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  • loath to admit a mistake
  • Much as they loath to admit it, there are serious divides splitting the party.
  • Rich dreams now which he was loath[e] to wake from.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • Kile was really the only person I could trust with this task, though I was loath to ask him.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir

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  • Bekhir was loath to show emotion in front of his men, but at this I saw his eyes flicker and his jaw tighten.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • But my mother was loath to pass up even the flimsiest excuse for a celebration—she once invited friends over for our cockatiel’s birthday—in part because she loved to show off our house.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • For a variety of reasons, not least of which was the mental image I had formed of Ootek’s and Mike’s expressions when they realized what I was doing, I was loath to begin analyzing my finds.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • However, I am loath to dismiss him out of hand.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • I ain’t got no time to be putting up with loth you and T. Ps foolishness."
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • But though she’s loath to admit it, lately that persona has begun to feel restrictive.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train

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  • But, clearly, she had wanted me to have it—and wearing it, loath as I was to admit it, was smarter than running around in my camp uniform.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • And after hours of sleeplessness I drowse off and have what because of its Freudian obviousness I would be loath to put into a novel but what, Dear Diary, I must not shrink from telling You: my First Homosexual Dream!
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I must tell you that they were dreams so vivid and beautiful that I am loath to wake to reality"Ooooh, that’s good.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • Both Walt and Billie are tightly wound, emotional, loath to give ground.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The credit for the survivors’ escape has landed squarely on Gale’s shoulders, although he’s loath to accept it.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • I am right loath to go; There is some ill a-brewing towards my rest, For I did dream of money-bags to-night.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • They had become friends during their travels, and he was loath to tear that apart.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Mrs. Hall, nothing loath, answered his questions and developed a conversation.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • The cans would not last long between the two of us—in fact, I was loath to share even one with Richard Parker—and it would be foolish to rely on rainwater.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Neither of us seemed disposed to resume digging, and when he suggested a meal, I was nothing loath.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Do not fret yourself too much in the action, monsieur; and, good monsieur, have a care the honey-bag break not; I would be loath to have you overflown with a honey-bag, signior.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • She kept mewling and shivering, as she rubbed and rubbed the soapy washc loth against her face and neck until they reddened.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Chapter 14 The Hound of the Baskervilles One of Sherlock Holmes’s defects—if, indeed, one may call it a defect—was that he was exceedingly loath to communicate his full plans to any other person until the instant of their fulfilment.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • I was not loath to follow their example, for I felt thirsty and hungry.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • I’m especially loath to leave since you can’t defend yourself with your crippled back.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Mother and sisters gathered close, as if loath to give Meg up.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • So snug and warm was it, that he was loath to leave it when Francois distributed the fish which he had first thawed over the fire.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • The Poisoner wooes the Queen with gifts; she seems loth and unwilling awhile, but in the end accepts his love.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Lammeter isn’t likely to be loath for his daughter to marry into my family, I should think.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • But the hired man, though seldom loth to accept a meal not included in his wages, opened his stiff jaws to answer slowly: "I’m obliged to you, but I guess I’ll go along back."
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • They had reached the porch of "The Fisherman’s Rest," but Marguerite seemed loth to go within.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Fritz and Jack were therefore dispatched to collect some fresh caoutchouc from the trees, and as this involved a good gallop on Storm and Lightfoot, they nothing loth set off.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • But Harriet was in a tremor, and could not touch it; and Emma, never loth to be first, was obliged to examine it herself.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • I bowed and returned the pledge; beginning to perceive that it would be foolish to sit sulking for the misbehaviour of a pack of curs; besides, I felt loth to yield the fellow further amusement at my expense; since his humour took that turn.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • But they were loath to face their mother and they lingered on the porch of Tara, momentarily expecting Scarlett to give them an invitation to supper.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Back along the ships they took their way, and the girl went, loath to go.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • He was worried and apprehensive, yet the camp lured his mate and she was loath to depart.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • That is me loath, said the knight, but sith I must needs, I will dress me thereto.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Every day she seems to get fonder and fonder of her uncle, and more loth to part from all of us.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Then she began to drag him, in her childish eagerness, towards the door; and he, nothing loth to go, accompanied her.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • When they drew near he motioned them away with an expressive action of the foot, loath to disturb the fixed lines of his countenance, his arms, or his rigid shoulders.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • As they got into the car with their heads still damp, their skins fresh and glowing, they were loath to start back.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Ay, it stands so that I may hardly tarry so long; but I would be loath to fall into my dreams again: I will therefore tarry, in despite of the flesh and the blood.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • I once contrived to dig a hole under the place where they made their fire, and put therein five or six pounds of gunpowder, which would consequently blow up all those that were near it: but then I was loth to spend so much upon them, lest it should not do that certain execution I could desire, & but only affright & not kill them.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • They moved us into town, put down the carpets in our new house, made shelves and cupboards for grandmother’s kitchen, and seemed loath to leave us.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • That is me loath, said the knight, but sith I must needs, I will dress me thereto.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • Surely, when God looks about at their successors, He cannot be loath to share His own with us.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Then he offered it to him again: then he put it by again: but, to my thinking, he was very loath to lay his fingers off it.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • As with the taciturn men of Lake Wobegon, language was a currency he was loath to spend carelessly.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • For myself, I conclude the Bumppos could shoot, for I have a natural turn with a rifle, which must have been handed down from generation to generation, as, our holy commandments tell us, all good and evil gifts are bestowed; though I should be loath to answer for other people in such a matter.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
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