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  • What can we do to forestall misunderstanding?
  • seeking union concessions to forestall bankruptcy
  • every opportunity of speaking to her alone appeared to be forestalled.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • His gravity was unusual, portentous, and immeasurable, not because he admitted any doubt of himself but because he perceived it necessary to forestall any doubt of himself in others.
    Charles Dickens  --  Our Mutual Friend

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  • Frederick’s confession of folly need not be forestalled.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • So he forestalled what might be the next move:
    Mark Twain  --  Tom Sawyer
  • interposing quickly to forestall a retort from Jane
    George Bernard Shaw  --  An Unsocial Socialist
  • Frankly, if you had given us the courtesy of telling us about Andie, a lot of pain could have been forestalled.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • In the past year, she’d worked herself to the point of exhaustion in an attempt to forestall the inevitable.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • I was on the point of leaving my tent and climbing the ridge to have a look for her myself, when she forestalled me.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf

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  • He made a shooing motion to forestall his student’s protest.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • And to forestall threats of death from the crowd in the gandhi enclosure, Clarence kept his fastest horse near him at all times.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • He was pronounced dead at a little after four o’clock that afternoon by an observer who had witnessed the whole thing, alongside a video camera there to forestall any suggestion of wrongdoing.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • I tried to envision the muscles along my neck relaxing, forestalling the headache I felt creeping on.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • He blinked, plainly unprepared for resistance, but one of the judges forestalled his reply.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • Ender, however, was trying to figure out a way to forestall vengeance.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Two men stand at the door to forestall the sisters and keep them occupied if they chance to come along.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • She started to ask him what she was supposed to be looking at, but he held up a hand to forestall her.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • He had carried it in before I could forestall him.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • But Saruman has long studied the arts of the Enemy himself, and thus we have often been able to forestall him.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • He raised a hand, forestalling their explanation.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Her light grey eyes wandered continually from one to the other, noting every little want and forestalling it if possible.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • So he forestalled what might be the next move: "Some of us pumped on our heads—mine’s damp yet.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Villefort thus forestalled any danger of an inquiry, which, however improbable it might be, if it did take place would leave him defenceless.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • However, I am anxious to forestall, if possible, what appears to be a tragedy, the spectacle of a young man of your obvious mental gifts setting out deliberately to make a mess of his life.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • And Kino, looking closely, saw deep worry come into his brother’s eyes and he forestalled him in a possible refusal.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • The two names had been forestalled by La Fontaine.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • You forestalled it, goddess, by telling me how the land lies.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • To forestall such a tragedy, I wrapped them in blankets to keep them from rubbing against the metal hull of the lifeboat, and I moved them as little as possible to reduce wear and tear.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • The answer was accepted and amplified by Rav Gershenson, thereby forestalling Danny’s poised hand.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • Roran waved a hand, forestalling Mandel’s objections.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • But to forestall the French with his whole army was impossible.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • No deaths," he added quickly, forestalling the question, "but they were rough.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • And what’s in prayer but this twofold force,— To be forestalled ere we come to fall, Or pardon’d being down?
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • This "supplement" is supposed to be a sign of good faith, to forestall a nationwide strike of university students, but some students walked out anyway, and the signs of Mobutu’s faith so far have been expressed with nightsticks.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Then if Mrs. Shimerda was inclined to make trouble—her son was still under age—she would be forestalled.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • In another moment she would be saying that young Misses with blistered hands and freckles most generally didn’t never catch husbands and Scarlett forestalled the remark.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Just in case a hostile local tribe of Martians killed off York and Williams, we have instructions to land in a further region, to forestall a recurrence of such a disaster.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • Whether he was wise or not in trying to forestall both the alarm and the sense of inferiority that he saw lying in wait for us when we should become better aware of ourselves and our difference, I cannot say.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Rebeca tried to forestall any comments.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • She nodded almost imperceptibly and then opened her mouth, but Snape forestalled her.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • In theirs the listeners felt as much pity as wonder at her misfortunes; but as the curate was just about to offer her some consolation and advice Cardenio forestalled him, saying, "So then, senora, you are the fair Dorothea, the only daughter of the rich Clenardo?"
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • ’Very good,’ replied Mr. Brownlow, smiling; ’but no doubt they will bring that about for themselves in the fulness of time, and if we step in to forestall them, it seems to me that we shall be performing a very Quixotic act, in direct opposition to our own interest—or at least to Oliver’s, which is the same thing.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Supposing someone had forestalled him?
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • Then he held up a finger, forestalling Eragon’s reply, and pulled a plug of felted wool out of his left ear.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • And to forestall any inquiry into the cause of the difference between a jungle village and New York City, they resort to the ultimate obscenity of explaining man’s industrial progress-skyscrapers, cable bridges, power motors, railroad trains-by declaring that man is an animal who possesses an ’instinct of tool-making.’
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • But forestalling his answer, she said,— "I suppose it’s all astronomers; because, you know, they live up in high towers, and if the women came there they might talk and hinder them from looking at the stars."
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Tom’s cupbearer was present, and forestalled all his attempts to help himself to wine.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • He disliked dogs, but this animal moved in a way that forestalled these feelings.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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