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started a campaign to oust her from office
  remove someone from a position or office against their will


force someone or something out
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ousted oust ouster ousting
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  • started a campaign to oust her from office
  • The chairman was ousted after he misappropriated funds
  • MP3 players ousted portable CD players.
  • science began to oust superstition in her thinking

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  • The sandblasters have been here, the skylight people; inside, the benjamina trees and tropical climbers have taken over, ousting the mangy African violets once nurtured on kitchen windowsills.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Yet he couldn’t very well oust someone else.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • When the Professor saw Mina a smile, a positive smile ousted the anxiety of his face.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Let faith oust fact; let fancy oust memory; I look deep down and do believe.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Instead of keeping close to me and trying to oust me from the slit, the curate had gone back into the scullery.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • But what right had I to oust johnswort and the rest, and break up their ancient herb garden?
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden

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  • If he had not been so worried about Hagrid, he would have felt sorry for her — but if one of them was to be ousted from their job, there could be only one choice for Harry as to who should remain.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Someone edged up to the stove of the 38th, only to be ousted.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • Time has branded them and fettered they are lodged in the room of the infinite possibilities they have ousted.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • And in the bloodless military coup that ousted him, General Pervez Musharraf had been installed in his place.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • So Bing wandered down the beach, walking stiffly like an ousted emperor, picking up shards of rock and chunks of driftwood and flinging them with all his might into the surf.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • Reiterating that police had framed him as a part of a drive to oust Communists from Chicago, Erlone demanded that the charges upon which he had been originally held be made public.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • Would Miss Crawley herself hold out; and had she not a secret longing to welcome back the ousted adversary?
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Her windows gleamed as if they did not want him; her curtains seem to hang slily, as if they screened an ousting presence.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Mine was not the reciprocal wish till envy stimulated me to oust Arabella.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • To attain her ends Madame Bovary had to oust them all, and she even succeeded in very cleverly baffling the intrigues of a port-butcher backed up by the priests.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • I still went among them in safety, because no jolt in the downward glide had released the increasing charge of explosive animalism that ousted the human day by day.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Soon, his own forces deserted him and he was ousted in a coup in early March.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • A gift, a thing I sought not, for this crown The trusty Creon, my familiar friend, Hath lain in wait to oust me and suborned This mountebank, this juggling charlatan, This tricksy beggar-priest, for gain alone Keen-eyed, but in his proper art stone-blind.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • All twelve Democratic votes were obviously lost, and the forty-two Republicans knew that they could afford to lose only six of their own members if Johnson were to be ousted.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • It is the people of Iran who ousted the Shah and unanimously approved the establishment of an Islamic Republic.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • When I arrived at the theater a few mornings later, I was horrified to find that the company had drawn up a petition demanding the ousting of DeSheim.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • In all other ways we were in a situation not only agreeable but merry; having ousted the officers from their own cabin, and having at command all the drink in the ship—both wine and spirits—and all the dainty part of what was eatable, such as the pickles and the fine sort of bread.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • The same day on which Robert d’Estouteville took the place of Jacques de Villiers in the provostship of Paris, Master Jehan Dauvet replaced Messire Helye de Thorrettes in the first presidency of the Court of Parliament, Jehan Jouvenel des Ursins supplanted Pierre de Morvilliers in the office of chancellor of France, Regnault des Dormans ousted Pierre Puy from the charge of master of requests in ordinary of the king’s household.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • But," he added, smilingly, "I don’t say that Bulstrode’s new hospital is a bad thing; and as to his wanting to oust me from the old one—why, if he thinks me a mischievous fellow, he is only returning a compliment.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Babbitt felt ousted and unimportant as he followed the doctor up to the bedroom, and it was the doctor who chuckled, "Oh, just little stomach-ache" when Verona peeped through her door, begging, "What is it, Dad, what is it?"
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Once, strolling companies had used it for performances of "The Two Orphans," and "Nellie the Beautiful Cloak Model," and "Othello" with specialties between acts, but now the motion-pictures had ousted the gipsy drama.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • An interesting illustration of this is the way in which the English flower names which were in use till very recently are being ousted by Greek ones, SNAPDRAGON becoming ANTIRRHINUM, FORGET-ME-NOT becoming MYOSOTIS, etc. It is hard to see any practical reason for this change of fashion: it is probably due to an instinctive turning-away from the more homely word and a vague feeling that the Greek word is scientific.
    George Orwell  --  Politics and the English Language
  • Those ousted peepers you mention… like Jerry Church.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • Together they had set about the ousting of the Old Guard.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • Instead, they ousted him.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • She will need to sail home to oust Euron and press her own claim.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • Wal, Madero will oust Diaz, an’ then some other rebel will oust Madero.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • Tori, former leader of Dauntless, ousted by Evelyn herself, stands a few feet away from me, her arms crossed.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • I knew him as a student firebrand, organizing others for curricular reform, or collecting signatures to oust an unpopular warden.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • When at last the son of Jesse ousted the Jebusite, and began to build, the site of the citadel became the northwest corner of the new wall, defended by a tower much more imposing than the old one.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Later in the night another announcement came over the radio, this one declaring that the rebels (RUF) and the army had collaborated in ousting the civilian government "for the benefit of the nation."
    Ishmael Beah  --  A Long Way Gone
  • Half of the population had been ousted out of their homes for purposes of defence, and were living in the street on the left side of the river, crowding round the fort, and in momentary expectation of seeing their abandoned dwellings on the threatened bank burst into flames.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • They march to his house down the middle of the street, impromptu parades of them, husbands and wives and crying toddlers on shoulders, angry white people and brown people and black people, and now even some yellow, a few faces I think I recognize from past rallies and events, yelling together for his ouster in the simple rhyme of the picket: Hey, ho, Kwang must go!
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • …tenants, deriving their rights from the State; and, moreover, the State almost everywhere claims the power of directing their operations: it lays down rules, enforces the adoption of particular methods, subjects the mining adventurers to constant superintendence, and, if refractory, they are ousted by a government court of justice, and the government transfers their contract to other hands; so that the government not only possesses the mines, but has all the adventurers in its power.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • [2] And so, in our own time, we have seen the Swedes and Norwegians shouldering the native from the wheat lands of the Northwest, and the Italians driving the decadent New Englanders from their farms, and the Jews gobbling New York, and the Slavs getting a firm foothold in the mining regions, and the French Canadians penetrating New Hampshire and Vermont, and the Japanese and Portuguese menacing Hawaii, and the awakened negroes gradually ousting the whites from the farms of the South.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • …sole voice of cities in ordinary times-had ceased, was but one vast rumor of low voices and incessant footfalls, the drumming of innumerable soles timed to the eerie whistling of the plague in the sultry air above, the sound of a huge concourse of people marking time, a never ending, stifling drone that, gradually swelling, filled the town from end to end, and evening after evening gave its truest, mournfulest expression to the blind endurance that had ousted love from all our hearts.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • An Ouster migration cluster of at least four thousand… units… has been detected approaching the Hyperion system.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • After the Taliban was ousted in Afghanistan, banditry spread and Amnesty International quoted an aid worker as saying: "During the Taliban era, if a woman went to market and showed an inch of flesh, she would have been flogged; now, she’s raped.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • It was he whose arrival in his capital called up all France in arms to defend him there; and all Europe to oust him.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • When the board rejected the plan, Carl tried to oust its members.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
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