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contract
used in The Grapes of Wrath

2 meanings, 9 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
legal contract
Definition
an agreement - typically written and enforceable by law
  • Well, this here fella's got a contract to pick them peaches or chop that cotton.
    Chapter 16 (91% in)
contract = legal agreement
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2  —1 use as in:
the metal contracted
Definition
when something gets shorter or smaller
  • The house cracked loudly as the cooler night air contracted the wood.
    Chapter 6 (62% in)
contracted = shrank

(editor's note:  Wood, like most materials, gets a little smaller as it cools.)
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?  —7 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • He ain't allowed to contract men without a license.
    Chapter 20 (57% in)
  • Sheaf of contracts, dog-eared, held with paper clips, and a neat pile of unused contracts.
    Chapter 7 (4% in)
  • Sheaf of contracts, dog-eared, held with paper clips, and a neat pile of unused contracts.
    Chapter 7 (5% in)
  • An' you put up fifty, an' you can sign a contract to send the rest at ten dollars a month.
    Chapter 7 (68% in)
  • An' I got fifty cash an' a contract for forty more.
    Chapter 7 (75% in)
  • "Well, I'm contracting the land.
    Chapter 20 (55% in)
  • You took the contract, didn' you?"
    Chapter 20 (55% in)

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