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  • Her statement was tantamount to an admission of guilt.
  • Not telling her is tantamount to aiding and abetting the enemy.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • It would be tantamount to declaring that the lives of four Downworlders are worth less than the safety of two Shadowhunters.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • She’d hidden audio from the world, which was tantamount to lying to the world, to the millions who assumed she was being straightforward always, transparent always.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • "Then you’ll know that attempting to breach them is tantamount to suicide.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • He wanted to read on so he’d be able to tell his mother about it, but that would be tantamount to arriving in her hospital room with her memorial plaque and asking for her input on the wording.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • That would be tantamount to admitting a mistake, and the military doesn’t do that either."
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • He told her point-blank that in his view it was tantamount to whoring and he implored her to quit.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • This was tantamount to blowing up the Pyramids of Giza.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • That is tantamount to letting a part of Himself die.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi

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  • For Flask to have presumed to help himself, this must have seemed to him tantamount to larceny in the first degree.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The gesture was tantamount to an admission, but I didn’t care.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • It would almost be tantamount to pounding his own son to death.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • There is a point where depth is tantamount to burial, and where light becomes extinct.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • That’s tantamount to an invitation when he’s dead.’
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • He could write the account Charlie wanted, but to do so would be tantamount to admitting to himself that he would never write another novel.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • And he had never once told Harry … never bothered to say… And why it was so important, Harry could not explain even to himself, yet he felt it had been tantamount to a lie not to tell him that they had this place and these experiences in common.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • 2 cubic meters—which is tantamount to saying that when it’s completely submerged, it displaces 1,500 cubic meters of water, or weighs 1,500 metric tons.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • All very well for Dumbledore to talk, but taking up a post at Hog-warts just now would be tantamount to declaring my public allegiance to the Order of the Phoenix!
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • It was impossible first because—as experience shows that a three-mile movement of columns on a battlefield never coincides with the plans—the probability of Chichagov, Kutuzov, and Wittgenstein effecting a junction on time at an appointed place was so remote as to be tantamount to impossibility, as in fact thought Kutuzov, who when he received the plan remarked that diversions planned over great distances do not yield the desired results.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Is that tantamount, sir, to acceptance, or rejection, or consideration?
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • This would be tantamount to a cooperation (one of nature’s favourite devices) between the nisus formativus of the nemasperm on the one hand and on the other a happily chosen position, succubitus felix of the passive element.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Hence, our daily lives were so bound upwith trivial objectives that to capitulate when challenged was tantamount to surrendering the right to life itself.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • I considered that the strong wish you expressed to go there, when an adequate sum was furnished, was tantamount to an engagement that you would remain there for life.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • His uncle, however, believed that the failure of Elbers was due not to privileges but to the unrealistic commitments he had contracted for, which had almost been tantamount to his assuming responsibility for the geography of the nation: he had taken charge of maintaining the navigability of the river, the port installations, the access routes on land, the means of transportation.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • But they follow a regimen, darling, because if they don’t, they get poor service reports, which is tantamount to a fate worse than dismissal — which rarely happens — because it means no advancement, limbo.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Tim Linkinwater’s sister lamented; the housekeeper condoled; and both kept thrusting their heads out of the second-floor window to see if the boy was ’coming’—which would have been highly satisfactory, and, upon the whole, tantamount to his being come, as the distance to the corner was not quite five yards—when, all of a sudden, and when he was least expected, the messenger, carrying the bandbox with elaborate caution, appeared in an exactly opposite direction, puffing and panting for…
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • At least, I asked a question that was tantamount to a suggestion.
    Louis L’Amour  --  The Broken Gun
  • I cannot make your consciousness tantamount to mine.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • To refuse him would be tantamount to declaring that we did not trust him.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • I have taxed my father with it, and obtained from him what I consider tantamount to a denial.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • It would be tantamount to telling Qurong that I’m working against him!
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • Refusing to break Welsh’s bones was tantamount to killing his daughter.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • He understood that such an admission, for her, was tantamount to a shouted declaration of devotion from other women.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • Not often did Marley have the opportunity to look down at me. and having me prone like that was tantamount to an invitation.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • In a case like this the recommendation is tantamount to a verdict, but remains secret, as a part of the proceedings of the Praesidium.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • Which was tantamount to asking: How many boys have entered the square yard beyond the Great Hall and returned as gunslinger apprentices?
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • This was said in a way that was tantamount to declaring that no daughter of his ever should become the wife of the person in question.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • Disobeying the McDonald’s Corporation became tantamount to violating the terms of the lease, behavior that could lead to a franchisee’s eviction.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Even now, hurting as badly as he was, Vic recognized his responsibility to at least go through the motions of trying to save the account — which was tantamount to trying to save Ad Worx itself.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • Madame de Bellegarde gave a glance at her son which seemed tantamount to an injunction to be silent and leave her to her own devices.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • He and Calvert Vaux had built and refined Central Park from 1858 through 1876, but forever afterward Olmsted found himself defending the park against attempts to tinker with its grounds in ways he considered tantamount to vandalism.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • And most likely it was not the prospect of mere imprisonment that deterred these unhappy people, but the common belief that a sentence of imprisonment was tantamount to a death sentence, owing to the very high mortality prevailing in the town jail.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • But confronted with the statement that atoms were "so small they were no longer small," one lost all sense of proportion, because "no longer small" was tantamount to "immense"; and that last step to the atom ultimately proved, without exaggeration, to be a fateful one.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • It was literally a charming exhibition of tact, of magnanimity, and quite tantamount to his saying outright: "The true knights we love to read about never push an advantage too far.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • Which is tantamount to saying that if you could reach such a depth in the ocean, each square centimeter on your body’s surface would be experiencing 1,000 kilograms of pressure.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • But that would be tantamount to asking the Vice Chancellor to execute her parents.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • To look out with idle hope is tantamount to dreaming one’s life away.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Your hatred of the South—which often is clearly tantamount to expressing hatred, or at least dislike, for me—is appalling in anyone who like yourself is so knowing and judicious in so many other ways.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It would have made them feel that I did not like the life I was living, and because my life was completely conditioned by what they said or did, it would have been tantamount to challenging them.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
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