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  • A lot of people get into trouble by signing contracts they don't understand.
    contracts = written agreements that is enforceable by law
  • Shawn said Dad didn't understand that construction was more competitive than scrapping, and that if they wanted to land real contracts, they needed to spend real money on real equipment—specifically, a new welder and a man lift with a basket.   (source)
    contracts = agreements to purchase/sell
  • They get kickbacks on government contracts from friends or the companies they award them to.   (source)
  • And okay, fair enough, but there is this unwritten contract between author and reader and I think not ending your book kind of violates that contract.   (source)
    contract = agreement
  • The Japanese government made contracts with private companies to send enlisted POWs to factories, mines, docks, and railways, where the men were forced into exceptionally arduous war-production or war-transport labor.   (source)
    contracts = agreements
  • In 1961, a Fairbanks company, Yutan Construction, won a contract from the new state of Alaska (statehood having been granted just two years earlier) to upgrade the trail, building it into a road on which trucks could haul ore from the mine year-round.   (source)
    contract = formal legal agreement
  • Pasiphae was contracted in marriage.   (source)
    contracted = promised in an agreement
  • He broke his contract with the Circle, and he violated our trust.   (source)
    contract = formal agreement
  • I thought she was going to spit in it, which was the only reason anybody in Maycomb held out his hand: it was a time-honored method of sealing oral contracts.   (source)
    contracts = agreements
  • It is in my contract.   (source)
    contract = a formal agreement - typically written and enforceable by law
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  • The contract you signed--everything in it still stands.   (source)
    contract = written agreement that is enforceable by law
  • My contract provides I be supplied with all my firewood.   (source)
    contract = formal legal agreement
    contracts = written agreements that are enforceable by law
  • They signed a contract.   (source)
    contract = written agreement
  • My contract expires in June. ... We will stay through July to help welcome the Reverend and Mrs. Minor when they
    come.   (source)
    contract = formal agreement
  • Rob, with his natural grace and ability, was already talking of college scholarships and NBA contracts.   (source)
    contracts = written agreements that are enforceable by law
  • I expect you to do your best to fulfill your part of the contract.   (source)
    contract = written agreement (enforceable by law)
  • Since the school was so shorthanded, they offered me a one-year contract.   (source)
    contract = a legal agreement
  • Soon the contract between us will be void.   (source)
    contract = an agreement of payment for services
  • Couldn't sign a contract because I was underage, and my momma, your grandma, wouldn't sign for me.   (source)
    contract = a written agreement that is enforceable by law
  • I might have a shot at a recording contract.   (source)
    contract = a formal legal agreement
  • ...just like you get contracts to cut wood.   (source)
    contracts = written agreements that are enforceable by law
  • This outfit signed a contract for a twenty-five hour week.   (source)
    contract = a written agreement enforceable by law
  • A stump of hay and part of the potato crop were sold off, and the contract for eggs was increased to six hundred a week, so that that year the hens barely hatched enough chicks to keep their numbers at the same level.   (source)
    contract = formal agreement (to provide)
  • But I guess the contract we signed is full of loopholes?   (source)
    contract = written agreement
  • Well, this here fella's got a contract to pick them peaches or chop that cotton.   (source)
    contract = legal agreement
  • ...he signed the contract...   (source)
  • Time presses, and in our implied agreement with the old scytheman it is of the essence of the contract.   (source)
    contract = agreement
  • according to the terms of the contract   (source)
    contract = formally written agreement
  • S'pose he contracted to do a thing, and you paid him, and didn't set down there and see that he done it—what did he do?   (source)
    contracted = made an agreement of payment for services that is enforceable by law
  • Did I make a contract with him in the forest, and sign it with my blood?   (source)
    contract = formal agreement
  • Our contract is an old one.   (source)
    contract = agreement
  • Mr. Rushworth had no difficulty in procuring a divorce; and so ended a marriage contracted under such circumstances as to make any better end the effect of good luck not to be reckoned on.   (source)
    contracted = legally agreed to
  • …and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.   (source)
    contract = make an agreement
  • Film moguls, seeing leading-man material, offered Graham a movie contract.   (source)
    contract = agreement to perform
  • From what I could gather, the company had bribed a bunch of state officials in exchange for contracts to build a better sewer overflow system in Indianapolis.   (source)
    contracts = agreements
