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whim

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Definition a sudden desire that arises without any logical explanation
  • They flew to Paris on a whim.
whim = a sudden desire that arises without any logical explanation
  • This is the devilish thing about foreign affairs: they are foreign and will not always conform to our whim.
    James Reston
  • A schedule defends from chaos and whim.
    Annie Dillard
  • Each spare moment in the boys' daily schedule was spent catering to Mr. Krupp's every whim.
    Dav Pilkey  --  Captain Underpants (# 1)
  • whim = unimportant wish or desire that has no logical explanation
  • Therefore it cannot be destroyed by the whim of one.
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • whim = a sudden desire that arises without any logical explanation
  • Say he got to depend on your whim.
    August Wilson  --  The Piano Lesson
  • whim = a sudden desire that arises without any logical explanation (and so in not dependable or predictable)
  • It is an airy and comfortable room as any one need wish, and, of course, I would not be so silly as to make him uncomfortable just for a whim.
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman  --  The Yellow Wallpaper
  • whim = sudden desire that arises without any logical explanation
  • This is some passing whim of your wife, due to some cause or causes which you and I needn't try to fathom.
    Chopin, Kate  --  The Awakening and Selected Short Stories
  • It is but a whim of mine.
    Dickens, Charles  --  The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Indeed, Van Baerle's happiness depended on the whim of this man.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Black Tulip
  • It was his whim to drink beer, and to have me drink beer with him.
    London, Jack  --  John Barleycorn
  • Just for a whim of his own, goodness only knows why, he leaves me and locks me up alone in the country.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  War and Peace
  • As Americans, we want peace — we work and sacrifice for peace. But there can be no peace if our security depends on the will and whims of a ruthless and aggressive dictator. I'm not willing to stake one American life on trusting Saddam Hussein.
    George W. Bush
  • Those memories of days when I, a slave To the whims and quirks of males, Was but a demoniac fool and the street was all my shelter.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • She always carried the fear that she could he sent hack on a whim, even though repatriation had long been over.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • Farmers live on the whim of the weather and the ground.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • On a whim, I pick up a newspaper.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • You remember that the affair of the blue carbuncle, which appeared to be a mere whim at first, developed into a serious investigation.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • TITANIA If her whims the wife control, And the man berate her, Take him to the Northern Pole, And her to the Equator!
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • Spontaneity and whim are the order of the day.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

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