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defer as in:  deferred the decision

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  • She asked to defer cross-examination until the morning.
    defer = delay
  • The IRA permits investment earnings to grow tax-deferred until retirement.
    deferred = delayed
  • Can we defer any expenses until January to make this year's profit look better?
    defer = delay
  • "He's—" Meg started, but Charles Wallace cut her short.
    "You'll have to defer your explanations. Let's go."   (source)
    defer = delay until a later time
  • ...she was given a thirty-day jail sentence deferred--which, as Alex was explaining to her now, meant that she wouldn't have to go for a year.   (source)
    deferred = postponed
  • Woodinville won the toss, but they deferred, which meant we'd have the ball first.   (source)
  • He wishes it could be otherwise. Wishes he could simply get into another cab, and ride along another highway, deferring the moment he must face them.   (source)
    deferring = postponing
  • Sophi felt she was only deferring the problem.   (source)
  • Punishment might be deferred . . . but never escaped.   (source)
    deferred = postponed
  • All we can do, it seems, is defer judgment and accept the situation as it is.   (source)
    defer = delay
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  • For the present, however, it must remain a deferred pleasure.   (source)
    deferred = postponed
  • What happens to a dream deferred?   (source)
    deferred = postponed (delayed--possibly forever)
  • Deferred consumption is higher among girls, and they buy durables and have higher savings rates.   (source)
    deferred = postponed
  • I might not even go to school anyway. I might defer and join the Peace Corps and...   (source)
    defer = postpone
  • He had his teacher's pension and a small tax-deferred annuity [income source]   (source)
    deferred = postponed
  • Judith was nearly a year older than Grace and in decisions as weighty as risking the ever-ready wrath of Mrs. Dyer, Grace was happy to defer.   (source)
    defer = yield
  • But you faltered when faced with Vcturius, deferring to his wishes.   (source)
    deferring = postponing
  • ...situations here where the choice to do one necessary thing also means the choice not to do another—not just to defer the other but not to do it.   (source)
    defer = delay
  • Mortenson decided to defer the raise the board had approved for him,   (source)
  • millions of returning servicemen plunged into the dreams they had deferred   (source)
    deferred = postponed (put off until the future)
  • Lorenzo and Cristian applied for protection under the order and were granted so-called "deferred action."   (source)
    deferred = delayed
  • Phædrus asks him to explain a point, saying he hasn't been able to understand it. He has, but thinks it would be nice to defer a little.   (source)
    defer = delay (postpone)
  • The truth, long deferred, has come up to her door.   (source)
    deferred = postponed or delayed
  • Hope deferred maketh the something sick, who said that?   (source)
    deferred = postponed
  • It is simply a matter of talking now or talking later. Since you prefer to defer it, ...   (source)
    defer = delay
  • I told him that all arrangements had been deferred until he came.   (source)
    deferred = delayed
  • It had taken all of Melanie's diplomacy to persuade them to defer their decision.   (source)
    defer = postpone (put off until the future)
  • It was the time when, acting under orders, café-proprietors deferred as long as possible turning on their lights.   (source)
    deferred = postponed
  • ...all questions and explanations might as well be deferred until he was safely back at Green Gables.   (source)
    deferred = postponed (put off)
  • the deferred effects of shell shock   (source)
    deferred = experienced later (postponed)
  • ...if even deferred love could have supplied her with the will to exist,   (source)
    deferred = postponed (not to be fulfilled until another time)
  • difficulties deferred   (source)
    deferred = postponed (put off until another time)
  • ...to return to the house which I had always in my mind and always deferred.   (source)
    deferred = postponed
  • It's only a pleasure deferred.   (source)
    deferred = postponed (put off until another time)
  • The case indeed was such that fain would the Indomitable's Captain have deferred taking any action whatever respecting it further than to keep the Foretopman a close prisoner till the ship rejoined the squadron, and then submitting the matter to the judgment of his Admiral.   (source)
    deferred = postponed
  • ...deferment consists of keeping proceedings permanently in their earliest stages.   (source)
    deferment = postponement
  • ...his long deferred visit to Alexandra.   (source)
    deferred = postponed (or put off)
  • a long-deferred and persistent desire   (source)
    deferred = postponed
  • As it was late, he would ask leave to defer the examination of his three witnesses until the next morning.   (source)
    defer = delay
  • I will defer the telling.   (source)
    defer = postpone (tell at a later time)
  • You must be prepared to find your appointment deferred longer than you desired or expected.   (source)
    deferred = delayed
  • trying to defer as long as possible the moment of...   (source)
    defer = postpone or delay
  • He deferred his departure a whole week,   (source)
    deferred = postponed (delayed)
  • I have deferred it too long,   (source)
    deferred = postponed (delayed until a later time)
  • I deferred asking him about Miss Havisham until next day.   (source)
    deferred = delayed
  • Then he took energetic resolutions, wrote letters that he tore up, put it off to times that he again deferred.   (source)
    deferred = postponed
  • ...he did not like to defer the pleasure...   (source)
    defer = delay
  • ...deferred fixing it.   (source)
    deferred = postponed
  • My departure for Ingolstadt, which had been deferred by these events, was now again determined upon.   (source)
  • ...prepared myself gloomily for that death which I thought nothing could defer beyond an hour,   (source)
    defer = delay (postpone)
  • ...he was willing enough to defer the argument until they had been longer together,   (source)
    defer = delay
  • Arguments are too much like disputes.  If you and Miss Bennet will defer yours till I am out of the room, I shall be very thankful;   (source)
