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She consorts with criminals.
  spend time with — especially spending leisure time with people considered undesirable; or one of the people with whom time is spent
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  • She consorts with criminals.
  • Queequeg never consorted at all, or but very little, with the other seamen in the inn.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • But I think it is more likely to call Peter the High King and his mighty consorts down from the high past.
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • Then said King Peter (for they talked in quite a different style now, having been Kings and Queens for so long), "Fair Consorts, let us now alight from our horses and follow this beast into the thicket; for in all my days I never hunted a nobler quarry."
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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  • Being a stranger to you, she might ask whom I was consorting with and whither I was going.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • ...and courteously he consorted with us the space of seven days.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • Is he saying that my mother is consorting with demons?
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Then they slapped him into jail for consorting with dark forces and such.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • "Time and again she’s been seen consorting with the devil down in that meadow!"
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Invariably accompanied by a gorgeous French secretary-interpreter who may or may not have consorted with Russian royalty.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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  • The Overholt had unloosed in him all the Celtic furies with which he had consorted daily in the desolate time after five in the afternoon.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I had little doubt, however, that both Colum and the girl’s father would consider this "consorting" highly improper.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Come, he hath hid himself among these trees, To be consorted with the humorous night: Blind is his love, and best befits the dark.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • Father explained to us that he had gone plumb crazy, consorting with the inhabitants of the land.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • I had noticed also that Queequeg never consorted at all, or but very little, with the other seamen in the inn.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Carter Kane, you claim to be innocent, and yet we find you here consorting with gods.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • He knew why the court officers were frowning: the importance of class distinctions, of consorting with your own kind.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • My dear child, it was not Mary Magdalene’s royal blood that concerned the Church so much as it was her consorting with Christ, who also had royal blood.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • So Rhett consorted with that vile Watling creature and gave her money.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • If that will be YOUR married look, I, as a Christian, will soon give up the notion of consorting with a mere sprite or salamander.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • We cannot live without it, yet I confess I deplore the necessity of consorting with our long-fingered friends.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • No more answering shady Internet requests, and certainly no more consorting with the sons of European crime lords.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • He disappeared after leaving the school … traveled far and wide … sank so deeply into the Dark Arts, consorted with the very worst of our kind, underwent so many dangerous, magical transformations, that when he resurfaced as Lord Voldemort, he was barely recognizable.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • It was said that ghost and fiend consorted with him there.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • I often paid him a visit in the dark back-room in which he consorted with an ink-jar, a hat-peg, a coal-box, a string-box, an almanac, a desk and stool, and a ruler; and I do not remember that I ever saw him do anything else but look about him.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • To tell the maids of King Odysseus-’Leave your spinning: Time to go down and slave to feed those men’? I wish this were the last time they came feasting, courting me or consorting here!
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Consider, Minister — against all school rules — after all the precautions put in place for his protection —outof-bounds, at night, consorting with a werewolf and a murderer —and I have reason to believe he has been visiting Hogsmeade illegally too —
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • The men were whispering in a corner, no doubt consorting about expenses.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • But as you rightly point out, it’s rather gratifying to have consorted with him.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • At first I thought the plainness of my appearance, in my country habit, and that all dusty from the road, consorted ill with the greatness of the place to which I was bound.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • Though our new-made foretopman was well received in the top and on the gun decks, hardly here was he that cynosure he had previously been among those minor ship’s companies of the merchant marine, with which companies only had he hitherto consorted.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • In a moment all the heavy sorrow and misery which sleep had banished were upon him again, and he realised that he was no longer a petted prince in a palace, with the adoring eyes of a nation upon him, but a pauper, an outcast, clothed in rags, prisoner in a den fit only for beasts, and consorting with beggars and thieves.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • In a hotel or among smart people he was excellent, but as soon as they consorted with anyone whom he thought second-rate he left them to their disgrace.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • It was rumoured that he had been seen brawling with foreign sailors in a low den in the distant parts of Whitechapel, and that he consorted with thieves and coiners and knew the mysteries of their trade.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • There are so many considerations to attend to, and surely the daily consorting with the insane would be far from conducive to a tranquil existence.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • He, with his consorted Eve, The story heard attentive, and was filled With admiration and deep muse, to hear Of things so high and strange; things, to their thought So unimaginable, as hate in Heaven, And war so near the peace of God in bliss, With such confusion: but the evil, soon Driven back, redounded as a flood on those From whom it sprung; impossible to mix With blessedness.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Don’t think, Hurry, that I’m consorting any plan to put myself in his moccasins, for such a thought doesn’t harbor in my mind; but I can’t help a little invy!
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Coming from Sardis, on our former ensign Two mighty eagles fell; and there they perch’d, Gorging and feeding from our soldiers’ hands; Who to Philippi here consorted us: This morning are they fled away and gone; And in their steads do ravens, crows, and kites Fly o’er our heads and downward look on us, As we were sickly prey: their shadows seem A canopy most fatal, under which Our army lies, ready to give up the ghost.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • Though he was burned black as any native; though he spoke the vernacular by preference, and his mother-tongue in a clipped uncertain sing-song; though he consorted on terms of perfect equality with the small boys of the bazar; Kim was white—a poor white of the very poorest.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • …with whom he plays at billiards or shares the joint, something about the genteel world of London, and how, as there are men (such as Rawdon Crawley, whose position we mentioned before) who cut a good figure to the eyes of the ignorant world and to the apprentices in the park, who behold them consorting with the most notorious dandies there, so there are ladies, who may be called men’s women, being welcomed entirely by all the gentlemen and cut or slighted by all their wives.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Like a dingy London bird among the birds at roost in these pleasant fields, where the sheep are all made into parchment, the goats into wigs, and the pasture into chaff, the lawyer, smoke-dried and faded, dwelling among mankind but not consorting with them, aged without experience of genial youth, and so long used to make his cramped nest in holes and corners of human nature that he has forgotten its broader and better range, comes sauntering home.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • …and steady husbandry within his physical limitations, the body and limbs which still looked too light for the task which he had set himself, who lived like a hermit in the cabin which he rebuilt and where his son was presently born, who consorted with neither white nor black (Clyde did not watch him now; she did not need to) and who was not seen in Jefferson but three times during the next four years and then to appear, be reported by the negroes who seemed to fear either him or…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • I know the lad well from much consorting, and I am sure he is not boastful or vainglorious.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • He consorted with men whose virile pride it was to smoke filthy corncob pipes and to wear filthy sweaters.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • For you yourself told me that this witch consorted with the Devil’s spawn who brought the Plague here!
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • Gemma, I want you to know that while I do not approve of your consorting with Circe, I am prepared to forgive you.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • They consorted with giants and ghouls, stole girl children in the dead of night, and drank blood from polished horns.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • My word, can you imagine what the attorney general would say just knowing that you’d even consorted with me?
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • CRANE Both clear and muddy streams, for me Are good to fish and sport in: And thus the pious man you see With even devils consorting.
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • Men spoke of seeing him down in the undercity, in rat pits and black brothels, consorting with mummers, singers, sellswords, even beggars.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
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