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The environmentalists want a moratorium on drilling in the Gulf until further studies are completed.
  a temporary stop to an ongoing activity
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  • The environmentalists want a moratorium on drilling in the Gulf until further studies are completed.
  • a moratorium on payment of principal of outstanding city notes
  • The moratorium on new prisoners seemed real, because the flow of new faces slowed to a feeble trickle.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Abolitionists were becoming hopeful that more profound death penalty reform or possibly a moratorium might be achievable.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy

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  • Osner has imposed a moratorium on crash talk," Daisy said.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • It was October is, Moratorium Day, when the United States reverberated with the chants and pleadings of those discontented with the war.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Well, let’s agree on a moratorium.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • On the basis of these promises, the Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth and the leaders of the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights agreed to a moratorium on all demonstrations.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • I declare, effective at this moment, a moratorium on the payment of all debts, rents, taxes, interest, mortgages, insurance claims, and premiums, and all and any other financial obligations for the duration of the emergency.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Charles agreed to a moratorium, but after several months candidly told his father, "Were I to declare that I did not entertain the same opinion of Sally Smith that I ever did, I should declare a falsehood."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams

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  • See also the never-passed "Life Patenting Moratorium Act of 1993," (103rd Congress, S.387) introduced February 18, 1993.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • The ensuing march and demonstration — called the Chicano Moratorium Against The War — became the largest anti-war rally ever held in a minority community.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • He is intrigued by this correlation but, like the "Moratorium" author, fails to see the direction in which the correlation runs.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • I wanted desperately to watch the news that night, to see how the Washington march went, and to see the reaction of people around the country to the moratorium itself.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • It’s true, isn’t it? . Isn’t it? . What was wrong about that moratorium?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • I had a pretty good idea about what Ted thought about the moratorium, but I did not realize that I would be watching the greatest show on earth in Ted’s living room.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Because you spent ten thousand dollars pouring liquor into people you hoped would prevent the directive about the bond moratorium!
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Well, your friends beat mine on that moratorium business, but mine beat yours on Rearden Metal-and I’m not forgetting it.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • How many loans have you got from us and how many extensions, suspensions and moratoriums?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • As soon as the "Martha moratorium" was lifted, the Camp would get dozens of freaks rushed in, ruining our temporarily placid prison lives.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • It was understood that the moratorium was for five years!
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The moratorium on brains.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • THE MORATORIUM ON BRAINS "Where have you been all this time?"
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • To compensate the railroads of the country for the extra costs involved and "to cushion the process of readjustment," a moratorium on payments of interest and principal on all railroad bonds-secured and unsecured, convertible and non-convertible-was declared for a period of five years.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • . it wasn’t for myself, it wasn’t for myself at all-why won’t they believe me, those people? I had to grant the unions’ demands to cut down the trains-and the moratorium on bonds was the only way I could do it, so that’s why Wesley gave it to me, for the workers, not for myself.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • A 1977 academic study called "On Behalf of a Moratorium on Prison Construction" noted that crime rates tend to be high when imprisonment rates are high, and concluded that crime would fall if imprisonment rates could only be lowered.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • A result and impetus of all this activity became the Chicano Moratorium Against the War.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • But, right now you can’t make up for the Chicano Moratorium, for Miguel Robles and all the others who’ve suffered because of this society.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • Don’t you know what they can do to us through this Railroad Pool, or through the Unification Board, or through the moratorium on our bonds?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • At age 16, I participated in the Chicano Moratorium Against the Vietnam War — the so-called East L.A. riot.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • It has derailed and, whenever possible, destroyed the unity which emerged out of the Watts Rebellion, out of the Chicano Moratorium, out of the Wounded Knee protests.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • You deserved every penny of that stock, and in the days of your father I would have refunded every penny of your profit-but under your brother’s management, Taggart Transcontinental has taken its share of the looting, it has made profits by force, by means of government favors, subsidies, moratoriums, directives.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • From the age of 13 on, I ended up in cells like those of the San Gabriel jail house — places like Pomona, Temple City, East L.A., Monterey Park, East Lake’s juvenile detention hall and the L.A. county jail system following the Moratorium.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • ") The "Moratorium" argument rests on a fundamental confusion of correlation and causality.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
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