  • destruction is deferred only so long as the attack is   (source)
    deferred = postponed
  • He'd gotten into college at the U and deferred to keep competing, but he didn't go there either.   (source)
  • ...the professor also advised him to defer advanced science courses and concentrate for now on his English.   (source)
    defer = delay
  • In June 2012, President Obama stoked conservative furor by issuing an executive order deferring for two years the deportation of immigrants who would have qualified for the DREAM Act had it passed.   (source)
    deferring = postponing
  • I choose to defer acceptance.   (source)
    defer = delay
  • ...he deferred doing it deliberately in order to make her suffer more.   (source)
    deferred = postponed
  • awaited the long-deferred breaking of the storm   (source)
  • Oh! go to-day, go to-day. Do not defer it.   (source)
    defer = postpone (put off until another time)
  • ...to defer her explanatory visit in Rivers Street.   (source)
    defer = postpone (put off until a later time)
  • ...slowly, as if he were trying to defer the moment of a painful parting.   (source)
    defer = delay
  • things yet to come of those long-deferred hopes   (source)
    deferred = postponed (put off)
  • ...the funeral had already been deferred two days.   (source)
    deferred = postponed
  • He was impatient of their voices and could not keep his feet at rest. But the teller still deferred the serving of
    others...   (source)
    deferred = postponed (held off)
  • "Well," said Marilla, unable to find any excuse for deferring her explanation longer, "I suppose I might as well tell you."   (source)
    deferring = postponing (delaying)
  • ...he had actually written home to defer his return, having promised to remain some days longer with his friend.   (source)
    defer = postpone (delay)
  • I will not defer it for an hour.   (source)
  • Compelled, as they were, to await a night sufficiently dark to favor their flight, they were obliged to defer their final attempt till that auspicious moment should arrive;   (source)
    defer = delay
  • Curiosity and vanity were both engaged, and the temptation of immediate pleasure was too strong for a mind unused to make any sacrifice to right: he resolved to defer his Norfolk journey, resolved that writing should answer the purpose of it, or that its purpose was unimportant, and staid.   (source)
    defer = postpone (delay)
  • She was so little equal to Rebecca's puddings and Rebecca's hashes, brought to table, as they all were, with such accompaniments of half-cleaned plates, and not half-cleaned knives and forks, that she was very often constrained to defer her heartiest meal till she could send her brothers in the evening for biscuits and buns.   (source)
  • ...she, indeed, regretted that his part was not more considerable, and deferred coming over to Mansfield till they were forward enough in their rehearsal to comprehend all his scenes;   (source)
    deferred = postponed (delayed)
  • I would not allow myself yesterday to say how delighted, or to repeat half that the Admiral said in his praise. I deferred it all till his praise should be proved the praise of a friend, as this day does prove it.   (source)
  • The Clifton scheme had been deferred,   (source)
    deferred = postponed (put off until another time)
  • ...to defer her departure.   (source)
    defer = delay
  • the promise of thousands of years, till now deferr'd,   (source)
    deferr'd = postponed (put off)
    unconventional spelling: This is more commonly spelled deferred.
  • I rather do beseech you pardon me,
    Who, earnest in the service of my God,
    Deferr'd the visitation of my friends.   (source)
    deferr'd = postponed
  • When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it... (5:4)   (source)
    defer = delay
  • ...upon second thoughts we deferred it to the next night,   (source)
    deferred = postponed (delayed)
  • ...whether we were to defer the business or put it in execution at once.   (source)
    defer = postpone (put off until a later time)
  • Hope deferred maketh the heart sick... (13:12)   (source)
    deferred = postponed
  • Why should we defer our joys?   (source)
    defer = delay
  • ...he got his indictment deferred,   (source)
    deferred = postponed
  • 13
    Rhymes and rhymers pass away, poems distill'd from poems pass away,
    The swarms of reflectors and the polite pass, and leave ashes,
    Admirers, importers, obedient persons, make but the soil of literature,
    America justifies itself, give it time, no disguise can deceive it
    or conceal from it, it is impassive enough,
    Only toward the likes of itself will it advance to meet them,
    If its poets appear it will in due time advance to meet them, there
    is no fear of mistake,
    (The proof of a poet shall be sternly deferr'd till his country
    absorbs him as affectionately as he has absorb'd it.)†   (source)
  • Be it so, then I answer'd,
    I too haughty Shade also sing war, and a longer and greater one than any,
    Waged in my book with varying fortune, with flight, advance
    and retreat, victory deferr'd and wavering,
    (Yet methinks certain, or as good as certain, at the last,) the
    field the world,
    For life and death, for the Body and for the eternal Soul,
    Lo, I too am come, chanting the chant of battles,
    I above all promote brave soldiers.†   (source)
  • Now Nisus and his friend approach the guard, And beg admission, eager to be heard: Th' affair important, not to be deferr'd.†   (source)
  • For he may foretel it as a thing to arrive after a certain long time, longer then the time of mans life; or indefinitely, that it will come to passe one time or other: in which case this mark of a Prophet is unusefull; and therefore the miracles that oblige us to beleeve a Prophet, ought to be confirmed by an immediate, or a not long deferr'd event.†   (source)
  • Had you deferr'd, at least, your hasty flight, And left behind some pledge of our delight, Some babe to bless the mother's mournful sight, Some young Aeneas, to supply your place, Whose features might express his father's face; I should not then complain to live bereft Of all my husband, or be wholly left.†   (source)
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defer as in:  deferred to her wishes

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  • He almost always defers to her wishes about which movie to see.
