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direct
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The sprinkler head needs to be fixed so it directs water away from the house.
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  • The sprinkler head needs to be fixed so it directs water away from the house.
  • Please direct your question to the appropriate department by selecting one from this list.
  • Please don’t direct your anger toward me.
  • Please direct your attention to the north end zone.

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  • All the cameras were pointed directly at her.
  • I was surprised that among so many men of genius who had directed their inquiries towards the same science, that I alone should be reserved to discover so astonishing a secret.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The land fell into fewer hands, the number of the dispossessed increased, and every effort of the great owners was directed at repression.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Reverend Sykes then called on the Lord to bless the sick and the suffering, a procedure no different from our church practice, except Reverend Sykes directed the Deity’s attention to several specific cases.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • But He that hath the steerage of my course
    Direct my sail!
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • All his suspicions were directed against Lombard and I pretended to concur in these.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None

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  • She heard the anger in his voice and assumed it was directed at her.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • There would be an announcement like that quite soon, he felt certain, and it would be directed mainly at Lily, though her name, of course, would not be mentioned.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • Percy directed the girls through one door to their dormitory and the boys through another.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • "No — don’t —" said Harry weakly, but Lockhart was twirling his wand and a second later had directed it straight at Harry’s arm.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry directed a Stunning Spell toward the masked Death Eater; it missed but nearly hit Neville,
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • What is more, any anger I felt at that moment was directed, not against the Kapo, but against my father.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • There are other trusts in the country just as illegal and extortionate as the Beef Trust: there is the Coal Trust, that freezes the poor in winter—there is the Steel Trust, that doubles the price of every nail in your shoes—there is the Oil Trust, that keeps you from reading at night—and why do you suppose it is that all the fury of the press and the government is directed against the Beef Trust?
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Latecomers are directed to the adjacent streets, where they can watch the event on screens as it’s televised live by the state.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • NOTE LEFT BY VAN HELSING IN HIS PORTMANTEAU, BERKELEY HOTEL DIRECTED TO JOHN SEWARD, M. D. (Not Delivered) 27 September
    Friend John, I write this in case anything should happen....
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • The reason she was elevated had more to do with the fact that she became disruptive in the younger class. She answered questions directed to other children and called out.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • (Reaching down into his pants with a rather important gesture) Here, son— (He hands the boy the coin, but his eyes are directed to his wife’s.)
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • There was a short pause during which every ear and no eyes were directed toward me, and then Brinker went on.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • When they asked about my friends, everyone directed them to Gale.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • He painfully pushes himself up to a sitting position and directs his words to Gale.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • I hope it isn’t another article, because I’m not sure I can handle any more hostility directed at me.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • His voice is without a doubt directed at me now.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • Her whole thought and action were directed inward on the baby.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Harry bellowed, directing his wand at her, and with a bang and a burst of red sparks, the curtains swung shut again, silencing her.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • After lunch, Haymitch takes me into the sitting room, directs me to the couch, and then just frowns at me for a while.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • A woman directing the incoming patients catches sight of us, does a sort of double take, and then strides over.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • When we ask for Beetee, we’re directed through the maze until we reach an enormous plate-glass window.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • We aren’t supposed to speak at the dinner table unless our parents ask us a direct question, and they usually don’t.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Cinna and Portia direct us into the chariot and carefully arrange our body positions, the drape of our capes, before moving off to consult with each other.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • The labours of men of genius, however erroneously directed, scarcely ever fail in ultimately turning to the solid advantage of mankind.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • One of the letters was directed to Samuel F. Billington, No. 7, The Crescent, Whitby, another to Herr Leutner, Varna.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • They were directed at Tommy Müller.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • There’s no welcoming committee on the platform, just a squad of eight Peacekeepers who direct us into the back of an armored truck.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • We board a hovercraft for the short ride to 12 and I’m directed to a seat at a table where Plutarch, Gale, and Cressida are poring over a map.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Was that directed at me?
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Day dawned; and I directed my steps towards the town.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Each announcement was lengthy, accompanied by a speech directed at the new Twelve.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • The station is swarming with reporters with their insectlike cameras trained directly on my face.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • He forced compliance by leaning against me as we walked along, changing my direction; like a police car squeezing me to the side of the road, he directed me unwillingly toward the gym and the river.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • For a second they stood quite still, wands directed at each other’s chests; then, recognizing each other, they stowed their wands beneath their cloaks and started walking briskly in the same direction.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Is he directing all the sponsors toward Peeta?
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • But anyone can see that Peeta is preoccupied, so Caesar directs the conversation right into the subject that’s on everyone’s minds.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Al crawled under on his belly and directed the beam of the flashlight.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • I was sure he had never heard the words Judge Taylor directed at him— his mouth struggled silently with them— but their import registered on his face.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Occasionally, when supplies were delivered by cargo planes to the landing field across the river, the children rode their bicycles to the riverbank and watched, intrigued, the unloading and then the takeoff directed to the west, always away from the community.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • He was afraid that he was making it happen by having these thoughts, and tried to direct them into another channel.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
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