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  • He flips forward to the chapter on series, an odd digression from the mostly tangible issues of calculus dealing with force or velocity or the trajectory of objects as they bump and bounce through the world.   (source)
    digression = a wandering from a direct or straight course
  • When the demon digressed into observations about his chef's latest dishes, Max broke in.   (source)
    digressed = wandered off topic
  • I'm so eager to begin that I'm almost reluctant to digress now to your problem, but I'm afraid I must.   (source)
    digress = wander from the main topic
  • The trouble with me is, I like it when somebody digresses. It's more interesting and all.   (source)
    digresses = wanders off topic
  • Chairman said that there had been many irrelevancies yesterday and matters discussed best left undiscussed--and that he would permit no digressions today.   (source)
    digressions = wanderings off topic
  • "I think you heard more than enough on this particular subject," Old Chao kept saying. As indeed they all had. ... He did try digressions — wondering if certain aches he'd been having might be arthritis, for example ... but none of these proved sustainable.   (source)
    digressions = changes of subject
  • And now, Winslow, we have digressed enough.   (source)
    digressed = wandered away from the main topic
  • "All this is a digression," he added in a different tone.   (source)
    digression = not about the main topic
  • I think that the digression of my thoughts must have done me good, for when I got back to bed I found a lethargy creeping over me.   (source)
    digression = wandering off topic
  • He could recall nothing save the philosophy of Max Gottlieb, occasional scoldings of Angus Duer, one out of ten among Madeline Fox's digressions, and the councils of Dad Silva which was above the level of Alec Ingleblad's barber-shop.   (source)
    digressions = verbal wanderings (in various directions)
  • Is it perfume from a dress
    That makes me so digress?   (source)
    digress = wander off topic
  • One of them ... informed me with ...  and many digressions ... that my steamer was at the bottom of the river.   (source)
    digressions = wanderings off the main topic
  • Lou felt that they were wandering from the point, and that in digression Alexandra might unnerve him.   (source)
    digression = wandering of topic
  • However, I am digressing, as a man with a grievance always does.   (source)
    digressing = wandering away from a direct discussion of the main topic
  • I must digress to explain what an "elder" is in Russian monasteries, and I am sorry that I do not feel very competent to do so.   (source)
    digress = wander from the main topic
  • But we digress.   (source)
    digress = wander from the main topic of discussion
  • Darya Alexandrovna noticed that at this point in his explanation he grew confused, and she did not quite understand this digression, but she felt that having once begun to speak of matters near his heart, of which he could not speak to Anna, he was now making a clean breast of everything, and that the question of his pursuits in the country fell into the same category of matters near his heart, as the question of his relations with Anna.   (source)
    digression = wandering from the main topic
  • "By-and-by, when you've got a name, you can afford to digress, and have philosophical and metaphysical people in your novels," said Amy, who took a strictly practical view of the subject.   (source)
    digress = wander from the main topic
  • After this digression he proceeded — "I remained in the balcony."   (source)
    digression = wandering away from the main topic
  • That remark is a sort of digression.   (source)
    digression = getting off topic
  • 'Perhaps not,' said Mr. Wickfield; 'and you bring me back to the question, with an apology for digressing.'   (source)
    digressing = wandering away from the main topic
  • But I am again digressing.   (source)
  • When he had enumerated the many different occasions on which the Hurons had exhibited their courage and prowess, in the punishment of insults, he digressed in a high encomium on the virtue of wisdom.   (source)
    digressed = wandered away from the main topic
  • In describing to her all the grandeur of Lady Catherine and her mansion, with occasional digressions in praise of his own humble abode, and the improvements it was receiving, he was happily employed until the gentlemen joined them; and he found in Mrs. Phillips a very attentive listener, whose opinion of his consequence increased with what she heard, and who was resolving to retail it all among her neighbours as soon as she could.   (source)
    digressions = wanderings off topic
