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Definition to prevent something by taking action
  • What can we do to forestall misunderstanding?
  • seeking union concessions to forestall bankruptcy
  • every opportunity of speaking to her alone appeared to be forestalled.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • His gravity was unusual, portentous, and immeasurable, not because he admitted any doubt of himself but because he perceived it necessary to forestall any doubt of himself in others.
    Charles Dickens  --  Our Mutual Friend
  • So he forestalled what might be the next move:
    Mark Twain  --  Tom Sawyer
  • Frederick's confession of folly need not be forestalled.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • interposing quickly to forestall a retort from Jane
    George Bernard Shaw  --  An Unsocial Socialist
  • It forestalled a really vicious war that could have lasted for decades.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • forestalled = prevented
  • Ender, however, was trying to figure out a way to forestall vengeance.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • forestall = prevent something by taking action
  • He mocked himself to forestall the mocking comments of anti-semites.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • forestall = prevent
  • He opened his mouth to speak again, but Arya forestalled him by placing three of her fingers upon his lips.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • He made a shooing motion to forestall his student's protest.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I know it was a slight knowledge,' said Mr Meagles, dexterously forestalling an angry interruption which he saw about to break.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Her light grey eyes wandered continually from one to the other, noting every little want and forestalling it if possible.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Supposing someone had forestalled him?
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • The Proclamation became necessary to hold his remaining supporters and to forestall—so he believed-English recognition of the Confederacy.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • Two men stand at the door to forestall the sisters and keep them occupied if they chance to come along.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Akhilleus shook his head at the rest of the Akhaians, allowing none to shoot or cast at Hektor— none to forestall him, and to win the honor.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • ] and might not you Forestall our sport, to make us thus untrue?
    William Shakespeare  --  Love's Labour's Lost
  • He lifted a hand to call a messenger to his side, but Attolia forestalled him.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia

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