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  • She signed the confession under duress, so it did not hold up in court.
  • My biology textbook said that dogs can smell fear because of a chemical secreted by human glands in a state of duress, the same chemical a dog’s prey secretes.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • "Only under duress," he replied, pulling some papers out of the box.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • She could not conceive of Hester Sinclair’s having read anything other than Good Housekeeping save under strong duress.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman

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  • They were spoken under great duress, which makes people most unlike who they really are.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • , "Only under extreme duress."
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Despite his controversial interview with Caesar, many ask about Peeta, assure me that they know he was speaking under duress.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Even under the greatest duress, my capability to dissemble was scarcely diminished.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Even an honest man sometimes caves to duress, Wanda.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • The crowd without gave way, and several warriors entered the place, bringing with them the hapless conjurer, who had been left so long by the scout in duress.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans

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  • Mr. Merriweather, a faithful Methodist under duress, apparently saw nothing personal in singing, "Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me…"
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Too persuasive — it was duress, coercion.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • And if he did, then he did so under duress.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • We love the plays, the great characters, the fabulous speeches, the witty repartee even in times of duress.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Because I am definitely under duress.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • …basement, a Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary with all the most stimulating words marked, a set of York barbells, the Iliad with the English translation of each sentence written above it, Brinker’s file of Betty Grable photographs, a lock of hair cut under duress from the head of Hazel Brewster, the professional town belle, a handwoven rope ladder with the proviso that it should be awarded to someone occupying a room on the third floor or higher, a forged draft registration card, and $4.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • This was the way I always seemed tc leave the Melvins’ house, under some sort of duress.
    Sarah Dessen  --  That Summer
  • To conclude, while from the sister’s words he had reckoned upon a speedy delivery he was, however, it must be owned, not a little alleviated by the intelligence that the issue so auspicated after an ordeal of such duress now testified once more to the mercy as well as to the bounty of the Supreme Being.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • What he had refused to do under duress, he might yet attempt of his own free wilL
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • Defendant was under unusual and substantial duress.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • As if the scarf was something worn under duress, only in the company of Zeitoun, a disguise she could shed when he was not around.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • The third for setting fire to her Housemistress’s false-hair bun, which, under duress, Rahel confessed to having stolen.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Lieutenant, anything my client says under physical and mental duress is inadmissible.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • Monique had guided them under duress.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • I am writing this under duress, as Grandmama will not grant me peace until I do.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • Marley, playful even under duress, kept trying to eat the ice cubes.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • You learn a lot about a woman when she’s under duress.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • But inside I was saying to myself, And the Oscar for best performance—under fake duress—goes to ….
    Dave Peizer  --  A Man Named Dave
  • "First…it doesn’t sound like there could be any possibility of duress."
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • I felt a flare of competition, a duress of the spirit that warns against the shame of losing, and I hurried to catch up.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Both of us were imprisoned and both of us …. invited, under extreme duress, to confess that this whole terrible charge was a fascist plot against a loyal Comrade.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • As a surgeon, Stone was famous for his speed, his courage, his daring, his boldness, his inventiveness, the economy of his movements, and his calmness under duress.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • In other times of separation, times of horrible duress with war at her doorstep and epidemic disease raging, she had somehow borne up, with so much to contend with, so little time to dwell on her own loneliness.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • But Joachim, likewise harboring the best of intentions and hoping to move their conversation harmlessly along, spoke up now—yet it sounded almost as if he did so under some pressure or duress, against his will, as it were.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Consider a scenario in which your loved one has just died and now the funeral director (who knows that you know next to nothing about his business and are under emotional duress to boot) steers you to the $8,000 mahogany casket.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • And the government isn’t going to lock him up just because he killed a rebel under duress."
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • Matron submitted progress reports under duress, and since what donors wanted to spend on had no link to the reality of Missing’s needs, her reports were a form of fiction.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Corporal Endo had no such physical problems, save his acne, and so I began to consider the possibility that his expressions were of a besieged mind, one perhaps innately tenuous and fragile and now—under duress—grown sickly and ornate.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • "Duress," another terribly familiar voice scoffed.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • What if I can’t break the glass unless I’m under duress?
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • I’d say a knife to the throat counts as duress, Jared.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • I’m trying to remember what Grandm"re told me about how to act under duress.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
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