    defers = submits
  • I began to defer, always, to the judgment of others.   (source)
    defer = submit (or yield)
  • He held a far lower rank than Naoetsu's commander, an elfin man sporting an abbreviated mustache as an apparent homage to Hitler, but the commander deferred to the Bird, just as the officers at Omori had done.   (source)
    deferred = submitted or yielded
  • The boy defers to his father.   (source)
    defers = submits
  • Often he defers to their words,   (source)
  • He defers to her.   (source)
    defers = yields or submits
  • She deferred to her husband,   (source)
    deferred = submitted (her opinion to his)
  • ...she deferred to anything her doctors said.   (source)
    deferred = submitted
  • I had made a pledge to myself to defer to Jai and honor her wishes.   (source)
    defer = submit my wishes to those of
  • Deferring to his slaves' opinions did not deprive him of authority or power.   (source)
    deferring = submitting or yielding
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  • A central committee was elected. At first, they tried to enlist Minerva, but she deferred to Manolo, who became our president.   (source)
    deferred = submitted or yielded
  • We planted our own explosives in the building and then deferred to our EOD guy (explosive ordnance disposal). He positioned us...   (source)
    deferred = submitted (taking his judgment over our own)
  • And the Fremen defer to him.   (source)
    defer = submit or yield
  • When it came to matters of Durgrimst Ingeitum, I would defer to you, but in all else, you would have no hold over me.   (source)
    defer = submit to your wishes
  • it would be feckless to defer to slavery, torture, foot-binding, honor killings, or genital cutting just because we believe in respecting other faiths or cultures.   (source)
    defer = submit or yield
  • John Grady would likely defer to his judgment.   (source)
    defer = yield
  • “Mama says... That's why we're supposed to defer to our husbands.”   (source)
    defer = submit or yield to another's opinions
  • ...he actually defers to Cedric's knowledge.   (source)
    defers = yields
  • He deferred to Klara in a number of ways,   (source)
    deferred = yielded (or submitted to her preferences)
  • Now I deferred, unwilling to be put in the spot of defending my country while trapped in an Iranian parlor.   (source)
    deferred = yielded (rather than argue)
  • She ... was the first educated woman in a valley of three thousand people. She didn't defer to anyone,   (source)
    defer = yield her opinions in favor of those of others
  • I must defer to my father. He was there.   (source)
    defer = submit or yield to another's opinion
  • Marie did most of the talking, Bourne deferring, client to adviser.   (source)
    deferring = submitting (to her expertise)
  • ...he was clearly out of their league. He'd deferred to them.   (source)
    deferred = yielded to their thoughts and comments rather than share his own
  • “I defer to you,” Attolia said, subdued.   (source)
    defer = submit or yield
  • With obvious relief, the uniform deferred to her superior. "The civilian demands entry."   (source)
    deferred = yielded
  • He deferred to Prof but rarely to anybody else.   (source)
    deferred = yielded (to accept Prof's opinions over his own)
  • I am in the habit of deferring to Jane in most matters of this sort,   (source)
    deferring = yielding (treating her opinions as more valuable than his own)
  • We are obsessed with youth and defer to its tastes, and the language shows that.   (source)
    defer = submit (our judgment to its)
  • "The General, ah, defers to General Hill's judgment, I believe."   (source)
    defers = yields (or submits)
  • (BRADY rises. DAVENPORT immediately steps back, deferring to his superior.)   (source)
    deferring = submitting or yielding
  • the young wives would gather here in her house to defer to her judgment,   (source)
    defer = submit or yield
  • His whole body danced and shook, and the class deferred to his assumption of an inalienable right to the microphone.   (source)
    deferred = submitted or yielded
  • So Tom Buchanan and his girl and I went up together to New York — or not quite together, for Mrs. Wilson sat discreetly in another car. Tom deferred that much to the sensibilities of those East Eggers who might be on the train.   (source)
  • Here, excitement never entered in, voices were never raised, everyone deferred gently to the opinions of others...   (source)
  • You defer to the fact.   (source)
    defer = submit
  • ...she began to treat me more like an equal and to defer to me in other things than reading
    lessons.   (source)
    defer = submit or yield (in differences of opinion)
  • every one immediately connected with him always deferred to his taste in such matters.   (source)
    deferred = submitted or yielded
  • I must defer to your judgment.   (source)
    defer = submit (or yield)
  • I do not mean to say that she was submissive--that she deferred, in her judgements, to his.   (source)
    deferred = submitted
  • continue to defer to the old tradition of   (source)
    defer = submit
  • ...he dare not defer it for a moment,   (source)
    defer = postpone (put off)
  • but it was impossible to defer the journey to Moscow any longer.   (source)
    defer = postpone (delay until a later time)
  • I silently deferred to his experience.   (source)
    deferred = submitted or yielded
  • There was so much to be done ... that Fritz, who had hoped to set out on his solitary expedition that day, deferred it until the next;   (source)
    deferred = postponed
  • ...it would be better for him to defer to people who were more knowing than himself.   (source)
    defer = yield
  • ...it becomes him to feel all confidence in himself, and to defer never to the popular cry.   (source)
    defer = yield (his judgment to that of others)
  • a woman unaccustomed to defer to the superior rights of   (source)
    defer = submit
  • No mystery here: everyone defers to Mrs. Sheridan.†   (source)
  • I can't be entirely certain, my lord, but I believe Lieutenant Dariet considers Lieutenant Awn to be an able officer, and of course she defers to Lieutenant Awn as decade senior.†   (source)
  • But she defers it; she comes back, to sit in the bay and lift her hand.†   (source)
  • All captives, regardless of nationality, deferred to them.   (source)
    deferred = submitted respectfully
  • where kings, princes and pretenders deferred to his wisdom   (source)
    deferred = yielded
  • I will defer to the judgment of this council.   (source)
    defer = submit (accept its judgment as superior to my own)
  • But why the girls would have a Baggy of oregano in their room was un misterio she deferred to her mistress to solve.   (source)
    deferred = left or yielded
  • I respectfully deferred to his opinion.   (source)
    deferred = submitted (yielded)
  • ...he then defers to Miss Flite ... and at some length, she performs the courtly ceremony of presentation.   (source)
    defers = submits or yields
  • He often does go easy and holds off, not out of laziness or lightness of mind but following my lead, deferring to me.   (source)
    deferring = yielding (his judgment to another's)
  • Then he said slowly, "Sir, I think General Ewell defers too much to General Early.†   (source)
  • Dick Ewell defers to him.†   (source)
  • I put it off; —Said, 'Cry you mercy; this is Saturday, When I have get a standing rendezvous That naught defers.†   (source)
  • "Look to it all yourself now, father," his son
    deferred at once. "You are the best on earth,
    they say, when it comes to mapping tactics.