  • And then, even though they'd done a terrible job the first time, Pickett Engineering won the new contract—apparently by bribing state officials.   (source)
    contract = legal agreement to provide something
  • IN OCTOBER DAD WON A CONTRACT TO BUILD INDUSTRIAL GRANARIES in Malad City, the dusty farm town on the other side of Buck's Peak.   (source)
    contract = agreement to purchase/sell
  • The general put him in touch with a private investigator named Peter Kalitka, who'd done contract work for both the DIA and the CIA.   (source)
    contract = based upon a legal agreement (not an employee)
  • Pickett Engineering had gotten the initial contract, but they'd never finished the work, and it had gone way over budget, so the government pulled the contract from Pickett's company and allowed anyone to bid on finishing the project.   (source)
    contract = legal agreement to provide something
  • Dad had a contract to build a milking barn in Oneida County, about twenty miles from Buck's Peak, so Shawn puttered around the yard, adjusting schematics and measuring I-beams.   (source)
    contract = agreement to purchase/sell
  • Walt has spent the past ten days in Fairbanks, doing contract work for NASA, developing an airborne radar system for search-and-rescue missions that will enable searchers to find the wreckage of a downed plane amid thousands of acres of densely forested country.   (source)
    contract = based upon a legal agreement (not an employee)
  • Napoleon had accepted, through Whymper, a contract for four hundred eggs a week.   (source)
    contract = formal agreement (to provide)
  • All our contracts are oral, but we deliver what we promise.   (source)
    contracts = agreements
  • He had a way with officials and was good at getting government contracts...   (source)
    contracts = written agreements that are enforceable by law
  • We judged traders by their coups, the contracts they landed, the agencies they picked up.   (source)
  • He was talking about the Domain; and for us in the town the Domain had remained only a source of contracts.   (source)
  • It was one of his sayings; it meant that stable relationships were not possible here, that there could only be day-to-day contracts between men, that in a crisis peace was something you had to buy afresh every day.   (source)
  • Maybe you haven't read the latest contracts I sent in.   (source)
    contracts = legal agreements
  • —Upon a true contract I got possession of Julietta's bed:   (source)
    contract = formal agreement
  • A contract of true love   (source)
    contract = agreement
  •   Well, do not swear. Although I joy in thee,
      I have no joy of this contract to-night;
      It is too rash, too unadvis'd, too sudden;
      Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be
      Ere one can say "It lightens."   (source)
    contract = agreement (exchange of promises)
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  • She contracted AIDS by sharing needles.
    contracted = got
  • We can't take a chance that she will contract another infection from any outside germs that might be brought into the hospital.   (source)
    contract = get (a disease)
  • I could tell she wanted me to ask her about something, but I couldn't tell what, because my stomach wouldn't shut up, which was forcing me deep inside a worry that I'd somehow contracted a parasitic infection.   (source)
    contracted = got (a disease)
  • Besides that, our potatoes have contracted such strange diseases that one out of every two buckets of pommes de terre winds up in the garbage.   (source)
  • Here is a secret about my family: My sister contracted the deliria a several months before her scheduled procedure.   (source)
  • We had to sit so close to other people there wasn't room to breathe, if you even wanted to, being in the position to contract every kind of a germ there was.   (source)
    contract = to get (of a disease)
  • I contracted pleural pneumonia, in that day a killing disease.   (source)
    contracted = got (became ill with)
  • But he and the two other men in the apartment had a wonderful blowout, which lasted for five days, and as a result of which the industrious and unlucky one lost his job and the idle and lucky one got too sociable, and, despite his luck, contracted a social disease.   (source)
  • My dearest Henry, the advantage to you of getting away from the Admiral before your manners are hurt by the contagion of his, before you have contracted any of his foolish opinions, or learned to sit over your dinner as if it were the best blessing of life!   (source)
    contracted = caught (like a disease)
  • There are dust storms and tule fog and some people do contract Valley Fever.   (source)
    contract = get (a disease)
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  • It's not his fault I've changed—seen the light or contracted the deliria, depending on who you ask.   (source)
    contracted = caught or got -- especially in reference to a disease
  • If you fear that you or someone you know may have contracted deliria, please call the emergency line toll-free at 1-800-PREVENT to discuss immediate intake and treatment.   (source)
  • In the decades before the development of the cure, the disease had become so virulent and widespread it was extraordinarily rare for a person to reach adulthood without having contracted a significant case of amor deliria nervosa.   (source)
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  • The cold made the aluminum rod contract more than the steel rod.
