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  • a preemptive strike against the enemy’s air force and missile installation
  • She preempted his expected betrayal by immediately telling everyone what happened in her own words.
  • Again, I’d made the perfect preemptory strike.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • The cheating, that had been preemptive, a subconscious reaction to five years yoked to a madwoman: Of course I’d find myself attracted to an uncomplicated, good-natured hometown girl.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • I take some calming breaths to preempt a panic attack.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • We’ve dispatched three more squads to preempt her, but I’m afraid it may be too late.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • He shook his head and made a preemptory motion to someone behind the bar who quickly fetched him his tankard.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Was it because of the urgency of the situation, allowing me to approach without preemptive nerves?
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • When he does finally speak, his words are preempted with a heavy sigh.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • I haven’t thought about Drew since this morning, and I don’t really want to bring him into this now; knowing him, though, he’s probably going to say something to her tonight and I have to do preemptive damage control.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility

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  • Do you three know what the word ’preempt’ means?"
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room
  • So maybe you have this premonition that there is something fundamentally incompatible and you’re preempting the preemption.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • I’ve been learning about preemptive strategies.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • I decided to just be preemptive.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • White people had preempted that point of elevation and there was no more room.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Either scenario explains how the Church might be motivated to launch a preemptive attack against the Priory.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • "I know what I did was wrong, Mom," I said in a bid to preempt whatever she had in mind.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Eragon could imagine no worse way for the truth to come out, so he decided to preempt it by explaining everything to them.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • It was this little deception, this preemptive claiming of my partner, that made me realize I was staying here.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • The elf bowed, touched two fingers to his lips-which Eragon mirrored-and then preempted Eragon by saying, "May good fortune rule over you."
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Her command had been regal, preemptory—uttered in a tone and manner he had found completely irresistible.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Or preempted a seat by her at a musicale or claimed her at a dance, and she was usually so amused by his bland impudence that she laughed and overlooked his past misdeeds until the next occurred.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • By Friday at dawn, a preemptive panic has set in.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • "As the Red force commander, I’m sitting there and I realize that Blue Team had said that they were going to adopt a strategy of preemption," Van Riper says.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Maybe I was a victim of improper preemption?
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • One side was preempted by the professional-looking shortwave receiver and his radio log.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • I suspect he had an inventory of these preemptive phrases to deflect inquiries while not offending.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • It was masterful, shrewd and stunningly preemptive.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • The few times Francie got to play in the yard (it was preempted by the boy who lived on the ground floor who would let no one in it while he was there), she managed to be there at recess time.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • You arrange preemptive visits of state, such as that with Blodhgarmvodhr, and do not trouble to alert me of his arrival, nor wait for me to join you so we might greet his embassy together as equals.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • The increasing segregation of the two ethnicities, and the ever-growing fear between them, which made violence, especially preemptive violence, a rational strategy for self-defense.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Babbitt had discreetly preempted a place beside Louetta on the piano bench.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • I got preempted by the Death Row Messiah.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Kathy preempted him.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • He seems to see reflected in them a figure antic as a showman, a little wild: a charlatan preaching worse than heresy, in utter disregard of that whose very stage he preempted, offering instead of the crucified shape of pity and love, a swaggering and unchastened bravo killed with a shotgun in a peaceful henhouse, in a temporary hiatus of his own avocation of killing.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • I thought she might be trying to preempt my own Brian remark.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • We should have launched a preemptive expedition to destroy them.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • Score is likely result of subject exhaustion following preemptive Enemy intercept.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • "Anna!" she said, and her tone was preemptory.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • You preempt!
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • Inventories of hardware, possible troop movement, preemptive strikes, political will-every possibility had been considered at great length.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • Nevertheless, although self-defense justified a preemptive strike, Joe was disturbed by the savage pleasure he took from such swift brutality.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • As he hoped, the position of his sword tempted Arya into a rash, preemptive strike: a slashing blow that would have taken him in the collarbone if it had landed.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • WITH WAR BECOMING INEVITABLE, WE BEGAN patrolling the border across Kuwait, making sure that the Iraqis weren’t going to try and sneak across in a preemptory strike.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • Slowly the horror of what he was about to do swallowed him until he found that he had to make a preemptive confession, not for his sake, but for Bethany’s sake, should it all go terribly wrong.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • "Carlisle, you don’t think—something preemptive?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • So maybe you have this premonition that there is something fundamentally incompatible and you’re preempting the preemption.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • He called it preemptive dumping.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • If he was lucky enough to get there (where there were but ten lavatories for five hundred children), he’d find the places preempted by the ten most brutalized children in the school.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • It had been preempted by coma, convulsions, and miscarriage.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
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