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as in:  revert to childish ways

When registering disapprobation, he always reverted back to her childhood nickname.
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  go back to a previous state
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  • When registering disapprobation, he always reverted back to her childhood nickname.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Andie had reverted to her old cheery self after Amy returned.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • When it made contact with his skin, he grunted once and then reverted to silence.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • It wasn’t as if everything had reverted to normal, but now, at the three-month mark, their lives were as normal as could be expected.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice

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  • I asked, reverting to Kyrrian.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • To counter the idea that there had been mass panic and looting (that all of Chicago had reverted to its wild, lawless past and was therefore not a good  place in which to invest), articles and editorials appeared stating that there had been little or no rioting or looting.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • Like many old people’s, his conversation constantly reverted to the past, and during the trip he reminisced about his boyhood and his career in education.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Every time Hina opened her mouth, Liam and I reverted back to the same state of shock.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • "Stingo, Stingo," the voice went on in lulling cadences, having reverted to the Brooklyn style.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • When I’m by myself I revert to the times when I would forget about eating, stay up all night working, go until I felt an odd sensation I’d identify after some thought as hunger.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye

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  • His eyes reverted to me in alarm.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • In a pinch, he reverts to his previous profession, petty theft.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • They were reverting to more bestial types.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • It seems bent on reverting to orange no matter how many times I cover it.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Clothes, bedding, furniture, the pictures on the wallscreen-it had all reverted back to Generic Ugly.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • Gervais intervened with a joke, and the talk reverted to its former lively tone.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Parsons did, indeed, invariably revert to shorts when a community hike or any other physical activity gave him an excuse for doing so.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • He endeavoured to soothe me as a nurse does a child and reverted to my tale as the effects of delirium.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • But then she reverts to her original misconception.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • And who was to say he wouldn’t revert to his sinful ways if they hadn’t been sent directly from heaven?
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • With no compass, only my watch, I had to revert to navigation by the stars, which mercifully were now out, the thick high banks of clouds having passed over.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • It seemed like there was faulty wiring in the system, because now she was reverting to anger.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Ron’s ears went red, and thereafter, he reverted to the bewitched sleep version of events.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • I completely reverted.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • I revert my eyes.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • ’It’s a complete reversion to primitive superstition.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • It is less frenetic than it was during the day, like the nurses and machines are all a little tired and have reverted to power-save mode.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • His mind reverted to the astonishing revelations of the last half-hour.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • Then I had just enough energy to revert to Muffin’s form and slip into the Duat.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • But then, when we’d talk on the phone, she’d revert back to old form.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • It seemed so dismal to go up-stairs, with the wild snow blowing outside, and my thoughts continually reverting to the kirk-yard and the new-made grave!
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Could the individual Epsilon embryo be made a revert, by a suitable technique, to the normality of dogs and cows?
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • I have accepted Father Mestienne’s reversion.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • At Home I reverted to the old Pattyn, the one unlikely to draw much attention to herself.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • If that is your choice, Longbottom, we revert to the original plan.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Her reverting to this tone as if our association were forced upon us, and we were mere puppets, gave me pain; but everything in our intercourse did give me pain.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • I was a little depressed at first with the contagion of my wife’s fears, but very soon my thoughts reverted to the Martians.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Must he revert to Ellen always?
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • You’d be feeding them maybe, holding out a piece of rabbit in your hand, and the animal would revert—bite your hand clean off.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • He had reverted to his usual tightly contained self by the time he arrived to warn the leader of the Alyssian outpost of a possible attack from Redd.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • At one time it had for a little while glowed more brilliantly again, but it speedily reverted to its sullen red heat.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • His clothes had reverted to the normal mortal ones we’d bought him in Cairo, but somehow he still looked quite imposing, quite confident.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • But tell me of the people who are passing, if thou seest any one of them worthy of note; for only unto that my mind reverts.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Chapter 6 Having now discovered how to provide bread for my family, my thoughts began to revert to the wreck and all the valuables yet contained within it.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Reverting to his own language, he indulged in several more pungent oaths.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The semicircular blades click-clacked again, slicing the creatures completely in two, and then the Golems abruptly reverted to their muddy origin.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • It was hard to talk about love with Charlie—we were so much alike, always reverting to trivial things to avoid embarrassing emotional displays.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • I shook my head, thinking that I’d rather be alone than revert to the kind of person I’d been, but I found myself wondering whether I would end up being as monkish as my dad.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • His eyes came slowly back, at last, to the face from which they had wandered; when they rested on it, he started, and resumed, in the manner of a sleeper that moment awake, reverting to a subject of last night.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
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