    contract = shorten
  • This was because the tendons had begun to shrivel and contract.   (source)
    contract = pull tighter
  • But even as I utter the words, I feel my insides contracting with anxiety and guilt at the sight of her, and while I can't pull it up, I know some bad memory is associated with her.   (source)
    contracting = tightening
  • Instead, the hat contracted, as though an invisible hand was squeezing it very tightly.   (source)
    contracted = pulled in
  • his legs contracted up, up into the seat,   (source)
    contracted = pulled back
  • His face contracted in agony, and sweat streamed down his face.   (source)
    contracted = muscles pulled (shortened)
  • I contracted my face into a smile and nodded.   (source)
    contracted = pulled back
  • Odysseus had told me that Penelope's pains began so faintly, she thought them a stomachache from too many pears. I remember crawling to the house from the garden, hunched against the tearing contraction.   (source)
    contraction = tightening (shrinking) of muscles during childbirth
  • Now the red eyes and the light above seemed to bore into Charles, and again the pupils of the little boy's eyes contracted.   (source)
    contracted = got smaller
  • Little Chuck's face contracted and he said gently, "You mean him, ma'am?"   (source)
    contracted = pulled back
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  • In the other walls an X ray of the same woman revealed the contracting journey of the refreshing beverage on its way to her delighted stomach!   (source)
    contracting = muscles tightening (during swallowing)
  • His hands are clasped on top of his head and I can see the muscles in his back contracting from labored breaths.   (source)
    contracting = pulling shorter or tighter
  • His face contracts slightly, a tiny shift I can barely make out in the dark, but in that second he looks so still and sad it almost takes my breath away, like he's a statue, or a different person.   (source)
    contracts = pulls tighter (muscles shorten)
  • We were still ten kilometers from the village when my chronic backache spread to a deep, rock-hard contraction across my lower belly, and I understood with horror that I was in labor.   (source)
    contraction = tightening (shrinking) of muscles
  • My detention rage contracted into a small, spinning ball.   (source)
    contracted = shrank
  • ...shadows that jumped and contracted, only to leap up again, making the walls come alive with fantastic etchings appearing and disappearing, growing and receding.   (source)
  • There was a popping sound and a putrid odor, as her pustules contracted and burst open.   (source)
    contracted = pulled back (got shorter or smaller)
  • The sun was bright and hot, and I studied the contracting shadows of trees and market stalls and buildings around the square.   (source)
    contracting = getting shorter or smaller
  • His stomach contracted.   (source)
    contracted = cramped (tightened as the muscles shortened)
  • The dull pain in his belly never went away, but sometimes it grew better and sometimes worse, and his thoughts expanded or contracted accordingly.   (source)
    contracted = shrank
  • The little brunette contracts her brows when she is thinking; but when she talks they are still.   (source)
    contracts = pulls tighter (muscles shorten)
  • Lord Godalming's brows contracted, and he stood up and walked about the room.   (source)
    contracted = pulled toward each other
  • The decision was indulgent and self-pitying, yes, but time passed there in such a soothing contraction.†   (source)
  • The bitter riots were sparked by King's assassination, but the fuels that kept them burning were the preexisting conditions: illegal but strictly enforced racial segregation, economic contraction, and an unresponsive political system.†   (source)
  • Learning how to push the right buttons, how to switch smoothly from one level to another, how to make contractions.†   (source)
  • Grant had finally put that one to rest, by demonstrating that many species of birds and reptiles underwent a postmortem contraction of posterior neck ligaments, which bent the head backward in a characteristic way.†   (source)
  • A contraction hits her, she doubles over.†   (source)
  • The contractions last into the night.†   (source)
  • Another contraction begins, more violent than the last.†   (source)
  • Meanwhile, Taya was passing out cold between contractions.†   (source)
  • Now that the continents of Earth were crashing under the impact of contraction, the great forests aflame, the oceans heaving and heating themselves into a lifeless soup, the very air transforming itself into something too hot and thick to break and too thin to plow, now the banks wanted their money back.†   (source)
  • I watched, petrified, until I discerned the slightest expansions and contractions in the wrappings around their chests.†   (source)
  • The contractions aren't that bad and are still like twenty minutes apart.†   (source)
  • She was the penetrating emotion that came at you through her eyes, the mother-guilt, the one who birthed me, who suffered through the contractions and diaper changes and all my small hurts and fears.†   (source)
  • Jarred awake, I stared into the dark, realizing I'd experienced the more or less normal muscular contraction known as the myoclonic jerk.†   (source)
  • Candy tried to smile, and the contractions continued.†   (source)
  • Sure enough, Jenny was having a contraction every six minutes.†   (source)
  • It was the signal for the traditional birthday morning ritual, with the unpacking of presents and her mother's sentimental flights back to her first contractions fifteen years ago.†   (source)
  • It felt like my very own stomach was being punched, and that's when the pains as bad as contractions began.†   (source)
  • Another contraction ripped through her, bullets strafing metal.†   (source)
  • Now he avoided the contraction, speaking in the more formal style often used by those to whom English is a second tongue.†   (source)
