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The politician offered the same tired bromides.
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bromide bromides
In chemistry, a bromide refers to a compound containing bromine. At one time the term was frequently used as an abbreviation for the sedative, potassium bromide.
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  • The politician offered the same tired bromides.
  • You will find some sleeping stuff-trional and sulphonal tablets-a packet of bromide, bicarbonate of soda, aspirin.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • The Cosmo-Slotnick Building rose ponderously over the street, like a big white bromide.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • It’s much better medicine than valerian or bromide.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl

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  • That may be a bromide, boys, but that’s how I feel.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Kate got up from her bed and took a heavy dose of bromide.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • 66% sodium chloride; then small quantities of magnesium chloride, potassium chloride, magnesium bromide, sulfate of magnesia, calcium sulfate, and calcium carbonate.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Violet McKisco collapsed and Mrs. Abrams took her to her room and gave her a bromide whereupon she fell comfortably asleep on the bed.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • He arose at the crack of dawn, when he began to take his secret medicines: potassium bromide to raise his spirits, salicylates for the ache in his bones when it rained, ergosterol drops for vertigo, belladonna for sound sleep.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • He seemed to be taking refuge in some other time, while his father and the gypsy with shouts interpreted the predictions of Nostradamus amidst a noise of flasks and trays and the disaster of spilled acids and silver bromide that was lost in the twists and turns it gave at every instant.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude

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  • Words and wind and self-serving bromides.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Not just with objective wonder at the rising of a truth, fragmentary or not, up through what often seemed to be an impenetrable mass of prejudices, cliches, and bromides.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • ’There are times when a person shouldn’t take that bromide about stealing from a thief too literally.’
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Next he proceeded to the many new discoveries which were being made — Dr. Laycock’s bromide therapy for epileptics, for example, which should put paid to a great many erroneous beliefs and superstitions; the investigation of the structure of the brain; the use of drugs in both the induction and the alleviation of hallucinations of various sorts.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Why not try two tabloids of bromide dissolved in a glass of water at bedtime?
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • He drank heavily and took mood-altering drugs called bromides.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Did you take your bromide last night, Colin?
    Frances Hodgson Burnett  --  The Secret Garden
  • They poured more coffee into him and (on the advice of Clif Clawson, who wasn’t exactly sure what the effect might be but who was willing to learn) they fed him a potassium bromide tablet.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • ’Where there’s smoke there must be fire,’ I believe is the bromide.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • The endless search for mineral wealth has besprinkled the map with such names as /Bromide/, /Oil City/, /Anthracite/, /Chrome/, /Chloride/, /Coal Run/, /Goldfield/, /Telluride/, /Leadville/ and /Cement/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Prescribed a little bromide?
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • One could make a bromide of one’s life, he thought; but not of one’s death.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • My face, Mr. Holcombe, is just as much of a public bromide.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Like a bromide.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • It’s not a bromide, it’s practically an institution.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • She thought suddenly of those modern college-infected parasites who assumed a sickening air of moral self-righteousness whenever they uttered the standard bromides about their concern for the welfare of others.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • And since this was obviously the case, it might be profitable for the scum to pursue a little knowledge, for as the bromide declared, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing-frequently more so in the eyes of the beholder than in the one possessing scant tidbits of information, so slanted as to appear many times more.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Someone saw him shivering with fever and informed the Captain, who, fearing a case of cholera, left the party with the ship’s doctor, and the doctor took the precaution of sending Florentino to the quarantine cabin with a dose of bromides.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Only so much; the sanctimonious bromides about still being alive grew stale and bitter with time.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • But now her head dug in her soft pillows and her eyes felt the gentle weight of the bromide.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • The academic-freedom bromide is history.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • He went into the bathroom and measured three teaspoons of elixir of bromide into a glass and added water until the red medicine was pink.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Can you imagine a solid bromide undressing his soul as if it were a revelation?
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • It makes him no bigger than an ant—isn’t that the correct bromide for the occasion?
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • That seems to be the official bromide of our century.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The rule of the bromide.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Bromide, Peter.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The crowd knew from the newspapers that he represented the evil of ruthless wealth; and-as they praised the virtue of chastity, then ran to see any movie that displayed a half-naked female on its posters-so they came to see him; evil, at least, did not have the stale hopelessness of a bromide which none believed and none dared to challenge.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • She said: "May I name another vicious bromide you’ve never felt?
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
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