  • By my rambling digressions I perceive myself to be grown old. I us'd to write more methodically.   (source)
    digressions = wanderings off the main topic
  • Excuse this digression.†   (source)
  • And in the days that followed, a man who had long prided himself on his ability to tell a story in the most succinct manner with an emphasis on the most salient points, by necessity became a master of the digression, the parenthetical remark, the footnote, eventually even learning to anticipate Sofia's relentless inquiries before she had the time to phrase them.†   (source)
  • Or rather, I've made a huge digression and doubled back to my starting place.†   (source)
  • I digress.†   (source)
  • But I digress.†   (source)
  • Well, as I was saying before I so rudely digressed, so too in literature.†   (source)
  • When the interview concluded and I left his office, I wondered if I had gotten Dr. Udvarhelyi off track and the digression would count against me.†   (source)
  • In these notebooks he had recorded in an impeccable hand his own speculations, theories, digressions.†   (source)
  • All her classmates are complaining about it—Brontes protracted digressions about human nature, the subplots about Jane's friends at Lowood School, the long-winded, "unrealistic" dialogue.†   (source)
  • She was faithful to him even in those moments when he lost himself in a sea of straight-haired, long-boned nymphs, and never loved him any the less for his digressions.†   (source)
  • It is always heartening for a teacher to see one of his students excel, however it might be...But I digress.†   (source)
  • Because I didn't know how dumb I'd sound, how schoolboy earnest, or what exactly I'd be giving up with this digression into personal history.†   (source)
  • "But I digress—I was telling you about the ships," said Ordo Maas.†   (source)
  • I might have to slightly digress from what's on the tape—just to make the story work.†   (source)
  • But I digress.†   (source)
  • I almost think New England needs to be parliamentary rather than territorial, but I digress.†   (source)
  • Since a Suggestion from the Master is a Command not unlike Holy Writ, I shall digress and comply at the same Time.†   (source)
  • Then there are those who sometimes hesitate to move at all, because their awareness follows events in the directions of secondary and tertiary effects as they multiply and crossfertilize throughout the entire system ...I digress to extremes.†   (source)
  • But I digress.†   (source)
  • He explained with many digressions that they had recently bought an antique clock.†   (source)
  • Just a digression.†   (source)
  • And if the boy digresses at all, you're supposed to yell 'Digression!' at him as fast as you can.   (source)
    digresses = wanders away from the main topic while talking
  • I mean it's dirty to keep yelling 'Digression!' at him when he's all nice and excited.   (source)
    digression = a wandering from a direct or straight course -- especially verbally
  • And if the boy digresses at all, you're supposed to yell 'Digression!' at him as fast as you can.   (source)
    digression = the word for an instance of getting off the main topic
  • That digression business got on my nerves.   (source)
    digression = a wandering from a direct or straight course -- especially verbally
  • He got a D plus because they kept yelling 'Digression!' at him all the time.   (source)
  • He didn't stick to the point too much, and they were always yelling 'Digression!' at him.   (source)
  • But I digress.   (source)
    digress = wander from the main topic
  • But I digress.   (source)
  • When someone introduces a topic (the grammar of literature), then digresses to show other topics (language, art, music, dog training—it doesn't matter what examples; as soon as you see a couple of them, you recognize the pattern), you know he's coming back with an application of those examples to the main topic...   (source)
    digresses = wanders away from the main topic
  • After a while he realized that he was staring at rows and rows of bushels of red plum tomatoes and grew so intrigued by the question of what bushels brimming with red plum tomatoes were doing in a group commander's office that he forgot completely about the discussion of prayer meetings until Colonel Cathcart, in a genial digression, inquired: 'Would you like to buy some, Chaplain?'   (source)
    digression = wandering from the main topic of conversation
  • Before they closed the coffin Fermina Daza took off her wedding ring and put it on her dead husband's finger, and then she covered his hand with hers, as she always did when she caught him digressing in public.   (source)
    digressing = wandering away from the main topic
  • They kept yelling 'Digression!' at him the whole time he was making it, and this teacher, Mr. Vinson, gave him an F on it because he hadn't told what kind of animals and vegetables and stuff grew on the farm and all.   (source)