  • The other woman's name was Sa', meaning "star," because at the time of her birth her mother had been looking at the fall night sky, concentrating on the distant stars to take her mind away from the painful labor contractions.†   (source)
  • 2) My water breaking, mid-Walmart' Contractions, uterine lightning bolts, striking immediately and not letting up for 18 hours.†   (source)
  • The contractions were just a minute or so apart.†   (source)
  • The next morning, as the contractions were growing closer, Doris was taken off to the hospital in handcuff's.†   (source)
  • He was watching Jones as he had watched his wife when she'd had Dominic and he was timing the twitches on a needle as he had timed his wife's contractions.†   (source)
  • With each painful contraction, she would give the string a yank so that the man could share the burden.†   (source)
  • At seven in the morning on September 13, 1996, exactly a year since the fateful evening at the Fairmont Hotel, Tara felt her first contraction.†   (source)
  • She was completely disheveled, covered with dust, bleary-eyed, and doubled over from the pain of the contractions with which Alba was pushing her way out.†   (source)
  • It caused contractions, reduced fevers, and calmed the heart and spirit.†   (source)
  • The contraction of the vas and the seminal vesicles mixing with prostatic secretions—†   (source)
  • And then she stopped talking, her face going pale again as another contraction hit.†   (source)
  • Alex watched Jason; he saw the undisguised fury in the Chameleon's eyes, the tight, rigid set of his mouth, the slow spreading and contraction of his strong fingers.†   (source)
  • Muscles and cramps and contractions, in and out of consciousness, screams of pain, cries of joy, and then that damp, pink creature laid atop my bosom and already moving for my breast, some primeval instinct overcoming him before the cord was even cut from our connection.†   (source)
  • He felt the sudden contraction of his mouth, like a slap denying him the right to pursue this course of thought.†   (source)
  • Okay, so he'd forgotten you're is a contraction.†   (source)
  • She did not answer but stiffened convulsively as one of the contractions hit her.†   (source)
  • In fact, he said she was so concerned about him that she wasn't even hardly aware of her contractions and kept trying to tell him jokes and stuff to calm him down.†   (source)
  • The name was a contraction of his given one, Oscar.†   (source)
  • The removal of the low volatiles, the higher portions of the periodic table in general, will permit contraction of the high melting, generally " denser, materials.†   (source)
  • The birth of the future we desire is surely in the contraction which that terrified Catholic felt on the roadside when another hand gripped his hand, not in the gunfire that followed, so absolute and so desolate, if also so much a part of the music of what happens.†   (source)
  • Spasmodic shivers knotted my empty stomach and I hoped a roaring fire would warm me and stop these scary contractions.†   (source)
  • I realized that it was the first time I had heard anyone made of flesh and blood (as opposed to some cinematic effigy) say "thirty" as a contraction for "thirty thousand."†   (source)
  • For a moment he almost succeeded, then, as the circulation returned to his hands and feet, and as the joints of his body were released from the contraction to which they had been subject, he fell.†   (source)
  • But of course the pelvis is narrow, the child's head is in the occipito-posterior position, there are no pains, and the contractions are slight.†   (source)
  • The house cracked loudly as the cooler night air contracted the wood.   (source)
    contracted = shrank
  • It had merely become distasteful; not enough to force a decision; not enough to make him clench his fists; just enough to contract his nostrils.   (source)
    contract = make smaller
  • The upper portion of the garment was contracted for an instant in its folds, as if the Spirit had inclined its head.   (source)
    contracted = pulled in
  • His going, though only eight miles, will be an unwelcome contraction of our family circle; but I should have been deeply mortified if any son of mine could reconcile himself to doing less.   (source)
    contraction = shrinking
  • …made him not only totally unconscious of the uneasy movements of many of his friends as they sat, the change of countenance, the fidget, the hem! of unquietness, but prevented him even from seeing the expression of the face on which his own eyes were fixed—from seeing Sir Thomas's dark brow contract as he looked with inquiring earnestness at his daughters and Edmund, dwelling particularly on the latter, and speaking a language, a remonstrance, a reproof, which he felt at his heart.   (source)
    contract = pull tighter
  • The family circle became greatly contracted; and though the Miss Bertrams had latterly added little to its gaiety, they could not but be missed.   (source)
    contracted = reduced
  • Now each contraction nearly doubled her over.†   (source)
  • This error pains her almost as much as her last contraction.†   (source)
  • She was silent for a moment, her hand gripping the dashboard as she breathed through a contraction.†   (source)
  • Let's take it one contraction at a time.'†   (source)
  • Nurse," he called, as the next contraction tightened.†   (source)
  • For many, the expansion of distance because of limited transportation-EMVs were unreliable, skimmers scarce-and the contraction of artificial consciousness due to absence of datasphere, no access to the All Thing, and only one fatline transmitter-all led to a renewal of creative energies, a new realization of what it meant to be human and an artist.†   (source)
  • There was something I needed to explain to Anatole, but I couldn't be bothered with it at the peak of a contraction.†   (source)
  • The contraction subsided.†   (source)
  • Another claw slid slowly from Nick's paw, as if nudged by a muscular contraction: It fell to the cavern floor with a metallic A SON OF [LATHAN — 485 clink.†   (source)
