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  • Perhaps, they reasoned, the poor, stringent lives they led in Maidan Sabz had worked in their favor, as their children weren't as well fed and didn't have as much meat on their bones.†   (source)
  • I've never asked him, but I'm sure he has a fairly stringent policy about random teenagers lurking in his shrubbery.†   (source)
  • I fear, however, that in my anxiety to win the support of Mrs Clements and the girls, I did not perhaps assess quite as stringently my own limitations; and although my experience and customary caution in such matters prevented my giving myself more than I could actually carry out, I was perhaps negligent over this question of allowing myself a margin.†   (source)
  • His gaze wanders over her — the pale oval of her face, her stringent and bloodless hair, her crackling black silk waist, her abrupt white edgings of lace.†   (source)
  • This was an escalation from the previous, slightly less stringent grounding that I'd earned for an unexplained three-day disappearance and one episode of cliff diving.†   (source)
  • Beneath his stringent formulation lies a wonderful realization that is actually so simple that everyday language cannot accommodate it.†   (source)
  • Vorster also championed the Sabotage Act of June 1962, which allowed for house arrests and more stringent bannings not subject to challenge in the court, restricting the liberties of citizens to those in the most extreme fascist dictatorships.†   (source)
  • In the entire history of Naval Special Warfare Development Group, nobody had ever attempted, much less passed, the stringent Green Team qualifications with good vision in only one eye—especially Close Quarters Battle (CQB), where peripheral vision and split-second reaction times are critical.†   (source)
  • Regulations were stringent, and his data never was obtained from a reliable source, but always were obtained.†   (source)
  • Each floor was more sterile than the one above; the first floor was nonsterile, the second moderately sterile, the third stringently sterile, and so on.†   (source)
  • But the expenses of her profession were more stringent than she'd anticipated when she'd dreamed away in her pretty room in Toledo.†   (source)
  • "I am, with an ardor that words have not power to express, yours," he had closed a letter to Abigail, and though her wish that he be less stringent in his expressions of affection was entirely understandable, there was never a question about the depth of his feelings or his devotion to her.†   (source)
  • And I might add that adaptability is the one characteristic most stringently required at present by laws other than those of nature.†   (source)
  • The city of Charleston, in the green feathery modesty of its palms, in the certitude of its style, in the economy and stringency of its lines, and the serenity of its mansions South of Broad Street, is a feast for the human eye.†   (source)
  • Why do we police ourselves so stringently—whittling each other down with cutting remarks or holding ourselves back from greatness with a harness woven of fear and shame and longing?†   (source)
  • In December, 1849, most of the speeches made in Congress dealt with the need for a more stringent fugitive slave law.†   (source)
  • Theresa's salary was barely enough; they were economizing less stringently than before, but still had to watch their expenses.†   (source)
  • It was a test of mental and physical toughness far fairer - but no less stringent - than the Spartan exposure of new-born babies.†   (source)
  • …without legislation either for or against slavery, thus running directly contrary to the hotly debated Wilmot Proviso which was intended to prohibit slavery in the new territories; (3) Texas was to be compensated for some territory to be ceded to New Mexico; (4) the slave trade would be abolished in the District of Columbia; and (5) a more stringent and enforceable Fugitive Slave Law was to be enacted to guarantee return to their masters of runaway slaves captured in Northern states.†   (source)
  • — and in any case, we have put stringent security measures in place this year.†   (source)
  • Therefore, more stringent controls are necessary.†   (source)
  • Now, I must warn you that the most stringent anti-cheating charms have been applied to your examination papers.†   (source)
  • Not surprisingly, the media spotlighted their spiritual commitment only briefly before moving on to the shock value of the sect's more stringent "numerary" members… members like the monk now lying on the floor before Langdon.†   (source)
  • Eventually, I got out of bed and slowly resumed my daily routines, by which I mean the stringent essentials a person must tend to in order to remain functional and nominally civil.†   (source)
  • Instead of focusing on the primary causes of meat contamination — the feed being given to cattle, the overcrowding at feedlots, the poor sanitation at slaughterhouses, excessive line speeds, poorly trained workers, the lack of stringent government oversight — the meatpacking industry and the USDA are now advocating an exotic technological solution to the problem of foodborne pathogens.†   (source)