    digression = a wandering from a direct or straight course -- especially verbally
  • From this digression, let me proceed to Dover.   (source)
    digression = wandering from the telling of the main story
  • And, to digress for a moment, …   (source)
    digress = wander from the main topic
  • You may, however, remind me that this digression of mine into politics was preceded by a very convincing demonstration that the artist never catches the point of view of the common man on the question of sex, because he is not in the same predicament.   (source)
    digression = instance of getting off the main topic
  • The young lady then, by an easy digression, led the discourse to her own wardrobe, and after recounting its principal beauties at some length, took her friend upstairs to make inspection thereof.   (source)
    digression = wandering from the main topic
  • After this long digression we have now arrived once more at the point where Pudd'nhead Wilson, while waiting for the arrival of the twins...   (source)
    digression = instance of wandering form the main storyline
  • …and then it was, just before they parted, that the two young aunts were able so far to digress from their nephew's state, as to give the information of Captain Wentworth's visit;   (source)
    digress = change the subject of conversation
  • But I will not digress.   (source)
    digress = wander from the main topic
  • This is a digression.   (source)
    digression = getting off topic
  • And, "I really have not patience with the general," was uttered twice after Mr. Allen left the room, without any relaxation of anger, or any material digression of thought.   (source)
    digression = change of topic
  • To return from my digression: tape like this, however, is very difficult to fake convincingly, and we were assured by the experts who examined them that the physical objects themselves are genuine.†   (source)
  • But now I'd like to digress a little.†   (source)
  • Forgive me for all these digressions.†   (source)
  • He tried to deepen the channel of digression.†   (source)
  • Find Einhorn in a serious mood when his fatty, beaky, noble Bourbon face was thoughtful, and he'd give you the lowdown on the mechanical age, and on strength and frailty, and piece it out with little digressions on the history of cripples—the dumbness of the Spartans, the fact that Oedipus was lame, that gods were often maimed, that Moses had faltering speech and Dmitri the Sorcerer a withered arm, Caesar and Mahomet epilepsy, Lord Nelson a pinned sleeve—but especially on the machine age and the kind of advantage that had to be taken of it; with me like a man-at-arms receiving a lecture from the learned signor who felt like passing out discourse.†   (source)
  • This leads to a digression, which perhaps may explain a little of my own psychology; even of other people's.†   (source)
  • The strength of these pictures—but sight was always then so much mixed with sound that picture is not the right word—the strength anyhow of these impressions makes me again digress.†   (source)
  • But there were other days when they settled down to their work almost eagerly, making a tremendous show of entering up their minutes and drafting long memoranda which were never finished — when the argument as to what they were supposedly arguing about grew extraordinarily involved and abstruse, with subtle haggling over definitions, enormous digressions, quarrels threats, even, to appeal to higher authority.†   (source)
  • Is all this digression or isn't it digression?†   (source)
  • The little digression as to my Philadelphia experiences was really meant to lead around to this.†   (source)
  • After this digression, we shall return to our narrative.†   (source)
  • Here a short digression becomes necessary.†   (source)
  • I, however, digress.†   (source)
  • If the digression is unusual enough, the drag of habit will be heavy enough to cause the unreasoning victim to return and perform the perfunctory thing.†   (source)
  • What moved me was the thought that this Florence which I could see, so near and yet inaccessible, in my imagination, if the tract which separated it from me, in myself, was not one that I might cross, could yet be reached by a circuit, by a digression, were I to take the plain, terrestrial path.†   (source)
  • In its very boundlessness, Dr. Krokowski's theme recalled an enterprise to which Settembrini was devoting his labor, the encyclopedia of suffering; and like that project, it proved equally rich in its applications—as witnessed by the lecturer's recent digression into botany, or more precisely, fungi.†   (source)
