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  • A curt "not for sale" was quite often the correct starting position with strangers as well, as it not only made the kind of buyer I was looking for more eager to strike a quick bargain, in cash, but also set the stage for me to abort mid-deal if something went wrong.†   (source)
  • It is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elation" of men."†   (source)
  • When he aborted the landing, he should have circled back around immediately, and he didn't.†   (source)
  • We could abort this mission right now and still make a fortune in patents.†   (source)
  • I thought of aborting.†   (source)
  • A jizo, you see, honors the soul of a departed child; in Mameha's case, they were for the three children she'd aborted at the Baron's request.†   (source)
  • After the aborted trip to Mexico, a poverty agency helped our family find a rented place within our means: a square, one-bedroom clapboard house on La Presa Street in an unincorporated part of the county called South San Gabriel.†   (source)
  • "Oh really," said Reggie Bush, perhaps thinking two words would suffice to abort a weird conversation.†   (source)
  • Abort!†   (source)
  • An aborted laugh or a noise of distress, I wasn't sure which.†   (source)
  • Padre de Jesus had told me about an aborted visit Dede had made to his rectory.†   (source)
  • The third time Redwing had been aborted.†   (source)
  • Since the hunting trip had been aborted, she would just have to make do with donated blood.†   (source)
  • I wanted to struggle, but he pressed so hard with his fingers that he held my entire prone body in check; and as soon as I stopped my abortive attempt at rebellion, he sank his teeth into my neck.†   (source)
  • As The Jesus Film played on a large, homemade screen hanging between two coconut trees, he became heavily burdened by the millions of babies being aborted in America.†   (source)
  • Blomkvist's strange behaviour in the courtroom had presented an interesting challenge, and Salander did not like aborting an assignment once she had started.†   (source)
  • There was an abortive movement of flagons toward mouths—stopped as the Duke remained with arm upraised.†   (source)
  • You would have died with no chance to abort the attempt once you realized that it was futile.†   (source)
  • She knew the world, she had learned to live and think in new ways, but she had never gone back to San Juan de la Cienaga after the aborted flight in the balloon.†   (source)
  • Although I'm certain Mr. Fuller filled his ear about it, Dad made no comment on our abortive test.†   (source)
  • The woman then aborted spontaneously, and the nun who assisted at this grotesque delivery came away from the experience with blood on her hands.†   (source)
  • It hadn't been out of its case since our aborted opening act for Bikini.†   (source)
  • He poured out on her the sum of all his inarticulate fury and aborted desires.†   (source)
  • I would not abort my baby.†   (source)
  • Research shows that when parents are banned from selectively aborting female fetuses, more of their daughters die as infants.†   (source)
  • Acted without a motive, if you care to discount an abortive robbery attempt, which the investigators are wont to do.†   (source)
  • And the post-Roe cohort was not only missing thousands of young male criminals but also thousands of single, teenage mothers—for many of the aborted baby girls would have been the children most likely to replicate their own mothers' tendencies.†   (source)
  • The advantage: if we could convince him that Sedeete was captured and the operation aborted, he could bargain for his own freedom and release the children.†   (source)
  • This was late, but not late enough to warrant aborting the mission.†   (source)
  • From his shoulder blades jutted a weird pair of knobby protrusions, like the stems of aborted wings: the only outward clue that this twisted man bore any relation to an ymbryne.†   (source)
  • Before long she was telling this stranger about her aborted phone call and the hand-wringing feeling it left her with—trouble at home and she far away.†   (source)
  • The chaplain's pilgrimage to Wintergreen had proved abortive; another shrine was empty.†   (source)
  • "Abort," Maggie hissed in my ear.†   (source)
  • Dear Lord—abort, abort, abort!†   (source)
  • The mission, one of the first operations conducted by Delta Force, was aborted.†   (source)
  • His aborted medical training was almost irrelevant.†   (source)
  • He was reported killed in an abortive coup.†   (source)
  • There's nothing but my fear telling me to abort.†   (source)
  • Finally, Tony begged her not to abort the baby, and actually promised that he would take care of the baby himself.†   (source)
