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Her attorney filed for a writ of habeas corpus.
  law:  an order issued by a court or judicial officer

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archaic term for written or wrote
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writ writs
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  • Her attorney filed for a writ of habeas corpus.
  • Writ in my cousin’s hand,
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • Why, she hath not writ to me?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • "I must admit, Lewis, that it is highly unlikely that the judge will issue a writ for the blacks," Baldwin said.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad

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  • I’ll clap a writ on you!
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • I wasn’t interested in learning how to draft a motion or a writ of habeas corpus or other common jailhouse documents.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Stevenson, I’m calling to let you know that the Court has just entered an order in Case No. 89-5395; the motion for a stay of execution and petition for writ of certiorari have been denied.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • The pilot, an amiable flight lieutenant wearing a handlebar mustache, watched the load going aboard with honest bewilderment writ large across his brow.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • The mayor shook his head and made no motion to look at our writ of patronage.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Presenteeism writ large.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You

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  • Across the top of the flyer writ in big black letters were the words LIMITED ENGAGEMENT, then in little letters it said, —Direct from an S.R.O. engagement in New York City.
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  Bud, Not Buddy
  • Mr. Barnett said he had all them things Mr. Tatum ordered writ down and when Mr. Tatum asked to see that list of his, Mr. Barnett says, ’You callin’ me a liar, boy?’
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Lemme just get my check writ out.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • Look at that shirt—every last inch of it kivered over with secret African writ’n done with blood!
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Together, his two books were called the Hive-Queen and the Hegemon, and they were holy writ.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • But this letter was writ in vain.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • I know the hand; in faith, ’tis a fair hand, And whiter than the paper it writ on Is the fair hand that writ.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • Trifles light as air Are to the jealous confirmations strong As proofs of holy writ: this may do something.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • I wrote my articles and thought little more of the matter until, some time later, I backed a bill for a friend and had a writ served upon me for £25.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • A song writ by him has given offense in high places— and a hundred men—I am of them—are posted to-night….
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Then he gave a sort of inarticulate cry, dropped candle and writ together, and went blundering down the dark passage to the stairs.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • His mind and body together made up a large-writ scripture of pain.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • There’s a sermon now, writ in high heaven, and the sun goes through it every year, and yet comes out of it all alive and hearty.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Marry, if he that writ it had played Pyramus, and hang’d himself in Thisbe’s garter, it would have been a fine tragedy: and so it is, truly; and very notably discharged.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • God’s writ did not extend there.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • To help my memory, I formed all I learned into the English alphabet, and writ the words down, with the translations.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • It is for the recovery of money on an I O U, a writ.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Ain’ Miss Pitty writ you an’ writ you ter come home?
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • As I faded into time’s dateless night, I would say to the doctor, "The moving finger writes and having writ, moves on …" and my soul would escape gracefully.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • As I do live, my honour’d lord, ’tis true; And we did think it writ down in our duty To let you know of it.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Etc. [13] Lawyer Corbeau, perched on a docket, held in his beak a writ of execution; Lawyer Renard, attracted by the smell, addressed him nearly as follows, etc. The two honest practitioners, embarrassed by the jests, and finding the bearing of their heads interfered with by the shouts of laughter which followed them, resolved to get rid of their names, and hit upon the expedient of applying to the king.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It is written that the shoemaker should meddle with his yard and the tailor with his last, the fisher with his pencil, and the painter with his nets; but I am sent to find those persons whose names are here writ, and can never find what names the writing person hath here writ.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • The very joy of living was writ plainly upon the sweet young face, it sparkled out of the merry blue eyes and lit up the smile that lurked around the lips.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Nor nothing in your letters writ of her?
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • In the report he submitted to the Kansas Supreme Court, Judge Thiele found that the petitioners had received a constitutionally fair trial; the court thereupon denied the writ to abolish the verdict, and set a new date of execution-October 25, 1962.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • I dare pawn down my life for him that he hath writ this to feel my affection to your honour, and to no other pretence of danger.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • When her own brother slain in battle lay Unsepulchered, she suffered not his corse To lie for carrion birds and dogs to maul: Should not her name (they cry) be writ in gold?
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • ’Be not afraid of greatness’:—’twas well writ.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • The justice maintained his judicial composure, and simply said— "Doubtless it is allowable to revise the value, since it is not yet writ upon the record."
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • So then the king sent letters and writs throughout all England, both in the length and the breadth, for to assummon all his knights.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Youth, you have done me much ungentleness, To show the letter that I writ to you.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • You know people send mother writs, don’t you, uncle?
    D. H. Lawrence  --  The Rocking-Horse Winner
  • I’m glad it’s all writ down in the Book of Shaker.
    Robert Newton Peck  --  A Day No Pigs Would Die
  • Writ, I ween, ’twas not my wish In lean unlovely English.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • "I wonder the writs haven’t followed me down here," Rawdon continued, still desponding.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • It was writ all over him.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • And this was in face of the fact that Elizabeth could now have been writ handsome, while the young lady was simply pretty.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Palpable though writ small, the story in Athens is the story everywhere, always: the human condition.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • And there was even at the bottom, "She will be constrained thereto by every form of law, and notably by a writ of distraint on her furniture and effects."
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • ’Mas’r Davy,’ he said, when we had shaken hands, ’I giv Em’ly your letter, sir, and she writ this heer; and begged of me fur to ask you to read it, and if you see no hurt in’t, to be so kind as take charge on’t.’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
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