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as in:  deviate from the course

She never deviated from her goal of getting a good education and becoming a teacher.
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  • She never deviated from her goal of getting a good education and becoming a teacher.
  • The show never deviates from its standard formula.
  • As if Frederick understands already that both have been assigned to their specific courses, that there is no deviating now.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • The roadbuilders didn’t deviate an inch from the plan the headman was following.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple

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  • In a Party member, on the other hand, not even the smallest deviation of opinion on the most unimportant subject can be tolerated.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • English seemed a random deviation from their natural tongue . and the Illuminati did nothing randomly.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Only when they deviated from meticulous routine did they run the risk of losing something.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • He barely looked at the road, yet the tires never deviated so much as a centimeter from the center of the lane.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • For or the rest of the week’s Potions lessons Harry continued to follow the Half-Blood Prince’s instructions wherever they deviated from Libatius Borage’s, with the result that by their fourth lesson Slughorn was raving about Harrys abilities, saying that he had rarely taught anyone so talented.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • The plans are to be followed exactly, without deviation.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing

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  • The president decides not to deviate from his normal schedule, not wanting the news about Cuba to get out quite yet.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • Although it experienced no loss of altitude or airspeed, the 747 began to veer off its assigned flight path, now traveling west-southwest at a seven-degree deviation from Jet Route 146.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • For Adams, who had argued emphatically at Paris for full repayment of American debt and had never deviated from that view, American reluctance, or inability, to make good on its obligations was a disgrace and politically a great mistake.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Though I hated to deviate from my lines, I too needed confirmation.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • Even as I’m doing it, I’m aware that it’s minor league—the way she sleeps with a BlackBerry next to her pillow, the way she works out hours a day and catalogs every little thing she eats, the way she refuses to deviate from a plan or a schedule.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • This was one of the many small adjustments she had to get used to—now there were thousands out there seeing what she saw, having access to her health data, hearing her voice, seeing her face—she was always visible through one or another of the campus SeeChange cameras, in addition to the one on her monitor—and so when anything deviated from her normal buoyancy, people noticed.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • If he happened to be late, or bring two pencils, or forget his eraser, or in any other way deviate from the instructions, he would not be allowed to take the test, and that would he that.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • After today he’ll never desire to deviate again.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • Terry rarely deviates from her self-imposed schedule; with a house this size, she says, you have to tackle a different section every day: bedrooms and laundry on Monday, bathrooms and plants on Tuesday, kitchen and shopping on Wednesday, other main rooms on Thursday, cooking for the weekend on Friday.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • And you’ve probably got a deviated septum too.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • It looked as though the Old South was still alive and well, a little more subtle, without the sheets and night riders, but a force that still tolerated little deviation from the norm.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The wind rushing through my father’s deviated septum had become a wild jungle rhapsody—monkey cries, parrot yawps, pachydermous trumpetings.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Breathing difficult since childhood due to recurrent throat infections and deviated septum in patient’s nose.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Crew Obligation Statement: "I think we need to deviate right about now."
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • It will be a pleasure if we can so far deviate from our rules as to give the required information to his lordship.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • He did not think of doubting Freemasonry itself, but suspected that Russian Masonry had taken a wrong path and deviated from its original principles.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I now related my history briefly but with firmness and precision, marking the dates with accuracy and never deviating into invective or exclamation.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • He never deviates or lets himself be swayed by the voices outside the door, begging him to open up before a disaster occurs.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • I trust in Heaven you have not deviated a single foot from the direct line of our course with so slight a reason!
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • 1830, in its deviation, had good luck.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I want your permission to deviate from what we agreed to in our treaty with Ephraim.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • No deviation was allowed from the correct path.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • ’How long have you known that Sophie deviates?
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • I communicated to Magwitch—in New South Wales—when he first wrote to me—from New South Wales—the caution that he must not expect me ever to deviate from the strict line of fact.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • CHAPTER L Rhett never deviated from his smooth, imperturbable manners, even in their most intimate moments.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • It is a law of nations from which they never deviate.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • That is just ordinary deviation from external reality.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • I had not, it seems, the originality to chalk out a new road to shame and destruction, but trode the old track with stupid exactness not to deviate an inch from the beaten centre.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • In the weddings she’d been to, she always had the sense that the brides were intent on pulling off an act, and more than once, she’d seen brides get upset if anything deviated from the script.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • Mr. Fogg, in order not to deviate from his course, furled his sails and increased the force of the steam; but the vessel’s speed slackened, owing to the state of the sea, the long waves of which broke against the stern.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • So the two swords were crossed close to the hilts, and as d’Artagnan stood firm, it was his adversary who made the retreating step; but d’Artagnan seized the moment at which, in this movement, the sword of Bernajoux deviated from the line.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Do not blame him, however, for departing from his character, where the deviation is necessary.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • So I without deviating from plain facts in the least told him his God, I mean Christ, was a jew too and all his family like me though in reality I’m not.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • It stops for nothing, it deviates for nothing.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • In associating an officer of marines with the sea-lieutenants in a case having to do with a sailor, the Commander perhaps deviated from general custom.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • I then made her, according to certain established regulations from which no deviation, however slight, could ever be permitted, a glass of hot wine and water, and a slice of toast cut into long thin strips.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Who would ever guess that he was a deviate with a compulsion to watch women dress and undress?
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Our projected route was a dotted line, with a few little zigzag markings where we’d deviated because of wind and weather.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • A demand for exact repetition of favourite and well-known passages is familiar to every nursery story-teller, along with the fierce disapproval of any-deviation, however slight, from the words used when the story was told for the first time.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • "The fair to-day seems a large one," she said when, by natural deviation, their eyes sought the busy scene without.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
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