  • He saw only the faintest contraction of her mouth, but he knew that the question was like a blow across an open wound.†   (source)
  • The next contraction twisted down her spine like a cobra, wrapped itself around her belly, and sank its fangs.†   (source)
  • There were evenings when she noticed the faint contraction of anger in the tightness of his mouth, as he signed the expected names of the expected fraud, anger at those who made fraud necessary.†   (source)
  • "Phoebe and Paul," the doctor repeated, but he was concentrating on the contraction now rising in his wife's flesh.†   (source)
  • Another contraction started.†   (source)
  • At his last sentence, he saw a faint contraction of her cheeks and lips; it was not quite a smile, but it gave him her whole answer: pain, admiration, understanding.†   (source)
  • Rearden saw her watching them-and the faintest contraction of his eyes was like a smile of sanction, as if his glance were repeating to her the message he had sent her from the valley.†   (source)
  • His wife's hands relaxed, her fists unclenching as the gas took effect, and she lay still, tranquil and unknowing, as another contraction and another moved through her.†   (source)
  • His wife's face, soft with relief and exhaustion, suddenly tightened with another contraction, and the doctor, expecting the afterbirth, returned to the stool between her legs and pressed lightly against her abdomen.†   (source)
  • But they-she looked at the face of her signal engineer —they believed that that muscular contraction of a hand was the only thing required to move the traffic-and now the tower men stood idleand on the great panels in front of the tower director, the red and green lights, which had flashed announcing the progress of trains at a distance of miles, were now so many glass beads-like the glass beads for which another breed of savages had once sold the Island of Manhattan.†   (source)
  • The door was not locked, thought Dagny; she felt an unreasoning desire to tear it open and walk in-it was only a few wooden boards with a brass knob, it would require only a small muscular contraction of her arm-but she looked away, knowing that the power of a civilized order and of Ken Danagger's right was more impregnable a barrier than any lock.†   (source)
  • When he took her arm he felt strangely as if he himself were suspended in the room, somewhere near the light fixture, watching them both from above, noting every nuance and detail: how she trembled with a contraction, how his fingers closed so firmly and protectively around her elbow.†   (source)
  • Aunt Elizabeth feels for the contractions.†   (source)
  • The contractions were coming closer and closer now and I really just wanted to lie down.†   (source)
  • She wasn't going to let a few contractions interrupt her hard-earned night on the town.†   (source)
  • Mom's contractions were immediately strong and close together.†   (source)
  • With his voice and looks, who cared about contractions?†   (source)
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  • When Kya had written to the publisher after Tate's initial contact and submitted more drawings, they sent her a contract by return mail.†   (source)
  • You can't put love into a contract.†   (source)
  • Her pelt contracted when he touched her.†   (source)
  • Our contract isn't over yet.†   (source)
  • After weeks of interviews and negotiations, he was offered an executive position and the contract was ready to sign.†   (source)
  • Right now it's slowly contracting."†   (source)
  • It was difficult to constantly boil enough, so we'd drank untreated water and contracted bouts of diarrhea.†   (source)
  • Not simply the matchbooks, candy wrappers, and ticket stubs, mind you; but the newspapers, journals, and pamphlets; the catechisms and hymnals, histories and memoirs; the contracts, deeds, and titles; the treaties and constitutions and all Ten Commandments.†   (source)
  • Children with multiple ACEs are more likely to struggle with anxiety and depression, to suffer from heart disease and obesity, and to contract certain types of cancers.†   (source)
  • I was working in the legal department at Lockheed Martin, where I had a fulltime position, but the contract I was on was ending and it seemed a good time to break off.†   (source)
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  • But when he saw who stood there, his skull seemed to contract, squeezing his brain in shock.†   (source)
  • Levy said with his distinctive Baltimore drawl: a trace of a southern twang with words contracted and vowels swallowed.†   (source)
  • My "Indenturement Contract" appeared in a window on my display.†   (source)
  • I seem to have contracted a summer grippe.†   (source)
  • Eddie helped him get the contract for Ruby Pier's maintenance uniforms.†   (source)
  • Her whole body contracted with joy.†   (source)
  • The earth itself contracting with the cold.†   (source)
  • Krum's thick eyebrows contracted slightly.†   (source)
  • I watch the muscles in his back expand and contract until I fall asleep.†   (source)
  • Had Violet signed the marriage contract with her right hand, the law would have made her a miserable contessa, but because she signed it with her left, she remained, to her relief, a miserable orphan.†   (source)
  • The contract.†   (source)
  • "You signed a contract, Miss Clark," she said.†   (source)
  • He had no intention of ever honoring the contract he agreed to during the Circle Justice meetings.†   (source)
  • SAD is an extremely contagious disease that causes total memory loss in those who contract it.†   (source)
  • You are trespassing and obstructing progress on a contracted job.†   (source)
  • I cannot contract into the firm fist which those clench who do not depend on stimulus.†   (source)
  • Later the game became auction bridge, then contract bridge.†   (source)
  • I'm surprised she would send something here since I have all the book contracts sent to a box at the post office, just in case.†   (source)
