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fear a meddlesome government agency arbitraily enforcing vague rules
  inclined to intrude in other people’s affairs or business
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Strongly Associated with:   meddle
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  • fear a meddlesome government agency arbitraily enforcing vague rules
  • Mr. Curtain had transformed all those meddlesome people into his own private workforce, and they didn’t even realize it.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Meddlesome!
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • And to get there, those meddlesome demigods will have to travel by sea, eh?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus

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  • The name Malfoy still commands a certain respect, yet the Ministry grows ever more meddlesome.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • You meddlesome, D-list goddess!
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • The help tended to be officious, the rules, if heeded, restrictive, and the management meddlesome.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • So she took and dusted us both with the hickry, and we was as much as two hours catching another fifteen or sixteen, drat that meddlesome cub, and they warn’t the likeliest, nuther, because the first haul was the pick of the flock.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • "It’s a good thing Rachel Lynde got a calling down; she’s a meddlesome old gossip," was Matthew’s consolatory rejoinder.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • It may be replied that some meddlesome human writers, notably Boethius, have let this secret out.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters

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  • These rumours soon grew in extravagance; there was no doubt that this band of meddlesome Englishmen did exist; moreover, they seemed to be under the leadership of a man whose pluck and audacity were almost fabulous.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Under cover of his character of singing-master, he made frequent visits at the farmhouse; not that he had anything to apprehend from the meddlesome interference of parents, which is so often a stumbling-block in the path of lovers.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • He was, besides, a meddlesome, inquisitive man, who poked his nose into everything.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • It seemed to her that her aunt was meddlesome; and from this came a vague apprehension that she would spoil something.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • To which Sancho made answer, "Far better would it be not to look for him, for, if we find him, and he happens to be the owner of the money, it is plain I must restore it; it would be better, therefore, that without taking this needless trouble, I should keep possession of it until in some other less meddlesome and officious way the real owner may be discovered; and perhaps that will be when I shall have spent it, and then the king will hold me harmless."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Tom’s heart was fired—with fury against the planter’s wife; and he said to himself, "But for that meddlesome fool, everything would have gone all right."
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • Your great-aunt Betsy was meddlesome disposed that-a-way.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Forgive all my meddlesome chatter and forget my advice.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • Don’t you be a meddlesome wench an’ poke your nose where it’s no cause to go.
    Frances Hodgson Burnett  --  The Secret Garden
  • Two of your companions are dead—yes, even that meddlesome witch—and Murtagh knows nothing of your presence here.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • OSHA had long been despised by the nation’s manufacturers, who considered the agency a source of meddlesome regulations and unnecessary red tape.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Patients might see no connection between the abusive husband, or meddlesome mother-in-law, or the recent death of their infant, and their dizziness or palpitations.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • There was no one here, no meddlesome fellow tooting danger on his little horn, unless it might have been Herr Settembrini, who had called out through his cupped hands to Hans Castorp as he vanished.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • "Then hold your meddlesome tongue," said Solomon, "and come out, if you want to speak to me.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • The paper always contained a brief notice that the band of meddlesome Englishmen were at work, and it was always signed with a device drawn in red—a little star-shaped flower, which we in England call the Scarlet Pimpernel.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • I am a very proud and meddlesome old woman.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • Don’t you be meddlesome.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Chauvelin had sworn to his colleagues in Paris that he would discover the identity of that meddlesome Englishman, entice him over to France, and then ….
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • All these places are given as the point where this meddlesome Englishman has bidden the traitor de Tournay and others to meet his emissaries.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • More than that, I will pledge you the word of France, that the day I lay hands on that meddlesome Englishman, St. Just will be here in England, safe in the arms of his charming sister.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • They were meddlesome fools, too.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • A consummate sense of her aunt’s meddlesome folly had come over her during the last five minutes, and she was sickened at the thought that Mrs. Penniman had been let loose, as it were, upon her happiness.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • Nature, poetic, silent, balmy, the bright moon, the calm, silvery sea spoke of beauty and of rest, and Chauvelin cursed nature, cursed man and woman, and above all, he cursed all long-legged, meddlesome British enigmas with one gigantic curse.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • "We’ve all heard of this meddlesome Englishman, this accursed Scarlet Pimpernel.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • "I have heard of this book already," said Don Quixote, "and verily and on my conscience I thought it had been by this time burned to ashes as a meddlesome intruder; but its Martinmas will come to it as it does to every pig; for fictions have the more merit and charm about them the more nearly they approach the truth or what looks like it; and true stories, the truer they are the better they are;" and so saying he walked out of the printing office with a certain amount of displeasure in…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • "Now, Johnnie," objected her mother, "don’t you get meddlesome just because you’re a old maid.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
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Associated words [difficulty]:   meddlesome [6] , meddle [2]
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