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premise
used in Moby Dick

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she premised her comments by...
Definition
provide a preface or introduction
  • But here be it premised, that owing to the unwearied activity with which of late they have been hunted over all four oceans, the Sperm Whales, instead of almost invariably sailing in small detached companies, as in former times, are now frequently met with in extensive herds, sometimes embracing so great a multitude, that it would almost seem as if numerous nations of them had sworn solemn league and covenant for mutual assistance and protection.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (55% in)

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  • Look ye, pudding-heads should never grant premises.
    Chapters 106-108 -- Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (87% in)
  • "I don't allow it; I won't have my premises spoiled.
    Chapters 16-18 -- The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (70% in)
  • "Have to burst it open," said I, and was running down the entry a little, for a good start, when the landlady caught at me, again vowing I should not break down her premises; but I tore from her, and with a sudden bodily rush dashed myself full against the mark.
    Chapters 16-18 -- The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (71% in)

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