  • "For obvious reasons, the Ministry will not be going into detail about its stringent new security plans," said the Minister, although an insider confirmed that measures include defensive spells and charms, a complex array of countercurses, and a small task force of Aurors dedicated solely to the protection of Hogwarts School.†   (source)
  • Yet she decided that she would not permit this new and stringent law to interfere with her plan to keep guiding slaves out of Dorchester County.†   (source)
  • All of our missions are, of course, highly classified, and we do not talk loosely, but other branches of the services are not so stringently trained as we are, and no one takes any chances.†   (source)
  • However stringent the precautions, sooner or later contagion did its work.†   (source)
  • Only that still more stringent measures should be applied.†   (source)
  • You can't make more stringent ones than those we have now.†   (source)
  • The Prefect's riposte to criticisms echoed by the press-Could not the regulations be modified and made less stringent?†   (source)
  • The military regulations which had seemed so stringent the year before were now mild by comparison with the ones issued by General Pope.†   (source)
  • I would not believe anything worse of him except under stringent proof.†   (source)
  • Clearly they could want nothing but a stringent policeman.†   (source)
  • The Chinese government has in vain attempted to deal with the evil by stringent laws.†   (source)
  • He only begged just enough to save himself, for the laws against mendicancy were stringent, and the penalties heavy; so he put in a good deal of his time listening to good Father Andrew's charming old tales and legends about giants and fairies, dwarfs and genii, and enchanted castles, and gorgeous kings and princes.†   (source)
  • And so swift and decided was the action of the authorities, so prompt and universal was the belief in this strange being, that before nightfall an area of several hundred square miles was in a stringent state of siege.†   (source)
  • I slept after the prostration of the day, with a stringent and profound slumber which not even the nightmares that wrung me could avail to break.†   (source)
  • It is evident that these mutual obligations did not originate in the law of nature, but in the law of society; and that the claim of social duty was more stringent than that of mere humanity.†   (source)
  • I should suffer often, no doubt, attached to him only in this capacity: my body would be under rather a stringent yoke, but my heart and mind would be free.†   (source)
  • What a situation, now, for a patriotic senator, that had been all the week before spurring up the legislature of his native state to pass more stringent resolutions against escaping fugitives, their harborers and abettors!†   (source)
  • Of course, this editor was immediately arrested by the military power; but his bold words were already in the hands of the public, and produced a great effect: so great an effect that the Government, after some vacillation, withdrew the state of siege; though at the same time it strengthened the military organisation and made it more stringent.†   (source)
  • Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour; stringent are they; inviolate they shall be.†   (source)
  • Consequently the dictates of honor will be there less imperious and less stringent; for honor acts solely for the public eye—differing in this respect from mere virtue, which lives upon itself contented with its own approval.†   (source)
  • "No, no!" she said, drawing back stringently, and wiping her eyes.†   (source)
  • Thus she went forward from farm to farm in the direction of the place whence Marian had written to her, which she determined to make use of as a last shift only, its rumoured stringencies being the reverse of tempting.†   (source)
  • Promiscuous breeding has produced a weakness of character that is too timid to face the full stringency of a thoroughly competitive struggle for existence and too lazy and petty to organize the commonwealth co-operatively.†   (source)
  • Now this was not strictly true; but that something about the young man—that hyperborean crispness, stringency, and charm, as of a well-braced musical instrument, which had awakened the interest of Henchard, and of Elizabeth-Jane and of the Three Mariners' jovial crew, at sight, made his unexpected presence here attractive to Lucetta.†   (source)
  • "Then why can't you think it your duty to submit a little to what James wishes?" said Celia, with a sense of stringency in her argument.†   (source)
  • At first it had seemed that he wished to keep even her aloof from any close knowledge of what he was doing; but gradually the terrible stringency of human need—the prospect of a too speedy death— And here Dorothea's pity turned from her own future to her husband's past—nay, to his present hard struggle with a lot which had grown out of that past: the lonely labor, the ambition breathing hardly under the pressure of self-distrust; the goal receding, and the heavier limbs; and now at…†   (source)
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