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She survived a succession of catastrophes.
  series (one after another)

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replacement over time — especially of someone taking a job or position after another leaves it
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succession successional
Strongly Associated with:   secession, successor
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  • She survived a succession of catastrophes.
  • Some investors are nervous that the founder and CEO is elderly, but others are comforted by a rigorous succession plan.
  • A succession of loud and shrill screams, bursting suddenly from the throat of the chained form, seemed to thrust me violently back.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • a succession of abusive men and their babies,
    August Wilson  --  Fences

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  • Any one of those things, or all three in succession, one after the other.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Attacked in quick succession, before the attacks could be reported.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • As soon as he cleared the edge of the hatch door, three shots rang out in quick succession.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • In quick succession, two waves passed over Mae.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • "You aren’t the only ones with unusual talents," said a young man at the edge of the crowd, and then in quick succession he growled like a bear and yowled like a cat, throwing his voice from one place to another with slight turns of his head so that it sounded like we were being stalked from all directions.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • When I said I had no idea where we were, he cursed and pulled a succession of squealing U-turns, spitting arcs of tobacco juice from his window as I scanned the neighborhood for a familiar landmark.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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  • As her date was nearing, the line of succession was the hot topic around Camp, as the town driver was the one prisoner who was allowed off the plantation on a daily basis.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • At the same time, she gradually became conscious of a succession of warm, smelly, and rhythmic breezes on her cheek.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • She ate a dozen mouthfuls in quick succession, then rinsed her mouth out again.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Two more shots go off in rapid succession.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • I sat and chewed my way through the dark-chocolate truffles that had arrived in silver baskets on the table, and drank three cups of coffee in quick succession so that as well as feeling drunk I felt jittery and wired.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • The results will be annoying and maybe disbelieved by those who saw sinister forces conspiring to bring about the three crashes in rapid-fire succession.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • I twined arms with a succession of momentary partners—dukes, earls, knights, squires—and back to Char.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Then, in succession, three more eyes opened.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Maniac Magee
  • They were perfectly content with a succession of B’s and an occasional A or C. They were strong and fast runners and good at games, and when cracks were made about anybody in the Murry family, they weren’t made about Sandy and Dennys.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • They were hunting for a specific street, but all they found was a succession of dead ends, one after another.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • He fired three times in rapid succession.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Werner is in the stairwell, halfway to the ground floor, when the 88 fires twice in quick succession.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Oscar tries vainly to trip Fred, Lincoln, and Cindy Lou in succession.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Willem had long since left the parish ministry, where his habit of speaking the hard truth had made a succession of congregations unhappy, and had started his nursing home in Hilversum, thirty miles from Haarlem.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Behind him, house after gorgeous colonial house passed in rapid-fire succession, their colors winking at us through her window.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • She always wears this cardigan, and a succession of dark skirts, which can’t possibly be the same one.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • I blinked several times in succession, helping my eyes hurry and adapt to the scant light.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • I was married to a Scottish outlaw, the both of us hunted by a sadistic captain of dragoons, and living with a lot of barbarians, who would as soon kill Jamie as look at him, if they thought him a threat to their precious clan succession.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Along the way they passed a succession of improbable rock formations.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • But then two disturbing things had happened in rapid succession.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Lucas goes with her, opening the heavy doors in succession, each one clanging farther and farther away.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Isaac threw the last three eggs in quick succession and Gus then guided him back toward the car.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • From down the atoll, the explosions were coming in rapid succession, each one louder and closer.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Winston heard a succession of shrill cries which appeared to be occurring in the air above his head.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The room echoed with the thuds in quick succession, and the stamping and kicking of the steers.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • I saw them close up their ranks six times in succession and march as if on parade.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Once he stayed there for two days and two nights in succession.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • "If a long succession of Hogwarts headmasters and headmistresses haven’t found the thing —"
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • With designs upon the succession.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • From the street below came a succession of honks and the braying of a donkey, the whistle of a policeman.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • When she had borne her third son in succession, Okonkwo had slaughtered a goat for her, as was the custom.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • Sam was born in 1959, and four other children, Stacy, Shawna, Shelly, and Shannon, followed in quick succession.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • But Fix’s reflections were soon interrupted by a succession of sharp whistles, which announced the arrival of the Mongolia.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • The dorado did a most extraordinary thing as it died: it began to flash all kinds of colours in rapid succession.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • They were so delighted with the song that they sang it right through five times in succession, and might have continued singing it all night if they had not been interrupted.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • Indignation, rage, indecision, agitation and much more crossed his face in rapid succession.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci created this succession of numbers in the thirteenth-century.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • They rose up, in such quick succession, that he could hardly count them.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • That’s the blacktop square where a succession of SEAL instructors have laid waste to thousands of hopes and dreams and driven men to within an inch of their lives.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Below them, a large circular opening had appeared in the largest building’s roof, and three hovercars rose up through the gap in quick succession, screaming toward the city.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
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Associated words [difficulty]:   succession [1] , secession [4] , successor [2]
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