  • Never mentioned Mauna Loa's volcanic nature; instead I noted that location permitted an aborted load to splash harmlessly in Pacific Ocean.†   (source)
  • The night after his aborted kidnapping attempt on the Soldiers' Home road four weeks earlier, Booth even lounged on Matthews's bed in a small boardinghouse across from Ford's Theatre, trying to cajole the fellow actor to join him.†   (source)
  • As far as I know, that was the only time Billy and Ricky had to literally abort the mission!†   (source)
  • So if you want to abort you can abort in Huntsville and no harm done.†   (source)
  • She became pregnant twice and aborted both.†   (source)
  • When any of his girls became pregnant they had the choice of leaving or of being aborted so brutally that a fair proportion died.†   (source)
  • This gets easier and easier until she comes up with still another child to abort or support.†   (source)
  • Back in the twentieth century, there had been an aborted Mohole Project and there had been natural-gas-mining deals which had involved deep drilling and the use of "shaped" atomic charges.†   (source)
  • I was able to extend the ecstasy a long time with Maria; we were still going at it like minks when my father with a primitive strangled sound aborted a snore, sprang up in his bed, then padded off to the bathroom.†   (source)
  • As briefly as possible I explained that I was teaching on Yamacraw Island, was in the midst of an abortive field trip, and that Mary's knee bone had screwed things up by popping out of her knee.†   (source)
  • Then they were able to realize a little more clearly what a poor joke they had all been laughing at, and the very feebleness of the material and outrageous disproportion of their laughter started them whooping again; but finally they quieted down, because they had no strength for any more, and into this nervous and somewhat aborted silence Catherine spoke, "Well, I have never in my life been so thoroughly shocked and astonished, and it began all over again.†   (source)
  • abort the program
  • No — Gatsby turned out all right at the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men.   (source)
    abortive = unfinished
  • Seivarden gestured abortively, arms still tightly crossed, one elbow lifting slightly.†   (source)
  • And that means that we know what her aborted conversation with Henrik was to have been about.†   (source)
  • The plane is now turning away from Kennedy, after the aborted first attempt at landing.†   (source)
  • The room fills with the dying screeches of aborted monsters.†   (source)
  • But we should tell them we had backups and why we aborted.†   (source)
  • Then he saw it, and in that unbelievable split half-second he knew the countdown was aborted.†   (source)
  • Only once since the abortive escape attempt had she looked at him.†   (source)
  • Should the guards become alarmed they might send a different 'signal' — conference aborted.†   (source)
  • Treadstone's aborted and you walk out free.†   (source)
  • Sedgwick sputtered incoherently and Bennington made an abortive attempt to block the door.†   (source)
  • Josie may have grown up without knowing her father, but wasn't that better than learning he'd wanted you to be aborted?†   (source)
  • Piloted by Lieutenant Colonel Madan Khatri Chhetri of the Nepalese army, the olive-drab B2 Squirrel helicopter-stripped of all unnecessary fuel and equipment-made two passes, but on each occasion aborted at the last moment.†   (source)
  • It was only supposed to happen if we aborted before landing; a cut-our-losses scenario where we'd launch the MAV to act as a satellite.†   (source)
  • He aborted the drop and circled again.†   (source)
  • Here, by contrast, is the transcript from Avianca 052, as the plane is going in for its abortive first landing.†   (source)
  • "You aren't One Esk," said the smaller child, and the older made an abortive motion as if to hush her.†   (source)
  • On the aborted landing, the plane's Ground Proximity Warning System went off no fewer than fifteen times, telling the captain that he was bringing in the plane too low.†   (source)
  • He had gone to Bjurman's to calm him down or to threaten him, as needed, after the abortive attempt to kidnap Salander.†   (source)
  • He hadn't tried to do this with anyone except abortively with the psychiatrist and with Paul and Joia.†   (source)
  • Your strategy's aborted!†   (source)
  • In 1987 the army's paramilitaries had massacred scores of voters at polling places, aborting what would have been the first democratic elections in Haiti's history.†   (source)
  • It was aborted.†   (source)