    No one, no mortal man, can touch you there."   (source)
    deferred = submitted or yielded
  • To be servile to none, to defer to none, not to any tyrant known or unknown,   (source)
    defer = submit (or yield)
  • deferring to a father's will   (source)
    deferring = submitting
  • "Oh!" said he, "tell him, his repentance will make him a very good minister to his spouse, and qualify him to preach on the mercy and long suffering of a merciful Being, who desires not the death of a sinner, and even defers damnation to the last judgment; this will lead him to the doctrine of the resurrection and will make him an excellent preacher to his wife."†   (source)
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  • She prided herself on her taste, and my grandfather deferred to her in this because her taste was one of the things he'd married her for.†   (source)
  • Smiling shyly, Sofia deferred to Anna.†   (source)
  • The Court began insisting that federal judges defer more to state court rulings, which tended to be more indulgent of errors and defects in capital proceedings.†   (source)
  • One year, they say, during the Vietnam War, Morrie gave all his male students A's to help them keep their student deferments.†   (source)
  • They acted with some authority, but always deferred to her in the end.†   (source)
  • Rose glanced more often toward Pete, as if deferring to his opinion, not a habit of hers.†   (source)
  • "Again I must defer the credit," said Mr. Benedict.†   (source)
  • Student deferments were ending, and eighteen-year-old boys everywhere were being drafted and shipped off to the jungles of Vietnam.†   (source)
  • So it is, and so we should defer this matter until the king—†   (source)
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  • Since it's his weapon and the rest of us have to defer to his knowledge so entirely, there's the odd feeling of being let out of school early.†   (source)
  • Her cousin's removal left Briony center stage—there was no sign yet of Robbie—and the way she was listened to, deferred to and gently prompted seemed at one with her new maturity.†   (source)
  • As I see no reason to defer these conversations until your coronation, whensoever that shall be, I do think it appropriate to plan a meeting as soon as is convenient in your time of mourning.†   (source)
  • You may choose 'A Dream Deferred' Eleanor?†   (source)
  • His students and other actors used to defer to him so respectfully.†   (source)
  • No deferral, nothing like that.†   (source)
  • The government had ended most graduate school deferments; the waiting lists for the National Guard and Reserves were impossibly long; my health was solid; I didn't qualify for CO status-no religious grounds, no history as a pacifist.†   (source)
  • He seemed to be the only one who didn't defer to Reyna as his superior, despite the fact that he was scrawny and pale and for some reason had three teddy bears hanging from his belt.†   (source)
  • Without realizing it, he was beginning to defer his problems in the hope that death would resolve them.†   (source)
  • Murray, happily deferring to me, went to a corner of the room and sat on the floor, leaving me to pace and gesture alone, secure in my professional aura of power, madness and death.†   (source)
  • "I know," she said, because it was 1964 and he was her husband and she had always deferred to him completely.†   (source)
  • But my dream had to be deferred, for I learned very quickly of the extensive plans that the ANC had for me, and none of them involved a relaxing journey to the Transkei.†   (source)
  • It was the deferral she was refusing.†   (source)
  • Only Jared didn't defer to him; he held his ground, staring only at me.†   (source)
  • If Jake won the trial, Ancil might one day make his long-deferred return to Ford County and claim his share of the estate.†   (source)
  • There could be trouble with all these forms and deferments.†   (source)
  • She distrusted the world and was more argumentative and always ready for combat; if I was too willing to defer to adults and assume they knew what they were doing, she was just the opposite, quite willing to think of them as fallible.†   (source)
  • People defer to him.†   (source)
  • Lorraine wasn't deferring to her anymore.†   (source)
  • Nyberg deferred to her older colleague to speak for them both.†   (source)
  • The deferral meant further experience as a SEAL, another platoon, another deployment, and more time for Adam to either regain his sight fully or adapt to living and working with near blindness in his right eye.†   (source)
  • He was terribly proud, sometimes absurdly proud, and he refused to defer to any man.†   (source)
  • She is—or was, I should say—apprenticed to the minister of obfuscation and deferment, and was here performing her duties on the day the corrupted raided the building.†   (source)
  • When Luke asked if there was any way he could access the money he needed to pay off the mortgage, Sanders excused himself from the room, only to return fifteen minutes later, where he calmly explained to Luke that the senior vice president of the bank with whom he had spoken was open to extending the lower payments for another year and perhaps even deferring the interest payments entirely for the time being, if that was Luke's preference.†   (source)
  • They doted kittenishly on Nately and deferred passively to Aarfy, but they thought Yossarian was crazy and recoiled from him with distasteful contempt each time he made an indecent proposal or tried to fondle them when they passed on the stairs.†   (source)
  • Washington seldom asked Adams for views, but Jefferson, who in Europe had deferred repeatedly to Adams, asked for them not at all.†   (source)
  • Madame Wang and Snow Flower's mother deferred to me, showing me once again that I had power now Long ago I had made my third-day wedding book for Snow Flower.†   (source)
  • If the issue were deferred another week, there would be a civil war between the War Admiral Americans and the Seabiscuit Americans.†   (source)
  • The diplomat and his wife looked at each other; they shrugged in mild astonishment, then the contessa nodded, deferring to her husband.†   (source)
  • The president deferred to the secretary of defense, Graham Meyers.†   (source)
  • "After my bath," Attolia said, and Nahuseresh deferred with a bow.†   (source)
  • While Puller didn't put much creed in the shrinks, he had deferred to their expertise, but his patience was growing thin.†   (source)
  • Was annoyed at him and looked forward to a talk—one in which I would not have to defer to "Chairman Selene."†   (source)
  • Dick Ewell had frozen; he had deferred to Early.†   (source)
  • Brad was the engineer, so Alan hoped to defer to him in matters of technology.†   (source)