  • Ordinarily you couldn't contract rabies unless you were bitten by an animal.†   (source)
  • He pushed his glasses up his nose, then thumbed through the original preincorporation contract.†   (source)
  • Bring the contract forward.†   (source)
  • They make your parents sign a contract giving the government full custody over you.†   (source)
  • The chamber seemed to contract around him.†   (source)
  • But Mom had already dug out a contract and was reading into the phone, "1225 Kensington Gardens Drive, Lake Windsor Downs.†   (source)
  • Within a month, the duchess contracted a throat disease.†   (source)
  • I really like that expression because in general, I think people don't give this contracting muscle credit for how much work it does.†   (source)
  • Or were the rafters and posts drying out and contracting against the masonry?†   (source)
  • We have made a contract.†   (source)
  • She signed a contract for a year of service, and that's it."†   (source)
  • They never did get that recording contract, but they did get to meet Sean Puffy Combs and Biggie Smalls, also known asThe Notorious B.I.G. A friend of theirs, the R and B singer Faith Evans, married Biggie Smalls, and occasionally they were invited to have dinner with them when the couple lived in New Jersey.†   (source)
  • I said I have not signed a contract, and he said one was being drawn up and I'd have it soon.†   (source)
  • Renting a tuxedo seemed to me an excellent way to contract some hideous disease from its previous tenant, and I did not aspire to become the world's only virgin with pubic lice.†   (source)
  • So they were overwhelmingly solo practitioners, handling wills and divorces and contracts and minor disputes, and in the Depression the work of the solo practitioner all but disappeared.†   (source)
  • I could've just contracted any number of life-threatening diseases.†   (source)
  • My stomach contracts at the thought of what I must do next.†   (source)
  • Do you know where he could have contracted it?†   (source)
  • All this by contract.†   (source)
  • Cofield accused Deborah, Speed, and the museum foundation of breach of contract for entering into an agreement that required him to have access to Henrietta's medical records, then denying him access.†   (source)
  • "Since when," continued his murine colleague, "we have had an offer of a quite enormously fat contract to do the 5D chat show and lecture circuit back in our own dimensional neck of the woods, and we're very much inclined to take it."†   (source)
  • Sure enough, the globe began to contract.†   (source)
  • But really, my contract is so vague.†   (source)
  • Even though you're a minor, and legally unable to enter into such a contract, you could be responsible for any such debts incurred in your name once you come of age.†   (source)
  • At the beginning of summer, in a moment of weakness, Flora had made the mistake of signing a contract that said she would "work to turn her face away from the idiotic high jinks of comics and toward the bright light of true literature."†   (source)
  • But Beck wasn't quite ready to give up his summit hopes: "I explained to Rob that I thought there was a pretty good chance my vision would improve once the sun got higher and my pupils contracted.†   (source)
  • Dart felt his skin contract.†   (source)
  • The first record of this unusual arrangement was when Virgil Butler had been contracted as servant, bodyguard and cook to Lord Hugo de Pole for one of the first great Norman crusades.†   (source)
  • The reasons children travel to the United States and information that many come in search of their mothers come from Roy de la Cerda, Jr., the lead counselor at International Educational Services Inc., an INS-contracted detention shelter for unaccompanied minors in Los Fresnos, Texas.†   (source)
  • I exhale and the walls contract like a pinpricked balloon, crushing me as it deflates.†   (source)
  • His eyes seemed to have contracted, almost to have lost themselves in the pale, sagging folds of the skin around them.†   (source)
  • Your contract here with us will not be renewed.†   (source)
  • The band of fire thickened, contracting the area the Urgals had to search.†   (source)
  • But there were no guarantees, no contract.†   (source)
  • See, Orthodox Jews work with contracts.†   (source)
  • I have had very bad female problems on account of an infection I contracted from Eeben Axelroot.†   (source)
  • The camera clicked as its shutter contracted and opened.†   (source)
  • So you couldn't have contracted this virus naturally?†   (source)
  • Even the rookie quarterback contracts now included huge guarantees.†   (source)
  • I was afraid to put it to my lips, in case I contracted typhoid.†   (source)
  • He produced a contract and sent it off to Paris.†   (source)
  • After numerous misadventures, Daisy dies, ostensibly by contracting malaria on her midnight jaunt.†   (source)
  • "That's a contract, and it's fair and honest.†   (source)
  • "Maybe he's got some temporary contract.†   (source)
  • Thankfully, his father was reading one of his insurance contracts as he walked along and did not notice Adam standing guiltily at the telephone.†   (source)
  • When his contract expired, we got Reverend Lanier.†   (source)
  • Contract it out to some urban gardeners.†   (source)
  • Poultry contracts are short-term.†   (source)
  • Berkeley…my own book contract…250 bucks!†   (source)
  • I saw your throat contract.†   (source)
  • His contract for printing the Paradise Pickles labels gave him an income that he badly needed.†   (source)
  • Stomach contracting in terror, Clary scrambled to her feet and turned around slowly.†   (source)
  • If his lordship wishes these particular contracts to be discontinued, then there is little more to be said.†   (source)
  • So I suggested we create a contract—a parent/child agreement in writing.†   (source)
  • They were tolerable chiefly because we were working with German master masons and skilled Polish artisans, some of whom were forced labour, although some were working on contract.†   (source)