  • They were only a half hour into a four-hour training operation that he didn't want aborted, especially because of him.†   (source)
  • The room had been abandoned in the middle of childbirths, where dying mothers had aborted fetuses infected with Ebola.†   (source)
  • Sadly, neither economic development nor the rise of education and a middle class seems to have affected the predilection for aborting female fetuses.†   (source)
  • Tyler lay back down and, with more information, started to ponder on the central subject that had been occupying his mind ever since the end of' the aborted Maple Syrup War: How to get the Terran system up to Glatun standards in the shortest possible period.†   (source)
  • He had dreamed of building clinics for the country ever since that abortive attempt to build one in Sangaza.†   (source)
  • Awakened by an urgent call from the county coroner, Dameron presented himself at the jail around 3:00 a. m., whereupon detectives, who had been strenuously but abortively interrogating the suspect, withdrew to another room, leaving the minister to consult privately with his parishioner.†   (source)
  • The Nichrome wire was lying in the charred remains of the cork, which had either slipped or been pushed out of place by the aborted exhaust.†   (source)
  • I'm pretty sure there's not going to be another postscript with Mia, and I'm gonna have to live on the fumes of tonight for the rest of my life, so I'd like a little more to show for it than parking lots and arthritis and aborted apologies.†   (source)
  • The virus is a catastrophe for a pregnant woman: the child is aborted spontaneously and is usually infected with Ebola virus, born with red eyes and a bloody nose.†   (source)
  • One real attempt was aborted.†   (source)
  • Despite first contact with extraterrestrials, Horvath destruction of multiple cities, the seizure of all of Earth's precious metals and the abortive Maple Syrup War, Earth did not have a unified government.†   (source)
  • Maybe should not have aborted, Mike.†   (source)
  • A development economist at Brown University, Nancy Qian, quantified the wrenching trade-off: On average, the deaths of fifteen infant girls can be avoided by allowing one hundred female fetuses to be selectively aborted.†   (source)
  • But if the conspiracy is not aborted, it will destroy the Hong Kong Accords and blow the colony apart.†   (source)
  • There's no graceful way to step back after my aborted hug attempt so we stand closer than is comfortable.†   (source)
  • Yet whenever he did, he followed an abortive kill with a spectacular, unsolicited one, to uphold his stature.†   (source)
  • For his words in the ears of amateurs had sealed the order for Webb's execution — 'Jason Bourne's' death sentence — an act that was aborted only at the last instant through David's own doing, while the squad of executioners were still in their unseen positions.†   (source)
  • Stu had pointed out to Dr. Chan that, since Great China was not to be bombed until twelve hours after North America, bombing of Great China could be aborted after bombing of North America was a proved fact—if Great China acted swiftly.†   (source)
  • It had taken place at the Treadstone sterile house on New York's 71st Street, an ingenious trap mounted by Conklin, which was aborted by Webb's hysterical efforts to survive and, oddly enough, the presence of Carlos the Jackal.†   (source)
  • Yet the possibility of indiscriminate death caused by a killer in a window or on a rooftop was crazy; the police would come, the street blocked off, even a reverse trap aborted.†   (source)
  • He was convinced the woman walking beside him was the carrier of lethal commands that had been aborted by gunfire an hour ago, the orders having been issued by a faceless man who demanded obedience or death.†   (source)
  • There, however, he had been confronted with evidence of Sophie's betrayal—or what he construed as such—and now there seemed no doubt that the celebration had not only become aborted, it was headed for unknown depths of disaster.†   (source)
  • But Sophie, as I pointed out before and as she elaborated to Hoss on that strange day of their aborted intimacy, was one of the chosen elite and therefore had been "lucky" by comparison with most of the others newly arrived at the camp.†   (source)
  • I put one of them on the record player and we listened to a much younger Richie crooning the top song of his aborted career, "Time Out for Love."†   (source)
  • Mr. Randel and I had an unwritten, unspoken law that we would never cross swords professionally, that our friendship was too intense and personal to be tarnished in some abortive, temporal crusade concerning our jobs.†   (source)
