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I’m a little disappointed when the U-Haul is finally empty; I no longer have an excuse to solicit Will’s help.
Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  to ask or plead for something

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  • I’m a little disappointed when the U-Haul is finally empty; I no longer have an excuse to solicit Will’s help.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • There were dozens of clubs soliciting members and notifying all of meetings: there were cat-owner groups—at least ten—a few rabbit groups, six reptile groups, four of them adamantly snake-exclusive.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • But the news coverage about the possible $9 million payoff outraged people in Monroeville who still questioned his innocence and titillated some of Walter’s friends and family, a few of whom started soliciting him aggressively for financial help.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • He did the work quickly, first sorting out the fliers and bulk mail and solicitation letters, then separating the bills and credit card statements and other semi-important notices from the other first-class letters and cards, of which there were quite a number.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life

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  • I got quite a lot of unsolicited detail on that one.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • "Let’s assume he was, as you say, there to solicit a prostitute," Martin said.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • The disheveled artist boy, whose name I have since learned—by surreptitiously glancing at the cover on his sketchbook—is Clay, was kind enough to give me an unsolicited short list of my best bets for solitude when he caught me trying the doors to the English wing again on the second day.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • But he still kept a vigilant eye on his old province of Bluffton, going over lists of new teachers, calling the principal who once worked under him to give unsolicited advice.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The MS of Harald Haarfager, a Saga came neither unsolicited through the mail nor from an agent but was delivered into my hands by the author himself.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It was extremely unlike Mrs. Barbour to solicit opinions from anyone at all on any subject, certainly not from me.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • Occasionally, a few churches in Chiapas let her solicit donations.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • We have a ’no soliciting policy’ in this neighborhood.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • It had taken years to solicit this information about where she grew up.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • That Father earnestly solicited me to accompany him, & I referred him to my partner.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • FOR the most wild, yet most homely narrative which I am about to pen, I neither expect nor solicit belief.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • Our best-born and richest gentlemen sometimes solicit it without being able to obtain it.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • A third, in the absence of opponents, between two councils would simply solicit a special gratuity for his faithful services, well knowing that at that moment people would be too busy to refuse him.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • And old Madam Reed, or the Misses, her daughters, will be solicited by you to seek a place, I suppose?
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Members were set on the streets with cans to solicit funds for his burial.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Among other powerful persons to whom he went to solicit aid for his parishioners was M. le Cardinal Fesch.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • She would not allow him to walk beside her as she strolled the pavements soliciting other servicemen, and she was infuriated when she spied him trailing her from a distance.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • At chapel the day following the heaviest snowfall, two hundred volunteers were solicited to spend the day shoveling them out, as part of the Emergency Usefulness policy adopted by the faculty that fall.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • The latest Paris fashions have arrived, and orders are respectfully solicited.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • The boatswain, unmanned for the first time, respectfully dried his eyes on the Jack, and then cheering up, and addressing Mr. Wopsle as Your Honor, solicited permission to take him by the fin.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Almost daily, DCPJ arrested American exchange students in possession of drugs, U.S. businessmen for soliciting underage Prostitutes, American tourists for shoplifting or destruction of property.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • "Why?" he asked; himself growing serious at his companion’s solicitation.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • I passed the same taverns and amusement places where the hawkers had solicited me on previous evenings.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • I do myself the honour of calling as soon as possible after my arrival, to express the hope that I have not inconvenienced you by my perseverance in soliciting the occupation of Thrushcross Grange: I heard yesterday you had had some thoughts — ’
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Brittles obeyed; the group, peeping timorously over each other’s shoulders, beheld no more formidable object than poor little Oliver Twist, speechless and exhausted, who raised his heavy eyes, and mutely solicited their compassion.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Could they turn from their door one, however monstrous, who solicited their compassion and friendship?
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • On finding Mrs. Bennet, Elizabeth, and one of the younger girls together, soon after breakfast, he addressed the mother in these words: "May I hope, madam, for your interest with your fair daughter Elizabeth, when I solicit for the honour of a private audience with her in the course of this morning?"
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • In fact, as a group, the student observations I solicited were on the money.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Streetwalking and soliciting.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He selected one of the cards and read what was printed on it: MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS —— ROYAL EXCHANGE WARD —— Mr. Richard J. Tierney, P.L.G., respectfully solicits the favour of your vote and influence at the coming election in the Royal Exchange Ward.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • It was the pretty arm of Gisquette la Gencienne, which, passed through the railing, was soliciting his attention in this manner.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • "What?" said the count, the approbation of whose eye Villefort had frequently solicited during this speech.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay To mould me Man? did I solicit thee From darkness to promote me, or here place In this delicious garden?
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • O, I die, Horatio; The potent poison quite o’er-crows my spirit: I cannot live to hear the news from England; But I do prophesy the election lights On Fortinbras: he has my dying voice; So tell him, with the occurrents, more and less, Which have solicited.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Brian heard reports that someone had gotten permission to solicit at one of the local factories—four guys had circulated through the place and sold three hundred boxes in a couple of hours.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • From a church directory he compiled a list of all the churches in the country with more than two hundred members or with budgets of more than twenty thousand dollars, and to hundreds of these he sent out hand-done broadsides soliciting invitations for Kiyoshi Tanimoto to lecture.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • He watched her walk from him with tender solicitation.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Daughter, remember what I told you: if the prince do solicit you in that kind, you know your answer.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • ’He means, solicited by him, Mr. Copperfield,’ said Mrs. Micawber, archly.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • They would have solicited the honour earlier, but had been waiting the arrival of a folding-screen from London, which they hoped might keep Mr. Woodhouse from any draught of air, and therefore induce him the more readily to give them the honour of his company.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Once when they had quarrelled about household expenses, Mrs. Cutter put on her brocade and went among their friends soliciting orders for painted china, saying that Mr. Cutter had compelled her ’to live by her brush.’
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • O, by your leave, I pray you: I bade you never speak again of him: But, would you undertake another suit, I had rather hear you to solicit that Than music from the spheres.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • For a while, though, I’d tested him, soliciting his opinion on various things, like my clothes ("Not your best shade," he told me about a new peach-colored shirt), his initial impression of me ("Too perfect and completely unapproachable"), and the state of his love life ("Nonexistent, currently").
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • But one got nothing by soliciting urgently.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • Although we had a very nice sign in the window that read please-no soliciting, I was always having to chase away people selling candy bars or Bibles.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • Her uncle kept her in great seclusion and retirement, but for all that the fame of her great beauty spread so that, as well for it as for her great wealth, her uncle was asked, solicited, and importuned, to give her in marriage not only by those of our town but of those many leagues round, and by the persons of highest quality in them.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
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