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  • I’ve relinquished—or been relieved of—my seat at the Hall family table.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • I vowed that I would never relinquish my sense of self again, to anything or anyone.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
    Imagine teardrops left uncried
    From pain trapped inside
    Waiting to escape
    Through the windows of your eyes
    "Why won’t you let us out?"
    The tears question the conscience
    "Relinquish your fears and doubts
    And heal yourself in the process."
    The conscience told the tears
    "I know you really want me to cry
    But if I release you from bondage,
    In gaining your freedom you die."
    The tears gave it some thought
    Before giving the conscience an answer
     "If crying brings…
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • But then I eventually relinquished those ties for the relative freedoms of everyday, civilian life, and then finally decided to leave Japan altogether, for the relative—though very different—liberties of America.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life

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  • Quite calmly, as though this old woman and her boots were nothing out of the ordinary, Mrs. Murry pulled until the second boot relinquished the foot.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • "I didn’t know this was a pajama party," Turtle said, relinquishing her chair and stomping to the far end of the table.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • Marie-Laure has to badger her father three times before he’ll read the notice aloud: Members of the population must relinquish all radio receivers now in their possession.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • I pretty much relinquished control to him the moment he walked through the front door.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • He hasn’t said anything to me at school since the day he told me he wasn’t going to make me relinquish my seat at his table, benevolent despot that he is.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • I walked up to the podium and gave a brief self-conscious talk about the joys of scholarship, then quickly relinquished the speaker’s platform back to Mrs. Brown.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • The girl relinquished the front of the room to him immediately.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • In the time since that deafening quarrel, which had so nearly become a fight, I mistakenly thought he had relinquished his murky idee fixe about the South.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Klaus sighed, and relinquished—a word which here means "gave to Count Olaf even though he didn’t want to"—the book on nuptial law.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Bad Beginning
  • He relinquished Jamie into my arms, and went to the table for a cloth and the water jug.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Phil relinquished control to the Norden bombsight.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • You are so unwilling to relinquish your comfort that your selfishness drains you of humanity!
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • This amount I was compelled to make up, or relinquish the privilege of hiring my time.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • "Let it go!" says Beetee, throwing up his hands, relinquishing the broadcast back to the Capitol.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • And he relinquished the proposal to the family.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • The child, relinquished by the nurse, rushed across the room and rooted shyly into her mother’s dress.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • You could relinquish him to an orphanage here, then file an orphan petition.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • Because of what happened, they will probably relinquish authority over your case and send it back to the court system.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • He still hadn’t relinquished the hold on his son’s earlobe.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • "Yes!" said Dantes, and without relinquishing Mercedes hand clasped in one of his own, he extended the other to the Catalan with a cordial air.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Eragon hesitated, reluctant to relinquish the weapon for even a moment, then nodded.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • And so she ran on, till I relinquished the endeavour to convince her of her mistake.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • We stood on the bank of the Kwenge listing the things we’ll have to abandon or relinquish.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • A vow of celibacy and the relinquishment of all personal assets hardly seemed a sacrifice.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • When his land burned, when his home was destroyed, it was assumed that he had burned himself and the Cup to ashes rather than relinquish either to the Clave.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • The suitor, kissing the hem of the garment again before relinquishing it, replied, "Habraham Latharuth, on thuthpithion of plate."
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Her victory was announced by an unusual tranquillity and gladness of soul which followed the relinquishing of my ancient and latterly tormenting studies.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • And because of Isabelle, who has solidified the ground beneath Pari’s feet—pocked as it still may be with gaps and blind spots, all the unanswered questions, all the things Maman would not relinquish.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • ’I am not afraid,’ said Oliver in a low voice, as he relinquished Mr. Brownlow’s hand.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Let us say in passing that he had changed his baldric and relinquished his cloak.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • It is little to relinquish.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Blackie grunts, takes one last swallow, and relinquishes the jug to Grady.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Vittoria did not relinquish the page.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The Taliban have announced that they won’t relinquish bin Laden because he is amehman, a guest, who has found sanctuary in Afghanistan and it is against thePashiunwali code of ethics to turn over a guest.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • "I don’t dare go out," said Anne, in the tone of a martyr relinquishing all earthly joys.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • An LEP officer never relinquishes his weapon.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • It told of Gerand, the greatest warrior of his time, who relinquished his sword for a wife and farm.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The white man seemed to take counsel from their customs, and, relinquishing his grasp of the rifle, he also remained silent and reserved.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • "Ron was great," said Tonks warmly, relinquishing her hold on Lupin.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • They jerked at it, stout and furious, but the color sergeant was dead, and the corpse would not relinquish its trust.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • "If he were Admiral Hawke he shall pay his score," cried Silver; and then, relinquishing my hand, "Who did you say he was?" he asked.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • The detective leaned the gun against the wall, relinquishing it, although he felt certain it was the weapon that had killed the Clutter family.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • But Eva bent to the other side of the horse, where Dodo was standing, and said, as he relinquished the reins,—"That’s a good boy, Dodo;—thank you!"
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • The Voice had never relinquished control while they were on the island.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • The spoons were moved slowly: I saw each girl taste her food and try to swallow it; but in most cases the effort was soon relinquished.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
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