  • Even so, I do not think that my astonishment over that mournful little incident could have been exceeded by any form of surprise when, shortly before telling me about that aborted appointment with death, she revealed still another piece of dismal news.†   (source)
  • I realized, in a stunning rush of clarity, that I had banished her from my thoughts during that aborted foray into Virginia for the simple reason that my subconscious had forbidden me to foresee or to accept what my mind in its all too excruciating awareness now insisted upon: that something terrible was going to happen to her, and to Nathan, and that my desperate journey to Brooklyn could in no way alter the fate they had embraced.†   (source)
  • In college—where, outside of "creative writing," my only serious academic concern had been the study of the history of the American South—I had hacked out a lengthy term paper on that freakish and aborted political movement known as Populism, paying special attention to the Southern demagogues and rabble-rousers who had so often exemplified its seamier side.†   (source)
  • I couldn't see her face, but the small creaking sound in her throat seemed to mean Abort!†   (source)
  • In an abort, Hermes would leave orbit within twenty-four hours.†   (source)
  • After an hour and a half of sustained wind, NASA gave the order to abort.†   (source)
  • He has finally upgraded from a hint to a crew obligation: he wants to abort the landing.†   (source)
  • If anybody wants to abort after you see the ship, you're welcome.†   (source)
  • Abort program is set up and I have my best assistant—fellow named Mike—standing by.†   (source)
  • But some Great Lake cities are already past ocean abort; Lake Superior is best we can do.†   (source)
  • You don't have many down here...Abort/It's a no-win!†   (source)
  • Man, I can abort the follow-ups on that one, into the Atlantic and clear of shipping.†   (source)
  • Sheenie said, "For heaven's sake, Man—abort!†   (source)
  • Can abort missiles for Great China for a while yet.†   (source)
  • But with even an hour's warning he could usually abort into an ocean.†   (source)
  • You now have ....three minutes fifty-eight seconds in which to abort leading load for Kansas City.†   (source)
  • When her attempt to abort herself failed and the doctor threatened her, she gave up that method.†   (source)
  • A little later, when Lopsang had climbed to the base of the Hillary Step, Hall decided to abort the summit attempt and signaled Cotter and Lopsang to turn around.†   (source)
  • A few days later, on Mother's Day, I spoke at a church in Memphis and shared briefly about my mother's refusal to abort me.†   (source)
  • We abort now, right?†   (source)
  • There isn't even an abort procedure.†   (source)
  • "We've reached safe-abort," another person called out, indicating that the ship could crash harmlessly into the Atlantic Ocean if necessary.†   (source)
  • What's the abort wind speed?†   (source)
  • Prep for abort.†   (source)
  • Possibly I will choose to abort.†   (source)
  • Snake Lady, Snake Lady, abort.†   (source)
  • But Macon came out of his few days of sexual hypnosis in a rage and later when he discovered her pregnancy, tried to get her to abort.†   (source)
  • "Maybe we should abort," he says.†   (source)
  • Abort, abort, right now.†   (source)
  • Several minutes elapsed, long enough for Natalie to wonder whether Jalal Nasser had decided to abort the meeting.†   (source)
  • Abort your baby?†   (source)
  • Abort the mission.†   (source)
  • Abort!†   (source)
  • Mission abort.†   (source)
  • One sets the forces in motion, on a collision course, always watching, ready to abort, to kill, if one has to, but knowing that as the complications mount and the closer they come to each other's throat, the nearer the solution is.†   (source)
  • Abort!†   (source)
  • Abort!†   (source)
  • If you abort, you waste them—and everybody who thinks we have steel casings to waste had better go up to catapult head and look.†   (source)
  • Now horrible pressure of time was off me, now could abort any load into ocean right up to last few minutes before impact.†   (source)
  • Last was nonsense and we both knew it; problem was beyond human capacity, too late even to order abort.†   (source)
  • Thirty-seven minutes before first China Coast impact Great China denounced actions of F.N., recognized us, offered to negotiate—and I sprained a finger punching abort buttons.†   (source)
  • After several abortive attempts to get Affery to look at him while she cleared the table and washed the tea-service, Arthur thought of an expedient which Flora might originate.†   (source)
    abortive = terminated (stopped) before completion
  • Kashkin had been in the north at Irun, at San Sebastian and in the abortive fighting toward Vitoria.†   (source)
