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repulse
used in Moby Dick

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to force something to move away
  • But at length, such calamities did ensue in these assaults—not restricted to sprained wrists and ankles, broken limbs, or devouring amputations—but fatal to the last degree of fatality; those repeated disastrous repulses, all accumulating and piling their terrors upon Moby Dick; those things had gone far to shake the fortitude of many brave hunters, to whom the story of the White Whale had eventually come.
    Chapters 40-42 — Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (23% in)

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