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  • They used the incident as a pretext to invade the country.
  • She thinks the need for international pollution control is being used as a pretext to create a world government that supersedes national sovereignty with extensive rule making and taxing authority.
  • It was just a pretext for John to stroke Tita’s hands in front of Pedro.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • She tried to get near him under any pretext.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude

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  • Then, under the pretext of bringing in aid, they could legitimately enter Pakistan and spy on all our secrets.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • Hemme gave up all pretext of lecture and lay in wait for the next tardy student.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • He had linked the two companies in some way, borrowed a million dollars for our company on the strength of our oil, and transferred the money on some pretext to his own company.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Like you, sir, I have abandoned that pathetic faith with its pretexts and evasions.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Or perhaps Gaea’s forces had arranged some pretext to keep the tourists and construction workers away.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • My pretext had not been entirely fictitious, and it took me some time, wandering about the darkened halls of the Castle, to find the place I was seeking.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander

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  • And yet every time I devised some pretext to get her on her own, here he came, thump thump thump, sheepish grin, arm around her shoulder, wrecking everything.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • The pretext for many of the outbursts was miscommunication.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • The pretext was that they had evicted a trespasser.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • I stop Peeta’s practice, on the pretext of showing him how to rid himself of the itchy scabs, and as we scrub ourselves, I bring up our escape.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • On every kind of pretext she would run away from work and go to the drinking pool, where she would stand foolishly gazing at her own reflection in the water.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • On various pretexts they all moved off, and Alice was soon left alone.
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • But when I came to think the matter over my conscience reproached me bitterly for having on any pretext allowed him to go out of my sight.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Some stagger about in each other’s arms, whispering maudlin words—others start quarrels upon the slightest pretext, and come to blows and have to be pulled apart.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • If a pretext to get him away could be made out of that other convict, or out of anything else in his life, now.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Boris promised to fulfill her wish and was about to begin a conversation with her, when Anna Pavlovna called him away on the pretext that her aunt wished to hear him.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • An excellent pretext-but a pretext all the same.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • I went down to the lounge about half past nine on the pretext of getting luggage labels and he was not there.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • The heat and the manual work had even given him a pretext for reverting to shorts and an open shirt in the evenings.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • For goodness’ sake don’t you ever on any pretext set your foot over the threshold at night, for it’s as much as your life is worth.’
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • There was no longer any plausible pretext for delay; and Duncan was obliged, however reluctantly, to comply.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The whole story was a pretext.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • She had only to stretch her neck or rise on some pretext to see twenty or forty undressed males lounging or playing ball in the sunlight.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • I think the Volturi were waiting for this—for some pretext.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Told the deputy if he called me to his office on some pretext or other, maybe I could tell him who killed the Clutters.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • One is a pretext and the other is my real objective.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • There were not many occasions when one could give publicity to an architect, and buildings had little news value, but the Banner managed to throw Roark’s name at the public under every kind of ingenious pretext.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Can’t think of a pretext to keep them?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • At all events you WILL come back: you will not be induced under any pretext to take up a permanent residence with her?
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Cassy kept her room and bed, on pretext of illness, during the whole time they were on Red river; and was waited on, with obsequious devotion, by her attendant.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • On the pretext that the private office was needed for something else, Miep took Mr. Dussel upstairs, opened the bookcase and stepped inside, while Mr. Dussellooked on in amazement.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Indeed, every day the king asked the cardinal when this fete should take place; and every day the cardinal, under some pretext, deferred fixing it.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • All we need is some pretext for going down to our ship today and taking stuff on board.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • The plan was that I would–if the conditions and numbers were right–try to lead a Healer or two out of the facility under the pretext that I had an injured friend in my van.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • The hasty departure from London soon after the robbery; the large sum carried by Mr. Fogg; his eagerness to reach distant countries; the pretext of an eccentric and foolhardy bet—all confirmed Fix in his theory.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • What story can I invent? under pretext of trading along the coast, these men, who are in reality smugglers, will prefer selling me to doing a good action.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • On the pretext of handing over the weapons he had bought, they took him into the yard of the agricultural college and shot him there.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • If he just shifted his chair an inch or so to the right… on the pretext of shifting himseli closer to the table, he managed it.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Indeed they were obliged to trespass upon their friendly savages, by borrowing two of their canoes, under a pretext for fishing; and they came away the next morning, but without any provisions of their own, except a few roots which served them instead of bread.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • This was, that the Dodger, and Charley Bates, and Fagin, and Mr. William Sikes, happened, one and all, to entertain a violent and deeply-rooted antipathy to going near a police-office on any ground or pretext whatever.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • A specious pretext.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • The field commandant will hold the shuttle here until dawn on a pretext.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • In various disguises, under various pretexts, they tried to slip through the barriers, which were so well guarded by citizen soldiers of the Republic.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • The Squire had delivered this speech in a coughing and interrupted manner, but with no pause long enough for Godfrey to make it a pretext for taking up the word again.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • In the bad days we were even advised to find some pretext of changing our hotel rooms as soon as we registered.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Two years ago, she had tried to evict them on the pretext that relatives from China were coming to live there.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
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