  • They had made another abortive search of the island.†   (source)
  • who in actual fact was the girl's aunt and who by actual years should have been her sister and who in actual experience and hope and opportunity should have been the niece, ignoring the mother to follow the departing and inaccessible daughter with myopic and inarticular yearning and not one whit of jealousy, projecting upon Judith all the abortive dreams and delusions of her own doomed and frustrated youth, offering Judith the only gift (it of necessity offered to the bride's equipment and not the bride; it was Ellen who told this, with shrieks of amusement, more than once) in her power: she offered to teach Judith how to keep house and plan meals and count laundry, receiving for the offe†   (source)
  • It had been three years since she had tried her abortive love-affair with him.†   (source)
  • The earth was lumpy, the stubble prickly and lined with grass, thistles, abortive stumps of clover.†   (source)
  • He made a salutation, or, to speak nearer the truth, an ill-defined, abortive attempt at curtsy.†   (source)
  • Since the abortive contact with Dillard, Rita and Zella, and afterwards the seemingly meaningless invitation to the Griffiths with its introduction to and yet only passing glimpse of such personages as Bella, Sondra Finchley and Bertine Cranston, he was lonely indeed.†   (source)
  • The calling card, although large, was soon so full on both sides that the abortive attempts overlapped.†   (source)
  • I proceed, then, from the morning which followed our abortive chase of the convict and our other strange experiences upon the moor.†   (source)
  • They forgot their abortive personal relationship, and felt adventurous as they muddied about in the dust.†   (source)
  • It's all been—abortive," she said.†   (source)
  • the boulevards that the chestnut-trees, though plunged in a glacial atmosphere that soaked through them like a stream of water, were none the less beginning, punctual guests, arrayed already for the party, and admitting no discouragement, to shape and chisel and curve in its frozen lumps the irrepressible verdure whose steady growth the abortive power of the cold might hinder but could not succeed in restraining—I reflected that already the Ponte Vecchio was heaped high with an abundance of hyacinths and anemones, and that the spring sunshine was already tinging the waves of the Grand Canal with so dusky an azure, with emeralds so splendid that when they washed and were broken against th†   (source)
  • At the end was an abortive stage.†   (source)
  • My friends had made every effort that ingenuity could devise to effect our purchase, but all their plans had proved abortive.†   (source)
  • As some time was suffered to elapse, in demonstrations and abortive efforts, we shall leave them, for that period, to return to such of our characters as remained in the hands of the savages.†   (source)
  • By one of those caprices of the mind which we are perhaps most subject to in early youth, I at once gave up my former occupations, set down natural history and all its progeny as a deformed and abortive creation, and entertained the greatest disdain for a would-be science which could never even step within the threshold of real knowledge.†   (source)
  • Finding this, she was much perplexed as to Henchard's motives in opening the matter at all; for in such cases we attribute to an enemy a power of consistent action which we never find in ourselves or in our friends; and forget that abortive efforts from want of heart are as possible to revenge as to generosity.†   (source)
  • To make up for this abortive experiment, he proposed to take her portrait by a scientific process of his own invention.†   (source)
  • What he had told me, in his room, about his belief in its disseminating the statements pasted on it, which were nothing but old leaves of abortive Memorials, might have been a fancy with him sometimes; but not when he was out, looking up at the kite in the sky, and feeling it pull and tug at his hand.†   (source)
  • The wild and disordered gleam of his eye, at first induced the young men to arrest their steps; but when Abner, older and more resolute than the rest, advanced full upon him, with a countenance that bespoke the hostile state of his mind, the affrighted criminal turned, and, making an abortive effort to fly, fell with his face to the earth, to all appearance perfectly dead.†   (source)
  • "Undoubtedly," said the daguerreotypist, "I do feel an interest in this antiquated, poverty-stricken old maiden lady, and this degraded and shattered gentleman,—this abortive lover of the beautiful.†   (source)