  • "No, if I lose it I'm going to put out a serious contract out on me and then I'm going to hire myself to bump me off," he said.†   (source)
  • "Exactly!" she stated, seeming to almost expand and contract for emphasis while she worked.†   (source)
  • Don't want you saying anything until the contracts are signed and it's all official."†   (source)
  • Xander and I will share a Marriage Contract.†   (source)
  • It means to render something null and void, usually a contract.†   (source)
  • Can he complete his third night indoors and honor the contract?†   (source)
  • They have no harsh edges with each other, no spiny conflicts, they ride through life like conjoined jellyfish—expanding and contracting instinctively, filling each other's spaces liquidly.†   (source)
  • Florentino Ariza knew that the wealthy of his country did not contract short-term diseases.†   (source)
  • She still didn't understand why they'd had to downgrade just because her father had made the unusual and mortifying decision to sever his marriage contract and move out.†   (source)
  • And the room expanded and contracted.†   (source)
  • If you want, I'll sign a contract in my own blood.†   (source)
  • I'd just finished getting out an engineering proposal for a five-million-dollar contract that just about did me in.†   (source)
  • I fell to my back, contracted into a fetal position, and pulled my knee up to my belly.†   (source)
  • You've probably read about ticks spreading Lyme disease to humans and all the long-term health problems that can cause, but several vets have assured us that there is very little danger of contracting Lyme disease here in Florida.†   (source)
  • The contract was good.†   (source)
  • But if the universe is so heavy that it begins to contract again, perhaps it has expanded and contracted lots of times before.†   (source)
  • Another pulse of blood released itself and I contracted my stomach muscles in alarm.†   (source)
  • Which meant, as the article went on to explain, that the company was no longer restricted from entering into contracts, applying for loans, and so forth.†   (source)
  • He swallows and holds it behind his tonsils, he tightens his feet and closes the fear between his toes, he contracts his buttock and pushes it up behind the prostate gland.†   (source)
  • In most places, prisoners contract tb at higher rates than civilians.†   (source)
  • Atticus says he doesn't know the meaning of the word contract yet, but he's doing fine with taxation."†   (source)
  • "I'm contracted by your uncle to write a family chronicle.†   (source)
  • A lot of fishermen around San Pedro Harbor had similar contracts with the canneries.†   (source)
  • The intervals of time needed between one movement and the next gradually contract.†   (source)
  • He knew it, but, all the same, when Pavlo touched the bowls his heart contracted.†   (source)
  • I drew several breaths, exhaling slowly to manage the burn in my tightly contracted leg muscles.†   (source)
  • So, in a sense, she was the only survivor; and what tormented her was the thought that in time she, too, would be overwhelmed: go mad, or contract an incurable illness, or in a fire lose all she valued-home, husband, children.†   (source)
  • She stood up, patting Peter's back the way Lacy had, wishing he would run out of steam or contract laryngitis or just simply have mercy on her utter inexperience.†   (source)
  • I bullied him into signing the sales contract.†   (source)
  • Her stomach contracted again, dryly.†   (source)
  • Two lenses expanded-contracted with liquid swiftness: a picture-snap of the grille.†   (source)
  • Prisoners cannot enter into contracts….†   (source)
  • "Dad is suing them for breach of contract," she said.†   (source)
  • Pay attention to contract.†   (source)
  • If he did contract it, he would know soon enough.†   (source)
  • Kanue told Luma that he would read the contract to new recruits himself.†   (source)
  • His contract here finishes this month.†   (source)
  • Its great green eyes, the pupils contracted to vertical black slits in the sunshine, were staring into his own.†   (source)
  • (At last crosses to LINDNER, who is reviewing the contract) Well, Mr. Lindner.†   (source)
  • So it was just a formality, what we'd just agreed on, a contract I'd signed without reading the fine print.†   (source)
  • Well, it's not in my contract, for starters.†   (source)
  • It was as if I had contracted a disfiguring disease that was slowly but surely reshaping my face.†   (source)
  • Mercenary fighters were nonmembers hired on short-term contracts to help the gang fight turf wars.†   (source)
  • The tension I observed in Nora derived from how many "contracts" were available, whether she and Jack could fulfill them, and whether the units of drugs would actually arrive as scheduled—all factors that seemed to change at a moment's notice.†   (source)
  • This led to a contract from the Russians, and they asked for some information.†   (source)
  • Marriage is a contract, Pattyn.†   (source)
  • She seemed already to have contracted full-blown AIDS.†   (source)
  • The contract came back.†   (source)
  • Our muscles contracted wildly.†   (source)
  • Then she contracted a sexually transmitted disease from him, and she decided she'd had enough.†   (source)
  • He soon left for a four-month contract at a powerhouse in Craig, Colorado.†   (source)
  • So I would still like to offer you that soloist contract.†   (source)
  • Now we will make a contract.†   (source)
  • A balloon was flexible, could expand and contract easily, and cost almost nothing.†   (source)
  • The insurance agent does not declare, announce, or threaten his act; he promises, as though a contract is being executed between himself and others.†   (source)
  • I was required to sign a three-year contract, terminable at his will.†   (source)
  • It's finally here, and he's already signed another contract.†   (source)
  • Mike Strank returned to Franklin Borough worn out by battle and a case of malaria he had contracted on Bougainville.†   (source)