  • It was a mere digression, an instructive example to sensitize them to the basics of life, an impromptu fantasy, which he then dropped to turn his official and emphatic emotional engagement back to the immediate demands of the late hour's festive abandon.†   (source)
  • When it was the little phrase that spoke to him of the vanity of his sufferings, Swann found a sweetness in that very wisdom which, but a little while back, had seemed to him intolerable when he thought that he could read it on the faces of indifferent strangers, who would regard his love as a digression that was without importance.†   (source)
  • A great historian, as he insisted on calling himself, who had the happiness to be dead a hundred and twenty years ago, and so to take his place among the colossi whose huge legs our living pettiness is observed to walk under, glories in his copious remarks and digressions as the least imitable part of his work, and especially in those initial chapters to the successive books of his history, where he seems to bring his armchair to the proscenium and chat with us in all the lusty ease of his fine English.†   (source)
  • Waste not a day in vain digression:
    With resolute, courageous trust
    Seize every possible impression,
    And make it firmly your possession;
    You'll then work on, because you must.†   (source)
  • If I had time and dared to enter into digressions, I would write a chapter about that first pint of porter drunk upon English ground.†   (source)
  • He even launched into an ethnographic digression: the German was vapourish, the French woman licentious, the Italian passionate.†   (source)
  • Once I quite made friends with them, visited their homes, played preference, drank vodka, talked of promotions....But here let me make a digression.†   (source)
  • But this is a digression.†   (source)
  • And do forgive my digression.†   (source)
  • Where the subject is not lost sight of, there is no digression; may we, then, be permitted to arrest the reader's attention for a moment on the two absolutely unique barricades of which we have just spoken and which characterized this insurrection.†   (source)
    Youth, good my friend, you certainly require
    When foes in combat sorely press you;
    When lovely maids, in fond desire,
    Hang on your bosom and caress you;
    When from the hard-won goal the wreath
    Beckons afar, the race awaiting;
    When, after dancing out your breath,
    You pass the night in dissipating:—
    But that familiar harp with soul
    To play,—with grace and bold expression,
    And towards a self-erected goal
    To walk with many a sweet digression,—
    This, aged Sirs, belongs to you,
    And we no less revere you for that reason:
    Age childish makes, they say, but 'tis not true;
    We're only genuine children still, in Age's season!†   (source)
  • Since we are engaged in giving details as to what the convent of the Petit-Picpus was in former times, and since we have ventured to open a window on that discreet retreat, the reader will permit us one other little digression, utterly foreign to this book, but characteristic and useful, since it shows that the cloister even has its original figures.†   (source)
  • The reader will pardon this digression, as it does not properly come under the head I first set out with, and to which I again return by the following position, viz.†   (source)
  • Inquiries and communications concerning brothers and sisters, the situation of some, the growth of the rest, and other family matters now passed between them, and continued, with only one small digression on James's part, in praise of Miss Thorpe, till they reached Pulteney Street, where he was welcomed with great kindness by Mr. and Mrs. Allen, invited by the former to dine with them, and summoned by the latter to guess the price and weigh the merits of a new muff and tippet.†   (source)
  • It would be thrown aside as carelessly, whenever he should choose to earn his bread by some other equally digressive means.†   (source)
  • I am come to keep my word, though in some part enforced to digress   (source)
    digress = wander from the main topic
  • But this is mere digression from my purpose.   (source)
    digression = wandering from a direct or straight course
  • I have too long digressed, and therefore shall return to my subject.   (source)
    digressed = wandered away from the main topic
  • my digression   (source)
    digression = a wandering from a direct or straight course -- especially verbally
  • To return from this digression.   (source)
    digression = instance of getting off the main topic
  • ...the translator of the history thought it best to pass over these and other details of the same sort in silence, as they are not in harmony with the main purpose of the story, the strong point of which is truth rather than dull digressions.   (source)
    digressions = wanderings off the main topic