  • And Clifford,—in his abortive decay, with the mystery of fearful crime upon him, and the close prison-atmosphere yet lurking in his breath,—how had he transformed himself into the simplest child, whom Phoebe felt bound to watch over, and be, as it were, the providence of his unconsidered hours!†   (source)
  • But he recovered enough of them partially to light up his character, to display some outline of the marvellous grace that was abortive in it, and to make him the object of no less deep, although less melancholy interest than heretofore.†   (source)
  • At last, finding no other pretext for deferring the torture that she was to inflict on Clifford,—her reluctance to which was the true cause of her loitering at the window, her search for the artist, and even her abortive prayer,—dreading, also, to hear the stern voice of Judge Pyncheon from below stairs, chiding her delay,—she crept slowly, a pale, grief-stricken figure, a dismal shape of woman, with almost torpid limbs, slowly to her brother's door, and knocked!†   (source)
  • With respect to defense, Spain having been several years at war against Great Britain, and being at length join'd by France, which brought us into great danger; and the laboured and long-continued endeavour of our governor, Thomas, to prevail with our Quaker Assembly to pass a militia law, and make other provisions for the security of the province, having proved abortive, I determined to try what might be done by a voluntary association of the people.†   (source)
  • And then, on a lousy show like this, co-ordinating two chicken-crut guerilla bands to help you blow a bridge under impossible conditions, to abort a counteroffensive that will probably already be started, you run into a girl like this Maria.†   (source)
  • I wondered suddenly whether Jamie had told Colum or Dougal of my abortive attempt to escape on the night of the oath-taking.†   (source)
  • Thou elvish-mark'd, abortive, rooting hog!†   (source)
  • One of these virtuosi seemed to think that I might be an embryo, or abortive birth.†   (source)
  • Why should I joy in any abortive birth?†   (source)
  • In short, she returned from both, plainly convinced, not only that her scheme of reconciliation had proved abortive, but that she must for ever give over all thoughts of bringing it about by any means whatever.†   (source)
  • These passed, if any pass, the void profound
    Of unessential Night receives him next,
    Wide-gaping, and with utter loss of being
    Threatens him, plunged in that abortive gulf.†   (source)
  • In this review of the Confederation, I have confined myself to the exhibition of its most material defects; passing over those imperfections in its details by which even a great part of the power intended to be conferred upon it has been in a great measure rendered abortive.†   (source)
  • He added, "that nature was degenerated in these latter declining ages of the world, and could now produce only small abortive births, in comparison of those in ancient times."†   (source)
  • so had borne
    My part of evil only, each day's lot
    Enough to bear; those now, that were dispensed
    The burden of many ages, on me light
    At once, by my foreknowledge gaining birth
    Abortive, to torment me ere their being,
    With thought that they must be.†   (source)
  • The history of Germany is a history of wars between the emperor and the princes and states; of wars among the princes and states themselves; of the licentiousness of the strong, and the oppression of the weak; of foreign intrusions, and foreign intrigues; of requisitions of men and money disregarded, or partially complied with; of attempts to enforce them, altogether abortive, or attended with slaughter and desolation, involving the innocent with the guilty; of general inbecility, confusion, and misery.†   (source)
  • If ever he have child, abortive be it, Prodigious, and untimely brought to light, Whose ugly and unnatural aspect May fright the hopeful mother at the view; And that be heir to his unhappiness!†   (source)
  • in vain things
    Built their fond hopes of glory or lasting fame,
    Or happiness in this or the other life;
    All who have their reward on earth, the fruits
    Of painful superstition and blind zeal,
    Nought seeking but the praise of men, here find
    Fit retribution, empty as their deeds;
    All the unaccomplished works of Nature's hand,
    Abortive, monstrous, or unkindly mixed,
    Dissolved on earth, fleet hither, and in vain,
    Till final dissolution, wander here;
    Not in the neighbouring moon as some have dreamed;
    Those argent fields more likely habitants,
    Translated Saints, or middle Spirits hold
    Betwixt the angelical and human kind.†   (source)
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