  • Even the old ones listened to her opinions, deferred to her.†   (source)
  • Immediately after establishing a permanent base you will proceed, by means of canoe and utilizing waterways, to make an extensive general survey of the surrounding country to a depth, and in a manner, which will be significant in statistical terms, in order to determine the range 'population ratio of Canis lupus and in order to establish contact with the study species.... I was willing enough to carry on as per instructions, but the ice underfoot had a solidity about it which suggested that canoeing would have to be deferred for several weeks, if not forever.†   (source)
  • Nuper deferred.†   (source)
  • That look of almost soft appeal irritated Charlie, coming from a man, but it pleased him too: he was pleased the youth deferred to him.†   (source)
  • That they aren't just saying they're in love, just to defer their donations.†   (source)
  • You know, the one about people having their donations deferred if they're really in love.†   (source)
  • The snake would always defer, Qurong thought.†   (source)
  • A serjeant, Tyrion knew, from the way the other two deferred to him.†   (source)
  • The president deferred to his secretary of health.†   (source)
  • If Ronin were here, we would defer to his judgment.†   (source)
  • But rather than defer to her husband, as she does so often, the First Lady refused to back down.†   (source)
  • The redheaded John Reilly coughed softly; the ambassador deferred with a glance.†   (source)
  • On graduation get a deferred-status job.†   (source)
  • But jewelers are not draft-deferred so I dropped it—until Center.†   (source)
  • Of course the crank religions wouldn't like it, in view of the fact that their raison d'être was based on misery, indefinitely deferred gratification, and sexual frustration, but they wouldn't be able to hold out long.†   (source)
  • If Tommy's theory was right, if Madame was connected to us for the sole purpose of deferring our donations when, later on, we fell in love, then it made sense—for all her usual coldness towards us—she'd be really moved stumbling on a scene like that.†   (source)
  • Accordingly, I have decided to defer our repayment of the sums owed the Holy Faith and the Iron Bank of Braavos until war's end.†   (source)
  • Lou forgot about school for now She had an idea, and like Diamond, she wished to defer the explanation behind her actions.†   (source)
  • Though far more experienced, army surgeon Dr. Charles Sabin Taft and Dr. Albert King defer to Dr. Leale.†   (source)
  • Des coups defer!†   (source)
  • I realized then that Dr. Wellington was less than a god and Reverend Mokitimi more than a lackey, and that a black man did not have to defer automatically to a white, however senior he was.†   (source)
  • Ewell deferred.†   (source)
  • Regardless of the rules, Jake, and every other lawyer in the state, knew the Supreme Court of Mississippi was famous for deferring to the wisdom of local Chancellors.†   (source)
  • Since Sophie's apartment windows faced theirs from across the air shaft, she became the official watchman for the block, and her opinions were deferred to whenever the two came up in conversation.†   (source)
  • We ought not fight them at all, unless we determine to fight them forever," he told Jefferson, who willingly deferred to Adams's judgment.†   (source)
  • Theresa said, deferring.†   (source)
  • He'd spoken only a few times during the entire discussion, deferring to his superior, Secretary of State Paul Stanley, as a political courtesy, Thomas assumed.†   (source)
  • But this dream of yours, this dream of being able to defer.†   (source)
  • So I asked: "Is it the case, then, that deferrals don't exist?†   (source)
  • We'd been thinking about the deferrals, the theory about the Gallery, all of it, for so long— and now, suddenly, here we were.†   (source)
  • Well, that was how suddenly Ruth was looking at me, and though I'd said nothing about deferrals, I'd mentioned Madame, and I knew we'd stumbled into some new territory altogether.†   (source)
  • I told her what we'd heard, the rumours about Hailsham students and deferrals; how we realised the rumours might not be accurate, and that we weren't banking on anything.†   (source)
  • It was certainly the case that none of the other donors at the Kingsfield were ever heard talking about deferrals or anything like that, and we were probably vaguely embarrassed, almost like we shared a shameful secret.†   (source)
  • In 1966, two million Americans had so-called student deferments that protected them from the draft.†   (source)
  • Simon had a 4-F deferment; he was judged physically unfit for service.†   (source)
  • I had a 4-F deferment; I would never have to go to war, or to Canada.†   (source)
  • I had not been to the monument shop since Owen had surgically created my draft deferment.†   (source)
  • This wasn't the first time I'd come across the rumour about deferrals.†   (source)
  • And therefore you've come to me for this ...this deferral?†   (source)
  • You and Tommy, you've got to try and get a deferral.†   (source)
  • When the professors learned that students who did not maintain a certain grade point average could lose their deferments and be drafted, they decided not to give any grades.†   (source)
  • When draft deferments for graduate students got the ax, I would be in my first year of graduate school; my draft deferment would get the ax, too.†   (source)
  • When draft deferments for graduate students got the ax, I would be in my first year of graduate school; my draft deferment would get the ax, too.†   (source)
  • I nodded to Harold, who smiled tearfully at me; I'd heard that Mrs. Hoyt had successfully coached him into acquiring a 4-F deferment from the draft—for psychological reasons.†   (source)
  • He missed a year of competition with a knee injury, and managed to finagle a fifth year of college—retaining his student draft deferment for the extra year.†   (source)
  • I also told him that I had given much thought to his advice to me: that I should gather the courage to make a decision about what to do when faced with the loss of my draft deferment.†   (source)
  • It was the spring of our senior year, 1966; I'd already been accepted into the graduate school at the University of New Hampshire—for the next year, at least, I wouldn't be going anywhere; I had my 2-S deferment and was hanging on to it.†   (source)
  • What they were saying was that some Hailsham students in the past, in special circumstances, had managed to get a deferral.†   (source)
  • And now there's all this talk, about couples getting deferrals if they can prove, you know, that they're really right.†   (source)