  • Reader, I think proper, before we proceed any farther together, to acquaint thee that I intend to digress, through this whole history, as often as I see occasion, of which I am myself a better judge than any pitiful critic whatever; and here I must desire all those critics to mind their own business, and not to intermeddle with affairs or works which no ways concern them; for till they produce the authority by which they are constituted judges, I shall not plead to their jurisdiction.   (source)
    digress = wander from the main storyline
  • ...But perhaps I digress: Let's speak of the man—not his nobleness.†   (source)
  • But it were too long to dwell on all that he told us he had observed in every place, it would be too great a digression from our present purpose: whatever is necessary to be told concerning those wise and prudent institutions which he observed among civilised nations, may perhaps be related by us on a more proper occasion.†   (source)
  • Though it may rather be a digression from the immediate subject of this paper, I shall take occasion to mention here a supposition which has excited some alarm upon very mistaken grounds.†   (source)
  • The gallant behaviour of Jones, and the more dreadful consequence of that behaviour to the young lady; with a short digression in favour of the female sex.†   (source)
  • As the publishing this account of my life is for the sake of the just moral of very part of it, and for instruction, caution, warning, and improvement to every reader, so this will not pass, I hope, for an unnecessary digression concerning some people being obliged to disclose the greatest secrets either of their own or other people's affairs.†   (source)
  • Yet went she not, as not with such discourse
    Delighted, or not capable her ear
    Of what was high: such pleasure she reserved,
    Adam relating, she sole auditress;
    Her husband the relater she preferred
    Before the Angel, and of him to ask
    Chose rather; he, she knew, would intermix
    Grateful digressions, and solve high dispute
    With conjugal caresses: from his lip
    Not words alone pleased her.†   (source)
  • But without Steddinesse, and Direction to some End, a great Fancy is one kind of Madnesse; such as they have, that entring into any discourse, are snatched from their purpose, by every thing that comes in their thought, into so many, and so long digressions, and parentheses, that they utterly lose themselves: Which kind of folly, I know no particular name for: but the cause of it is, sometimes want of experience; whereby that seemeth to a man new and rare, which doth not so to others: sometimes Pusillanimity; by which that seems great to him, which other men think a trifle: and whatsoever is new, o†   (source)
  • To return from this digression.†   (source)
  • Be not weary, sirs, of listening to these digressions; my sorrow is not one of those that can or should be told tersely and briefly, for to me each incident seems to call for many words.†   (source)
  • It is stated, they say, in the true original of this history, that when Cide Hamete came to write this chapter, his interpreter did not translate it as he wrote it—that is, as a kind of complaint the Moor made against himself for having taken in hand a story so dry and of so little variety as this of Don Quixote, for he found himself forced to speak perpetually of him and Sancho, without venturing to indulge in digressions and episodes more serious and more interesting.†   (source)
  • The honest lovers of liberty will, we doubt not, pardon that long digression into which we were led at the close of the last chapter, to prevent our history from being applied to the use of the most pernicious doctrine which priestcraft had ever the wickedness or the impudence to preach.†   (source)
  • And here, in defiance of all the barking critics in the world, I must and will introduce a digression concerning true wisdom, of which Mr Allworthy was in reality as great a pattern as he was of goodness.†   (source)
  • The reader will pardon a digression in which so invaluable a secret is communicated, since every gamester will agree how necessary it is to know exactly the play of another, in order to countermine him.†   (source)
  • To avoid, therefore, all imputation of laying down a rule for posterity, founded only on the authority of ipse dixit—for which, to say the truth, we have not the profoundest veneration—we shall here waive the privilege above contended for, and proceed to lay before the reader the reasons which have induced us to intersperse these several digressive essays in the course of this work.†   (source)
  • Thy noble shape is but a form of wax,
    Digressing from the valor of a man;   (source)
    digressing = deviating (different)
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