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status quo

But slowly, things returned to status quo: Lindsey had a boyfriend, and Colin had a broken heart and a Theorem to finish.
John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
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  • But slowly, things returned to status quo: Lindsey had a boyfriend, and Colin had a broken heart and a Theorem to finish.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Right, but you do understand that the status quo is a problem for us?
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • He hires and fires, manipulates the board of education, handles a staggering amount of money, and maintains the precarious existence of the status quo.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The terrible scene between Sophie and Nathan the night before should have been warning enough to me that our chummy little get-together, with its laughter and its ease and its gentle intimacy, was scarcely true of the status quo as it existed between them.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • As an old-guard mayor, he had the impossible task of trying to maintain the status quo in a town that was changing radically all around him.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Later on at the dinner table he was still animated, though, which is the status quo on Sundays.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Supporters of the status quo argue that passing new, tissue-specific legislation is unnecessary, and that the current oversight practices are enough.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • I think it’s her signal that everything is okay, or status quo, and she’s just here to deliver an update, not to drop a bomb.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • With my old friends mired in status quo, how could I explain my summer enlightenment?
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • But for many, Vietnam opened the door to questioning the status quo.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned

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  • Consequently, a situation of status quo had resulted, and so year after year she was retained under guardianship.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Your father settled the unfortunate Saxons long ago, however brutally he did it, and when a great many years have passed one ought to be ready to accept a status quo.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Ms. Conyers, up at the front of the room, was saying something about the status quo.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • While Mr. Boutwell is a much more gentle person than Mr. Connor, they are both segregationists, dedicated to maintenance of the status quo.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • Living off of beans is proper English, which brings with it the connotation of higher society, accepted standards, and the status quo.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • The alternative presses of the 1960s were created to contest the status quo.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Take the Tortillas out of Your Poetry
  • Now they were protesting the continuation of the status quo.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Seeing Danny’s face drain of color until it was like cheese, seeing his eyes, always large, grow larger still, and glassy, Jack sure the boy was going to faint dead away into the puddle of beer and papers; his own voice, weak and drunk, slurry, trying to take it all back, to find a way around that not too loud sound of bone cracking and into the past — is there a status quo in the house? — saying: Danny, are you all right?
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • What she’s afraid of is living, accepting the status quo.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • Neither cared to disturb the status quo ante.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • The South African government had powerful allies in Great Britain and the United States who were content to maintain the status quo.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • He’s asking questions of the status quo.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • For the mythological hero is the champion not of things become but of things becoming; the dragon to be slain by him is precisely the monster of the status quo: Holdfast, the keeper of the past.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Aristide, the first Haitian leader elected in a legitimate democratic process, watches in exile as his divided nation edges toward chaos and Haitian soldiers enforce the status quo with bullets.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • I must inform her of my conclusion, that thinking over the terrible position in which she has placed her family, all other solutions will be worse for both sides than an external status quo, and that such I agree to retain, on the strict condition of obedience on her part to my wishes, that is to say, cessation of all intercourse with her lover.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • I realized that my best chance was to maintain the status quo as best I could and hope that Miss Alavi could work some miracle before Ellen’s treachery touched off a crisis.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • But Justin was never for embracing the status quo.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • No objection to the status quo.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The status quo and old ways of doing things were being scrutinized with a jaundiced eye.
    Phil Robertson  --  Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
  • Five weeks since Trey went back to school, and life as a nanny has become the status quo.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • These shells, they don’t like the status quo.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • It’s status quo all the way.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Although the Gray Lady, as the competition was known in some circles, was a great newspaper, it was also the ad-fat voice of the status quo.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • He proposed the impossible, as Harry Williams has remarked: "to conduct the war for the preservation of the status quo which had produced the war."
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • It came down to what a person actually did, as opposed to who they thought they were, which was why she couldn’t stomach the Oriental status quo anymore.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • Meanwhile /store/ completely displaced /shop/ in the English sense, and it remained for a late flowering of Anglomania, as in the case of /boot/ and /shoe/, to restore, in a measure, the /status quo ante/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • And a victory, worse yet, that accomplished nothing but a return to the status quo—like all legal victories: a kind of high-falutin auto mechanics, a perpetual repairing of broken parts, bent fenders, leaky tubes.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Victor Davis Hanson, a fifth-generation Californian, argues that continuation of the status quo—with virtually open borders, and multiculturalism in the schools—would mean a general breakdown of the old assimilationist model.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • It was a republic, but with no real executive power, only a symbolic head of state, the hereditary Stadholder, William V, Prince of Orange, who was related to the British royal family and personally devoted to the status quo.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • This time around, the Klan was not confined to the South but ranged throughout the country; this time, it concerned itself not only with blacks but also with Catholics, Jews, communists, unionists, immigrants, agitators, and other disrupters of the status quo.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • For many years both the Soviet Union and the United States, recognizing this fact, have deployed strategic nuclear weapons with great care, never upsetting the precarious status quo which insured that these weapons would not be used in the absence of some vital challenge.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Cuban Missle Crisis Speech
  • Centralization imparts without difficulty an admirable regularity to the routine of business; provides for the details of the social police with sagacity; represses the smallest disorder and the most petty misdemeanors; maintains society in a status quo alike secure from improvement and decline; and perpetuates a drowsy precision in the conduct of affairs, which is hailed by the heads of the administration as a sign of perfect order and public tranquillity: *s in short, it excels more…
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • ’I hate a Roman named Status Quo!’ he said to me.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • Foreign words and expressions such as CUL DE SAC, ANCIEN RÉGIME, DEUS EX MACHINA, MUTATIS MUTANDIS, STATUS QUO, GLEICHSCHALTUNG, WELTANSCHAUUNG, are used to give an air of culture and elegance.
    George Orwell  --  Politics and the English Language
  • Danger Promotes Status Quo
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Said he: "As a matter of principle and according to the rule of such cases, the question must then lapse, and the majority, if so narrow, has to submit to sitting down under the status quo.
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • On the other hand, it wasn’t the status quo for the civilians in her charge.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • All literature, especially poetry and fiction, challenges the status quo.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Take the Tortillas out of Your Poetry
  • But the status quo does not like liberation.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Take the Tortillas out of Your Poetry
  • Obviously, my novel did not meet the criteria of the status quo.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Take the Tortillas out of Your Poetry
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Associated words [difficulty]:   status quo [5] , quid pro quo [7] , pro bono [8]
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