  • And my other thought, I suppose, was that if our plans went along the lines Ruth had wanted, and we did find ourselves going for a deferral, it might prove a real drawback if we'd never had sex.†   (source)
  • Talk went around of students, somewhere else in the country, getting deferrals because they'd shown they were in love—and now, just sometimes, the talk was of students with no connections to Hailsham.†   (source)
  • The privileged had deferments-deferments from getting soiled-or service that damn near guaranteed no combat.†   (source)
  • Juilliard had actually suggested the deferral, wanting to make sure that Mia was able to play up to the school's rigorous standards, if she chose to attend.†   (source)
  • Above them, directional signs pointed the way to certain offices: 4 —UNDERSECRETARY OF TEMPORAL AFFAIRS 4 —CONSERVATOR OF GRAPHICAL RL•CORDS NONSPECIFIC MATTERS OF URGENCY —I DEPT. OF OBFUSCATION AND DEFERMENT —I Through the door to the Temporal Affairs office, I saw a man trapped in the ice.†   (source)
  • The operation, too long deferred, was now inevitable.†   (source)
  • He deferred to him as a younger man to an older one-in a rather self-conscious, "public-school" way.†   (source)
  • He thought he could soon begin to map out that line in imagination, though the impact of a new surprise deferred the matter.†   (source)
  • Fortunately for David, it had become his privilege to defer his bed-time till nine o'clock and even later on Fridays and Saturdays, there being no school the following mornings.†   (source)
  • "Ah don't wanna break in "n" meddle where Ah ain" got no bisness, suh," the preacher said in a tone that was militant, but deferring.†   (source)
  • Hoping that this was the night of my long-deferred salvation, my mother came forward, limping, weeping, smiling.†   (source)
  • These last can be put into force rapidly, and are of such a nature that they can be deferred until war seems inevitable.†   (source)
  • He had deferred to this sentiment in his Inaugural Address, saying to the South: "The government will not assail you.†   (source)
  • But Wang Lung thought of his land and pondered this way and that, with the sickened heart of deferred hope, how he could get back to it.†   (source)
  • For a long while God gazed down on this town with eyes of compassion; but He grew weary of waiting, His eternal hope was too long deferred, and now He has turned His face away from us.†   (source)
  • Although Ellen had asked her to protect Judith, possibly she felt that Judith did not need protection yet, since if even deferred love could have supplied her with the will to exist, endure for this long, then that same love, even though deferred, must and would preserve Bon until the folly of men would stalemate from sheer exhaustion and he would return from wherever he was and bring Henry with him—Henry, victim too of the same folly and mischance.†   (source)
  • This crushing news brought by Will, coming on top of a year of back-breaking work and hope deferred, was the last straw.†   (source)
  • It never occurred to her that he believed that he was the one who had been taken in sin and was being tortured with punishment deferred and that he was putting himself in her way in order to get it over with, get his whipping and strike the balance and write it off.†   (source)
  • He had made a little fantasy for himself, that Jorkins should be an American, and throughout the evening he played a delicate, one-sided parlor-game with him, explaining any peculiarly English terms that occurred in the conversation, translating pounds into dollars, and courteously deferring to him with such phrases as "Of course, by your standards ..."; "All this must seem very parochial to Mr. Jorkins"; "In the vast spaces to which you are accustomed ..." so that my guest was left with the vague sense that there was a misconception somewhere as to his identity, which he never got the chance of explaining.†   (source)
  • Once also he advised me to buy Caledonian Deferred, since they were due to rise.†   (source)
  • She saw that they were privileged and deferred to.†   (source)
  • If you'd let me make a call on Tull, an' a long-deferred call on—†   (source)
  • We're tired of always deferring hope till the next generation.†   (source)
  • Will you give me leave to defer your raptures till I write again?†   (source)
  • My days have passed in hope deferred, while yours have passed in—†   (source)
  • But d'Artagnan well suspected that that which was deferred was not relinquished.†   (source)
  • coming, like most other favours long deferred and often wished for, too late!†   (source)
  • —She had resolved to defer the disclosure till Mrs. Weston were safe and well.†   (source)
  • I could not defer my pleasure, so I took a cabriolet and drove to the horse dealer's.†   (source)
  • He answered, — 'No, I'll defer it this year a little longer.'†   (source)
  • I am always willing to defer to your good sense.†   (source)
  • I should not be able to defer to him enough.'†   (source)
  • The passing of the sentence was deferred till next day.†   (source)
  • On returning home I deferred for a time my desire to embrace all mankind.†   (source)
  • Franz protested he could not defer his pursuit till the following day, for many reasons.†   (source)
  • Jane, you don't like my narrative; you look almost sick — shall I defer the rest to another day?†   (source)
  • I deferred to his opinion, though I had great doubts of it myself.†   (source)
  • Not so fast, sir; how do you know that I would not rather defer our marriage for some years?†   (source)
  • "I was going home," he said, "but I can defer my ride a little.†   (source)
  • I hated the business, I begged leave to defer it: no — it should be gone through with now.†   (source)
  • "Why should we defer it?" he said, with ardent insistence.†   (source)
  • "He might keep shape long enough to defer the marriage," said Sir James.†   (source)
  • Something might be done perhaps even now, at least to defer the marriage.†   (source)
  • "Fred, pray defer your practising till to-morrow; you will make Mr. Lydgate ill," said Rosamond.†   (source)
  • He has deferred to me, you not being of age.†   (source)
  • And this, while not producing a happy reaction in her, had the unsatisfactory result of inducing in Clyde a lethargy based more than anything else on the ever-haunting fear of inability to cope with this situation as well as the certainty of social exposure in case he did not which caused him, instead of struggling all the more desperately, to defer further immediate action.†   (source)
  • She was in fact in urgent and immediate need of money: money to meet the vulgar weekly claims which could neither be deferred nor evaded.†   (source)
