?"
  • Selden exclaimed, rising abruptly to walk to the window, where he remained with his eyes on the darkening street while his cousin continued to explain: "Judy Trenor and her own family have deserted her too—and all because Bertha Dorset has said such horrible things.

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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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