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Decades of slow growth have relegated the country to third-class status in international affairs.
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  • Decades of slow growth have relegated the country to third-class status in international affairs.
  • She’s been relegated to the sidelines.
  • She likes to relegate difficult questions to her colleagues
  • The Chief Justice wrote: "We see no reason why the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment, as much a part of the Bill of Rights as the First Amendment or Fourth Amendment, should be relegated to the status of a poor relation."
    Timothy Lynch  --  Property Rights and "Rough Proportionality"  -- 06/28/06)

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  • Or I could stay by my children’s side, relegating another generation to the same misery and poverty I knew so well.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • I think she never taught Isabelle how to cook because she was afraid that if she did, Isabelle would be relegated to the kitchen permanently.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • The little stove no longer occupied a central place; it had been relegated to a tiny spot in the corner of the room.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • Old friendships, tucked away like treasures, relegated to tokens of yesterday.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • Two minutes before, I hadn’t even wanted to celebrate, but now I was feeling dejected and insulted at being relegated to a midweek dinner at the same place we always went to.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • When she was little and her second-grade class was making necktie cards for Father’s Day, she was relegated to sitting in the corner with the girl whose dad had died prematurely at age forty-two of cancer.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes

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  • Segregation ... ends up relegating persons to the status of things.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • He claimed that the responsibility for a decision could never be abandoned to a blind agency but could only be relegated to human decisions more and more remote from their consequences.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • Fielding, too, had his anxieties ... but he relegated them to the edge of his mind, and forbade them to infect its core.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • That evening the story had been relegated to the bottom of page one:
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • They were relegated to competing in their own leagues,
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • ...relegates women to roles that are little more than servants and...
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • It was true that Ms. Richter often solicited David’s opinion while Max was relegated to the role of silent spectator.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • ...for the most part she relegated Henry Chao to a kind of netherworld, in which he was not so much a person and potential threat as a spirit that could be scared off by a good loud noise.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • We were therefore relegated to the cesspools.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Hassan called driving and Lindsey called shotgun, so even though it was his car, Colin was relegated to the backseat, where he curled up against the window and read J. D. Salinger’s Seymour: An Introduction.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Have you really relegated us to the trash heap of the Dumb High-School Romance?
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • I had very briefly observed the doctor conducting such an examination, but my knowledge was relegated to the little I could remember of anatomy texts, with nothing of the practical.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • No longer can we claim this disease is relegated to the poor, rural communities of our country.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • She doesn’t mean to be cruel, she doesn’t know she’s just relegated me to the dust heap along with crank telephones and whalebone stays.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The bomber was relegated to errands, and the ground crewmen began prying parts off it for use on other planes.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • I was relegated to heaven: I watched.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Most of these entrances had gone out of use years ago as encroaching buildings and limited real estate relegated side entrances to inconvenient alleyways.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • To be a lamppost and stand holding a lantern till dawn-which is the only work your world relegates me to and the only work it’s going to get.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • And did I want the Celestial Kingdom, anyway, where women are relegated to polygamy and procreation, gestating new souls to fill earthbound bodies?
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • As for relegating it to the realm of fiction, that charge had to be dropped.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • She relegated her hoop and skippingrope to a recess.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • It did not occur to her that if she married Ashley she would automatically be relegated to arbors and front parlors with staid matrons in dull silks, as staid and dull as they and not a part of the fun and frolicking.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • The days of horror in the Palace of Casalduero were relegated to the trash heap of memory.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • But when Christmas came and no expensive Christmas present came with it, Francie was again relegated to the dark back of the room.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • At that time there was so much activity in the town and so much bustle in the house that the care of the children was relegated to a secondary level.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • This primeval technology had once held the key to the portals of power, but it had been banished long ago, relegated to the shadows of occultism and magic.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • If Caroline had been relegated to the devil, she probably would have tamed him as well.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • This cell, with the exception, possibly, of some glass phials, relegated to a corner, and filled with a decidedly equivocal powder, which strongly resembled the alchemist’s "powder of projection," presented nothing strange or mysterious.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • She thought not—time and change seemed so completely to have relegated him to his proper distance.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • This was mostly a journey to the farmhouse on the slopes above the vale, to inquire how the advanced cows were getting on in the straw-barton to which they were relegated.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • It was degrading to play with girls and in our talk we relegated them to a remote island of life.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Closing ranks around him, Orik’s attendants began to consult with him in Dwarvish, often speaking over one another in a loud tangle of voices, and Eragon, who had been about to ask Orik another question, found himself relegated to a corner.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • "It’s a pity she ever married abroad then," said May, in the placid tone with which her mother met Mr. Welland’s vagaries; and Archer felt himself gently relegated to the category of unreasonable husbands.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • The picture of the scowling Ayatollah Khomeini was relegated to the attic.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • It relegated the act to something almost meaningless, no more special than a good-night kiss on the front steps.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Nights in Rodanthe
  • All the living, eating, sleeping and so on’s relegated to the ground flopr.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • He was relegated to second-class.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • The vast majority were relegated to claiming races, rock-bottom events in which any competitor can be purchased for a set, low price before the race.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • I was given the most challenging and sensitive assignment ever relegated to someone of mere consular rank: diplomat in charge of direct negotiations with the Ousters themselves.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • I said before that I was alarmed so many recent assassinations have been attributed to Cain-attributed here to Cain-when it seems to me that the most accomplished assassin of our time-perhaps in history-has been relegated to a comparatively minor role.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
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