  • Then, next Monday, he would slip back, conscious and nervously smiling; his sister was ill, and he should have to defer his voyage until spring.†   (source)
  • But Joachim would surely know, and it did not appear as if he were about to defer to the lady present, despite the troubled, earnest look Hans Castorp threw him.†   (source)
  • But his case was deferred to next day, principally for the reason that I did not know anything about broken ribs and would first have to read it up.†   (source)
  • But it has kept you in circles where you are valued for your money and deferred to for it, instead of in the doubtless very oldfashioned and behind-the-times public school and university where I formed my habits of mind.†   (source)
  • Mrs. Shimerda and Antonia always deferred to him, though he was often surly with them and contemptuous toward his father.†   (source)
  • It did not distort his features or diminish him as a man, and its very incomprehensibility—and no one would have had the impudence to attribute it to the quantities of wine he had enjoyed—lent him something grand and majestic, so that they all deferred to him and did not attempt another bite of food.†   (source)
  • She had decided to defer the purchase of the dressing-case till she should receive the bill for her new opera-cloak, and the resolve made her feel much richer than when she had entered the shop.†   (source)
  • Hurstwood saw that she was not to be possessed for the asking, and deferred pressing his suit too warmly.†   (source)
  • Mme. Regina always reduced her staff on the first of May, and Miss Bart's attendance had of late been so irregular—she had so often been unwell, and had done so little work when she came—that it was only as a favour that her dismissal had hitherto been deferred.†   (source)
  • Kate Corby and two or three men dropped in to dinner, and Lily, alive to every detail of her friend's method, saw that such opportunities as had been contrived for her were to be deferred till she had, as it were, gained courage to make effectual use of them.†   (source)
  • Why should she defer the answer?†   (source)
  • Defer this marriage for a week.†   (source)
  • 'But news being carried to the Tower that the King himself had expired that night, the lieutenant deferred obeying the warrant; and it was not thought advisable by the Council to begin a new reign by the death of the greatest nobleman in the kingdom, who had been condemned by a sentence so unjust and tyrannical.'†   (source)
  • That there was one person who could tell him where they were seemed to his hope so long deferred as if discovery were now close at hand.†   (source)
  • The blindness of the preacher consisted in deferring to the base estimate of the market of what constitutes a manly success, instead of confronting and convicting the world from the truth; announcing the presence of the soul; the omnipotence of the will: and so establishing the standard of good and ill, of success and falsehood.†   (source)
  • What she finally bethought herself of saying was something very different—something that deferred the need of really facing her crisis.†   (source)
  • Accustomed, however, to defer in most things to her sister, she soon followed Judith into the cabin, where she took a seat and remained pondering intensely over some occurrence, or resolution, or opinion—which was a secret to all but herself.†   (source)
  • It was happy for Uncas and the scout, and even David, that they were all beyond the reach of his arm at such a moment; for, assuredly, no refinement in cruelty would then have deferred their deaths, in opposition to the promptings of the fierce temper that nearly choked him.†   (source)
  • Anything that would take her out of the grievous present, and interpose human beings betwixt herself and what was nearest to her,—whatever would defer for an instant the inevitable errand on which she was bound,—all such impediments were welcome.†   (source)
  • Athelstane had this quality at least; and though he had few mental accomplishments or talents to recommend him as a leader, he had still a goodly person, was no coward, had been accustomed to martial exercises, and seemed willing to defer to the advice of counsellors more wise than himself.†   (source)
  • Mrs. Poyser, however, though she noticed the bonnet, deferred remarking on it until she had disburdened herself of her surprise at Mr. Irwine's behaviour.†   (source)
  • Remembrances of how she had journeyed to the little that she knew, by the enchanted roads of what she and millions of innocent creatures had hoped and imagined; of how, first coming upon Reason through the tender light of Fancy, she had seen it a beneficent god, deferring to gods as great as itself; not a grim Idol, cruel and cold, with its victims bound hand to foot, and its big dumb shape set up with a sightless stare, never to be moved by anything but so many calculated tons of leverage — what had she to do with these?†   (source)
  • V. B." Newman groaned at this miserable news, and at the necessity of deferring his journey to the Chateau de Fleurieres.†   (source)
  • "Now we are on the subject of coal, Judge Temple," interrupted the sheriff, "I have a thing of much importance to communicate to you; but I will defer it —until tomorrow.†   (source)
  • They know him there and defer to him.†   (source)
  • "It might be as well not to defer the arrangement too long," said Mr. Riley, quietly, "for Stelling may have propositions from other parties, and I know he would not take more than two or three boarders, if so many.†   (source)
  • He resolved that nobody should be witness of his encounter with Tom; and determined, if he could not subdue him by bullying, to defer his vengeance, to be wreaked in a more convenient season.†   (source)
  • A fourth letter had come from Prince Andrew, from Rome, in which he wrote that he would have been on his way back to Russia long ago had not his wound unexpectedly reopened in the warm climate, which obliged him to defer his return till the beginning of the new year.†   (source)
  • Hurree Babu deferred to these views with enchanting politeness, so that the lama called him a courteous physician.†   (source)
  • But you strike me as having the air of a gallant man, and it is safer to defer our affair until to-morrow.†   (source)
  • As they do not easily defer to the mere name of any fellow-man, they are never inclined to rest upon any man's authority; but, on the contrary, they are unremitting in their efforts to point out the weaker points of their neighbors' opinions.†   (source)
  • We were so refreshed by the fruit that we could defer the repast we called our dinner* until later in the day, and so spare our stock of provisions.†   (source)
