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procrastinate


I should have started the paper last week, but I procrastinated until last night.
  postpone doing what one should be doing
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  • I should have started the paper last week, but I procrastinated until last night.
  • "As you can see, that leaves almost no time for brooding, lagging, plodding, or procrastinating, and if we stopped to think or laugh, we’d never get nothing done."
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • "I’m not a big fan of procrastination."
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • The moment her existence was divulged, he knew that shouts, accusations, and fear would be directed at him …. so he procrastinated.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon

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  • I wished, as it were, to procrastinate all that related to my feelings of affection until the great object, which swallowed up every habit of my nature, should be completed.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • This procrastinator Kutuzov, whose motto was "Patience and Time," this enemy of decisive action, gave battle at Borodino, investing the preparations for it with unparalleled solemnity.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • If I get a little thin, it is with anxiety about my prospects, yet unsettled — my departure, continually procrastinated.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • He had, so far, made the letters H and T. ’If you procrastinate, you’re going to miss the bus.’
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Whatever your choice, choose quickly, because I fear that if you continue to procrastinate, the Varden will disintegrate into an uncontrollable horde.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • I didn’t have time to procrastinate any task, no matter how minor.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse

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  • I could tell that he wasn’t exactly averse to procrastinating our return trip, and it was hard to think about much besides his skin on mine—there really wasn’t that much left of the dress.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • The last had passed like the others in procrastinating from hour to hour.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • All we do is argue and debate and procrastinate.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • At once ferocious and maudlin, I was made to murder my uncle with no extenuating circumstances whatever; Millwood put me down in argument, on every occasion; it became sheer monomania in my master’s daughter to care a button for me; and all I can say for my gasping and procrastinating conduct on the fatal morning, is, that it was worthy of the general feebleness of my character.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • The house too seemed filled with familiar sounds, but mostly with inertia, a terrible procrastination as he gazed down the dim hall, thinking Why don’t she come on.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Mr. Weston, always alert when business was to be done, and as incapable of procrastinating any evil that was inevitable, as of foreseeing any that was doubtful, said, "It was time to go;" and the young man, though he might and did sigh, could not but agree, to take leave.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • But to procrastinate his lifeless end.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • Our students waste more time on UMe.com than any other site, and its owner donates some of the proceeds from that procrastination back into education.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • She too had become used to thoughtful procrastination, and felt alarmed when it came to an end.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • In trickery, evasion, procrastination, spoliation, botheration, under false pretences of all sorts, there are influences that can never come to good.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • He wished me not to procrastinate.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • That his uncle should arrive to treat with me of these things was a solution that, strictly speaking, I ought now to have desired to bring on; but I could so little face the ugliness and the pain of it that I simply procrastinated and lived from hand to mouth.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • Ruth usually procrastinated, and LuLing nagged about more and more yellow spots, as well as Ruth’s laziness, her forgetfulness, her lack of concern for family, on and on.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • Writing to Fyodor Pavlovitch, and discerning at once that he could extract nothing from him for his children’s education (though the latter never directly refused but only procrastinated as he always did in such cases, and was, indeed, at times effusively sentimental), Yefim Petrovitch took a personal interest in the orphans.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Tonight, however, he knew that, sooner or later, he should find himself at her side; and though he let the dispersing crowd drift him whither it would, without making an immediate effort to reach her, his procrastination was not due to any lingering resistance, but to the desire to luxuriate a moment in the sense of complete surrender.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • If he had the courage to encounter danger, he at least hated the trouble of going to seek it; and while he agreed in the general principles laid down by Cedric concerning the claim of the Saxons to independence, and was still more easily convinced of his own title to reign over them when that independence should be attained, yet when the means of asserting these rights came to be discussed, he was still "Athelstane the Unready," slow, irresolute, procrastinating, and unenterprising.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • …the few hundreds Mr. Timpson advanced toward his daughter’s fortune did not suffice for the purchase of handsome furniture, together with a stock of wine, a grand piano, and the laying out of a superior flower-garden, it followed in the most rigorous manner, either that these things must be procured by some other means, or else that the Rev. Mr. Stelling must go without them, which last alternative would be an absurd procrastination of the fruits of success, where success was certain.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • He procrastinated and I knew I was right.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • I weighed my options carefully as I loitered outside the classroom, procrastinating.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • We have all procrastinated in such a way, and often to our personal regret.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • She tugged at her sweater, procrastinating for one last moment before starting toward him.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • You can’t procrastinate much longer.
    Louis L’Amour  --  The Broken Gun
  • States that owe money would procrastinate; citizens that are owed money in other States would become resentful.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • The procrastination of the catastrophe she now fully expected, though it were only for a moment, afforded a relief.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • I’m an expert in procrastination, but the last thing I want you to think is that I’m incompetent, too.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • Madeline would have welcomed any excuse to procrastinate; but, as it happened, a letter from Alfred made her departure out of the question for the present.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • As she opened the folder, she realized that her procrastination also had to do with the fact that she didn’t really want to deal with the problem.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • The hope of a still further increase afforded an inducement to those who were disposed to serve to procrastinate their enlistment, and disinclined them from engaging for any considerable periods.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • But for all his raw courage in the heat and tumult of war, Billy Howe could be, in the intervals between actions, slow-moving, procrastinating, negligent in preparing for action, interested more in his own creature comforts and pleasures.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • How much longer Doctor Battius might have felt disposed to prolong the discourse, it is difficult to say, for in addition to the powerful personal considerations, which induced him to procrastinate an experiment which was certainly not without its dangers, the pride of reason was beginning to sustain him in the discussion.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • When the American people is intoxicated by passion, or carried away by the impetuosity of its ideas, it is checked and stopped by the almost invisible influence of its legal counsellors, who secretly oppose their aristocratic propensities to its democratic instincts, their superstitious attachment to what is antique to its love of novelty, their narrow views to its immense designs, and their habitual procrastination to its ardent impatience.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • General Peckem’s communications about cleanliness and procrastination made Major Major feel like a filthy procrastinator, and he always got those out of the way as quickly as he could.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Procrastination is the thief of time.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • It, with the preceding scene and with others unnarrated but existent by implication, to which add essays on various subjects or moral apothegms (e.g. My Favourite Hero or Procrastination is the Thief of Time) composed during schoolyears, seemed to him to contain in itself and in conjunction with the personal equation certain possibilities of financial, social, personal and sexual success, whether specially collected and selected as model pedagogic themes (of cent per cent merit) for…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • In large letters was the name of a firm well-known to Philip, Lynn and Sedley, Regent Street, London; and below, in type smaller but still of some magnitude, was the dogmatic statement: Procrastination is the Thief of Time.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Procrastination is not agreeable," observed Amy, taking a last look at the diamonds.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • "Procrastinate, obscure, prevaricate, dissemble, and delay all you like, Uncle, Ser Balon must still come face-to-face with Myrcella at the Water Gardens, and when he does he’s like to see she’s short an ear.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Enough procrastinating.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • From General Peckem’s office on the mainland came prolix bulletins each day headed by such cheery homilies as ’Procrastination is the Thief of Time’ and ’Cleanliness is Next to Godliness.’
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • General Peckem’s communications about cleanliness and procrastination made Major Major feel like a filthy procrastinator, and he always got those out of the way as quickly as he could.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
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