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She returned to the hospital due to difficulty breathing after a relapse of the flu.
  to return to an undesirable previous condition — especially illness, addiction, or bad behavior
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relapse relapsed relapsing relapses
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  • She returned to the hospital due to difficulty breathing after a relapse of the flu.
  • She stayed clean for over a year, but had a relapse in December and is now in a drug treatment center.
  • Worse, too-frequent relapse of memory, often in association with trigger object.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • However, this was before Inigo’s wound reopened, and Westley relapsed again, and Fezzik took the wrong turn, and Buttercup’s horse threw a shoe.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride

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  • There is still a chance of a relapse.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • Relapse
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • I relapsed temporarily into a state of satisfied somnolence, but roused myself shortly to go down for breakfast.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Her large shapely body seemed to relapse naturally into stillness.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • And here the Herr Doctor relapsed into silence again.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Al relapsed into an insulted silence.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath

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  • He was assigned quarters on my old floor, but he has so many mental relapses, he still basically lives in the hospital.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Lucas had relapsed, and she said it with a sad smile and a little shrug, the way you might say an alcoholic had relapsed.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Two days later he suffered a relapse.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • Henry Cameron had had a relapse and the doctor warned his sister that no recovery could be expected.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • By very slow degrees, and with frequent relapses that alarmed and grieved my friend, I recovered.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • _ Again relapsed much as before.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • "Try the settee," said Holmes, relapsing into his armchair and putting his fingertips together, as was his custom when in judicial moods.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Jonathan still pale and dizzy under a slight relapse of his malady, and now a telegram from Van Helsing, whoever he may be.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • The next day the doctors were back; Tom had relapsed.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • He relapsed into silence, with his chin now sunken almost to his knees.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • HIGGINS [relapsing into gloom] Lord forbid!
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • With a sigh of rapture she relapsed into silence.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • He said no more, and I had to guess the rest from the inflection of his voice and his sharp relapse into silence.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • ’Ay,’ murmured the sick woman, relapsing into her former drowsy state, ’what about her?
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Sometimes, when I have relapses of my old demon, I lie in the crook of his arm and he comforts me this way, talking to me all night long to stave off the bad dreams.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • They relapsed into a prickly silence.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • He had stopped smoking ten years ago, but occasionally he would have a relapse.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • He had taken the silence of the old man for a return to reason; and now these few words uttered by Faria, after so painful a crisis, seemed to indicate a serious relapse into mental alienation.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • After several relapses into business-absorption, Mr. Lorry had become the Doctor’s friend, and the quiet street-corner was the sunny part of his life.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Scarlett relapsed into silence but she could not sit still.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • You know the singing could lead to a relapse in these patients.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • From time to time she smoothed the folds of her dress, and whenever the story produced an effect she glanced at Anna Pavlovna, at once adopted just the expression she saw on the maid of honor’s face, and again relapsed into her radiant smile.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • There were a few moments of minor relapses, like when I told her I had never belonged to the Latin Club, but on the whole she took things better than I thought she would.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • Now that there was an end, they needed more breath, more fit to support the gross and earthly life into which they relapsed, than that atmosphere which the preacher had converted into words of flame, and had burdened with the rich fragrance of his thought.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The head of Munro had already sunk upon his chest, and he was again fast relapsing into melancholy, when the young Frenchman before named ventured to touch him lightly on the elbow.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • I were at the Bargemen t’other night, Pip;"—whenever he subsided into affection, he called me Pip, and whenever he relapsed into politeness he called me sir; "when there come up in his shay-cart, Pumblechook.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • A fearful idea now suddenly drove the blood in torrents upon my heart, and for a brief period, I once more relapsed into insensibility.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • Beth kept on, with only slight relapses into idleness or grieving.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • During that long interval Starbuck would ever be apt to fall into open relapses of rebellion against his captain’s leadership, unless some ordinary, prudential, circumstantial influences were brought to bear upon him.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • She stopt to blush and laugh at her own relapse, and then resumed a more serious, more dispiriting cogitation upon what had been, and might be, and must be.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • We both relapsed into silence.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • In the meantime he had relapsed into his stupor; he was obliged to make a tolerably vigorous effort to recall what had been the subject of his thoughts before midnight had struck; he finally succeeded in doing this.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He may relapse into addiction and trouble with the law.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • For a moment he relapsed into his old Gollum-manner.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • There would be no Pepita to enlarge her work; it would relapse into the indolence and the indifference of her colleagues.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Then he relapsed into his usual silence except when he was berating Thomas for being lazy.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • Seemed to think it might, ah, bring about a relapse , .
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • At sea precautionary vigilance was strained against relapse.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • This effect is strong enough that when smokers with a history of psychiatric problems give up cigarettes, they run a sizable risk of relapsing into depression.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • "Alive," she echoes, as if she were relapsing to her old quoting days.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
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