  • In this case it was necessary to have recourse to one of three measures; either to appoint new electors, or to consult a second time those already appointed, or to defer the election to another authority.†   (source)
  • Another day I will do the same; I will sit in my library, in my nightcap and powdering gown, and give as much trouble as I can; or, perhaps, I may defer it till Kitty runs away.†   (source)
  • If Mr Clennam has sufficient delicacy to perceive the impropriety of any such attempt, I am bound as a responsible gentleman to—ha—defer to that delicacy on his part.†   (source)
  • He was not meditating, but only deferring the moment of making the effort to lift those legs up and turn over on the bed.†   (source)
  • With a vague alarmed sense that she must somehow comport herself differently, she hastened her step a little towards the far deal table, where she might set down her cans—caught her foot in her apron, which had become untied, and fell with a crash and a splash into a pool of beer; whereupon a tittering explosion from Marty and Tommy, and a serious "Ello!" from Mr. Poyser, who saw his draught of ale unpleasantly deferred.†   (source)
  • In the eagerness of her affectionate anxiety for Maggie, Lucy could not persuade herself to defer a conversation about her with Tom, who, she thought, with such a cup of joy before him as this rapid fulfilment of his wish about the Mill, must become pliant and flexible.†   (source)
  • After some further conference, Mr. Bucket (whom everybody seemed to know and defer to) went in with the others at a door and left me in the carriage, while the driver walked up and down by his horses to warm himself.†   (source)
  • His visit he would now defer; but they had a very interesting parley about what could be done and should be done.†   (source)
  • Hetty's mind was unequal to a sustained discussion, and accustomed to defer to the directions of her seniors she did as told, seating herself passively on a log by the side of the Sumach, and averting her face from the painful scene that was occurring within the circle.†   (source)
  • Consider any one of them at any period of his life, and he will be found engaged with some new project for the purpose of increasing what he has; talk not to him of the interests and the rights of mankind: this small domestic concern absorbs for the time all his thoughts, and inclines him to defer political excitement to some other season.†   (source)
  • Both were cool and calculating, and both were brave, though in different modes and degrees; Muir never exposing his person except for effect, while the guide included fear among the rational passions, or as a sensation to be deferred to only when good might come of it.†   (source)
  • Name your price, defer these nuptials for but a few days, and see whether those I speak of, shrink from the payment.†   (source)
  • Messala was disabled and believed him dead; Gratus was powerless and gone; why should Ben-Hur longer defer the search for his mother and sister?†   (source)
  • She would not hear of staying a second longer: in truth, I felt rather disposed to defer the sequel of her narrative myself.†   (source)
  • At last, finding no other pretext for deferring the torture that she was to inflict on Clifford,—her reluctance to which was the true cause of her loitering at the window, her search for the artist, and even her abortive prayer,—dreading, also, to hear the stern voice of Judge Pyncheon from below stairs, chiding her delay,—she crept slowly, a pale, grief-stricken figure, a dismal shape of woman, with almost torpid limbs, slowly to her brother's door, and knocked!†   (source)
  • The reason of this is, that in matters of civil law the majority is obliged to defer to the authority of the legal profession, and that the American lawyers are disinclined to innovate when they are left to their own choice.†   (source)
  • Allow me to say that I fully defer to the reasonable character of that inquiry, and proceed to develop it; premising that it is not an object of a pecuniary nature.†   (source)
  • Mrs. Pullet observed that the child might come to a worse end if she lived, there was no knowing; and Mr. Pullet, confused and overwhelmed by this revolutionary aspect of things,—the tea deferred and the poultry alarmed by the unusual running to and fro,—took up his spud as an instrument of search, and reached down a key to unlock the goose-pen, as a likely place for Maggie to lie concealed in.†   (source)
  • Mrs. Weston had set off to pay the visit in a good deal of agitation herself; and in the first place had wished not to go at all at present, to be allowed merely to write to Miss Fairfax instead, and to defer this ceremonious call till a little time had passed, and Mr. Churchill could be reconciled to the engagement's becoming known; as, considering every thing, she thought such a visit could not be paid without leading to reports:—but Mr. Weston had thought differently; he was extremely anxious to shew his approbation to Miss Fairfax and her family†   (source)
  • Then, turning towards Beauchamp, "If you have anything to attend to, Beauchamp, do it directly; if you have any appointment for this evening, defer it till tomorrow.†   (source)
  • We deferred our excursion till the afternoon; a golden afternoon of August: every breath from the hills so full of life, that it seemed whoever respired it, though dying, might revive.†   (source)
  • 'Well, sir,' she returned, repeating a little less haughtily than before her former invitation to him to be seated: to which he now deferred, as she seated herself.†   (source)
  • This question was most opportunely put, for at that instant Mr Wititterly walked in, and to him Kate introduced her brother, who at once announced his purpose, and the impossibility of deferring it.†   (source)
  • She was too well trained in the habits of her people to obtrude the opinions of one of her sex and years on men and warriors, but nature had furnished a tact and ingenuity that enabled her to attract the attention she desired, without wounding the pride of those to whom it was her duty to defer and respect.†   (source)
  • So he does it, though still with an indignant gravity that impresses the young Bagnets, and even causes Mr. Bagnet to defer the ceremony of drinking Mrs. Bagnet's health, always given by himself on these occasions in a speech of exemplary terseness.†   (source)
  • An invitation to dinner was soon afterwards dispatched; and already had Mrs. Bennet planned the courses that were to do credit to her housekeeping, when an answer arrived which deferred it all.†   (source)
  • When he came away in the evening, it was with restored spirit, and a fixed purpose to defer action in the matter of Messala until the race was won or lost.†   (source)
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