  • There were professionals—those students who traveled a lot and had things like a commercial contract with Chap Stick that necessitated flying to the Swiss Alps on the random weekend.†   (source)
  • "I'm just a contract worker—I don't deserve to be treated this way."†   (source)
  • A wholesale company or something is contracted to feed them and there's profiteering.†   (source)
  • Nonperformance, breach of contract.†   (source)
  • He shuddered violently, eyes closed, his throat seeming to contract.†   (source)
  • Trueba proceeded to explain to him the various clauses of the marriage contract, which did a great deal to assuage the Frenchman's fears.†   (source)
  • It's in the contract.†   (source)
  • We must write the best contract ever.†   (source)
  • Just one step away from a contract.†   (source)
  • It's not like he and Henry had a signed contract of friendship that prohibited Henry from being friends with anyone else.†   (source)
  • Very quickly, the churning in my belly contracted and focused into a single point of pain; and then, in a way I can't fully explain, it became directional, lengthening from a point into a line, from one dimension to two.†   (source)
  • I felt my eyebrows contract.†   (source)
  • My father contracted me to a sheep camp on the llano.†   (source)
  • The unwritten contract of erotic friendship stipulated that Tomas should exclude all love from his life.†   (source)
  • He gives me a sharp look, and I feel my stomach contract in fright.†   (source)
  • "Here's your contract.†   (source)
  • That right at this very moment there are riders in interview contracts that dictate whole swaths of forbidden conversational topics that, though they don't name her specifically, are all about obliterating her from the record.†   (source)
  • As though she'd contracted an advanced case of cataracts.†   (source)
  • Did he sign any sort of contract?†   (source)
  • In 1938, his father began a construction contracting business that grew into one of the more important companies in Monterrey.†   (source)
  • First, I accept the statistical probability that I am not likely to be killed by a terrorist or contract some horrible disease.†   (source)
  • Neither you nor I can make any contracts with anyone.†   (source)
  • The blue screen contracted into a pinpoint, then opened up.†   (source)
  • I only know that he has to be eliminated and our professionals have accepted the contract-contracts.†   (source)
  • Oswald, a Scot, was a merchant who had made a fortune in government contracts and the slave trade.†   (source)
  • Rarely, plague is contracted by direct infection of cuts or lesions while handling a dead, infected rodent.†   (source)
  • Annie felt her skin contract.†   (source)
  • She envisions the muscled walls of her stomach shrinking, contracting, slickly clean from the absence of food and the gallons of springwater she drinks.†   (source)
  • The older of the two, approximately forty, had enormous sad eyes and a mouth sufficiently sensuous to assure him a contract to star in Revlon lipstick advertisements.†   (source)
  • I have made a marriage contract for you.†   (source)
  • Mattie's body contracted in a painful spasm each time the stick smashed down on her legs and back, and she curled into a tight knot, trying to protect her stomach.†   (source)
  • The plastic threads contract as they dry.†   (source)
  • I am under contract to do designs for several textile mills in the Garolinas.†   (source)
  • "They are contract soldiers," Attolia said dismissively.†   (source)
  • Max's stomach contracted into an icy clump.†   (source)
  • My biceps were still almost fully contracted from what I had subjected them to in that contest.†   (source)
  • Their assignment was to guard one hundred American prisoners of war, who would work as contract labor.†   (source)
  • After spending much of her youth in foster homes, she began modeling in her teens and landed a movie contract in 1946, changing her name to Marilyn Monroe.†   (source)
  • My hand contracts open, letting the sword fly.†   (source)
  • What contract?†   (source)
  • Be it known to you that as I made my journey towards your house to perform the contract of marriage between me and your daughter Aravis Tarkheena,†   (source)
  • Just remember the contract.†   (source)
  • Thus we can expect our language to obey two seemingly contradictory influences, both centrifugal and centripetal, its universe both expanding and contracting.†   (source)
  • When Mr. Sheffield, the mill-owner, bought a Delco generator for the mill and contracted with the town to install twenty street lights and run wires to all the houses and stores on both sides of the railroad tracks, practically everybody got electricity except Grandpa and the mill workers and the colored folks in Pigfoot Bottoms.†   (source)
  • If war comes and we get the contract for military uniforms we'll be rich.†   (source)
  • That's because you're the only one in the school without a military contract.†   (source)
  • My pupils had finally contracted enough to let me see, and what was there waiting for me nearly knocked me off my feet.†   (source)
  • Every muscle contracts.†   (source)
  • She only played cards for money and if faced with a difficult contract would throw down her hand, gather the others up, and proclaim "the rest are mine."†   (source)
  • My clients were not contracting in any actions that are illegal.†   (source)
  • Everything is in private, we deal like family, among ourselves, without chits or contracts.†   (source)
  • Check your contract.†   (source)
  • Here's the third section of the Portuguese contract.†   (source)
  • He had contracted it during the war.†   (source)
  • Remember the contract we got?†   (source)
  • He was staring down at the contract.†   (source)
  • Yeah, onlyafter we landed that recording contract.†   (source)
  • Remember that a treaty is only another name for a contract.†   (source)
  • "It's not a contract, Mr. Baker.†   (source)
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