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commotion


looked up to see what caused the commotion
  a disturbance — typically noisy
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  • looked up to see what caused the commotion
  • Her entrance created quite a commotion.
  • escaped during the commotion
  • One day Janina and I heard a commotion in the courtyard.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Milkweed

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  • The rage of the wolves was terrible to see, and the commotion they made filled all the forest.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • Just then I heard growling, and a commotion off to one side.
    Wilson Rawls  --  Where the Red Fern Grows
  • His wife had come over when she heard the commotion.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • They might have heard the commotion and already be turning around.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • That’s when she sees the commotion out of her window.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • But as long as he could stay out of the way of the commotion, he was probably safe right where he was.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure

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  • Ever since the commotion in the auditorium, he’d felt utterly at sea.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Aspen demanded over the commotion.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • Which would be okay except that she’s also oblivious to the commotion that my presence is creating along Ninth Avenue, which is full of bars and people loitering and smoking in front of them.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • It was while he was visiting one afternoon in September 2001 that there was a great commotion and other people started arriving.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • I was focused on Emma as she dialed, but then a commotion broke out behind me and I turned to see a crimson-faced man waving an umbrella at us.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • — I was apologizing again to the daughter for what the court officials had done the day before when suddenly there was a commotion at the courtroom door.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Gabby stood in the back of the boat, thinking she should have helped, while Stephanie, seemingly oblivious to the commotion, lay sprawled on the seats at the front of the boat, continuing to collect the sun.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Actually, in the commotion that followed Fenton’s collapse, I had slipped out and had a frightening few minutes in a back hallway.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Some men by the trucks had noticed the commotion and began calling to him, asking what was he up to, but shouting it in a hearty, knowing way.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • His discovery had caused a huge commotion.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • Up ahead of us we hear a great commotion, several grunts followed by clanking of chains.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • Not to cause a commotion.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • In the midst of all the commotion Mr. Dimming seemed to get an inspiration.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Out of My Mind
  • At first he and Phil didn’t get what the commotion at the American Airlines counter was about.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • The commotion was dying down.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • The cause of all the commotion sat serenely, his rapt, innocent gaze never straying from the minister’s face, his hand still cupped over the imprisoned fly.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • IT WAS NOT, in point of fact, her Westley that was causing the commotion out front.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • The commotion within me went on, but at a lower volume, as if someone had turned down my dial.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • Later on that first day, there was a commotion in the West End.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Maniac Magee
  • He was proud that he had made up a new word, and he enjoyed thinking about all the commotion it had stirred up.
    Andrew Clements  --  Frindle
  • And what with Mama running after Little Arliss, hollering for him to shut up and quit throwing those rocks, it was altogether the biggest and loudest commotion that had taken place around our cabin for a good long while.
    Fred Gipson  --  Old Yeller
  • He didn’t bother to ask what all the commotion was about.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • One after another the doors of the portables opened and the teachers looked out, staring into the dense rain, trying to spot the cause of all this commotion.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • You have caused a commotion.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • There was a commotion in the British ranks, and a quick fusillade of shots.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • The bell rings and the cafeteria becomes a whirlwind of commotion, but I can’t move.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • Rachel and Carol have paused momentarily in their conversation, are listening to the commotion in the street.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • When I walk in, the main office is a mass of commotion.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • This afternoon they were making such a commotion I could hear them down on the street.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • The train would be arriving in the riverside station, a dismal quay filled with heat, commotion, dust.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "There’s so much noise and commotion down here.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Could we slip away to sanctuary in the commotion?
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • George thought that Phoebe had gone to the promenade deck—that she’d been woken up by the commotion with the ice and figured that George had gone out to see what was happening.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912
  • He made a real commotion, splashing and kicking, even shouting at the sharks.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The Shark Attacks of 1916
  • But then he heard a commotion in his backyard.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941
  • And in all that commotion, Dad had just sat there, reading his book.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: Hurricane Katrina, 2005
  • With no reason to pick one direction over another for my search, it made sense to move away from whatever commotion they caused.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • There didn’t seem to even be any in that part of the river, until a few minutes later, when there was a commotion from the other side of the boat.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Commotion in the hall.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Amid the commotion, our eyes met.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
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